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PRE-PREMIERES OF

NEW MUSICALS

DURING INCUBATION

produced + hosted by 

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wednesday - 4.28.21

FREE LIVE STREAM

@ 7PM ET

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NEW

   WORKS

        SERIES

book + lyrics by

ADESHA ADEFELA

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book + lyrics by

BEAU LEWIS

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book      + lyrics by

RYAN NICOLE AUSTIN

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music by

JODIE ELLIS

JOSH "BUDO" KARPM 

CAVA MENZIES

BRIAN WATTERS

A NEW MUSICAL CELEBRATING

THE GRIT OF BAY AREA ARTISTS

AND ENTREPRENEURS

AND THE EVOLUTION OF SILICON VALLEY

Co-Founders is the new musical with book and lyrics by Adesha Adefela, Beau Lewis and Ryan Nicole Austin, and music by Jodie Ellis, Josh "Budo" Karpm, Cava Menzies and Brian WattersThe live presentation will feature excerpts from the show and a conversation with the writers.

Co-Founders is the story of the two most unlikely partners in the history of Silicon Valley. Esata Thompson, a black female coder from Oakland, and Conway Delouche, a small town college dropout, take on the most competitive startup accelerator in the world - where the privileged make a killing while the people across the bridge grind to survive.

Co-Founders began as a weekly freestyle rap session in Oakland and San Francisco among friends who saw meaning in getting vulnerable and celebrating the grit of Bay Area artists and entrepreneurs. The show has been developed with San Francisco’s American Conservatory Theater and was featured in the 2020 National Alliance for Musical Theatre’s (NAMT) Festival of New Musicals.

* FEATURING PERFORMANCES by *

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JEB
BROWN

(BEAUTIFUL)

GERARD

CANONICO

(BE MORE CHILL)

AMBER 

IMAN

(HAMILTON)

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AUSTIN 

DEAN

ASHFORD

RYAN

NICOLE
AUSTIN

book      + Direction by

HUNTER BIRD

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music + lyrics by

OLIVER HOUSER

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AN ORIGINAL COMING-OF-AGE STORY

SET AGAINST THE BACKDROP OF

THE GREATEST DRUG CRISIS

IN OUR COUNTRY'S HISTORY

She Reached For Heaven is the new musical from Oliver Houser (music and lyrics) and Hunter Bird (book and direction). The live presentation will feature excerpts from the show and a conversation with the writers.

On the outside, high school senior Jes Holt is doing everything she’s supposed to. On the inside, she’s never felt more alone and longs for something she can’t name. Set against the backdrop of the greatest drug crisis in our country’s history, She Reached for Heaven is an original coming-of-age story about the devastations of addiction, and one woman’s journey to choose life rather than escape it. 

She Reached For Heaven, previously titled Almost Heaven, has been developed with the Rhinebeck Writers Retreat and the Warren Miller Performing Arts Center.

* FEATURING PERFORMANCES by *

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CO-WRITER

OLIVER

HOUSER

JULIA

HARRIMAN

(HAMILTON)

COMMUNITY

INNOVATION

EXPLORATION

EVOLUTION

ARTS WORKERS

COLLABORATION