National NewBorn Festival, Julie and Martha, David Stallings, Barrier IslandEither this blog will turn into one of my most read entries because of the title, or the title will conjure up images of a naked David Merrick or Florenz Ziegfeld and make people want to throw up all over the keyboards.

But I'm not talking about Merrick or Ziegfeld.

I'm talking about Julie and Martha.

Julie and Martha are two of the Producers of David Stallings's Barrier Island, which opens April 30th. These two flirtin' fundraisers have taken to a little game they came up with called Producer Off, that's bound to raise a few eyebrows and some bucks at the same time.

It's simple.  There are photos of each Producer online.  For each chunk of cash that each Producer raises through online donations, the OTHER Producer has to take off a piece of clothing, take a new photo, and put it on the web for all the world (and their mothers) to see.

It's fun, competitive, and also pretty safe (a few quick calculations will reveal that the ladies are wearing enough accoutrements to never have to reveal too much of what's underneath (oven mitts?)).

But that won't prevent Julie and Martha from getting attention from people who had never heard of them before, and donations from people who never would have donated to their cause before.

In fact, I contributed some cash to both of their accounts.

But I did it to support their risk-taking, get-the-money-at-all-costs, out-of-the-box, passion for the theater.

Yeah. Yeah. That's why I did it.  

To see Julie and Martha, click here.

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3 Responses to Wanna see a couple of Producers get naked? Here’s how.

  1. Carolina says:

    Very original. Speaking of this, do you have any (other) ideas for fundraising? I’ve found it’s so hard, even using a platform like Kickstarter.

  2. UpTheWestEnd says:

    Girls after my own heart: “Dignity, Always Dignity”

  3. Jeremy says:

    Saw Barrier Island this weekend, and loved it! This show belongs on Broadway, the production values are impressive for Off-Off, the script is compelling and the actors are top notch.
    You better snatch this one Ken before someone else does.

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