Joshua Warr ’05 was immediately smitten when his friend, actress Nancy Sun, gave him a copy of the script for David Schulner’s play, “An Infinite Ache,” a modern love story narrative that follows the highs and lows of a relationship between two lonely 20-somethings, beginning the story with a horrible first date.
“I think that within the first 15 pages, I fell in love with David’s work,” Warr recalls. “It’s gritty, it’s fun, it’s sexual, it’s absurd, funny, sarcastic, coy and angry.”
Now, Warr and Sun are turning that affection for the script into a true labor of love. In November, the pair are producing the premiere of “An Infinite Ache,” with Warr taking the helm as director and the launch taking place in New York City.
The play, which is being funded through grassroots efforts, recently launched a Kickstarter campaign with the aim of meeting a $9,000 goal by Friday, Oct. 11. The budget for the project incorporates the basic rental costs of the theater and rehearsal space, the money for set and set design, and rights to the play materials.
The show will have a two-week run from Thursday, Nov. 7 to Sunday, Nov. 17, with a total of nine performances. Each show will be held in the gallery space at Access Theater.
“It’s not that easy producing theater, particularly in New York City,” Warr says. “At a grassroots level, it’s so important to do this the right way.”
Backers of the Kickstarter campaign will receive unique rewards including behind-the-scenes updates, handwritten thank you notes on postcards, tickets to the production, and more. Donations will enable Warr and his colleagues to become part of something larger than themselves. “We want to be a part of New York City’s theater scene with this story,” he says. “We want this story to have a life.”
Warr is a graduate of the Maggie Flanigan Studio and holds a B.A. in French and Francophone studies with a minor in dance from HWS. While at the Colleges, he was a member of Koshare and Chimera and received the President’s Public Service Award. Following graduation, he starred as the “villain” personality in TLC’s reality dinner party competition, “Dinner Takes All,” a reality television program consisting of five dinner party hosts, five separate dinner parties, taking place over five consecutive days.
In addition, Warr has danced internationally in locations such as South Korea, as well as in off-Broadway productions at the American Theatre of Actors. He has worked with choreographer Susan Streater, can be seen in Joonhan Lee’s Columbia M.F.A. film, “Sketchbook,” in which he originated the role of David, and was in La MaMa E.T.C.’s “Soul Ascending” directed by George Ferencz.
For more information about “An Infinite Ache” and the Kickstarter campaign, visit: http://www.kickstarter.com/projects/1548907597/nyc-premiere-of-an-infinite-ache-play-by-david-sch