Off-Broadway Composer Jessica Grace Wing Dead at 31

Obituaries   Off-Broadway Composer Jessica Grace Wing Dead at 31 Jessica Grace Wing, who scored many of the productions of Off-Broadway's Inverse Theatre Company and whose musical Lost is due to premiere at this summer's New York International Fringe Festival, died July 19 at her Manhattan home. Ms. Wing had been battling colon cancer.
Jessica Grace Wing
Jessica Grace Wing

Ms. Wing was a founder of Inverse, the company which produces the work of prolific downtown verse playwright Kirk Wood Bromley. She wrote music and songs for such Bromley plays as The Death of Griffin Hunter, Midnight Brainwash Revival and Don Flagrante Delicto. An eclectic talent, she often matched her music to the style and setting of the play, writing country music for one work, bluegrass for the next, operatic arias for another. Lost was her first full musical. Written in collaboration with Bromley, it is a modern retelling of the Hansel and Gretel fairy tale, set in the Great Smoky Mountain. The piece, which has a cast of 13 singers, debuts at the Fringe venue The Linhart Theater on Aug. 9 and runs for five performances.

Ms. Wing grew up in Arizona, where she took piano lessons. She attended college at Stanford, where she played in and wrote music for a punk rock band. While living in San Francisco, she dabbled in electronica music, before moving to New York City in 1997. She met Bromley within a month of arriving in the city. Other work outside Inverse included being an assistant sound designer on Todd Solondz' feature film Happiness; and writing and directing a number of short films in pursuit of an MFA in film at Columbia University. For a number of years, she supported her composing career by designing websites.