In The Works

3rd Smash Season!

This Month is Sunday, April 14th at 9:30pm

Tickets available at: www.purplepass.com/works0414

Creating Community through Composition

Join us for new songs from these Composers and get yourself a $5 ticket with the code: DCT

In The Works

Honeck-Moss Productions is proud to present “In The Works.” This exciting new series was conceived as an opportunity for composers to try out new work in front of an audience and see how it plays in a supportive environment. It is also an opportunity to create community among the composers and their performers.

In The Works is be presented monthly and feature three composers or composer teams, each presenting about 20 minutes of new material. This month features the works of composers: Jinhee Kim & Sean McCabe, Selda Sahin & Derek Gregor and Alex Wakim. Hosted by: Thomas Honeck.

JINHEE KIM is a composer, orchestrator and teaching artist from Seoul, South Korea. Her music has been performed in many places around the world, including at the Lincoln Center this past winter. At home in South Korea, she has received several awards for her concert music, including the Seoul Composition Music Festival. Her musical “Saint Sebastian” (book and lyrics by Sean McCabe) will have a workshop production at New York University in the summer. Her other musicals, “Strawman,” “Marcelino” and “Hello, Scrooge” (which has run seasonally in South Korea since 2016) have had productions in Australia and South Korea. Jinhee holds a Master of Fine Arts degree from the Graduate Musical Theatre Writing Program at NYU Tisch, a Master of Music in Music Theory and Composition from NYU Steinhardt and a Bachelor of Music in Music Composition from Hanyang University in Seoul.

SEAN McCABE is a Canadian lyricist/librettist/composer whose work examines themes of family, faith and identity, primarily through musical comedy. Sean earned his Master of Fine Arts degree from NYU in the Graduate Musical Theatre Writing Program in 2018, where he wrote the book and lyrics for “Saint Sebastian” (music by Jinhee Kim), which is being produced by the Collaborative Development and Production & Tisch New Musical Theatre Workshop in June 2019. Most recently, Sean and Jinhee were featured in the Broadway’s Future Songbook Series at the Lincoln Center’s Bruno Walter Auditorium and were commissioned to write a children’s musical for the Han Music Company and Academy in Seoul, Korea.

SELDA SAHIN & DEREK GREGOR are the songwriters of the short musical film Grind starring Anthony Rapp (Dazed and Confused, Rent) and Claire Coffee (NBC’s Grimm). Grind screened at 29 festivals around the world (best film at NYC Downtown Short Film Festival, SENE Music and Film Festival, Honolulu Rainbow Film Festival, FilmOut San Diego and others) . Album available on iTunes and Amazon. Selda and Derek co-wrote Eric Michael Krop’s (Broadway: Godspell) debut pop album “Greater Things” (also available on iTunes) and are currently co-writing Lilli Cooper’s (Broadway: Spring Awakening, Wicked) debut EP. They’ve been recognized as “Ones to Watch” by the Nashville Songwriters Association (NSAI) and their song “The Storm” was a finalist in the Great American Song Contest. Derek is a recipient of a Richard Rogers Award, a MAC award and a John Wallowitch award. Selda was selected for the ASCAP Songwriters Collective and the ASCAP Country Music Workshop in Nashville, and was a member of the Advanced Class at the BMI Workshop. She received an Emmy for her work on Passion at Lincoln Center. Her musical All Fall Down was directed by Emmy Award winning and Tony nominated director, Lonny Price. For more information, visit www.seldaandderek.com.

ALEX WAKIM is an internationally awarded and performed first generation Lebanese-American composer living in New York City. He received a Bachelors of Music from Kansas State University, and is continuing his musical education at New York University, pursuing a Masters in Film Scoring. His aesthetics gravitate towards mixing traditional and modern sounds, and exploring how these sounds can signify new meaning. These tastes have led to intriguing collaborations, the most notable being An American in Beirut, an original musical based on Wakim’s own experiences as a Lebanese-American, originally developed with Jonah Kirkhart. This heritage has also inspired the concert pieces Mountains of Lebanon; Syria, A Prayer for Peace; The Soft Mist; and The Madman.

His composition Childhood Recollections was commissioned by the Alba Music Festival in Italy, and he has won the Kansas Soundscapes competition, a blind submission composition contest open to all Kansans, three years in a row for Cascading Beams (2018), Hot Blue (2017), and Clarinet 4 (2016). His true passion lies in composing for media as he has developed music for documentaries, video games, and short films: most notably, Refuge in the Heartland, a documentary exploring refugee children who are resettled in Kansas.

