Projects

Roundtables

MTF’s new Representation Round Tables exist as drop-in song clinics and safe-space sharing forums devoted to showcasing emerging people of color, women, and trans* identified artists. These commitment-free round tables seek to support underrepresented writers as well as provide an entry-point to other MTF Assembly Line programs.

Writers Groups

Meeting every three weeks, MTF currently facilitates two different writers groups, each with six developing projects. The shows and artists selected for the writers groups receive priority access to other Assembly Line programs.

Factory Salons

Factory Salons happen every-other month, and are informal open mic nights for new musical theatre songs. These community-building events provide an open platform for all artists to share their work, and to seek out new collaborators. For many, the Salon serves as an introduction to the Factory and its mission.

4×15

In our 4×15 Series we showcase 15-minute staged segments from four new musicals. Each creative team receives five hours of rehearsal to workshop an excerpt of their piece with a cast of MTF volunteer performers. The program allows writers to see a portion of their work fully staged and on its feet, presented for a public audience and a panel of industry professionals. By the start of the 2016-17 season, the Factory will have assisted in the development of nearly 90 new shows through 4×15.

Developmental Residencies

Development Residencies are selected from works that have participated in the 4×15 series or other Assembly Line programming and provide writers the unique opportunity to explore their work in a focused manner over the course of an intensive two week workshop. At the end of every residency there is an invited showing of the work-in-progress.

MTF@Joe’s Pub

MTF presents bi-monthly concerts in partnership with Joe’s Pub, featuring concert presentations of Factory-developed musicals, MTF member album releases, and Joe’s Pub debuts. As a part of the prestigious Public Theater, Joe’s Pub has been an artistic home and launchpad for both uptown and downtown artists, creating a nexus of cabarets, concerts, and musical theatre.

Showcase Productions

Musical Theatre Factory Showcase Productions represent the culmination of development work undertaken at the Factory, though not the end of their journey. Presented under the Actors’ Equity Association Showcase Code, these performances are presented with limited production enhancements to demonstrate the potential of a fully realized commercial or non-profit production.

A Strange Loop

Book, Music, and Lyrics by Michael R. Jackson A Strange Loop is about a black gay man who trusts people so little that he’s created an inner world of disappointment that ultimately he controls. He has only himself as a reference for the pain and suffering of life and love and beyond. Like a cactus,

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Afterwords

Ain't Far From Home

Aurora

Aurora

Boook, Music, and Lyrics by Nick Luckenbaugh On a cold winter night, the Northern Lights come to a small New England town, turning the lives of three people upside down and giving them a taste of their deepest desires.  But once they’ve had a taste, can they really return to everyday life after the sky

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Be Young and Shut Up

Music by Niko Tsakalakos Book and Lyrics by Brandon Anderson

Beautiful Dreamer

Beautiful Dreamer

Book and Lyrics by Caroline Murphy Music by Brett Macias Beautiful Dreamer takes place in a present day AP History class of a present day high school. Seven sophomores sit in a teacher‐less classroom watching a DVD on the Civil War. Within seconds of finding out the teacher won’t be coming to class today, their

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Bliss

Bliss: A Soldier's Tale

Book, Music, and Lyrics by Jerome Parker Bliss: A Soldier’s Tale is about Perry, a sexually fluid musician/veteran seeking repentance for the sins he committed as a soldier, First in the arms of an older chanteuse, then in the bosom of his conservative, Christian home-town. Will his spiritual journey, with all its worldy influences, lead to

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Boys Who Tricked Me

Music, Book and Lyrics by Ben Bonnema Do you sometimes get the nagging feeling that you’re going to die alone? That everyone you love will leave you? Also, why hasn’t he texted back yet? I mean, it’s been a whole day. BOYS WHO TRICKED ME, a new gay song cycle by Ben Bonnema, explores this

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Carlotta

Carlotta: A New Telenovela Musical

Book and Lyrics by Anita Reyes Music by Josh Freilich This adaptation of Cyrano de Bergerac is a spirited musical about Carlotta, an overweight, over thirty year old Latina, who has been trying to maintain the role of head chef at the family restaurant, after her mother died 7 years ago. When a successful producer

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Cherry Bomb

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

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Committed

Music, Book and Lyrics by Jerome Brooks, Jr. COMMITTED The Musical is the story of Jacques Brooks, a young man who’s faith in Christ lead him to follow his dreams of moving to New York to be on Broadway, but it’s no holiday. Between playing at church, accompanying at auditions, waiting tables, and other odd

