My team and I are excited to announce that our show, "TEST", has been accepted to participate in the New York City FRIGID Festival 2023, and as such, we have created this GoFundMe as we are looking for sponsorship. The funding will help us cover the costs of participating in the festival, being in New York for a month, travel, accommodation, and the marketing of the play.
My name is Vitan and I am the producer as well as the lead actor of the theatrical show "TEST" which will have its American debut in New York City during the FRIGID festival, from February 15th until March 5th.
Maria N. Angelova and I are professionally trained actors as well as members of the Bulgarian-Canadian theatre organization, Reflection Theatre, based in Toronto, Ontario, Canada. We have been devoted to producing and performing high-quality theatre directed by prominent directors. "TEST" is professionally produced and is performed by Maria N. Angelova and myself. Maria and I performed "TEST" in Bulgarian in 2020, and since April 2022, we perform it in English.
A little about myself:
I graduated from the Performance Acting program at The Creative School of Toronto Metropolitan University as the valedictorian with distinctive honours in 2017. Upon graduating, I was left disheartened and lost as I didn't have any prospective jobs lined up as an actor. I decided to take a break from my passion for a few years until in 2019, I was approached by the organizers of Reflection Theatre to join their group as a leading actor. This group became my motivation to listen to my heart and professionally pursue acting, to find myself an agent, and to create theatre and my own work regardless if I'm not acting in TV or film at the moment. After working on my first Reflection Theatre production, Elin Rahnev, the playwright and director of "TEST", approached me and mentioned to me the thought of working together with him on another play, that being "TEST". I fell in love with the philosophy behind the play and chose to be a part of the production. In 2020, I performed "TEST" in Bulgarian, and afterward in 2021, I translated it in English.
A little about Maria:
Maria N. Angelova became a professional actress at the age of 18 and received a degree in Acting for Theater and Film from the National Academy for Theater and Film Arts, in Sofia, Bulgaria. She was invited to take part in international theater festivals and workshops in Europe and the United States, and in 1990 she immigrated to Canada where she made the tough decision, due to a lack of acting opportunities, to put acting aside and become a financial planner, speaker, coach, consultant, and a constellator. In 2015, she was among the creators of a Bulgarian theater group in Toronto, Canada, which became Reflection Theater in 2018. I'm 2018, Maria decided to go back to her acting career in a big way. Together with the prominent director, Simeon Dimitrov, she created the play, “Song of Cicadas”, based on real-life stories written by her, and performed it in Canada, the USA, and Bulgaria. Supported by the Canada Council for the Arts, the play was translated by Vitan and produced in the English language, and Maria has played it in English since the Fall of 2022.
Why perform in the New York City Fringe Festival?:
I decided to apply to the New York City Fringe Festival with the idea that this play and our (Maria's and myself) performance in it would garner attention from critics, the press, the media, and/or other people involved in the arts and culture sector. I believe this opportunity in New York will provide us with more exposure and hopefully with more opportunities for the future. As actors who have not yet become world-renowned, putting in our efforts and doing our part in paving our path to our success involves creating independent work, as we cannot always be dependent and rely on others to give us performing opportunities. As a result, in most cases, any arts endeavor and creation needs financial support and sponsorship along the way to its fruition.
I want to thank you for spending the time to read our funding campaign and our bragging about ourselves. We would greatly appreciate your support and if you would be willing please share this campaign with others that are close to you.
The FRIGID New York Fringe Festival presents
A Reflection Theatre production of:
Written and Directed by Elin Rahnev
Featuring Vitan Pravtchev & Maria N. Angelova
Set Design & Poster by George Yaneff
FRIGID New York
February 15th - March 5th, 2023
TEST will be performed on:
Feb 18 - 2pm, Feb 20 - 9:50pm, Feb 25 - 7pm,
March 1 - 8:10pm, March 3 - 11:30pm
UNDER St Marks Theater
94 St Marks Pl, New York,
NY 10009, United States
How does one keep one’s identity when being forced to fit into society’s parameters? What and who is damaged when trying to follow society’s norms? Does Anton have the willpower to safely escape this job interview or is The Company’s grasp on him too strong? This play will surprise you with its satirical sense of humor and it will keep you on the edge of your seat with tears and laughter.