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inspired by true events


Book + Lyrics by Sammy Buck

Music + Lyrics by Brandon James Gwinn

Conceived by Joe Barros, Laura Brandel, Sammy Buck, Karen Marshall, Reed Prescott, Sam Willmott


A new musical inspired by true events.

Two families in a North Texas town struggle with a community battle ignited by a high school production of the musical RentAs the escalation drives wedges between father and son - and mother and daughter - Speargrove, Texas will discover that the show can’t open until their minds do. Inspired by actual events, Small Town Story explores the indelible power of theatre and the inherent dangers of silence. 



  • January 2010: Commissioned by New York Theatre Barn

  • April 2010: Reading, Julia Miles Theatre, NYC

  • April 2012:  Winner, NAMT Writers’ Residency Grant

  • May 2012: Developmental Production, The Cell, NYC             

  • August 2013: Village Theatre, Issaquah, WA, Festival of New Musicals                

  • September 2013: Fully Orchestrated Demo Recording                             Concert, Daryl Roth Theatre

  • April 2014: Finalist, Richard Rodgers Award

  • November 2014: Reading, produced by Theatre Barn                                         at Playwrights Horizons

  • October 2015: Developmental Production, The Hartt School,                           West Hartford, CT


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