TOGETHER APART incl. Matt's mini-musical starring JoBeth Williams & Josh Hamilton premieres tonight!
This is special.
Last summer, as the world shut down, my pal and Brown classmate Brian Herrera organized a Zoom reunion for a ton of Brown University theatre alumni from classes ranging from the 80s to the 90s - and we crazy kids fell in love all over again. Inspired, one classmate - Lisa Loeb - suggested we collaborate once again... and a short 9-months later we are presenting TOGETHER APART, a collection of new mini-musicals written, composed, directed by and featuring Brown University alumni - which will premiere on May 27th to raise money for The Actors Fund (to aid the out-of-work actors who have struggled through this impossible time).
It's been a thrilling and heart-filling experience for me. I wrote two pieces - one with the fabulous Lisa Loeb, directed by the equally fabulous Margie Zohn and starring the brilliant JoBeth Williams, Josh Hamilton and his young daughter - and another with my beloved college musical co-writer (and now cancer doctor) Jules Cohen, directed by the wonderful Vivienne Benesch (artistic director of Playmakers Rep) and starring an amazing group of Trinity Rep actor/singers who graduated a decade or two after me - Rebecca Gibel, Claire Karpen, Charlie Thurston and Joe Wilson Jr. (with a little v/o help from my super-talented friends Melissa Greenspan and Michael Thomas Holmes).
I love each and every one of the ten mini-musicals that make up this evening - starring folks like Julie Bowen, Ann Harada and Rhonda Ross, as well as really talented folks whose lives have taken different paths. Each playlet says something funny or heartbreaking or illuminating or hopeful about the challenges we've all faced - and most importantly, the unique and unexpected ways we've connected over the past year when we couldn't meet face to face.
Hope you’ll join us on May 27 and streaming after until May 30th.
For Tix: click here!
We've raised over $20,000 for the Actors Fund - and we've got some exciting news about another chance to stream TOGETHER APART! Stay tuned for more details!