It’s not just filmmakers turning to crowdfunding these days: Thesp Chazz Palminteri is attached to star in playwright-actor Kenny D’Aquila’s new play “Unorganized Crime,” which just launched a Kickstarter campaign to raise funds for a planned world preem production.
The brewing show’s initial funding goal is a modest one, setting a $65,000 target that would co-fund the play’s debut, likely in partnership with a legit org in L.A. or possibly Chicago. D’Aquila will play Gino, a former mobster, in a staging to be directed by Edward Torres, whose credits include Kristoffer Diaz’s “The Elaborate Entrance of Chad Deity” in Chi and Off Broadway. Palminteri is on board as Gino’s brother, a ruthless Mafioso, and D’Aquila hopes to add another screen name in the role of Gino’s wife.
Palminteri himself is a writer-actor, getting his start in showbiz with solo show “A Bronx Tale,” a mob-centric story that bowed in L.A. in 1990 and went on to play Off Broadway. A Broadway revival managed to recoup in 2008 despite an engagement that was interrupted by the stagehands’ strike in late 2007.
The actor (“The Usual Suspects,” “Bullets Over Broadway”) has appeared in a couple of prior readings of “Unorganized Crime,” one at Pasadena Playhouse in September 2011 and another at Chicago’s Victory Gardens in 2012.
In a breakdown of the proposed world premiere’s funding, outlined on the show’s Kickstarter page, the coin raised from the campaign would be used to pay costs including fees and wages for creatives (including a cast of five), sets, costumes, advertising and theater rental.
The Kickstarter campaign finishes July 13. If successful, the show’s organizers, led by D’Aquila, hope to get the play mounted in the fall unless the fundraising drive rakes in enough to allow them to think bigger.