Richard Foreman is asking for your help.
Though Foreman’s new play Old-Fashioned Prostitutes (A True Romance) is due to open at the Public Theater next year, his Ontological-Hysteric Theater will be developing the play itself in a collaborative effort with four performers at the Baryshnikov Art Center next month, to culminate in two invitation-only workshop performances. Per the project description:
Mr. Foreman will use 45 pages of written, melancholic scenes treating unrequited love, side by side with another 45 pages of more abstract, surreal material. In rehearsal, Foreman will experiment with different ways of folding the additional material into the body of the main text, disrupting and coloring it in productive ways. The texts will specifically not be combined prior to rehearsal so that the actors in the moment will create a combinatory effect of text upon text.
As the Kickstarter page for the project notes, “The Ontological-Hysteric Theater is seeking donations to help fund this residency. BAC is generously donating the space, but that does not include many expenses including actor’s fees and production costs.”
Foreman hopes to raise $7,500 over the next 28 days in support of the project, and there are a variety of premiums available. You may make your donations here; below, Foreman describes how his working method will change for this production.