Rising Sun Performance Company's 18th Season

Rising Sun Performance Company celebrates 18 years of making our signature raw, evocative, engaging and authentic theatrical experiences!  

We are beginning our 2019 Season and continue our focus on work that celebrates and highlights female and underrepresented voices & stories and make a strong commitment to work that promises gender parity in role representation both onstage and off.

2019 promises RSP and our artists some amazing opportunities, including a full season artist residency on Governors Island, inclusion in the curation of the 14th St Y as a part of their “War & Peace” themed season and the continued development of

Our season on Governors Island will present 20 + new plays in development supporting the work and talents of nearly 200 Artists over the course of 3 months! We present these works to audiences for FREE and provide subsidized 35 hours of rehearsal time and production support to Artists!

The year ahead promises to be filled with many exciting moments featuring the work of our talented ensemble, playwrights, directors, and an immensely talented design and support team.


The 2019 Season will include Two full-length works and an ongoing residency on Governors Island:

·         The ongoing development & transfer of Elephant by Eva Meiling Pollitt

·         The NYC Premiere of Friendly’s Fire by John Patrick Bray

·         Full Season on Governors Island which includes Free Performances of:

·         Two Play for Young Audiences (FREE Performances)

·         Laboratorium- A New Play Incubator featuring new artists and plays every week

·         And Island Works- A New play Festival of Full Length and Devised Immersive pieces.

We have existed this long by working in the most cost-effective and innovative ways possible. By the grace of donors and grants, donated space, in-kind costumes, and with the exceptionally hard work of a 100% volunteer-run staff we have presented over 100 productions and the talents of 1000+ theatrical artists over the past 17 years.

However, as cost effective as we run our company, we still need a significant amount of funding in order to function as a viable company in NYC.  

In addition to the basic production costs, we now have our home on governors island which requires upkeep, improvements and general operating expenses. Additionally, we will be pursuing extended life and transitions for Elephant and Friendly’s Fire.  


Quite Simply- We need your help! 


What we have in place:

·         A Beautiful Venue Awaiting our Arrival!

·         Bold, Exciting New & Existing Works by Talented Playwrights

·         Top Notch Directors

·         Breathtaking Actors

·         A Stellar Production Team!

We would love to exceed our immediate fundraising goal!

Here is the complete list of what we need to accomplish our 18th season

·         Venue Rental for Friendly’s Fire

·         Rehearsal Space for Friendly’s Fire

·         Subsidized Tickets for Active Military & Veterans

·         ASL Interpretation for performances

·         Royalty Rights and Playwright Stipends

·         Actor, Staff and Designer Stipends

·         Intern Stipends

·         Set Materials, Properties & Costumes

·         Postcards, Posters and Advertising Costs

·         Publicist Stipend

·         Sound, Lighting & Audio Visual Technology

·         Liability & Event Insurance (Annual Cost)

·         General Operating Costs: Website, Storage Rent, Legal Fees, House Improvements


Be a part of our collective history and give Season 18 a chance to succeed!

Donate today!

So, almost all of the pieces have fallen into place – we have an amazing group of directors, playwrights, actors, and collaborators.

THIS IS the team to make our season happen, BUT WE NEED YOUR HELP to get there!  

Here is where you get to be a part of the show!  Every donation goes a long way to making this season and our future seasons a reality. AND with ongoing updates on this campaign, fun hands-on perks including backstage access, meet & greet opportunities, we make sure that you aren’t just in the audience but in on the action.

Help us continue our legacy of bold, exciting and uncompromising theatre just for you.

Your contribution of (no matter the amount) has an impact on supporting local independent theatre in a very real way! You could be a direct part of an exciting theatrical event and a leader in supporting art on a grassroots level.

Rising Sun Performance Company is a vital part of the Off-Off-Broadway landscape; being one of the longest running ensemble companies at our producing level in NYC.

Check out our website www.risinsunnyc.com for more information about us.

We bring to this project our long history of collaboration, existing audience, established reputation, enthusiastic energy, and exciting Award-nominated work.  

