Welcome to The Musicals of Tomorrow! This episode is part of the premiere group and features discussions about Rob Rokicki and Sarah Beth Pfiefer’s Experience Marianas’ and Joe Iconis’ Love In Hate Nation. Joe was also joined by Love In Hate Nation Two River Theater cast members Amina Faye and Kelly McIntyre.
EXPERIENCE MARIANAS (by Rob Rokicki and Sarah Beth Pfeifer) – Experience Marianas is a wild sapphic rock musical adventure about one woman’s journey to escape an oceanic cult. The piece is a high-octane, darkly comedic examination of systems of control and how we struggle to define our identities within them. Set aboard a ship, the show immerses our audience into the Marianas Institute, an aquatic ‘healing center’ founded by Dr. Davis “Daddy” Johnson. We are indoctrinated into the group in real-time. “Informational sessions” start off completely plausible but get progressively wilder and more fantastical, complete with pyramid schemes, sex rituals, sea monsters, and eventually murder.
LOVE IN HATE NATION (by Joe Iconis) – Set in a 1960s Juvie Hall, Love in Hate Nation tells the story of young people caught between eras of a changing America. Sixteen-year old Susannah Son is carted off to the National Reformatory for Girls to get her head put on straight. There she meets the aggressively incorrigible Sheila Nail, and a relationship forms which leads to an all-out “revolution in the institution” as they attempt to break out of the boxes society has created around them. Girl Group Wall of Sound harmonies are filtered through a punk rock spirit in this rebellious and romantic new musical.
Featuring performances from Sydney Farley, Amina Faye, Jasmine Forsberg, Lauren Marcus, Kelly McIntyre, Sarah Beth Pfeifer, Rob Rokicki, Lena Skeele, Emerson Mae Smith and Tatiana Wechsler
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- Twitter & Instagram: @rrokicks
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- Twitter & Instagram: @itsmesbp
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- Twitter & Instagram: @MrJoeIconis
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