Composer Joy Son and I met in the Lehman Engel Musical Theatre Workshop — and never got to write together. We stayed in touch, however, and when we finally had a chance to collaborate, it was a blast. Joy can simply write anything and make it fresh and beautiful. Each song we produced was different, […]
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TCM ran a couple of the Leonard Bernstein Young People’s Concerts last night. In one, he discussed the different modes. When he got to the Lydian mode, he mentioned that it was frequently used in Polish music. I flashed on the Groucho Marx classic, “Lydia, the Tattooed Lady,” which contains the lyric, “For two bits […]
I enjoy fantasy and science fiction shows when they’re done well. Major “Buffy” fan back in the day, and number “iZombie” and “The Magicians” among my current shows. I’ve also kept up with my Marvel Universe movies, although I am cutting their network offerings down to “Jessica Jones” because the writing and plotting of the […]
“Better Than Dreaming” is happening! A staged reading of a new musical by composer Joy Son and lyricist/librettist Alan Gordon, directed by Annette Jolles. A quartet of mismatched lovers, a pursuing parent, and an impoverished improv troupe collide in Central Park on the night of the Fairy Revels. Magic, mayhem, mirth, music, misadventure and marriage ensue. Very loosely based on “A Midsummer Night’s Dream,” but no donkeys will be decapitated. Part of the York Theatre’s NEO program. For tickets: https://
Just added to the musical theater page — the recording of “Bad Reception,” my one-act with Mark Sutton-Smith, sung to perfection by Kristin Maloney and Michael Hunsaker. Give it a listen!
I was a Jonathan Larson Grant Finalist this year for the first time. Maybe next year …?
My composer/collaborator/friend Joy Son and I have been selected for the York Theatre’s 2017 NEO program. Three of our songs, “Then It Turned To Love,” “Zap!” and “See Me Now,” were featured in a concert on October 16, 2017, and it was brilliant. Videos of the performances, as well as previous performances of our work, may be found at Joy’s YouTube collection.
My Kleban Prize-winning script for “The Usual” is in Volume 2 of Williamston Anthology: 10 Years of Original Theatre. Buy it here!
The Swarthmore College Alumni Bulletin featured me in an article.
My appearance on “The Moth Radio Hour” is available here.