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4×15 – Round 22

Join us for a unique opportunity to participate in making musical theatre! In our 4×15 series, we showcase four 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


Cherry Bomb
Book, Music, and Lyrics by Marcus Scott

Cherry Bomb follows savvy teenage boy Franklin, who revolts against the education system once the arts programs are cut from his school curriculum. When Franklin’s fearless actions inadvertently domino into another student’s suicide, he spirals into sex, drugs and ruin. A rock musical that blends the Motown/Stax funk-soul sound with electroclash music, Cherry Bomb explores the current and timely topic of the decline of arts in schools, the age gap between teenagers and adults, rebellion, child abuse, grieving a loss, ethics in modern psychiatry and prescribing medication to juveniles—all of which affect Franklin and lead to his self-discovery.

Hart Island
Book and Lyrics by Michelle Elliott
Music by Danny Larsen

Hart Island has served as NYC’s public burial grounds for 150 years and is the final resting place for 1 million dead, including thousands of still born infants. Burials are carried out by inmates of Riker’s Island. “Hart Island” is an original musical that explores the lives of two people society has cast away — Charles, an incarcerated man and Marielena, a young, poor, pregnant, undocumented Hispanic woman. Their lives intersect when Marielena gives birth to a stillborn son, who Charles inters as part of his duties on the Hart Island burial crew. The two begin a correspondence and come to recognize the other’s dignity and humanity.

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Book by Erik Forrest Jackson
Music by Brad Alexander
Lyrics by Jill Abramovitz

Misty Riggs is a nobody. No, really, she is–that’s an undisputed fact, even by Misty herself. She’s not particularly brainy, she’s definitely not popular, and until now she hasn’t felt much drive to change that. But just as she’s starting her sophomore year at a new high school, she decides to try to stand out before it’s too late. Her idea is to champion gay rights. Never mind that she doesn’t have any real passion about it–if it’ll help turn her life around, she’s game. Her plan involves a handmade T-shirt adorned with pro-gay messages in puffy paint and glitter glue. But when the slogan tee lands her in the office of out-of-touch Principal Segars and in hot water at home, she escalates her game. To the chagrin of Alixandra, who’s her BFF (and pretty much only F), Misty aggressively works to cozy up to Jacey, the weird guy in the grade above them who wears skirts, in the hopes that her well-documented show of tolerance will put her on the map. But Misty’s maneuver only results in sparking an unexpected attraction between Alix and Jacey, an attraction that alarms Alix’s mom, Colleen, who’s the school guidance counselor. To Misty, losing Alix’s attention to Jacey is one blow too many, so she makes one final, desperate bid for glory–the terrible culmination of her burning desire to get recognized for something, for anything, no matter how she achieves it.


Book, Music, and Lyrics by Anna K. Jacobs

Three Echoes seek to become something more than just a reflection in this three-woman song drama that weaves a reimagining of the Echo and Narcissus myth with a colorful theater-pop score.