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Sunday, October 24, 2010

Obligatory Marketing Post, or What the Hell Am I Doing, I'm Too Old for This

It may be an effect of the Wellbutrin that, although my schedule is utterly wack, I didn't realize until a few moments ago that I am currently preparing for four shows. I mentioned a couple of these in passing the last time I blogged, but four shows at once is a new record for me and deserves its own post.

I'm inexplicably doing this in addition to my college classes and private teaching schedule and studying for comps (haha, yeah, right) and and and I need to never sleep again.

As much as I hate marketing, it's sometimes necessary to tell people about shows so they'll know to buy tickets and show up. Here they are, in chronological order.

iNtuitons experimental theatre presents
Far Away

By Caryl Churchill
Directed by William Steinberger
Produced by Michael Silverstein
I composed the music.
Far Away is the story of a woman named Joan living in a world consumed by paranoia and fear. Over the course of this relatively short play, the audience sees Joan growing up and searching for human connection - through family or love - as a way to escape an all-consuming war raging throughout the world. The play begs the question* of whether we can really trust those we love most, and what this means for humanity.
Harold Prince Theatre, Annenberg Center for the Performing Arts.
Thursday, October 28 @ 8 PM
Friday, October 29 @ 7 PM
Saturday, October 30 @ 7 PM

Villanova Theater presents
The Beaux' Stratagem

By George Farquhar
Adapted by Thornton Wilder and Ken Ludwig
Directed by Shawn Kairschner
I am selecting/arranging the music and playing it live on the harpsichord and violin.
This seldom-seen comedic gem sparkles in an effervescent adaptation by Ken Ludwig, author of the madcap Lend Me A Tenor. Aimwell and Archer, two young gallants who are short on cash and long on schemes, roam the English countryside in search of wealth and women. When they happen upon the beautiful Dorinda and equally charming Mrs. Kate Sullen, they hatch a ploy to woo and win them, but plenty of hurdles stand in their way: a feisty barmaid with her eye on Archer, Kate’s drunken slacker of a husband, Dorinda’s eccentric mother, and a band of thugs that threaten to ruin even the best-laid plans.
Villanova Theater
November 9-21

Philadelphia Shakespeare Theater presents
Shakespeare Cabaret Series

Premiere of my song cycle about Nikola Tesla and his pigeon, sung from the pigeon's perspective.
Philadelphia Shakespeare Theater
December 2

Plays & Players presents
A New Brain

By William Finn
Directed by Daniel Student
I am the musical director.
From the writer of The 25th Annual Putnam County Bee comes a personally inspired musical about a songwriter's fight for his life against AVM (Arteriovenous Malformation), which attacks the brain. Gordon Schwinn's greatest fear is dying with his greatest songs still inside of him; and so from his hospital bed, and even while in a coma, he begins writing his music. With his life reduced to sponge baths, MRIs, daytime visitors and lonely nights he utilizes his imagination to transport himself into a stunning musical journey. "I won't beat around the bush: A New Brain is the most exciting new musical to reach New York in quite a while... it is hypnotic and soulful and transporting" NY Theatre, June 1998
Plays & Players
January 6-23

Hopefully all this won't kill me, but if it does, at least go to the shows so I won't have died in vain.

* I know. Sigh.
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