Help Skylight Theatre Company raise $8,000 for the world premiere of LAVENDER MEN this spring!
We only have three weeks (February 15 - March 7) to fundraise before rehearsals start. Any contribution you can give helps bring this daring LGBTQ theatre to Los Angeles.
LAVENDER MEN, written by Roger Q. Mason, is a historical fantasia which follows Taffeta, a self-proclaimed "fabulous queer creation of color," who invades the private world of Abe Lincoln to confront issues of visibility, race and LGBTQ+ inclusion that still challenge us today.
The play was developed in Skylight's PlayLAb, an incubator for brand new work that speaks to today's audience. Fresh off the LAb Works festival and a sold out reading on Broadway at Circle in the Square, LAVENDER MEN will receive its world premiere with Skylight Theatre Company in April/May 2020 directed by Lovell Holder.
To bring LAVENDER MEN to life, we are raising $8000 to provide our actors fair rehearsal wages, healthcare benefits, and performance compensation as outlined by the Actors Equity Association. With your help, we can properly honor and respect our artists' work in this show.
Consider making a tax-deductible donation to our campaign today. All proceeds go directly to the actors involved with the world premiere of LAVENDER MEN.
Our Fabulous Prizes:
$10 - Thank you shout out on social media
$25 - Thank you video shout out from Taffeta on social media + above-mentioned prize
$50 - Printable PDF rendering of Taffeta costume designed by Ya Ya Liang + above-mentioned prizes
$100 - Mailed signed program + above-mentioned prizes
THE FIRST LADY
$250 - Mailed signed poster from the world premiere of LAVENDER MEN + above-mentioned prizes
$500 - Two tickets to the world premiere of LAVENDER MEN on any night of your choice + above mentioned prizes
$1000 - Producing Underwriter credit and invitation to exclusive dress rehearsal + above mentioned prizes
And if you can't make a donation, forward our campaign page link via email, Facebook, Twitter, or Instagram.
Advanced Praise for LAVENDER MEN:
"LAVENDER MEN is wonderful! A fantastic contemporary American play." - Brandon Michael Lowden, composer/lyricist (NYC)
“Simply put: I’m excited to see LAVENDER MEN fully realized on stage. Roger’s voice is positively disruptive, insightful, and lyrical, channeling a richer, more equitable understanding of the histories you thought you knew." - Christopher Maikish, Executive Director, Celebration Theatre (LA)
"Sweeping and engaging, LAVENDER MEN is like a giant slayer; tackling themes of erasure, intersectionality, and hegemony in a direct and illuminating way. It thrills me to know this genre-shifting piece will contribute to the conversation and landscape of daring new work being producing in our current climate." - Adam Hyndman, actor/producer (NYC)
Meet the LAVENDER MEN Team:
Roger Q. Mason (writer) is the recipient of the 2020 Chuck Rowland Pioneer Award for achievement in playwriting. His work has been performed on Broadway at Circle in the Square Theatre (Circle Reading Series); Off and Off-Off Broadway at New Group, American Theatre of Actors, New York Theatre Workshop, Access Theatre, Flea Theatre, and the Kraine; and regionally at McCarter Theatre, Ensemble Studio Theatre/LA, Son of Semele Theatre, Chicago Dramatists; Victory Gardens and Serenbe Playhouse. His play THE WHITE DRESS was a finalist for the Screencraft Play Contest, judged by David Lindsay-Abaire, and a finalist for the Lark's Playwrights Week. His piece HARD PALATE was a New York Theatre Innovator Award nominee. He is the winner of the Hollywood Fringe Festival Encore Award. Mason holds an MFA in Writing from Northwestern University, MA in English from Middlebury College, and BA in English and Theatre from Princeton University. He's a proud member of the Dramatists Guild of America.
Lovell Holder (director) graduated summa cum laude and Phi Beta Kappa from Princeton University. He then received his MFA from Brown University. Feature Film: Ian MacAllister-McDonald's Some Freaks (producer; starring Thomas Mann, Lily Mae Harrington, Tony nominee Marin Ireland; available on Netflix); Loserville (director/producer/co-writer; with Tony winner Sara Ramirez, starring Darby Stanchfield, Matt McGorry); Robert Jury's Working Man (producer; starring Oscar nominee Talia Shire, Peter Gerety). Short Film: Olivia Hamilton’s Surrogate (producer, alongside Oscar winner Damien Chazelle); Daniel Talbott’s You Say Hello (director/producer); Roger Q. Mason's Softer (director/producer). LA Theater: Echo Theater Company, LATC, Son of Semele, Chalk Rep. Regional Theater: Trinity Repertory Company, McCarter Theater Center.
About Skylight Theatre Company: We believe in the power of the Artist to create change. Skylight expands the boundaries of mainstream theatre through the telling of relevant and more inclusive stories. A vibrant family of artists, Skylight Theatre Company discovers, develops and produces new works, introduces plays new to Los Angeles, and educates and nurtures the people that create them. Dedicated to diversity, equity and inclusion, we make stories come to life.