The Trip to Bountiful

By Keagan Fransch

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The Trip To Bountiful

Project 2012-11-20 00:34:21 +1300


About me:

My name is Keagan Fransch, and I am an actor in my second year of training at Toi Whakaari: New Zealand Drama School. In February 2013 I will be travelling to the United States to intern to director Timothy Douglas in Cincinnati, Ohio. Timothy will be directing the Horton Foote play "The Trip to Bountiful" (1962), a story about longing, desperation, family connection, and the questions one asks when growing old and closer to the end of one’s life. 


About the project:

What is unique about this particular production is that Timothy, one of the leading African-American directors in the US, is interested in exploring the themes of the play through the lens of an African-American family, and so will be directing an all-black cast in this play that has traditionally been performed by white actors. Furthermore, Cincinnati has a rich history in race relations, being the home of many abolitionists and safe houses for black slaves seeking lives as free men in the 19th century. Having grown up in Zimbabwe, a country fully immersed in the complexities of colour, the exploration of race, culture and circumstance has been one of my creative interests since beginning my training at drama school. As such, the opportunity to observe the work of an international industry professional that shares my interests is invaluable and will no doubt contribute to my skills as a storyteller. 

About the dream:

I have lived in New Zealand since 2004, so using the tools acquired from my experience in Cincinnati; I want to be able to tell stories for the New Zealand audience about issues all New Zealanders, regardless of background, face; those same stories about longing, desperation, family connection. Stories about the search for identity and one's place in a country still so troubled by race relations because of the inability to relate. This is a bold statement to make, but I do believe that herein lies a thread that connects the African experience, to the New Zealand experience, to the American experience. It is not that I want to highlight difference, and race; what truly excites me is exploring the difference in order to discover the sameness, and the connecting threads.

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Spread the Word!

16/12/2012 at 12:34 AM

Hello!
Thank you so much to those of you who have pledged so far, your support means the world to me and I am incredibly grateful. You've helped me reach $815! And thank you to those who have generously taken the time to share this project with family and friends!
But my time is almost up and I have a long way to go, so please continue to SPREAD THE WORD! Risk being reported for spam by sending a mass email, post on Facebook, put it in a sweet Tweet, txt yr bff, or shout it out on the street corners! Just get crazy with it! With your support, I can do this!
Thank you all,
Keagan

    Pledgers 40

    Anonymous pledger
    2012-12-20 19:51:14 +1300
    Michael Gaastra
    2012-12-20 12:32:01 +1300
    Nathan Mudge
    2012-12-20 10:49:16 +1300
    NigelLurrie
    2012-12-20 03:14:36 +1300
    Louise Blackstock
    2012-12-19 11:33:48 +1300
    Sara-Henri Lynam
    2012-12-19 03:31:03 +1300
    Rosie Remmerswaal
    2012-12-18 21:32:31 +1300
    Keoni DaHawaiian
    2012-12-18 18:43:12 +1300
    Helen
    2012-12-18 13:23:56 +1300
    jane clink
    2012-12-18 09:20:15 +1300
    Alison Roigard
    2012-12-18 09:01:38 +1300
    Michael Switzer
    2012-12-15 00:14:42 +1300
    Gaby
    2012-12-11 20:22:31 +1300
    philip merry
    2012-12-11 11:31:31 +1300
    Anonymous pledger
    2012-12-10 11:32:06 +1300
    Irene Malone
    2012-12-09 15:57:46 +1300
    Kieran Rayner
    2012-12-07 14:15:12 +1300
    Miriam Jenkins
    2012-12-06 20:58:30 +1300
    Mildred Costas
    2012-12-02 13:32:17 +1300
    Taylor Hall
    2012-11-30 17:04:52 +1300
    Nina Petera
    2012-11-26 18:49:04 +1300
    Jack Buchanan
    2012-11-26 14:36:40 +1300
    Sam Bunkall
    2012-11-25 13:06:29 +1300
    K Wehipeihana
    2012-11-23 15:35:44 +1300
    Antonia
    2012-11-22 03:24:14 +1300
    Gaye Poole
    2012-11-21 22:09:01 +1300
    June Dams
    2012-11-21 21:44:58 +1300
    Carrie Green
    2012-11-21 21:36:43 +1300
    Michelle Ny
    2012-11-21 20:30:50 +1300
    Katlyn Wong
    2012-11-21 17:33:06 +1300

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    Followers of The Trip to Bountiful

    The Trip To Bountiful

    Project 2012-11-20 00:34:21 +1300


    About me:

    My name is Keagan Fransch, and I am an actor in my second year of training at Toi Whakaari: New Zealand Drama School. In February 2013 I will be travelling to the United States to intern to director Timothy Douglas in Cincinnati, Ohio. Timothy will be directing the Horton Foote play "The Trip to Bountiful" (1962), a story about longing, desperation, family connection, and the questions one asks when growing old and closer to the end of one’s life. 


