Dear Diary LOL

by Antigravity Performance Project


Antigravity’s Dear Diary LOL is a comedic theatre work born verbatim from the real-life tween-teen diaries of the show’s actual creators.  Our devising ensemble invites you to cringe, laugh, and cry at their most earnest desires, deepest fears, secret shames, and terrible poetry written as coming-of-age girls in the late 90s/early 2000s. The piece explodes its source diaries with moments of direct address, music, dance, and physical comedy, colliding the style of melodrama with the inherent humor found in the earnestness of young girlhood musings (with all the benefits of hindsight). We are Pig Iron Theatre Company’s selection for the alumni-curated 25th anniversary Ice Factory Festival at the New Ohio Theatre.


We are Antigravity Performance Project, an interstate devised theatre company developing and presenting work in NYC, PHL, and PVD. Antigravity’s core members live and root the work in each of these three locations. Since 2012, we’ve developed a shared creative aesthetic rooted in ensemble, image, movement, music, and found text.

Our interdisciplinary performance works have been praised for their “beautiful visuals” (Phindie) and “extraordinary physical performances” (Broad Street Review). The New York Times call our first work Yermedea Raw “energizing and frightening” with “haunting images” and Mark Cofta of Broad Street Review called Dear Diary LOL “hilarious and touching” with “vividly honest performances.” Antigravity is: Kym Moore, Michael T. Williams, Francesca Montanile Lyons, Michael Costagliola (Co-Directors) and Kyle Dacuyan, Megan Thibodeaux, Alicia Crosby, Sarah Knittel, Gina Murdock, Jenna Strusoswki, and Shanti Pillai (Associate Artists).

Our fearless leader for Dear Diary LOL is the singular Francesca Montanile Lyons. Thank you for visiting our fundraiser page!


Dear Diary LOL has been in development since 2015, when Francesca led a team of her devised theatre peers at the Pig Iron School in unearthing their actual tween diaries onto the stage. This iteration was under 20 minutes in length. Starting in June of 2017, Francesca again gathered a team, this time forging the first full-length iteration of the work. A grant from Small But Mighty Awards helped fund this production, which was a hit of the 2017 Neighborhood FringeArts Festival in Philadelphia. In January 2018, Dear Diary LOL was invited back for a run in FringeArts’ Main Stage Winter Season playing to sold-out audiences (thanks in part to an Emergency Grant from the Foundation for Contemporary Arts). And now, we’re simply elated to announce that Dear Diary LOL is Pig Iron Theatre Company’s selection for the 25th anniversary alumni-curated New Ohio Ice Factory Festival! While we are terribly excited to show the work in New York City (on July 25th-28th, 7PM shows) we are also keenly aware of the costs to producing an ensemble work on tour.


Even after modest box office proceeds and Antigravity savings, we need your support to raise at least $8000 to make this project possible. The vast majority of these funds will go to our most expensive and most vital resource: people! Paying a creative team of 11 (8 ensemble members, 2 designers, and a producer) adds up fast, and thus we seek help from our crowdfunding community to pay-our-peeps. In addition, Antigravity must cover modest material purchases and travel/food stipends for a team of (mostly) Philadelphia-based artists coming to NYC, as well as rehearsal space rentals. These needs together comprise the $8-10K we seek in this funding campaign.


Besides touring the production as it stands to the New Ohio (a feat in and of itself!) we desire to continue to develop the work. From iteration to iteration we think it’s vital to re-open the hood, reinforce what's working, and tinker with what's not. We know we want to open the work to additional diaries, performers, and perspectives to deepen its reach and scope. Over 3 weeks this June and July, we plan to expand and fortify the work while getting ourselves ready to tour to New York July 25th-28th!


We truly mean it when we say that any amount helps! Small donations are welcome and encouraged! Your contribution, however small or large, is 100% tax-deductible through Hatchfund (a 501c3 nonprofit). And lastly, if you know anyone who might be excited by this project, please send them our way! We’ve simply loved connecting to diarists of all generations, and hope to connect with more!

With gratitude,

Antigravity Performance Project + Francesca Montanile Lyons