Page 73 Summer Residency group. Photo by Page 73.
I recently had the honor of participating as a guest artist inÂ Page 73‘s week-long Summer Residency on the Yale campus in New Haven, CT, workshoppingÂ a wonderful new play byÂ Mashuq Mushtaq Deen withÂ the all-starÂ team of director Jessi Hill and actors Moe Angelos, Isabel Arraiza, Maya Sharpe, and Jade Wu. We lived and worked alongside artists developing three other projects, sharingÂ readings of new work and exchanging ideas overÂ daily groupÂ dinners.
Mashuq Mushtaq Deen invitedÂ me to collaborate on his play THE BETTERMENT SOCIETYÂ after we’d worked together in New Dramatists’ Composer-Librettist StudioÂ last winter. We’ve written a song for voice and guitar thatÂ is threaded throughout the structure of the play and createsÂ a musical-dramatic arc for oneÂ the three women at the center of Deen’s narrative. The songÂ was previously workshopped as part of a reading with director Jessi Hill at New Dramatists, and willÂ receive further development on another reading in New York City this fall. I look forward to seeing where this project leads!