Pride Films and Plays Presents the Chicago professional premiere of
Songs from an Unmade Bed,
a theatrical song cycle with lyrics by Mark Campbell.
Directed by Derek Van Barham, Musical Direction by Robert Ollis
March 27 – April 27, 2014 at The Apollo Theater Studio
Pride Films and Plays continues its 2013-14 season with Songs from an Unmade Bed, a theatrical song cycle with lyrics by Mark Campbell. Directed by PFP Artistic Associate Derek Van Barham with music direction by ensemble member Robert Ollis. The production will run March 27-April 27 at The Apollo Theater Studio, 2540 N Lincoln Ave. Tickets are available through Ticketmaster. The press opening is Saturday, March 29 at 7:30pm.
Songs from an Unmade Bed explores the experiences (romantic, sexual and otherwise) of gay men living in the city. Lyricist Mark Campbell worked with eighteen composers (one per song) to create a unique musical revue, accompanied by piano and cello, with gorgeous songs that range from funny, poignant, melancholy and ultimately hopeful about life and love. Songs from an Unmade Bed has previously been presented in New York City (Off-Broadway), Los Angeles and elsewhere; this will be its premiere professional production in Chicago.
“There’s something so beautiful about the simplicity of this show,” said director Barham. “Having one lyricist work with 18 different composers is ingenious. What emerges is a very personal, articulate voice. Each composer finds a different color and nuance of the character. The lyrics are so universal, and the music is just a delight. We’re lucky to be working in such an intimate space at The Apollo, so that we can allow the audience to feel up close and personal with the performers. The evening should have the feel of being invited over by a few handsome, young gentlemen on a cold winter’s night. Who doesn’t love that?”
Title: Songs from an Unmade Bed
Lyrics by: Mark Campbell
Music by: Debra Barsha, Mark Bennett, Peter Foley, Jenny Giering, Peter Golub, Jake Heggie, Lance Horne, Stephen Hoffman, Giheih Lee, Steven Lutvak, Steve Marzullo, Brendan Milburn, Chris Miller, Greg Pliska, Duncan Sheik, Kim D. Sherman, Jeffrey Stock, Joseph Thalken
Director: Derek Van Barham
Music Director: Robert Ollis
Cast: PFP Ensemble Members Kevin Webb and Jordan Phelps.
Previews: Thursday and Friday, March 27 and 28 at 7:30pm
Press performance/opening: Saturday, March 29 at 7:30pm
Regular run: Thursday through Sunday, March 30 through April 27, 2014
Curtain Times: Thursday, Fridays and Saturdays, and Sundays at at 7:30 pm
Tickets: Previews $15. Opening $30. Regular Run: Thursdays $25; Friday, Saturdays, and Sundays $30. Students and seniors: $5 off all performances. Industry: $10 during previews. Tickets are at Ticketmaster. Or by calling the Apollo Theater at 773 935 6100.
The Studio Theater at the Apollo has a separate entrance from that which leads to Million Dollar Quartet. It is just south of the main entrance, on the lower level, under the lower level marquee on the left in this picture.
The Apollo has parking spaces under the el which are $15 if they are available. The street parking is $2.50 per hour and Songs is done by 9 pm each night.
Parking on Lincoln on Sundays is free. There is also free parking by Jonquil Park on Wrightwood (west of Lincoln) and Sheffield.
About the Lyricist
Mark Campbell is one of the most in-demand librettists working in opera today, recently profiled in Opera News as one of twenty-five people “poised…to become major forces in opera in the coming decade.” He has collaborated with many leading composers of this generation, including Mark Adamo, William Bolcom, Ricky Ian Gordon, Jake Heggie, Martin Hennessy, Paul Moravec, John Musto, Kevin Puts, Richard Peaslee and Michael Torke. His most successful operas include Volpone, Later the Same Evening, Bastianello/ Lucrezia, Rappahannock County, and Silent Night. Mark has received many prestigious awards for his work. Most recently, Silent Night was honored with the 2012 Pulitzer Prize in Music. Volpone received a 2010 Grammy® nomination for best Classical Recording. He also received the first Kleban Foundation Award for Lyricist, two Richard Rodgers Awards and a New York Foundation for the Arts Playwriting Fellowship. As a lyricist, Mark penned all of the lyrics for Songs from an Unmade Bed, a theatrical song cycle with music by 18 composers including Jake Heggie and Duncan Sheik. Other musicals for which he has written lyrics include: And the Curtain Rises, The Audience, Splendora, Akin, and Light Shall Lift Them.
