As a company dedicated to the future of theatre, we are fully committed to workshop and produce new shows.
Monumental's New Work Series is a series of readings that allows playwrights, directors, and performers the opportunity to develop a script by providing rehearsal time, space and resources – all culminating in workshops or readings open to the public. All projects in the series take place with little or no scenic, costume or staging elements, and actors may have scripts in hand. It’s a rare chance for theatre-lovers to be a part of a new work in its earliest stages of development.
NEW WORK SERIES
DRESS UP DAY
Book and Lyrics by Jenna Murphy
Music by Roc Lee and Jenna Murphy
Dress Up Day follows a spunky first-grader who discovers that all her friends have the same plans for their school’s “dress up” day. The young protagonist embarks on a quest to find out who she truly is as she and her classmates explore their individuality to find the perfect costume.
By Britt Bonney
In 1955, two women were arrested on Montgomery buses for violating segregation law. One went on to be called the Mother of the Civil Rights movement, her name taught to every American school child as a symbol of the best of us. The other works as a nurse’s aide in the Bronx.
On a windy March day in Alabama, spunky 15-year-old Claudette Colvin refuses to give up her bus seat to accommodate white riders and is arrested. Suddenly, Claudette finds herself at the center of a whirlwind. Is Claudette too young, too poor, and too dark-skinned to unite the community in protest? With its blues- and rock-infused score,Montgomery takes you to the birth of the civil rights movement.
By Bridget Grace Sheaff and Theodore Bartemes
Amelia Buchanan, a senior at Garfield High School, has a dream of the best Scholar League team in the history of Scholar League. With the help of her friends and one kinda kooky substitute teacher, Amelia auditions and forms an unstoppable team. As the pressure increases, Amelia must decided if her can-do attitude is enough to keep her senior year from completely falling apart. She ends up cheating on her history test, admitting to the deed in the final round of competition. Her friends forgive her, and Amelia learns that perfection is a standard that is probably impossible to live by.
Book and Lyrics by Gretchen Midgley
Music by John Henderson
Wendy is an adult and her daughter, Jane, is at the threshold between being a child and growing up. Through re-living her time with Peter, Wendy remembers the wonderful uncertainty of childhood and realizes that she must let Jane experience her own adventures.
Not so much a sequel but more than a reimagining, the story is told from Wendy’s perspective.
LIFE: A COMIC OPERA IN THREE SHORT ACTS
By Neal Learner
Life is grand! Not in the sense that it’s always “wonderful,” but rather in that it’s intrinsically dramatic. Life is funny and sad, painful and sensual, anxious and confident, exciting and boring, loud and quiet, hateful and loving, beautiful and ugly, desirous and repulsive and everything else in between. It has three distinct phases: beginning, middle and end. And there’s nothing anyone can do to change that. Life: A Comic Opera in Three Short Acts sets to music this grand topic in the only medium up to the task – opera! The work features a mother and father and their twin children, a boy and a girl, as they experience the flow of life in all of its subtle and not-so-subtle moments.
THE TALENTED MR. RIPLEY
Music by Andrew Gordon
Book and Lyrics by Danny Baird Jr.
(in collaboration with Catie Davis)
A new musical based on the movie and novel of the same name, tells the chilling story of Tim Ripley, a young underachiever who, through deceit and affection, becomes what he's always wanted to be.
"It's better to be a fake somebody than a real nobody."