A reading of the full length musical will be presented as part of the Dramatists Guild's Friday Night Footlights series on Friday, February 22 at 7:30 pm. For information about receiving an invite, please Contact Us.
“The Commuters and Other Cautionary Tales of Transit” is a triptych of comedic horror musicals set in New York City.
ACT 1: THE COMMUTERS: A CAUTIONARY TALE ABOUT THE PORT AUTHORITY The twilight zone-esque nightmare of an MTA executive wandering through the living purgatory that is the Port Authority Bus Terminal, as statues lurch to life to give poor location information regarding his gate to Ho-Ho-Kus. "Avoid the Port Authority after midnight..."
ACT 2: DUTCHMAN! The tale of a Staten Island Ferry captain's last day before her retirement, and how it was ruined by a cursed immortal pirate commandeering the Ferry to search for fabled buried treasure. "There's no way she'll be getting the security deposit back on that ship now..."
ACT 3: THE JAVITZ SERVER
The tale of a post-apocalyptic New York, and a rebel faction's search for the last living taxi driver in order to prevent the human race from being enslaved by Koreazon (a North Korea/South Korea/Amazon.com conglomeration).
"That cabbie is the only one who can save us... and he just charged us a fare to Philly."
When it comes to New York Transit, you’d better be brave...
Kit, Caleb and Gil originally matched up randomly in Lincoln Center’s “Across a Crowded Room” program in 2015, where they wrote the first act of THE COMMUTERS, developing it in master classes with Lynn Ahrens and Jason Robert Brown. It was a hit with both the audience and industry panelists including Van Dean of Broadway Records, Barrie Gelles of The Gallery Players, and Shakina Nayfack of the Musical Theatre Factory.
A revised version of THE COMMUTERS was voted the audience favorite and was nominated for five awards, including best musical, at the Riant Theatre’s 2016 Strawberry One Act Festival.
Prologue from ACT 1: THE COMMUTERS: A CAUTIONARY TALE ABOUT THE PORT AUTHORITY
Another Thousand Years from ACT 2: DUTCHMAN!
Version 2.0 from ACT 3: THE JAVITZ SERVER
One Last Drive from ACT 3: THE JAVITZ SERVER
All clips are from the IndieWorks Theatre Company's 2016 premiere of The Commuters.
Featuring Adam Breaux, Anthony Castellano, Lizzy Miller, Raul Andres and Jo Walker. Directed by Christopher Michaels. Music Direction by Matthew Bennis.
"I Gotta Get To Ho-Ho-Kus" from ACT 1: THE COMMUTERS: A CAUTIONARY TALE ABOUT THE PORT AUTHORITY
"Welcome To The Line" from ACT 1: THE COMMUTERS: A CAUTIONARY TALE ABOUT THE PORT AUTHORITY
"Finally Going Home" from ACT 1: THE COMMUTERS: A CAUTIONARY TALE ABOUT THE PORT AUTHORITY
All photos are from the IndieWorks Theatre Company's 2016 premiere of The Commuters. Featuring Adam Breaux, Anthony Castellano, Lizzy Miller, Raul Andres and Jo Walker.
Directed by Christopher Michaels. Music Direction by Matthew Bennis. Photos by Marc Santos Photography.
Additional cast and creative information coming soon.
CALEB DAMSCHRODER (Music) is a NYC based composer/lyricist and actor. His musical MOLLY SWEENEY(adapted from the Brian Friel play of the same name) headlined the 2015 New Works Series at The Human Race Theatre of Dayton, Ohio and the 2017 New Works Festival at the Bay Street Theatre in Sag Harbor. He spent last year developing his americana-folk musical DEVIL'S KIN at CAP21 in NYC. His musical THE COMMUTERS, OR A CAUTIONARY TALE ABOUT THE PORT AUTHORITY was voted audience favorite of the Riant Theatre’s 2016 Strawberry One Act Festival. His arrangement of Stille Nacht/Mi Zeh Hidlik was sung by the Broadway cast of Cabaret on BCEFA’s Carols for a Cure Vol. 16. Caleb has participated in creating new song for the charity MuseMatch for both it’s first and eighth cycle. He is a member of the Tony honored BMI Musical Theatre Workshop and The Dramatist Guild. As an actor, Caleb has recently appeared in Broadway’s CABARET at the famed Studio 54, and PAINT YOUR WAGON at City Center Encores. He is a graduate of Otterbein College.
KIT GOLDSTEIN GRANT (Lyrics) is a prize-winning New York City-based composer, lyricist and librettist. Her musicals have been seen in South Africa (THE NOSE, Anex Theatre Productions) and in New York at the Master Theater (THE NOSE), the Midtown International Theater Festival (THE NOSE, nominee Best Musical), the Strawberry One-Act Festival (THE COMMUTERS, Calendar Boys Productions, nominee Best Musical), the Emerging Artists Theatre New Work Series, the Musical Theatre Factory, and the National Opera Center and the Dream Up Festival (THE WRONG BOX). Five of her musicals for young audiences have toured schools with the Schenectady Theatre for Children, including IT’S RAINING TAMALES!, which is published by YouthPLAYS. In Fall 2016 THML produced a full workshop of her new musical WHERE ANGELS FEAR TO TREAD at the Players Theatre in Greenwich Village. Kit has studied at Juilliard and the Tony-Award winning BMI Musical Theatre Writing Workshop, and she is a member of The Dramatists Guild and ASCAP. More at kitgoldstein.com
GIL VAROD (Book) is a bookwriter/lyricist whose musical “Oedipus for Kids” extended and sold out at NYMF, was published by Samuel French with productions across North America, and was featured in a concert edition at Feinstein’s/54 Below last year. His twisted Christmas Cabaret "Merry Christmas, You Ridiculous Gentiles" was a sold out hit at the Duplex and spawned the viral hit "It's Gonna Be A Bruce Springsteen Christmas For All The Little Girls And Boys (Of New Jersey)". Other works include TIME ET AL ( FringeNYC ), THE COMMUTERS ( Riant Theatre , 5 nominations/2 awards), A JURY LINE and THE ZEGEND OF LELDA ( West Village Musical Theatre Festival ; Winner Best Musical/Lyrics/Book), THE COMPLETE WORKS OF WALT DISNEY ABRIDGED ( Walt Disney Imagineering ), and RANSOM WHERE? at the Lincoln Center LPA. Gil has studied at the BMI Musical Theatre Writing Workshop and is possibly best known for his website “Broadway Abridged”, featuring satirical scripts skewering plays and musicals, which are secretly passed around backstage by Broadway cast members like illegal love notes in math class.