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Crossing Borders

Book and Lyrics by Carol Noll Music by Tidtaya Sinutoke “Crossing Borders” tells the stories of people who struggled through many obstacles in their homelands and chose to “cross the borders”. The musical is told through six different stories, which take place in different locations and eras, and involve individuals of different races. Many themes

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Deployed

Deployed

Book, Music, and Lyrics by Natalie Lovejoy Eighteen-year old Private Dunalley enlists in the Army, excited for the good it will provide for himself, his wife Annabelle and their future child, only to be deployed to Iraq right after basic training. However when he eventually comes home to the daunting task of reassembling his life

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Drella

Drella

Book and Lyrics by Laura Lancaster Music by Micah Joel Drella is a children’s musical that tells the “real story” behind the Cinderella fairy tale. Development History Developed at the NYU Graduate Musical Theatre Writing Program First Year Writer’s Group April 2015 – 15 minutes presented as part of Musical Theatre Factory’s 4×15 Round 10

DropDeadGorgeous

Drop Dead Gorgeous

Book and Lyrics by Laura Kleinbaum Music by Willem Oosthuysen It’s 1995 in Mont Rose, Minnesota (population 5,075) and it’s pageant season.  Watch the competition heat up as Mont Rose High’s most capable seventeen-year-old girls compete for the Miss American Teen Princess crown—a crown that means fame, scholarship money, and getting the hell out of town.  Emotions

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Eastbound

Eastbound

Book and Music by Cheeyang Ng Book and Lyrics by Khiyon Hursey EASTBOUND follows CALVIN, an 18 year old adopted Chinese-American boy, who was recently diagnosed with leukemia. Dealing with the loss of his father and receiving news that he needs a bone marrow transplant as soon as possible, he decides to travel to China

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Echo

Book, Music, & Lyrics by Anna K. Jacobs Additional Music/Lyrics by Carmel Dean & Jenny Stafford 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. Development History Concert presentation produced by NY Theatre Barn,

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Eh Dah? Questions For My Father

Book, Music, and Lyrics by Aya Aziz “Ghetto-Hippie-Arab-Commie-China Doll” Aya was shaped by the eclectic community in the projects of New York City – Latinos, African-Americans, Asians, Communists! But Aya’s father, an Egyptian-American world-traveler, remained a mystery, as did her Muslim family. In this solo musical, Aya enacts the world she came from and the

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Eighty-Sixed

Music and Lyrics by Sam Salmond Book by Jeremy J. King Adapted from the Novel by David B. Feinberg New York used to be a sociable town, but in 1986, everyone is paralyzed by fear of AIDS. Everyone, that is, except BJ Rosenthal, who seems content to live out his days ignoring the ever growing crisis.

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FactoryGirls

Factory Girls

Music and Lyrics by Chreighton Irons & Sean Mahoney Book by Sam Forman & Rob Ackerman Factory Girls tells the true story of two New England mill workers at the dawn of the Age of Industry who dared to become writers and wrote words that changed the world. A contemporary rock score dramatizes the lives

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Fearsome Frank

Fearsome Frank

Music, Book and Lyrics by Tim Duncheon Francisco Guerrero is just your average elderly Spanish composer in the 1590s… until he becomes the owner of a mysterious treasure map. As bloodthirsty pirates begin knocking down his door–and worse–timid old Francisco realizes his only chance to survive is to trade the cathedral for the High Seas

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Fifth Republic

Music and Lyrics by Dana Levinson Book by Stacey Weingarten Additional Story by Donna Drake Fifth republic is an epic romance between an Algerian refugee, named Layla Bouazid, and a Pied Noir soldier, named René Deschamps, set in 1959 in Paris against the backdrop of the fall of the French Fourth Republic, Charles de Gaulle’s

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Fireflies

Book, Music, and Lyrics by Dimitri Koltunov A rock musical with Russian Folk influences, Fireflies tells the story of a young Ukranian immigrant trying to support his old word family and community in NYC.  Wrestling with the pressures of a corporate job and his newfound love for an independent singer/songwriter/waitress, he is forced to question

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Five Points

Music by Ethan Pakchar Music and Lyrics by Douglas Lyons Book by Harrison David Rivers 1863. Lower Manhattan. The intersection of Orange, Cross, Anthony and Little Water Streets. Five Points, a slum neighborhood, notorious for disease, crime and prostitution, serves as home to poor Irish Catholic immigrants, free blacks and white Protestants. In the midst

