Directed by David M. Boje, Ph.D. March 7, 2014; revised May 15, 2015
The VETERANS THEATER PROJECT:
We are talking with homeless veterans and the homeless community of New Mexico to come up with the stories that are the basis for the theater plays. They turn these stories into theater plays for paying audiences.
It started with Liz and I applying Anete Strand's Material Storytelling Method, not your usual sandtray work, rather an Object Theater of one's whole life depicted without words, just assembling objects to spatialize and temporalized and embodied storytelling.
Embodied Storytelling Healing for Veterans by David Boje and Liz EnglandKennedy.
Then Professor Erika Gergerich and I began developing improv to take the theatre to the next level, and develop VETERANS THEATER as a small business enterpreneurial venture the veterans themselves operate to create their own ECONOMIC SUSTAINABILITY.
We SOLD OUT the play 'Dead While Waiting for My VA Appointment!’ performed by homeless veterans and the homeless community of Camp Hope, on APRIL 30th 5:00PM-7:00PM at New Mexico State University's Center for Performing Arts. Prices: Tickets $6 Students, $12 Adults (lodge), & $25 (Front Row). We used all the 70 chairs, ordered 30 more, and still people were standing against the walls to see the performance.
Here is a YouTube of excerpt from the April 30th VETERANS THEATER perfmance of 'Dead while waiting for my VA appointment.
This is a 3 minute video about work we are doing with our veterans. Every person in America is 3 paychecks away from becoming homeless! We veterans grow up with every kind of institution from School, Family, University, the Military, and the Medical establishment storying and restorying us. The institutions story our Selves on the MirrorSstage in ways that is preventing care that would make fewer veterans a statistic.
Our NEXT event is to rent the Rio Grande Theater for a September performance (exact date to be announced). The Rio Grande Theatre is a 422-seat performing arts facility with a forty-foot fly loft, dressing rooms, digital projector, sound and lighting equipment, acoustical panels, refrigerated air, a refurbished lobby, and gallery spaces.
We raised over $1,000 to put on our next theater proformances in September 2015, but we need to raise more for the theater, set and rehearsal costs.
We continue to do fund fraising using CrowdSource at GoFundMe.com/mol1wc to cover costs of next play and setting up or 501 (c) 3. Thank you.
Contact Dr. Boje at firstname.lastname@example.org to help with the next play or please send donation check to Dr. Boje 4700 Dunn Drive. Las Cruces, New Mexico 88011. We can mail you back your receipt.
Thank you for attending the play, and for your continued donations"FiNANCIAL STATEMENT as of May 2, 2015
|Wal-Green Fund raiser||132|
|Sweet CeCe fund raiser||230|
|Apr 30th at the door||494.04|
|GoFundMe at Apr 30||1492|
|GoFundMe Fee (4.5%)||67.14|
|NMSU theater 2 hr rental||350|
|NMSU extra 10 minutes time||100|
|NMSU 30 extra chairs||74|
|Flags & poles for veterans||250|
|Marioneette & Set Juarez||450|
|Props & Signs||50|
|BALANCE May 2 2015||$1006.9|
Balance and the money raised at the April 30th event will go to developing more plays, props, set design, printing costs, and other related expenses - For more information contact David Boje
e.g. a September play on Tale of Two Cities (Albuquerque & Las Cruces) in how the feed or don't feed the homeless, dump rocks on them or build viable tent community, and have an ethic of not-in-my-backyard or takes a community-of-care to bring change and well-being.