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Musical Workshops

Annie Salem: An American Tale

July 5-7, 2019

In the Martel Theater, Vogelstein Center for Drama and Film

Adapted from the novel by Mac Wellman
Book by Rachel Chavkin
Music by Heather Christian
Lyrics by Heather Christian and Rachel Chavkin
Directed by Rachel Chavkin
Movement by Raja Feather Kelly

Featuring: David Abeles, Tattiana Aqeel, Stephen Bogardus, Clifton Duncan, Danaya Esperanza, Brian Flores, Ari Groover, Christopher Sears, Margo Siebert, Ching Valdes-Aran

An otherworldly journey into the jagged heart of rust-belt Ohio, where blue monkeys play in the wreckage of post-industrial America, and where high school boy Jack Scan is in love with the prettiest girl in town. This timely adaptation of Mac Wellman’s wry, surrealist coming-of-age story, adapted by Obie Award-winning artists Rachel Chavkin (Hadestown, The Great Comet) and Heather Christian (Animal Wisdom), travels through time and space, to Mars and back again as it tries to make sense of the forces lurking in the American woods.

The Elementary Spacetime Show

July 12-14, 2019

In the Martel Theater, Vogelstein Center for Drama and Film

Music and Lyrics by César Alvarez
Book by César Alvarez with Emily Orling
Directed by Sarah Benson

Featuring: Andrew R. Butler, Cosmo Castaldi, Mariah Del Rio, Sofia Dobrushin, Joshuah Dominique, Jari Jones, Mason Alexander Park, Mimi Scardulla, Terran Scott

You can die, you just have to answer a few crazy questions first. And sing. And dance.

A young girl attempts suicide and wakes up trapped in a cosmic vaudevillian game show that she must win in order to enter the void of death. But the more she wants to die, the harder she has to work. A new musical of why to exist when you no longer want to, with up-tempo genre-bending songs and a healthy dose of the absurd from the creators of Futurity.


July 26-28, 2019

In the Martel Theater, Vogelstein Center for Drama and Film

Conceived by Saheem Ali
Music and Lyrics by Michael Thurber
Book by Jocelyn Bioh
Additional lyrics by Mkhululi Z. Mabija
Directed by Saheem Ali

Featuring: Phoenix Best, Rodrick Covington, Amber Iman, Janelle McDermoth, Abena Mensah-Bonsu, Adesola Osakalumi, Lance Roberts, Antoine Smith, Avery Smith

A young man returns home to the African coastal city of Mombasa, Kenya, to marry his betrothed and step into his family’s political dynasty. But when he visits Moto Moto – a steamy afro-jazz club and the stomping ground of his youth – he finds himself drawn to a beautiful, mysterious new singer. Soon, he must decide whether to fulfill the legacy of his lineage, or give in to his love of music and a newfound attraction.  A story of love, destiny, the spirit world and the power of passion, inspired by the ancient myth of Marimba, the goddess of music.