2012 National Music Theater Conference

 

WHEN WE MET

 book by Dan Collins, lyrics and music by Julianne Wick Davis; in collaboration with Sally Wilfert and Michael Winther

Performances: Wednesday, June 20, 8pm; Friday, June 22, 7pm; Sunday, June 24, 3pm

STRING

book by Sarah Hammond, lyrics and music by Adam Gwon

Performances: Saturday, June 23, 8pm; Sunday, June 24, 7pm; Wednesday, June 27, 8pm; Friday, June 29, 7pm

A GOOD MAN 

book and lyrics by Philip S. Goodman, music by Ray Leslee

Performances: Saturday, June 30, 8pm; Sunday, July 1, 3pm; Wednesday, July 4, 8pm; Friday, July 6, 7pm

THE TOYMAKER 

book, lyrics, and music by Bryan Putnam

Performances: Saturday, July 7, 8pm; Sunday, July 8, 3pm; Thursday, July 12, 8pm; Friday, July 13, 7pm

 

Directors and Casting for all shows

 

When We Met

Book by Dan Collins, Lyrics and music by Julianne Wick Davis in collaboration with Sally Wilfert and Michael Winther

Performances: Wednesday, June 20, 8pm; Friday, June 22, 7pm; Sunday, June 24, 3pm

When We Met is a story about two comfortably single, middle-aged people who reluctantly meet on a blind date. Their encounter throws all their certainty about being alone into question. In a world that pits theory against faith, When We Met explores how a quantum physicist and animal communicator struggle to understand one of the greatest intangibles of all: love.

 

String

Book by Sarah Hammond, Lyrics and music by Adam Gwon

Performances: Saturday, June 23, 8pm; Sunday, June 24, 7pm; Wednesday, June 27, 8pm; Friday, June 29, 7pm

A workaholic Greek god gets tangled up with a security guard in the basement of the tallest building in the world. One mistake leads to another - a lost pair of scissors, a kiss, a stolen string - and soon Atropos is breaking her own rules to offer forever to an ordinary man. Can the fabric of the universe stand a flaw? An original musical about the three Fates in the modern city.

 

A Good Man

Book and lyrics by Philip S. Goodman, Music by Ray Leslee

Performances: Saturday, June 30, 8pm; Sunday, July 1, 3pm; Wednesday, July 4, 8pm; Friday, July 6, 7pm

Just after World War II in rural Mississippi, Albert Clayton, a black sharecropper, decides to paint his tenant house white, and his world turns upside down. He struggles with a desperate wife, a frightened landlord, a sexy sister-in-law, and a furious, closed-minded town.

 

The ToyMaker

Book, lyrics, and music by Bryan Putnam

Performances: Saturday, July 7, 8pm; Sunday, July 8, 3pm; Thursday, July 12, 8pm; Friday, July 13, 7pm

An “uncommonly powerful” tale of enduring passion and hope, The ToyMaker tells the story of Sarah Meeks, a young woman who is struggling in her marriage after two failed pregnancies. Rumors of a childless toy maker of the past set her on a desperate search for the last toy made by this man. Thus begins a journey that spans the globe and time itself. Sarah's quest to find the 'childless toy' and solve the mysteries of a village destroyed by war lead her to a destiny of fulfillment she once thought impossible.

 

Artist Bios

Dan Collins (book, When We Met)

Dan_Collins_1.JPGWith composer Julianne Wick Davis, Dan Collins wrote book and lyrics for the musical Southern Comfort (CAP 21 Theater Company, directed by Thomas Caruso), which earned Dan and Julianne the 2012 Jonathan Larson Grant, won the GLAAD Media Award for Off-Off Broadway production, and was selected as a “Critics Pick” in both The New York Times and Time Out New York. Other works with Julianne Wick Davis include Wood (NYMF, starring Tony Award © Winner Cady Huffman); Our Lady Of The Viaduct and Time To Kill (The York Theatre Company); and When We Met, co-conceived with performers Sally Wilfert and Michael Winther. Other recent projects include book for Our Country with composer/lyricist Tony Asaro (produced at NYMF and Planet Connections Theater Festivity where it was honored with awards for “Best Book” and “Best Musical”) and lyrics for Professor Von Awesome’s Traveling Caravan Of Cautionary Warnings and Johnny 15, both with composer Nick Sula and “The Serious Theater Collective.” Dan's work has been published in Plays and Playwrights 2010 (NYTE Small Press) and he was selected along with Julianne Wick Davis as a 2011/2012 Dramatist Guild Fellow under the tutorship of Lynn Ahrens and Stephen Flaherty. Dan holds an M.F.A. in Musical Theater Writing from Tisch School of the Arts, NYU and a B.F.A. in Playwriting from The Theater School of DePaul University.

