Lauren Pritchard on Songbird

In the new musical Songbird, loosely based on Chekhov’s The Seagull, a once well-known country music star returns home to help her son launch his own career, and some major emotional complications ensue—it is based on Chekhov, after all. Songbird has music and lyrics by Lauren Pritchard, who made her Broadway debut as a teenager in the original production of Spring Awakening. We speak with Lauren about adapting Chekhov, her songwriting process, and the ways she feels gender affects opportunities for women.

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Marisa Michelson on “One Thousand Nights and One Day” and More

Marisa Michelson is a composer and vocal philosopher who often adapts myths, folklore, or biblical stories into interdisciplinary, experimental musical works. Her latest piece is “One Thousand Nights and One Day: A Postmodern Musical Fantasia.” We talk with Marisa about “One Thousand Nights and One Day,” her process of composing from the body, why she enjoys crafting non-linear narratives, and more.

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An Interview with Kirsten Childs

In a few weeks, Kirsten Childs’ cult hit musical “The Bubbly Black Girl Sheds Her Chameleon Skin” will be revived as part of Encores! Off-Center, and earlier this summer her musical “Bella” had its NYC premiere. We recently sat down with Kirsten to discuss “Bella,” how her writing process has evolved, what it means for Bubbly Black Girl to be revived in 2017, and more.

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