Projects

 

Musicals:

 

 

HALF THE SKY

Music by Tidtaya Sinutoke

Words by Isabella Dawis

 

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)

• Musical Theatre Factory & Town Stages (2019)

• 5th Avenue Theatre Showcase (2019)

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

• Weston-Ghostlight New Musical Award (2020)

• Rhinebeck Writers Retreat (2020)

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

 

Music by Tidtaya Sinutoke

Words by Isabella Dawis

 

“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:

 

• Musical Theatre Factory's MAKERS Cohort (2020)

• The Civilians R&D Group (2020-2021)

 

 

SUNWATCHER

 

CLOUDS ARE PILLOWS

FOR THE MOON

Music by Tidtaya Sinutoke

Words 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

Words 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

Music by Tidtaya Sinutoke

Words 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

 

THE CONSPIRACY

COLLECTIVE

Music and Words by Tidtaya Sinutoke & Teresa Lotz

Directed by Daniella Caggiano

 

Is Obama a Lizard?

Is the Earth flat?

Was the moon landing fake?

 

THE CONSPIRACY COLLECTIVE: A MUSICAL PROJECT is an investigative theater piece with music that dives into the lives of Americans that believe in a wide array of conspiracy theories. These people come to life in shocking moments of comedy, brutality, light, and above all - humanity. These are stories of typical Americans with families, jobs, and dreams and we want to know them and uncover their perceived reality. Can we trust what we’re told?

 

 

WATER IS LIFE

Music by Tidtaya Sinutoke

Words by Ty Defoe

Production/Development History:

• New York Musical Festival's How The Light Gets In (2017)

• Works on Water Residency on Governors Island (2019)

One-Act Musicals:

 

GUS, THE LONELY POLAR BEAR

Music by Tidtaya Sinutoke

Words by Naomi Matlow

 

Gus is the lonely and only polar bear living at the Central Park Zoo. Zoe is an animal behaviorist new to New York and has more to offer Gus than just peanut butter spread on an ice cube.​

 

Production/Development History:

 

• Portland Mini Musical Festival (2017)

 

IN THE CARDS

Music by Tidtaya Sinutoke

Words by Ty Defoe

 

Bird Aura decides to bring home Lily from college, not only seek the blessing of his over bearing tarot card reading mother but, to tell her he’s engaged. Only Bird’s mother, Vivian Aura, pulls an unpredictable card that day. What will Bird do? ​

 

Production/Development History:

 

• New York University (2013)

• Boston-International Contempo Festival (2014)

 

Music by Tidtaya Sinutoke

Words by Ty Defoe

A children musical about a granddaughter who's trying to hangout with her grumpy grandfather. Together, they discover they both like to fish!

Production/Development History:

 

• New York City Children's Theater (2015)

iFISH

 

SOCRATES PARK

Music by Tidtaya Sinutoke

Words by Ty Defoe

Moose, an art student sculpture secretly falls in love with her best friend. Magically, she receives the help from one of her statues. 

 

Production/Development History:

• Astoria Stories - Astoria Performing Arts Cener, Museum of the Moving Image (2016)

 

THERA AND TIMMY

Music by Tidtaya Sinutoke

Words by Naomi Matlow

A boy and a feline are the most unlikely of friends. Together, they discover what makes them both unique.

 

Production/Development History:

• Portland Mini Musical Festival (2018)

TICK, TICK

Music by Tidtaya Sinutoke

Words by Ty Defoe

 

Paul Vernon's grandfather pocket watch is broken. An old friend of his grandfather's from the Korean War is the only one who can fix it...

Production/Development History:

• Prospect Musical Theater Lab - West End Theatre (2014)

• A Friend of a Friend Production - London, UK (2014)

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