Music by George Stiles
Lyrics by Anthony Drewe
Inspired by the stories of Rudyard Kipling
“Before the High and Far-Off Times…came the Time of the Very Beginnings” when everything was just so, until Pau Amma the Crab, started playing with the ocean. This caused the lands to flood, disrupting the other animals and putting them in danger. While the rest of the animals accept their sad fate, however, Elephant’s Child embarks on a journey to challenge and overcome the disobedient crab. Along the way, he (or she) meets other animals and discovers how the mysteries of their phenomenon came to be.
Music by Mark Hollmann
Lyrics by Mark Hollmann and Greg Kotis
Book by Greg Kotis
In a Gotham-like city, a terrible water shortage, caused by a 20-year drought, has led to a government-enforced ban on private toilets. The citizens must use public amenities, regulated by a single malevolent company that profits by charging admission for one of humanity’s most basic needs. Amid the people, a hero decides he’s had enough, and plans a revolution to lead them all to freedom!
Inspired by the works of Bertolt Brecht and Kurt Weill, URINETOWN is a satire in which no one is safe from scrutiny. Praised for reinvigorating the very notion of what a musical could be, URINETOWN ushered the musical comedy into the new millennium with its outrageous perspective, wickedly modern wit, and sustained ability to produce roars of laughter.
In October 1998 a twenty-one-year-old student at the University of Wyoming was kidnapped, severely beaten and left to die, tied to a fence in the middle of the prairie outside Laramie, Wyoming. His name was Matthew Shepard, and he was the victim of this assault because he was gay. Moisés Kaufman and fellow members of the Tectonic Theater Project made six trips to Laramie over the course of a year and a half in the aftermath of the beating and during the trial of the two young men accused of killing Shepard. They conducted more than 200 interviews with the people of the town. Some people interviewed were directly connected to the case, and others were citizens of Laramie, and the breadth of their reactions to the crime is fascinating. Kaufman and Tectonic Theater members have constructed a deeply moving theatrical experience from these interviews and their own experiences. THE LARAMIE PROJECT is a breathtaking theatrical collage that explores the depths to which humanity can sink and the heights of compassion of which we are capable.
WE CAN’T WAIT TO GET STARTED ON ALL OF THESE! Summer is JUST around the corner 🙂