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NEW SONGS NOW IN YOUR LIVING ROOM - Masi Asare / Troy Anthony / Andrew Butler / Julian Hornik / Jean Rohe / Ellen Winther
Thursday, June 4, 2020 at 8:00PM
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Troy Anthony is a composer, actor, and director based in NYC. He has presented work at Joe’s Pub, 54 Below, Prospect Theater Company and the Musical Theater Factory (MTF). Commissions include the Atlantic Theater Company, The Civilians and The Shed. Troy has been seen in the Public Theater’s Twelfth Night and As You Like It, as well as Prospect Theater Company’s Tamar of the River. He leads the Public Theater’s Public Works Community Choir and focuses on the intersection between art and social justice at the DreamYard Art Center. He’s also a 2019-2020 MTF Maker.
Andrew R. Butler is a composer, writer, and performer based in Brooklyn, NY and hailing from the Florida Panhandle. His sci-fi folk musical Rags Parkland Sings The Songs Of The Future (Ars Nova) won the 2019 Lucille Lortel Award for Outstanding New Musical, made the New York Times' Best Theater of 2018, and was nominated for 9 Drama Desk Awards including Outstanding Musical, Book, Lyrics, and Music. The show's cast album is out now from Broadway Records. In 2018, Andrew (and his frequent collaborator Andrew Famer) received The Jonathan Larson Grant. Andrew is one-tenth of the composer/lyricist team for Jacklyn Backhaus's Folk Wandering (Pipeline Theatre Co.), and he's currently creating at least one musical each with writers Paige Campbell, Andrew Farmer, and Anna Kerrigan. Andrew's work has been developed at Rhinebeck Writers Retreat, Williamstown Theatre Festival, Yale Institute for Music Theatre, The Civilians, Ars Nova, Dixon Place, Fresh Ground Pepper, American Music Theatre Project, and the Polyphone Festival. andrewrbutler.com
Julian Hornik is a Brooklyn-based composer/lyricist and librettist whose work has been performed at, amongst others, the Kennedy Center, New York City Center, Ars Nova, Carnegie Hall, and Walt Disney Hall. His song-cycle commissioned by the San Francisco Gay Men’s Chorus was set to premiere at Davies Symphony Hall in March 2020 (now postponed due to Corona). He has developed shows at the ASCAP Musical Theatre Workshop and the Johnny Mercer Songwriter’s Project, and is a member of the Orchard Project Greenhouse. Julian is the recipient of the 2017 Lucille and Jack Yellen Award and the 2018 Sammy Cahn Award from the ASCAP Foundation, Yale’s Norman Holmes Pearson Prize, and is a 2020 Jonathan Larson Grant finalist.
“A sure-footed singer-songwriter,” in the words of The New York Times, Jean Rohe writes one-of-a-kind narrative songs, concerned as much with the internal world as with the external. She is perhaps best known for her aspirational alternative national anthem, Arise! Arise!, which has now been performed by countless artists and choirs across the country. Her latest record, Sisterly, is a collection of songs about communication and its failures, and tackles topics from love, lust, and longing to prisons, police violence, migration, and home. It was the recipient of the 2019 Independent Music Award for best adult contemporary album. She is currently at work on a new record, Wait & See, with Robinson & Rohe, her songwriting duo with Liam Robinson. She is an artist with the Lullaby Project and teaches songwriting in the Future Music Project at Carnegie Hall. www.jeanrohe.com
Ellen Winter is a performer / composer / theatre-maker based in Brooklyn who makes work inspired by radical empathy, failure, and collective joy through traditional and boundary-pushing mediums. Composer: 36 Questions (co-writer/director), Every Feeling I've Ever Felt. Residencies: Ars Nova’s Makers Lab, SPACE on Ryder Farm, Rhinebeck Writers Retreat, BARN ARTS. ellenwintermakesthings.com