New Musicals COWBOY BOB and GUMBO Get 2017 Summer Labs at Yale Institute for Music Theatre

New Musicals COWBOY BOB and GUMBO Get 2017 Summer Labs  at Yale Institute for Music TheatreThe Yale Institute for Music Theatre announces the two original book musicals which have been selected for this year's two-week summer lab: COWBOY BOB, created by Molly Beach Murphy, Jeanna Phillips, and Annie Tippe, book by Molly Beach Murphy, music and lyrics by Jeanna Phillips; and GUMBO, music by Brett Macias and book and lyrics by Christina Quintana.

The 2017 Institute, which runs June 10-25 at Yale School of Drama, will culminate with open rehearsal readings of each project, presented as part of the International Festival of Arts & Ideas, on June 23 and 24.

In addition, the Institute welcomes Gordon Leary and Julia Meinwald, authors of Pregnancy Pact (2011), who are returning to the Institute to work on their musical REB + VoDKa + ME as this year's Alumni in Residence.


Cowboy Bob
Created by Molly Beach Murphy, Jeanna Phillips, and Annie Tippe
Book by Molly Beach Murphy
Music and Lyrics by Jeanna Phillips

Peggy Jo Tallas was a good neighbor, a good daughter, and a great bank robber. Disguised as a man in a fake beard and a ten-gallon hat, "Cowboy Bob" evaded detection for more than a decade. In a score that's equal parts Riot Grrrl rage and Texas two-step, the small-town legend inspires an assortment of competing wannabe rebels to claim her story as their own.

Molly Beach Murphy is a playwright and director from Galveston, Texas. Her plays include Galveston (2017 Drama League First Stage Residency), Cowboy Bob (Ars Nova), Molly Murphy & Neil deGrasse Tyson On Our Last Day On Earth (New York Musical Theatre Festival, Ars Nova's ANT Fest, The Incubator Arts Project), and Big Bend in the Red Dirt Desert (Williamstown Theatre Festival). Directing credits include What It's Like When Two Geeks Love Each Other by Jaclyn Backhaus (Williamstown Theatre Festival), The Sparrow (Southern Methodist University Meadows School for the Arts), and Indigo Dai: Immortal Men (Incubator Arts Project). Molly is a New York Theatre Workshop Adelphi Resident, New Georges Affiliated Artist, Manhattan Theatre Club Directing Fellow, Williamstown Theatre Festival Directing Assistant, P73's 2017 Playwriting Fellowship semi-finalist, a member of Page 73's 2017 Interstate 73 Writers Group, and a recipient of the Garland Wright Award for Achievement in Directing. She holds a BFA in Theatre Studies from Southern Methodist University.

Jeanna Phillips is an actress and songstress. She has developed new work with The Civilians, The Foundry Theatre, Tectonic Theatre Project, Clubbed Thumb, New Saloon, Karen O and the Yeah Yeah Yeahs, Cynthia Hopkins, Dave Malloy, and Elizabeth Swados, among others. Her original music has been performed at Ars Nova, Galapagos Art Space, The Morgan Library, Dixon Place, NYU's Experimental Theatre Wing, and the workshop at Williamstown Theatre Festival. Her concert play, what's this called, this spirit?, was produced at Ars Nova as part of ANTFest 2016, and was a finalist for the Mabou Mines Artist Residency Program. Andréa Lloyd Webber LIVE!, her transcendental clown cabaret, has wreaked havoc at La Mama E.T.C., Dixon Place, Littlefield, and the Ace Hotel. Performance credits include Circle Mirror Transformation (Actors Theatre of Louisville), Stop the Virgens (St Ann's Warehouse, Sydney Opera House), Troublemaker (Berkeley Rep), and La MaMa Cantata (La MaMa). Upcoming: Andréa Lloyd Webber: SUBLIME at Ars Nova.

Annie Tippe is a director and creator of new work. Her directing credits include Dave Malloy's Ghost Quartet (The Bushwick Starr), Anne Washburn's When the Tanks Break (Drama League), Washeteria (Soho Rep.), Aaron/Marie (with Rachel Chavkin, Under the Radar Festival), Far Away (Harvard University), Cowboy Bob (Ars Nova), I Heard Sex Noises (Ars Nova), and Blue Plate Special (ANT Fest). She is the creator and director of the web series BASIC WITCH. Her performance credits include Folk Wandering and I'm Miserable but Change Scares Me (New Saloon). She is Ars Nova's 2016 Director-in-Residence, Drama League Fall Directing Fellow, WTF Directing Corps, New Georges Audrey Resident.

Music by Brett Macias
Book and Lyrics by Christina Quintana

With a Jazz and R&B-infused score, Gumbo begins on the eve of a monstrous hurricane when a newlywed woman accepts an ominous offer from a mysterious stranger. As the city descends into chaos, her new husband journeys beneath the rising waters to find his wife. Together they must save the soul of the city from the hellish Gumbo Pot.