Having written for jazz big band, chamber ensembles, narrators and clarinets, orchestras, and voices of all kinds, Wakim’s diversity also allows him to explore the vast array of musical sensibilities found in film music. Most recent projects have included scoring My Grandmother’s Grape Leaves, a documentary exploring Armenian culture seen through the food; Return to Fall, a story about the heavy metal sub-culture in Syria before the war, and a metal band that had to flee Syria due to the war; and a self-produced workshop and performance of An American in Beirut, taking place this summer. Wakim also loves coffee and cats, and thinks that rain and other forms of water are quite lovely.

Tickets available at: www.purplepass.com/works0414

$10 Ticket in Advance & a 2 Drink Minimum in the Cabaret Theatre*
$15 Ticket at the Door (plus service fee) & a 2 Drink Minimum in the Cabaret Theatre*

*Drinks Must be purchased In the Cabaret Theatre to count towards the Minimum.

In The Works

3rd Smash Season! Every 3rd Sunday of Month at 9:30pm

This Month is Sunday, March 17th at 9:30pm

Tickets available at: www.purplepass.com/works0317

Creating Community through Composition

Join us for new songs from these Composers and get yourself a $5 ticket with the code: DCT

In The Works

Honeck-Moss Productions is proud to present “In The Works.” This exciting new series was conceived as an opportunity for composers to try out new work in front of an audience and see how it plays in a supportive environment. It is also an opportunity to create community among the composers and their performers.

In The Works is be presented monthly and feature three composers or composer teams, each presenting about 20 minutes of new material. This month features the works of composers: Ben Boecker, Briana Whyte Harris, and Molly Horan & Fernanda Douglas. Hosted by: Thomas Honeck.

BEN BOECKER is a singer-songwriter, teaching artist, and voice teacher living and working in New York City. His full-length musical, “Spellbound! A Perfect Musical Fairytale” (NMI Search For New Musicals Grand Prize Winner 2016, Disney/NMI New Voices Award 2016) has been developed at the BMI Workshop, Andrew Lippas’ Writers’ Bloc, and Ken Davenport’s Writers’ Group. Ben has worked as an NYC teaching artist for five years with companies including TADA!, Usdan Arts Camp, Wingspan Arts, A Class Act, and the Open Hydrant Theater Company (The First Equity Theater Company in the Bronx.) Ben has performed multiple times at 54 Below, Birdland, and the Hunterdon Hills Playhouse in NJ. He is an Adjunct Faculty member at the Calhoun School, a proud member of the BMI Advanced Musical Theater Writing Workshop and a member of the Dramatists Guild. www.benboecker.com

BRIANA WHYTE HARRIS is a Brooklyn-based librettist/lyricist/composer. She is the creator of the webseries Princess the Cat and co-writer for the webseries MunchCo Calling! Her sketch comedy has been performed at Upright Citizens Brigade, and she has also performed stand-up at Caroline’s. Her most recent production was Savoy! Dancing Through The Swing Era, an interactive, community-based dance revue that was last performed in Queens in November 2018. She is a member of the BMI Librettists Workshop and a student of the NYU Tisch Graduate Musical Theatre Writing Program, class of 2019. She also dances with the Brooklyn BombShells, the winning-est group in the history of the Coney Island Mermaid Parade.

MOLLY HORAN is an adjunct professor focusing on children’s and young adult literature and writing for the web at SVA, NYU, and Fordham. A member of the BMI musical theater workshop, her plays have been performed at The People’s Improv Theater, Arizona University, and as a part of Stage Q’s Queer Shorts program.

FERNANDA DOUGLAS is a composer and music director from Goleta, California, and a graduate of Columbia University. She is an active member of the BMI Musical Theatre Workshop and her original musical, Plath., was part of the 2015 NY Fringe Festival. Fernanda is an associate voice coach with Broadway vocal supervisor, Liz Caplan, and in her free time, she’s the deputy director of The Dream Unfinished, the NYC-based activist orchestra. She recently returned from New Delhi, India where she was working on the musical adaptation of film director, Mira Nair’s Monsoon Wedding.

Tickets available at: www.purplepass.com/works0317

$10 Ticket in Advance & a 2 Drink Minimum in the Cabaret Theatre*
$15 Ticket at the Door (plus service fee) & a 2 Drink Minimum in the Cabaret Theatre*

*Drinks Must be purchased In the Cabaret Theatre to count towards the Minimum.

In The Works

3rd Smash Season! Every 3rd Sunday of Month at 9:30pm

This Month is Sunday, February 17th at 9:30pm

Tickets available at: www.purplepass.com/works0217

Creating Community through Composition

Join us for new songs from these Composers and get yourself a $5 ticket with the code: DCT

In The Works

Honeck-Moss Productions is proud to present “In The Works.” This exciting new series was conceived as an opportunity for composers to try out new work in front of an audience and see how it plays in a supportive environment. It is also an opportunity to create community among the composers and their performers.

