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#Masc4Masc: A Totally Masculine Musical

Camp Cut-the-Cord 

Maya's Mother

Anthony meets the man of his glitter-filled dreams at a Halloween party ๐ŸŽƒ, only to discover his new crush is only into masculine men ๐Ÿ’ช๐Ÿฝ (something Anthony is not, henny ๐Ÿ’…๐Ÿฝ). Meanwhile, Cathy auditions for a role that could be her big break only to be told that she is a โ€œcaramel oreo,โ€ and "not latina enough," by the filmโ€™s director ๐Ÿคฆ๐Ÿพโ€โ™€๏ธ. Together, Anthony & Cathy set out to transform their identities to get what they want, starting them on a journey filled with hijinks, growth, and love! ๐ŸŒˆ๐Ÿฆ„๐Ÿ’–

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Featuring a pop-infused score with plenty of room for dance and spectacle, this piece is a bright, uplifting, and totally queer romantic musical comedy. 

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7 named characters (2f, 4m, 1nonbinary/noncis). Flexible Ensemble.

~100 Minutes

 

Book & Lyrics by James Salem

Music by Josh Ben-Ami

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First reading held (remotely) on April 16, 2020. 

You can watch a video of a song from the show here!

After a violent outburst when her mom snips the power cord to her video game, Emily is sent to Camp Cut-the-Cord. There, she meets three other screen-addicted teens: Mack canโ€™t stop watching โ€œWill & Grace,โ€ Laura needs to check her instagram at least every 8 minutes, and Spencer โ€ฆ The teens have to contend with rigid drill-sergeant head counselor Renee and perky deputy counselor Tanya, who each have their own secrets. Can they cut the cord and start living โ€œirl,โ€ or are they lost to their screens forever?

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Featuring an eclectic score with pop and musical theatre sensibilities, this piece is a comedy touching on a serious issue faced by many people today. 

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6 named characters (4f, 2m). No ensemble.

~100 minutes

 

Book & Lyrics by James Salem

Music by Jackson Payne Brothers

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First reading held (remotely) on April 29, 2020. 

More to come!

Among The Hidden

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Working mom Paige and her sixteen-year-old adopted daughter, Maya, are about to meet Mayaโ€™s biological mother, who happens to be pop star 

Wendy Max, for the first time. Maya dreams that her โ€œreal momโ€ will take her away from the stress of her life working alongside Paige in the local diner, while Paige hopes that the meeting will create an opportunity for her and Maya to reconnect. When Wendy offers Maya a trip around the world and away from Paige, Maya has a choice to make. 

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Featuring a score with pop-punk, radio pop, and musical theatre sounds, this short-form piece has a heartwarming message about the meaning of family.

 

3 named characters (3f). No ensemble.

20 minutes

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Book & Lyrics by James Salem

Music by Josh Ben-Ami

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First reading held on May 21, 2019.

More to come!

In a dystopian reality where all families may only have two children, third children must remain hidden or be put to death. Luke is one of these third children, and his quiet rural life is disrupted when new homes are built near his, forcing him to go into hiding. Soon, Luke discovers another third child in a neighboring house - Jen. Jen encourages Luke to join her movement to free the "shadow children" so that they may live in the world instead of "among the hidden." Luke and Jen's friendship will change their lives, and the lives of their families, forever.

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Featuring a contemporary musical theatre score with a pop sensibility, this piece is a drama exploring freedom, responsibility, friendship, and family.

 

8 named characters (4f, 4m)

~140 minutes

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Book & Lyrics by James Salem

Music by Joseph Salem

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First reading held, with the permission of Margaret Peterson Haddix and Adams Literary, in May 2015. 

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Bending All The Rules

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The love lives of eight millennials in New York City with different sexualities, dispositions, and philosophies intersect in surprising ways in this romantic comedy. Three couples, two exes, one wild ride. 

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Featuring a contemporary pop-musical theatre score. 

 

8 named characters (4f, 4m)

~140 minutes

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Book & Lyrics by James Salem

Music by Joseph Salem

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World premiere production in the June Havoc Theatre in Summer 2013. 

Review: "a clear-eyed look at relationships for twentysomethings in the big city...beautiful and challenging music...nuanced lyrics..." 

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ยฉ 2020 James Salem