Reading of New Musical Clear to Feature Paul Stovall, Marcus Paul James, Yassmin Alers, Kevin Kern, Leenya Rideout, Sean Dugan

News   Reading of New Musical Clear to Feature Paul Stovall, Marcus Paul James, Yassmin Alers, Kevin Kern, Leenya Rideout, Sean Dugan A by-invitation-only reading of the new musical Clear will be presented Aug. 27 at New York Theatre Workshop.

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The upcoming reading of Clear, which features book, music and lyrics by Paul Oakley Stovall, will be directed by Stafford Arima with musical direction by Brad Simmons.

The cast will comprise Stovall, Simmons, Pauletta Washington, Marcus Paul James, Yassmin Alers, Kevin Kern, Leenya Rideout, Sean Dugan and Olive Mitra.

Clear, press notes state, tells the tale of "Lawson Bennett (Stovall), a struggling actor/retail clerk, searching for direction both professionally and personally. By saying yes to life's unpredictability, he finds himself working on the presidential campaign of upstart independent candidate Senator Stephens (Washington). With an eclectic and sweeping original score (additional music by Tony award winner Stew), Clear mines the issues of race, gender, and sexuality in America — the boxes we are put into, as well as the ones of our own making."

The musical is currently supported by Steve and Ruth Hendel, Tom Gabbard, Patricia Klausner, Michele Crowley and Emmy winner Wayne Brady.

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