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About

We are honored to be selected for production at the premier musical theater event in the world - the New York Musical Festival. 

Sonata 1962 runs August 1 - 5, 2018 at the Acorn Theatre.

Sonata 1962, takes a searing yet compassionate look at the choice of a single mother in 1962 who tries to cure her daughter of what was then labelled a mental illness – homosexuality. 

Brittany Gael Vaughn and Kaitlyn Fajilan, Celebration Theatre reading
Brittany Gael Vaughn and Kaitlyn Fajilan, Celebration Theatre reading

"I Will Run To You" - love duet from Sonata 1962, Sarah Warshavsky and Gracie Lee Brown.

Celebration Theatre reading directed by Brittney S. Wheeler
Celebration Theatre reading directed by Brittney S. Wheeler
First developmental reading with Breakthrough Workshop Theatre in San Diego
First developmental reading with Breakthrough Workshop Theatre in San Diego

ABOUT THE SHOW

Acclaimed LGBT historian and author of The Gay Revolution, Lillian Faderman describes the show: "Sonata 1962 is about the horrors of the bad old days: the times of unquestioning prejudice, delusion and ignorance. Even the most devoted parents risked destroying their children to 'save' them from the 'wrong' kind of love. Sonata 1962 reveals with poignancy and power that even in those terrible times, love sometimes managed to transcend ignorance and create reason to hope."

Art can be a powerful agent of change, and we are eager to present this intimate chamber musical about the destructive effects, on individuals and on families, of so-called “conversion therapy.”

INSPIRATION 

Sonata 1962 is inspired by interviews we conducted while developing Dear Harvey, our show about Harvey Milk. Learning about the practice of families committing gay children to conversion therapy inspired us to ask the question: what happens not only to the youths who undergo such treatment, but also to the parents who make that decision? Sonata 1962 tells that story.

THE NEW YORK MUSICAL FESTIVAL

The NYMF provides an affordable platform for artists to mount professional productions that reach peers and industry leaders. More than 90 Festival shows have gone on to productions on and Off-Broadway, in regional theaters in all 50 states, and in more than 24 countries worldwide.

If you are reading this, you know that art can open hearts and change minds. Please help us tell this story. Approximately 40 states in the U.S. continue to allow conversion therapy on minors.

If you prefer to make a tax-deductible donation, please contact us at Sonata1962themusical@gmail.com.  Thank you! 

 We hope to see you at the Acorn Theatre on Theatre Row, NYC August 1-5, 2018!

OUR TEAM   

 Thomas Hodges  (composer, co-lyricist) is an award-winning composer whose original musical, Dorian, was commissioned by Diversionary Theatre. His musical, The Things We Never Say, won best score at the San Diego Fringe Festival.

Patricia Loughrey  (bookwriter, co-lyricist) has written numerous social justice and LGBT plays. Her HIV/AIDS awareness play for youth has been seen in over 300 productions internationally.  She wrote the book for the LGBT family-friendly musical The Daddy Machine. Her awards include the Chuck Rowland Pioneer Award for her work in LGBT theatre. 

Hodges and Loughrey created Dear Harvey, a play with music chronicling the life and impact of Harvey Milk through interviews with Milk's friends, family, and colleagues; the show has received over 40 productions and readings in the U.S. including a concert reading at The Kennedy Center. (Published by Playscripts Inc.) 

Katherine M. Carter (Director) is a director of theatre & opera. Previous work includes: Westport Country Playhouse, Wolf Trap Opera, Boston Lyric Opera, Playwrights Horizons, On Site Opera, Boston Opera Collaborative, The Drama League, New Georges, The Little Orchestra Society, NYU, and UMD School of Music. She is the co-founding Artistic Director of The MITTEN Lab a theatre residency in Northern Michigan providing time, space, and support for artists. Proud member SDC and AGMA. www.KatherineMCarter.com  

SIMPSON & LONGTHORNE THEATRICALS (General Manager) is a boutique theatrical firm founded by partners Benjamin Simpson and Joseph Longthorne. As General Managers: Blank! The Musical (Broadway Comedy Club), Stu For Silverton, The Apple Boys (Ars Nova); Select NYMF: Mother Jones and The Children’s Crusade, The Calico Buffalo, Icon, Numbers Nerds, The Goree All-Girl String Band, Play Like A Winner, and Generation Me. As Co-Producers: Waitress, Oh Hello; On Broadway, The Glass Menagerie, A Doll’s House Part 2, Hello Dolly (2017 Tony Award), The Band's Visit, and Meteor Shower. In development: Cookies: A New Musical and Generation Me.

James Dobinson (Music Director) James is a New York-based, Australian-born music director, conductor and orchestrator. NEW YORK: The View UpStairs [Music Supervisor/Orchestrations], Clinton [MD/Arrangements], Gods & Kings [Music Supervisor], Fancy Nancy [MD], Mann...and Wife in Concert [MD]. NATIONAL TOUR: Guys And Dolls 2015 Tour [Orchestrations]. AUSTRALIA: Tim Finn's Twelfth Night [Music Supervisor/Arrangements & Orchestrations], Joh For PM! [Music Supervisor/Orchestrations], Moonshadow [Associate Conductor, original company, w/ Cat Stevens], Dumped [MD, original company], Carols In The City [Orchestrations, Assistant MD - 2011-2013 TV Broadcasts], Often I Find That I Am Naked [MD/Arrangements - original company], more. USA REGIONAL COMPANIES: Mann...And Wife [MD, original company], Shrek, Hairspray, Spring Awakening, White Christmas. CAST RECORDINGS: The View UpStairs, Clinton, Fancy Nancy.

Risks and challenges

The New York Musical Festival is a fast and furious endeavor. We will have a three week rehearsal period before we open on August 1st.

THE COMPANY
It takes a village to mount a production. Ours will include a cast of six equity actors, four musicians, numerous designers, crew and more. We need to pay these wonderful artists for their time and talents.

THE COST

The NYMF provides the venue – an off-Broadway theatre – and marketing (online, print, and a billboard in Times Square) and technical support. We are raising the production costs of $58,500 which include artist fees, rehearsal space rental, production insurance and more. Below is a breakdown of our costs.

Physical Production (Set, Costumes, Props) - $2,500
Production Staff Fees & Salaries - $20,700
Actor & Musician Fees & Salaries - $14,100
Audition Expenses - $650
Rehearsal Expenses - $4,550
Advertising and Promotion - $1,325
Administrative (Insurance, Payroll, etc.) - $ 5,150
NYMF/Venue Fees - $ 6,575
Contingency/Reserve - $2,500
TOTAL - $58,050

OUR PROGRESS
We have been applying for grants and reaching out to private donors and so far have raised nearly $15,000. Reaching our Kickstarter goal will add an additional $20,000: that will bring us over halfway to our overall goal!

Good news about our fundraising:
We were recently awarded a grant from the Arch and Bruce Brown Foundation!

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