3.25.20 | 7PM | LIVE STREAM


Performances by

Amy Lynn Hamlin

Lynne Shankel

Line Producers Jen Sandler Sam Strum

Casting by Eisenberg/Beans Casting

Sara Cooper (Words) is a playwright-lyricist. Highlights of works: The Memory Show, Benefit Reading for the Alzheimer’s Association, The Mercury Theater Chicago (2019), United Kingdom Premiere, New Bard Productions in London (2016), Transport Group at The Duke on 42nd Street (2013), Asian Premiere, Water Gate Media in Seoul (2012-2013), Barrington Stage Company (2010), NAMT Festival of New Musicals (2009); Elevator Heart, World Premiere, THML Theatre Company in association with Access Theater (2019), University of San Francisco Performing Arts and Social Justice Program (2018), Tisch New Musicals (2016); Fault Lines, World Premiere at The Kennedy Center (2018), workshop, Washington National Opera (2017); HoT, concert, Dixon Place (2019); Mechanical, reading, The Producers Club (2018), concert, Dixon Place (2017); Things I Left On Long Island, FringeNYC (2014), Time Out New York Critics’ Pick (2014); Loving Leo, Weston Playhouse (2013); Windows, American Opera Projects (2013).  As an educator, Sara’s favorite teaching credits include New York University, Purchase College, Montclair State University, CUNY Guttman Community College, and Lincoln Center. Sara is a volunteer editor for the “Women Who Wow Us” series by Maestra. MFA Musical Theatre Writing and BFA Dramatic Writing, Tisch School of the Arts. Dramatists Guild, ASCAP. saracooper.weebly.com

HoT is an all-female+ darkly comic sungthrough feminist adaptation of Helen of Troy. It examines the commodification of women throughout our lifetimes as Helen is first sexualized, then held to unrealistic beauty and gender-based standards, and finally vilified and discarded— until she decides to stand up and take her power back

HoT has been developed at Dixon Place and in the Johnny Mercer Foundation Writers Colony residency at Goodspeed. The show was a finalist for the NAMT Festival of New Musicals, and was included in NAMT’s “Shows You Should Know”,  “New Work In The Classroom” at Michigan State University, and “Under The Arch” New Musical Theatre Incubator in St. Louis.

Lynne Shankel (Music) is best known as a music supervisor, arranger and orchestrator. She was music supervisor/arranger/orchestrator for Allegiance on Broadway and was the first woman to solely orchestrate a new musical on Broadway. She has written orchestrations and arrangements for everyone from Chita Rivera, the New York Pops and Raul Esparza to Tony Award winner/Bon Jovi member David Bryan and the Radio City Christmas Spectacular. As a composer, Lynne collaborated with lyricist Jon Hartmere to provide new songs for bare: The Musical in 2012. Her composition has also been featured in the original musical Maya (commissioned by Teach For India) and in The Old Globe’s 2016 production of Red Velvet. In 2017, Lynne released her critically acclaimed album Bare Naked on Yellow Sound Label. Current projects include Postcard American Town (music and lyrics by Shankel, book by Crystal Skillman) and Sold!, (music and lyrics by Shankel) a cross-pollination of musical theatre and modern dance being developed with choreographer Ann Yee. Lynne is on the advisory board for Maestra Music. ASCAP. www.Lynneshankel.com 

Performances by

Billy Recce

Line Producers Jen Sandler Sam Strum

Casting by Eisenberg/Beans Casting

Loosely inspired by, and a queer re-telling of the kidnapping of Frank Sinatra Jr., Dimes is set in late 1963 and tells the story of America’s favorite crooner arranging the kidnapping of his son at the precipice of the gay liberation movement. Part Cabaret, Part Scorsese, Dimes is a journey through Italian machismo, jazz music, and shifting ideas of identity in a newly blossoming New York.


Dimes has been developed with Theatre C and at Fordham University.

Billy Recce (Book/Music/Lyrics) is a MAC and NEO-Award winning composer/lyricist, singer/songwriter and playwright based in NY whose songs have been sung everywhere from Colorado to Japan, and who Peter Felicia has hailed “the most promising songwriter I’ve heard in a long, long, long, long time” (BroadwayRadio). His works include the long-running A Musical About Star Wars (Off-Broadway, Cast Album on Broadway Records), the international headline making Balloon Boy (for which he was the youngest writer ever selected for NYMF at 17), Duo/Trio (The Motor Company), Off-Broadway’s NEWSical (Additional Musical Material), and The Charlatans (Fordham). Select media credits include BroadwayWorld’s Award-Winning sitcom Rachel Unraveled (Head Writer and Songwriter) and The Birds and the BS with Jordan Roth, co-writing songs for Mandy Patinkin, Titus Burgess, Laura Benanti, Bernadette Peters and more. 

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