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New Musical RACHEL to Premiere at Fresh Fruit Festival

Rachel is now an official selection of the 2015 Fresh Fruit Festival. Written by native New Jersey brother-and-sister writing team (Book and lyrics by Jessie Field; music by Jared Field), Rachel will be presented for the first time as a full production at The Wild Project Theatre. This Equity-approved showcase will take place on Monday, July 20 at 7pm Wednesday, July 22 at 8:30pm, and Saturday, July 25 at 2pm at The Wild Project in downtown Manhattan.

Ari Laura Kreith will be directing this ambitious musical about the life of environmentalist and nature writer Rachel Carson. Erin Fish and Rachel Flynn* will each portray Rachel Carson at different stages of her life; Tamra Hayden* will play Rachel's dearest friend Dorothy Freeman. The cast also includes Lipica Shah*, Roberto Araujo, Ann Flanigan, Anette Michelle Sanders*, Trevor St. John-Gilbert*, and Jonathan D. Mesisca.

* These Actors are appearing courtesy of Actors' Equity Association.

About the Team

Jared Field is a composer, conductor, and clarinetist. He recently graduated from Teachers College, Columbia University with a Masters in Music Education. Jared's music has been performed throughout the Northeast, by professional ensembles and students alike. This Fall he will be the middle school music teacher at Worcester Academy in Worcester, MA.

Jessie Field, the younger sibling by two years, is currently a Boston-area director and playwright. She is a founder of the Crossroad Players, and has directed plays and musicals at the Oberon Theatre, Brandeis University, and Clark University.

ARI LAURA KREITH is the Artistic Director of Theatre 167, named for the number of languages spoken in Jackson Heights, Queens and now in residence at Manhattan's West End Theatre. At Theatre 167, Ari conceived and directed The Jackson Heights Trilogy: 167 TONGUES, YOU ARE NOW THE OWNER OF THIS SUITCASE, and JACKSON HEIGHTS 3AM (PBS Pick-of-the-Week)-three full-length plays collaboratively written by 18 playwrights featuring 37 actors in 93 roles in 14 languages-which were produced individually in Queens, then in rotating repertory as a 6-hour epic in Manhattan, and subsequently re-imagined as an immersive installation for Queens Museum.

Her production of PIRIRA, set simultaneously in Malawi and New York, received the 2014 NYIT Award for Outstanding Premiere Production Of A Play and transferred Off-Broadway. Recent commissions/ collaborations include I LIKE TO BE HERE: JACKSON HEIGHTS REVISITED, OR, THIS IS A MANGO at the New Ohio Theatre, three short pieces for Queens Theatre's WORLD'S FAIR PLAY FESTIVAL (NY Times Critic's Pick), and THE CHURCH OF WHY NOT, based on an interfaith activist community, which premiered at the space that inspired it this February. Musical theatre highlights include DREAMHOUSE, which she also co-created, and the European premiere of Adam Guettel's MYTHS AND HYMNS.

Ari received her BA from Yale University and her MFA from UC Davis. www.arilaurakreith.com

About the Show

Rachel is an original musical about the life of biologist and nature writer Rachel Carson. Author of "Silent Spring," which sparked the modern environmental movement, Carson led an extraordinary life. Struggling to find her place in the world as a scientist and a woman, her skill as a writer eventually brings her success and critical acclaim. However, when the destructive nature of DDT and other new pesticides is brought to her attention Carson jeopardizes her success, her health, and most importantly the deep relationship she shares with her neighbor Dorothy Freeman to take a stand for the earth. Rachel was presented as a developmental reading at the 2014 New York Musical Theatre Festival.

More Information

Rachel will be presented on July 20th at 7pm, July 22nd at 8:30pm, and July 25th at 2pm.

It will be performed at The Wild Project at 195 East 3rd Street, between Ave. A and B. Tickets are $18 and available now by visiting http://www.freshfruitfestival.com/2015-festival/

www.rachelmusical.com



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