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produced + hosted by 

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jen sandler

PRE-PREMIERES OF

NEW MUSICALS

DURING INCUBATION

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wednesday - 1.13.21

FREE LIVE STREAM

@ 7PM ET

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NEW

WORKSSERIES

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book + lyrics by

GABRIEL JASON DEAN

(HEARTLAND)

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book + lyrics by

JESSIE DEAN

music

+ additional lyrics by

DAVID DABBON

(BEETLEJUICE)

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AN IMMERSIVE MUSICAL

THAT PUTS THE AUDIENCE AT THE CENTER OF

AN AMERICAN CRISIS

Our New Town has book and lyrics by Gabriel Jason Dean (Heartland) and Jessie Dean, and music and additional lyrics by David Dabbon (Beetlejuice). The live 1-hour presentation will feature excerpts from the show and a conversation with the writers who will be joined by their director Theresa McCarthy (Titanic, Queen of The Mist, First Daughters Suite) and Howard Sherman (Writer of Another Day’s Begun: Thornton Wilder’s Our Town in the 21st Century).

In the aftermath of the deadliest shooting on a college campus in US history, surviving cast members of Thornton Wilder’s Our Town put together an unauthorized show as a way to reclaim their theatre space and heal their broken community. But when the event is stopped mid-performance, the cast and audience must decide between compliance or defiance. A hyper theatrical blend of truth with fiction and scene with song, Our New Town is an immersive musical that puts the audience at the center of an American crisis. 

 

Our New Town was developed with The Civilians R&D Group and received its world premiere production in October 2019 at Wagner College.

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HOWARD SHERMAN

author of

ANOTHER DAY'S BEGUN:

Thornton Wilder’s OUR TOWN In the 21st Century

DIRECTED BY

THERESA McCARTHY

(FIRST DAUGHTER SUITE)

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* FEATURING PERFORMANCES by *

WAGNER COLLEGE STUDENTS

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GABRIEL

ARGATE

LILA

COOPER

TRAVIS

HARLEY

MADELINE

KENDALL

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ELISE

KILLIAN

EMILY

MORENO

BENJAMIN

SELLERS

MILES

WILKE

WILLIAM

WALLACE

JULIE

MANNING

and co-writer JESSIE DEAN *

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book by

EMERSON MAE SMITH

(LOVE IN HATE NATION)

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music + lyrics by

MURPHY TAYLOR SMITH

BRIMMING WITH REVOLUTIONARY FERVOR,

THIS NEW MUSICAL IS A

RADICAL, TRANS WOMAN-CENTERED

RETELLING OF THE ORESTEIA

Elektric is a new musical with book by Emerson Mae Smith (Love In Hate Nation) and music and lyrics by Murphy Taylor Smith. The live 1-hour presentation will feature excerpts from the show and a conversation with the writers.

A pair of twins, one cisgender, one transgender, are reunited after a decade by a Gods-sent mission: murder their mother to avenge their father. They are dual heirs to the throne of Argos, a small militaristic city-state under the complete control of their mother, Klytemnestra. Elektra, who's dealt with her mother’s violent transphobia for years, is ready to kill. Orestes, returning home in secret from his studies abroad, is not so sure. Argos is crumbling at the end of a years-long war and the streets hum with violence and talk of prophets. Brimming with revolutionary fervor, Elektric is a radical, trans woman-centered retelling of the Oresteia

Elektric has been developed with Penn State University and will have an upcoming world premiere at the University of Michigan. This is the first time that material from Elektric will be presented publicly.

* FEATURING *

PERFORMANCES 

by

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co-writer

MURPHY

TAYLOR

SMITH 

COMMUNITY

INNOVATION

EXPLORATION

EVOLUTION

ARTS WORKERS

COLLABORATION