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Did not expect the Zika virus to delay this project, which is fully cast, but since it is planned take place in Wynwood, which is ground zero for the Zika virus, I have no choice. As soon as Wynwood is declared Zika-free, and tourism returns, we will make it happen. In the meantime, I will be appearing at Villain Theater as the guest monologist on Saturday.
We have most of the roles cast, but still need someone to play the Prophet Muhammad.
Using guerilla, performance art tactics, we will erect a pop-up stage in a busy location in order to perform and film the short stage play No Pictures Please! Why it can’t be done in a traditional theater setting is another story.
Casting notice kindly posted by the South Florida Theatre League, of which I am a member.
We are going to set up a quick stage in the middle of a busy location and gather an audience. We will then perform and film the short stage play “No Pictures Please!” We will take down the stage and disappear before anyone has a chance to object. This is Performance Art using Guerilla Tactics. As near as I can discover, this has never been done before!
Join Us & Make History
This project is a unique, one-of-a-kind experience. In addition to the controversial nature of the Stage Play, the fact that we are forced to produce it as an underground operation is unprecedented.
It will only be performed once, and filmed. Once the film is edited, it will be submitted to short film festivals and/or released.
You can be a part of this historic event if you believe in Free Speech and have a great sense of humor. You can choose to remain anonymous or use your real name.
We are looking for male and female actors, as well as crew and helpers in various capacities. If you are interested please contact me so I can provide a detailed explanation of the project and answer any questions you may have, as well as a copy of the script.
| “No Pictures Please” Synopsis
A group of actors are forced to perform a stage play in front of a Terrorist, who threatens to detonate a bomb if he finds it to be offensive. The terrified actors have no choice but to stumble through the production, which is funny, but increasingly offensive. Eventually the Terrorist detonates the bomb, and learns that Paradise is not quite what he expected.
My press release on PR.com was rejected because they said it “can lead to a potentially harmful or threatening situation.” I can’t believe they are so sensitive to this issue, when press releases are published every day that are far, far worse. Just another example of the unequal treatment when it comes to offending Muslims.
NO PICTURES PLEASE, a satire of Free Speech & Islam, includes an actor playing the role of the Prophet Muhammad. This is deeply offensive to many Muslims and has, in the past, provoked acts of violence.
That makes No Pictures Please unsuitable for traditional theater. The security costs alone are a show stopper, not mention all the fear and political correctness.
Turns out Free Speech is not free. It is actually quite expensive.
The cost of ensuring the safety of the cast, the crew and the audience for a play like No Pictures Please is prohibitive. It could never have multiple runs.
The only alternative is this Indiegogo Project, which includes:
The Stage Play – the audience will witness and participate in the first and only live performance of the stage play NO PICTURES PLEASE!
The Film – the entire experience, recorded by several devices inside and outside the Venue, will be transformed into an amazing Film.
The Documentary – A creative, compelling look at the whole crazy experience.
No Pictures Please deserves to be seen and judged on its own merits.
Only your support will make that possible.