In The Works is presented monthly and features three composers or composer teams, each presenting about 20 minutes of new material. This month features the works of composers: James Ballard & Seth Christenfeld, Cassandra Kubinski, and Brandon Michael Lowden. Hosted by: Thomas Honeck.

With Performances by: Christiana Cole, Tony Daniels, Amy Englehardt, Sam Heldt, Apryl Higgins, Hannah Mount, James Penca, Aaron Phillips, and Hana Slevin.

JAMES BALLARD (Music) is a composer, lyricist, and writer who was written works for choir, concert band, orchestra, pop/rock/jazz ensembles, and musical theatre. As composer, shows include the full-length musical The Oxford Epidemic, the one-act musical The Jerk Next Door, and the 10-minute operetta A Door, all co-written with lyricist/librettist Seth Christenfeld. As composer/lyricist, shows include the heavy metal oratorio The Darkest Day and the upcoming theatrical song cycle Worlds To Explore. His work has been performed at venues across the country including the Kennedy Center in Washington D.C., Rockwell Table & Stage in Los Angeles, and numerous clubs and cabarets in New York City. He is currently the Artistic Director of the Curtain Up songwriting workshop at the University of Lynchburg in Lynchburg, Virginia. James holds an MFA in Musical Theatre Writing from NYU and a BM in Music Composition from James Madison University.

SETH CHRISTENFELD (Words) is a lyricist, librettist, and dramaturg. In addition to the stuff with James, he has cowritten the musicals Wait Forever (music by Sean Havrilla) and The Bad Ideas of Jack Andrews (music by Joseph Trefler; 2014 Davenport Ten-Minute Play Festival finalist; NAAP Discover series) and the short operas An Unbroken Line (music by Spencer Robelen) and Women’s Work (music by Benji Goldsmith; Salzman Award finalist). He holds an MFA in Musical Theatre Writing from NYU and a BA in Drama Studies from SUNY Purchase. He is a member of ASCAP, the Dramatists Guild, and the They Might Be Giants fan club. Raised in the lawless wilds of Westchester County, Seth now lives in Manhattan, where he spends his days as the Literary Manager at the York Theatre Company. www.sethdoesthings.com

CASSANDRA KUBINSKI has the unique distinction of having written with Rock N’ Roll Hall Of Famer Billy Joel, and recorded and released songs with the Goo Goo Dolls’ John Rzeznik, Grammy Award-winning trumpeter Chris Botti, and 10,000 Maniacs’ pop singer/multi-instrumentalist Mary Ramsey. She’s garnered prime media accolades in the Tri-State area, including reviews, features, and TV interviews. Cassandra has performed and toured coffeehouses, colleges, clubs, theatres, and living rooms, from NYC to LA to Jamaica to Germany. Her previous release, the holiday EP, Holiday Magic, debuted at #46 on the Billboard Heatseekers chart and received national airplay on over 25 radio stations.

Cassandra has also built a robust profile in Hollywood as a songwriter, and an actress. Lifetime’s wildly successful show Dance Moms has featured 13 of her tunes, including the fan favorite “Swim,” whose lyric video has accrued over a million views on YouTube to date. Select other plum licensing placements include having songs featured on ESPN’s First Take, NBC, E! News Daily and more. In addition, Cassandra has appeared as an actress in shows such as Spin City with Michael J. Fox, and the box office smash Finding Forrester, alongside Sean Connery and Anna Pacquin.

As pop artist with a purpose, she’s been an outspoken ally, contributor, and supporter of such organizations as Music for Autism, Susan Komen’s Race for the Cure, and Swish: The Gay/Straight Alliance. Cassandra has also uplifted the spirits by performing music in hospitals with LifeBEAT. Currently, she serves as Global Co-Chair of Membership for the prestigious, non-profit organization Women In Music. www.cassandrakubinski.com

BRANDON MICHAEL LOWDEN is a bookwriter, composer, and lyricist whose work deals with contemporary themes like self-loathing and love gone bad as well as more traditional musical theater subjects like women’s sports and artificial intelligence. You can assume he is developing at least three new musicals at any given time. His work has been presented at Joe’s Pub, 54 Below, Musical Theatre Factory, Barrington Stage Co., National Asian Artists Project, Prospect Theater Co., New York Theatre Barn, the Laurie Beechman Theatre, the Duplex, the Contemporary Theater Company of Rhode Island, and others.

A member of the Dramatists Guild, Brandon holds an MFA from the Graduate Musical Theatre Writing Program at New York University’s Tisch School of the Arts, where he was a recipient of the Mel Silverman Scholarship. Prior to that, while earning a BS in Electrical Engineering at Princeton University, he was an award-winning writer for both the Daily Princetonian and the Triangle Club (who still perform his songs annually).

