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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.

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Using characters inspired by real-life citizens of the Ghetto, "Paint" weaves together threads of various families united by their new confinement. Chaim, a moody artist with little interest in politics gets drawn into the Jewish Underground by Mona, a brash, uninhibited 16-year-old who alters her personality to become a secret courier outside the Ghetto walls. The relationship turns Chaim from a dismissive outsider to an unlikely leader of the resistance, whose painting turns out to be his greatest weapon.

The music for "Paint" is contemporary pop with classical underpinnings. Many of the rhythms and harmonies are pulled from Romantic music of the period. Ensemble numbers often create interweaving threads of modal lines that render musically the clustered sound of the Ghetto. Solos are written with lyrical, soaring melodies, often over more traditional accompaniments.

Opening

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Bicycle Song

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Sewing Song

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Finale

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* Cast Size: 14, with 10 principals (7 women, 7 men).
* Run time: 90 minutes.
* Score: piano/vocal

"To Paint the Earth" won a 2004 Richard Rodgers Development Award. It was produced as a staged reading at the Abingdon Theatre in December, 2004, by Premieres (Paulette Haupt, Artistic Director) and then at 37 Arts as part of the New York Musical Theatre Festival. More information can be obtained by contacting Daniel at the above email.