Working again with collaborators director Annie Tippe and Composer Jeanna Phillips on our second project together. Will spend the year researching and diving in with the Civilians in their 2017-2018 R&D Group
A bit about the project: UNTITLED CREDIT SHOW is a new music-theater fantasia that examines America's volatile relationship to money and our addictive love affair with live television. At the end of a decent cul-de-sac, a group of women meet weekly to support each other's purchases from a new home shopping TV network. Everyone has a credit card. Some have three. It’s 1980 and they’re thrilled to be living in the age of glorified debt. They can step inside their TV, and allow an array of bird baths and pendants (for only three easy payments of $19.99!) to wash over them. Political or personal differences that arise are suppressed in favor of shared purchases. Amidst six-part harmonic tributes to the zirconia tennis bracelet and a psychedelic deep dive into a live Televangelical marathon, the women muse on why they continue to chase the ever-elusive American dream, and wonder who defined it in the first place.
Very excited and honored to have been named a semi-finalist for Page 73's Playwrighting Fellowship and excited to become part of the P73 family this year as a member of it's 2017 Interstate 73 Writers Group.
COWBOY BOB, ARS NOVA NOV 18-20, 2016
Peggy Jo Tallas is Cowboy Bob: the scourge of Texas strip mall banks, a tragic insurgent against the patriarchy, a bombshell outlaw exacting revenge on her banker ex-boyfriend. Zigzagging between the urban sprawl of Dallas in the 1990s and self-help addled Hollywood of today, COWBOY BOB is a musical portraiture pile-on of a woman we may never really know.
This showcase is part of Ars Nova’s Director Residency, designed to support early career directors as they hone their skills and build collaborative relationships under our roof.
Playwright | MOLLY BEACH MURPHY
Music & Lyrics | JEANNA PHILLIPS
Director | ANNIE TIPPE
Music Direction & Arrangements | ALEX THRAIKILL
Additional Arrangements | ERIC FARBER
Set Design | BRETT J. BENAKIS
Costume Design | HEATHER MCDEVITT BARTON
Lighting Design | MARY ELLEN STEBBINS
Sound Design | BRENDAN AANES
Video Design | STIVO ARNOCZY
Stage Manager | MOLLY SHEA
Assistant Director | JENNA ROSSMAN
Performers | DYLAN DAWSON, ERIC FARBER,ANNIE GOLDEN, MARCIA HAUFRECHT, SUSAN HYON, MOLLY MCADOO, JEANNA PHILLIPS, CLAIRE ROTHROCK, MARCEL SPEARS & ALEX THRAILKILL
Band | ERIC FARBER, JEANNA PHILLIPS, EAMON O’CONNOR & ALEX THRAILKILL