Farm to Stage
NEW DATE ! RESCHEDULED DUE TO STORM JUNO. A benefit concert of the songs from composer/lyricist teams from our 2014 summer retreats on Doolite Farm. The writers will give a first hand account of their work on the farm and the material will be performed by some of Broadway’s best singers on the Laurie Beechman stage.
Featuring the songs of: and Kim D. Sherman and Darrah Cloud, and Andy Monroe and Tom Stuart
Monday, March 23rd, 2015 at 7pm
The Laurie Beechman Theater
$25, (plus $20 food and drink minimum)
Read about our Farm to Stage writers
Darrah Cloud’s latest full-length play, OUR SUBURB, premiered at Theater J in Washinton, DC in December 2013. Her play for teens, JOAN THE GIRL OF ARC, premiered at Cincinnati Playhouse in January then toured. Other plays produced in Europe and across the U.S. include WHAT’S BUGGING GREG?, THE STICK WIFE, DREAM HOUSE, BRAILLE GARDEN and THE SIRENS. her musicals, written with composer Kim D. Sherman, include MAKEOVER, HEARTLAND, THE BOXCAR CHILDREN, HONOR SONG FOR CRAZY HORSE and the stage adaptation of Willa Cather’s O PIONEERS!, which was filmed by PBS. She has won numerous awards including the Macy’s Prize for Theatre for Young Audiences, an NEA and a Rockefeller. She has had over 10 movies-of the-week produced on CBS and NBC, is a proud alum of the Iowa Writer’s Workshop and the New Dramatists, and is the co-chair of Half Moon Writers, the development wing of the Half Moon Theatre at the Culinary Institute of America in Hudson Valley.
wrote the music, lyrics, and book for DRIVE (2014 Jerry Bock Award winner) as well as music for THE KID, produced at The New Group, 2010 (2010 Outer Critics Circle Award winner, 2009 BMI Foundation Jerry Bock Award winner). He co- wrote a song for Rosie O’Donnell’s 2010 HBO documentary, A FAMILY IS A FAMILY IS A FAMILY. He also wrote the score for THE TRAGIC AND HORRIBLE LIFE OF THE SINGING NUN (2006 New York Musical Theater Festival). He was the recipient of the 2001 BMI Foundation Jerry Harrington Musical Theater and was a 2007-8 Dramatist Guild Fellow.
Kim D. Sherman
is a composer whose music covers the spectrum of genres from musical theater to opera. Her musicals with Darrah Cloud include O PIONEERS!, HONOR SONG FOR CRAZY HORSE, THE BOXCAR CHILDREN, HEARTLAND and their current work-in-progress MAKEOVER. Her incidental music has been heard on Broadway (I HATE HAMLET) and in regional theaters throughout the United States. Awards include the Bay Area Theatre Critics Award, the Frederick Loewe Award, a NYFA Fellowship, a NAMT Development Award, and annual ASCAP awards. She has been a fellow at The MacDowell Colony, and was awarded a Rhinebeck Writers Residency in 2011. In 2013 she spent a month at The Banff Centre as part of the Musicians-In-Residence program. Ms. Sherman received a Bachelor of Music from Lawrence University, and studied composition with Thea Musgrave. She is a volunteer composer and mentor for The 52nd Street Project.
is a lyricist and book-writer in NYC. His mix-tape musical KIDS IN AMERICA premiered at the Triad Theatre in NYC in 2002 and went on to be produced regionally under the title I WANT MY '80S MUSICAL. His first original musical, HEARTLAND, was developed by the Lyric Theatre of Oklahoma and saw a workshop production at the University of Oklahoma. Other works include THE SASQUATCH OF PROSPECT PARK with composer Ben Green, RAINBOW AROUND THE SUN (NYMF 2009) with Matthew Alvin Brown, PORTION CONTROL AND OTHER FIRST WORLD PROBLEMS with Stuart McMeans, and the upcoming BLIND LOVE written with Andy Monroe. Tom is a member of the BMI Musical Theatre Writers Workshop and the Dramatist's Guild, and his songs have been performed at the Triad Theatre,The Laurie Beechman, and Joe's Pub at the Public Theatre.
is a composer, pianist, and teacher working and residing in New York City; he can often be found bridging classical and improvisational styles. Original music: THE AGE OF INNOCENCE- book and lyrics Craig Fols; Scores for the musicals THE MASKED ZINFANDEL- lyrics Justin Warner, feature in ASCAP workshop 2008, SEMPO (Tokyo's New National Theater). Original music featured in HBO's Boardwalk Empire and the upcoming film SHE'S FUNNY THAT WAY (dir. Peter Bogdanovich).
Recent Performances: With Vince Giordano and the Nighthawks at Town Hall, Newport Jazz Festival, Jazz at Lincoln Center, Midsummer Night's Swing, 92nd St Y. Accompanied Garrison Keillor, Michael Feinstein, Christine Andreas, Marilyn Maye, Tom Wopat, Leon Redbone...Co-Music director, 92nd St Y Lyrics & Lyricists with Vince Giordano and the Nighthawks.
Recording: Grammy-winning CD, "MUSIC FROM BOARDWALK EMPIRE" ; CAROL (dir. by Todd Haynes, 2015), KILL YOUR DARLINGS; MILDRED PIERCE; HUNGRY YEARS, HAMSTERS (short) and others. Recorded with Norah Jones, Elvis Costello, Margot Bingham, Regina Spektor, Liza Minelli, others for HBO's Boardwalk Empire.
is an actor (THE MUSICAL OF MUSICALS, Original Cast), playwright (BUCK SIMPLE in THE BEST AMERICAN SHORT PLAYS 1994-95) and director (The American Heartland Theatre’s production of NOBODY LONESOME FOR ME, Lanie Robertson’s new one-man show about Hank Williams). A longtime member of the BMI Librettist’s Workshop, he won the Harrington Award for his work on THE AGE OF INNOCENCE.