In The Works

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

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

Tickets available at: www.purplepass.com/works0216

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: Joanna Burns & Lisa Mongillo, Rebecca Hart & Nick Stephens, and Jamie Elizabeth Maletz & Eric Fegan. Hosted by: Thomas Honeck.

With performances by: TBA

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).

LISA MONGILLO is a writer and lyricist based in Brooklyn. Recent credits include: THE HORSE GIRLS (Book/Lyrics, Out of the Box Theatrics’ 2019 New Works readings series); THE RADIUM GIRLS: A JAW DROPPING NEW MUSICAL (Lyrics & Book, Winner at The 2017 Players Theatre BOO! Short Play Festival, 2019 Eugene O’Neill NMTC Semifinalist); A NEVER-ENDING LINE (Lyrics, Off-Broadway); HOSPITAL KIDS (Book/Lyrics, Best Book at 2018 SoundBites Festival, 2019 City Theatre National Short Playwriting Award Finalist). Her songwriting work was featured in the 2017 BMI Workshop Showcase, and has been performed at Feinstein’s/54 Below, the Metropolitan Room, the Duplex, the PIT, and more. She’s a contributor to Reductress and has written for and performed in comedy shows across Chicago and NYC. Lisa is an alum of William & Mary and trained at the Second City and the Annoyance.

REBECCA HART once accidentally won a comedy competition in Dublin, Ireland, while appearing as the musical guest. True story. Hart is an actress, singer/songwriter, and newly-minted ‘wordsperson’ for the theatre courtesy of NYU’s The Graduate Musical Theatre Writing Program. Recent performing credits include the Public Theatre National Mobile Unit tour of ‘Sweat’ and a CT Critics Circle Award for ‘The Revolutionists” at Playhouse on Park. She is the 2017 winner of the NY Innovative Theatre Award for ‘Best Original Music’ (‘The Cabaret at the End of the World’ w/Melody Bates) and a Helen Hayes ‘Best Sound’ Nominee for a song commissioned /recorded for ‘Gloria’ @ Woolly Mammoth (produced by Nick Stephens!). An Associate Artist with The Civilians Theatre Company, Hart has appeared in and/or made songs for Civilians shows at BAM, The Public, the Metropolitan Museum of Art, and City Center. She composed all songs for Target Margin Theatre’s URIEL ACOSTA and for Aaron Jafferis’ How To Break at the NY Hip Hop Theatre Festival, the Sprkrbox Festival at the National Theatre of Oslo, and NAMT 2014 (addl music by Yako 440). Her graduate thesis musical IRON JOHN: an American ghost story, (w/ collaborator Jacinth Greywoode), has been presented/developed at the Theatreworks Silicon Valley New Works Festival, the O’Neill Incubator Residency, NYU Tisch Drama’s New Studio on Broadway, and the 2019 NAMT Festival at New World Stages. Her 6-piece alt-folk band performs frequently in NYC and elsewhere. Her most recent recording, The Magician’s Daughter was produced in part by acclaimed cellist/songwriter Ben Sollee and is available now. www.rebeccahart.net

NICK STEPHENS has never accidentally won anything, and definitely not any comedy competitions. He is a composer, orchestrator, music director and musician based in New York. His musical Shadows (written with Morgan Smart) was developed and performed at NYU in the summer of 2019. He provided original orchestrations for the DC premiere production of Alix in Wonderland (w. Buzz Mauro,) also in the summer of 2019. He performs regularly around New York City with Rebecca Hart and the Wrong Band on trumpet, flugelhorn, and keyboards. Other performing highlights include Jazz at Lincoln Center and the Big Apple Circus. Since 2017, he has been developing Darling Jack with Rebecca Hart, and is thrilled to be presenting new material tonight!

JAMIE ELIZABETH MALETZ is a composer/lyricist, book writer, and producer. In New York, her works have been featured at Feinstein’s/54 Below, Dixon Place, Under St Marks Theater, and Broadway Night at Prohibition. She received her MFA from the Graduate Musical Theatre Writing Program at NYU Tisch. Maletz has written 12 full-length original musicals, and she runs a choir for new works of musical theater (New Work City) with writing partner Eric Fegan. Jamie is the Administrative Assistant for Maestra Music Organization, and she writes the Women Who Wow Us series for the Maestra blog. She has also worked as an intern with Feinstein’s/54 Below, Tom Viertel/The Commercial Theater Institute, and Ken Davenport. She is a member of The Off-Broadway League, The Alliance of Resident Theatres/New York, Maestra, ASCAP, The Dramatists Guild of America, and Fractured Atlas.

ERIC FEGAN is a composer, pianist, and scientist from Long Island. In New York, his works have been performed at Feinstein’s/54 Below, and as a pianist, he has played at venues from Dixon Place to The Kennedy Center. He is a graduate of the Graduate Musical Theatre Writing Program at NYU Tisch. Eric studied piano and composition as a student of the preparatory division of the Mannes College of Music. He received his undergraduate degree in Mathematics with Computer Science from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, where he was a leading member of the MIT Musical Theatre Guild. Eric’s musical interests range from classical repertoire to jazz standards to classic rock and brings as much of it to the table as he can in his musical theatre work.

Tickets available at: www.purplepass.com/works0216

$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.