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Gumbo

Happily Never After

Book by Mimi Cassidy Music & Lyrics by Rebecca Greenstein This full-length musical comedy finds familiar fairy tale princesses in mid-life — and the years have not been kind. Divorced, over-weight, broke, and disillusioned, the princesses struggle to meet impossible standards of ageless beauty and womanly perfection; standards demanded by Grimm Corp, their merciless employer,

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Hart Island

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

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Hooligans

Music by Balint Varga Lyrics by Aimee Lynn Czura Book by Aimee Lynn Czura & Balint Varga Hooligans is set in recent times in the fictional town of Pemberton, England. It centers around Owen, a young soccer enthusiast. He is a member of the Pemberton Blue football firm, a gang of fanatics willing to go

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Hurricane

Book, Music, and Lyrics by Michael Finke Meghan is a young, energetic and successful twenty-something currently living with her two roommates on the Upper East Side of Manhattan. However she has one major problem holding her back from living a joyful and normal life; frequent panic attacks. On the night of an expected hurricane, Meghan,

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In A Sea of Faces

Music, Lyrics & Book by Jahn Sood In A Sea of Faces is an epic folk tale about an island that is sinks into the sea, and the community that sinks with it.  We hear the story of Jacob from the Unbroken Island who builds a boat and sails to the New City, an idyllic

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Junk

Legends & Lore

Music and Lyrics by Madeline Myers Book by Jacob Combs Set in rural Georgia in the 1950s, LEGENDS & LORE explores the myth and magic of American folktales as three young friends set out to save their town by searching for a hidden treasure rumored to be hidden in the Appalachian wilderness. As the three

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Lf&Tms

Lf&Tms

Music & Lyrics by Ariel Aparicio Book by Andrea Lepcio LF&Tms is the story of Bobby Kittridge, an aging rocker still looking to make it big. As “Shayla”, his stage persona and surrounded by his long-time band members and some “fresh meat”, two young singers – Case (female) and Damien (male), he thinks his break

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Look

Music and Lyrics by Andrew J. Hanley Book by Jessica Bedford Seen through the eyes of a modern young couple in love, this new musical revisits the classic love story of Orpheus and Eurydice as a cautionary tale. Development History 2011 – Previous iteration presented at the Edinburgh Festival Fringe under the title “Orpheus &

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Luna Park

Lyrics by Michael Cooper Music by Hyeyoung Kim New Book Material by Michael Cooper & Hyeyoung Kim Original Book by Daniel Frederick Levin LUNA PARK chronicles the partnership of Skip Dundy and Fred Thompson, the true fathers of the modern themed amusement park.  A full generation before Walt Disney, they created at Coney Island an

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Lysistrata, The Vaudeville

Translation by Ranjit Bolt Adaptation by Mary Jo Duprey Music by Jeremy Mann The timeless tale of Lysistrata and her gal friends demanding world peace by withholding sex from their warring husbands is retold in a witty, naughty, rambunctious musical. This cross-gendered version of the Greek classic is part vaudeville, part burlesque, and an unapologetic

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Midnight at the Never Get

Midnight at the Never Get

Book, Music, and Lyrics by Mark Sonnenblick Conceived by Sam Bolen and Mark Sonnenblick Trevor Copeland and Arthur Brightman have the perfect New York romance.  That’s swell.  In 1965 it’s also against the law.  So in the back room of The Never Get, an illegal Greenwich Village gay bar, they put together a show called

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Miles & Me

Music by Danny Abosch Words by Kendell Pinkney When aspiring musical theatre writer, Cameron Jones, returns home to Cincinnati he finds himself stuck in his personal, suburban nightmare. Just as he despairs that he will never make good on his creative dreams, a mysterious stranger, Miles, calls from out of the blue offering him the

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Nikola Tesla Drops the Beat

Music by Nikko Benson Book and Lyrics by Benjamin Halstead The beat drops and the room explodes. Your body feels the release. You dance. Nikola Tesla makes a scientific discovery and rocks to the same release. Nikola Tesla Drops The Beat is an electronic fantasia that tracks the rise and fall of history’s most overlooked

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One Night in New York

One Night in New York!

