'TIL DEATH DO US PART Presented at the Overtures Series

By: Jan. 16, 2016
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Gallery Players presents 'TIL DEATH DO US PART, a New Musical by Bobby Cronin & Caroline Prugh, presented as part of the Overtures Series at the Gallery Players.

For more information, visit: http://galleryplayers.com/overtures/

Performances are:

Monday, February 8 at 7pm
Tuesday, February 9 at 7pm

Gracie Jean Lewis has a dream -- to share the word of God. So does Matthew Whitfield. They're a match made in heaven. So how does their marriage end in murder?

'Til Death Do Us Part explores gender roles within the church and what it really means to be a parent. Inspired by the 2006 true-life Winkler murder, this 12-person musical with a contemporary, gospel-influenced score lays the evidence before the audience and invites them to consider the question - "what would you have done?"

Book by Caroline Prugh
Music & Lyrics by Bobby Cronin

Music Direction by William Demaniow
Choreography by Jessica Redish
Directed by Kent Nicholson

REV. BART WHITFIELD -- Timothy Smith*
SARAH WHITFIELD -- Jean McCormick*
LYNNE LEWIS -- Conner Wayne Milam
SLIM JIM -- Michael Roberts McKee*
EDNA BROWN -- Barbi McCulloch*
CHARLIE -- Jack Mosbacher *
DEE DEE JO -- Jessica Kahkoska*

* courtesy of Actor's Equity Association

The Gallery Players has often successfully produced new musicals as part of their season, such as Yank(2007) and Like You Like It (2008). To further this idea, The Gallery Players has created a new program in order to directly support the development of new musicals. OVERTURES will offer staged readings of six new musicals, thereby fostering the creation of new musical theatre and supporting the talented composers and writers as they refine their work. The series is helmed by theatre director and scholar, Barrie Gelles and will feature the talents of a roster of exceptional performers and directors.

Each musical will run for two consecutive nights. One may buy individual tickets for each show or purchase a season pass to the OVERTURES series.

GALLERY PLAYERS: 199 14th Street, Brooklyn NY14th Street between 4th & 5th Avenues in Brooklyn's Park Slope neighborhood.Monday, February 8 at 7pm
Tuesday, February 9 at 7pm

Tickets are $10.

Tickets may be purchased through Ovation by calling 212-352-3101.

Caroline Prugh (Book) Upcoming musicals include: Pinwheel! freely adapted from the F.E. Faragoh play at Alchemical Theater Lab in NYC (book adaptation & lyrics) and a five-week workshop of her original musical Decline and Fall; or A Guide to How the End Begins for Those Too Big to Fail with Tricklock Theatre in Albuquerque, NM. Recent plays produced in NYC include It's Only Kickball, Stupid (kef productions), No Provenance (written with Kate Holland & produced by Justin Cornell/FringeNYC 2014), and Clear Cold Place (vilde chaya collective & David Carpenter). Regional productions include her short play Good Christian Wife by Theatre Offensive and Brava Theater and internationally, Terminal by Nous Theatre Productions (The Netherlands). As a songwriter, 54 Below/David Carpenter and New Georges have presented her work. Her first original musical Highway Blue was commissioned by Manhattan Shakespeare Project after winning their first Emerging Female Playwright's Award. MSP, Random Access Theater and David Carpenter subsequently produced it at The Player's Theater. Her work has been presented/developed in New York by Abingdon Theater, Rattlestick Playwrights Theatre, Royal Family Productions, Voyage Theater Company, Babel Theatre Project, La MaMa Etc., Vital Theater, At Hand Productions, Captiva Arts, and Boomerang Theater Company. She holds an MFA from Columbia University's Graduate Playwriting Program. Before concentrating solely on playwrighting, she spent over a decade working on Broadway in general management for Stuart Thompson Productions. Currently, she is a visiting assistant professor in the MFA Dramatic Writing Program at the University of New Mexico, while her heart (wife Paige) keeps the home fires burning back in Brooklyn.

Bobby Cronin (Music & Lyrics) is an award-winning composer/writer whose current projects include: Mary & Max with bookwriter Crystal Skillman (Geek, King Kirby), Stafford Arima (Allegiance), AchesonWalsh Studios (War Horse, King and I), and Innovative Award Winner Joe Osheroff; (un)Lucky In Love, with co-bookwriter Crystal Skillman, which was commissioned in 2011 for London's esteemed ArtsEd School (President: Andrew Lloyd Webber) opened in London June 2012, now set to star Ali Stroker (Spring Awakening, Glee) in the leading role; Sunset City with bookwriter Wade Dooley (Running Deer Theatre Lab 2013, Goodspeed Mercer Project 2014, the Pitch 2014, The York Theatre Co. reading in 2015); 'Til Death Do Us Part with bookwriter Caroline Prugh (2012 Alec Baldwin Fellowship Winner, UK's S&S Award Finalist); Welcome To My Life (W2ML); Daybreak which won the 2011 New Jersey Playwrights Contest and premiered in Wayne, NJ & London's Tristan Bates Theatre June 2012. He's composed the scores/songs for several musical films for New York Film Academy (where is also on faculty), several of which have gone on to various festivals including The Young Filmmakers Series. His music is featured in the new webseries Settling Up. He won "Best Score of a Mockumentary" for the webseries Thank You, Next and Best Music/Lyrics for Ten Reasons I Won't Go Home With You in 2010's MITF. Bobby was one of four NEO Writers for the York's 2014-2015 season. He was commissioned to write a pop song for the 2013 winner of Italy's televised singing competition Lo Canto. Other: 54 Below, Lincoln Center Songbook Series, Birdland, Symphony Space, Highline Ballroom, London's The Players Theatre & St. James Theatre, and more. "Reach The Sky: Live at The Beechman" and "The Concrete Jungle International Studio Cast Recording" both available on iTunes. An avid animal lover & foster, Bobby created the Inspired Benefit Concert Series for animal rescue organizations across the U.S. (and recently the UK) in which theatre writers perform songs that have inspired their work. Yale graduate, Member of ASCAP & Dramatists Guild. @bobbycronin or www.bobbycronin.com