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DECEMBER 6, 2014
7pm

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259 W. 30th Street
NY, NY


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COMPOSER/WRITER STEVE SCHALCHLIN
Additional lyrics by Rev. Peter J. Carman, Paul Zollo, & Avril Roy-Smith

DIRECTOR ANDY GALE

MUSICAL DIRECTORS STEVE SCHALCHLIN & MARK JANAS

CREATIVE CONSULTANT JIM BROCHU
ARTISTIC DIRECTOR FRANCES HILL
PRODUCER PETER NAPOLITANO
TEXT BY HISTORIC FIGURES
ADDITIONAL TEXT BY STEVE SCHALCHLIN

CAST
Jeremy Abram, Maria Fernanda Brea, Jim Brochu, Natalie Dixon, Brian Dorais, Danika Dorais, Stephen Elkins, David Fuller, Bill Goffi, Kimberly Faye Greenberg, Cindy Marchionda, Steve Schalchlin, Jake Wesley Stewart, Lucia Spina, Eileen Tepper, Clayton G. Williams.

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MANIFESTO

Religion is failing to provide role models of peace.
Politics is failing to provide role models of peace.

Music can cross all boundaries, all customs, all languages and all creeds.
Therefore, it is our obligation to create peace through music.


 

inspired by John Lennon's IMAGINE piano

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"PROLOGUE (NEW WORLD WAKING)"
A fever dream where all the gods have been bound and gagged and put on trial.
A task is proposed and accepted, to find a song of perfect peace.

Part 1

VIOLENCE AT HOME


GABI'S SONG
"Will It Always Be Like This?"
Violence of bullying.
Based on the true story of Gabi Clayton and her son Bill,
who committed suicide after a gay bashing.

BILLY TIPTON'S SONG
"Brilliant Masquerade"

Violence of transphobia and the closet.
Based on the life of jazz sax player Billy Tipton.
No one knew he was "born female" until his autopsy.
(Lyrics by Paul Zollo)

 

JOE'S SONG
"Dead Inside"

Violence of self-hatred and cynicism.
Inspired by the writings of blogger Joe.My.God.

Part 2:
VIOLENCE IN THE WORLD


THE POLITICIAN'S SONG
"FRANCO ATE THE PAPERWORK"
Violence as madness.

SONG OF THE RELUCTANT SOLDIER
"I ENTER THIS BATTLE GRAVELY"
         One should go into battle as if going to a funeral.
Based on the Tao Te Ching 32.

THE MEDIA'S SONG
"WAR BY DEFAULT"
Conning the public into war.

 

THE PARENT'S SONG
"HE'S COMING BACK"
A true story about a mother and a soldier son.
(Lyrics by Steve Schalchlin & Avril Roy Smith)


SONG OF RELIGIOUS VIOLENCE
"Holy Dirt"
Violence of wrong-headed religion.
The death of faith.

Part 3:
AWAKENING SUITE

 


"LAZARUS COME OUT"
An awakening in the form of song of thanks to caregivers, the restorers of life
who give us reason to fight back and survive.
(Lyrics by Rev. Peter J. Carman)

"WILLIAM'S SONG"
There's always a non-violent way to fight back.
...and sometimes it just takes a mom. A PFLAG mom
Based on the true story of William Wagner & the late Carolyn Wagner.

"MY THANKSGIVING PRAYER"
A simple prayer for peace.
(Lyrics by Rev. Peter J. Carman)

"EPILOGUE"
The dream comes to a conclusion. 

"MY RISING UP"
A rebirth. The journey toward peace begins anew.
(Lyrics by Rev. Peter J. Carman)

"MAY THE MUSIC BRING A HEALING
TO THIS COLD AND TROUBLED LAND ."

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