In The Works

4th Smash Season! Every 3rd Sunday of Month at 9:30pm,
(This Month Only 1 Week Later.)

This Month is Sunday, Sept 22nd at 9:30pm

Tickets available at: www.purplepass.com/works0922

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 will 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: Alanya Bridge, David Colemand and A.J. Freeman. Hosted by: Thomas Honeck.

ALANYA BRIDGE is an award winning musical theatre composer lyricist. Her work has been performed around the world, including the Lincoln Center, Playwrights Downtown, Feinstein’s 54 Below, The Pershing Square Signature Theatre, The Times Center, The Duplex Cabaret Theatre, Theatre Royal Stratford East, Tristan Bates Theatre, Leicester Square Theatre and numerous theatres around New York, Australia and London.

Alanya is a graduate of the Graduate Musical Theatre Writing Program, Tisch School of Arts, New York University and former member of the BMI Lehman Engel Musical Theatre Workshop. She is a member of the Dramatists Guild and Mercury Musical Developments. Sheet music for her compositions can be found at ContemporaryMusicalTheatre.com, www.homegrownaus.com and alanyabridge.com.

DAVID COLEMAN is a singer, songwriter and advocate for social justice. He first found himself “writing” lyrics at age six—singing his own words to pop songs. Recognized in elementary school for his lovely soprano voice, David’s formal musical training began in a juvenile detention center after he was arrested for truancy and breaking his arm in a fight. He learned to play the guitar on a dare while recovering from said broken arm. Early influences include Jim Croce, Bob Seeger, Lynyrd Skynyrd and Eric Clapton. David holds a Master’s from New York Theological Seminary and is a licensed journeyman in horticulture and nursery management.

David is thrilled to have recently made his debut at the Duplex Cabaret Theatre in his “Three Chords & The Truth: a Journey of Hope and Redemption Through Music,” under the direction of Lisa Moss, and for the first time combining his love of music and storytelling. David believes music a way to be heard when no one will listen.

A. J. FREEMAN is a writer, teacher, director, and performer originally from Los Angeles, now based in New York. She has worked for over 12 years in educational theatre, directing dozens of full scale productions, and running her own literacy-based musical theatre program for low income students. Through this nonprofit, The Troupe, thousands of children in schools across Los Angeles received free reading books. The Troupe’s free musical theatre workshops and assemblies inspired students from all backgrounds to use their gifts and talents through visual and performing arts. She is also a cabaret performer, championing brilliant but forgotten music of the 1920s and 30s, and is a lyricist in the BMI Lehman Engel Musical Theatre Workshop.

Tickets available at: www.purplepass.com/works0922

$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!

This Month is Sunday, August 18th at 9:30pm

Tickets available at: www.purplepass.com/works0818

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 will 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: Sophie Oberfield & Joanna Burns, Spencer Robelen, and Melisa Tien & Matt Frey. Hosted by: Thomas Honeck.

Sophie Oberfield is a lyricist, playwright, and educator. A native New Yorker, she holds a BA in Literature from Yale University and a master’s degree in Theatre History and Criticism from Hunter College-CUNY. She has studied at Primary Stages’ Einhorn School for the Performing Arts (ESPA) and the BMI Musical Theatre Workshop. Her work has been performed at Emerging Artists’ Theater (IN THE HORSE; music by Kit Goldstein Grant), three New York Musical Theater Festivals’ Songwriting Master Class concerts, and The Duplex (Kit Goldstein Grant and Friends, June 2019). Sophie has taught English at Stuyvesant High School since 2008.

Joanna Burns is a composer/singer-songwriter. Also a current member of the BMI Lehman Engel Musical Theatre Workshop where she was the winner of the Harrington Award for Creative Excellence. Some composer/arranger credits include: the web series CITY OF DREAMS (NY Times, USA Today), the web pilot CAROL’S A DEMON (NYTV Fest), the short film WHALE HELLO THERE (Buffer Festival Invitee), the opening number for the CBS DIVERSITY SHOWCASE, and the new musical WELCOME TO SHOOFLY (ASCAP Dreamworks Musical Theater Workshop, Los Angeles). She has also toured the U.S. performing as a singer-songwriter and her current LP The Green Year, available on iTunes, features 11 self-produced tracks and 2 produced by Dan Romer (Shawn Mendes, Ingrid Michaelson, A Great Big World).

Spencer Robelen is a New York-based composer, violinist, and playwright. His compositions include chamber, orchestral, and choral music, as well as film scores, musical theatre works, and incidental music for plays and ballets. Whether he’s writing a bittersweet ballad or a fugue of fart sounds, Spencer covers a large spectrum of emotions with his work.

Spencer holds a B.A. in Music Theory and Composition from the University of Miami’s Frost School of Music, where he studied under the tutelage of composer Dorothy Hindman and served as president of the Society of Composers, Inc. He later received his M.F.A. in Musical Theatre Writing from New York University’s Tisch School of the Arts, where he worked with numerous industry professionals, including Tony-winners William Finn and Rebecca Taichman.

Spencer’s concert music has been performed by various ensembles, including PULSE Chamber Music, the Lunar Ensemble, the Frost Symphony Orchestra, and the Factory Arts Ensemble. His musical theatre works have been performed at notable venues in New York City, including Feinstein’s/54 Below and Birdland Jazz Club. As a playwright, Spencer has received several honors for his short plays and audio dramas. His one-act play, The Wheels Go Round and Round, is published by YouthPLAYS and has been performed in Canada and South Africa in addition to the U.S.

