I wrote the book for People You May Know an original musical, with music and lyrics by Alec Steinhorn and Jordan Knitzer, developed with the support of the American Musical Theatre Project at Northwestern University.
People You May Know follows Jo, a college sophomore, and her brother Becket, a high school senior. Jo takes time off from school and returns home due to mental health reasons, while Becket heads off to a college admissions event with his best friend. We follow the siblings as they wade through the emotional turmoil that comes with sexual assault, as the survivor and the accused. As they struggle to find their truth, the siblings must grapple with their relationship to their home, their university, and ultimately each other. People You May Know is the recipient of the Kennedy Center’s 2020 Musical Theatre Award.
A virtual reading presentation directed by Allison Heinz and music directed by Ryan T. Nelson & Shraman Ghosh premiered November 1, 2020.
THEATRE WRITING CREDITS Survival Strategies, dir. Dixie McDevittEdinburgh Fringe 2020 (postponed) People You May Know, dir. Allison Heinz American Musical Theatre Project, Chicago, IL Smorgasbord,dir. Giulia Armiero Corpus Playroom, Cambridge, UK, Feb. 2020 All the Jingle Ladies,dir. Maria Pointer Fitzwilliam Auditorium, Cambridge, UK, Dec. 2019 HATCH,dir. Will Jones ADC Theatre, Cambridge, UK, Oct. 2019 Disposable Ghosts, dir. Awoye Timpo (staged reading) Whitman Theatre, Princeton, NJ, Jan. 2018 Night of the Laughing Dead,dir. Ryanne Domingues McCarter Theatre Princeton, NJ, Nov. 2018. White Noise, dir. Tim Moran PlayFest, Lawrence, NJ, Apr. 2018. White Noise, dir. Mikey Moore Slate Theatre, Seattle, WA, Apr. 2018. Terrace Bueller's Day Off, dir. Justin Ramos ‘19 Whitman Theatre, Princeton, NJ, Apr. 2018. Spy School Musical, dir. Whitney Mosery McCarter Theatre, Princeton, NJ, Nov. 2018. Manchester by the C-Store, dir. Paddy Boroughs ‘18 Whitman Theatre, Princeton, NJ, Apr. 2017. Greece’d Lightning!, dir. Kara-Lynn Vaeni McCarter Theatre, Princeton, NJ, Nov. 2017. The Forbes Awakens, dir. Abby Melick ‘17 Whitman Theatre, Princeton, NJ, Apr. 2017.
Disposable Ghosts For my theatre thesis at Princeton, wrote an original full-length play. The play is set about a suburban Massachusetts town, Deacon's Grove, which is planning its annual celebration of the town founder. The head of the historical society plans the events, and her son gives ghost tours of the town. When a young woman starts a protest in front of a statue of slave-owning colonial founder Arthur Deacon, the families in the town start to confront their own histories and memories, and the ghosts that haunt them all. The play was given a workshop with professional actors at Princeton University in January 2019, directed by Awoye Timpo.
THEATRE DIRECTING CREDITS Footlights Spring Revue 2020: Crossed Wires (AD) ADC Theatre, Cambridge, UK, Feb. 2020 What’s Wrong With Me? (director, co-writer) ADC Theatre, Cambridge, UK, Feb. 2020 The Cherry Orchard (AD) Old Divinity School, Cambridge, UK, Nov. 2019
What's Wrong With Me?
I directed and co-wrote this sketch show inspired by the loose framework of medicine and idea of diagnosing humanity's ills. I was interviewed about my directing process by the ADC Theatre.
THE PRINCETON TRIANGLE CLUB
As an undergraduate at Princeton University, I was a sketch writer and lyricist for the Princeton Triangle Club, the oldest touring collegiate musical comedy organization in the nation. As a member of the Writers Workshop, I contribute to the libretto and the lyrics of two shows per year: a full-length musical each fall, and a smaller revue musical each spring. The fall shows, both performed at Princeton's award-winning McCarter Theatre Center, were among the highest-selling shows in Triangle's history, and went on national tour.
Below are selected songs and sketches I wrote.
"I Can't Get Enough of Myself," from Greece'd Lightning! (fall 2016) This song was honored with an award for outstanding work at Princeton's 2017 Celebration of Student Writing.
"Soccreligious," from Terrace Bueller's Day Off (spring 2018)
"A Tough Fact to Follow," from Terrace Bueller's Day Off (spring 2018)
"All Eyes on Me," from Spy School Musical (fall 2017)
"All Alone With Your Thoughts," from Manchester by the C-Store (spring 2017)
"Outlaw and Order," from Manchester by the C-Store (spring 2017)
FUNHOUSE III ANTHOLOGY
My original short play, White Noise, was performed as part of Funhouse III, a late-night play anthology series created by Brian Toews. Performances were held on April 26-28 at The Slate Theatre in Seattle, Washington. Images courtesy of Funhouse.