Presented Nov. 8-22, details of the MASS MoCa selections follow:
Buffalo Bella: An American Tall Tale
Book and Lyrics by Kirsten Childs
Directed by Robert O'Hara
Musical Direction By Darryl G. Ivey
"Buffalo Bella: An American Tall Tale is a musical tall tale, exploring the African-American experience in the Old West. When Isabella ('Bella') Patterson boards a train west to reunite with her Buffalo soldier sweetheart, she encounters the most colorful and lively characters ever to roam the Western plains. Bullets and fists will fly, heads and hearts will get broken, but through it all Bella will breeze – blessed with a big heart and an even bigger behind!"
Created by Cory Hinkle, Victoria Stewart, Jeremy Wilhelm and David Wilhelm
Written by Cory Hinkle and Victoria Stewart
Directed by Jeremy Wilhelm
Musical Direction by David Wilhelm
"Clandestino investigates immigration reform, small-town politics and religious fundamentalism within the context of the 2008 ICE raid of Agriprocessors, Inc, a Kosher slaughterhouse in Postville, Iowa. It is scored with live music and songs drawing on Jewish traditions, Guatemalan folk music and a few local news theme songs." The Days of Wine and Roses
Book by Craig Lucas
Music and Lyrics by Adam Guettel
"The Days of Wine and Roses is a 1958 teleplay by J.P. Miller which premiered on Playhouse 90 in a live telecast. It tells the story of a love affair torpedoed by alcoholism. Composer/lyricist Adam Guettel and book writer Craig Lucas are imagining an intimate musical that delves as deeply as possible into the nature of that love story."
Sundance also announced participants of its Alumni Writers Studio at Flying Point in Water Mill, NY, which ran Oct. 4-11. They included Sara Colangelo, Steve Cosson, Melissa James Gibson, Diana Son and Susan Soon He Stanton.
"Both the Alumni Writers Studio and Theatre Lab provide unique opportunities for artists to develop their projects, uninhibited, in inspiring environments," said producing artistic director Philip Himberg in a statement. "The Writers Studio residency offers our alumni the space to retreat and focus solely on their projects while the Theatre Lab MASS MoCA gives musical and ensemble theatre-makers the first opportunity to see their work brought to life on its feet."