Julianne Wick Davis (lyrics/music, When We Met)

Julianne_Wick_Davis_Headshot.jpgJulianne received the 2012 Jonathan Larson Grant with her collaborator Dan Collins (book & lyrics) for their work on Southern Comfort, based on the Sundance award-winning documentary by Kate Davis. Southern Comfort received a developmental reading at Playwrights Horizons in 2010, and a workshop production at Cap21 in 2011, which won the 2012 GLAAD Media Award for Best Off-Off Broadway Theater Production, as well as being named both a NY Times and TimeOut NY Critic’s Pick. Julianne wrote music and lyrics for When We Met with Dan Collins (book), in collaboration with Sally Wilfert and Michael Winther, which received developmental readings at the Tri-Arts Playhouse, Williams College Summer Theatre Lab, and Two River Theater. Wood (music) with Dan Collins (book & lyrics) was chosen as part of the 2008 New York Musical Theatre Festival Next Link Series. Other work with Dan Collins include Our Lady Of The Viaduct and Time To Kill commissioned for York Theatre's 4@15 series. She was also commissioned to write An Orchestra Imagined (music), Sophia Chapadjiev (book & lyrics), York Theatre’s 4 @ 15 which also received a production with NYU’s Steinhardt at the Player’s Theatre. Her musical She Would Never Leave (lyrics), with Will Aronson (music), and Rachel Jett (book) has received developmental readings at Adelphi University. Julianne's work has been featured in the Broadway’s Future @ Lincoln Center and New Voices Concert, as well as being featured in Songs by Ridiculously Talented Composers and Lyricists You Don’t Know But Should at Barrington Stage, Joe's Pub, and Merkin Hall. She is a recent graduate from NYU's Tisch Graduate Musical Theatre Writing Program, is a proud ASCAP member, and was named a Dramatist Guild Fellow for 2011-2012.

Sarah Hammond (book, String)

Sarah_Hammond_MACD-07_166_735.jpgA resident playwright at New Dramatists since 2007, Sarah's plays are Green Girl, The Extinction of Felix Garden, Circus Tracks, Kudzu, and House on Stilts. Honors include the Lippmann Family “New Frontier” Award, Actors Theatre of Louisville’s Heideman Award, two MacDowell Colony Fellowships, commissions from South Coast Repertory and Broadway Across America, and a residency at The Royal National Theatre in London. String won the Frederick Loewe Award at New Dramatists and a NAMT residency grant. Her plays have been produced at the Summer Play Festival at The Public, Trustus Theatre, Hangar Lab, City Theatre Summer Shorts, Live Girls! Theater, Collaboraction, Tulsa New Works for Women, and several universities. Readings of her plays have been seen at the Bay Area Playwrights Festival, Williamstown Theatre Festival, Geva Theatre, Northlight Theatre, Ars Nova's Out Loud Series, Australia’s World Interplay Festival, Germany’s Undergroundzero Festival, and Page 73 Productions. Her short plays are published in Ten-Minute Plays for 2 Actors: The Best of 2004 (Smith and Kraus) and Great Short Plays: Volume 6(Playscripts, Inc.). She has taught playwriting at the University of Rochester and the University of Iowa, where she earned her MFA. She is currently at work on an original musical about Mary Shelley with composer Kathryn Hathaway.

Adam Gwon (lyrics/music, String)

Adam_gwon_03_print.jpgAdam is a composer/lyricist whose musicals include Ordinary Days(Roundabout, London’s West End),Cloudlands (with Octavio Solis, South Coast Repertory),The Boy Detective Fails (with Joe Meno, Signature Theatre), and Bernice Bobs Her Hair (with Julia Jordan). His songs have been performed at Carnegie Hall, the Kennedy Center, Ars Nova, Joe’sPub, and more, by such luminaries as Audra McDonald and Kelli O’Hara. Adam’s honors includethe Kleban, Ebb, and Loewe awards for excellence in musical theatre writing, the ASCAP Harold Adamson Award, the MAC John Wallowitch Award, and commissions from Playwrights Horizons,South Coast Repertory, Signature Theatre (Arlington), Broadway Across America, and the EST/Sloan Project. Recordings: Ordinary Days (Ghostlight Records), Over the Moon: The BroadwayLullaby Project (recorded by Brian D’Arcy James). Fellowships: MacDowell Colony, DramatistsGuild. Education: NYU/Tisch. Member: ASCAP, Dramatists Guild. www.adamgwon.com

Philip S. Goodman (book/lyrics, A Good Man)

Philip-Goodman-cs3w800.jpgPhilip appeared in the all-soldier musical, Take a Break and as Oedipus in CBS’s Long Before Shakespeare. He directed Brian Donlevy in a summer tour of King of Hearts, and was Advance Director of the Patsy Kelly-Jack Albertson musical revue, High Time. At The Actors Studio, he directed his own plays, Love Is a Candy Cane and This Notoriety Business.

He directed the movie, We Shall Return, starring Cesar Romero, and won Video Review’s Award as Best Director 1983 for the mystery, Murder, Anyone? (Paul Gleason, Lea Thompson), also Best Video Program of the year. His documentaries, Pacific Crossroads, Adventures In The China Trade, and Japan Reaches For The 21st Century were broadcast on public TV. He wrote The North Pole: The Story and the Movie, Scarlett: the Making of an Epic, The Making of Return to Lonesome Dove, and Weather Control for Omni: the New Frontier (Peter Ustinov).

