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DREAM OF THE RED CHAMBER, a performance for a sleeping audience

by Jim Findlay / Collapsable Giraffe

NY

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I'm Jim Findlay, the creator and director of Dream of the Red Chamber, a performance for a sleeping audience. It's an epic love story between a stone and a flower who've been reincarnated as fate crossed lovers down here on earth in the Red Dust.

Yes. That's right. A sleeping audience.

What if you don't pay attention? What if I don't ask you to? What if you sleep and we make some dreams.

This crazy ass artist and all my fantastic collaborators are going uptown to the heart of Times Square. The busiest neighborhood in the world in the city that never sleeps. And if you join us, we'll all be sleeping and dreaming in the historic Brill Building.

We've developed this piece over two years. But our dreams are large and extreme and we need more money to support the incredible performers and collaborators who are making this vision possible.

We need to raise this last $8,500 to pay for 40+ beds, linens, laundry, commissions for original songs by Elysian Fields, and to make sure all these kick ass artists can pay their rent.  Please help us make your dreams come true. We need to raise at least $6,000 to collect anything from this campaign, and we'll have to reduce some fees if we only reach that milestone, but $8,500 is what we need to do this right. 

I hope you like us so much that you'll consider a contribution to support us. Every dollar counts (and is tax-deductible) cause the show is free and we want to keep it that way. If you contribute $100 or more you'll have access to a "house bed," which is the only way to guarantee that you'll have a bed when you come to the Red Chamber.

Sweet dreams.

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Dream of the Red Chamber, a performance for a sleeping audience is a literal dream play. It’s performed for an audience that’s invited to experience the work while they fall into and out of sleep. The set, video, and sound design create an environment that facilitates sleep, while a deeply ambient performance inspired by Cao Xueqin's 18th century Chinese novel "Dream of the Red Chamber" -- an epic love story between a stone and a flower, framed by a dizzying series of metaphysical dreams – is performed, gently trying to shape the audience's dreams.

Brill Building / 1619 Broadway (between 49th and 50th)

May 9, May 13 thru May 16 - 5pm to 12m

May 10 and May 17 - 5pm to 6am

Arrive any time, depart any time, and return any time

dreamoftheredchamber.com

TimesSquareNYC.org/Dream

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DREAM OF THE RED CHAMBER, A PERFORMANCE FOR A SLEEPING AUDIENCE

DIRECTED BY JIM FINDLAY

CONCEIVED + WRITTEN BY JIM FINDLAY & JEFF JACKSON

SONGS COMPOSED BY ELYSIAN FIELDS

PERFORMERS CHRISTINA CAMPANELLA, JAMES DAWSON, LIZ SARGENT, KANEZA SCHAAL, and REBECCA WARNER, with OKWUI OKPOKWASILI, EMILY PINTEL, ALETA FINDLAY, HYOJU HONG, and featuring JENNIFER CHARLES, KITTY LOUISE, and KATE MORAN on video

STAGE MANAGER - TERESA HARTMANN, SET + VIDEO - JOSH HIGGASON and JIM FINDLAY, SOUND - JAMIE MCELHINNEY, LIGHTS - CHRIS KUHL, COSTUMES - ENVER CHAKARTASH, COSTUME ASSISTANTS - MAURINA LIOCE, CHRISTINE STEVENSON, COLLABORATOR - JIM DAWSON, DRAMATURG - SISSI LIU, ASSISTANT DIRECTOR -MAURINA LIOCE

PRODUCER - JOEL BASSIN

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Dream of the Red Chamber, a performance for a sleeping audience is presented by Times Square Arts in partnership with Allied Partners and Brickman Real Estate, and is produced by Collapsable Giraffe and 3-Legged Dog Productions. The project has received support from The MAP Fund, a program of Creative Capital supported by the Doris Duke Charitable Foundation and The Andrew W. Mellon Foundation; Nancy Quinn Fund and Edith Lutyens and Norman Bel Geddes Design Enhancement Fund -- programs of A.R.T./NY; The MacDowell Colony; a creative development residency at Mount Tremper Arts; The Performing Garage Presents which is made possible by the Lower Manhattan Development Corporation; Duke Department of Theater Studies' Theater Previews New Works Lab; Martin E. Segal Theatre Center's Prelude.

Times Square Arts, the public art program of the Times Square Alliance, collaborates with contemporary artists to experiment and engage with one of the world's most iconic urban places. Acting as a laboratory for contemporary art in the public realm—a place where ideas are tested and new possibilities explored. Times Square Arts works with artists and cultural institutions to create dialogues with Times Square and all of its physical and mythological manifestations. Through the Square's electronic billboards, public plazas, vacant areas and popular venues, and the Alliance's own online landscape, Times Square Arts invites leading contemporary creators to help the public see Times Square in new ways. Times Square has always been a place of risk, innovation and creativity, and the Arts Program ensures these qualities remain central to the district's unique identity. Generous support by ArtPlace America and ArtWorks. Visit www.TimesSquareNYC.org/Arts for more information. Follow us on Twitter @TSqArts and Instagram http://instagram.com/tsqarts

3-Legged Dog is a community-oriented and artist-run production development studio. We offer artists a unique experience with specialized equipment, flexible space and expert knowledge, as well as the desperately needed time to fully realize their visions. If New York City is to remain at the forefront of cultural production, then its artists must have the means to create cutting-edge work. Opened by the company in 2006, 3LD Art & Technology Center is a 12,500 square foot multi-venue facility on lower Greenwich Street, two and half blocks below the WTC site. From this home base, we produce our own large-scale artwork while offering space, state-of-the-art equipment, and training to artists-in-residence for the development of their ambitious and experimental projects. www.3ld.org

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