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The Little Edelweiss; or, An Immigrant’s Fairytale

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The Little Edelweiss; or, An Immigrant’s Fairytale

About The Project

In collaboration with Fresh Arts, my collaborative team and I are eager to announce the second installment in my trilogy of plays that focuses on collisions between ethnicity and sexuality. A developmental production of “The Little Edelweiss; or, An Immigrant’s Fairytale” will run in Houston from March 22-24 at the MATCH in Midtown. And we need your help!

THE PLAY

Draft Dodger. Movie star romancer. Hilton bartender.

“The Little Edelweiss; or, An Immigrant’s Fairytale” chronicles Manfred, playwright Josh Inocéncio’s bisexual Great-Uncle, from his upbringing in war-torn Austria to his mercurial life in the United States, and the imprint he left on the gay nephew he never met. True to the fairy tale form, this Eugene O’Neil semi-finalist captures both men in their pursuits of unapologetic pleasure, punctuated by a pantheon of ancestors as Fairies, immigration officials as Trolls, and FBI agents as Giants.

The play, which takes place inside a cuckoo clock over the course of thirteen strikes, confronts what we choose to remember and how secret memories no one ever shared with us continue to survive in our bodies.

THE FUNDING REQUIREMENTS

While we are applying for grants, we always raise a portion of the budget through crowd-funding platforms. The total budget for this project is nearly $7,000, but we seek to raise $2,000 on here. The money raised on this platform will help us build the set, construct the costumes, forge the puppets (there are three complex puppets in this play), as well as pay rental fees and compensate the designers, actors, and director.

This is a critical moment for the play. Earlier this year, ‘Little Edelweiss’ finished as a semifinalist for the 2017 Eugene O’Neill National Playwrights Conference. And in April, the play will receive a reading at Teatro Milagro in Portland, OR. Thus, this developmental production will help us test the play with an audience. Any contribution is very helpful! And we thank you for considering this project.

THE TEAM

DIRECTOR: Jeff Paden
PLAYWRIGHT: Josh Inocéncio

PERFORMERS:
Josh Inocéncio
Joey Castorena
Briana Resa

PUPPET and SET DESIGNER: Ariel Emmerson
COSTUME DESIGNER: Rainy Edwards
SOUND DESIGNER: Ian Williams
LIGHTING DESIGNER: Mitchell Cronin
PUPPET BUILDER: Erin Kehr
MASTER CARPENTER: Russell Weeks

For more details, visit the MATCH website (https://matchouston.org/events/little-edelweissor-immigrants-fairytale) or my personal website (http://www.joshinocencio.com/#/splintered-in-three/).

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