Shows

  • The Starry Messenger, directed byHunter Bird. The Galilean law of inertia states: a body will preserve its velocity and direction so long as no force in its motion's direction acts upon it. Twelve-year old Jean Anderson discovers Galileo’s pamphlet The Starry Messenger, setting into motion the course of her life as a scientist and scholar. The Starry Messenger is a chamber musical about one family’s journey to make space in the universe for each other, avoid collision, and accept the invisible symmetry between their infinitely intersecting paths, both planetary and human.


  • The Rumoured Lyfe and Certain Death of Delia Bacon explores the life of American pioneer Delia Bacon, the first person to advance the theory that William Shakespeare did not write the plays attributed to him. The “authorship question” is inherent in the structure of this sung-through musical, with music and lyrics written by several authors in close collaboration. The narrative of Delia’s life, from primary schoolteacher to infamous novelist, is punctuated by commentary from an onstage band, which functions as a Shakespearean chorus, revealing and deepening the action.


  • Masterpiece
  • On March 18, 1990 two men disguised as police officers gained entry to the Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum in Boston and stole thirteen works of art. The crown jewel of the theft was Vermeer’s The Concert, one of only 36 Vermeer canvases in the world and itself worth over 200 million dollars. It has been over two decades since the robbery, and the empty frames still hang on the walls of the Gardner Museum, small emblems of hope that someday the lost tenants will return. Inspired by the greatest art theft in history, Masterpiece centers on three lives forever linked to the Gardner heist: Danny O’Brien, a rookie FBI agent assigned to the case; the eccentric heiress, Isabella Stewart Gardner; and the enigmatic Dutch Master, Johannes Vermeer. As we follow Danny’s high energy, action-packed pursuit of the stolen masterpiece, we witness the trail of lives that have been irrevocably changed by the painting, and the tragedy of that trail ending.


  • Legends And Lore
  • Sitting at the foot of the looming Appalachian Mountains is Blue Springs, Georgia, a town full of dirt roads, fields of cotton, and a denim mill, the silent giant which watches over the town. The hot summer of 1952 finds Blue Springs teenagers Frank and Boon bored and idle, until out-­‐of-­‐town entrepreneurs threaten to buy the failing Blue Springs Mill. Frank and Boon set off on a dangerous journey to find explorer Hernando De Soto’s gold, rumored to be hidden deep in the Appalachian Mountains. Along the way, the boys encounter incarnated folklore of Appalachia, who visit Frank and Boon to help them in their quest.

  • Harlem Songs
  • Every morning, the sun rises over Harlem, bringing with it the old man who plays chess on the corner of Lexington Avenue and 125th Street. He invites passers-­‐by to play a game of chess with him. Some dismiss him as a lunatic, some toss a few coins in his chipped coffee mug, and some sit down to try their hand at a game of chess. Players find that when they play chess with him to pass the time, time truly passes: the old man tells stories of Harlem’s past, and in doing so, he teaches lessons about the future. The lives of the players intertwine with the stories of a New York gone-­‐by, told with humor and sly understatement to comprise a deeply moving lesson. The music confronts the edginess of modern New York graffiti, the romanticism of the skyline and rooftops, and the rich history of Harlem’s past. The plot is suspenseful and simultaneously powerful, layered so impenetrably that at least one surprise at the end is inevitable.