Graduate Musical Theatre Writing Program alums Maggie-Kate Coleman (left) and Erato Kremmyda (right) - both Cycle 17
Graduate Musical Theatre Writing Program alums Maggie-Kate Coleman and Erato Kremmyda (both Cycle 17) were one of two writing teams to receive the prestigious 2023 Richard Rodgers Award for their new musical MARIE IN TOMORROW LAND.
Awarded by the American Academy of Arts and Letters the Richard Rodgers Award helps fund two new musicals toward their presentation in staged readings at nonprofit theaters in New York City. The members of this year's jury were David Lang (chair), Lynn Ahrens, Kristoffer Diaz, Mindi Dickstein (Program adjunct professor and alum - Cycle 5), Amanda Green, Michael R. Jackson (Program alum - Cycle 14), Richard Maltby, Jr., and John Weidman. Richard Rodgers, who was elected to the Academy in 1955, endowed these awards in 1978 to nurture talented composers and playwrights.
MARIE IN TOMORROW LAND, created in collaboration with director/choreographer Sam Pinkleton, is a modular ensemble musical in which a group of human survivors and a pack of radioactive boars, all bearing the name Marie Curie, find themselves trapped in the remains of a Chernobyl-inspired amusement park in the immediate aftermath of a global nuclear event. With only a theme-park character Marie as their guide, they navigate the ruins, encountering the wondrous effects and devastating repercussions of Curie’s work while piecing together their histories and futures: as humans, as survivors, and as Marie Curie.
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