THEATER FOR THE NEW CITY’S DREAM UP FESTIVAL PRESENTS
“THE WRONG BOX” BY KIT GOLDSTEIN GRANT
Family rivalries give way to complete chaos when members bet on each others’ survival in an energetic Victorian black comedy
WHERE AND WHEN:
NEW YORK, July 23 – “The Wrong Box,” a musical by Kit Goldstein Grant (Book/Music/Lyrics), is based on the Victorian black comedy novel of the same name by Robert Louis Stevenson and Lloyd Osborne that is set in London and surrounding areas in the late 19th century. It centers around a 'tontine,' a bizarre investment scheme wherein a group of young men invest money in a fund and the last man living takes it all. Theater for the New City’s Dream Up Festival will present the New York City premiere of the work September 6 to September 14. Michael Chase Gosselin directs and choreographs.
Morris, a 40-year old orphan who was robbed by his uncle of seven thousand eight hundred pounds when he was only a boy at school, is desperate to win the tontine and thus right the wrongs that have been done to him. His uncle Joseph is one of the last two members of the tontine, so Morris is willing to go to any length to keep his uncle alive long enough for him to win. Things go south for Morris, when they are both involved in a train wreck and he finds a dead body which he believes to be that of his uncle. Chaos ensues as Morris does whatever it takes to keep up the charade that Uncle Joseph is still alive long enough to win the tontine. From pillar to post, from packing-case to piano, the hapless heirs scramble to keep up with the vanishing cadaver in this musical adaptation of Stevenson's classic farce. The score combines the Victorian with a touch of Kander and Ebb.
In a CD review of the score, Chronogram wrote, ?"If you enjoy death humor and musical theater, look no further for a little demented, first-class entertainment."
Kit Goldstein Grant (Book/Music/Lyrics) is a New York City-based composer, lyricist and librettist. Her musicals have been seen in South Africa (“The Nose”, Annex Theatre Productions) and in New York at The Players Theatre (“Where Angels Fear to Tread”, THML Theater), the Master Theater (“The Nose”), the Midtown International Theater Festival (“The Nose”, nominated for Best Musical), the Strawberry One-Act Festival (“The Commuters”, Calendar Boys Productions, nominee Best Musical), The Gallery Players (“The Giant Hoax”), the Emerging Artists Theatre New Work Series, the Musical Theatre Factory, and the National Opera Center (“The Wrong Box”). Five of her musicals for young audiences have toured schools with the Schenectady Theatre for Children, including “It’s Raining Tamales!” She has studied at Juilliard and the Tony Award winning BMI Musical Theatre Writing Workshop. She is a member of The Dramatists Guild. www.kitgoldstein.com
Michael Chase Gosselin (Director/Choreographer) directed
the off-Broadway piece “Money Talks” as well as the acclaimed,
long-running “Endangered! The Musical”. His other world
premiere productions include Kit Goldstein Grant’s “The
Nose” at the Master Theater and “The Most Miserable Christmas
Tree in Brooklyn”. He
The ninth annual Dream Up Festival (www.dreamupfestival.org) is being presented by Theater for the New City from August 26 to September 16. An ultimate new work festival, it is dedicated to the joy of discovering new authors and edgy, innovative performances. Audiences savor the excitement, awe, passion, challenge and intrigue of new plays from around the country and around the world.
The festival does not seek out traditional scripts that are presented in a traditional way. It selects works that push new ideas to the forefront, challenge audience expectations and make us question our understanding of how art illuminates the world around us.
In addition to traditional plays, a unique and varied
selection of productions will again be offered, drawing upon a variety
of performance genres including musicals, puppetry and movement theater.
The Festival's founders, Crystal Field and Michael Scott-Price, feel
this is especially needed in our present time of declining donations
to the arts, grants not being awarded due to market conditions, and
arts funding cuts on almost every level across the country and abroad.
Captioned, high-resolution photos of shows in this festival are available for download at: https://photos.app.goo.gl/e1pxCX4oeTwshVwn7
The festival's website is www.dreamupfestival.org.