|A Doll's House: First Look
||[Oct. 4th, 2013|08:46 am]
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I want to ask you a question.
As you hopefully know, I'm kickstarting a video production of Henrik Ibsen's masterpiece "A Doll's House". The Kickstarter made its initial goal in three hours, but it's real goal is to get this play to as many people as possible.
I'd like you to think of it like this: There's a play going on so close to your house that you don't have to get out of your pajamas to see it. The ticket price is $15, and for that you can bring everybody you can fit into your living room, and you can go to see it as many times as you want.
That's really what's going on here. This is for every one of you who's not been able to make it to one of trillian_stars' plays but said "Oh I wish that I lived closer." -- I made this for you. All of you theater geeks, Victorian aficionados, feminists, costumers and people who've memorized sonnets who've been reading this blog for a decade. I made this for you.
Here's a quick peek at how it's going to look.
If you don't have $15 for a DVD and can't contribute financially, sharing the Kickstarter with your friends would be a great help to making this happen.
If you can afford a DVD, please also consider giving one away to someone who can't afford it. Initially I'd wanted a reward level where we'd send a copy to your old school or library which Kickstarter rejected as raising money for a political cause -- however, no one can stop you from buying and extra copy and sending it to the English teacher who made a difference in your life years ago. There are multi-copy backer levels just for that sort of thing.
Remember I said I wanted to ask you a question? My question is this: What's the first time you remember being moved, amazed, impressed, by a theatrical production? What was that like? What was the play?
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I'm in for the DVD, just have to see this production w. Trillian.
You know any Roswell perks makes this even more valuable and collectible. :)
I got very carried away with the Kickstarter, and bought in at the deluxe level. I can't wait to get the DVD and all the cool stuff coming with it! I found I could stretch to get it, and I certainly deserve a treat.
To answer your question: We don't go out much, and hardly ever to see live theater, unfortunately. What springs to mind is a one-man production of Jeeves & Wooster I saw in San Francisco over 17 years ago. I'm ashamed to say I can't remember the actor's name. He was amazing, playing all parts flawlessly, on a small stage with a set consisting of a plush chair, a small table, and a lamp. He was full of energy and joy and brought the material to life in a way that a full production would never have been able to do.
I need to figure out how to get Kickstarter let me get the $35 reward and the two bare-bones DVDs. I think I can just "borrow" someone else's account.
I can make an option for it. i need to add the blu ray's now anyhoo!
I remember our high school English class drove quite a distance to see Eugene O'Neill's Long Day's Journey into Night with Jason Robards and Colleen Dewhurst in one of LA's more famous theaters. A lot of shouting, traumatic and horrible and insightful and painfully honest all at once, because those people were all people I knew, and it gave this very odd unblinking sympathy about what it was like to be them. There was also weirdly muscular feel to the performance, you could feel the playwright's will driving everything forward, almost like he was steaming and bending very stubborn planks of lumber. You could almost hear ropes straining as if you were in a wooden ship rounding the Horn. I'm not sure I would have wanted to be a performer in that show, because being shouted at by either of those two was ...a formidable experience.
The tragedy, of course, is that I was so young and unfamiliar with what I was seeing that a lot of the really expert nuances were invisible to me, when somebody who knew more would know what a fabulous thing it really was.
Edited at 2013-10-06 03:26 am (UTC)
The first thing resembling an actual play I ever saw was when the high school cast of South Pacific came to do selected scenes from the show in the elementary school cafeteria when I was in 4th grade. It was a revelation. The next most exciting production I've ever seen was "Sleep No More" produced by the American Repertory Theater in Brookline, MA. It was an immersive, intense mashup of Macbeth, Hitchcock and just plain weird brilliance staged in an old elementary school. Hey, wait a minute, maybe that's the key! Stage things in elementary schools for maximum impact. But seriously, part of the reason I'm so excited to see the DVD is the location and immersive quality of this production.