Photo Flash: First Look at Andrea Frierson and Phoebe Strole in Premieres' INNER VOICES Series

Premieres, the New York based music theater organization whose mission is "to bring new music theater to light," presents this season's Inner Voices, the biannual series of solo works featuring news teams of playwrights and composers. Performances started on Saturday, October 4th at The TBG Theatre (312 West 36th Street - between 8th & 9th Avenues). Opening Night is this Saturday, October 11th at 8:00pm. Performances will continue through November 1. BroadwayWorld has a first look at the stars onstage below!

Helen Hayes Award-winning actress Andrea Frierson (Beehive!) portrays the title character in Grace, the haunting and soulful tale about brilliant, arrogant, award-winning novelist, Grace Monroe, as she faces the most devastating challenge of her life, forcing her to reassess her past, present and future. Libretto by award-winning actress and playwright Charlayne Woodard and score by Kirsten Childs. Music Director, Rona Siddiqui.

Phoebe Strole, last seen on the New York stage in Kung Fu at the Signature Theater, portrays Lena in The Other Room, a moving and often humorous solo piece celebrating the power of friendship and political engagement during the early years of the AIDS crisis in New York. Lena reflects on her profound love for her friend Steve at a critical point in their relationship when he becomes seriously ill. Libretto by Mark Campbell and score by Marisa Michelson. Music Director, Ian Axness.

The design team of Inner Voices is comprised of: Reid Thompson (sets/costumes/props), Oliver Wason (lighting), Jacob Subotnick (projections) and Jon Carter (wigs). Aaron Gonzalez is Production Stage Manager and John Michael Crotty is Assistant Stage Manager.

Paulette Haupt describes the evening as "two intimate explorations of loss, courage and triumph. I could not be more thrilled with the work that these new collaborative teams have created. The tapestry of words and music in both pieces is exceptional, full of poetic reflection and introspection, passion, melodic and inspiring. Both Grace Monroe and Lena face their challenges with valiant and bold acquiescence."

Inner Voices will play the following performance schedule: Monday through Friday at 8pm and Saturday at 3pm & 8pm. Tickets are $25 and are available through 868-4444. Tickets will also be available at The TBG Theatre box office one hour before performance time.

Photo Credit: Carol Rosegg

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