We made it!
Your support, both financial and in the form of all the kind messages left on our Facebook wall and our GoFundMe campaign page have touched me deeply. Asking for help, asking for people to believe in you, can be an incredibly difficult and vulnerable act, and I can’t tell you how heartened and affirmed I feel writing these words in this moment.
Performance itself is also a vulnerable, intimate act. Choosing to share our personal journeys through these characters in this surreal world is an act of courage, which my fellow performers in Open Flame remind and inspire me to step up and show up for in every rehearsal.
Days before beginning this campaign, the Detroit-based, witch pop band Crune, made up of Walken Schweigert and Matthew Ryan Surline aka Ely with special guest Dave Sanders created a Very Special Ritual. VSR was an experimental and partial preview of The Garden, an exploration and public experiment of our research material. VSR was, for me, a truly transformational and incredible evening.
I want to thank Na Frenette for filming, Soundhouse for hosting this event, Matthew Ryan Surline for conceiving of the idea of the VSR, and Richard Newman (Co-Director of The Garden) for advising me in my performance process. I couldn’t be more excited to take The Garden to Detroit, my home away from home after it premieres at the Southern Theatre in Minneapolis on June 11th.
I will leave this here except to say once again how grateful I am for your support of our work, our process, and our stories. The work does not end here, and in fact we are smack in the middle of it now. With your help, we have met our goal and can bring you a phenomenally unique story made with all the passion our queer hearts can channel.
Open Flame Theatre
Catch Open Flame This Week!
Come for an evening of sonic delights, and further experiments in aliveness. Ethereal and profound trance music from La Curandera & the Ritual will open the evening, followed by music and poetry by Strong Buffalo+Ben Weaver and friends. Last will be Open Flame Theatre, who will be sharing an acoustic version of music from our next opera, The Garden. Doors @ 8pm, music starts @ 8:30pm. ALL AGES! $5 cover.