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Mother Jones and the Children's Crusade
book, music, and lyrics by Cheryl Kemeny
She won't quit and she won't stay quiet! It’s the turn of the century and aging Mary Harris “Mother” Jones is on a tireless crusade for justice as she leads ragged mill children on a march to end child labor.
I directed this new musical about the labor activist Mother Jones
in July 2014 at the New York Musical Theatre Festival,
(Best Director, Honorable Mention).
Check out the show's website,
which includes recordings, videos, and more info about the show.
music by Will Buck, book and lyrics by John Dietrich
In this musical adaptation of Jane Austen’s Persuasion
set in 1920 Britain at the dawn of the Jazz Age, Anne Elliot is forced to confront sacrifices she once made for her family when she finds herself face to face with the love she was persuaded to give up. Meanwhile, finding themselves caught in the upheaval of a changing world, and threatened by post-War financial ruin, all the members of the Elliot family scramble to maintain their aristocratic existence, while being torn between the traditional past they cling to and the new demands of a rapidly shifting modern society.
Check back here for more news about the further development of the show.
Nobody Loves You
music by Gaby Alter
, lyrics by Gaby Alter and Itamar Moses
, book by Itamar Moses
I directed the New York premiere of Nobody Loves You
at Second Stage
A romantic comedy about the search for meaningful relationships in a culture dominated by the quest for popularity. When Jeff, a philosophy grad student, goes on a reality TV dating show to win back his ex, he instead finds a girl who might be the love of his life. But will she fall for him once he is seduced by the adulation of his fans?
Over the course of the show's development, I directed Nobody Loves You
at the NAMT festival of New Musicals;
at the Old Globe
(world premiere production); in Goodspeed Musicals'
Festival of New Artists; and at the Cape Cod Theatre Project.
The Old Globe production was nominated for four Craig Noel Awards
, including Best New Musical and Best Director.
Nobody Loves You
was the Best New Musical of 2012, according to the Wall Street Journal.
for reviews of the Second Stage and Old Globe productions of Nobody Loves You
a web comedy I directed and co-created with Emma Tattenbaum-Fine about an improvisational acting class for babies.
The four episodes are posted at Babyprov.com.
Please watch and share with your friends!
The script of Love/Stories (Or, But You Will Get Used To It)
, which I directed at the Flea, has been published, and you can buy a copy on Amazon.
There's a great photo on the cover from our production.
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