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SPILL co-created by Leigh Fondakowski and Reeva Wortel

NY

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In the wake of what is now being called the largest environmental disaster in U.S. history, playwright Leigh Fondakowski creates SPILL, a play based on interviews with the people of the Gulf coast of Louisiana in the aftermath of the Deepwater Horizon / BP oil spill.

SPILL will recount the dramatic story of the explosion of the Deepwater Horizon and the subsequent impact on the estuary and marine life, but will also take a close look at the people, the history, the culture, and the environmental crisis of coastal erosion facing southern Louisiana.

Fondakowski and her collaborator visual artist and photographer Reeva Wortel have been conducting interviews in the Gulf since March 2011, talking with people across the political spectrum – from Tea Party Republicans to life-long environmental conservationists, families who lost loved ones in the explosion on the oil rig, as well as oil-rig workers, clean-up workers, scientists, politicians, priests, and members of the diverse fishing communities along the coast. 

THE EVENT

Each one of our interviewees also posed for a portrait. Visual artist Reeva Wortel took a stunning series of photographs from which she will create thirty life-sized painted portraits. These portraits will be displayed as an art installation in which the actors will play a crucial role. The audience will interact with this innovative live installation before and after viewing the play.

The world has entered a new era of fossil fuel extraction through increasingly more dangerous and unconventional means. The play and installation will explore Louisiana’s long history with the oil industry, creating awareness about the important environmental issues affecting not only Louisiana, but also the rest of the country.

URGENT NEED

The overall budget for the creation of this work is $100,000 of which the artists have raised close to $40,000.

Our USA goal of $10,070 is to cover the cost of 21 days of crucial research and interviewing in the Gulf. As scientists begin to unravel the long-term environmental impact of this oil spill, it is essential that the artists return to the Gulf to continue interviewing the people most affected.

The timeline for completion of this work is an ambitious one year. Traditional granting cycles simply take too long to allow for a quick artistic response to a  current event of this magnitude. We need your support!

If we exceed our USA goal of $10,070, any additional money will go toward finishing funds for the project, which has a fundraising gap of $50,000! Please give generously if you can!

WORLD PREMIERE

The play and installation will be presented as a work-in-progress in New Orleans and along the coast in April 2012, on the second anniversary of the spill. The Southern and New York Premieres of the play and installation will follow in the Fall of 2012.

SPILL was originally commissioned by Wesleyan University with additional support from the Institute for Advanced Studies at the University of Minnesota.

SPILL is being developed in association with The Study Group.

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    • December 29, 2011

      Elizabeth Baron

      Community Member

      Boulder, CO

      Keep up the stellar work, Leigh!!!
    • December 21, 2011

      margo Hall

      Community Member

      Oakland, CA

      Good Luck with the campaign!
    • December 21, 2011

      Sue Ott Rowlands

      Community Member

      Christiansburg, VA

      Good luck, Leigh! Sue
    • December 19, 2011

      Greg Reiner

      Community Member

      Brooklyn, NY

      I can't get your interface with amazon payments to work on my computer. Is there a way to support this project without using amazon?
    • December 02, 2011

      Lynn Reed

      Community Member

      Hi Leigh -- Sheila and Alex spread the word on your project and I was happy to learn about it. Best of luck. -- Lynn Reed
$11,740
Donated of $50,000 goal.
23%

Raised

$10,070 minimum goal to receive any funds.
This project is funded!

Donate as little as $1, or get exclusive perks for your support...

$5
We will put your name in all printed programs for the play and installation under the heading: COMMUNITY OF SUPPORTERS
$25
The above perk plus: We will include your name and hometown on a large-scale painted billboard that will travel the country with the play and installation. You will receive a digital image of this billboard.
$50
All of the above perks PLUS: We will send you a 5x7 postcard of one of the portraits signed by the artists.
$120
FUNDS A QUARTER DAY OF RESEARCH. All of the above perks PLUS: We will send you two 5x7 postcards of two distinct portraits signed by the artists.
$240
FUNDS A HALF DAY OF RESEARCH. All of the above perks PLUS: We will send you an 11x14 poster of one of the portraits signed by the artists.
$480
FUNDS A FULL DAY OF RESEARCH. All of the above perks PLUS: We will send you a 16x20 poster of a portrait of your choosing signed by the artists.
$750
We will assemble a gift for you including: two 5x7 postcards of two distinct portraits and a 16x20 poster of a portrait of your choosing signed by the artists. Plus two complimentary tickets to opening night of the performance in New York.
$1,000
All of the above perks PLUS: a salon dinner with the artists.
$10,000
The artists are in search of additional commissioning partners for this project. For a contribution of 10k, you will become a commissioning partner on the project and be billed in perpetuity in all production-related print materials.
Theater Communications Group NEA/TCG Theater Residency Program for Playwrights
Leigh Fondakowski is a playwright and director. She is a member of Tectonic Theater Project and a founding member of The Study Group.
Theater Arts
NY
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