In television he wrote plays for Rocky King, Danger (Caroll Baker, Jack Lord), Alfred Hitchcock Presents (Carol Lynley), NBC Matinee Theater, Johnny Staccato (John Cassavetes, Gena Rowlands), Hawk (Burt Reynolds), and three plays for the Peabody Award-winning NBC series, Profiles in Courage: John Peter Altgeld (Burgess Meredith), Andrew Johnson (Walter Mathau), and Grover Cleveland (Carroll O'Connor). Three of his radio plays were produced at the Museum of TV and Radio in New York City. His screenplays, School of Assassins and Road Kill are currently under option.

He has also produced, written and directed hundreds of education, information, and commercial film and video productions, including some 40-odd films on growing cotton and other crops on farm locations throughout the U.S.

Goodman is a member of the Playwrights and Directors Unit at The Actors Studio. His new play in development, Is The Vigorish Enough? was seen there in a staged reading last year.

Ray Leslee (music, A Good Man)

MarcRay.jpgFor the theatre: Avenue X, at Playwrights Horizons in New York and over 50 productions around the world; A Chamber Christmas Carol, at the Morgan Library & Museum; Standup Shakespeare, directed by Mike Nichols Off-Broadway, featuring F. Murray Abraham, Alfred Molina, and Alice Ripley; A Good Man, at the Vienna Chamber Opera in Europe and the NAMT Festival in New York; Palestine, at New York Theatre Workshop; Educating Rita and Little Egypt, with Steppenwolf Theatre; The Three Musketeers, The Acting Company’s national tour; The Common Pursuit, Simon Gary’s Pulitzer Prize; Twelfth Night, with Theatre for a New Audience; Night of the Iguana, at the Alabama Shakespeare Festival; and The Notebook of Trigorin, with ACT in Seattle; to name a few.

In classical music: Romeo & Juliet for Orchestra & Actors; commissioned by The Buffalo Philharmonic Orchestra; Maya Songs, the poems of Maya Angelou, with members of the Atlanta Symphony Orchestra; Nocturne for Violin & Piano (Innova Records); Shakespeare Songs and Andante For Strings, with the Antara Chamber Orchestra at St. Peter’s Church; to name a few.

Honors: Fellowships in Music Composition from the New York Foundation for the Arts (2008 and 2002), The Richard Rogers Award (twice), and the Gilman & Gonzalez-Falla Award for lifetime achievement in musical theatre. In the 70’s he was a rock & roll pianist for Jay & The Americans, The Platters, The Drifters, The Shirelles, Lesley Gore, and many others. Educated at the Manhattan School of Music and SUNY at Buffalo, former faculty at Hunter College and La Guardia H.S. for the Performing Arts, and a staff pianist for the Martha Graham and the Alvin Ailey companies for ten years. He was born in Brooklyn and lives in Manhattan’s Hell’s Kitchen.

Bryan Putnam (book/lyrics/music, The ToyMaker)

Bryan_Putnam_1.jpgA NYC-based composer, playwright and performer and a proud member of ASCAP and AEA (Actor’s Equity Association), Bryan's musical The ToyMaker enjoyed a critically acclaimed run at The Theatre @ St. Clements as an official selection of the New York Musical Theatre Festival's Next Link Project starring Rosena M. Hill (Ragtime, Spamalot, Come Fly Away, Oklahoma), Rob Richardson (Tale of Two Cities), Greg Stone (The Pirate Queen, Urban Cowboy, Oklahoma! and Les Miserables), and Jessica Burrows (Zhivago). The ToyMaker was also honored with a Best Original Score award in the 2011 West Village Musical Theatre Festival. Currently, Bryan is working on music & lyrics for Blue Velvet, The Musical, based on David Lynch’s iconic film, which received its first workshop production in November 2011 in Wilmington, NC as part of the Cucalorus Film Festival. Other NYC productions include an award-winning FringeNYC production of his musical Trouble in Shameland, starring Evita's Florence Lacey and a staged reading of the aforementioned The ToyMaker at the York Theatre starring Christiane Noll, Zachary James, Justin Greer, Joan Barber, and an amazingly talented cast. Both shows have reached finalist status in the Richard Rodgers Award competition. New works from upcoming musicals Lullaby Street and Dust were premiered by invitation of The Metropolis Opera Project in 2010 in Manhattan. Earlier works include several plays, short stories, screenplays, and the musical Mannekin, produced in Wilmington, NC in 1998. Upcoming works: Lullaby Street, a musical , Dust, the musical and Jefferson’s Bible. Recent acting roles include the New York premiere of Bonnie Montgomery’s opera Billy Blythe with The Metropolis Opera Project and portraying the father, Dan in Next to Normal with City Stage. Bryan resides in Sunnyside Gardens, New York with his pup Max.