POWERHOUSE 2020 | MUSICAL WORKSHOPS
June 26 - June 28
THE LONELY FEW
book by Rachel Bonds
music and lyrics by Zoe Sarnak
directed by Tyne Rafaeli
Lila and her band The Lonely Few head out on tour across the country, running from the rural despair of their hometown, the tragic overdose of her brother, and her grieving mother. They travel from dive to dive, Lila a queer and powerful creature on-stage, blissfully finding freedom in music and alcohol—until the fear and guilt she has fled come calling for her.
July 10 - July 12
LIKE WATER FOR CHOCOLATE
A new musical adaptation of Laura Esquivel's novel Like Water for Chocolate
by Lisa Loomer and La Santa Cecilia
directed by Michael Mayer
How true is true enough?
New York City, 1995. Aspiring writer Ethan Dobson has his first article published by The Connector, a magazine with a storied history. As Ethan strives to be part of the magazine’s legacy, he navigates editors with god complexes, fact checkers with vendettas, proofreaders, lawyers, and the challenges of his own history. In this new musical, playwright Jonathan Marc Sherman (Women and Wallace), composer-lyricist Jason Robert Brown (The Bridges of Madison County) and director Daisy Prince (The Last Five Years) tell a story about telling stories. What is the difference between facts and truth? And what is the difference between journalism and entertainment? What happens when a gifted storyteller’s stories begin falling apart? And can anyone stop him?
July 24 - July 26
WHITE GIRL IN DANGER
book, lyrics & music by Michael R. Jackson
directed by Lileana Blain-Cruz
White Girl In Danger is a dark comedy set in a melodramatic soap opera town called Allwhite where beleaguered white female characters are the protagonists of stories that completely revolve around their lives. In the shadows of their lives are a race of people called The Blackground who are black day-players whose function is to minimally diversify their stories. One of the Blackground, a young woman named Keesha Gibbs decides she has what it takes to be the protagonist of her own Allwhite story and convinces the Writer of the story to give her a shot, throwing the whole world into chaos as boyfriends are stolen, white girl music is appropriated and a killer sets his eyes on the latest blonde running through the woods. Inspired by 80s/90s daytime soaps and classic Lifetime TV movies such as "Mother May I Sleep With Danger."
movement by Raja Feather Kelly