Playbill’s “A Fine Showmance” series highlights RSO and husband Matthew Murphy.

rso-mm460g_200_20035MM: A Musical Exhibition is a collaboration between RSO and photographer Matthew Murphy. Playbill goes behind the scenes on how their artistic and romantic relationship came to be:

“Although theirs is not a traditional showmance, in the sense that they did not meet while doing a show, they ended up creating one together, so this might just be the finest showmance of all. For this latest installment of “A Fine Showmance” Murphy and Oliver talk about trying to start their relationship off slow, their favorite upstate getaway and how Murphy ended up crying in the middle of Washington Square Park with a Chipotle burrito in his hand.” – Whitney Spaner for Playbill

Read the whole article HERE.


“My Lass, She Tied Her Lace to Me” from ROPE

Music and Lyrics by RYAN SCOTT OLIVER

In 1864, two young men (one blind, one sighted) tie together to form a friendship that will live forever. Our guides and onstage band The Daybreak Boys bless them as they unite.


Like this?  Check out “Welcome-ye, You’re in Five Points” and “I Have Seen the After.”


Videos from ‘RSO in London’ Released.

RSO in London took place at the St. James on March 23, 2015. The cast included: two time Oliver-nominee Emma Williams, current Kim in Miss Saigon on the West End, Eva Noblezada, BBC’s Any Dream Will Do Daniel Boys and Anton Zetterholm of European productions of Tarzan,Wicked, and Les Miz.:

RSO in London was directed by Katie Pesskin with music direction by Michael Riley and was produced by Susan Winter and Katie Pesskin for As Told By Productions.


‘Jasper in Deadland’ Vocal Selections will be released for digital download on August 4, 2015.

JASPER_COMPOSITE_FINAL_SMALLEST_v2After an off-Broadway run in 2014 and a critically acclaimed production at Seattle’s 5th Avenue Theater, songs from Jasper in Deadland will be released to the public for purchase in a digital vocal selections book, on August 4th, 2015. The selections will include hit songs like Stroke by Stoke, and Living Dead as well as never-before-released songs. Books ($34.99) and individual songs ($8.99) will be available for purchase at

Vocal Selections Include:

Stroke by Stroke
The Forgetting
Living Dead
Awful People
Hungry for Your Heart
The Killing
One More Day of Snow

Jasper in Deadland tells the story of 16-year-old Jasper, who journeys into the Afterlife to rescue his recently deceased best friend, Agnes.  But in this version of the hereafter – known as “Deadland,”  a hybrid of mythology, religion, and superstition – the dead forget Life…  And so, too, will Jasper, if he can’t get past the seven circles of Deadland, fearsome Cerberus, heavenly Beatrix, mysterious Mr. Lethe, and ultimately himself.  Can Jasper bring his best friend back from the dead, or will he join the dead forever? Book by HUNTER FOSTER and RYAN SCOTT OLIVER, music and Lyrics by RYAN SCOTT OLIVER.



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.