We feel confident that when we hit our 2019 Season Funding Campaign Goal, our 18th Season will be our best yet!  BUT it’s still A LONG WAY off from happening.


$25,000 is just the first step, and that will only cover the very basics towards our season's needs

Other Ways You Can Help

Can’t contribute financially right now? That’s OK, just by visiting our page you have already helped! Here are some BIG ways that you can make a difference in our campaign and season!

·         Help us go viral!  Spread the word about our campaign, share it on Facebook and Twitter, invite your friends to view our campaign and ask them to share it too! Be an online cheerleader for RSP.

·         Every time our campaign is shared and viewed it brings us up higher in our category and helps get potential donors outside our network! IT REALLY DOES HELP! And don’t forget Indie Go Go has made sharing and promoting our campaign super easy!

Want to help in other ways? WOW! Thanks! you rock! Handy with a needle & thread? Like to paint or bang nails? Drive a large car or van? Want to be hands-on in the making of our season? Sign up to volunteer with us! Email risingsunstaff@gmail.com and we’ll put you to work!


The Rising Sun Performance Company: Akia Squitieri, Anna Hogan, Andrew Gonzales, Ashleigh Herndon, Christian Victoria Allen, Crystal Edn, Danielle Bee Smotrich, Desiree Pinol, Elizabeth Burke, Eric Parness, Hayden Field, Julia Geromin, Justin Hsu, Maggie Kissinger, Michael Pichardo, Monica Blaze Leavitt, Ita Korenzecher, Sara Dove, Raiane Cantisano, Laura Lamberti, Maera Daniel Hagage, Ayesha Saleh, Rick Benson,Sven Haabeth, Jak Prince & William Serri

Resident Playwrights:  John Patrick Bray, Donna Latham & Susan Goodell

RSP’s Extended Family :  Beth Miller, Brock Harris Hill, Maya Schneider, Laura Lamberti, Mercedes Vasequez, David Anthony, Destiny Shegstad, Duncan Pflaster, Elizabeth Pegg, Kevin Ferguson, Larry Gutman, Linda S Nelson, Louisa Pough, Meg Dowling, Mia Anderson, Tim Errickson, Dennis Gleason, Natalie Stringer, Jason LeMaster, Katie Esswein, Nora Kaye, Chris Goodrich  & Lauren Fischetti

The Cast & Creative Team of Elephant: Eva Meiling Pollitt, Akia Squitieri, Anna Hogan, Monica Blaze Leavitt, Andrew Gonzales, Andrea Alton, Nat Nichols, Ellen Kolinoff, Raine Cantisano, Ita Korenzecher, William Serri, Eric Parness, Michael Pichardo, Ayesha Saleh, Laura Lamberti, Maera Daniel Hagage, Maggie Kissinger & Danielle Smotrich.

The Creative & Production Team of Friendly’s Fire:
Written by John Patrick Bray
Directed by Anna Hogan
Assistant Director /Associate Producer Chris Goodrich
Production Stage Manager Callie Stribling

Featuring:  Adeyinka Adebola, Desiree Pinol, Hannah Taylor, Ita Korenzecher, Johnny Blaze Leavitt, Kyle Porter, Matthew Weitz & William Serri

Dialect Coach & Fight Director Monica Blaze Leavitt
Set Design Daniel Hogan
Costume Design Janet Marvin
Sound Design Janet Bentley
Projection Design Taylor Stuart
Lighting Design & Technical Director Zac Goin
Production Interns Xiaoyu Meng, Sarah Manzo
Publicity  Andrea Alton
Photography & Marketing Support N-K Photography


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Fundraising team: Rising Sun Performance Company (12) 

Akia Squitieri 
Raised $826 from 11 donations
Bronx, NY

Chris Goodrich 
Team member
Raised $1,095 from 17 donations
Ita Korenzecher 
Team member
Raised $300 from 1 donation
John Patrick Bray 
Team member
Raised $285 from 8 donations
William Serri 
Team member
Raised $200 from 1 donation
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