Thursday, June 30, 2011

Support our Show!

Our fundraising campaign for THE AVERAGE-SIZED MERMAID has officially begun! Be an angelfish/dolph-winner (choose your own terrible pun) and swim over to our Indiegogo page to donate those sand-dollars online, or visit our "Support the Show" page to read our Support FAQs.

Donations are tax-deductible, and all supporters will receive a well-deserved acknowledgement in the MERMAID program as well as our undying gratitude. And best of all, our top supporter will get to hear his or her name in the show in a surprising and delightful context! Don't miss your chance to be a part of this production (literally)!

Thank you in advance for your support!

COMING SOON: Casting announced! Our first read-though! More insufferable mer-puns!

Sunday, June 26, 2011

Playwright Jessica Fleitman PUBLISHED!

Exciting news from the creative mer-team: playwright Jessica Fleitman is now a published author! Her short story, AMBER WONG-COHEN, is now available online from Mixer Publishing!

Mixer Publishing has made AMBER WONG-COHEN (a finalist for the 2010 Flatmancrooked Fiction Prize) available to download on Amazon as a teaser for the official launch of their site as well as their upcoming collection of Love & Death: An Anthology of Literary Romance & Realism, in which Jessica will also be featured. Click here to get it on your Kindle!

From Amazon:
Jessica Fleitman’s “Amber Wong-Cohen” is the story of a woman who yearns to be loved unconditionally. Finally finding acceptance from her husband’s family, Amber develops a special relationship with her sister-in-law Kayla—but will her crumbling marriage ruin her chance at being happy for the first time? Fleitman’s “Amber Wong-Cohen” is a moving tale of unexpected joy and loss.

...we have Jessica Fleitman's "Amber Wong-Cohen," a powerful story of a woman's search for identity and unconditional love. Fleitman captures the interiority of her character with a grace and complexity that reveals her as a writer with an almost preternatural ability at comprehending human emotion.
Pretty cool, right? Click here to order now! And be sure to check out more of Jessica's writing when THE AVERAGE-SIZED MERMAID swims into the Fringe this August!

Monday, June 20, 2011

The Coney Island Mermaid Parade!

We took some time off from casting (full cast TBA super soon!) and putting the finishing touches on our fundraising campaign (launching any day now!) to frolic with our fellow finned friends at the annual CONEY ISLAND MERMAID PARADE!

As soon as we got off the subway, we knew we were somewhere special...

And check out the MER-chandise (har!) for sale at the parade...

Even though this mermaid's a bit under average-sized, she's all right.

We saw some FABULOUS mermaids on parade! Check it out...

Too awesome.
An entire float of little mermaids!
Gloria Steinem once said that a woman needs a man like a fish needs a bicycle.
Care to comment, Ms. Steinem?
One fish, two fish...
Baby Mermaid is cool, but check out Mom's Ursula dress!
Fantastic hat featuring some average-sized mermaids!

We made some silly signs to help our nautical friends know how they could continue to show their mer-pride all summer long: by coming to see our show in The Fringe, of course! Here are a couple of close-ups...

The small sentence after the asterisk reads: "no copyright infringement intended."


We asked some particularly awesome-looking mermaids if they wouldn't mind being photographed with our signs, and they were all great sports! We have too many fin-tastic pictures to post here (click here to view our Mermaid Parade album in its entirety) but see below for a few of our favorite shots!

This mermaid actually CROCHETED her own tail. It's awesome.
See below for a close up.
How cool is THAT???

HOOKED on great theater!
Awesome costumes all around, but big ups to the Dapper Crab.
Part of your wooooooorld...
LOVE her fishy friend!
Fabulous pink-haired mermaid!

"The closing of our oysters and the reclamation of our pearls!"
- Ashley, The Average-Sized Mermaid.
Want this quote to make even a little sense? Come see the show!

Thank you to all of the fabulous mermaids who mer-ticipated! If you don't see your photo here, don't worry: check out the album! And keep up that mermaid pride all summer long by coming to see THE AVERAGE-SIZED MERMAID at Fringe NYC this August!

COMING SOON: Meet the cast! Contribute your sand-dollars to our fundraising efforts!

Wednesday, June 1, 2011

Welcome to the Mer-Blog!

Thank you for visiting the official blog of The Average-Sized Mermaid, a new comedy with an upcoming production in the NY Fringe Festival in August, 2011!

The site is currently under construction, but please check back soon for updates on all things moderately-sized, nautical, and swimming soon to a theater near you!*

*Please note that the phrase "theater near you" applies only to those of you who happen to live in the Tri-State area. Sorry. If you'd care to fund a touring production to bring Mermaid to a theater near you wherever you may be, however, we're definitely open to that possibility...