From the dawn of time, women have been demonized, feared and objectified whenever their power challenged the traditional order. Weaving a thread from the Salem Witch trials through the zeitgeist of the #MeToo movement and modern day politics, this world premiere musical examines the complex and compelling stories of women who’ve been labeled as witches throughout the centuries
"Witch has a terrific cast" Washington Post
"A new, truly engaging, topical musical. The songs resonate to the soul.
DC Theatre Scene
"Works like this are essential in sparking conversations necessary for our society's advancement." Broadway World
"An evening of memorable music, great acting, and moments of laugh-out loud hilarity." Maryland Theatre Guide
"A soul-swelling tribute to the human spirit." Falls Church News Press
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Kaleidoscope takes us on a journey through the life of a legendary Broadway performer as she premieres her come back one-woman show. Her performance takes on a new dimension as we learn that she is experiencing the early stages of Alzheimer’s. Conner and Smith tackled this sensitive subject with pathos, humor, and insight, making it a musical gem.
"The show’s delicacy, in the score and in Lacey’s perceptive performance, is an asset." The Washington Post
"Poignant and real, with hints of raw laughter and joy where least expected." DC Metro Theater Arts
"Take time to see this new musical. You owe it to yourself to make Kaleidoscope a part of your journey." Maryland Theater Guide
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MONSTERS OF THE VILLA DIODATI - 2016
Monsters of the Villa Diodati draws its inspiration from one of the most pivotal moments in gothic history – a fateful summer night when some of the greatest literary minds of the 19th century gathered at a villa on Lake Geneva to entertain one another with ghost stories. Prodded by their “rock star’ host, Lord Byron, these writers set to work on producing the perfect tale of terror. And from that challenge two of the most iconic stories in literature were born: John Polidori’s The Vampyre and Mary Shelley’s Frankenstein.
"Monsters delivers a powerful spark to all of the senses" - DC Metro Theater Arts
"Monsters of the Villa Diodati is a must-see" - Broadway World
"Introspective, powerful ballads dominate." -The Washington Post
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THE TURN OF THE SCREW - 2015
The Turn of the Screw premiered in January 2015
Matt Conner and Stephen Gregory Smith adapted Henry James' classic novella into a hauntingly beautiful musical. The production received some of the most stunning critical reviews in our history.
“The Turn of the Screw is getting a fresh musical ride” – The Washington Post
“Smart, moving, amazing” – DC Theatre Scene
“Hypnotic and Unnerving!” – DC Metro Theatre Arts
“The first of what looks to be a promising series” – Broadway World
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Bold New Works for Young Audiences
The “Bold New Works for Young Audiences” Fund helps us create original adaptations for our Learning Theater program! Our Learning Theater premieres require additional resources beyond the scope of a traditional production. We assume the costs of developing and writing the libretto, printing scripts, and more. We also create original music that we score, orchestrate and record tracks for use during performances. DONATE HERE.
This fund has supported our Learning Theater productions for Young Audiences including original adaptations of, The Wind in the Willows,, Oliver Twist and The Emperor's New Clothes, Alice in Wonderland, Peter Pan and Wendy, A Little Princess Sara Crewe, The Snow Queen, The Jungle Book and our original work Cinderella's Dream. many more. For a sample of our work check Licensing Bold New Works for Young Audiences web page.