Molly Pope, A Gay Man, and A Piano

Thursdays Jan 23rd, Feb 27th, Mar 26th, Apr 23rd, & May 28th

Tickets available at: www.purplepass.com/pope

Molly Pope, A Gay Man, and A Piano

After a lifetime overthinking every second of every day, cabarettist Molly Pope sets up camp at the Duplex for a monthly quest to find the one thing that has always escaped her: a good time. Armed with the two things absolutely necessary for a good time—a gay man and a piano —she indulges in sets of greatest hits, obscure gems, and never before attempted songs. She is joined on stage by a rotating platter of nearest and dearest music directors: Drew Wutke (1/23, 3/26, 5/28), Matt Aument (2/27) and Brian Nash (4/23). With concepts like “fun” and “joy” and “just ’cause” on hand, she deploys her signature neo-retro style to get back to the elemental sweet spot of cabaret.

MOLLY POPE (Molly Pope) is a singer et al. whose shows have played Joe’s Pub, Feinstein’s/54 Below, Feinstein’s at the Regency, Ars Nova, The Eugene O’Neill Theater Center, OBERON (A.R.T.), Teatro ZinZanni (Joe’s Pub Seattle), and the Adelaide Cabaret Festival in Australia. Hailed as “One of downtown cabaret’s most adventurous performers” by the New York Times, she is the recipient of both the 2016 Bistro Award for Creative Cabaret Artistry and the 2016 MAC Award for Musical Comedy. She has been named a Time Out New York “Top Ten Cabaret Act” and a Village Voice Best of NYC for “Best Singer To Turn Life Into A Cabaret.” She has also performed at The Cafe Carlyle, the Afterglow Festival in Provincetown, “Our Hit Parade” at Joe’s Pub, Greenwich House Music School’s “Uncharted Series” and as a resident artist at The Orchard Project (Saratoga Springs). Stage credits include FOUND (Atlantic Theater Co, Philadelphia Theater Co), Horseplay, or the Fickle Mistress (LaMama ETC/Theatre Askew), The Making of King Kong (Target Margin/Immediate Medium). Her original solo musical, “Polly Mope,” premiered at the Kimmel Center in Philadelphia last summer.

“Molly Pope is the next big thing of 1963…she transports the audience back to the thriving Greenwich Village nightclub scene of yesteryear…viscerally thrilling alto: a rich gusher of sound…” Time Out New York

“It would have been enough for Pope to just be a (phenomenal) singer, but by gum, she’s a legitimate actress, too. It’s only a matter of time before Broadway discovers one of its greatest stars.” Playbill.com

“Irreverent wit and multigenerational cultural savvy…” The New York Times

DREW WUTKE (A Gay Man) NYC-based multi-disciplinary artist. Credits include Bway/Off Bway/Intntl musicals, concerts, solo shows/cabarets, and general Sing-Out-Louisery®️. Last in Boston w/ Bebe Winans’ BORN FOR THIS. Collaborations w/ award-winning artists Molly Pope, Martha Graham Cracker, Joey Arias, Natalie Joy Johnson, Julian Fleisher, Lea Salonga, many others; Co-creator/MD/arr: Kevin Smith Kirkwood’s CLASSIC WHITNEY HOUSTON: ALIVE! series, Joe’s Pub; World Premiere: FOR TONIGHT. In dev: BELLE OF TOMBSTONE; Jim Steinman’s THE DREAM ENGINE. Christina Crawford’s MOMMIE DEAREST. DiAna Pasari’s I GOT NAKED TODAY. Marie’s Crisis (ft in New Yorker/Time Out). Resident MD: JEN WALDMAN STUDIO. (MM, vocal coaching, OKCU). He and The Piano, along with Gay Men Everywhere, are forever indebted to Miss Pope and ART. drewwutke.comIG@drewwutke.

BRIAN J. NASH (A Gay Man) Off-Broadway: Mother Courage and Her Children (CSC), SILENCE! The Musical (MD/Orchestrator), Kathy Najimy’s Lift Up Your Skirt (upcoming), Crossing Brooklyn (Transport Group), A Broadway Diva Christmas, Writing Arthur (NAMT), But I’m A Cheerleader and Natalie Joy Johnson: Full Bush (NYMF), Phenomenon (HERE), Bare (New World Stages, producer), and 13 years as music director of Mostly Sondheim at The Duplex. Regional: Beaches (pre-Bway, Drury Lane), The Last 5 Years (Actor’s Theater of Louisville, Asolo Rep), Writing Arthur and Something’s Wrong With Amandine (TheatreWorks). Concert work with TONY Award winners Lena Hall, Jennifer Holliday, and Laura Benanti; Debra Messing, Deborah Cox, Andy Bell (Erasure), Ana Gasteyer, Tiffany, Shoshana Bean, Tituss Burgess, Mandy Gonzalez, Courtney Act, Natalie Douglas, Molly Pope, Natalie Joy Johnson, Paulini, and many others. Recordings: Solo album Forever/After (available on iTunes), SILENCE!, “Get Into It…Queen” with Miss Natalie, Justin Tranter, Boys Like Girls, Natalie Douglas, Natalie Joy Johnson, Shanna Sharp, Kate Pazakis, Stacy Allyn Baker. More info at BrianJNash.com @brianjnash

MATT AUMENT (A Gay Man) is a music director and orchestrator. New York shows include Sweeney Todd, We Are the Tigers, Gigi, and Tamar of the River, and cabaret projects include shows with Molly Pope, Seth Sikes, and Edmund Bagnell. As noted above, Matt is a gay man, and additionally loves playing the accordion, loves his mustache, and especially loves writing for the harp.

YAMAHA BABY GRAND (A Piano)

Tickets available at: www.purplepass.com/pope

$20 Ticket in Advance & a 2 Drink Minimum in the Cabaret Theatre*
$25 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.