NAMT 29TH ANNUAL FESTIVAL OF THE NEW MUSICALS
Book and Lyrics: Marcus Stevens
Music: Oran Eldor
Number of Acts: 1
Number of Principals (Male): 2
Number of Principals (Female): 3
Number of Chorus (Male): 4
Number of Chorus (Female): 3
Keyboard-Conductor, Keyboard 2, Drums, 2 Guitars, Electric Bass (optional Keyboard 3, optional additional percussion)
The ensemble doubles as many supporting roles, including Charon, Ascalaphus, Dionysus and others.
In Persephone, a myth is raised from the dead, the gods are celebrities hounded by the paparazzi, and their saga is set to a pop/rock score. Teenage Persephone longs for independence from her mother Demeter, but her wish gets distorted when she finds herself trapped in the Underworld by Greece’s perennial bad boy, Hades. What follows is an off-beat, emotionally-charged coming-of-age story for ancient and modern times.
In September of 2014, Persephone received a three-week workshop produced by The University of the Arts and 11th Hour Theatre Company in Philadelphia. Persephone was presented in the 2015 ASCAP Workshop for New Musicals, held at the Lied Performing Arts Center in Lincoln Nebraska. And in 2016, Persephone received a music workshop and an industry reading in New York City, both produced by Jane Bergere Productions, Inc.