Much to our shock, we've received a $15,000 MAP Fund grant from the Rockefeller Foundation to develop a new show with writer/genius Rebecca Beegle. Since this was the first grant we've ever applied for AND since it's often awarded to groups we read about in college, our chances seemed slim. Wooster Group, Bread and Puppet, Richard Foreman, Mabou Mines... talk about some elite company.
We've been calling our project THE FILTER, but this will probably change.
The production is slated for Fall/Winter 2008, contingent upon us finding the perfect dilapidated mansion or crackhouse to use as a theatre. [Wait! Never mind the crackhouse; we've had a better idea...]
Here's a taste of what we're planning. Normally, we'd be hesitant to give away any secrets, but if you promise not to read too closely, we'll try our best to change everything by the time we open...
THE FILTER will be sung and danced by two performers in elaborate period dress. This duo barters desirable experiences to those willing to forfeit their right to watch the rest of the show. As the performance progresses, the duo's ulterior motive slowly comes into focus: to filter out morally objectionable audience members by their acceptance of certain offers. Throughout, THE FILTER will not lose the feel of a parlour game, with a different outcome each night depending on the actions of that evening's participants. Disappointment, titillation, excitement, regret: some will win, and some will lose, but few will last to see the THE FILTER carried out to its raw but necessary conclusion.
Big thanks go to Kirk Lynn and the Rude Mechs for encouraging us to apply for this grant and giving us some priceless application pointers. (FYI: They received a grant of their very own. Like we said: elite company.)