I wanted to contact you to see if you were potentially interested in supporting my project. I am a 32 year old transgender man currently living in Hamilton, Ontario. Last year I graduated from McMaster University with a BA in Theatre and Film. It is my goal to become a playwright who brings light to issues relevant to both youth and the LGBT community.
I have been working on a musical called TWENTY for several years. TWENTY is the story of my twenties, essentially the story of my transition. Even though it’s a specific story of my personal experience, TWENTY deals with themes common and relateable to anyone who has been twenty, such as the search for identity and the need to find a place and purpose in the world.
In a very exciting turn of events, TWENTY has been accepted at the Transgender Theater Festival at the Brick Theater in Brooklyn, NY. We are hoping to perform in June. I would really love to take a Canadian team down to NYC and spread the message of my show, and represent the Canadian transgender community.
I really believe in this project. When I was twenty, I felt like I was the only person who felt like I did – not just as a transgender person, but as a young person as well. It’s my goal to eventually take TWENTY on tour in Canada to reach as many youth as I can. The current generation of youth are more open than any that has gone before it, and LGBT issues are coming to the forefront of world issues. I want to be part of this.
I’d like to invite you to listen to some of the music from TWENTY. You can hear it here: https://soundcloud.com/twentythemusical/sets/twenty-all-songs
As for the support I’m asking for, I am currently running a crowdfunding campaign so that I can take a cast and crew of four people to the festival. I’m in the last two weeks of the fundraiser and am making a last push for funding. I was wondering if you could share a link to the campaign? Our indiegogo video is here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ARomzoyusXs and the indiegogo link is here: https://www.indiegogo.com/projects/bring-twenty-to-the-big-apple
Thank you very much for your time,
Rex Emerson Jackson