OCT 22: Inside the Underground returns to the Cornelia Street Cafe
We’re back! October will mark the third production of Inside the Underground, a showcase for new vocal music of all types hosted by myself and composers Julia Barry and Joseph Rubinstein. Shanna Lesniak will be singing new songs from “Mary,” my musical-in-progress with playwright Melisa Tien, and some other exciting new stuff I’ve been writing. Entrance is $20 cash - but this includes a $10 credit toward your food or drink, with the other $10 going to the performers.
Show starts at 8:30; reservations highly recommended; respond to the Facebook invite here for more info!
Concert videos from the premiere of SOLO with the String Orchestra of Brooklyn
The composers of West 4th New Music Collective (W4) presented SOLO, an evening-length instrumental work commissioned by the String Orchestra of Brooklyn at Roulette in Brooklyn, March 30th 2017. My three movements (extracted to form "Three Teasdale Songs") are based on poetry of Sarah Teasdale. Commissioned by the String Orchestra of Brooklyn and premiered on March 30, 2017 at Roulette in Brooklyn, NY.
First glimpse of new musical "Mary" at New Dramatists
Based on the illicit 1990s affair of schoolteacher Mary Kay Letourneau with her 6th grade student Vili Fualaau, Shanna Lesniak and Austin Ku starred in the workshop reading of the musical "Mary" on November 16. Written with playwright Melisa Tien, "Mary" examines and reconsiders what society condemns as taboo. This reading was the culmination of a 2-week development program, PlayTime, at New Dramatists.