project leader
Johanna S
location
Judah Ministries Studios
(McKeesport)
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the project

Jo Simmons is the founder of a Christian fine arts company, Naphtali Theatre Group.  She has written, produced and directed a play, "Just Talkin' 'Bout Me - A Testimony in Three Acts".  It is the true story of Jo's journey from molestation (which started at age 8), verbal and emotional abuse, to the healing, joy and abiility to forgive, found through God. Jo is the main character and has a cast of 8-9 people (depending on their availability) and a three piece band (keyboard, drums, bass).

We are raising funds to expand the number of public performances that Naphtali Theater Group can offer so that more people can experience healing through this play. 

People are encouraged to seek out counseling after they see this play.  We've had licensed therapists available who were able to provide materials and assistance to wounded people.  Many have left from this encounter changed in a way that impacts them, their families and ultimately their communities.  We hope to take the story into prisons, schools, women's shelters...anywhere we can share. Many are in the news and social media telling their stories of abuse, but very few are saying they've found healing from that pain.  This play shows Jo's path to healing and it is powerful.

The play has been performed in different venues 3 times in the past year and a half and Jo has done dramatic readings of same.  Naphtali has been asked to bring the play to several different venues in the early part of 2019, but were unable to because of performance schedules with the band in particular. The band provides background music throughout the play and accompanies Jo on her solos.  The music is very important to the story as told by Jo and acted out by the rest of the team, who show up from time to time as her memories.

These funds will get the band into a recording studio and record the music as it happens during the play.  This will enable Naphtali Theater Grou to be able to accept engagements even if the live band isn't available.  Based on feedback and comments we've received regarding the play, we believe it's important to continue to put the story forward.

Please join us to fund the music recording and production that will enable this free public play to reach more of our community. 

the steps

  • Band will schedule a date or dates (if necessary) in late July, early August, to record in the Judah Ministries Studios, McKeesport, PA  (Pastor Michael Yuricha, Owner)
  • They will record the music as it occurs in the three acts of the play
  • Pastor Yuricha and engineers will digitally master and complete the final project.
  • Recording session(s) will be documented in photos and video for donors to see
  • Naphtali Theatre Group will receive a digitally mastered CD and the recording on a thumb drive for use when live band isn't available.

why we're doing it

As Jo Simmons and Naphtali Theatre Group have performed this play, we've found that many, many people have never, ever addressed the fact that they, too had been molested, verbally abused, made to feel inferior to others or struggled with forgiving those that have wronged them.  Jo's true story has brought hope for healing to a 14-year old who had been abused by her father all the way up to an 82-year old who had never told anyone what a relative used to do to her before she went to Sunday School each week as a child.

Men are often deeply impacted by this story as well, not realizing how their actions have affected some women or children in their lives or, having never dealt with the abuse they've suffered.

People are encouraged to seek out counseling after they see this play.  We've had licensed therapists available who were able to provide materials and assistance to wounded people.  Many have left from this encounter changed in a way that impacts them, their families and ultimately their communities.  We hope to take the story into prisons, schools, women's shelters...anywhere we can share. Many are in the news and social media telling their stories of abuse, but very few are saying they've found healing from that pain.  This play shows Jo's path to healing and it is powerful.

budget

Recording, mastering and providing digital and thumb drive copies of musical accompaniment for the play, "Just Talkin' 'Bout Me:  $900 (Approx. 12 hours studio time)

Keyboardist:  $200

Percussionist: $200

Bassist: $200

Brochures and Business Cards for Naphtali Theatre Group: $250

Subtotal:  $1,750

The balance of $1,250 will be used to give a financial gift to each of the 8 volunteer cast members and stage manager, and to get some needed period costumes (60's, 80's) at a thrift shop for three performances slated for September and October in Pittsburgh, McKeesport and Hazelwood, PA.

 

 



PROJECT FUNDING NEEDED = $3,000
ioby Platform Fee $35
ioby Fiscal Sponsorship Fee (5%) $165
ioby Donation Processing Fee (3%) $99
TOTAL TO RAISE = $3,299

 

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donors

  • William J. Gatti