PRESENTED BY NEW OHIO THEATRE | A PURPLEMAN THEATER PRODUCTION
donated of $32,000 goal
New Ohio Theatre is a registered 501(c)3 organization and your contribution is tax-deductible.
CREDITS: Video by: Purpleman Productions; Camera + Editor: Peter Zielyk; Creative Producer: Maria Lomanto; Creative Director + Media Design: Piama Habibullah; Story Consultants: Debbie Rubenstein, Jordan Schildcrout; Audio Mixer: Joe Miuccio; Production Assistant: Tina Marinic; Music: Django Reinhardt (My Blue Heaven), James Ray (I've Got My Mind Set on You).
Contribute as little as $1, or choose a family member below and get fabulous perks for your support:
New Ohio Theatre, in association with Purpleman Theater, presents Pulitzer-Prize winning playwright Paula Vogel's zany and timely comedy, not seen in New York for over 20 years.
A BABY = 7 STORY
And Baby Makes Seven follows the story of Anna and Ruth, a lesbian couple, who enlist their gay friend Peter to help them create a family. But are any of them ready for parenthood? Tensions rise as the three adults prepare for the imminent arrival of their baby—and matters are made all the more challenging by the persistence of the three imaginary children who already live with them. The lines between fantasy and reality, child and adult, love and madness crisscross through this hysterically funny and deeply touching play about what it means to be a family.
Constance and I came to this project five years ago. As the artistic team behind Purpleman Theater Company, we read the text of And Baby Makes Seven (BABY=7) and were immediately struck by how easily today's audiences might relate to it. Then we were shocked to find out that the earliest version of the script had been written over 30 years ago! Through the help of David Savran, a distinguished professor at CUNY Graduate Center, and the lovely man to whom the play is dedicated, we got the rights to workshop the play and mount a staged reading of it produced by the Rude Mechanicals Theater Company (NYC). Since that time, we have been working to find the right time and place to produce BABY=7.
It’s hard to believe Paula imagined this non-conventional family a generation ago. Her courage and vision to put them on stage amidst a radically different cultural and legal landscape in this country is incredible. Perhaps more incredibly is that she takes the family's existence for granted. BABY=7 is about what happens after an extraordinary family is created, yet the play feels more possible now than ever before. We’re having fun imagining what the near future might look like, and we hope you will, too!
WE NEED YOU TO JOIN OUR FAMILY!
For this six-week campaign, we are here to raise the final $32,000 of our more than $80,000 budget for this Off-Broadway production. Our complete production budget is listed below. Look to the right and please decide which family member you would like to choose for our project. Any funds raised above our goal will go right back into the budget and help us even more fully realize our artistic vision for the play (pillows are great, but a realistic pregnancy suit is expensive!).
Design Team: Set, Costume, Lighting, Sound,
Props, Graphic, Media, Photography, Video
Performers & Stage Managers
Playwright/Rights with Dramatist Play Service
Associate Producer, Production Manager, Dramaturg, Casting Director
Theatre & Rehearsal Space, Insurance, Transportation, AEA Bond
Press, Publicity, & Marketing Materials
TOTAL PRODUCTION COSTS
WE ARE SO GRATEFUL!
Thank you very much for supporting the New Ohio and Purpleman Theater’s production of Paula Vogel’s And Baby Makes Seven! We know you'll feel proud to be part of this theatrical moment that's been decades in the making.
Please spread the word, whether or not you are able to contribute, and we sincerely hope to see you at the theatre!
Marc & Constance
BABYSITTER: Big smooch when we see you & special thanks in our program!
IMAGINARY BEST FRIEND: Big smooch, special thanks, & BABY=7 magnet
KISSING COUSIN: Welcome to BABY's family! Access to LiveStream video of: 1st read-thru, a stumble-through during rehearsals, & a technical rehearsal; BABY=7 red balloon
+ all of the above
SWEET SISTER/BIG BROTHER:
New Dramatist play text of
BABY=7 signed by Paula Vogel AND two tickets to the play during the course of the run with exception of Opening Night* + all of the above
FAVORITE AUNT and UNCLE:
Two tickets to Opening Night* + invitation to after-party with playwright, director, cast & crew; BABY=7 poster signed with big “thank you!” by director & cast
+ all the above
Opening Day* Sunday brunch at Crema Restaurante (NYC) with Paula Vogel & producers; two tickets to Opening Night* + invitation to after-party with playwright, director, cast & crew
+ all the above
THE GODPARENT: Producer credit with an invitation to attend first day of rehearsal; invitation for two to an Opening Day* Sunday brunch at Crema Restaurante (NYC) with Paula Vogel & producers; two tickets to Opening Night* & after-party with playwright, director, cast & crew; AND two more tickets to another performance + all of the above
*Opening Day Sunday Brunch & Opening Night Evening Show with After-Party is March 23rd, 2014.
The show runs March 11th - April 12th, 2014.
Please note that all theatre events and invitations are located in NYC.
New Ohio Theatre strengthens, nurtures and promotes a vast community of independent theatre companies and artists by developing, curating, and presenting new work in the West Village. We believe the best of New York's independent theatre community operates at the core of the contemporary theatre conversation, and acts collectively to expand the boundaries of the public imagination. As a two-time OBIE Award-winning performance venue, we provide a professional, high-profile platform for downtown's most mature, ridiculous, engaged, irreverent, gut-wrenching, frivolous, sophisticated, foolish, and profound theatrical endeavors.
Purpleman Theater Company is dedicated to the production of new works and "bruised beauties." Past productions include the world premieres of Time Is the Mercy of Eternity, by Deb Margolin; Population: 8, by Nicholas Gray; Broken Hands (winner of two FringeNYC Awards), by Moby Pomerance; and Days And Nights: page 121, lines 11 & 12, devised by the company. Whether by finding and developing new works by contemporary playwrights, producing innovative productions of established works, or by devising organic pieces, Purpleman seeks to engage with theatre's unique ability to bring people together to bear witness as a community.