Matthew Loren Cohen has penned book, music and lyrics for the intimate 90-minute work that "tells the story of two gay men, 32-year-old Jason and 23-year-old Ben, who meet in a New York City park on Christmas Eve. Both failed musicians, they play a game of sexual and psychological manipulation building violently to an unpredictable end."
Taylor, who has appeared on Broadway in A Chorus Line, La Cage aux Folles and The Producers, appears as Ben, alongside musician and actor Fischer as Jason. Both actors are also singer-songwriters.
James Beaudry will direct the NYMF run of Jason and Ben, which plays Sept. 24, 26-28 and Oct. 4-5 at the 45th Street Theater.
Designing Jason and Ben are David Towlun (scenic design), Jameson Eaton (costume design), Matthew Guminski (lighting design) and Jacob Grigolia-Rosenbaum (fight choreography). Adam Wachter serves as musical director.
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Running Sept. 15–Oct. 5, NYMF 2008 features musicals from around the world, culled from invitations and an open-submission process. Numerous Broadway veterans lend their talents to the new works, many of which have found commercial life Off-Broadway, and for the first time, on Broadway with [title of show].