Here are the stars of The Unwitting Wife, Rebecca Ungerman, Machele Miller Dill, and Shannon Boston, and its musical arranger, Steven Schrag, at a recent vocal rehearsal.
If you are able to help me in my mission to bring a bit of entertainment, love and understanding to the world… a bit of healing repair, Tikkun Olam… here’s the link:
There’s not a dollar I can’t put to great use. Thank you for trusting me with this, everyone. I’ve been preparing for this work all my life. With limitless gratitude — Rebecca
This blog is all about financially supporting taking my 1st musical, The Unwitting Wife, to debut next month at the Tiberias International Theater Festival. If you’d like to save time and just throw money, that’s absolutely fine with me. Just click this link: http://tinyurl.com/rebeccatotiberias Make sure to type in ‘REBECCA’ in the last box. BLESSINGS AND THANKS!!!
The work that needs to be done before I take my first musical, The Unwitting Wife, to debut at the Tiberias International Theater Festival is immense. I have often likened this experience to a giant, animated, Monty Pythonesque foot that has landed smack dab in the middle of my life. Taking a musical, especially your first, from concept to international festivals in five months is not recommended by anyone, least of all me. But we must listen to the Universe…and the Universe is being so very persistent!! There have been several points along this journey that I was about to give it all up. Each time, something has happened in the eleventh hour to save the day. I call this phenomenon Dramatic Hypertension. It’s a little crazy making, but it’s also fascinating and fun.
I am a woman of Faith and I believe that the Universe will continue to provide. But since you can’t know what I don’t tell you, I have to publicly ask once more for financial support. The Unwitting Wife is a story of love and friendship between women. The three characters are lesbian, bisexual and straight. Already, simply based on the stories surrounding this show, I have been approached by dozens of people with their personal stories of ‘coming out’. I have made great friends and I know I am a great friend to these people who haven’t had a lot of people take the time to listen and love. I am so thrilled by the potential of this show and its capacity to touch people with its matter of fact representation of the many relationships that exist in the world.
The next two weeks are all about getting the cast album recorded and promotional material designed and manufactured. Oddly, every person I’m working with insists on trading money for their services. Daily, new expenses are identified. I am far from my financial goal. It’s time for me to put it very bluntly:
If I have touched your life in any positive way and you can spare a dollar, a thousand or any amount in between, PLEASE click on the following link and donate. In return, I will take this show and perform in front of as many people as I can, in hopes that it will entertain, educate and inspire. I believe we look for ourselves in the world. I know this because of the countless times I’ve looked for myself in vain. SUPPORT ART! ART SAVES LIVES!
Ok, I’m out of boldface and calm again. Oh crap!! I forgot the link!! Here: http://tinyurl.com/rebeccatotiberias Just make sure to type in ‘REBECCA’ in the last box. To all of you, please know that my appreciation of you is unconditional. I just have to pay the ever increasing bills.
All the best,
There is another piece to this story, this musical, this mission. All my life, in my dual careers in teen leadership/Judaic education and this business we call ‘show’, I have created what I needed when I couldn’t find it readily available. Years ago, when no one wanted to hire me as a singer, I played for tips in places that had never thought of featuring live music…until I ever so creatively showed them the logic and brought in the customers. In my role as a Youth Leader, for over twenty five years I have been on the forefront of creating curriculum on topics of ethics, empowerment and self actualization. As I have always shared my deepest self in my music, if I thought it would do even one person some good I have shared my personal experiences with thousands of teens around the world on topics ranging from poverty, emotional abuse, entrepreneurialism, faith and, of course, matters of sexuality and sexual identity.
That’s the other piece. This is a musical comedy about women falling in love. In The Unwitting Wife, the character of Linda is an out and proud lesbian in her ’40s (sound familiar?). The character of Annie is a woman who finds herself struggling with her latent bisexuality. The character of Claire is a heterosexual who no more sees lines of sexual preference any more than she sees lines of color or status. I know these women. But I sure didn’t see any of them represented in any medium of the arts when I was growing up. I did see my first interfaith couple, Jew married to Gentile, in the sitcom Bridget Loves Bernie. Not only was this the first interfaith couple in television, but it was the first time I remember seeing a Jewish person represented as just a person, not a caricature or stereotype. If you think these things don’t mean anything, they do. That show only ran from 1970-74 and never reran. I was aged four to eight and I remember gathering around the TV for every episode with my family.
I only came out of the closet 100% to all in 1998, aged 32. At the time I was a Youth Director, a teacher, and had remained publicly closeted for fear of not being allowed to work with children. I got a study in the mail, research that showed the #1 cause of teen suicide as ‘gay and lesbian related issues’. I came out the next day. The Unwitting Wife has the potential to be some kid’s Bridget Loves Bernie, I think.
Wrapping it up…
In addition to the Tiberias Festival, I had originally hoped to take The Unwitting Wife to LGBT Pride Centers in Jerusalem and Tel Aviv. Now, I’m refining my expectations and plan to include only Tiberias, wowing everyone concerned so much that we might return to do the rest next year. But I won’t accomplish that much without the one thing I have never cared about until it was far too late in the game—money. If you’ve gotten this far, you care about me, you believe in my talent and you want to help. Click the link and give what you can. http://tinyurl.com/rebeccatotiberias Remember to type in ‘REBECCA’ in the last box.
In return, I’ll give everything I have to make this a successful mission. Blessings to us all, love and peace,