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Eight young artists explore ‘How to Be a GoodPerson’

Production to Run in Long Island City from July 22-25

July 20, 2015 Brooklyn Daily Eagle
Lamplighter Productions, a collection of eight young artists — four of whom are from Brooklyn — will present their production “How to Be a GoodPerson”  from July 22-25. The show is a collaboration by Michael Sypa, Paul Weintrob, Vanessa Frank, Jordan Sucher, Sasha Atlas, Charlie Oniszczuk, Jill Bellovin and Mida Chu (l. to r.).  Photo courtesy of Lamplighter Productions

Lamplighter Productions, a group of four Brooklyn kids and some out-of-town friends, exceeded its goal on a Kickstarter campaign to fund its social awareness mission via theater. After working out of a Ditmas Park space and performing at the Maker Theater in Pittsburgh from July 16-18, the group will bring its production, titled “How to Be a GoodPerson,” to the Chain Theatre in Long Island City from July 22-25.

Aiming to raise $7,000, Lamplighter Productions received $8,004 from 125 backers to help produce the show, which the artists describe as a “radically inclusive theater piece about a world where Facebook likes and systematic racism receive equal attention.” The collaboration is by Brooklynites Paul Weintrob, Jordan Sucher, Sasha Atlas and Charlie Oniszczuk, as well as Michael Sypa (Queens), Vanessa Frank (Pennsylvania), Jill Bellovin (Long Island) and Mida Chu (China).  

How to Be a GoodPerson” tells the story of Vanessa and Paul, two people searching for meaning in an environment of overwhelming stimulation. Vignettes of the two characters’ lives are juxtaposed with instructional videos, led by Kelly, the eccentric GoodPerson spokeswoman. The series of how-to style interludes offers eerily simple prescriptions for leading a successful life. Topics include how to look attractive, how to act socially conscious and how to be a good person.

The piece was collaboratively written, produced and funded in only six weeks and is composed of real stories and experiences.  

Lamplighter Productions is dedicated to allowing accessible theater for a diverse audience; tickets for all performances will be offered on a pay-what-you-want policy.

In addition to staging “How to Be a Good Person,” the group has been hosting, at the East Midwood Jewish Center in Midwood, low-cost theater and film workshops for 14-25 year olds.

The Chain Theatre performances will take place at 8 p.m. from July 22-25 (with an additional 2 p.m. show on July 25).


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