Book, Music, and Lyrics by Eric Tipler A gay coming-of-age fairy tale. Iowa boy Michael has just come out, and has one night in Manhattan to find his first hookup. Aided by a fabulous fairy godmother, he travels the city in search of a boy, and finds much more than he bargained for. Development History

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One Way

One Way

Music by Ben Bonnema Lyrics by Christopher Staskel Book by Ben Bonnema & Christopher Staskel Naomi, a young Canadian astrophysicist is selected as a finalist to go on the first one-way trip to Mars. Hundreds of thousands have applied through Fourth Planet, a new not-for-profit organization, and only fifty remain in the running. Naomi’s partner

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Oneida

Music by Elizabeth Hagstedt Book and Lyrics by Beth Blatt They coined the expression “free love” and dared to adopt one of the most revolutionary practices imaginable – yet today, the only thing most people know about the Oneida Community is the silverware they made. Oneida was front-page news in the 1800’s, a utopia whose

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Our Woman Frank Thompson

Powerless

Music, Book and Lyrics by Will Buck Powerless is a contemporary version of the Greek myth of Eros and Psyche. How does the Pantheon get along in a world that no longer believes they exist, and when Eros, the young god of love, falls hard for a mortal woman, can the family keep itself together?

Remission: a Musical

Music, Book and Lyrics by Rebekah Allen 21-year-old Davy’s check-up at the doctor takes a strange turn when flu-like symptoms turn out to be leukemia. Afraid to tell her financially strained family or drop out of college and return home to focus on her survival, Davy decides to ignore the diagnosis & continue on with

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Rent a White Guy

Representation Roundtable: POC

The People of Color Representation Roundtable exists as a one-of-a-kind experiment wherein a room of artists of all disciplines may share work with and solicit feedback from a group that is 100% exclusively comprised of people of color. Part writers circle, part discussion forum and part low-key performance salon, the POC Roundtable offer artists of

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Representation Roundtable: Women/Trans*

Monthly drop-in song clinic and safe-space sharing forum devoted to showcasing Women and Trans* artists. In this supportive creative circle, musical theater creators, performers, directors, designers, choreographers, producers and dreamers who identify as women or trans* each receive 15-25 minutes of uninterrupted sharing time, with the potential for feedback. In residence with Playwrights Downtown, Musical

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Soundies

Music and Book by Kimberly Hawkey Lyrics by Assaf Gleizner A revue of original music inspired by the Panoram music videos of the 1940’s. The creators are interested in finding a team to develop a story about a midwestern girl who is hired as a ‘canary’ in a traveling swing band. Set in 1940, the

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Tamar of the River

Music and Book by Marisa Michelson Book and Lyrics by Joshua H. Cohen TAMAR OF THE RIVER is a compelling and innovative music theater work inspired by the Biblical story of Tamar and Judah. In a war-torn world, where East and West are divided by a River red with blood, one young woman is called

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That Time We Found a Sasquatch in the Woods

Book by Nichole Jackson Music by Scotty Arnold Lyrics by Brandon Michael Lowden When their homes and their forest are threatened by development, teenage Remy and her elderly nemesis, Mrs. P, must set aside their differences and convince Glenn, a real live Sasquatch, that in order to stop the destruction and save the town, he must reveal himself

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The Awakening

The Awakening

Book and Lyrics by Sarah Rebell Music by Teresa Lotz The Awakening is a new musical inspired by Kate Chopin’s 1899 novella about a married woman who becomes romantically attached to a younger man. This illicit affair incites an internal struggle within Edna as she attempts to find freedom and love. But such things are

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The Craft

Book and Lyrics by Brandon Michael Lowden Music and Lyrics by Kevin Michael Jones THE CRAFT: The Musical is a new musical based on the 1996 cult film of the same.  A teenage year girl with a troubled past moves to a new city and enrolls at a private Catholic school. There, she befriends three

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The Crazy Ones

Music and Lyrics by Zack Zadek Lyrics by Alex Pototsky In 1982, Steve Jobs was in control. His company, Apple Computer, was on top of the world; his products were changing the work and home life of hundreds of thousands of users every day; and he was exorbitantly, extravagantly rich. But something sinister was brewing

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The Disappearing Man

Book, Music, and Lyrics by Jahn Sood THE DISAPPEARING MAN is a new folk opera that takes place backstage at a small-time circus in 1936. When the headliner is offered another job, each of the performers in the motley troupe must decide whether to adapt to change or fight to keep the family together.

