DISCOVERING MAGENTA makes NYC Debut at Thespis Theatre Festival

By: Aug. 18, 2015

DISCOVERING MAGENTA, a new musical, makes its New York City debut at the Hudson Guild Theater as part of the Thespis Theatre Festival. The psychological musical has book and lyrics by James C. Kaufman and music by Michael Bitterman. The show is directed by Valeria Cossu.

DISCOVERING MAGENTA tells the story of a mental health worker, Henry (James Parks), trying to help a catatonic patient, Katrina (Joy McKay). Henry struggles to figure out how to best help her, supported by his best friend Eliot (Aaron Lind), new friend Cole (Daniel Karp), and the mysterious Rose (Holly Knowles), and his colleague Rachel (Jenny Singer). Katrina has her own demons, as Henry will discover -- is someone from her past trying to track her down? Or is it all in her mind? Henry and Katrina strive to find life's happiness amidst the challenges of the day and the sorrows of the past.

Cossu, with extensive experience as a performer, choreographer, and director both internationally and with the Thespis Festival, is joined by a creative team featuring Alex Tenenbaum (stage manager), David Rosenberg (music director), Yaya Zeevi (scenic designer), Sarah S. Parks (stage combat choreographer), Patrick Bakalli (lighting designer), Taylor Garcia (production assistant) and Solomon Hoffman (orchestrations).

Michael Bitterman (composer) has written many other musicals, including Five After Eight (which ran off-Broadway in 1979 and was recorded by Original Cast Records), We're Not Who We Think We Are, DemiGod of E 78th Street, The Cellar, and Forlorn Hope: The Donner Party Musical. He owns a recording studio, Midnight Mod, and has also released several CDs of his own music. James C. Kaufman (lyricist/book writer) has written many short plays that have been produced off-Broadway and in festivals around the world. He is a Professor of Educational Psychology at the University of Connecticut, where he is known as an international expert in the study of creativity. He is the author/editor of more than 30 books.

DISCOVERING MAGENTA plays at the Hudson Guild Theater at 441 W 26th Street in NYC as part of the Thespis Theater Festival for three performances: September 1 (Tuesday, 6:15 PM), September 5 (Saturday, 8:30 PM), and September 6 (Sunday, 1 PM).

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