Debra Barsha: Currently: Associate Conductor of Jersey Boys on Broadway. Composer Credits: Radiant Baby (dir. George C. Wolfe), Public Theater; Sophie, JRT; A Womb With a View (one-woman show, dir. Frank Ventura), CAP21. Musical Director/Supervisor credits: Prometheus Bound (dir. Diane Paulus), Futurity (dir. Sarah Benson) Stop The Virgens (Karen O), Sam Bendrix at the Bon Soir (dir. Mark Rucker), US (Peter Gabriel musical), Swingtime Canteen (dir. Ken Elliott), Tony ’N’ Tina’s Wedding (original cast), One Man Band (dir. Jack Hoffsiss). Keyboards/vocals for: Thomas Dolby, Bootsy Collins, Bernie Worrell. Awards: Jonathan Larson Performing Arts Foundation, ASCAP. Songs recorded by: George Clinton, Jackie Mason, Michael Winther, Rebecca Luker, Marty Balin, Patti Austin.
Peter Foley NEA grant, Richard Rodgers Award, Sondheim Award, Larson Foundation Award for THE HIDDEN SKY (music & lyrics). Upcoming: I CAPTURE THE CASTLE, INCONNU (commissioned by the Public Theater, NYC) and BLOOM. Songs performed at Lincoln Center, Kennedy Center, NY Festival of Song. Composer for Emmy-nominated PBS series “Art 21.” www.hellagoodmusic.com
Jenny Giering’s current projects include a commission for Playwrights Horizons, and a new musical based on the life of Maggie & Kate Fox with Sean Barry & Laura Eason. She wrote the score for Saint-Ex (book and lyrics by Sean Barry), which premiered at the Weston Playhouse in August 2011.
Peter Golub composed scores for the films Frozen River, The Great Debaters, The Laramie Project and Wordplay, among others. Recent Broadway productions include Time Stands Still, Come Back Little Sheba, and Hedda Gabler. His song cycle, Dark Carols was performed in December at the Mark Taper Auditorium in Los Angeles. Other recent concert works include Sisyphus Rocks (for narrator and chamber orchestra); Quintet for oboe, strings and piano; A Child of Children and Art, for piano as part of Anthony de Mare’s Sondheim Liaisons Project.
Jake Heggie is the American composer of the operas Moby-Dick (libretto: Gene Scheer), Dead Man Walking (libretto: Terrence McNally), Three Decembers (Scheer), To Hell and Back (Scheer), more than 200 art songs, orchestral and chamber music. His next opera, Great Scott (libretto: McNally) has been commissioned by The Dallas Opera. www.jakeheggie.com
Stephen Hoffman: SPLENDORA (Bay Street Theatre); THE SWEET REVENGE OF LOUISA MAY (Olney Theatre); CHANG & ENG (Spirit of Broadway Theatre); MARTIN CHARNIN’S UPSTAIRS AT O’NEAL’S; Awards: Richard Rodgers Production Award (SPLENDORA); Richard Rodgers Development Award (LOUISA MAY); Drama Desk Nomination/Best Music (SPLENDORA); Andrea Marcovicci’s NEW WORDS (Cabaret Records)
Gihieh Lee: As composer: Cho-Sah-Rang(with Heejoon Lee), Tock Tick (with Tim Nevits) Songs of Innocence and Experience (with William Finn), Shakespeare: The Remix (with Aaron Jafferis), Spamlet(with Anton Dudley). As vocal Arranger: Elegies: A song cycle by William Finn. As translator(to Korean): ‘Avenue Q’, ‘Man of La Mancha’, ‘The Producers’, ‘Amour’, ‘I love you, You’re perfect, Now change’. M.F.A: The Tisch School of the Arts, NYU. 2004 Jonathan Larson Award.
