New Dystopian Musical Crashlight to Debut Off-Broadway

News   New Dystopian Musical Crashlight to Debut Off-Broadway
In Celeste Makoff’s dark future, a courageous violin maker might just save the day.
Crashlight Key Art

Peachpie Productions will present the world premiere of Crashlight, written and directed by Celeste Makoff. The new musical is set in a dystopian future almost completely devoid of sunlight and music, and in which a courageous violin maker might just save the day.

Crashlight features musical arrangements and orchestrations by Trevor Bumgarner and choreography by Kaitlyn Moise. The debut production will play August 25-September 11 at Cherry Lane Theatre.

Inspired by stories of North Korean defectors, Makoff presents a world oppressed by the regime of a fascist dictator. “My hope with this musical is that the audience remembers how fortunate we are to have the freedom to write, read, listen to music, and educate ourselves on the world without risking our lives,” says the creator.

Here’s how production notes bill the new musical: “Tens of millions of people in a dystopian future have only three minutes of sunlight a day. This small amount of light is controlled by a fascist dictator; master of propaganda, power and control by censorship. After discovering that someone in the sky hides the light away, a courageous illegal violin maker armed with her music, ventures out in the dark in an attempt to reveal a beautiful freedom to those who don't even know one exists.”

Crashlight stars Andy Dispensa (The Commedia Cinderella), Rylee Doiron, Robert DiDomenico (Shakespeare in Space), Alexis Ebers (The Christians), Rachel Ferretti, Lindsay Gitter (Taylor Mac's A 24-Decade History of Popular Music), Ivy Idzakovich, Chandler James, Lynnsey Lewis, Kaitlyn Moise, Marisa Roper, Caleb Schaaf and Cara Treacy.

The production features set design by Adam Crinson, costume design by Shirlee Idzakovich, sound design by Sean Kiely and Ian O'Loughlin, film direction and production design by Aaron Duffy. Kaitlyn Miller is the production stage manager, Maria Puglisi is the assistant choreographer, and Elizabeth Earhart is the production assistant. Graphic design is by Paul Nunez.

Tickets are $30 and can be purchased online by visiting or by calling (212) 352-3101.

For more new musicals, check out the New York Musical Festival, which kicked off July 11 and continues through August 7. READ MORE: WHAT TO SEE AT NYMF THIS YEAR

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