Date: October 11 & 12
Location: Frenetic Theater, 5102 Navigation Blvd.
Tickets: $25. Purchase online or at the door.
For two nights only in East Downtown, Eklektix Theatre Company (ETC) presents Jason Robert Brown's Songs for a New World. This production will be presented as part of ETC's Artist in Residency with Frenetic Theater.
JRB writes about Songs for a New World:
"I was 20 years old when I got to New York City, and I was determined to write my big Broadway musical. The only problem was that I didn't really know anybody in New York other than the delivery guy from the Chinese restaurant, and I didn't think he would be such a great collaborator, since he couldn't even give me the right change. So I decided I would just take a bunch of songs I had written for various abandoned pieces and put them up at a cabaret, and I could find collaborators from there
"But some things take on a life of their own, and I couldn't stop working on this material.
"Now, as far as we were concerned, Songs for a New World was just going to be a collection of my cabaret and theatre songs, a way to introduce my writing to the world. But the show had become more than that -- it was starting to take a strange new shape... Somehow, songs that had always been perfect on their own seemed awkward in context; songs that had been written years and miles apart seemed to make sense together; words and melodies that came from different times and places all seemed to add up to one statement.
"It's about one moment, the moment before it all becomes clear. And in that one moment, you start to believe there's nothing to fear. It's about one second. And just when you're on the verge of success, the sky starts to change, and the wind starts to blow. And, oh, you're suddenly a stranger..."
| Eric Briggs
| Kyle Crawford
| Leslie Lenert
| Crystal Elise Mata
| Sarah Patterson
| Robert L. Pimentel
| Irena Quijas
| Jeff Slater