Scaffolding, with words and music by Tony© Award nominee Jeff Blumenkrantz. Broadway veteran and Tony© Award nominee Rebecca Luker (Cinderella) stars in this musical that finds a single mom’s relationship with her brilliant only child tested when he interviews for the college of his choice. Directed by Tony© Award winner Victoria Clark (The Light in the Piazza), with music direction by Benji Goldsmith.
The Costume, with words and music by Daniel Zaitchik. Newcomer Finn Douglas (School of Rock) stars in this musical that finds 10-year old Leo on Halloween 1954 given the unexpected task of caring for an injured bird overnight. Directed by Noah Himmelstein, with music direction by Deborah Abramson.
Window Treatment, with words by Deborah Zoe Laufer and music by Daniel Green. Broadway’s Farah Alvin (It Shoulda Been You) is set to star in this musical that finds a lonely New Yorker planning her future with a stranger across the courtyard. Directed by Portia Krieger, with music direction by Paul Masse.
“PREMIERES is thrilled to add three more ‘jewels’ to the canon of INNER VOICES with our sixth production,” stated Artistic Director Paulette Haupt. “It is always exciting to find exceptional creators and give them the opportunity to try a new form of music theater. And it gives me great joy to put these productions together with outstanding directors, musicians, designers and virtuosic performers who bring these new works to life.”
The evening will consist of the following three pieces:
In Just One “Q”, Bertha and Julynne, bitter enemies, duke it out at the Broadbend Nursing Home in Arkansas over a game of scrabble. Benny (T. Oliver Reid), an orderly, narrates the history of their acrimonious relationship. Chaos, humor and closure abound in this amusing and tuneful musical. Words by Ellen Fitzhugh, music by Ted Shen with musical direction by Andrew Resnick. Directed by Brad Rouse.
In The Pen, an everyday morning becomes everything but when a seemingly innocuous obstacle shatters Laura's (Nancy Anderson) routine and threatens her prompt arrival to work. Ghosts of the past collide with present day demons as she struggles to rise above her compulsion and leave her apartment. Words by Dan Collins, music by Julianne Wick Davis with musical direction by Alexander Rovang. Directed by Margot Bordelon.
In The Booty Call, a young man (Michael Thurber) receives a booty call while creating a demo of his recent compositions. The call sends him off on an existential musing of his past experiences with love and intimacy, shedding an honest light on the seldom-observed reflections of a late 20’s male living the single life in New York City. Words by Saheem Ali, music and words by Michael Thurber. Mr. Saheem directs.
The design team of Inner Voices is comprised of: Reid Thompson (sets) M. Meriwether Snipes (costumes), Oliver Watson (lighting), and Walter Trarbach (sound). Aaron Gonzalez is Production Stage Manager and John Michael Crotty is Assistant Stage Manager.
Lesser America will present the World Premiere of Lucas Kavner’s (Fish Eye with Colt Coeur/HERE Arts Center; Love Money at Ars Nova) Carnival Kids, June 5-28 at TBG Theatre (312 West 36th Street between 8th and 9th Avenue). The production will be directed by Stephen Brackett (Buyer and Cellar at Barrow Street) with Assistant Director Drew Foster. The cast will feature Jake Choi (Unforgettable), Danelle Eliav (Emoticon ;), When in Disgrace at St. Clements), Max Jenkins* (Unnatural Acts at CSC; High Maintenance), Randall Newsome* (A Touch of the Poet with Roundabout; The Heart is a Lonely Hunter at New York Theatre Workshop) and Laura Ramadei (American River with Lesser America; Year of the Rooser with EST/Youngblood). The creative team will include Sound Design by Janie Bullard (Scarcity at Rattlestick), Lighting Design by Amith Chandrashaker (Associate on Natasha, Pierre and the Great Comet of 1812), Costume Design by Tristan Raines (The Management’s House of Von Macrame), and Set Design by Meredith Ries (The Wong Kids In The Secret of the Space Chupacabra Go! with Ma-Yi). The production will be Stage Managed by Kevin Clutz.*Actor appears courtesy of the Actors’ Equity Association.
About the Company: Lesser America
LESSER AMERICA is a pop theater ensemble of renegade artists dedicated to smart, quality entertainment that puts the audience first, fulfilling the promise of affordable, accessible theater for the 21st century. The company’s past productions include Squealer by Jonathan Blitstein, directed by Daniel Talbott,Too Much Too Soon, a series of six short plays, featuring writing by Nikole Beckwith, Dean Imperial, Nick Jones, Melissa Ross, Emily Schwend, and Ken Urban. The series was directed by Portia Krieger alongside Stephen Brackett. In the summer of 2012, Lesser America also presented American River, a world premiere by Micheline Auger, directed by Stephen Brackett. The company is currently in residence at Theater for the New City, Crystal Field, Executive Director. The Lesser Americans were also named nytheatre.com’s 2011 People of the Year.