This week I am turning the blog over to Patrick Terry who is embarking on his next producing venture in this year's Fringe Festival. Here he talks about his experience with his show and the path that has lead to here. Take it away Patrick.
In the summer of 2008 Geoffrey
Nauffts hired me as an Associate Producer for Naked Angels’ annual new works
series: ANGELS IN PROGRESS. One of the highlights of this experience -
aside from working on new plays by Kenneth Lonergan, Stephen Belber and Theresa
Rebeck – was meeting Jayne Larson.
Jayne’s one-woman show, DRIVING THE
SAUDIS, was being featured in the series and of all the high profile projects,
it was hers that left me completely and totally captivated. Even after
seeing 7 performances, I was blown away. I had to be involved.
Over the next 2 years Jayne and I,
with the intrepid direction of Charlie Stratton, continued to develop the piece
with productions at 92Y Tribeca, Galapagos Art Space,
and Playhouse on the Square in Memphis Tennessee. And now we are thrilled
and honored to be a part of The New York International Fringe Festival!
So far, I have learned that one of the tough realities of producing a one-woman show in the Fringe is competing with established theatre companies with big casts and bigger press budgets. Be that as it may, we have endeavored on a grass-roots micro targeting campaign, which is serving us well. However, priority tickets are still available for opening night and I want to invite you all to join us at the SoHo Playhouse on Sunday August 15th @ 9:30.
Please find some additional details below about the play,
and feel free to contact me for
further information. But before I leave you, I wanted to share some of Jane's words:
"The play explores conceptions and misconceptions of beauty; it describes the challenges and expansion of my own world-view and ingrained Western beliefs; and it is a story that provokes cultural dialogue and exchange. Ultimately, it is an exploration of the subjugation of women in society---theirs as well as ours, and my complicity in that role."-JAL
We’ll look forward to seeing you all at the Fringe!
Preview by Patrick Terry , Producer
What is your show about? Jayne Amelia Larson was the only woman in a detail of 40 drivers assigned to a Saudi Royal family and its entourage who were vacationing in Beverly Hills for 2 months. She was on duty 24 hours a day/7 days a week, and the requirements were unusual, to say the least.
Why should audiences see your show? Its an engaging and enlightening first person account of a world rarely seen. The nature of the employment and the fact that Larson was the only woman allowed for an up close and personal view of a very different culture, and a world of unimaginable wealth. Multi-media elements add dimension and scope to the story.
What one thing are audiences going to remember forever about your show after they see it? You'll have a new appreciation of what it means to have choice and freedom. And a deeper knowledge of where your gas money REALLY goes.
What is exciting and/or unique about your show? Its a never before told story that is fascinating, funny, and surreal all at the same time. Ms. Larson details her invitation inside one of the most closely guarded private monarchies in the world.
For more info and to purchase tickets click here. Thank you Patrick for drawing back the curtain on the development process. Check the show out folks!