Brindlebeast, a musical in song and sign language

Brindlebeast

Book & Lyrics by Anita Riggio
Music by Sila Shaman

The Project

BRINDLEBEAST braids together three story strands: a love story between a hearing man and a Deaf woman; a story of confronting a personal beast; a chronicle of the creative process itself.

The world of BRINDLEBEAST is inherently inclusive: it is multi-racial, Deaf and hearing, straight and gay. The quest of the protagonist in BRINDLEBEAST is everyone’s quest: to confront one’s inner beast in order to love and be loved.

It's worth noting that BRINDLEBEAST may be the only play or musical in the theatrical cannon that represents deafness as an attribute rather than as a disability.


Successful Fundraising Campaigns

Since 2010, we've raised almost $96,000 through successful Kickstarter and Indiegogo campaigns and direct contributions. These funds have allowed us to complete the script and the score, assemble a Broadway cast of actors who are as committed to this project as they are talented, record a demo CD of eleven songs, attract the keen interest of an award-winning director and choreographer team to do a staged reading and full production--the world premiere--in their new theatre space during the 2014-15 season.


The Current Need

We are now undertaking a campaign to raise $43,000, a sum that would carry us through the development process over the next year and a half and into full production. If fulfilled, the campaign would fund three subsequent phases of development. Phase #1 would be the ASL translations of the script and songs, ASL tutoring for our five hearing actors, and ASL interpreting for our two deaf actors. Phase #2 would be travel, housing, and development for a workshop or theatre lab. Phase #3 would be development for the fully staged reading.


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$25 or more » Perky Perk

For your $25 contribution, you'll receive: - a SHOUT-OUT on a dedicated page on the BRINDLEBEAST website from October 2013 to April 2014, our deepest gratitude, and the knowledge that you're helping to launch BRINDLEBEAST from the page to the stage.

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$50 or more » Happy Perk

For your $50 contribution, you'll receive: - a SHOUT-OUT on a dedicated page on the BRINDLEBEAST website from October 2013 to April 2014 - THREE-SONG CD recorded by Brindlebeast's leading man ERIC KUNZE, and debuted at "An Evening with Eric Kunze" in Hartford, CT on February 23, 2013. This CD includes BRINDLBEAST's opening song, "Something There," "Cut to the Chase," and a beautiful love song, "Thank You." Only 300 CDs were made, so this is a true collector's item!

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$100 or more » Sweet Perk

For your $100 contribution, you'll receive: - a SHOUT-OUT on a dedicated page on the BRINDLEBEAST website from October 2013 to April 2014 - limited edition DEMO CD of eleven BRINDLEBEAST songs, featuring vocals by Broadway's ERIC KUNZE, EMILY ROBINSON, DANIELLE LEE GREAVES and KATHY VOYTKO. A musical theatre collector's item!

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$500 or more » Fab Perk

- a SHOUT-OUT on a dedicated page on the BRINDLEBEAST website from October 2013 to April 2014 - limited edition DEMO CD of eleven BRINDLEBEAST songs, featuring vocals by Broadway's ERIC KUNZE, EMILY ROBINSON, DANIELLE LEE GREAVES and KATHY VOYTKO - autographed picture book, BEWARE THE BRINDLEBEAST, signed by Anita Riggio.

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$1,000 or more » Crazy Great Perk

For your $1000 contribution, you'll receive: - a SHOUT-OUT on a dedicated page on the BRINDLEBEAST website from October 2013 to April 2014 - limited edition DEMO CD of eleven BRINDLEBEAST songs, featuring vocals by Broadway's ERIC KUNZE, EMILY ROBINSON, DANIELLE LEE GREAVES and KATHY VOYTKO - autographed picture book, BEWARE THE BRINDLEBEAST - MEET and GREET with members of the CREATIVE TEAM and CAST - TBA - VOUCHER for 2 TICKETS to a STAGED READING, venue TBA.

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$3,000 or more » Crazy Awesome Perk

For funding 1/4 of the cost of two ASL interpreters for the 60 hour workshop, you'll receive: - a SHOUT-OUT on a dedicated page on the BRINDLEBEAST website from October 2013 to April 2014 - limited edition DEMO CD of eleven BRINDLEBEAST songs - autographed picture book, BEWARE THE BRINDLEBEAST - MEET AND GREET with members of the CREATIVE TEAM and CAST - VOUCHER for 2 TICKETS to a STAGED READING, venue TBA - INVITATION for two to 1hr rehearsal, TBA.

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$5,000 or more » Sublime Perk

For fully funding the ASL translations of our script and songs, you'll receive: ALL PERKS at the $3000 LEVEL, plus - VOUCHER for 2 TICKETS to OPENING NIGHT PERFORMANCE of the WORLD PREMIERE, theater venue TBA - CAST PARTY - "THANK YOU" printed in program on OPENING NIGHT of the WORLD PREMIERE - INVITATION for two to sit in for 1 hour on a cast RECORDING SESSION, date TBA

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$5,000 or more » Sublime Perk Too

For funding 1/5 of development costs, you'll receive: ALL PERKS at the $3000 LEVEL, plus - VOUCHER for 2 TICKETS to OPENING NIGHT PERFORMANCE of the WORLD PREMIERE, theater venue TBA - CAST PARTY - "THANK YOU" printed in program on OPENING NIGHT of the WORLD PREMIERE - INVITATION for two to sit in for 1 hour on a cast RECORDING SESSION, date TBA. (*See The Mother of All Perks for definition of development.)

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$6,500 or more » Sublimer Perk

For fully funding travel and housing expenses, you'll receive: ALL PERKS at the $5000 LEVEL, plus - total of 4 TICKETS to a STAGED READING - total of 4 TICKETS to OPENING NIGHT PERFORMANCE of the WORLD PREMIERE - "THANK YOU" INSERT in printed program on OPENING NIGHT of the WORLD PREMIERE - WEEKLY E-BLAST to supporters on your behalf until September 12, 2013 - dinner with Anita and Sila, time and place TBA.

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$12,000 or more » Sublimest Perk

For fully funding interpreters' fees, you'll receive: ALL PERKS at the $6500 LEVEL, plus - total of 8 TICKETS to the OPENING NIGHT PERFORMANCE of the WORLD PREMIERE - OPENING NIGHT RED CARPET PROFESSIONAL PHOTOS with CREATIVES and CAST MEMBERS - link to your site from the BRINDLEBEAST website from October 2013 to October 2014.

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$20,000 or more » The Mother of All Perks

For fully funding development, you'll receive ALL THE PERKS at the $12000 LEVEL, plus The MOTHER of ALL PERKS: INSIDER SCOOP on BRINDLEBEAST news as it happens! *What IS development? Development is what the writer/lyricist and composer are all about: they create and develop the work. The development fund allows the creative team to continue to work on the piece, to research, rewrite, compose, create, revise, and yes!--complete BRINDLEBEAST.

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