Steven Lutvak: Musicals include A GENTLEMAN’S GUIDE TO LOVE AND MURDER; CAMPAIGN OF THE CENTURY. Title track, Paramount’s MAD HOT BALLROOM. Kleban, Fred Ebb, Johnny Mercer, Jonathan Larson, NEA Songwriter Awards.. Has sung his songs at Carnegie Hall, Weill Recital Hall, CD’s: THE TIME IT TAKES, AHEAD OF MY HEART. StevenLutvak.com <http://StevenLutvak.com>
Steve Marzullo has also collaborated with Mark Campbell on THE AUDIENCE for The Transport Group and THE SEVEN DEADLY SINS for Audra McDonald. Also for Audra McDonald he wrote I HID MY LOVE [nonesuch records] and SOMEDAYS [donmar warehouse video]. His songs have been recorded on solo albums by Rebecca Luker, Andrea Burns and Stephanie J. Block.
Brendan Milburn: Music & Lyrics: Off-Broadway: STRIKING 12. Regional: SLEEPING BEAUTY WAKES, WHEELHOUSE, LONG STORY SHORT, Tina Landau’s A MIDSUMMER NIGHT’S DREAM, and ERNEST SHACKLETON LOVES ME. Disney: TOY STORY: THE MUSICAL; film: PLANES 2, TINKER BELL (4 films & 1 TV special).
Chris Miller: The Burnt Part Boys (Playwrights Horizons/Vineyard Theatre, may 2010); Song Cycle Fugitive Songs nominated for a Drama Desk Award (2008); The Mysteries of Harris Burdick (Barrington Stage Co.). Mary’s Wedding (Two River Theatre, NJ); Anna Christie (Old Globe, San Diego); Co-composer with Michel Friedman, Angels in America (Signature Theatre; Michael Greif, Director); . Currently working with lyricist Nathan Tysen on commissions from Lincoln Center Theatre & Playwrights Horizons/TheatreWorks, Palo Alto; also Tuck Everlasting (Bway Across America/Barry Brown; Claudia Shear, Book) & an original work for the Signature Theatre (Virginia) American Musical Voices Project: The Next Generation. Proud Graduate of Elon University and NYU.
Greg Pliska: B’way: War Horse (Tony for Best Play) (mus. dir.); Off-Broadway: Twelfth Night (music sup./arr.) (Drama Desk nomination), Shakespeare in the Park; Vigil, Pericles, Ice Island, Oy! (composer). Film: The Wildest Dream, Flying Monsters 3D (orch.). TV as composer: Hunting the Edge of Space (Nova), Life, Blood in the Water (Discovery). 2010 Sundance Composers Lab Fellow.
Kim D. Sherman: Currently working on “Ada,” an opera about Ada Byron, and “Makeover” a musical about a pioneering cosmetics entrepreneur. Works include the opera “Love’s Comedy,” the musicals “HeartLand,” “O Pioneers!,” “The Two Orphans,” “The Songbird and the Eagle” for orchestra, soloists and chorus and the a cappella choral work “Graveside.”
Jeffrey Stock composed the music for the Tony Award-nominated Broadway musical Triumph of Love. His symphonic and choral work, Lulie the Iceberg, premiered at Carnegie Hall with renowned cellist Yo-Yo Ma. His latest musical, A Room With a View, is receiving its world premiere at the San Diego Old Globe Theatre. www.jeffreystock.net
About the Director
Derek Van Barham is a PFP Artistic Associate and Literary Manager for The Ruckus Theatre. He most recently choreographed and directed Kill Your Boyfriends, PFP’s contribution to National Pastime Theatre’s Naked July Festival. He has worked with BoHo Theatre (Hauptmann), Red Tape Theatre (The Skriker, Stadium Devildare, The Life & Death of Madame Barker), and The Island Theatre (Wallace Shawn’s The Fever). He can currently be seen improvising with the gentle gentlemen of ThoraBirch, and has also choreographed for The Plagiarists and Brain Surgeon Theatre. He is the founder of the Crush Dance Collective. MFA: Chicago College of Performing Arts at Roosevelt University. BFA: University of Mississippi.
