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4×15: Round 32
Join us for the next round of 4×15! Four new musicals will present 15 minutes of fully-staged materials for a public audience. This is a great opportunity to see what development of these new projects looks like at an early stage, and to hear from the authors and creative teams about their developmental process!
EL OTRO LADO DEL DESTINO
Zoe has long since turned her back on the family ways and forgotten all about her gift. But when a powerful spirit begins to torment her there is no place left to hide. Zoe must face her past or be the destruction of everyone she loves.
Jazz Johnson is an aspiring Broadway Pianist in New York who is committed to playing music of all genres for his friends until he finds himself committed to the psych ward. He comes from a good Christian family but after he is fired from the church he begins a bi-polar quest to empower himself by indulging in dominating sexual practices.
Antioch Mass is a choral music theater piece that explores the narrative of Simon Peter, torn between his love for the church and his love for a man—Jesus. The ritual uses the traditional catholic mass along with a collage of texts ranging from the words of Langston Hughes and Assata Shakur to encouraging messages from sympathy cards and first-hand accounts of the HIV/AIDS crisis from a queer black perspective. Featuring a community choir, the music weaves between traditional choral music and contemporary gospel music to create a unifying sonic experience reminding us all of the divine love we share.
DREAMING IN CUBAN
Dreaming in Cuban is a multi-generational story about the women of the del Pino family, who are bitterly divided over the Cuban Revolution. The four main characters—Celia, the Communist matriarch; Felicia, her disaffected hairdresser daughter; Lourdes, her entrepreneurial bakery owner daughter in Brooklyn; and Lourdes’s daughter, Pilar, a gutsy artist teenager—each carries the scars of longing, separation, and love. And their coping mechanisms vary from the hilarious to the sacred, the preposterous to the profane.
The theatrical adaptation takes place over the course of one year, from 1979 to the spring of 1980, when the Mariel exodus irrevocably disrupts their lives. At the onset, Celia is fully onboard with the Revolution, much to the dismay of Felicia, who cannot find any sense of belonging on the island. Lourdes is proudly opening a second Yankee Doodle bakery but openly battling Pilar, who wants nothing more than to return to Cuba and visit the grandmother she lost as a baby. Complicating matters is the ghost of Jorge del Pino, Celia’s newly dead husband, who’s taken up intermittent residence in Brooklyn. Before long, they will all converge on the island anew with wildly unexpected consequences.