Our Future is Central: A Musical Celebration By Jeremy Desmon
Tuesday, November 12th, 5:00 pm and 8:30 pm
At Carnegie Hall
Central Synagogue, one of the largest synagogues in New York City, is celebrating the 180th anniversary of their founding, and I am directing the event. It’s described as “an evening of story and song as we come together to celebrate Central Synagogue’s first 180 years. Central’s clergy, staff, and a team of creative congregants and writers are planning an evening to remember — with music, memories, and surprises that will captivate the entire family.”
As we put the script together, I’ve been learning a ton about Jewish history in NYC and the history of Central Synagogue. It’s all really interesting and exciting!
Projects in development:
After the March by Itamar Moses
Itamar Moses and I are collaborating on a new collection of short plays. I directed workshops of this collection at the Orchard Project in the summer of 2017, at the Drama League in the winter of 2017, and at New York Theatre Workshop's Summer Theater Lab in the summer of 2018 at Dartmouth College in Hanover, NH.
New Media Projects:
I've been directing several fiction podcasts produced by Gen-Z Media. The two newest ones are listed below. For podcasts that have been previously released, please check out the Audio Content / Podcasts page on this site.
Here's a great piece in the New York Times about podcasts for kids.
Six Minutes by David Kreizman and Gen-Z Media
Six Minutes is a mystery podcast for kids. And best of all, two episodes are released every week. It's ongoing! There are over 100 episodes already, and millions of episodes are downloaded every month.
If your children get addicted to it (which they will), you won't have to wonder when new episodes will be coming out. Because they will come out every single week!
The show is about eleven-year-old Holiday, who is pulled from icy waters with no memory of who she is or where she came from. Are her mom and dad really who they say they are? And when begins to develop incredible physical and mental abilities, she’ll soon discover she’s not alone in the world.
The Unexplainable Disappearance of Mars Patel by David Kreizman, Jenny Turner Hall, Benjamin Strouse, and Chris Tarry
Released by the Panoply Podcast Network
Winner, Peabody Award 2016
I directed the second and third seasons of this sci-fi adventure podcast for kids about a group of middle school students who rush to solve the mystery of the strange disappearance of their friends. Their quest takes them to mysterious places both on earth and in the stars.
You can buy the 9-CD box set of the entire series or just Season 3 at CD Baby. Or sign up at Pinna.fm to hear seasons 2 and 3 streaming online (the first 30 days are free, so be prepared to binge listen, or keep your membership going for lots of other great kids’ audio content).
Featured Past Projects:
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.
Ms. Estrada by the Q Brothers Collective
I directed the world premiere of this hip hop adaptation of Aristophanes's Lysistrata at the Flea Theater in the spring of 2018.
The boys at Acropolis U are too preoccupied with the Greek Games to treat their ladies right. But fierce feminist goddess, Liz Estrada, rallies her besties to take a stand – and campus chaos ensues. A Hip-Hop remix of Aristophanes’ classic comedy, ms. estrada may well be the Girl Anthem of 2018.
Stay tuned for information about future opportunities to see ms. estrada!
Babyprov a web comedy I directed and co-created with Emma Tattenbaum-Fine
The four episodes, about an improvisational acting class for babies, are posted at Babyprov.com. Please watch and share with your friends!
Giving notes at the end of a run-through of Roan @ the Gates. That’s Mel House and Aaliyah Habeeb on stage.