We are fundraising to support the launch of The Ex-Boyfriend Yard Sale -- its premiere in London (UK) & Canadian tour.
W H A T I S T H E E X - B O Y F R I E N D Y A R D S A L E ?
The Ex-Boyfriend Yard Sale is a multi-platform (massive) project about the cost of love, led by artist Haley McGee (me) in collaboration with math expert Melanie Phillips & a dream team of artists and mathematicians. It's comprised of two parts: a live theatre show & an interactive art exhibition.
W H A T I N S P I R E D T H I S P R O J E C T ?
A couple years ago I found myself on the phone with my credit card company promising to pay off my bill by having a yard sale. As I said this, I looked around my apartment and realised the only things I own, that have financial value, are all gifts from my ex-boyfriends.
As I began to pack up these objects to sell, I started to wonder what they were really worth, given all the ways we invest (or don’t) in our romantic relationships -- and all the ways our romantic relationships cost us.
I started to wonder, how can we determine a price for the objects we’re left with after a relationship ends? A price that accounts for all of the time, emotion and money we invested in the relationship? Can we turn sentimental value into cold, hard cash?
I got obsessed with these questions, and started reaching out to people who know how to create mathematical formulas. And so, The Ex-Boyfriend Yard Sale was born.
A B O U T T H E L I V E T H E A T R E S H O W
Hilarious and daring, the live theatre show smashes together personal divulgences, maths, recorded interviews with Haley's ex-boyfriends, economics and the politics of commerce in a quest to determine what our romantic relationships are actually worth. This autobiographical work offers eight items “for sale” – all gifts from Haley’s exes – and introduces a brand new mathematical formula, written by expert Melanie Phillips, to calculate the cost of love. The show is directed by Mitchell Cushman.