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Matthew McConaughey VS. THE DEVIL: AN AMERICAN MYTH is an official selection of New York Musical Festival's (NYMF) 2017 Next Link Project.

A fundraiser will be held at WeWork Custom House (220 NW 8th Ave) in Portland, OR on Wednesday, May 31 at 5pm. Selected songs from the show will be performed by Jon Quesenberry and guests. All proceeds will fund the show's NYMF production costs.

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Videos from the first staged reading at Lakewood can be found at the youtube page: Matthew McConaughey vs. The Devil

Matthew McConaughey VS. THE DEVIL: AN AMERICAN MYTH is a Faustian comedy that dares to ask the question, "How the hell did Matthew McConaughey win an Academy Award?"

This show recounts how the RomCom starring stoner became an A-list award winner. Matthew has a loyal agent, his best friend Woody, and his beloved bongos. Now all he needs is to be taken seriously as an actor. Enter a demon with a deal from the Devil himself. Friendship, love and loyalty are all tested in this hell-raising adventure to win Matthew the Oscar...and save his soul.

The New York Musical Festival will run in midtown Manhattan this summer from July 10th-August 6th. Matthew McConaughey vs. The Devil has the honor of opening the festival on July 10th.

Matthew McConaughey vs. The Devil: An American Myth will perform at Acorn Theatre on Theatre row on the following dates:
July 10th, 7pm
July 14th, 10:30am & 2pm
July 15th, 5pm & 9pm
July 16th, 9pm

The musical performed a staged reading at Lakewood Center for the Arts, during the 2016 Fertile Ground Festival.

Emilie Landmann (Book) is a theatre artist based in Portland, OR. She has worked on and off stage with companies such as Profile Theatre, Post5 Theatre Company, Portland Actor's Ensemble, Action/Adventure Theatre, Nutz-n-Boltz and Original Practice Shakespeare. Additionally, she was a member of the 2013-14 Portland Playhouse Apprentice Company, where she wrote and performed the solo show "A Study on Outdoor Catholicism". She received her BA in Theatre Arts from Western Washington University.

Carrie Morgan (Book, Lyrics) is a theatre artist and educator based in New York, NY. Some of her favorite credits include: American Idiot (Triangle Productions), Carrie the Musical (Stumptown Stages), The Light in the Piazza, A Christmas Carol (Portland Playhouse), and A Chorus Line (Berkshire Theatre Group). As an apprentice at Portland Playhouse, she wrote and performed the solo show "Party[girl]". She received her BFA from Samford University where she studied Musical Theatre.

Jon Quesenberry (Lyrics, Composer) is a musical director, composer, and actor in Portland, OR. He received his BA in Music from Warner Pacific College and spent some time in New York learning the craft of musical theatre writing from composer/lyricists Kirsten Childs and Joel Derfner through NYU's Graduate Musical Theatre Writing Program. In Portland he has worked with companies such as Portland Center Stage, Broadway Rose Theatre Company, Triangle Productions, Oregon Children's Theatre, and more. Jon has received many local accolades and nominations for his work as a theatre artist.

The New York Musical Festival nurtures the creation, production, and public presentation of stylistically, thematically, and culturally diverse new musicals to ensure the future vitality of musical theater.

Now in its fourteenth year, the Festival is the premier musical theater event in the world. The preeminent site for launching new musicals and discovering new talent, the Festival provides an affordable platform for artists to mount professional productions that reach their peers, industry leaders, and musical theater fans. More than 90 Festival shows have gone on to productions on and Off-Broadway, in regional theaters in all 50 states, and in more than 24 countries worldwide. Festival alumni have received a wide array of awards including the Tony Award and the Pulitzer Prize. In 2013, NYMF received a special Drama Desk Award in recognition of its work "creating and nurturing new musical theater, ensuring the future of this essential art form."

NYMF is the flagship program of National Music Theater Network, Inc., a 501(c) (3) not-for-profit organization. 2017 NYMF is sponsored by The City of New York Mayor's Office of Media and Entertainment, Fuzzrocket, PRG, TheaterMania, and Clear Channel Outdoor, and is supported, in part, in part, by an award from the National Endowment for the Arts, and by public funds from the New York City Department of Cultural Affairs.

The NYMF PASS is a great way to experience The New York Musical Festival. With a NYMF PASS, you can get into the theater before individual ticket holders. Passes also offer the exclusive ability to book tickets before they go on sale to the public. Individual tickets are now on sale!

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