    About the project:

    What is unique about this particular production is that Timothy, one of the leading African-American directors in the US, is interested in exploring the themes of the play through the lens of an African-American family, and so will be directing an all-black cast in this play that has traditionally been performed by white actors. Furthermore, Cincinnati has a rich history in race relations, being the home of many abolitionists and safe houses for black slaves seeking lives as free men in the 19th century. Having grown up in Zimbabwe, a country fully immersed in the complexities of colour, the exploration of race, culture and circumstance has been one of my creative interests since beginning my training at drama school. As such, the opportunity to observe the work of an international industry professional that shares my interests is invaluable and will no doubt contribute to my skills as a storyteller. 

    About the dream:

    I have lived in New Zealand since 2004, so using the tools acquired from my experience in Cincinnati; I want to be able to tell stories for the New Zealand audience about issues all New Zealanders, regardless of background, face; those same stories about longing, desperation, family connection. Stories about the search for identity and one's place in a country still so troubled by race relations because of the inability to relate. This is a bold statement to make, but I do believe that herein lies a thread that connects the African experience, to the New Zealand experience, to the American experience. It is not that I want to highlight difference, and race; what truly excites me is exploring the difference in order to discover the sameness, and the connecting threads.

    Comments

    Spread the Word!

    16/12/2012 at 12:34 AM

    Hello!
    Thank you so much to those of you who have pledged so far, your support means the world to me and I am incredibly grateful. You've helped me reach $815! And thank you to those who have generously taken the time to share this project with family and friends!
    But my time is almost up and I have a long way to go, so please continue to SPREAD THE WORD! Risk being reported for spam by sending a mass email, post on Facebook, put it in a sweet Tweet, txt yr bff, or shout it out on the street corners! Just get crazy with it! With your support, I can do this!
    Thank you all,
    Keagan
      Anonymous pledger
      2012-12-20 19:51:14 +1300
      Michael Gaastra
      2012-12-20 12:32:01 +1300
      Nathan Mudge
      2012-12-20 10:49:16 +1300
      NigelLurrie
      2012-12-20 03:14:36 +1300
      Louise Blackstock
      2012-12-19 11:33:48 +1300
      Sara-Henri Lynam
      2012-12-19 03:31:03 +1300
      Rosie Remmerswaal
      2012-12-18 21:32:31 +1300
      Keoni DaHawaiian
      2012-12-18 18:43:12 +1300
      Helen
      2012-12-18 13:23:56 +1300
      jane clink
      2012-12-18 09:20:15 +1300
      Alison Roigard
      2012-12-18 09:01:38 +1300
      Michael Switzer
      2012-12-15 00:14:42 +1300
      Gaby
      2012-12-11 20:22:31 +1300
      philip merry
      2012-12-11 11:31:31 +1300
      Anonymous pledger
      2012-12-10 11:32:06 +1300
      Irene Malone
      2012-12-09 15:57:46 +1300
      Kieran Rayner
      2012-12-07 14:15:12 +1300
      Miriam Jenkins
      2012-12-06 20:58:30 +1300
      Mildred Costas
      2012-12-02 13:32:17 +1300
      Taylor Hall
      2012-11-30 17:04:52 +1300
      Nina Petera
      2012-11-26 18:49:04 +1300
      Jack Buchanan
      2012-11-26 14:36:40 +1300
      Sam Bunkall
      2012-11-25 13:06:29 +1300
      K Wehipeihana
      2012-11-23 15:35:44 +1300
      Antonia
      2012-11-22 03:24:14 +1300
      Gaye Poole
      2012-11-21 22:09:01 +1300
      June Dams
      2012-11-21 21:44:58 +1300
      Carrie Green
      2012-11-21 21:36:43 +1300
      Michelle Ny
      2012-11-21 20:30:50 +1300
      Katlyn Wong
      2012-11-21 17:33:06 +1300

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      This campaign was successful and got its funding on 20/12/2012 at 7:51 PM.