national music theater conference

Alexander Gemignani, Artistic Director

Three new works will be presented this summer season. The shows were chosen from 320 musicals received through the O’Neill’s open submissions process. Each new musical undergoes the O’Neill’s signature development process and is presented in staged readings featuring award-winning casts and creative teams. 

june 23, 24, 27, 29   • 

about the writer


Masi Asare is a composer, lyricist, and playwright. She has written music and lyrics for the
secret agent musical Sympathy Jones (New York Musical Theatre Festival, Playscripts), with over 30 productions to date; and book, music, and lyrics for The Family Resemblance (Theatre Royal Stratford East commission) in development with Playwrights Horizons. Other projects include book, music, and lyrics for a new musical about racial passing (Barbara Whitman Productions/Grove Entertainment commission); and lyrics for the Broadway bound new musical adaptation of Mira Nair's film Monsoon Wedding. Masi is an alum of workshops at BMI, ASCAP, Bingham Camp, and New Dramatists, and a past Dramatists Guild Fellow. She received the first-ever Billie Burke Ziegfeld Award for a woman composer of musicals, and is a 2017-18 NEO Artist at York Theatre Company. She holds degrees from Harvard and NYU Tisch, where she received the Franco Coli Award for her PhD dissertation about black women on the musical stage. www.masiasare.com




about the new musical


Akosua and her family are expecting an ordinary Christmas back home in central Pennsylvania, but heavy winds, a corporate crisis, and a visitation from an ancestor mean things do not go as planned. This semiautobiographical musical centers on three generations of one cross-cultural family—a white mother, black father, two mixed race daughters, and the spirit of an African grandmother. Even when your heritage is all over the map, you have to go back to your roots to find your way forward. The score includes American folk and popular song, west African highlife, and Akan classical music.




cast & creative team


Director: Awoye Timpo Music Director: David Gardos Dramaturg: Kent Nicholson Dream Orchestrator: Jamshied Sharifi Cast: Oberon K.A. Adjepong, Brittany Bradford, Carey Rebecca Brown, Rheaume Crenshaw. Elizabeth Ward Land, Robert Lenzi, Laiona Michelle





june 30, july 1, 4, 6   • 

about the writers


Anna K. Jacobs is a Brooklyn-based composer/lyricist and sometimes-librettist. In addition to Teeth, she wrote POP! (Yale Rep, Pittsburgh City Theatre, Studio Theatre, etc.; book & lyrics by Maggie-Kate Coleman), Harmony, Kansas (Diversionary Theatre; book & lyrics by Bill Nelson), Anytown (George Street Playhouse; book by Jim Jack), Echo (The Gallery Players), Stella and the Moon Man (Sydney Theatre Company/Theatre of Image; written by Richard Tulloch & co-composed with Adrian Kelly), and the short musicals Cage Match and Magic 8 Ball (Prospect Theatre Company; w/ Sam Salmond & Michael R. Jackson). She also wrote music and lyrics for the soon-to- be-released Kaya: Taste of Paradise, a movie musical commissioned by the New York Film Academy and featuring Okieriete Onaodowan (screenplay by Jerome Parker, directed by Paul Warner). Currently, she and playwright Anna Ziegler are collaborating on a new musical for Barbara Whitman Productions and Grove Entertainment that’s about catfishing. Anna was recognized for her work as a composer/lyricist with the prestigious Billie Burke Ziegfeld Award. She’s a former Sundance Fellow and Dramatists Guild Fellow, and has been an Artist in Residence at Ars Nova, New Dramatists, Goodspeed, Barrington Stage Company, and Musical Theatre Factory. Anna holds an M.F.A. in Musical Theatre Writing from NYU-Tisch and is on faculty at The New School. www.annakjacobs.com Michael R. Jackson holds a BFA and MFA in playwriting and Musical Theatre Writing from
the NYU Tisch School of the Arts. As a songwriter, he has seen his work performed everywhere from Joe’s Pub to NAMT. He wrote book and lyrics for the musical adaptation of the 2007 horror film Teeth with composer and co-bookwriter Anna K. Jacobs, and is currently writing book for the musical U.G.L.Y with composer-lyricist Darius Smith. He wrote book, music, and lyrics for the musicals White Girl In Danger and A Strange Loop (which will receive its world premiere at Playwrights Horizons in May of 2019). He has received a 2017 Jonathan Larson Grant, a 2017 Lincoln Center Emerging Artist Award, a 2017 ASCAP Foundation Harold Adamson Award, a 2016/2017 Dramatist Guild fellowship, and was the 2017 Williamstown Theatre Festival Playwright-In-Residence. He has commissions from Grove Entertainment & Barbara Whittman Productions and LCT3.




about the new musical


Adapted from the 2007 Sundance Award-winning indie horror film by Mitchell Lichtenstein, Teeth tells the story of Dawn O’Keefe, an evangelical Christian teen with a powerful secret: she has teeth in her vagina. When the men in Dawn’s life try to exploit her, she is forced to choose between survival or destruction.




