People Of Interest presents...
A Reading of a New Musical
Music by Lisa Whitson Burns
Words by Christopher Staskel
Directed by Jesca Prudencio
Musical Director Max Mamon
Choreographer Franklin Barefoot
Stage Manager Abraham Marlett
Featuring: Eli Carlson, *Margaret Curry, *Jenny Ashman, *Liz Lark Brown, *Rosalie Graziano, Amanda Pinto, Amalia Tollas, *Jared Loftin
Monday, August 24th at 7pm
Black Box Theatre at
NYU Grad Musical Theatre Writing Program
715 Broadway, 2nd Floor
Inspired by the 2010 international adoption scandal that led to the temporary suspension of all US adoptions of Russian children, The Firebird is a new musical exploring the mother-child relationship between Paige, a young single woman and Kodiak, a young Russian orphan. The Firebird dissects a story in which right and wrong might seem obvious and asks the audience to consider the complexities of a mother’s unthinkable choice.
Burns and Staskel write a magically realistic story through these characters' dreams - Paige's contain songs and spoken dialogue, while Kodiak’s dreams are painted with broader strokes, brought to life through narrative modern dance and lush choral singing. Our reading showcases an incredible cast led by musical director Max Mamon with multimedia of our dance workshop choreographed by Franklin Barefoot. The project has been in development for 3 years, and we are excited to share the latest revision with a great cast, including 12-year-old Eli Carlson as our Kodiak. Please join us! We'd love to hear what you think.
*These Actors are appearing as courtesy of Actors' Equity.