Erik Patterson

is creating new plays

8

patrons

$193

per month
THANK YOU for visiting my Patreon page! I'm a screenwriter & playwright. I've created this Patreon page to help support my plays. I've loved theater since I was first introduced to it as a child. There's something about sitting in a dark theater with a group of strangers, watching actors bring a play to life, that's thrilling, dangerous, exciting, and inspiring.

I've been an "emerging" playwright for awhile now. I've had eight plays produced in Los Angeles, and have grown a loyal following out here. The Los Angeles Times calls me a "veteran theater provocateur," but I haven't yet had my New York theater debut. It's time to change that. I'm ready for my work to be seen on a larger national stage, and I'm working hard to make that happen. 

And that's my cue for the "here's where you come in" bit: I'm here on Patreon to ask for your help commissioning my next play. (Here are some stats from American Theatre Magazine on playwriting commissions: Paying Playwrights More Than Play Money).

I recently produced a reading of my critically-acclaimed play ONE OF THE NICE ONES in New York City, and it went very well. I'd like to schedule several more trips to continue introducing the NYC theater community to my work. 

I write dark and twisty plays that explore the human condition with humor and pathos. In Tonseisha, a woman falls in love over and over again, as she tries to make sense of her father's suicide. In Yellow Flesh/Alabaster Rose, a family fractured by abuse finally comes back together to heal. In Sick, a mother crippled by hypochondria must let go of her imagined illnesses when her child is diagnosed with leukemia. In I Wanna Hold Your Hand, strangers who meet in a hospital waiting room make immediate bonds as they help their loved ones recover from traumatic brain injuries. In He Asked For It, a man chooses to infect himself with a disease in an irrational attempt to get closer to the man he loves. In The Sex Lives of Strangers, an agoraphobic woman befriends an online escort, with devastating consequences for her entire family. In One of the Nice Ones, a paraplegic woman plays outrageous power games with her boss to get the money for an operation she desperately wants. The common thread throughout my work is characters in crisis who take extreme measures to get what they need. 

Your support would help me write my next play and it would help me get my work seen by those important theaters and producers in New York. 

To find out more about my work, you can go to my playwriting website HERE. If you'd like to be an ANGEL BACKER and back an entire production of a play, feel free to contact me. 

And please watch the video above to hear some actors talking about The Echo Theater production of ONE OF THE NICE ONES, which won the Los Angeles Drama Critics Circle Award for Best Playwriting. 

Thank you for your support!

P.S. I have a patron who's willing to make a matching donation with the first backer who signs on for the "Broadway production" level of patronage.
Tiers
Staged reading
$5 or more per month
Thank you for the support! This level gets you exclusive access to a monthly blog post, detailing my life as a playwright. Behind the scenes details, fun anecdotes, progress reports, goals, etc. 
Workshop production
$10 or more per month
You'll get access to the private blog, as well as a personal email from me each month -- I'll let you know what I'm reading & or watching, with a personal recommendation that I think you'll like. 
Regional theater production
$20 or more per month
You'll get all of the above, plus: a thank you in the acknowledgements of my next play.
Off-Broadway production
$50 or more per month
You'll get all of the above, plus: I'll name a character in one of my plays after you. 
Broadway production
$100 or more per month
You'll get all of the above, plus I'll read something you're writing and give you notes & feedback. Or if you're not a writer, we can come up with a personalized reward that works for you. 
London West End production
$1,000 or more per month
Wow. Thank you for being an incredibly generous patron of the arts! You will receive all the other awards listed above, as well as Skype sessions where we can discuss my plays and you can actively help me plot NYC theater domination. 
Goals
$193 of $750 per month
You guys! I'm writing a book about playwriting. When we reach $750, I'll release a new chapter of the book each month exclusively to my Patreon patrons. You'll get the book before anyone else. 
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THANK YOU for visiting my Patreon page! I'm a screenwriter & playwright. I've created this Patreon page to help support my plays. I've loved theater since I was first introduced to it as a child. There's something about sitting in a dark theater with a group of strangers, watching actors bring a play to life, that's thrilling, dangerous, exciting, and inspiring.

I've been an "emerging" playwright for awhile now. I've had eight plays produced in Los Angeles, and have grown a loyal following out here. The Los Angeles Times calls me a "veteran theater provocateur," but I haven't yet had my New York theater debut. It's time to change that. I'm ready for my work to be seen on a larger national stage, and I'm working hard to make that happen. 

And that's my cue for the "here's where you come in" bit: I'm here on Patreon to ask for your help commissioning my next play. (Here are some stats from American Theatre Magazine on playwriting commissions: Paying Playwrights More Than Play Money).

I recently produced a reading of my critically-acclaimed play ONE OF THE NICE ONES in New York City, and it went very well. I'd like to schedule several more trips to continue introducing the NYC theater community to my work. 

I write dark and twisty plays that explore the human condition with humor and pathos. In Tonseisha, a woman falls in love over and over again, as she tries to make sense of her father's suicide. In Yellow Flesh/Alabaster Rose, a family fractured by abuse finally comes back together to heal. In Sick, a mother crippled by hypochondria must let go of her imagined illnesses when her child is diagnosed with leukemia. In I Wanna Hold Your Hand, strangers who meet in a hospital waiting room make immediate bonds as they help their loved ones recover from traumatic brain injuries. In He Asked For It, a man chooses to infect himself with a disease in an irrational attempt to get closer to the man he loves. In The Sex Lives of Strangers, an agoraphobic woman befriends an online escort, with devastating consequences for her entire family. In One of the Nice Ones, a paraplegic woman plays outrageous power games with her boss to get the money for an operation she desperately wants. The common thread throughout my work is characters in crisis who take extreme measures to get what they need. 

Your support would help me write my next play and it would help me get my work seen by those important theaters and producers in New York. 

To find out more about my work, you can go to my playwriting website HERE. If you'd like to be an ANGEL BACKER and back an entire production of a play, feel free to contact me. 

And please watch the video above to hear some actors talking about The Echo Theater production of ONE OF THE NICE ONES, which won the Los Angeles Drama Critics Circle Award for Best Playwriting. 

Thank you for your support!

P.S. I have a patron who's willing to make a matching donation with the first backer who signs on for the "Broadway production" level of patronage.

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Tiers
Staged reading
$5 or more per month
Thank you for the support! This level gets you exclusive access to a monthly blog post, detailing my life as a playwright. Behind the scenes details, fun anecdotes, progress reports, goals, etc. 
Workshop production
$10 or more per month
You'll get access to the private blog, as well as a personal email from me each month -- I'll let you know what I'm reading & or watching, with a personal recommendation that I think you'll like. 
Regional theater production
$20 or more per month
You'll get all of the above, plus: a thank you in the acknowledgements of my next play.
Off-Broadway production
$50 or more per month
You'll get all of the above, plus: I'll name a character in one of my plays after you. 
Broadway production
$100 or more per month
You'll get all of the above, plus I'll read something you're writing and give you notes & feedback. Or if you're not a writer, we can come up with a personalized reward that works for you. 
London West End production
$1,000 or more per month
Wow. Thank you for being an incredibly generous patron of the arts! You will receive all the other awards listed above, as well as Skype sessions where we can discuss my plays and you can actively help me plot NYC theater domination.