Tony Nominees Daphne Rubin-Vega & Elizabeth A. Davis to Lead Industry Reading of New Musical AMANDINE
An invitation-only reading of the new musical Amandine, featuring a book and lyrics by Winter Miller and music and lyrics by Lance Horne, will be presented on May 28, directed by Outer Critics Circle Award nominee Markus Potter. The evening will feature the talents of Tony Award nominees Daphne Rubin-Vega (Rent) and Elizabeth A. Davis (Once), along with Nick Blaemire (Found), Erin Markey (Erin Markey at Joe's Pub with Kenny Mellman), John Kelly (James Joyce's The Dead), and Romain Frugé (Threepenny Opera).Amandine is a collaboration between three of New York City's most distinctive theater artists: Winter Miller, 13P founding member who penned In Darfur (The Public Theater), among other acclaimed plays; Lance Horne, Emmy Award-winning composer and pianist known for his own work and collaborations with Alan Cumming, Amanda Palmer, Meow Meow, Sandra Bernhard and Justin VivIan Bond; and Outer Critics Circle Award Nominated director Markus Potter (Stalking the Bogeyman), artistic director of NewYorkRep. ??Amandine is a singular love story, inspired by the incredible memoirs of Herculine Barbin, a 19th century intersex person who was raised a girl and died a man.
From the extraordinary facts of Herculine's life, recorded through her memoirs, comes a highly theatrical musical of sweeping scope and universal appeal.
Amandine tells the story of a person caught profoundly "in between." Born intersex and raised as a girl in the most traditional and cloistered of settings, Amandine is unlike the other girls. She retreats into a life of the mind, teaching in a religious girls' academy. Amandine falls in love, but soon her body betrays her, leading to a shocking discovery with devastating consequences. Her final years are spent wandering Paris in a new role: that of a man. Yet, Amandine's struggle is ours: to be accepted for who we are, as we are.
Winter Miller (Book) Miller's award-winning drama In Darfur premiered at The Public Theater, followed by a standing-room-only performance at their 1800-seat Delacorte Theater, a first for a play by a woman. Miller traveled to the Sudan border to research on the ground with journalist Nicholas Kristof. In Darfur has been produced at theaters across the country. She is the author of The Penetration Play and six other full-length plays. Her short play "Colored" is in Samuel French's newly released anthology Facing Our Truth: Six 10-Minute plays on Trayvon, Race and Privilege. She is a founding member of the Obie- winning playwriting collective 13P, and has been a member of The Lark Playwrights, The Civilians 2015 R&D group, a Core Writer with The Playwrights Center, and has been awarded fellowships from The Sundance Institute, The Cherry Lane Mentor Project, Hedgebrook, Blue Mountain Center, Orchard Project and Voice&Vision. Commissions: Joe's Pub, The Guthrie, Baltimore Center Stage, The Playwright's Center, Keen Company, Theatre Askew and Voices of Uganda. New Georges Affiliate.
Lance Horne (Composer) Horne received an Emmy for Best Original Song (Daytime: One Life to Live), the Jonathan Larson Award for composer-lyricist, a Bistro Award for producing Alan Cumming's album, I Bought a Blue Car Today, ASCAP Young Composer Awards, the ASCAP Foundation Jamie deRoy Award for Emerging Songwriter, Interlochen Ovation Award, and is a Usual Suspect at NYTW. Composition residencies at the Orchard Project, New Harmony Project, American Opera Projects, TheaterWorks Palo Alto, ACT, Franklin Furnace, ArsNova, Public Theater, and the O'Neill National Music Theater Conference. As an arranger / music director: at American Repertory Theater, Prometheus Bound by Steven Sater and Serj Tankian (System of a Down) and Cabaret starring Amanda Palmer; at The National Theatre in London, Alice by Heart by Duncan Sheik and Steven Sater.
Markus Potter (Director) Potter is a NYC based director, and the producing artistic director of NewYorkRep (NewYorkRep.org) Recent credits include Stalking the Bogeyman (off-Broadway at New World Stages - Outer Critics Circle Award Nomination), The Velocity of Autumn on Broadway (Estelle Parsons Tony Nomination), Black Wizard/ Blue Wizard By Dave Malloy, Why You Beasting by David Don Miller (Best of FringeNYC, then transferred to the Players theatre off-Broadway), North Carolina Stage Company, New Jersey Rep. As a former actor: The Guthrie Theatre, Long Wharf , American Conservatory Theatre, Berkeley Rep, San Francisco Shakespeare, Cherry Lane Theatre, the tour of Death of a Salesman with Christopher Lloyd, Studio Theatre, DC and many more.