Join us for a unique opportunity to participate in making musical theatre! In our 4×15 series, we showcase four new shows by up-and-coming writers in four 15-minute staged presentations. Each creative team will have 5 hours to workshop the strongest (or most troublesome) excerpt of their piece. A cast of MTF volunteer performers will then have 15 minutes to present each excerpt before an audience and a panel of industry professionals. The audience is invited to offer supportive feedback to the writers and creative teams. Come get in on the creative process!
The new musicals featured in 4×15 – ROUND ELEVEN are:
RUM AND RAISIN
Music by Ross Unger
Book and Lyrics by Ross Unger and James O’Donoghue
Two brothers run an ice-cream truck during a modern day prohibition, and bootleg booze from the back of the truck. The police and mafia try to bring them down in this farce about following your dreams.
Music by Minjoung Hwang
Book and Lyrics by Brandon Michael Lowden
In her daydreams, Kira is a keytar-slinging rockstar, but in reality, she’s the new kid in 8th grade, torn between a budding friendship with her nerdy neighbor Jonathan and a chance to join the cool girls’ posse. As if that wasn’t hard enough, her rock-and-roll fantasy turns to reality (or rather, reality TV) when she auditions for a singing contest at the local mall. Synthesizer riffs, makeovers, and imaginary companions are all along for the ride on Kira’s journey of self-discovery.
WE HAVE APPLES
Book, Music, and Lyrics by Rachel Griffin
Jane, a quirky, smart, 18-year-old writer, finds herself in a psych ward where she falls in love with her psychiatrist’s son. Jane’s depression, personified by female actor, is relentless in her pursuit to keep Jane paralyzed and committed. Can a group of misfit patients help Jane find her way home, and together, stand up to an often condescending and clueless staff?
MIDNIGHT AT THE RIALTO
Music and Lyrics by Mark Sonnenblick
Book by Sam Bolen
In the heart of Greenwich Village, a clock strikes midnight and a mysterious woman blows into The Rialto. Famed songwriter Arthur Brightman has just passed away and, as concert halls across the country celebrate his legacy, a few regulars have gathered at this divey piano bar to drink and sing his songs. The woman watches then rises to take her turn. For the next hour or so, she will not leave the stage. She knows these songs too intimately, their writer too well.
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