In April, I was fortunate to co-direct a workshop ofÂ Fallen Star: a music-theater piece I’m writing with playwright Mashuq Mushtaq DeenÂ (a collaborator from theÂ Composer-Librettist Studio, who I am also working with on playÂ The Betterment Society). This project started with a single song and blossomed into 40 minutes of words and music (that want to be 90 minutes!) during a few weeks of intensive writing with Deen.
The piece was given further shape through the contributions of an artistic team of otherworldly geniusâ€”music director Charity Wicks, singers Blake Friedman, Nicole Mitchell, and Camille Harris, and dramaturg Cori Ellisonâ€”who spent five days developing the project with us as part of a Creativity Fund workshop atÂ New Dramatists.
Our work culminated in an informal presentation for an audience of friends and colleagues, who generously provided us with feedback in a Critical Response Process.
This was one of those moments when I’m particularly aware of the beauty of being an artist in New York Cityâ€”and the beauty of New Dramatists, a remarkable institution supporting artist-led development.