Thursday, January 7, 2010

And So It Begins...

If you are a regular reader from the beginning, then you know that I am founding board member of the James Tolin Memorial Fund. The JTMF is an organization which produces an annual event featuring a show, reception and silent auction to raise funds for AIDS support groups and Arts Education groups in New Jersey.

James Tolin was a local NJ actor who was lost to HIV-related illness in 2001. James loved to laugh and to honor his memory, we produce only comedies. Some of our past productions have included Jeffrey; Mr. Charles, Currently of Palm Beach; The Altruists; Psycho Beach Party; What the Butler Saw and The Most Fabulous Story Ever Told.

This coming June, our 8th annual fundraiser features Del Shores' hilarious "Black Comedy About White Trash," Sordid Lives. The show inspired a movie starring Bonnie Bedelia, Delta Burke, Beth Grant, Beau Bridges, Leslie Jordan and Olivia Newton John. The story centers around a Texas family gathering for the funeral of their beloved matriarch who died as result of a head injury sustained while tripping over the prosthetic legs of her paramour in a cheap motel. The show also inspired a short-lived series on Logo.

Tonight, the first "unofficial" planning meeting was held between myself, the company's founder and a newish, but good friend who has offered support and advice on marketing, networking and promotion, as well as finally establishing the JTMF as a 501C NPO. If you are interested, you can the JTMF Facebook group, here.

If you missed my previous post about Sordid Lives, here's the trailer for the movie (language may be NSFW):

And here's a clip from the Logo series:

If you are on the East Coast, I hope you can join us this June for what promises to be the campiest, most raucous and most outrageous JTMF event, yet. I guarantee you'll enjoy a terrific evening of live theatre and good food, while helping to raise funds for several good causes and honoring the memory of a fallen comrade.

More, anon.


Stephen said...

Do you mean that I can't travel from Portland?
I am zany for SORDID LIVES- Movie & TV Show!
Thanksn for doing some good in this world.

Prospero said...

Of course you can! We'd love to have you and the husband! I'll even comp your show tickets.