RSO commissioned to write ‘ROPE’

Beth Williams and Grove Entertainment have commissioned RSO to pen the original musical Rope.

Unrelated to the Hitchcock film of the same title, the story of Rope is as follows:

New York, 1864.
They are an unlikely pair: Clay, a gang-thief determined to find life’s fortune alone; and Szajda (“Shy”), a ghostly Jew with an Irish accent, blind but possessing a remarkable power.  Yet they become tied at the waist with a length of rope, stuck together on a desperate quest through a war-torn America.  Clinging together with this charmed rope that allows the blind Shy to see through the eyes of Clay, the two young men must escape the vicious gangs of New York and push a path into the heart of the Civil War, where they find the greatest battle of all must be between themselves, brother and brother.

The show is wholly original and inspired by this photograph:

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The inspiration of ‘ROPE’

The show is meant to be the second in a trilogy of folk operas set in a time of war.  It will be nearly sung-through and will feel similar in tone to the first of the trilogy, We Foxes.  The shows will be thematically linked and may even share a “universe.”  RSO will contribute book, music and lyrics.

Williams and Grove (which is currently producing the Broadway bound Tuck Everlasting, among others) previously commissioned We Foxes.

‘RSO AT 54 BELOW’ will feature Klena, Mendez, Johnson and more

On Feb. 2, RSO will bring Alex Brightman, Katie Rose Clarke, Ben Fankhauser, Lindsay Mendez, Derek Klena, Jay Armstrong Johnson, Julia Mattison, Katie Thompson and many more to be announced to 54 Below.

artistpage_rso1Audiences can expect to hear songs from RSO’s latest tuner We Foxes, plus favorites from 35mm: A Musical Exhibition, Darling, Jasper in Deadland, and a few world premieres.

Most importantly, ticket buyers can get 50% off tickets purchased “Cyber Monday,” Monday, Dec. 1.  (A code will be offered via Facebook, and also placed here on Dec. 1.)

Get tickets here.

 

‘WE FOXES’ READING AT PLAYWRIGHTS HORIZONS

On July 24, 2015, ROS’s ‘We Foxes’ will receive a closed reading at Playwrights Horizons directed by Leigh Silverman.

WE FOXES promo 1-1z no text (1)The reading stars Katie Thompson, Emily Rogers, Ben Crawford, and Ben Frankhauser with Jill Abramovitz, Cory Jeacoma, Natalie Charle Ellis, Tori Huston-Elem, Will Erat, P.J. Griffin, Azudi Onyejekwe, Jen Perry, and Jim Stanek. Creative team includes Music Director Rich Silverstein, Music Assistant Kailey Marshall, with Stage Manager David Lurie and Production Assistant Nessie Nankivell.

We Foxes is a southern Gothic thriller set in small-town Missouri, 1945. It’s the story of WILLA, a tough and unmannered orphan girl, and her adoption by the crafty Sheriff’s wife, VESTA QUIMBY. When Willa discovers the dark secrets beneath the floorboards, a war cuts them apart and Willa must fight to survive. After all, Vesta Quimby is the most beloved and powerful woman in town … Yet she’s less humanitarian socialite than she is Machiavellian sociopath… Can Willa discover her own salvation, deliver herself into courage, and sacrifice everything to escape Vesta? It is a story of intense human struggle, deliverance, and the great salvation found only through oneself.

The reading is produced by Grove Entertainment and hosted by Playwrights Horizons.

Katie Thompson performs “Ruination” from We Foxes below.

 

 

Map of Scars

Lindsay Mendez perf. “Map of Scars” from We Foxes

Ruination

Emma Williams perf. “Ruination” from We Foxes