Theatre: Musicals

Author's Note:A long association with composer Richard Peaslee led me to write a number of shows that began as 'experimental' productions but in some cases led to works that reached a wider audience, such as Boccaccio. The Yale Repertory Theatre, with which I was associated for several years, also supported my collaboration with composer Barbara Damashek, with whom I wrote several musical versions of 'Story Theatre' productions based on traditional tales and legends.

  • Boccaccio


    (music by Richard Peaslee) First seen at the Williamstown Theatre Festival, based on tales from Boccaccio's Decameron, directed by the author, and subsequently produced at several regional theatres,including Washington, D.C.'s Arena Stage, and on Broadway.

  • Olympian Games

    Olympian Games

    (with Barbara Damashek, music by Damashek) based on stories from Ovid's Metamorphoses, one of the Yale Repertory Theatre's most successful productions and revived numerous times at other regional theatres.

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    Jelly Roll Morton Project

    Collaboration with star Gregory Hines and Director Timothy Mayer on a musical inspired by the life of Jazz great 'Jelly Roll' Morton. [Workshopped only.]


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    The Curse of Oedipus

    • Nominated Best Play, Best Production, including a LA Drama Critics Circle.
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    The Tempest

    • Version of the play by William Shakesepare for contemporary audiences
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    Sir Gawain and The Green Knight

    • Arthurian legend mixes high drama, romance, and danger.
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    C.S. Lewis Beyond Narnia

    • The story of his struggle to solve the mystery of earthly and divine love.
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    The Greeks

    • The story of the Trojan War as dramatized in 10 classic Greek plays, with Christopher Reeve as Achilles.
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    Hawthorne Country

    • Inspired by stories by Nathaniel Hawthorne. Allison Janney and Richard Thomas starred.