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.

In The Works

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

This Month is Sunday, December 16th at 9:30pm

Tickets available at: www.purplepass.com/works1216

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 on the 3rd Sunday of each month and features three composers or composer teams, each presenting about 20 minutes of new material. This month features the works of composers: A.J. Freeman & Dimitri Landrain, Lauren Gundrum & Brandon Lambert, and Patrick Thompson and Cal Silberstein. Hosted by: Thomas Honeck.

A. J. Freeman is a writer, 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. Though 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 and at The 92Y.

Dimitri Landrain is an NYC-based composer and pianist from Paris, France. His work has been featured in Tony Award winner William Finn’s “Songs By Ridiculously Talented Composers” series and on French Top 50 artist Liane Foley’s platinum album “Entre Nous.” Dimitri holds a BM from Berklee College of Music, an MM in Jazz Performance from The University of Cincinnati, and an MFA from the NYU/Tisch Graduate Musical Theatre Writing Program. He works extensively as a pianist and has released a solo piano album titled “September, NYC” which is available on Spotify, iTunes, etc. Dimitri is currently attending the BMI Lehman Engel Musical Theatre Workshop.

Lauren Gundrum is a NYC-based lyricist, librettist and producer. Her debut musical PharmaBro ran Off-Broadway in summer 2017 and was nominated for an OBA Award for Best New Musical of the season. PharmaBro had a sold-out developmental run at The Workshop Theatre during the 2016 Midtown International Theater Festival, and has been featured in Vanity Fair, Rolling Stone, The NY Post and The NY Times. Lauren is a member of the Tony-nominated BMI Musical Theatre Workshop, the Dramatist Guild, and she has held residencies with Players Theatre and the Apples and Oranges Accelerator. http://www.laurengundrum.com

Brandon Lambert is a New York-based songwriter and actor. In 2017 Brandon and Gary S. Jaffe’s musical At First Sight was commissioned and produced by the Mountain Playhouse, and over the past few years Brandon has had five TYA shows commissioned and produced by Gretna Theatre. As an actor, he starred as Marcus on the national tour and then the Canadian premiere of Murder for Two, and has worked regionally at the Pittsburgh CLO, the Pittsburgh Public, and Flat Rock Playhouse. He is a member of the BMI Musical Theatre Workshop (Advanced, Harrington Award), the Dramatists Guild, and Actors’ Equity.

Patrick Thompson and 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.

Tickets available at: www.purplepass.com/works1216

$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, November 18th at 9:30pm

Tickets available at: www.purplepass.com/works1118

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 on the 3rd Sunday of each month and features three composers or composer teams, each presenting about 20 minutes of new material. This month features the works of composers: Julia Barry, Billy Recce and Michael Finke & Alex Rubin. Hosted by: Thomas Honeck.

JULIA BARRY creates music for concert, theater, dance, film, and multi-media projects. She is currently in residence at the BMI Lehman Engel Musical Theatre Advanced Workshop, and is active in the NY arts scene, performing with groups from indie bands to classical choirs. Barry has been selected for numerous residencies and programs including the New Dramatists Composer-Librettist Studio, Art-a-Hack, Chalk Hill, Drop Forge & Tool, and VCCA. She enjoys partnering on new projects with groups such as the New York City Master Chorale and KC VITAs, and is especially interested in collaborative and socially impactful work. Her studio, Julia Barry Productions, provides music and digital services for artists, caretakers, and progressives. More information is at http://juliabarry.com and http://juliabarryproductions.com.

BILLY RECCE is a writer, composer and performer living in New York City. His show “Balloon Boy: The Musical” has been presented and extensively covered across the country. At 17, he was the youngest writer to ever get selected for the prestigious New York Musical Theatre Festival, a production that was featured on Timeout’s “11 Shows You Should Catch at NYMF” and Playbill’s “Top Ten Shows Not To Miss At NYMF”. In October 2017, Green Room 42 launched their New Writers Series with a concert version of the show. His two other musicals, “Wally Weasel’s G.O.P Jamboree!” and “The Charlatans” (Book, Music and Lyrics for both) have received developmental productions at Fordham University. As a singer-songwriter, his “Snowflake” songbook concert series has been presented at 54 Below, The York Theatre Company and The Metropolitan Room, beginning in 2016, and featuring guest performers including Natalie Weiss, Lindsay Nicole Chambers, Nikka Graff Lanzarone, and Sam Underwood. He is currently the Head Writer and Composer of BroadwayWorld’s award winning, musical web-series “Rachel Unraveled”, as well as a staff writer for “The Birds and The BS with Jordan Roth”. His songs have also been heard at other various venues across Manhattan, including The Duplex, Don’t Tell Mama’s, The Motor Company and Tune In Time.

In 2017, Recce was the recipient of the York Theatre Company’s NEO Award. In 2018, his song “Go Into Finance” received the MAC Award for Best Comedy/Novelty song. As a playwright, he is the winner of the 2014 VSA Playwright Discovery Award for HAPPY, and his other plays have been performed at the Kennedy Center, the Cherry Lane Theatre and the 2014 NYSTEA conference. In addition, his other works extensively cover social justice, have been recognized by the United Nations, and were performed at various venues and social justice events across New York. Billy is currently a rising senior in the prestigious playwriting program at Fordham University, Lincoln Center. He is represented by The Paradigm Agency and is a proud member of ASCAP. Currently, he is working on a musical about the life of Rudolph Valentino and his debut album.

MICHAEL FINKE & ALEX RUBIN are a new writing duo working on their first full project together. The two first collaborated on the song “Courageous” for the concert series Muse Match.

Michael is a New York based musical theatre writer. He’s had songs, concerts, and full productions of his work performed at Lincoln Center, the Czech National Symphony Orchestra, Feinstein’s/54 Below, Joe’s Pub, the Christmas Day telecast on ABC, The Laurie Beechman Theater, NYU, the Bowery Poetry Club, Off Broadway at St. Luke’s, NYMF, L.A.’s Rockwell: Table & Stage, and many more. He is a member of ASCAP, the Dramatist Guild, and is a winner of the 2015 New Voices Project with Disney Imagineering and New Musicals Inc. He has been a musical director for the Lovewell Institute since 2007, having music directed Lovewell workshops in Ohio, New York, Florida, Kansas, Nevada, Sweden, and Italy. www.michaelfinkemusic.com

Alex‘s plays and musicals have been featured at The National Academy of Television Arts and Sciences, 54 Below, The Samuel French OOB Festival, William Street Rep, New York Theater Barn, the Drama League’s DirectorFest, American Stage, and more. She is the recipient of the Francis Ford Coppola Award, a SPACE on Ryder resident, National Winter Playwrights Retreat resident, 2015 Davenport Songwriting Competition finalist, O’Neill Summer Conference semi-finalist, Jane Chambers Award finalist, the 2013/14 Big Vision Empty Wallet Playwriting Fellow, member of The Creators Program, and the winner of The 85th Annual Writers Digest Award in Playwriting. www.AlexRubinWrites.com

Tickets available at: www.purplepass.com/works1118 Don’t miss out.

$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.