The Programs in Theater and Music Theater present a reading of all or excerpts of a new musical in development about germophobia, xenophobia, and the collective cost of personal freedom, inspired by a very real global threat. Conceived and directed by Princeton alumni Whitney Mosery ’08 (Associate Director on the current Broadway production of Harry Potter and the Cursed Child), book by Joshua Williams ’07 (novelist named a “Star of Tomorrow” by New York Magazine), with music and lyrics by Yve Blake, performed by Princeton students. The reading, which is the culmination of a development workshop created to benefit both current students and recent Princeton alumni, is free and open to the public.
ABOUT THE ARTISTS
YVE BLAKE is an award winning writer, composer and performer originally from Sydney, Australia. As a writer she has completed the Royal Court Writers’ Programme and developed work with the National Theatre, Old Vic New Voices, Griffin Theatre Company, and Belvoir. She has presented her work at The Barbican, Roundhouse, Bush Theatre, and to sold-out audiences at the Soho Theatre. In 2016 Yve was awarded the inaugural ATYP Rebel Wilson Theatremaker Scholarship to write and compose her dream project: Fangirls, A Bloodthirsty Musical based on interviews with hundreds of teenage fangirls. After a workshop at the 2018 Adelaide Cabaret Festival and two presentations at the Barbican and Southbank Centre, Fangirls will premiere at two major Australian theatre companies in 2019 and is currently in development for a screen adaptation. Yve is also currently adapting Lisa Nicol’s beloved children’s book Dr. Boogaloo and the Girl Who Lost her Laughter into a musical for the stage (with Alice Chance), writing a feature film for Aquarius films (Lion), and developing a big radical musical about Mary Wollstonecraft. www.yveblake.co
WHITNEY MOSERY is a director/deviser/dramaturg based in New York and London. She was the first American ever to graduate from RADA’s (Royal Academy of Dramatic Arts in London) M.A. in Theatre Directing, and the first Director in Residence at the Almeida Theatre. Her specialty is new plays and musicals, including Girl From Nowhere by Victoria Rigby and Lauren Pritchard (New York Music Festival/St. James Theatre/Edinburgh Fringe); Murder at the Gatesby Steven Sater and James Bourne (Pace New Musicals); Zoe Sarnak’s A Lasting Impression(NYMF); The Bonapartes by Joshua Williams (Ars Nova’s ANT Fest); Faster Higher Stronger Straighter (Dominion); Sinhaz and Exit Johnny Clarke (Williamstown Theatre Festival).
Mosery also directs her own reworkings of classics, including the ritual/bonfire/dance/party/play BACCHANALIA
(Greece/UK/Williamstown); Last Words You’ll Hear based on Strindberg and Jung (Latitude Festival); and a three-person M. Butterfly, adapted with support from David Henry Hwang (RADA). As an associate director she has worked on Harry Potter and the Cursed Child(Broadway); American Psycho (Broadway/Almeida); King Charles III (Broadway/West End/Almeida, co-director of international tour); Mr. Burns (European premiere, Almeida). Mosery has also served as a guest lecturer and panelist at New York University, RADA and Princeton. She holds a B.A. in Classics from Princeton University. www.whitneymosery.com
JOSHUA WILLIAMS is a writer, director, translator and theater academic. In 2011, he directed the North American premiere of Ebrahim Hussein’s Kinjeketile and is currently translating Hussein’s complete works from Swahili into English for Oxford University Press. His own plays have been developed or produced at Princeton University, Theatre Intime, the Capital Fringe Festival, University of California Berkeley, University of Colorado Boulder, the New York Musical Theatre Festival, CAP 21, Ars Nova’s ANT Fest, the Habitat Theater’s Directors Playground, the University at Buffalo, the Rhinebeck Writers’ Retreat and Play Ground San Francisco / Thick House. He is a 2018 recipient of a Sloan Commission from the Ensemble Studio Theater for his new play, Ornithology. jdmwilliams.com
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