VOYAGE FOR MADMEN:
The unbelievably true epic failure of Ardeo Theatre Project
Written by Rachel Atkins
Directed by Susanna Burney
Featuring John Bianchi, Alyson Scadron Branner, Nick Edwards,
Brandon Felker, Andre Nelson & Erin Stewart
West of Lenin – 203 N 36th Street in Fremont
Gallery will feature Ardeo & chateau photos from Michelle Bates Photography
February 19 – Preview – PWYC (at the door)
February 20 – Opening Gala – $25
(includes champagne toast and reception with the cast)
February 21 – March 7 – Thursday – Saturday at 8pm
Monday March 2 – Industry Night – 8pm
Saturday March 7 – Matinee – 2pm
General Admission – $20
VOYAGE FOR MADMEN was written in honor of the many people who were part of making Ardeo a reality. VOYAGE FOR MADMEN takes the story of Ardeo beyond documentary facts to heightened theatricality: delving into the world of start-ups and creative risk at all costs, while highlighting many of the strange-but-true aspects of the story. The play incorporates elements of vaudeville, The Tempest, Frankenstein, and the true tale of Donald Crowhurst, a British amateur sailor who falsified his records in an attempt to win a single-handed round-the-world sailing race in the 1960’s—significant not only because these stories mirror many of the tragic events of Ardeo, but also because they were, ironically, the 3 plays the company actually rehearsed while in France.
Did you always wonder what really happened behind those castle walls? Now’s your chance to hear and see the real story.
Ardeo, in Latin— “I burn” or “I am on fire.”
Were you part of Seattle’s theatre scene in the late 1990s—early 2000s? Then you might remember Ardeo Theatre Project: the company that bought a château, moved to France to do theatre, and then crashed and burned spectacularly. Ardeo is now ready to rise from the ashes, through my new play, VOYAGE FOR MADMEN — and it needs your help. Our goal is to raise $5000 to help cover stipends for actors, designers and production staff—as well as to recreate the full-size clawfoot bathtub that sat in the middle of our stage!
A gift of any size is welcome, and we are offering some special thank-you gifts:
$25 – thanks in the program
$50 – thanks in the program & cast-autographed copy of the program
$100 – thanks & cast-autographed program, two free tickets during the run of the show
$200 – thanks & cast-autographed program, two free tickets to the opening night gala
$500 – thanks & cast-autographed program, two free tickets to the opening night gala, and a cameo appearance in the Hollywood Squares scene in the play (Yes, we really did play Hollywood Squares in the façade of the château!).
We’ve already raised nearly half our production budget through grants, and we just have a little further to go. Your donation will help make this production possible. Please help bring the dream to life again.