Friday, May 3 @ 7pm
My Lord, What a Night
Written by Deborah Brevoort
In 1937, legendary singer Marian Anderson gave a concert in Princeton, NJ, but was refused accommodations at a local hotel because of her race. Albert Einstein, then a professor at Princeton, invited her to stay at his home, creating a furor and beginning a friendship between the two that would last a lifetime. Inspired by actual events, My Lord, What a Night explores the struggles faced by two icons of the 20th century, as they deal with the injustices of Jim Crow and the rise of anti-Semitism during a highly divided era in American history.
Deborah Brevoort writes plays, musicals and opera librettos. She is best known for her play The Women of Lockerbie, which is produced all over the world. Her other plays include The Poetry of Pizza, (Purple Rose, Mixed Blood, Virginia Stage & others), The Blue-Sky Boys, (EST/Sloan commission, Barter Theatre, Capital Rep), The Comfort Team, (Virginia Stage), The Velvet Weapon, Signs of Life, (Perseverance Theatre, Theatre One) Into the Fire and My Lord What Night. She is a two-time winner of the Frederick Loewe award in musical theatre for Coyote Goes Salmon Fishing with Scott Davenport Richards and King Island Christmas with David Friedman. She wrote the book and lyrics for Crossing Over, an Amish Hip Hop musical with composer and co-lyricist Stephanie Salzman. She is currently writing the book and lyrics for Loving with composer Diedre Murray, and the book and lyrics for Tiffany Girls with composer/lyricist Julianne Wick Davis. Her latest opera libretto is for Murasaki’s Moon, with composer Michi Wiancko, commissioned by the Metropolitan Museum of Art, On Site Opera and ALT, which will premiere at the Met in 2019. She is also a three-time winner of the Frontiers opera competition at Ft. Worth Opera for Embedded and Albert Nobbs with composer Patrick Soluri, and Steal a Pencil for Me, with composer Gerald Cohen. Steal a Pencil for Me premiered at Opera Colorado in 2018; Embedded at Ft. Worth Opera and Fargo Moorhead Operas in 2016. Blue Moon Over Memphis, her Noh Drama about Elvis Presley, is currently touring internationally by Theatre Nohgaku with Noh orchestrations by Richard Emmert. Deborah serves as a mentor to the NBO Musical Theatre Initiative in Nairobi, Kenya, which is launching 16 new musicals by Kenyan composers and writers. She teaches in the graduate musical theatre writing at NYU and the MFA playwriting program Columbia University.
Saturday, May 4 @ 2pm
Written by Amy Berryman
Walden is set in the not-so-distant future, when climate change has led to human colonization of other planets. Cassie, a NASA botanist, returns from her year-long deployment in space and is shocked to find her sister, Stella, a former NASA architect, engaged to an Earth Advocate. As the twins grapple with questions of rivalry and love, humanity hangs in the balance.
Amy Berryman is an actor and writer originally from Seattle. Her full-length plays include The New Galileos (Playwrights Realm Fellowship Finalist 2018, O’Neill Finalist 2019, Mach 33 Caltech/Pasadena Playhouse Festival of New Science-Driven Plays Semi-Finalist 2019), Walden (Premiere Play Festival 2019 Finalist, Great Plains 2019 selection, Last Frontier Theatre Conference 2018 selection), and Three Year Summer (developed with Nomad Theatricals in NYC, Portland Stage in Maine, and PROP Thtr in Chicago). The short film she wrote, co-produced, and starred in “You Are Everywhere” won Best Drama in the LA Short Film Festival 2018. As an actor, she was recently seen off-Broadway in The Convent by Jessica Dickey (Rattlestick/Rising Phoenix Rep). Other credits include Lunchtime by Greg Kotis (the Brick), and I Will Be Gone by Erin Courtney (Humana Festival). amy-berryman.com
Saturday, May 4 @ 8pm
Written by Jack Canfora
August, 1964, and Beatlemania is at its height. But when the Fab Four get a chance to meet folk singer Bob Dylan, it's the boys from Liverpool who are initially star struck. Based on real events, Delmonico tells the story of the night these two titanic musical forces met, influenced one another, and helped chart the course of the 1960s and beyond.
Jack Canfora’s plays have been produced to critical acclaim both Off-Broadway and in regional theaters throughout the United States. His Off-Broadway play Poetic License was hailed as “Smart, unsettling drama” by The New York Times and “Clever…articulate…white-hot” by The Associated Press. His play Jericho received a 2011 Edgerton Award as well as a highly lauded Off-Broadway run. It was a New York Times “Critics’ Pick,” calling it “painfully significant“ and “A lovely, humorous work… a smart, hard-hitting drama filled with biting wit.” Theatre Communications Group referred to the play as “an important contribution to the repertoire of the American Stage.” His play Place Setting was nominated, along with plays by Edward Albee and Theresa Rebeck, as “Best Play for 2007” by The Newark Star Ledger. His play Fellow Travelers opened at the Bay Street Theater in 2018 and was called “compelling” by Newsday and “a must see” by Hampstons.com. His play The Source is the winner of a 2018 Edgerton Award and debuted at New Jersey Repertory in 2019, where it was called “stunning” by BroadwayWorld.com and “well-written, intelligent, often very funny – but serious” by The Two Rivers Times. Jack also co-wrote and co-created the comedy web series “The Small Time,” which won the 2016 Webby Award for Best Writing (www.thesmalltimeseries.com). He has two children who are both smarter than he is and lives in New York with his dog. Like him on Facebook, follow him on Twitter and Instagram @JackCanfora
Sunday, May 5 @ 3pm
Bliss, a new musical
Written by Emma Lively & Tyler Beattie
BLISS is the fairytale turned upside down. An original musical, with an energetic rock score, BLISS tells the story of four princesses for a new generation. Unapologetically unconventional, they break free from the castle, ready to conquer the world, only to discover that it is more complicated than they imagined. Can a princess skip the spells, snag the prince and slay the dragon, all while staying true to herself? An adventure like no other awaits.
Emma Lively (Book, Music, Lyrics) has co-written several original musicals with Tyler Beattie, including Bliss, Blue, and Candy Land. A published Penguin Random House author with translations into more than a dozen languages, she holds a master’s degree in Viola Performance from SUNY/Stony Brook with postgraduate studies in conducting, composition and orchestration from the Julliard School. Tyler Beattie (Book, Music, Lyrics) has co-written several original musicals with Emma Lively, including Bliss, Blue, and Candy Land. A passionate educator, Tyler is the founder and coach of an award-winning middle school debate team in Harlem and a graduate of Northwestern University.
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