It may not be glamorous, lucrative or even secure, but Garrett Robinson does lead a rather interesting life. He’s an author, a poet and a singer who believes in following his dream.
A New York City resident since 2011, Robinson is making his stage debut at the age of 42, performing a one-man musical at the United Solo Theatre Festival on Oct. 17. It’s an adaptation of his novel, Zoe.
The production is called Letters to Zoey and is a semi-autobiographical account of a character named Weldon Keyes. “He jumps on a coal train and leaves his hometown,” says Robinson. “Weldon writes letters to his girlfriend Zoey, describing his adventures, coming to terms with himself and his relationship with her.
“It’s actually based on my own experience in 1992 when I jumped on a coal train in Irondale, Alabama and wandered around the country for a year. I learned a lot about myself and what I wanted to do with my life.”
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Since 2012, Robinson has been marketing his books on the street, reading his novels and poetry to anyone who would listen.
“I have received some amazing responses,” he says. “Not only have people written numerous reviews for my books on Amazon and Goodreads, someone in France is translating my novella, Zoe, into French as she pursues her PhD. Also, I regularly receive heartwarming messages from all over the world on my social media sites.
“This musical will provide the means to share more of my love of literature with the public.”
Robinson is looking for some financial help with his new off-Broadway production as he has laid out nearly $3,000 to participate in the festival. This money has covered registration, ads, costumes, a set and service fees.
In order to recoup his investment, he has launched an Indiegogo campaign, which can be viewed at www.indiegogo.com/projects/letters-to-zoey-a-musical
The page includes a 12-minute documentary that examines his unique book-marketing techniques and provides a revealing look at his New York City lifestyle.
To encourage donations, Robinson is offering several perks. For a $25 contribution, backers will receive a 10 percent discount on any of his books sold on Createspace.com. A $100 pledge gets you an autographed copy of a Robinson book plus a 25 percent discount on any other of his works.
“This is a big step for me and I’m hoping people will support this project,” he says. “I’m also hoping for a good turnout at the show on Oct. 17.”
For additional information, visit www.indiegogo.com/projects/letters-to-zoey-a-musical; Robinson’s website, www.garrettrobinson.us; or his Facebook page, www.facebook.com/pages/Garrett-Buhl-Robinson/106686649374798
He can be reached directly at firstname.lastname@example.org
Interviewed for Radio X96 Utah by Bill Allred at NYPL. Photo by Jerry James.
‘Letters To Zoey’ Performance Flyer
Photo by Bob Kidd.
Company Name: Garrett Robinson Publishing
Contact Person: Garrett Buhl Robinson
City: New York
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