cast & creative team


Director: Portia Krieger Music Director: Julie McBride Dramaturg: Allison Horsley Dream Orchestrator: John Clancy Cast: Jason Gotay, Diana Huey, Sara Kapner, Ashley Lalonde, Jared Loftin, Samantha Rhea Parrish, Emily Schultheis, Bobby Steggert, Emily Walton, Sumi Yu





 

july 7, 8, 11, 13   •

about the writers


Kate Kilbane is one half of the theatrical rock band The Kilbanes. Together, Kate and her husband and bandmate, Dan Moses, have written three rock musicals as well as collaborating with other playwrights and touring as a rock band. The Kilbanes are thrilled that their newest work, Eddie the Marvelous, Who Will Save The World has been selected for the the 2018 National Music Theater Conference. Eddie began its life at Berkeley Rep's Ground Floor Program in 2014 and was selected for Theatreworks' New Works Festival in 2016. The Kilbanes’ second piece, Weightless, had its world premiere production at Z Space in San Francisco in March 2018 and received rave reviews, including the highest rating from the SF Chronicle. Weightless won “Best of Fringe” at the SF Fringe Festival in 2012. SF Weekly called Weightless "One of the best shows of the year," and the SF Chronicle called it “an outright revelation”. Their first collaboration, The Medea Cycle, has played all over the Bay Area, as well as in Los Angeles, New York, and Dallas. The Medea Cycle, was selected for Bay Street Theatre's 2018 New Works Festival. Music critic Alan Monasch called the piece "A masterwork of theater." The Kilbanes are currently collaborating with Lauren Gunderson (American Theatre’s 2017 most-produced playwright) on a new piece for Marin Theater Company. This is their third collaboration with Gunderson, having composed music for two of Gunderson’s previous plays, Ada and the Engine and By and By. The Kilbanes are also currently collaborating with Lynn Rosen on a new piece for Theatreworks Silicon Valley. In addition to their work in the theater, The Kilbanes tour as a rock band and have performed at clubs and arthouses in over 20 cities across the United States. Kate has a Masters in Performance Studies from NYU. She played Sister in Lucy Thurber and Casey Lee Hurt’s new musical,Revival, which had a reading at ACT’s New Leaps Festival in 2017. She played bass in the band for The Bengsons’ Hundred Days at Z Space in 2014. SF Weekly named Kate one of the Bay Area's "11 Theater Artists to Watch in 2013". www.kilbanes.com Dan Moses is one half of the theatrical rock band The Kilbanes. Together, Dan and his wife and bandmate, Kate Kilbane, have written three rock musicals as well as collaborating with other playwrights and touring as a rock band. The Kilbanes are thrilled that their newest work, Eddie the Marvelous, Who Will Save The World has been selected for the the 2018 National Music Theater Conference. Eddie began its life at Berkeley Rep's Ground Floor Program in 2014 and was selected for Theatreworks' New Works Festival in 2016. The Kilbanes’ second piece, Weightless, had its world premiere production at Z Space in San Francisco in March 2018 and received rave reviews, including the highest rating from the SF Chronicle. Weightless won “Best of Fringe” at the SF Fringe Festival in 2012. SF Weekly called Weightless "One of the best shows of the year," and the SF Chronicle called it “an outright revelation”. Their first collaboration, The Medea Cycle, has played all over the Bay Area, as well as in Los Angeles, New York, and Dallas. The Medea Cycle, was selected for Bay Street Theatre's 2018 New Works Festival. Music critic Alan Monasch called the piece "A masterwork of theater." The Kilbanes are currently collaborating with Lauren Gunderson ( American Theatre’s 2017 most-produced playwright) on a new piece for Marin Theater Company. This is their third collaboration with Gunderson, having composed music for two of Gunderson’s previous plays, Ada and the Engine and By and By. The Kilbanes are also currently collaborating with Lynn Rosen on a new piece for Theatreworks Silicon Valley. In addition to their work in the theater, The Kilbanes tour as a rock band and have performed at clubs and arthouses in over 20 cities across the United States. Dan did a Masters in Jazz Performance at New England Conservatory, where he focused on saxophone, piano, and percussion. In addition to performing with The Kilbanes, he plays keyboard and saxophone with local rock bands, including nationally acclaimed band The Family Crest. www.kilbanes.com




about the new musical


Eddie’s life is going nowhere: a twentysomething, jobless high school dropout who lives with his mom, he suffers from crippling social and neural deficiencies. To cope, he retreats into his imagination and envisions himself as the charismatic frontman of a glam-rock band, just like his idol, David Bowie. But when Eddie’s mom informs him that her boyfriend is moving in, she threatens the one place in the world where he feels safe. The two plots—Eddie's actual life as a hermit and his imagined life as a rock star—first unfold in parallel and then merge as Eddie deals with the fact that his life must change.




cast & creative team


Director: Evan Yionoulis Music Director: Wiley DeWeese Dramaturg: Carrie Chapter Dream Designer: Lee Savage Cast: Annie Golden, Jo Lampert, Orville Mendoza, Reggie White





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