With Palminteri Attached, Play Tries Crowdfunding

Writer-actor Kenny D'Aquila follows in footsteps of Zach Braff, 'Veronica Mars'

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 playUnorganized 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.

More Legit

  • Sutton Foster

    Sutton Foster Starring Opposite Hugh Jackman in Broadway's 'The Music Man'

    “The Music Man” has found its Marian, the librarian. Sutton Foster, the two-time Tony Award winner, will star opposite Hugh Jackman in the upcoming revival of “The Music Man.” She will play Marian Paroo, a small-town librarian who is initially immune to Professor Harold Hill’s charms. It’s a role that was previously performed by the [...]

  • 'Black Super Hero Magic Mama' Review

    L.A. Theater Review: 'Black Super Hero Magic Mama'

    What function do superhero stories play in American society? Are they merely escapist distractions for head-in-the-clouds teens, or could those same formats actually serve a practical function, providing useful tools for everyday life? Recognizing these comic book fantasies as by far the dominant form of contemporary mythmaking for a generation of young people, emerging playwright [...]

  • Danielle Brooks'Ain't Too Proud - The

    How 'Orange Is the New Black' Star Danielle Brooks Became a Broadway Producer

    Danielle Brooks earned a Tony nomination when she made her Broadway debut as Sofia in the 2015 revival of “The Color Purple,” but now the “Orange Is the New Black” star is working behind the scenes as a producer on the new jukebox musical “Ain’t Too Proud: The Life and Times of the Temptations.” “I [...]

  • Ain't Too Proud review

    Broadway Review: 'Ain't Too Proud'

    In the wake of the long-running “Jersey Boys” and the short-lived “Summer,” director Des McAnuff is back on Broadway with another show built around the song catalog of a music act — and although “Ain’t Too Proud” has all the right sounds and slick moves, this bio-musical of the R&B vocal group the Temptations is [...]

  • 'White Noise' Theater Review: Suzan-Lori Parks

    Off Broadway Review: Daveed Diggs in 'White Noise'

    Any new play by the Pulitzer Prize-winning playwright Suzan-Lori Parks (“Topdog / Underdog”) demands — and deserves — attention. And in its premiere production at the Public Theater, her latest, “White Noise,” opens with a burst of brainy energy that lasts through the first act. But it takes a nosedive in the sloppy second half, [...]

  • Alexander Dinelaris

    'Jekyll and Hyde' Movie in the Works Based on Broadway Musical

    The Broadway musical “Jekyll and Hyde” is getting the movie treatment from Academy Award winner Alexander Dinelaris. Dinelaris, who is writing and producing the adaptation, won an Oscar for the “Birdman” script and was a co-producer on “The Revenant.” He is producing “Jekyll and Hyde” as the first project under his New York-based development company, [...]

More From Our Brands

Access exclusive content