FALL SPRINGS: A MUSICAL DISASTER
Music and Lyrics by Nikos Tsakalakos
Book and Lyrics by Peter Sinn Nachtrieb
Fall Springs is a charming landlocked cash-strapped town that sits directly on top of America's largest reserve of cosmetic Essential Oils. And it has big dreams. But at what cost?
With increased oil extraction and new fracking techniques being recklessly implemented, the ground beneath Fall Springs is beginning to crumble. Streets are cracking and buckling. Road-signs, boulders, and the occasional bartender are being swallowed into the ground. And thatÕs just the beginning.
Only Eloise Bradley, nerdy teenage existential wallflower geology-buff daughter of single parent Mayor Robert Bradley seems to notice that a great catastrophe is imminent.
But will she be able to persuade her father and fellow townsfolk of the environmental dangers and escape town before it's too late?
Of course not.
Dramatic action sequences, parent/child angst, lost limbs, found souls, and a rocking, driving, passionate hook-filled score, Fall Springs takes the best of musical theatre and disaster films to forge a hilarious and heartfelt musical comedy about the consequences of pushing Nature too far and what happens when our routine lives become interrupted and we're forced to sacrifice to save what we love.
Nikos Tsakalakos is a composer-lyricist whose production credits include Litter (American Conservatory Theatre, 2011), Pool Boy (Barrington Stage Company [BSC], 2010), Duck for President (TheatreworksUSA, 2010Š2011), Driving West (Ars Nova, 2011), Songs of a Night Owl (Ars Nova, 2009; BSC, 2008), and Late Nite with Niko (BSC, 2007). His original scores include Rock, Paper, Scissors: The Way of the Tosser (Alliance Films, 2007). His songs have been heard at New York venues such as Joe's Pub, Lincoln Center for the Performing Arts, The Zipper Factory, and Birdland. In Los Angeles, his band Saint Friday performed at venues such as The Viper Room, The Roxy and The Troubadour. He is a two-time recipient of UCLA Barry Manilow Scholarship, sponsored by Barry Manilow and Concord Records, for "excellence in the art and craft of lyric writing." He is an inaugural artist of the Rhinebeck Writers Retreat (2011). He received his M.F.A. in musical theater writing from New York University in 2008 under the mentorship of William Finn. http://www.nikosongs.com
Peter Sinn Nachtrieb is a San Francisco-based playwright whose works include boom (TCG's most produced play 2009-10), T.I.C. (Trenchcoat In Common), Hunter Gatherers (2007 ATCA/Steinberg New Play Award, 2007 Will Glickman Prize), Colorado, and Multiplex. His work has been seen off-Broadway and across the country including at Ars Nova, SPF, Woolly Mammoth, Seattle Repertory, Actors Theatre of Louisville, San Diego Rep, Kitchen Dog, and in the Bay Area at A.C.T., Encore Theatre, Killing My Lobster, Marin Theatre Company, Impact Theatre, and The Bay Area Playwrights Festival. His newest plays are BOB, (2011 Humana Festival for New American Plays at Actor's Theatre of Louisville), and Litter: The True Story of the Framingham Dodecutuplets (American Conservatory Theatre 2011). Currently he's working on a commission through the National New Play Network and New Dramatists Full Stage USA program, as well as this musical. Peter holds a degree in Theater and Biology from Brown and an MFA in Creative Writing from San Francisco State University and is a current resident at New Dramatists.
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