The Papers, a musical

book, music & lyrics by Rob Baumgartner, Jr. & Nathan Dame

A staged reading of a musical adaptation of Henry James’ novella The Aspern Papers. The story, originally set in Venice circa 1888, has shifted to contemporary Key West. The piece asks how we contend with the art and accomplishments of flawed people. How do we appreciate the achievements of heroes who may also be villains?

Rob Baumgartner, Jr. is a DC native and New York based composer/lyricist and musical director. His original musicals include: The Jungle (Johnny Mercer Writers Colony, Roundabout Space Jam, Good Company Theatre), Adam Lives (Goodspeed Festival of New Musicals, Johnny Mercer Writers Colony, Baldwin Wallace First Takes, New York Theatre Barn, NAMT, Cap21),  Date of a Lifetime (Abingdon Theatre, NYMF, New Jersey Rep) Alone World (Lincoln Center Directors Lab, Milwaukee Repertory Theatre, West Village Musical Theatre Festival-winner of Best Score), What the Moon Saw (Cap21), Under Construction (NYU), The Hole (St. Clements ’09), Radiant Ruby (Vital Theatre  Company ’05) and Lullabies.

Nathan Dame is a playwright, composer, and screenwriter originally from Ogden, Utah, but is based in Brooklyn. He has had original plays and musicals developed by Roundabout Theatre Company, JAW Fest at Portland Center Stage, Goodspeed Musicals, Bucks County Playhouse, The New Group, Barrow Street Theater, In Absentia Productions, Creede Repertory Theatre, and has been produced by The New Ensemble (with A.R.T. and Institute of Contemporary Art in Boston), Woodshed Collective, and New York Theatre Experiment.

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