Yes, this is an original song (rap, even) featured in Bottom Little Theatre. Some background: our protags "Kath" and "Ariel" [Jessica Gillard and Katharine Burstein] get involved with a community theatre ["Bottom Little Theatre," run by "Nick Bottom" played by John O'Hagan] who is producing The Rainmaker. "Nick" discovers that they are out of money and cannot buy the rights to the play about a big talker who comes into a drought-plagued small town promising to bring rain and piques the interest of a "spinster" (because she's probably like, twenty-five, and unmarried *gasp* and her all-male family is obsessed over this horrifying fact). So "Nick" decides that BLT shall do a "musical version" ["There's already a musical version," Kath points out. "It's called 110 in the Shade." Nick doesn't believe her.] called The Rainteaser: A Musical in Three Acts.
This ridiculousness, coupled with the ridiculous (though not to be taken lightly) misogyny ["dislike of, contempt for, or ingrained prejudice against women"] of rap music that is seeping into--or reflecting--every day life, inspired one of three musical numbers in our film, "Make it Rain on Your Hoes."
At this point, you may have some questions. You may have many. Let me offer some answers.
WHY did you write that song [Since you claim this is a female-driven, positive show]??
1. Because it is hilarious.
2. Because addressing serious, ingrained social issues is sometimes best done with humor.
3. Because it illustrates that wherever [in business, in the arts, in academia, in social circles, etc] women are trying to make headway, we come up against ignorance that is so ignorant, the ignorant are ignorant of just how ignorant they are. "Kath" and "Ariel" grapple with this ignorance in many members of the community theater at different levels, but particularly from "Nick Bottom." He is generally harmless, but having people like him who are in a position to make a positive difference, but who are *ignorant* can be especially frustrating at the very least.
HOW did you write that song?
1. I looked at the lyrics for the supremely misogynistic "Make it Rain" by our friend Lil Wayne. Instead of crying like I wanted to do, I spoofed it.
2. I handed the lyrics over to Darin Pierce (who coincidentally plays "Kelly," the composer in the show who writes and composes "Make it Rain on Your Hoes" for Nick Bottom's "The Rainteaser.") Darin totally got it, being that he is not one of those ignorant ones. He not only made it a rap, but he made it small-town country sounding. I don't even know how it's possible, but he did it. Just the music without the lyrics is hilarious. But the two together? Wowza! (See below)
WHAT happened when you performed that song?
Being that it's a musical number, we had sound, choreography, costumes (including dancing cows. Eat your heart out, Lily Wayne), and props (read: gardening hoes, not ladies of the evening) to deal with. But none of those things caused any problems. It was pulling all those things together and having incredibly talented Hunter Hoffman (too talented?? You decide) as "Skyflirt" perform it all the way through that was the issue. The cast had to perform the whole number, since we were filming it as a live theatrical performance in front of an audience. At the end of the full song and dance, a crack of thunder shook Alton Little Theater, where we were shooting.
We jumped up and down and cheered, chanting, "Our rain dance worked!" It was a spectacular moment!! It could not have been better planned and we were incredibly proud of ourselves. That was before the lights went out and the dressing rooms flooded and we had to go home for the night and reshoot everything bright and early Sunday morning when everything was repaired. #Truestory.
Our takeaway? Mother Nature has a "sense of humor" about misogyny, too.
To see the whole video of "Make it Rain on Your Hoes," help us get to $5,000 in our Kickstarter campaign! Yes, we are holding it ransom, but actually the whole project is being held ransom by post-production costs. We need just $7285 to finish the show. If we don't get it, no hoes and no BLT!
Thanks for your support of our film project!
Writer/Co-Producer, Bottom Little Theatre
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