FALL DEVELOPMENTAL STAGE SUBMISSIONS
ABOUT THE SHOW
FRIDAY, SATURDAY, SUNDAY
A concept album turned dance-theater piece about friendship, sex work, and queer futurity.
An eight-day lab with two work-in-progress presentations.
In addition to its scheduled presentations, this production may be recorded for archival use.
Stanford TAPS seeks to build a diverse cast for this production and encourages members of any race, gender identity, and ability to audition. If any accessibility accommodations are needed please email email@example.com for assistance.
Rehearsals: Weekday evenings from 6:30pm – 10pm [no rehearsal on Friday 10/21]; Weekends 12pm – 6pm [these windows are flexible]
Presentation #1 on 10/26 at 8pm
Presentation #2 on 10/27 at 8pm
ABOUT THE ARTISTIC TEAM
- KHIYON HURSEY (Book Writer, Songwriter)
- ADIN WALKER (Director)
- JULIAN HORNIK (Songwriter)
- MARK SONNENBLICK (Songwriter)
Khiyon Hursey (Book Writer, Songwriter) is a writer and composer based in Los Angeles and New York. He was a staff writer for Netflix’s romantic musical drama, SOUNDTRACK and is currently co-writing LOVE IN AMERICA, a movie musical to be produced by Issa Rae at Universal. Additionally, he is currently co-penning songs with Benj Pasek and Justin Paul (Lala Land, Greatest Showman) for a major motion picture. He has television and film projects in development with HBOmax, Kevin Hart and Andre 3000. He is the recipient of the ASCAP Foundation’s Irving Burgie Scholarship, Bart Howard Songwriting Scholarship, and the Lucille and Jack Yellen award, a 2016 NAMT Writers Grant, a 2016 – 2017 Dramatists Guild Musical Theater Fellow, 2017 Space on Ryder Farm Residency, 2018 Johnny Mercer Songwriters Project residency, 2019 ASCAP Musical Theatre Workshop with Stephen Schwartz, 2019 Rhinebeck Writers Retreat, the 2020 Johnny Mercer Writers Grove at Goodspeed Musicals and the 2020 Stephen Schwartz Award. His musical, EASTBOUND (Book and Lyrics) was selected for the 2020 National Alliance of Musical Theatre Conference and he has works in development at New York Stage and Film and Ars Nova. Khiyon got his start as the music assistant on the off-Broadway and Broadway productions and the Grammy Award Winning Cast Album of HAMILTON. He’s been a guest lecturer at Columbia, Yale and Berklee College of Music on Musical Theater. He is a graduate of Berklee College of Music with a degree in Songwriting.
Adin Walker (Director) is movement director and associate director for the internationally-touring dance, puppetry, and climate-justice focused Phantom Limb Company, whose production Falling Out about the 2011 tsunami and radiation disaster in Fukushima premiered in BAM’s Next Wave Festival in 2018. Adin recently directed the world premieres of Yilong Liu’s PrEP Play, or Blue Parachute in San Francisco with the New Conservatory Theater Center and Roger Q. Mason’s The White Dress (Off-Broadway), and choreographed productions of Paula Vogel’s Tony award-winning Indecent with the Chautauqua Theater in New York (dir. Lisa Rothe) and with Artists Repertory Theater + Profile Theater in Portland, OR (dir. Josh Hecht). As director and choreographer, Adin collaborates frequently with writers and composers Philip Dawkins, L M Feldman, Ava Geyer, Jaime Jarrett, Emily Kitchens, Anya Pearson, Esperanza Rosales-Balcarcel, and Louisa Thompson. Adin danced principal roles in works by Karole Armitage, Christopher K. Morgan, Alex Neoral, and Maleek Washington, has been an associate to directors and choreographers including Tony award-winner Rebecca Taichman, Shana Cooper, May Adrales, Dustin Wills, Dawn Monique Williams, and Yehuda Hyman, and has been a guest artist/lecturer at Yale School of Drama, Princeton, and NYU Tisch. Adin is currently in residence at Stanford University as a doctoral candidate in Performance Studies. BA: Princeton. www.adinwalker.com
Julian Hornik (Songwriter) is a Brooklyn-based composer/lyricist and librettist whose work has been performed at, amongst others, the Kennedy Center, New York City Center, Ars Nova, and Carnegie Hall. His song-cycle commissioned by the San Francisco Gay Men’s Chorus was set to premiere at Davies Symphony Hall in March 2020 (postponed due to Covid). He has developed shows at the ASCAP Musical Theatre Workshop, the Johnny Mercer Songwriter’s Project, Rhinebeck Writers Retreat, and is a member of the Orchard Project Greenhouse. Julian is the recipient of the 2017 Lucille and Jack Yellen Award and the 2018 Sammy Cahn Award from the ASCAP Foundation, Yale’s Norman Holmes Pearson Prize, and is a 2020 Jonathan Larson Grant finalist.
Mark Sonnenblick (Songwriter) Mark Sonnenblick is an Emmy and Drama Desk-nominated writer whose collaborations include Midnight at The Never Get, Saturday Night Seder, Independents, and Dragons Love Tacos. He’s written songs for HBO and Comedy Central and won a Jonathan Larson Grant. Upcoming: Spirited (Apple TV), Lyle Lyle Crocodile (Sony Pictures), Theater Camp (PictureStart).
RUSSELL: he/him/his, 29, Black, an architect, an introvert, a lover
GLEN: he/they, 29, any race except white, an artist, an extroverted introvert, a thinker
JAMIE: she/her/hers, 32, Black, Russell’s sister, protective, a bit nosy
JILL: she/her/hers, 31, Black, Glen’s bestie, life of the party, a bit of a den keeper
CHERRY: any race, any pronouns, a sober queer nightlife guide
HOW TO SUBMIT
Please submit a self-tape of you performing one or two contemporary monologues (roughly 45 – 60 seconds in length). Monologues may be selected from plays, films, television shows, etc. A plan for callbacks is TBD. Please submit your self-tape to firstname.lastname@example.org by Friday, September 2, 2022 (11:59pm PT). Please also include:
- A bio and/or a resume listing your prior experiences in shows, creative projects, etc.
- Any potential schedule conflicts
FOR ASSISTANTSHIPS/ADDITIONAL COLLABORATORS
Please submit a bio and/or resume listing your prior experiences in shows, creative projects, etc., and also include any potential schedule conflicts. Please submit your materials to email@example.com by Friday, September 2, 2022 (11:59pm PT). Short follow-up interview conversations will take place over zoom with the creative team in mid-to-late September. All of these roles will receive in-depth mentorship from Stanford staff and guest artists.
- Stage Manager: assist with schedule, rehearsal room logistics, notate minor staging for presentations, and generally support the cast and the creative team to help make this lab as smooth as possible.
- Assistant Stage Manager: work with the stage manager on everything listed above.
- Music Assistant: work with the creative team to copy music and assist with sound engineering + production files. (Prior experience with composing and/or sound editing software is desired.)
- Writers’ Assistant: work with the team to track, organize, and distribute script revisions.
- Assistant Director: support the director with pre-lab preparation, organizing and distributing notes to performers, etc.
FRIDAY SEPTEMBER 2
at 11:59PM PT
WEDNESDAY + THURSDAY
OCTOBER 26 + 27 at 8PM PT
If any accessibility accommodations with auditions or callbacks are needed please email firstname.lastname@example.org for assistance.
This production is made possible in part by The Pigott Fund for Drama, The May Ellen Ritter Production Fund, and The Drs. Ben and A. Jess Shenson Fund.