In November of 2006 Kristy Dodson and Joshua Levine began to create a new piece inspired by their Lecoq training (clowning). In January of 2007 they saw this piece’s integrity and ability to educate the community about the overwhelming crisis of poverty in New York City that could be easily experienced by minds of all ages. The Overturn Theatre Ensemble is working diligently on raising funds to present this piece for the public by mid- September. We have teamed this proposed project with the Institute for Children and Poverty, the nation’s largest provider of residential, education, and employment training centers. The Institute "recognizes that homelessness today is not simply a housing issue, but instead is an education issue and a children's issue." This is why a large portion of our audience will be children from their youth programs, grades K through 5, who need to be exposed to the Arts and occupational opportunities as Artists. The Overturn Theatre Ensemble is so enthusiastic about this camaraderie that one third of the first presentation’s proceeds will go to this institution along with a number of In-kind gifts that we have worked very hard to acquire. The Road To Nowhere started out as a creative partnership between Kristy Dodson and Joshua Levine and had a lot of potential for a full scale project. At first, it was very loyal to Lecoq, an acting style that was aimed at a closer interaction with the audience, an extended use of general space and a focus on the physical rather than the emotional side of the character to impact on the audience by way of social or political comment. Since then, The Road To Nowhere has transformed into something completely its own. Holding on to the same story that inspired us, it has gained a more specific and contemporary view of the world in which we live. It raises social and political views through contemporary emotion while still holding on to the extreme characters of clown. The ensemble has been very excited to introduce NYC based singer and songwriter Shanna Sharp to the project, "Her talent presented many record label opportunities, but she managed to steer clear of molding to a manufactured image. Her first priority is to make music and be known throughout New York." -Rachel Mercurio, CDREVIEWS.com. Shanna has helped shape the piece with her inspiring new songs and arrangements that have added a musical text to an otherwise silent opus. Currently in development, The Road to Nowhere, is an original piece created by Kristy Dodson and Joshua Levine, narrated by Lawrence Saint-Victor, (from The Guiding Light) with music and arrangement by Shanna Sharp. The Road to Nowhere is a piece that explores the universal question "what defines Home?" Is a refugee home if they’re with their entire family, but living in a tent? Are newlyweds home if they’re constantly moving from apartment to apartment? Are our seniors still home once much of their generation has passed on? Mortimer and Pellimina, are two lone strangers in search of Home. After years of warily wandering the earth from one location to the next, the vagabonds both finally find the perfect spot. The only problem is that they find the same spot. With original music and arrangement by Shanna Sharp, The Road to Nowhere attempts to show that home is something greater than a geographical locale or physical structure of which you are sole owner, but instead, it’s the company you choose to keep. And there’s always a journey.