A 29-hour reading of Rachel Griffin and Aron Accurso’s We Have Apples will take place on February 27. Waitress choreographer Lorin Latarro will direct the presentation of the new musical, which is produced by Tony LaPlaca.
The cast will include Samantha Massell (Fiddler on the Roof), Krystina Alabado (American Psycho), Emily Koch (Wicked), Eric LaJuan Summers (Motown), Michael Mendez (Chaplin), Jennie Harney (The Color Purple), Stephen Langton (Newsies), Michael McCoy (The Phantom of the Opera), Cheryl Stern (La Cage aux Folles), Nick Verina (Follies), and Stuart Zagnit (Newsies).
We Have Apples, according to productions notes, “follows Jane, a quirky 19-year-old who is determined to overcome her mental illness and become a successful writer. Paralyzed by the intensity of Depression, Jane’s illness personified, Jane is forced to check into a psychiatric facility. Frustrated by the childish therapy groups at the facility, Jane and her fellow patients start their own writing group. When a preventable tragedy occurs due to inadequate care, Jane and the patients expose the hospital online and end up turning things upside down both inside and out of the ward. The show addresses the stigma associated with mental illness and the barriers to adequate mental health care.”
A concert version of the show premiered at Feinstein’s/54 Below in September 2016. For more information about the musical, visit wehaveapples.com.