Thursday, May 7, 2015

“Roughly Speaking: Voices From The Soup Kitchen” Tells Stories of Homeless People


Top-Tier Play Will Use Material Obtained From Service Interviews With Homeless

New York, New York: May 7, 2015 – “Roughly Speaking: Voices From The Soup Kitchen,” is a forthcoming investigative theater piece which captures the many hues and layers of the life of those who’ve fallen into homelessness.

The Platform Group, an Off-Broadway Theater Company with calls to action embedded in their numerous high caliber productions, are using their wealth of production experience to create this awareness-raising and insightful play which will creatively depict the varied experiences of the homeless. The truth-telling performances were culled from actual homeless individuals who entrusted their stories into the hands of playwright volunteers during feeding mission encounters. In more ways than one, working in the soup kitchen gave these select volunteers a depth of perspective. Through the platform of service-related engagement, material for this performance emerged.

The volunteers gathered data from their shared encounters at St. Francis Xavier Mission’s Welcome Table, which serves between 900-1600 hot meals weekly.

There is a raw and poignant truth about the homeless. They each have a story detailing how they got where they are. A change of fortune may have landed them in this situation.

There are stories within stories. In New York City alone, records reveal that 60,000 people are homeless on a daily basis. In this populous city, as well as other points on the globe, the homeless often become invisible to some, an inconvenient reality to others and a source of embarrassment to others still.

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The success of this campaign will allow this project to develop to its fullest potential. The productions will be used to elevate the awareness about homelessness and provide opportunities for a broad swath of the population to participate in combating homelessness.


In support of its Crowdfunding campaign The Platform Group is committed to:
  • Paying for Publicity and Materials
  • Securing the Location and Rehearsal Venue
  • Compensating a Wide Array of Professional Talent
  • Obtaining Stage Material
  • Paying for Transportation and Insurance
  • Paying for Costumes and Dry Cleaning
  • Hosting Special Events Related to the Production
  • Providing all promised perks to reward supporters of the campaign

The Kickstarter campaign’s initial goal of $21,000 activates May 11, 2015 and runs through June 11, 2015 at 12:00noon Eastern Standard Time. Full details about the Kickstarter campaign including sponsorship and involvement levels can be found at: #KickstartPlatform

Media Contact: Producer Shara Ashley Zeiger | Email

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