by Julianne Wick Davis, Dan Collins
Full Length Musical, Drama / 6m, 5f
Critic's Pick! "A sweetheart of a musical." - The New York Times
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Critic's Pick! "A sweetheart of a musical." - The New York Times, Read More
"Beautiful and heartfelt show [...] bring the family." - Deadline, Read More
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- Time Period: 1990s
- Duration: 120 minutes (2 hours)
- Setting: Spring – Winter 1998. Toccoa and Atlanta, Georgia.
- Musical Style: Folk
- Vocal Demands: Moderate
- Orchestra Size: Small/Combo
- Chorus Size: Small
LOLA - Transgender woman: A tall, broad-shouldered woman; somewhat uncomfortable in her own skin. Professionally she still assumes the identity of John. Mid-forties.
JACKSON - Transgender man: A little elf of a man; full of warmth and mischief but struggling with a deep resentment and anger at the world around him. Late thirties/early forties.
CARLY - Transgender woman: Jackson’s girlfriend. A naughty Catholic school boy turned naughty Catholic school girl; tough, feminine, and confident. Late twenties/early thirties.
SAM - Transgender man: A hefty, introverted man. He might almost be intimidating, were it not for his extremely gentle and somewhat sad demeanor. Late thirties/early forties.
MELANIE - Cisgender woman: Sam’s wife. Spirited and full of good humor, but apprehensive of the world around her. Early/midforties.
THE STORYTELLERS - An onstage folk band that serves as the “orchestra” and storytellers for the show; acting as all the characters in the piece aside from the primary six. They are the passing time and the changing seasons, Robert’s parents, the haunting voices of his doctors, and so on. They serve as the storytelling backbone to our “Modern-Day Folk Tale,” while also embodying the environment/atmosphere/world around our primary characters – both physically and musically.
- Ensemble cast
- Non-Traditional casting
- Cross gender casting
- Multicultural casting
Music Material Rental Packages
12 - Piano Conductor Scores
1 Guitar I (Acoustic, Electric, Banjo, Harmonica, 12-String, Mandolin)
1 Guitar II (Electric, Mandolin, 6-string, Piano)
1 Percussion (Rattle, Djembe, Cajon, Triangle, Shakers, Piano)
Southern Comfort premiered at Barrington Stage Company in Pittsfield, MA in July 2015 under the direction of Thomas Caruso.