The First Year
(Music by May-Elise Martinsen)
A full-length musical set at Aubrey College in 1969. Jordan Thompson, an eighteen-year-old transgender woman, switches places with her sister to attend a women’s college just outside of Boston. As the year progresses, she struggles to keep her secret and integrate into a new community as a first step towards living as a woman, albeit covertly. The college is also wrestling with its identity, as the new Dean of Students launches a co-ed campaign to bring “traditional” Aubrey current with the times.
Partially developed at Catwalk Art Residency in September 2018. The show received an Equity reading on June 1st, 2019.
(Music by Nathan Thatcher)
A full-length opera based on Shakespeare's Measure for Measure. On the eve of becoming a novice nun, Isabella is called to speak on behalf of her brother, who is arrested and condemned to execution for getting his fiancé pregnant. Angelo, the absent Duke of Vienna’s rigid deputy, responds to her petition with an appeal of his own: if she spends one night with him, her brother will be free. The ensuing conflict threatens to fracture not only its primary players, but also the social and political structure of Vienna itself.
The Girl in Gray
(Music by Joseph Sowa)
A song cycle for soprano, viola, and piano based on"Cophetua and the Beggar Maid." Told from the perspective of the eponymous beggar maid, Penelophon, the cycle blends the feeling of a single-actor musical with the sound of contemporary classical music. The five songs of the cycle recount Penelophon’s experiences as she evolves from the seemingly invisible “girl in gray” to the fiancé of a king, and explores how our preconceived notions can cause us to overlook what’s valuable in life.
East of the Sun, West of the Moon
(Music by Tek Goo Kang)
Originally a one-act opera based on the Norwegian fairy tale “East of the Sun, West of the Moon,” now being developed as a 90-minute musical for young audiences. The show follows Lynna, a young woman who sets out on a journey to an apparently imaginary castle in a land that isn’t supposed to exist in order to rescue her Prince. Essentially “Cupid and Psyche” with trolls, where the protagonist learns that if she opens a Pandora’s box, it’s up to her to make things right.
The opera was presented in May 2016 in Fort Greene Park as part of "Park and Bark," a writing workshop collaboration between the NYU Tisch Graduate Musical Theatre Writing Program and American Opera Projects.
(Music by Micah Joel, Book by Laura Lancaster, Treatment by Zayre Ferrer)
A one-act musical based on Washington Irving's "The Legend of Sleepy Hollow." In a quiet 18th-century village in upstate New York, country schoolmaster Ichabod Crane seeks the hand of Katrina Van Tassel, the coquettish daughter of a wealthy landowner. The battle for her hand, however, becomes a battle for his own head as he is pursued by the fabled Headless Horseman on a lonely road home.
Fairy Tale Suite
(Music by Willem Oosthuysen)
A suite of three one-act fairy tale operas. In "A Visit to Baba Yaga," twelve-year-old Elena takes an impromptu snow day—and happens upon a witch and her extremely cranky cat. "Tin Heart, Tinsel Rose" follows the one-legged Tin Soldier as he embarks on a quest to win the Dancer's heart. Finally, "Snow White & Rose Red," two sisters determined to break an enchanted bear-prince's curse, must bargain with the miserly dwarf who holds the magical key.
"A Visit to Baba Yaga" was developed at NYU Tisch's Graduate Musical Theatre Writing Program and performed by opera singers from NYU Steinhardt in the spring of 2011. “A Visit to Baba Yaga” and “Tin Heart, Tinsel Rose” received world premieres in May 2019 as part of a collaboration between Badlands Opera Projects and the Dickinson State University Heritage Foundation.
(Music by Micah Joel)
A full-length musical set in modern-day St. Goarshausen. Kramer’s world is turned upside down when her husband’s company transfers him to Germany. Eager to find her place in a new culture, she jumps at the chance to play the part of the legendary siren Lorelei in a local festival. Myth and reality collide when Kramer encounters the actual Lorelei, a two-hundred-year-old woman intent on breaking the curse that binds her to the Rhine—and willing to sacrifice everything to do it.
Developed at NYU Tisch's Graduate Musical Theatre Writing Program and given an Equity reading in April 2012. Also workshopped as part of the Musical Theatre Factory's 4x15 series in 2014, and given a second Equity reading in January of 2016.
Lady of Angria
(Music by Micah Joel)
A one-act musical set in the dual worlds of 19th century England and the fictional kingdom of Angria. Trapped in a dead-end teaching job, Charlotte Bronte writes and dreams obsessively of Angria and Arthur, its Byronic Duke. Her progressive withdrawal, however, does not escape the eye of her sister Anne, who threatens to destroy her manuscripts if Charlotte does not come to grips with the real world.
Developed at NYU Tisch's Graduate Musical Theatre Writing Program and given an Equity reading in May 2011, and an independently produced Equity reading at the Duplex in June 2011. Also received a workshop performance by Next Act at the University of Georgia in November 2016.