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.”
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 Lansbury, Chita 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 Lane, Christine Baranski, Zoe Caldwell, Tyne Daly, Edie Falco, Billy Porter, Lynn Ahrens, Stephen Flaherty, John Glover, Anthony Heald, John Benjamin Hickey, John Kander, Roberta Kaplan, Larry Kramer, Rita Moreno, Joe Mantello, Tom Kirdahy, Jack O’Brien, John Slattery, Richard Thomas, Doris Roberts, Paul Libin, Lynne Meadow, Dominic Cuskern, Don Roos, Patrick Wilson, Jon 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 Woman and 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.