- Theater Arts
With an idea, some text, and a boundless desire to create, a group of University of the Arts students would continue to innovate and share drafts of what became Edison, a three act play honoring the life of Nikola Tesla. With the idea of longevity in mind, we wanted to tell the story of the inventor whose ideas shaped modern history, our current technological landscape, and the future generations to come. Edison is shaped around the world of business, power, and capital which undermined him-- a world that often undermines genius.
Edison is an ode to the relationship between Nikola Tesla, an inventor and futurist, and Thomas Alva Edison, an inventor and businessman. Told through an alternating current, Edison captures the real and the surreal of Nikola Tesla alienistic life. Honing in on two of the most influential names of the 20th century, Edison reveals the world of the innovator: an exhausting, isolation, quirky, and sacred business.
Following our US premiere in March of this year, we will expand and tell our story out of a suitcase this summer, sharing Edison with as many as six European Theatre Festivals. This is not only an opportunity for us as theatre makers to experience art creation on a multi-national level. It is neither just the opportunity of networking with upwards of 40,000 artists and makers from around the globe-- it is the opportunity for Europe to experience this highly close to home piece. Our audiences will experience the excitement, be let in on the secret, and join in the chaos of unveiling history versus reality. We are beyond thrilled at the prospect of sharing this story with the world.
Starting May 27th, our tour begins at the Prague Fringe Festival where we will show Edison in a theatre constructed in 1463, and is only a short walk away from Tesla’s home and university where he studied in Prague.
Continuing through the month of July, we present in theatre festivals throughout the United Kingdom, potentially including the Buxton Fringe Festival, Manchester Fringe, Yorkshire Fringe, and the International Youth Arts Festival.
We will complete our tour at the Edinburgh Festival Fringe, the largest arts festival in the entire world with over 50,000 different performances happening over just 27 days. Edison will be featured among a wide selection of international theatre, where the possibility of further touring also exists.
Edison was born in an empty dance studio with some found costumes, some clip lights, and a hungry group of artists. As we plan our adventure to tell this story internationally, we require your assistance. Fringe is not a cheap honor. Our costs broken down are:
$13,833 - pays housing for 24 members of our team in Prague, Czech Republic; Kingston upon Thames, UK; Manchester, UK; Buxton, UK; and Edinburgh, Scotland-- totalling over 60 days of performance time.
$1,430 - pays for transportation within Europe.
$5,574 - pays for venue fees and costs of 6 different festivals, insurance, and promotional fees.
$20,837 pays for Edison to perform in Europe this summer.
We feel more than confident that with your help, we can reach our initial fundraising goal of $15,000. In the event that we over exceed our initial goal, your donation will be utilized to support our larger goal of $20,000. Your completely tax deductible financial support will go towards paying for the costs of participating in these festivals as well as travel and housing within Europe for our cast and crew of 24.
THANK YOU so much for considering giving a monetary donation in support of Edison. We are grateful and humbled to have so many outspoken supporters of our work.