A native of Pittsburgh, Brandon now resides in the Inwood neighborhood of Manhattan and works an office gig to support his real job (writing). He also writes freelance for the workplace comedy troupe The Water Coolers and occasionally blogs at The Bee’s Reads. All of this leaves him very little time to update his website: http://bookmusiclyrics.com/, but you should go there and connect with him anyway!

Tickets available at: www.purplepass.com/works0217

$10 Ticket in Advance & a 2 Drink Minimum in the Cabaret Theatre*
$15 Ticket at the Door (plus service fee) & a 2 Drink Minimum in the Cabaret Theatre*

*Drinks Must be purchased In the Cabaret Theatre to count towards the Minimum.

In The Works

3rd Smash Season! Every 3rd Sunday of Month at 9:30pm

This Month is Sunday, January 20th at 9:30pm

Tickets available at: www.purplepass.com/works0120

Creating Community through Composition

Join us for new songs from these Composers and get yourself a $5 ticket with the code: DCT

In The Works

Honeck-Moss Productions is proud to present “In The Works.” This exciting new series was conceived as an opportunity for composers to try out new work in front of an audience and see how it plays in a supportive environment. It is also an opportunity to create community among the composers and their performers.

In The Works is be presented monthly and feature three composers or composer teams, each presenting about 20 minutes of new material. This month features the works of composers: Tim Aumiller & Scott Schneider, Blake Pfeil, and Erika Wester. Hosted by: Thomas Honeck.

TIM AUMILLER and SCOTT SCHNEIDER began writing and producing in the fall of 2003, the year they founded their company NO HOPE Productions and debuted their darkly comic musical, DOSE! – produced in the East Village at the Kraine Theatre. Since, they have presented more than a dozen evenings of new work including two sold out shows at the legendary Joe’s Pub – Siren/Kings In Concert and their anniversary celebration Pulling The Plug: a decade of NO HOPE. Their musical Hello, My Name Is Billy was a FringeNYC award winner and a Backstage “Critic’s Pick.” Hailed as a “rocking new musical,” BILLY ran for six weeks at the Duplex before its FringeNYC run at Le Poisson Rouge. NO HOPE has produced four other original FringeNYC selections including Flight (also a Backstage “Critic’s Pick) and Luke Nicholas (4 stars from Time Out). On screen, their song “Fools Like You” was featured in the award-winning documentary Actress and they collaborated with NYC based power diva pop trio Siren on their music video for “Evolution.” Sheet music for their compositions is available through The NO HOPE Songbook Volume I: 2003-2013 (published by Scissortail Press), which includes their MAC Award nominated song “So Many Reasons.”

BLAKE PFEIL is an award-winning songwriter/actor and was dubbed by Playbill.com as “a boy with too much talent,”

His songwriting work has heard life in venues across NY, including headliner appearances at Joe’s Pub, 54 Below, Rockwood Music Hall, the Highline Ballroom, among others. Blake’s debut album WALLPAPER is available anywhere you can stream/buy music online. His Joni Mitchell-inspired theatrical creation THE BBC 1970 has seen three workshops at Rockwood Music Hall, Feinstein’s/54 Below, and Icaro Teatro in Queretaro, Mexico. Blake is also one of the cofounders of Macabre Americana (currently in-residence at Rockwood Music Hall) and worked as the resident composer for the government-operated Gyeonggi English Village in South Korea from 2010-2011. Blake has served as a guest artist for Concordia College, Icaro Teatro in Mexico, and most recently with the National YoungArts Foundation as the composer for Jay Jackson’s (aka Laganja Estranja from RuPaul’s Drag Race Season 6) new immersive dance piece [IN]visibility.

As a proud member of Actor’s Equity, Blake’s credits include the Shakespeare Theatre of NJ, Huntington Theatre Co., New Repertory Theatre, among others.

Blake’s currently runs operations for the true storytelling organization TMI Project and has contributed writing to an array of publications and blogs including CronArtUSA, 21CM, Picsart, and Groove Magazine in South Korea. Blake recently received his MA in Arts Entrepreneurship from SUNY Purchase, received his BFA from Emerson College, and is an alumni of the National YoungArts Foundation.

Blake resides in the Hudson Valley, NY with his husband Bryan and is currently working on his first musical, JANE & HANK & the GREAT/BIG/VERY UNFORTUNATE WORLD.

ERIKA WESTER is a singer songwriter and composer originating from New Jersey. She has performed in Los Angeles and New York and can be heard singing with the band Yellowbird Mantra on all streaming platforms. She is releasing her first EP this year.

Tickets available at: www.purplepass.com/works0120

$10 Ticket in Advance & a 2 Drink Minimum in the Cabaret Theatre*
$15 Ticket at the Door (plus service fee) & a 2 Drink Minimum in the Cabaret Theatre*

*Drinks Must be purchased In the Cabaret Theatre to count towards the Minimum.