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Stage and Screen Stars Offer Incentives to Donate to Terrence McNally Documentary's Kickstarter Campaign

on Monday, 30 October 2017. Posted in Events

Stage and Screen Stars Offer Incentives to Donate to Terrence McNally Documentary's Kickstarter Campaign

Photo: Terrence McNally Joseph Marzullo/WENN

Article BY Andrew Gans
OCT 23, 2017

Every Act of Life chronicles the four-time Tony winner’s five decades working in the American theatre.

Jeff Kaufman and Marcia Ross have launched a Kickstarter fund-raising campaign for their documentary on four-time Tony-winning playwright and librettist Terrence McNally.

Entitled Every Act of Life, the film chronicles McNally's pioneering work in the American theatre over five decades, his fight for LGBT rights, his battles with alcohol and cancer, and more. The producers describe the project as the “first documentary about one of the world’s most honored and risk-taking writers, and an immersive exploration of how to make the third act of life as interesting as the first two.”

Rupert Grint, F. Murray Abraham, Stockard Channing and Nathan Lane
Rupert Grint, F. Murray Abraham, Stockard Channing and Nathan Lane Joan Marcus

As filming and editing are complete, the funds raised (with a goal set for $42,000) would go toward final post-production elements, including color correction, sound design, and promotional assets. “Terrence says in Every Act of Life, ’Theatre is collaborative, and life is collaborative,’” write Kaufman and Ross. “Filmmaking is also collaborative. In this case, it is tax deductible, as well, because your contribution will go through our non-profit fiscal sponsor.”

Rewards for donating to the film include signed memorabilia from McNally, Angela LansburyChita Rivera, and Audra McDonald; a meet-and-greet with F. Murray Abraham and a chance to hold his Oscar; and a private coaching session with Billy Porter. All make appearances in the documentary.

The film also features interviews and performances from a host of theatre folk, including Nathan LaneChristine Baranski, Zoe Caldwell, Tyne DalyEdie Falco, Billy Porter, Lynn AhrensStephen FlahertyJohn Glover, Anthony Heald, John Benjamin Hickey, John Kander, Roberta Kaplan, Larry Kramer, Rita Moreno, Joe MantelloTom Kirdahy, Jack O’Brien, John Slattery, Richard Thomas, Doris Roberts, Paul Libin, Lynne Meadow, Dominic Cuskern, Don Roos, Patrick WilsonJon Robin Baitz, Micah Stock, Peter McNally, John Tillinger, and Stanley Tucci.

McNally earned Tony Awards for his plays Master Class and Love! Valour! Compassion! as well as the books to the musicals Kiss of the Spider Womanand Ragtime. His works also include The Ritz, Deuce, The Lisbon Traviata, The Rink, A Man of No Importance, Catch Me If You Can, and It's Only a Play. He is currently represented on Broadway with Anastasia.

For more information or to donate to the campaign, which continues through November 22, visit Kickstarter.com.

From playbill.com

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