Spencer is also a noted SpongeBob SquarePants scholar due to his writings on the history and analysis of the franchise. Unfortunately, this accolade has failed to garner Spencer any prestigious awards or fellowships. Check out more of Spencer’s work at www.spencerrobelen.com!

Melisa Tien (book, lyrics) is a New York-based playwright, lyricist, and librettist. The author of the plays The Boyd Show, Best Life, Yellow Card Red Card, Familium Vulgare, and Refrain, she is also co-author of the collaboratively written plays We Play for the Gods and Jackson Heights 3AM. In addition to being a resident playwright at New Dramatists, Melisa is a New York Foundation for the Arts Fellow in Playwriting/Screenwriting, a Walter E. Dakin Fellow at the Sewanee Writers’ Conference, and a recipient of the Theater Masters Visionary Playwright Award. She has been a resident of the MacDowell Colony and the Millay Colony, and was a member of the 2010-2012 Women’s Project Lab. Melisa has presented work at the Great Plains Theatre Conference, the Women Playwrights International Conference, and the National Asian American Theatre Conference and Festival. She teaches playwriting at SUNY Purchase and the National Theatre Institute, and she holds a BA from UCLA, an MFA from Columbia University, and a culinary diploma from the French Culinary Institute.

Matt Frey (music) is a Brooklyn-based composer whose work spans multiple genres, including theater, opera, chamber, and orchestral music. His vocal music has been performed and workshopped across the U.S. and in Canada at festivals and programs including Fort Worth Opera’s Frontiers, the Crane School of Music, Opera From Scratch, New Dramatists, the John Duffy Composers Institute, and the BMI Lehman Engel Musical Theater Workshop. Frey’s instrumental music has been commissioned and presented by ensembles including the String Orchestra of Brooklyn, Synergy Percussion, the JACK String Quartet, the West Point Woodwind Quintet, and the NYU Symphony Orchestra. He is a graduate of the Masters program in Music Composition at New York University where he studied with Pulitzer Prize-winning composer Julia Wolfe.

Tickets available at: www.purplepass.com/works0818

$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!

This Month is Sunday, July 21st at 9:30pm

Tickets available at: www.purplepass.com/works0721

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 will 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: Billy Recce, Patrick Thompson & Cal Silberstein, and Laura Westman. Hosted by: Thomas Honeck.

BILLY RECCE is an award-winning composer/lyricist, playwright and performer based in Manhattan. His musicals include the award winning and international-headline making Balloon Boy: The Musical (NYMF’s youngest ever writer at 17), A Musical About Star Wars (currently running at Theatre Row), The Charlatans, Wally Weasel’s G.O.P Jamboree and Dimes (all of which received developmental workshop productions at Fordham University). As a singer-songwriter, his “Snowflake” songbook concert series has been presented in sold out runs at 54 Below, The York Theatre Company, The Green Room 42, The Duplex and The Metropolitan Room, featuring guest performers including Natalie Weiss, Lindsay Nicole Chambers, Nikka Graff Lanzarone, and Sam Underwood. He has contributed musical material to NEWSical and The Birds and the BS with Jordan Roth (co-writing songs for Laura Benanti, Titus Burgess and Mandy Patinkin), and was the head-writer/composer for Broadwayworld’s Rachel Unraveled. His songs have also been performed at Irish Rep, The Motor Company, Tune in Time, Don’t Tell Mama’s, and across the country. He is the recipient of a NEO Award, a MAC Award, the VSA Playwriting award and a Thespian Musicalworks Award. His debut album, “The Perks of Being A Snowflake”, is available on all digital music platforms. For more information, please visit billyrecce.com, and for sheet music, please visit newmusicaltheatre.com.

PATRICK THOMPSON & CAL SILBERSTEIN are a writing team based in NYC. They met at the NYU Graduate Musical Theatre Writing Program where they wrote their first musical, A POSTCARD FROM CONEY ISLAND. Thompson is originally from Milwaukee, WI where he worked as a music director and resident artist for the KidsWrites program with Skylight Music Theatre. His musical, PASSING BY, premiered in the 2015 Chicago and New York Musical Theatre Festivals and his most recent show NOBODY KNOWS premiered at First Stage Children’s Theatre this past summer. Silberstein hails from Perth, Australia where he is a founding partner of the independent theatre company, Ludicrous Displays. His other musicals, VIVA LA RESTORATION, HOW WE RUINED MACARTHUR’S MARKERS, FAIRYBREAD and STRAWMAN have had productions across Australia. His short opera, PRESIDENT JOAN (OR THE UNEXPECTED VIRTUE OF SANDWICHES) recently premiered as part of “The Dinner Party Operas” at the Brooklyn Museum. They are continuing to workshop A POSTCARD FROM CONEY ISLAND and are writing a series of stand-alone cabaret songs.

LAURA WESTMAN is psyched to be performing original material at In The Works. She is a New York based singer and songwriter, originally from Durham, NC. Brought up on piano lessons, musical theater soundtracks, endless choirs, and a chronic addiction to arranging music for a cappella, Laura holds music as the highest and most pure form of self expression. Last summer she graced the Duplex Cabaret stage with the rest of the Von Westman Family Singers (…her family) to celebrate her 30th birthday.

Laura’s music is intimate, whimsical, and a love letter to the drama specific to musical theater composition. Her style has also been influenced by folk, jazz, and the never-ending creative improvisation of fake book keyboarding. EP coming out this year. Instagram @westygrammed, SoundCloud.com/LWesty

Tickets available at: www.purplepass.com/works0721

$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!

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.