Christina Quintana is a New York-based writer with Cuban and Louisiana roots. Her plays have been produced in New Orleans, Atlanta, New York City, and beyond. Plays and musicals include Evensong (Astoria Performing Arts Center); GUMBO with Brett Macias (Merry Go Round's The PiTCH; Finalist, TRU New Musicals Series; Musical Theatre Factory); Enter Your Sleep (Elm Theatre New Orleans, The New York International Fringe Festival); Scissoring (Finalist Kitchen Dog New Works Festival; Finalist, Kendeda National Graduate Playwriting Competition; Kilroys Honorable Mention), and Blank Canvas ("Best Short" Downtown Urban Theatre Festival). Her chapbook of poetry, The Heart Wants, was recently released by Finishing Line Press. Her poetry and prose is published in Front Porch Journal, Saw Palm, Nimrod Journal, Foglifter, and others. Several of her poems have been performed by Emotive Fruition, including "He-lium," featured on NPR's hit show Radiolab. She is the creator of The Live Lunch Series, a recipient of fellowships from Van Lier/The Lark, CubaOne, Queer/Art, and Lambda Literary, and commissions from the Ensemble Studio Theatre (EST)/Alfred P. Sloan Foundation Project, Peppercorn Theatre, and Actor's Express. She is a proud member of EST's Obie-winning cohort of playwrights, Youngblood, and holds an MFA in playwriting from Columbia University School of the Arts.

Brett Macias has composed music for Webster University, Encores! (NYC), the St. Louis Repertory Theatre, and Cockeyed Optimist's production of One Thing I'd Like to Say. He also wrote the book and contributed music to the St. Louis Gay Men's Chorus' musical Broadway Bound! He received his BFA in musical theatre performance from Webster University and his MFA in Musical Theatre from NYU's Tisch School of the Arts. At NYU, he wrote the music for Fishing the Moon (words by Caroline Murphy), The Lavatory (words by Frederick Sauter), and Tuesday (words by Caroline Murphy, finalist 2006 Chicago Stages Festival, 2007 and 2010 New York Musical Theatre Festival). With Caroline Murphy, Brian was featured in American Theatre Magazine in 2009 as a writing team to watch. A concert of his music was performed at Lincoln Center in 2012, Vitello's in Los Angeles in 2014, and The Cutting Room in 2016. In Development: Mari, Hector, and the M.T.A. with Christina Quintana, and Not a Hero's Journey. GUMBO was selected by the Grand Jury for the 2017 Mainstreet Musicals Festival season, the 2014 New York Musical Festival Next Link Project, and was developed at the Musical Theater Factory and The PiTCH at Fingerlakes Musical Theater Festival.


REB + VoDKa + ME
Book and Lyrics by Gordon Leary (Pregnancy Pact, 2011)
Music by Julia Meinwald (Pregnancy Pact, 2011)

A member of the Columbiners, a secretive Tumblr community sympathetic to the teenagers who committed the Columbine High School massacre, Our Girl wrestles with her vow not to outlive one of the killers on her 18th birthday. Her plans are complicated when she makes a powerful connection online with a new Columbiner, just as news breaks of the dramatic prison escape by another school shooter.
Gordon Leary and Julia Meinwald write aggressively empathetic musical theatre. Their work includes The Loneliest Girl in the World (2016 National Alliance for Music Theatre Festival, 2015 UArts Polyphone Festival, 2014 Ars Nova OutLoud Series), Pregnancy Pact (2012 Weston Playhouse premiere, 2011 National Alliance for Music Theatre Festival, 2011 Yale Institute for Music Theatre), Disappeared (2009 Lincoln Center Directors Lab), and the short film Galaxy Comics (2014 United Airlines in-flight programming.) They are currently at work on REB + VoDKa + ME (2016 Civilians' FINDINGS Series), The Magnificent Seven (2016 Fresh Ground Pepper), and Something Blue (2014 New York Theatre Barn). They have participated in the Dramatists Guild Fellows Program, Ars Nova's Uncharted, The Civilians' R&D Group, Fresh Ground Pepper's Playground Playgroup, and the Musical Theatre Factory writers group. Julia was a participant in the New Dramatists Composer Librettist Development Program, and her other musicals include Elevator Heart (2016 New Studio at NYU, Dixon Place) and Jack Perry is Alive and Dating (2011 New York Music Festival Next Link selection.) Gordon's other musicals include Across the River (2013 Seoul Musical Festival) and Cheer Wars (2015 York Theatre, 2009 Richard Rodgers Award.) Both are 2007 alumni of the NYU Graduate Musical Theatre Writing Program.

Tickets for each open rehearsal reading will be available for purchase beginning April 25 online at, or by phone at (203) 498-3772; and in person starting June 1 at the International Festival of Arts & Ideas Box Office (INFO New Haven Visitor Center, 1000 Chapel Street).

Established in 2009, the YALE INSTITUTE FOR MUSIC THEATRE is a program of Yale's Binger Center for New Theatre that bridges the gap between training and the professional world for emerging composers, book writers, and lyricists. The Institute seeks distinctive and original music theatre works to be developed in an intensive two-week summer lab at Yale School of Drama. The Institute matches the authors of the selected works with collaborators, including professional directors and music directors, as well as a company of actors. The lab culminates with open rehearsal readings of each project, presented as part of New Haven's International Festival of Arts & Ideas.

The Institute's two-week alumni residency, introduced in 2015, provides a safe, "away from home," intensive environment for a writing team to work on a project already in development. The alumni residency is for authors only, one of whom must be a past Institute participant. The team is invited to all company events, but there is no rehearsal or public presentation of their work. For more information, visit

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