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Luna Park

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Luna Park (book) tells the story of the first modern amusement park at Coney Island, dubbed "America's Playground."  The park had a stunning rise and fall at the turn-of-the-century that mirrored the lives of its troubled creators, architect Frederic Thompson and entrepreneur Elmer "Skip" Dundy. The show (music and lyrics by Hyeyoung Kim and Michael Cooper) was presented in three rehearsed readings November 1st-3rd, 2016, in London, as part of the "From Page to Stage" Festival.

 

 

 

 

 
Variety Show Weekday

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Every once in a while a show comes out that will transform the face of theater, both in New York and around the world.  This is not that show.  It is a loose collection of scenes and songs from some of today’s most local writers.  Brand new short plays, dances and animal acts* modeled after the vaudeville variety show.

*Animal acts not guaranteed

 

 

 

 

 
Alt-Visions

7NineSignsSquare0 years after the Joining, a routine data search unearths a murder; the accused explains how he was not trying to hurt his love, but rather to see her again--unaided by vision-diversifying software.  The monolouge looks at the consequences of when technology enhances a natural process so much that it takes on a whole new set of terrors.

 
Spandex

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Opened Off Broadway May 10th, 2013
777 Theatre (8th Ave and 47th Street)
To listen to songs from Spandex, visit the website here
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Nothing can keep you down.  No man.  No woman.  Not even a mulleted fitness instructor who feeds you diet pills, and tells you you’ll always be a loser because you once fell off a balance beam in qualifiers.  In the shadow of the cold war, in a world of free market optimism, budding conference call technology, changing roles within the family and a material so full of possibility it could only be named an anagram for “expands,” one woman will face her past demons and learn to fly.  She just has to do a few reps on the ground first.

 
Nothing Special: the memoir

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Daniel's new book is the most revealing yet on his struggles with Specialness.
Nothing Special: the memoir

Join Daniel on a romp through a life of great expectations, high ideals, and of course, the reality of living in a world that doesn't think you're as wonderful as your parents or teachers did.  Learn finally and liberatingly (through 10 helpful exercises) the lesson that can help you be happier: when all is said and done, you're not that special.

 
What Really Happened

Two rogues meet in the middle of the woods, Mephilantos, son of the Horse Rearer, and Abraham Lincoln.  They converse.  They meet again, only in a processional.  The scene is replayed across time and with different characters.  Each time it is, the focus sharpens.  We're being led through historical reenactments gone horribly wrong.  Somewhere is a version of the truth, but, like anything in our history, it's buried under bad accents, incorrect facts, and, above all, different people's ideas of what the truth actually is.

 
A Glorious Evening

"A Glorious Evening" is a monologue that was first included in "Five Story Walk-Up," a benefit for the 13th Street Rep, conceived and directed by Daniel Gallant.  The monologue features a slightly-nervous male, addressing his date, sitting next to a small stand with single flower.  All seems well at first as Harry extolls the beauty of the night and his date.  But as the monologue progresses, we realize he may be more infatuated with himself than with his date.  The work was published this August in Best American Short Plays, 2007-2008, Applause Books, edited by Barbara Parisi.

 
Hee Haw

Everyone loves George Bailey (including this author). That's a fact. But what if a historically overlooked character, the outwardly clowning Sam Wainwright, were given the chance to tell his side of the story? Could he give voice to people not quite at the center of their community, those less likable types who hold grudges, impress with money, sit on their jealousy...ie. the rest of us?

 
To Paint the Earth

"To Paint the Earth" tells the story of the fighters of the Warsaw Ghetto who struggled to keep a sense of normalcy amidst increasingly abnormal conditions. In the end, their armed resistance, made up of a close-knit group of street fighters, held off the German Army for over a month. Though the Uprising was crushed, it sent a message that their lives would not be given lightly. For many of them, it was the fulfillment of their last hope, that they would die fighting, with dignity, rather than without a sound, and that the world would know what kind of people perished in the Warsaw Ghetto.