Projects

 

Musicals:

 

 

HALF THE SKY

Music by Tidtaya Sinutoke

Book & Lyrics by Isabella Dawis

Directed by Desdemona Chiang

 

HALF THE SKY tells the story of an Asian American woman climbing Mount Everest — a contemporary American musical on a global scale, infused with the sounds of traditional Thai and Himalayan folk music.

A year after her sister’s death, Aurelie sets out to fulfill her childhood dream of climbing Mount Everest. She joins an international group of mountaineers, led by a teenage Sherpa. As Aurelie embarks on her path to the top of the world, memories of her Thai American past and the unresolved rift between her and her sister begin to surface. Borders between countries and cultures, past and present, and waking and dreaming blur in this epic journey of ambition, survival and reconciliation.

Production/Development History:

 

• First Draft Story Summit at the 5th Avenue Theatre (2018)

• Commissioned by the 5th Avenue Theatre's First Draft: Raise Your Voice Program (2018-2019)

• Theater Mu's New Eyes Festival (2019)

• Theater Latté Da's NEXT Festival (2019)

• The 5th Avenue Theatre Showcase (2019)

• Eugene O'Neill Center's Independent Writer Residency (2020)

• Weston-Ghostlight New Musical Award, with director Nana Dakin (2020)

• Rhinebeck Writers Retreat (2020)

• Richard Rodgers Award Finalist (2021)

• The 5th Avenue Theatre's 2020-2021 Digital Season (2021) 

 

Music by Tidtaya Sinutoke

Book & Lyrics by Isabella Dawis

Directed by Nana Dakin

with Producer/Cultural Consultant Ikumi Kuronaga

 

“I simply can't stop observing when thinking that one can never know when... nature will show us something unusual.”

 

- Hisako Koyama, 1981

SUNWATCHER, a Noh-inspired musical, is the story of astronomer Hisako Koyama (1916-1997) – intertwined with the ancient Japanese myth of the sun goddess Amaterasu, in a retelling inspired by the structure of classical Noh theatre. Hisako was a woman with no formal scientific training – also a survivor of the 1945 US air raid of Tokyo, the deadliest bombing in history – who managed to rise to the stature of Galileo. She did so by drawing the sun in painstaking detail every day for 40 years, a landmark achievement for solar science. SUNWATCHER is a celebration of Hisako’s extraordinary dedication to ordinary observation, reminding us how seemingly small acts can have an immense impact over time and space.

Production/Development History:

 

• Ensemble Studio Theatre/Sloan Foundation New Commission Finalist (2020)

• The Civilians R&D Group (2020-2021)

• Johnny Mercer Writers Grove at Goodspeed Musicals (2021)

• Rattlestick Playwrights Theater & New York Theatre Salon's Global Forms Festival (2021)

• Ancram Opera House's Summer Play Lab & Residency (2021)

• The Civilians' FINDINGS Series (2021)

 

 

SUNWATCHER

 

DEAR MR. C

Book, Music & Lyrics by Tidtaya Sinutoke

Lyrics by Lily Ali-Oshatz, Naomi Matlow

Directed by Marina Montesanti

An autobiographical musical about love, family, grief, immigration, and cancer.

 

DEAR MR. C, is an intimate, verbatim, indie-pop musical with a hint of traditional Thai lullaby. It is a memory musical that tells the story of a Thai immigrant musical theatre writer who's trying to find peace after one phone call turns her world upside-down.

Production/Development History:

• The Voices of America Writers Workshop at the Playground Experiment (2020)

 

CLOUDS ARE PILLOWS

FOR THE MOON

Music by Tidtaya Sinutoke

Book & Lyrics by Ty Defoe

 

A coming-of-age story about teenage Ella Horses who runs away from her Native American reservation. Due to the recent death of her mother, Ella Horses runs away to the city of Chicago. There she meets her kindred best friend, P, a girl from Thailand. Together these two girls embark on a rite of passage from girlhood to womanhood.

 

Production/Development History:

 

New York University (2013)

B-Side Production (2014)

Yale Institute for Music Theatre (2014)

Collaborative Development Production (CDP) Workshop (2014)

CAP21 Writers Residency (2015)

ASCAP Musical Theatre Workshop in New York (2015)

Kilroy's Honorable Mentions List (2015)

National Alliance for Musical Theatre (NAMT) Songwriter's Cabaret (2015)

IGNITE Seires "Good to Go" Songwriter's Showcase at The Times Center (2016)

Music by Tidtaya Sinutoke

Book & Lyrics by Ty Defoe

 

Hart Island, the United States most documented potter's field; located in the Bronx, NY, where an estimated one million people are buried, dating back from 1869 to present day. This investigative theatre piece depicts stories of dead people who gather, at an abandon theme park to remember their life and death. A series of stories were gathered, imagined, and stitched together to highlight people who are undocumented, in poverty, or lost. HART ISLAND REQUIEM asks what happen to those souls when they are unable to rest in peace in "America"?

 

Production/Development History:

 

• The Civilians R&D Group (2015-2016)

• CAP21 Writers Residency (2016)

• Robert Rauschenberg Residency (2016)

• Anna Sosenko Assist Trust Grant (2016)

• EtM Con Edison Composer-in-Residence (2016-2017)

• CATWALK Art Residency (2016)

• One Company Writer's Residency Retreat (2017)

• Apples and Oranges Studio THEatre ACCELERATOR (2017)

• Johnny Mercer Writers Colony at Goodspeed Musicals (2018)

• Polyphone Festival (2019)

• Drama League Residency (2019)

 

HART ISLAND REQUIEM

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Music by Tidtaya Sinutoke

Book & Lyrics by Naomi Matlow


A DAY AT THE ZOO is a musical for young audiences about the interaction between humans and animals and what animals can teach us about communal responsibility, the power of nature, and individual belonging. The musical is a four-part series of four different musical worlds, each one in a world of both humans and animals, in different zoos in the New York City metropolitan area.

Production/Development History:

 

• CATWALK Art Residency (2018)

 

 

A DAY AT THE ZOO

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© 2021 by Tidtaya Sinutoke.