Small Town Story at Playwrights Horizons & Hartt
A New York Theatre Barn commission, Brandon James Gwinn‘s and my show was most recently presented as a developmental production with a full cast of students at the Hartt School. A 2014 reading at Playwrights Horizons featured Joe Cassidy (If/Then), Hannah De Flumeri (Bullets Over Broadway), Beth DeVries, Noah Galvin (The Real O’Neals), James Donegan (Forbidden Broadway), Alexa Green (Wicked, So Good), Anthony Lee Medina (The Capeman), Brandon Kalm (American Psycho), Carolyn Mignini (Fiddler on the Roof, Tintypes), Erin Leigh Peck (The Toxic Avenger), Chandler Reeves, Emily Rogers, Erik Sisco and Shorey Walker (Seussical). NYTB artistic director and co-conceiver Joe Barros directed both the production and the reading. Check out the demo on soundcloud and read more at the NYTB website.
Two families in a North Texas town struggle with a community battle ignited by a high school production of the musical Rent. As the escalation drives wedges between father and son – and mother and daughter – Speargrove, Texas will discover that the show can’t open until their minds do. Inspired by actual events, Small Town Story explores the indelible power of theatre and the inherent dangers of silence. Book and Lyrics by Sammy Buck • Music and Lyrics by Brandon James Gwinn.
Conceived by Joe Barros, Laura Brandel, Sammy Buck, Karen Marshall, Reed Prescott and Sam Willmott.
Prospect’s Musical Theatre Labs
Over the last few years, I’ve had the pleasure of writing short musicals for Prospect Theatre, sharing the evening with other short pieces by a stellar list of writers. In 2013’s Portraits, Dan Acquisto and I wrote The Art of Joey Feldman, about a rigid and literal-minded safety inspector for a flying rig company who rediscovers the meaning of magic (check out one of the songs). Then last year at The Times Center, Clay Zambo and I were a part of By The Numbers, an evening of five-minute musicals based on the numbers 1 – 12. We were number one – literally – with Decide, about a young woman forced to choose only one scoop of ice cream, and the reverberations throughout her life.