107% Funded

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Target: €15000

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€16,145 Raised

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115 Funders

Galway

Misterman

By Landmark Productions

description

Misterman is an astonishing play by Enda Walsh. It’s a dark, dangerous, blisteringly funny one-man show that needs an extraordinary actor to take it on, and they don’t come much more extraordinary than Cillian Murphy.

First produced by Corcadorca in 1999, this is a new version of the play. Enda said: ‘Misterman is my first time returning to a play of mine. It's a play that's had a massive effect on everything I've written since 1998. On the page it seems slim but the world of it, the character's history, his disturbing psychosis, always felt huge. I suppose now with 13 years experience and a little more craft I can see what we missed all those years ago. More than the spine of the original remains but it has been developed much further over the past year. Its story travels a more circuitous route than before. There's none of the rush of telling the story of a killer and how he killed. Instead we see the strange detail of what he remembers, of how he has learnt to lie and how his guilt has shaped his bizarre existence. We have gathered an amazing creative team and in Cillian Murphy we have an actor who has the intensity and courage to push himself to the limit. Working to all our potential I hope and believe we can offer a slice of Ireland and Irish theatre that feels dangerous, deeply unsettling and challenging for any audience.’

We have a world-class creative team, including designers Jamie Vartan (set), Adam Silverman (lighting) and Gregory Clarke (sound).

If all of this wasn’t exciting enough, the production will also feature the world premiere of a specially commissioned score by one of Ireland’s leading contemporary composers, and founder of the renowned Crash Ensemble, Donnacha Dennehy. It’s Donnacha’s and Enda’s first time to work together, and it promises to be a hugely exciting collaboration.

We have been fortunate to receive a grant from the Arts Council which, with the box office income, will cover the rehearsal, pre-production and running costs in Galway. However, there is a significant shortfall in the production costs. Anyone who comes to see the show will realise there are massive technical challenges associated with the staging of the play. If we are to pull it off, we need to raise at least another €15,000 to go towards the physical staging at the Black Box Theatre in Galway. The more we can raise, the more fully we will be able to realize the strange and unsettling world of the play.

Please help us to ensure that we can honour the vision of these extraordinary artists. We’ve put together some fantastic rewards, and hope they will encourage you to support the production. We will be hugely grateful for any help you can give, and will do our level best to make sure that, with your support, we can bring a major production to the stage in Galway this summer.

Anne and Paul

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New York and the Irish Times Irish Theatre Awards

Hello everyone We last wrote to you on the day we opened Misterman in New York. It was a hugely exciting, if slightly nerve-wracking, time, but the show went brilliantly and played to rave reviews, including the all-important New York Times, which drew huge praise from Ben Brantley for the ‘electrifying’ Cillian Murphy, for Enda Walsh - 'one of the most fiercely individual voices in the theater today' - and for 'a brilliant creative team' in 'a seductive and terrifying portrait of innocence turned toxic, of a luminous madness that dares you not to look away.’ We have more wonderful news today, with the announcement of the Irish Times Irish Theatre Awards nominations. Misterman has been nominated in four categories - for Best Production, Best Actor (Cillian Murphy), Best Set Design (Jamie Vartan) and Best Lighting Design (Adam Silverman). None of this would have been possible if it hadn’t been for your faith in the production before it ever came to the stage. We hope you are as happy and delighted as we are! Thank you again Anne and Paul

Misterman opens tonight in New York!

Dear Friends It was just a few short months ago that we were trying to bring what promised to be an amazing production to the stage. With your help, we did it – Misterman had a fantastic premiere at the Galway Arts Festival last summer. It is hard to believe that we are gearing up for another opening for the show so soon, this time in St Ann’s Warehouse in New York. We open tonight after four sold-out previews, and already there is a huge air of excitement around the production. None of this would be happening without your belief and support. Because of it, we were able to honour the daring and ambition of Enda’s vision, and that of Cillian and the creative team, and give the play the production it deserved. We are excited, and a little bit nervous, and very, very proud to be bringing that production to the stage in New York as part of Imagine Ireland, Culture Ireland’s year of Irish arts in America. We are hugely grateful to each and every one of you - you are a huge part of the success of the show, and we will take a special moment to say thank you to our Fund:ers tonight. Thank you so much! Anne and Paul

One week to go and half-way there!

With a week to go to the end of the campaign, we have just hit 50% of our Fund:It target … thank you SO much to everyone who has taken a huge leap of faith in supporting the production. It is proving to be nerve-wracking and heartening by turns. It is a lot of money to raise and we had only three weeks to pull it off, so it was always going to be a very intense campaign. But every time we’re in danger of losing heart, another pledge comes in. It’s impossible to overstate how heartening it is each time, and how grateful we are for your support. The good news is that rehearsals are going brilliantly. It’s wonderful to read the daily rehearsal reports and to get a glimpse of the way the work is developing. We never know what’s going to come up on the props front … over the last couple of days, requests for ‘cat-shaped stuffed material’ and 50 cans of Fanta have come our way. Enda and Cillian came to Dublin last week to do some publicity, and you can see and hear several of the results this weekend. Look out for a big interview with Enda in The Irish Times on Saturday, and with Cillian in the Sunday Times the next day. And the two of them will be on Miriam Meets on RTE1 on Sunday. We only have a week to go with the campaign, and a lot of money still to raise. As you know, the beauty and the tyranny of Fund:it is that, unless a project is fully funded, it doesn’t get a penny. You’ve done a huge amount already, but please help us to spread the word by talking about it to your friends, and by posting the Misterman project page link on Twitter and Facebook. With your help we’ll get there … in the meantime, thank you again for your support – we are incredibly grateful for your faith and generosity, and you know that we are doing all we can to make sure the show is as extraordinary as it deserves to be. Anne and Paul

funders (115)

There are 96 public funders of this project


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