Five men start a week-long intensive entitled "Facing Toxic Masculinity." Sam is here because his wife won't return his calls. Also, his daughter blocked him on Facebook. It's only day two and now he must interact with a real live woman named Pocket. It's his second child's birthday next week and he’s desperate to figure out how to be less of a douchebag in time.
After the huge success of last summer's WORSE THAN TIGERS, I have been given the incredible opportunity to produce and direct a show for NYC's longest running summer festival, Ice Factory. Now in its 26th year and with a prestigious pedigree which includes Rachel Chavkin, Alex Timbers, and so many more...it was an opportunity I could not pass up!
In order to accomplish this, I've assembled an amazing group of actors (A.J. Ditty, Justin Fuller, Kieran Mulcare, Susan Louise O'Connor, Keola Simpson, Marquise Vilsón, Zach Wegner ) as well as a brilliant team of designers and technicians ( Kate Ducey, Kristy Hall, Courtney Kupferschmidt, Nat Di Marco, ).
...but making theatre in NYC (like doing anything in NYC) isn't cheap. I need your help to raise $3000 to make the show possible The overall budget for this show is $7000
The Mill has $2000 in the bank and we expect $2000 in support from the theatre. Leaving a $3000 gap.
Most of the show's budget, $5000, goes towards paying the folks who are making it happen, the actors, designers, and technicians -- who all deserve much more than the modest stipends we can afford but are so committed to the project, they are willing to donate much of their time and energy.
The other $2000 covers the cost of the set, props, and costumes.
I truly can't make this play happen without your help. The only way that new plays exist is through the support and contributions of private donors and foundations. Without a significant producing history in NY state, receiving grant money for The Mill is almost impossible. The good news is after we produce this show we will become eligible to apply for grants in NY state!
Contributions to this project are fully tax deductible because of The Mill Theatre's 501C3 Status. If you know anyone who likes supporting the arts, or who needs another charitable deduction for their tax return, send them our way! You can also give via our Paypal link!
We want people to come and see this show, so if you can talk up RAW PASTA or create buzz by mentioning us on Facebook or Twitter we would greatly appreciate it!
THE CREATIVE TEAM
Jaclyn Biskup (Director) is a director and producer working in theatre, television, and film. She is the recipient of an Emmy and Peabody nomination for her work on the digital series, THE SECRET LIFE OF MUSLIMS and currently works as an associate producer at New Ohio Theatre. She was the assistant to Tony Award-winning director Anna Shapiro on the Broadway debut of STRAIGHT WHITE MEN (Young Jean Lee) for Second Stage at the Helen Hayes. Her work in the theatre spans nearly two decades. As the founding artistic director of The Mill, she has directed and produced over 20 productions including the Chicago premieres of VENUS (Suzan-Lori Parks) and THE PRIVATE OF LIVES OF ESKIMOS (OR 16 WORDS FOR SNOW) (Ken Urban.) In NYC, work directed includes NICHOLAS, MAEVE, MARIANNE (Matthew Stephen Smith) one of Indie Theatre Now's 20 Best of NYC Fringe, HOT STEAMS (Zach Wegner), and IT’S JUST WEIRD NOW (Halley Feiffer). Her work has been seen at MCC, Rattlestick, Dixon Place, and the NYC International Fringe. She has assisted on productions at Steppenwolf, The Public, and The American Musical Theatre Workshop. She has worked on digital projects for PBS NOVA, Delta Air Lines, Caltech, and Harvard. BA in Theater from Northern Illinois University, MFA in Directing and Theatrical Production from Northwestern University.
Maya Macdonald (Playwright) is a playwright and native of New York City. Her plays as been seen and heard at The Rattlestick Playwrights Theatre, The New Ohio, Bushwick Starr, New Dramatists, Ech Theater Company, Ensemble Studio Theatre, MCC Theater Young Playwrights, Three Legged Dog, The Flea, Rising Phoenix Rep, JACK, Dixon Place, and DePaul University. Her plays include: Brunch, (Honorable Mention 2016 Relentless Award, Semi-Finalist 2018 O'Neil Playwrights Conference, Semi-Finalist 2018 Bay Area Playwrights Festival, and Semi-Finalist Theatre503’s Playwriting Award in London), Three Anne Franks (Finalist, Rattlestick Playwrights Commission), Raw Pasta (Semi-Finalist 2019 O’Neill Playwrights Conference, Semi-Finalist 2019 Seven Devils Playwrights Conference). Her play Raw Pasta will be presented this summer as a part of ICE Factory at The New Ohio. She received her BA from Bennington College and an MFA from Hunter College under the guidance of Annie Baker, Branden Jacobs-Jenkins & Brigade Mullins where she received the Irv Zarkowr Award for Excellence.
The Mill was founded in 2002 by artistic director, Jaclyn Biskup, as Experimental Theatre Chicago. After the company evolved and broadened its scope, the name was changed to represent its new mission: to produce plays progressive in form and content. Biskup’s father worked at US Steel -- unaffectionately dubbed ‘The Mill,’ for over thirty years and the name is an homage to him and her family’s south side of Chicago working class roots. The Mill is known for its stylish energetic stagings and bold theatricality including the Chicago premieres of VENUS (Suzan-Lori Parks) and THE PRIVATE OF LIVES OF ESKIMOS (OR 16 WORDS FOR SNOW) (Ken Urban) and in NYC, NICHOLAS, MAEVE, MARIANNE (Matthew Stephen Smith) one of Indie Theatre Now's 20 Best of NYC Fringe.
The Rogue Players are an independent theater company interested in unperformed and under-performed work, classics, oughta-be-classics, and experiments. We want to grow with a community of actors, writers, and artists of all different voices, perspectives and experiences.
New Ohio Theatre is a two-time OBIE Award-winning performance venue that serves the vast independent theatre community of New York and the adventurous audiences who love them. As a small, downtown, artist-run organization with a twenty-plus year history as a beacon for bold and inventive work, we know the challenges and rewards of producing and presenting alternative, groundbreaking theatre. In any given year, there are over 500 independent theatre companies working for opportunities to develop and present new work. We believe the best of this community operates at the core of the contemporary theatre conversation (about both content and form) and acts collectively to expand the boundaries of the public imagination. With our move to Christopher Street, we aim to establish a professional, high-profile platform for the independent theatre community, reestablishing the West Village as a destination for mature, ridiculous, engaged, irreverent, gut-wrenching, frivolous, sophisticated, foolish, and profound theatrical endeavors.
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