In The Works

4th Smash Season! Every 3rd Sunday of Month at 9:30pm

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

Tickets available at: www.purplepass.com/works1020

Creating Community through Composition

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

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: James Ballard, Robert Farruggia & Cristina Farruggia and Colin Gallagher & Justin Gates. Hosted by: Thomas Honeck.

With performances by: Keith Caram, Joanna Carpenter, Bill Coyne, Allyson Kaye Daniel, L.R. Davidson, Diego Diaz, Bella Grace Harris, Abel Garriga, Danny Harris Kornfeld, Sarah Mickey, Marc Malsigna, and Oliver Prose.

JAMES BALLARD 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, the 10-minute operetta A Door, and the (in-progress) musical Awake, all co-written with lyricist/librettist Seth Christenfeld. As composer/lyricist, shows include the heavy metal oratorio The Darkest Day and the 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.

ROBERT & CRISTINA FARRUGGIA: Cristina and Robert’s first collaboration was a Christmas pageant reenactment in their living room when they were four and three, respectively. Their parents thought it was an award winner. As they got older however, they decided to try their hands on a few more professional collaborations; their first being their cabaret, Family Album. Having written some original pieces for Family Album they decided to collaborate on a full-length musical which eventually became On the Air. It was selected as one of 10 musicals to partake in The PiTCH as part of the Finger Lakes Musical Theatre Festival at Merry Go Round Playhouse and was a finalist in The Santa Fe Musical Theatre Festival and The Rhinebeck Writer’s Retreat. It was presented at The York Theatre Company as part of their developmental reading series, starring Nick Spangler and Farah Alvin and directed by Tony Nominee, Hunter Foster. Most recently it had a workshop production in Brooklyn, NY. Their second musical, The Store Under the Portico, which takes place in Italy during WWII, has been a finalist in numerous festivals and will have a developmental reading at The York Theatre Company in the new year. They recently began work on their third musical based on the life of Hedy Lamarr. Their work has been featured at Feinstein’s/54 Below, The Green Room 42, and The Laurie Beechman Theatre among others. For more information visit www.farruggiaandfarruggia.com

COLIN GALLAGHER is a New York based writer and performer, working mostly in musical theater. He recently received his Masters in Fine Arts at New York University Tisch School of the Arts in the Graduate Musical Theater Program where he studied book and lyric writing. His thesis project, “Sawyer Thompson” received its first ninety minute reading here and is currently in development. His first public work was staged at Roger Williams University in Bristol, RI where he received his Bachelors in Creative Writing, as a part of the annual One Act Festival. Additionally, Colin received the Bermont Fellowship allowing him to take a master class with Pulitzer Prize winning author Paul Harding. Since then, Colin has had work and songs presented at various institutions such as the Two River Theater in New Jersey. Currently, Colin is writing and developing a web series entitled “Unintentional” with collaborators Justin Gates and Sarah Mickey, among others.

JUSTIN GATES is a Brooklyn-based songwriter, librettist, and performer, with an eclectic and enthusiastic taste. Fresh out of NYU Tisch’s Graduate Musical Theatre Writing Program, Gates is continuing to work on both of his thesis musicals for which he is the composer – the beachy-indie-pop Sawyer Thompson with Colin Gallagher (written under the advisorship of Tony Award winner Rachel Sheinken), and the Lovecraftian horror story The Place Between with Celine Snippe. Other current works-in-progress include Unintentional, a new musical webseries created in collaboration with Colin Gallagher and Sarah Mickey (which features Gates as an actor as well as his original pop songs) and The City Below with Celine Snippe, a new noir podcast produced in association with the Podcast Academy at the NYU Production Lab.

Gates first began writing original musical theatre at Berklee College of Music, from which he earned a Bachelor of Music degree with a focus in Musical Theatre Writing and Drama. His theatre work was featured in masterclasses with Jeanine Tesori, Adam Guettel, Larry O’Keefe and Nell Benjamin, and his songs have been selected for the Curtain Up Musical Theatre Festival three years in a row, most recently with “A Thousand Wonders” from The Place Between. His song “Unlucky”, for which he wrote both music and lyrics, has also been featured in the New and Newer Festival in Seattle. Since moving to New York, Gates has had works performed at the Two River Theater and the PIT Loft.

Tickets available at: www.purplepass.com/works1020

$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

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.