August 26, 2017

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.

Development History

  • Developed at Musical Theatre Factory’s Writers Group
  • September 2015 – 15 minutes presented as part of Musical Theatre Factory’s 4×15 Round 13
  • April 2016 – 15 minutes presented as part of Musical Theatre Factory’s 4×15 Round 17
  • April 2017 – 15 minutes presented as part of Musical Theatre Factory’s 4×15 Round 22