The script for Project Unspeakable is now ready for review. Please contact us to request a copy.
We thought you would want to know where we are in developing Project Unspeakable. Thanks in large part to the support of various kinds we’ve received from so many folks (including many of you), we are making great progress!
Script. The script is now ready. Please contact us and request a copy. The heart and soul of the project is, of course, the actual theatrical script that’s was written by project director and theater wizard Court Dorsey, with assistance and advice from several others, including prominent author and researcher Jim Douglass, and the accomplished playwright Steve Wangh, who was an associate writer of the Laramie Project play mentioned in our project description. We have already had three informal readings of preliminary drafts. The purpose of these readings was to give Court a chance to hear what the script sounds like and also to hear the reactions of the readers. On all three occasions the dozen or so readers were really excited and impressed with what they read and heard and were able to offer very helpful feedback.
Outreach. We’ve been sending out our project description to potentially interested individuals and groups (activist, theater, religious, educational, etc.) all over the country, encouraging them to consider organizing readings or performances of the Project Unspeakable play in their communities and also to help us spread the word. Already we’ve received many encouraging responses from folks who tell us they’re thinking seriously about doing a reading or performance of the script. So far, this includes people in Vancouver, Seattle, San Francisco, Los Angeles, Denver, Chicago, Texas, Georgia, North Carolina, Birmingham, St. Louis, New York, Albuquerque, Santa Fe, Taos, Gallup (NM), and throughout New England. There’s still much outreach left to be done, so if you know of people we should be getting in touch with, please contact our Project Manager Karen Rehmus: [email protected].
Website. Thanks to the work of project supporter Ryan Schumacher in Birmingham, Alabama, we now have this early version of a well-designed and informative Project Unspeakable website that will enable many more people to find out about the Project.
Endorsers. We’ve just begun to put together a list of widely known and respected “project endorsers.” We are very grateful to already have the following wonderful people as endorsers: Medea Benjamin (Code Pink leader), Fr. Roy Bourgeois (initiator of the School of Americas Watch), Fr. John Dear (anti-war priest and author), Jim Douglass (author of JFK and the Unspeakable), Shelley Douglass (speaker, writer, activist, and coordinator for the Mary’s House Catholic Worker community in Birmingham, Alabama), Daniel Ellsberg (Marine Corps veteran, State Department analyst, “Pentagon Papers” whistleblower, author of Secrets), Patricia Ellsberg (public speaker, peace activist, meditation leader, collaborator in revealing “Pentagon Papers”), Robert Ellsberg (editor of OrbisBooks, publisher of the hardback edition of “JFK and the Unspeakable”), Eve Ensler (activist, author, playwright, creator of “The Vagina Monologues,” initiator of “V-Day: the Global Movement to End Violence Against Women”), John Judge (peace & anti-militarism activist, JFK assassination researcher, /director of COPA, the D.C.-based Coalition on Political Assassinations), Kathy Kelly (leader of Voices for Creative Nonviolence), Joanna Macy (author, eco-philosopher, Buddhist scholar and activist), Paul Schrade (former California labor organizer and close associate of Bobby Kennedy), Martin Sheen (actor, peace activist), and Bill Strickland (African-American Studies professor at the University of Massachusetts and friend of Malcolm X).
Fundraising. We’re off to a promising start, having raised approximately $11,000 from over 20 generous donors. We still have a long way to go, however, with an estimated total budget of $100,000, so we could really use your help. If you or anyone you know is able to make a financial contribution (or another financial contribution), tax-deductible contributions should be made out to our 501.c.3 fiscal sponsor “Pilgrim Theater, Inc., earmarked for “Project Unspeakable,” and mailed to our Project Treasurer: Debbie Lynangale, 121 Montague Road, Wendell, MA 01379. And if you have suggestions as to potential donors whom we should be contacting, please let us know.
Finally, we want to extend a huge “THANK YOU” to everyone who has provided support of any kind. We couldn’t have gotten this far without you!
Yours for truth and transparency,
Project Unspeakable steering committee,
Court Dorsey, Cheryl Fox, Randy Kehler, Karen Rehmus, Doug Wilson