Sarah Fiete and Edison Hong are fresh out of NYU Tisch’s Graduate Musical Theatre Writing Program where they received Masters degrees last May. During this program, they studied and cultivated short-form musical theatre in addition to long-form – thus “Anymore” was born. Outraged by the recent attacks on gay clubs in Russia by hate-filled vigilante groups, Fiete and Hong sought to draw attention to this issue by using the medium they know and love. Although creating a complete musical arc in ten minutes is a challenge, Fiete and Hong found this form the most striking for their story of a young Russian girl who just wants to find her brother – and the tale of the stranger with all the stunning answers. Sarah Fiete – who is no stranger to cramming a lot of content in a little space – has had her short stories and micro fiction in publications such as Blink Ink and Indigo Rising. Her musical theatre work has been performed at 54 Below. Edison Hong’s compositions have been heard all over New York City, including Joe’s Pub, Don’t Tell Mama, Sardi’s and Cornelia Street Cafe.
What is your hometown?
Sarah Fiete: Dublin, Ohio.
Edison Hong: Bronx, NY
What was the last show that you worked on and where?
SF: Last April through my graduate program, my thesis musical – “Lady Mercy,” for which I wrote book and lyrics and Peter Hodgson wrote the music – received a 29 hour reading.
EH: “Waiting For The Rain” with Tim Parker and “Second Place” with Kate Chadwick that received 29 hour readings at NYU’s Graduate Musical Theatre Writing Program
Why submit to a festival like this?
SF: Festivals like New York New Works are SO important for emerging theatre artists. It’s a great way for someone new to the industry (like me) to say, “Hey! I’m here! I love this medium and I want to use it to get people to think and feel things in new, exciting ways!” …in so many words.
EH: It’s an amazing opportunity to see and share a production of a show that I care for.
PERFORMANCE: August 20th at 7:00 PM
LOCATION: The Times Square Arts Center, 300 W 43rd Street, New York, NY 10036.
TICKETS: Click HERE to purchase tickets.
The NYNW Theatre Festival is located in the world’s premier theater district at The Elektra Theatre in the Times Square Arts Center, and is a short play competition where the audience casts their votes to select the best play of the season.
Playwrights from all over the country will present their shows and have the chance to move from the First Round to the Semi-Finals, and then the Finals, where a winner will be selected.
The First Round of the NYNW Festival shows will be presented August 17th, 18th, 19th, 20th, 24th, 25th, 26th, 27th. The Semi-Final rounds will be August 31st and September 1st, 2nd, and 3rd. The Finals will be held September 16th.