The Greenwood Tree

Music & Concept by Will Reynolds Text by Shakespeare THE GREENWOOD TREE is a contemporary telling of the secret story embedded in the Sonnets; Shakespeare’s most personal work. Sparks fly when a brilliant young poet falls victim to Puck’s notorious flower. It is a story about about friends and lovers, and that line between the

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The Loneliest Girl in the World

The Loneliest Girl in the World

Music by Julia Meinwald Book and Lyrics by Gordon Leary Anita Bryant always knew that she was destined for greatness.  She just had to figure out what God wanted her to do.  She tried becoming Miss America, a pop star, a professional homemaker, a national treasure – all to no avail.  After becoming a cultural

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The Lorelei

Book and Lyrics by Chandra McLelland Music by Micah Joel Two women.  One curse.  Kramer’s world is turned upside down when her husband’s company transfers him to Germany.  Eager to find her place in a new culture, she jumps at the chance to play the part of the legendary siren Lorelei in a local festival.  Myth and

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The Meanest Birthday Girl

The Sacred Harp

Music and Story by Peter Lerman THE SACRED HARP was previously presented at the Disney/ASCAP Musical Theatre Workshop. Peter Lerman is also currently writing the music and lyrics for BROOKLYNITE, an original musical with co-writer and director Michael Mayer opening at the Vineyard Theatre in Winter 2015. For his work in theater, Peter has won

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The Showmen

Music and Lyrics by Noel Carey Book by Ryan McGovern THE SHOWMEN is Silver Studio’s latest hit musical motion picture! Or at least it will be, if freshly hired composer Edward Rutledge can deliver the sensational songs he’s promised to studio head Sid Silver. Unfortunately, distractions abound upon meeting Vivian Bradford and Roger Corwood- America’s

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The Years Between

Music, Book and Lyrics by Zoe Sarnak The Years Between is Zoe Sarnak’s exploration of New York millennials set to a rock, folk, pop and soul score. The piece centers around a group of six 20/30somethings. They paint a picture of a “lost generation” of a different kind: struggling financially, changing jobs, moving through long term but non-committal

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Three Times Fast

Music and Lyrics by Teresa Lotz Book and Lyrics by Naomi Matlow The show follows the coming of age of fifteen year old Olivia Klemons as she wades through the stress of high school, her mother’s remarriage, a move to a new house and her fresh diagnosis with Obsessive Compulsive Disorder. As Olivia faces her

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To Hell and Back

Music, Book and Lyrics by Joel B. New TO HELL AND BACK is a retelling of the Greek myth of Orpheus and Eurydice, set in a heightened version of present-day Nebraska. It is a story of love stronger than death, exploring such themes as loss, the hero complex, finding inspiration, and the wonderful fear of

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Trivoya Gold

Trivøya Gold

Music by Scotty Arnold Book and Lyrics by Alana Jacoby The tiny Scandinavian island of Trivøya must win a gold medal in curling to earn its sovereignty from Norway. When Torbjørn Bjørnsen, a curling superstar turned ice sculptor, is dragged out of retirement to lead his nation’s team, he must decide between doing what’s best

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Unbound

Music by Amy Molewski Book and Lyrics by Nick Luckenbaugh UNBOUND follows Percy, an isolated young man who dreams about having adventures he’s only read about. One day, he stumbles upon a magic book that transports him to a fantasy world led by a powerful queen named Vesta and shaped into anything he can imagine

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Uncool the Party

Uncool: The Party

Written and Conceived by Sam Salmond Uncool: the Party is an immersive night of songs, storytelling, games, booze, dancing and revelry. Four actors, a host and a band lead the audience through a hilarious, heartfelt, foot stomping celebration of the things that make all of us “Uncool.” Development History November 2013 – Workshop at CAP

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Vestige

Music, book and Lyrics by Andrew Lynch New York City, 1966. Paul Bradley an idealistic young writer, is cooped up in his apartment, dreaming up a new novel. When he travels to Colombia on assignment to cover a burgeoning social movement, Paul discovers an intoxicating world that is both seductive and frightening.

Wait

Wait!

Music by Sujin Kim Book and Lyrics by Daphny Maman Teresa is a liberal atheist who believes in free love. Michael is a strict, God fearing virgin, and a member of a Christian purity group who has vowed not to have sex until he’s married. When the two accidentally meet they fall madly in love,

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Willard Asylum Suitcases

Music, Book and Lyrics by Julianne Wick-Davis