By Michael Gioia
25 Feb 2014
Directed by Prospect associate artistic director Dev Bondarin with music direction by Jeffrey Campos, the cast includes Greg Horton, Victoria Huston-Elem, David Perlman, Diane Phelan, Laura Beth Wells, Karl Josef Co, Barry Shafrin and Anthony Wills, Jr.
The 2014 lab features short original musicals written by Nathan Brisby and Lizzie Hagstedt, Ty Defoe and Tidtaya Sinutoke, Julia Gytri and Avi Amon, Anna Marquardt and Britt Bonney, Jason Purdy and Yan Li, Sharyn Rothstein and Cody Owen Stine, Jenny Stafford and Willem Oosthuysen, and Christina Quintana and Brett Macias.
The eight participating writing teams in the 2014 lab were selected through a competitive, open-application process. In January, each team was assigned an image taken by the Google Street View Car, which would serve as the inspiration for an original short musical. The eight pieces will be workshopped with actors during February and March and presented together in a single evening.
Here's how Street Seen is billed: "Explore a new landscape. Travel at lightening speed. Connect the past to the present. There are billions of images from the Google Street View Car available online, and each one is a door to an untold story. Join Prospect for an evening of eight short, original musicals inspired by images captured by the Google Car camera, and created by the sixteen writers in this year's musical theater lab."
The project is curated by Dev Bondarin and Cara Reichel, and Mackenzie Meeks is the production stage manager.
The West End Theatre in the Church of St. Paul and St. Andrew is located at 263 West 86th Street. For more information and tickets, call (212) 352-3101 or visit ProspectTheater.org.