THML Theatre Company Announces its 2018-2019 Season

THML Theatre Company Announces its 2018-2019 Season

THML Theatre Company is proud to announce its second season: Opening Doors & Closing the Gap. This season will consist of a private reading series in the fall to launch the development of 3 new plays and 2 new musicals, and a two-month residency at The Secret Theatre in Long Island City to premier 3 plays, 1 musical, and 1 special musical event in spring 2019. The season will feature the work of 6 female playwrights, 1 female composer, and 4 female composer/lyricists.

THML will kick off its fall reading series with bringing back a brand-new iteration of Where Angels Fear to Tread, a new musical written and composed by Kit Goldstein Grant. Where Angels Fear to Tread had its first workshop production at The Players Theatre in Fall, 2017, where it had a very successful and well-received run for three weeks. THML will be partnering with David Treatman (Puffs, Angels In America) to continue development and production on Where Angels Fear to Tread in 2019.

Plays featured in the fall reading series include The Lighthouse by Amanda Kohr, A Play Titled after the Collective Noun for Female-Identifying 20-Somethings Living in New York City in the 2010s (or APTA) by Haleh Roshan, andGod's Necklace by Morgan Trant Kinnally. The fall reading series will conclude with a private developmental reading of the new musical, Salaam Medina: Tales of A Halfghan, written and composed by Rona Siddiqui, and directed by Marshall Pailet (Baghdaddy).

In March 2019, THML will kick off its residency at The Secret Theatre with the New York premier of two plays: A Second Birth by Ariel Mitchell, and The Owl Girl by Nikki Raymond. A Second Birth is a moving coming-of-age story of a young woman in Afghanistan who has been raised bacha posh, an Afghani cultural practice where a family without sons will pick a daughter to live and behave as a boy until puberty. A Second Birth received a mainstage presentation at the Kennedy Center American College Theatre Festival in 2011 as well as a workshop production at Brigham Young University in 2012. This will be its first professional production.The Owl Girl, written by Nikki Raymond, has received awards from the Castillo Theater, Portland (Maine) Stage, and was featured by the Jewish Plays Project in 2015. A magical realist parable, The Owl Girl tells the story of two families in the Middle East who both have keys to the same house and wind up living in it together, with darkly comic consequence. This will be The Owl Girl's NYC premiere.

April 2019 will open with a private musical development event for Salaam Medina: Tales of a Halfghan, book, music, and lyrics by Rona Siddiqui, quickly followed by the professional premier of Girl of Glass, a play by Jennifer Kokai and the new musical, Elevator Heart, book and lyrics by Sara Cooper, music by Amy Burgess and Julia Meinwald. Girl of Glass previously received a workshop through the Lark Play Development Center as part of its Annual Playwrights Week in 2014. The play follows the journey of Edgar, a delivery man who meets a strange shop girl, Truly. Truly is not allowed to leave the shop, which is filled with mysterious glowing glass jars. Every week Edgar comes to visit her, falling more and more in love, but Truly and her world are not quite what they seem to be. Girl of Glass will be directed by Krista Jo Miller (Northwest Nazarene University) and assistant directed by Natalie Ahn (Barefoot Shakespeare Co.). Elevator Heart, a new musical by Sara Cooper, Amy Burgess, and Julia Meinwald, has had previous readings and development through The Tank and NYU Tisch New Musicals. Elevator Heart is a modular musical theatre piece built of vignettes that explore the diverse experiences of women in the 21st Century; it will feature a cast of 8 women, with an all-female creative team.

The spring productions begin previews on February 28, 2019 and will run through April 28, 2019. Ticketing information, group sales, and further production information can be found at www.thml.org. Tickets for the spring productions will go on sale this fall. THML Theatre Company is a not-for-profit production and management company, founded and operated by women+. THML exists to empower female playwrights, artists, and producers by providing a platform for artists to have their works read or sung aloud, resources for artists with new work to be staged, and professional management for artists to see their works come to fruition as a fully staged production. All staff, artists, playwrights, and producers are paid through donations to THML and charitable gifts from partnering organizations. To read more about THML Theatre Company or to give to support its mission, visit them at www.thml.org/donate. All donations are tax deductible to the extent permitted by law.

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