Things have been really busy at the Anne Richmond abode. Today is my first moment of rest in a while, and I’m sick. Clearly this is a sign that I’ve been driving myself a little too hard. That being said, I know I should should be taking advantage of my rest time, but instead I’m memorizing lines, doing rewrites for my webseries, applying for my press pass to New York ComiCon, and writing this blog post. When will I learn?
This past week, I’ve been rehearsing for Alice Off Broadway at the Soho Playhouse with the Beautiful Soup Theater Collective. We’ve been rushing to get the show back on its feet in time to start our open ended run. It’s been really fun to return to working with this particular cast and of course, stepping into my new roles in the show is very invigorating. In addition to the Gryphon and the Seven of Hearts, I’ll be taking on the role of Tweedle Dee. The show has also been shortened to an hour and it’s playing at 1PM on Saturdays starting July 30th. We could really use some good crowds on the first few weekends if you’re in the NYC area. If we do well, they may add Sunday performances and possibly increase our pay rate. If you or any of your friends are bloggers who want to see a free show and write about it in return, I can put you in touch with our director. We’re currently trying to get the word out to as many people as possible. Oh! Apparently there will also be a segment on CBS about the show at some point, so I’ll post about that when I get more information or even possibly a clip to share. Let’s be honest, who doesn’t want to more of me beatboxing and rapping in Wonderland? What, you don’t believe me? Exhibit A:
A few weeks ago I preformed in a concert called Miscast to benefit Beautiful Soup’s new season. We were asked to select songs sung by characters we could never play. I sang “Agony” from Into the Woods with Emily Floyd and “C’est Moi” from Camelot. Needless to say, it was a very valorous and princely evening for me.
Beautiful Soup Theater Collective is also having a “Monologue Slam” to perform some new works and raise more money for the season in mid August. I’ve been asked to write and perform something for that evening so I’ll post more information on that when it becomes available. I will probably be dusting off some material from a one act I began writing in college called 10 Days. The show is a dramedy about two gamers who meet online and agree to meet in person and spend ten days together. Laughter, tears, and hijinks ensue.
Emily Floyd and I have also been very busy running our Indiegogo campaign to fund This Is Art, our comedy webseries about the postgraduate misadventures of a Broadway-or-bust diva and a kooky performance artist grasping at validation in the NYC art scene. After just a week, we’ve become over 50% funded, which is just astounding to me! Thank you so much to everyone who has donated and passed our information around on the web. We appreciate your help more than you know. I also wrote a post on the show’s blog offering insight into our progress and our crowd funding tactics.
Near the end of last week, we said that if we got to 50% funded in two days, we’d release a surprise video. To our astonishment, our donors nearly instantaneously helped us reach our goal! So, of course we created the following video to celebrate our progress, our gratitude, and the journey still to come.
That’s right people, I’m a red head now. It’s a new look, but a day later I’m over the shock and really diggin’ it.
Everyone has been so generous and words cannot express our appreciation, but we haven’t crossed the finish line yet. We still need to raise $2,390 in 24 days, so please help us in whatever way you can. If you’re able, please consider donating to our Indiegogo campaign and becoming part of our This Is Art family. Even if all you can give is your ability to spread the word, we benefit a lot from being linked on Facebook and Twitter. You’ll not only be helping us fund the show, but you’ll be helping us increase awareness of our project which is absolutely invaluable. With every donation we get one set closer to realizing our dreams. It’s definitely an exciting process.
Now back to work. These lines aren’t going to memorize themselves, people!