Theater, Choreography, Directing
New York Theater Festival's Winterfest presents:
Hudson Guild Theater 441 West 26th Street
Tuesday, February 6 at 6:15pm
Saturday, February 10 at 8:30pm
Sunday, February 11 at 1:00pm
Tickets go on sale in January, 2018
Committed is a dark and beautiful musical about eight people working through the pain of their mental illnesses in a psychiatric institute. Pain is pain. We all know it, we all feel it, we all relate to it. Sometimes it’s difficult to talk about. I have created a show that brings awareness to mental illness and with compassion and humor, try to get past the suffering. I want to de-stigmatize mental illness and use art to get people talking about it.
In 1989 at an Upper East Side psychiatric ward, five women and three men share their very personal stories of struggle and hope. This book musical, with original music written by my partner, the extremely talented lyricist/composer, Andrew David Sotomayor, is a little Orange is the New Black meets Girl Interrupted meets Friends. Their personal stories, told through song and dance, touch on various and more than common mental illness. The characters are likeable and very relatable. We understand them and want them to get better. The subject matter is intense, but there is no lack of humor.