Grammy Award-winning singer-songwriter Suzanne Vega and Grammy- and Tony-winning composer Duncan Sheik will premiere workshops of their musical about renowned Southern writer Carson McCullers at Texas’ Alley Theatre.
Lover, Beloved: An Evening with Carson McCullers is part of Alley All New, an initiative at the Houston-based theatre that works to support playwrights and new work.
Jackson Gay will direct the show with music direction by Matt Van Brink, performed by Vega and Mary Chieffo.
Vega is known for her folk music career, from which she has earned seven Grammy nominations. Sheik won two Tony Awards and a Grammy for his musical Spring Awakening. His work was last seen on Broadway in this past season’s American Psycho, which played a short-lived run, but garnered a cult following much like its source material.
The workshops of Lover, Beloved are free and open to the public on August 23 and 26; performances include a post-show discussion with artists and Alley Theatre Director of New Work Elizabeth Frankel.
The album of tunes from the show, Lover, Beloved: Songs from an Evening with Carson McCullers will be released October 14 and is available for pre-order now.
Since its founding, the Alley Theatre has produced a wide range of productions, including classics, lesser-produced modern plays and new work. The theatre received a Special Tony Award for Outstanding Regional Theatre in 1996 and has ushered numerous productions to Broadway and theatres worldwide.
For more information, visit AlleyTheatre.org.