About the Music Director
Robert Ollis was music director of Pride Films & Plays’ Under A Rainbow Flag, which won two Jeff Awards: Best Musical and Best New Work. With Bailiwick Chicago, Robert was Co-Music Director of Elton John’s AIDA, music director of the musical revues A Season of Change: Holidays in the Sixties and Show Us Your Love, and was part of the musical team for Violet. He has also music-directed several casting auction productions for Victory Gardens Theatre and Bailiwick Chicago, including The Drowsy Chaperone – upcoming. Robert music directed an acclaimed production of Sondheim’s Assassins with The GoForth Productions. Robert received a non-equity Jeff Award for his musical direction of Kiss of the Spider Woman and a nomination for A Man of No Importance, each at Bailiwick Repertory Theatre. In recent years, he has also music-directed such shows as My Favorite Year, The Cousins Grimm, The Who’s Tommy and Dennis DeYoung’s The Hunchback of Notre Dame. On the cabaret scene, Robert has accompanied performers at Feinstein’s in New York City and at Davenport’s in Chicago.
About the Cast
Kevin Webb* is a member of the artistic ensemble of Pride Films and Plays. Previous credits with the company include Under A Rainbow Flag and Love Sucks! Other Chicago credits: The Pitchfork Disney (Interrobang Theatre Project – upcoming), Assassins (The GoForth), The Ritz (Circle Theatre), All My Sons (Eclectic Full Contact Theatre), The Taming of the Shrew (Muse of Fire Theatre Company), HMS Pinafore (Light Opera Works) and Forest Fantasies (Lingerie Lyrique). Kevin received his Masters in Music from Roosevelt University. You can also hear Kevin in the choir every Sunday at Saint Clement Church. For more information about Kevin and his burlesque alter-ego Lee O. Narcissus, visit www.kevinwebb.org.
Jordan Phelps* is a recent addition to the PFP Artistic Ensemble after originating the role of Stefano in Under A Rainbow Flag. He has been performing in and around Chicago since 2008. Other Chicago credits include two seasons at Light Opera Works in Oliver and The Student Prince, The Whole World Is Watching with Dog and Pony Theater Company, All the Girls Love Bobby K with Point of Contention, The Ritz at Circle Theater, and Adrift In Macao with Innatevolution Theater Co. Jordan also does regular Supernumerary work with Chicago Opera Theater at The Harris Theater and other public locations and is an avid performer in new works with MODOFAC Productions. He attended the Chicago College of Performing Arts at Roosevelt University and was raised in Bellingham, WA.
Pride Films and Plays fosters excellence in writing for the stage and screen with LGBT themes by linking an international network of writers to our Artistic Ensemble in Chicago and professionals working in the field internationally. Using stories with gay, lesbian, bisexual, and transgender characters or themes, Pride Films and Plays develops human stories that speak for the community and is essential viewing for all audiences.
PFP’s contests – the Great Gay Play Contest, Women’s Work (for works by women with lesbian characters or themes) and the Great Gay Screenplay Contest – reach their conclusion during Festival Weekends of readings and workshops sponsored by Center on Halsted. Writers from around the world have worked with PFP’s Artistic Ensemble in extensive rehearsals and performances of “enhanced staged readings” which include movement, blocking, and technical elements.
PFP’s fully staged productions include reinvigorated classics, Chicago premieres, and world premieres of scripts that have been developed in the contests. The 2011 Great Gay Play Contest winner, Learn To Be Latina by Enrique Urueta, has had multiple regional productions, and the 2012 winner At The Flash by Sean Chandler and David Leeper was Jeff-recommended in Chicago and recently concluded a successful run in Los Angeles. Under A Rainbow Flag by Leo Schwartz, a finalist in last year’s contest, had its premiere this spring and won the Jeff Award for Best New Work and Best Musical Production, and Directions for Restoring the Apparently Dead by Martin Casella recently concluded its world premiere run in the 150-seat Thrust Theater at Stage 773.
For more information on contests or productions, visit www.pridefilmsandplays.com.