Well! In the time since I've last updated this blog, short shows and long projects have come and gone. "The Silverwater Avenue Book Club," "Hyperlink," "The Grinding Woman" ... what rides. But this new project... Oh man. I cannot wait for this one.
Edgar Allan Poe wrote a novella once - or at least, he tried. "The Narrative of Arthur Gordon Pym" is an adventure tale that, at times, reads like a series of short, increasingly bizarre adventures that sweep young Pym from Nantucket to... well, I won't spoil it for you. In the novella, he and his buddy Augustus get way in over their heads when they stumble into a mutiny. Shipwrecks, mysterious islands, and impossible choices follow.
Even though the work is old and the tale is unlikely, the friendship between Poe's characters has such a beautiful energy, and his world truly sings. For over a year, I've been lovingly adapting this work into a modern, female-driven indie rock musical that is full of dark, quirky fun (and, 'cause it's Poe, some horror).
PYM will be presented as a reading on April 16, 2018 in the gorgeous, newly-renovated Dress Circle lobby space of Broadway's Hudson Theatre (Midtown, NYC). The 90-minute show is directed by Marella Martin Koch, music directed by Robert Frost, and features a rich ensemble cast of 8. Admission is free. Start time is 7pm (subject to change).
I can't wait for rehearsals to start. Singing to the NSA agent assigned to your webcam is fun, but there's nothing like hearing real singers on your melodies.