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Flying V Theatre to workshop new musical ‘Vanishing Woman’


Flying V will kick off their 2023 season with a week-long developmental workshop of the brand new coming-of-age musical Vanishing Woman by native writers William Yanesh (music and lyrics) and Hope Villanueva (e book) and directed by Eric Jordan Younger.

Vanishing Woman tells the story of Luciana, a vivid faculty scholar who leans on her one greatest good friend, crushes on the woman on the comedian store, and toils at writing alone. All of the sudden, Luciana acquires electricity-related superpowers and finds that, like a battery, she’s slowly fading out. Harking back to beloved comedian e book tales, Vanishing Woman will resonate with anybody who has felt invisible.

William Yanesh (music and lyrics), Hope Villanueva (e book), Eric Jordan Younger (director, picture by Brian-Steffy AP)

“We’re thrilled that Vanishing Woman is our first providing of 2023 and our second theatrical efficiency since we’ve returned from the COVID shutdown,” mentioned Kelly Colburn, Inventive Lead for Theatre at Flying V. “This new work explores the intersectionality of the nerd expertise, which is one thing Flying V is targeted on celebrating in our upcoming seasons.”

Vanishing Woman has been in growth for a number of years and has been properly obtained at preliminary showcases with the Latiné Musical Theatre Lab and the Composers Showcase of Las Vegas. This workshop will characteristic ten performers, together with Rayanne Gonzales (just lately seen in Daphne’s Dive at Signature Theatre), Bianca Lipford (Shakespeare in Love, Keegan Theatre), Justine “Icy” Ethical (Songs for a New World, Rep Stage), Meredith Richard (Working, Keegan Theatre), Harrison Smith (Elegies: A Track Cycle, Keegan Theatre), and Carl L. Williams (As soon as on this Island, Constellation Theatre Firm), with further forged members to be introduced. This manufacturing is produced by Jonny Perl and Ricky Drummond.

“Whereas we’ve been capable of hear the musical out loud in a staged studying format and on Zoom, this distinctive workshop expertise will give us the chance to actually dig into the music and fine-tune the story,” mentioned Villanueva. “There are discoveries you possibly can solely make in particular person together with your fellow artists. I’m excited for this subsequent huge step for Vanishing Woman and to share it with DC audiences!”

The workshop will culminate with two public performances at 7 PM on Saturday, January 28, 2023, and 3 PM on Sunday, January 29, 2023, on the Silver Spring Black Field Theatre (8641 Colesville Highway). Tickets for each performances shall be pay-what-you-can, with a steered donation of $10. Extra data could be discovered at flyingvtheatre.com/.

About Flying V

Flying V is a DMV-based performing arts group specializing in pop culture-infused works that span theater, digital media, and stage fight/skilled wrestling. They’re identified for larger-than-life moments on small phases and immersive world-building that join audiences with the tales they inform, no matter medium, and with one another.

Artist Bios: 

William Yanesh is a DC-based composer, arranger, and music director. Compositions embrace music and lyrics for Make Approach for Ducklings, Blueberries for Sal, and Caps for Sale at Journey Theatre MTC, the latter of which toured nationally and performed on the New Victory Theatre; songs for Little Thinkers Adventures podcast; and the choral work “The Astronomer,” featured on the Capital Hearings’ When The Evening is New. His preparations have been heard in Shakespeare Theatre Firm (DC)’s Man of La Mancha; the world premieres of the TYA model of Large River, and the Kennedy Heart’s Me…Jane. As a music director, he has labored steadily at Ford’s Theater (Helen Hayes award for Excellent Music Route for Into the Woods), Enviornment Stage (DC), 1st Stage (VA), Spherical Home Theatre (MD), and Signature Theatre (VA). He holds a Bachelor’s Diploma in Music Composition from Carnegie Mellon College. williamyanesh.squarespace.com

Hope Villanueva resides in Washington, DC the place she is an AEA Stage Supervisor by day. Her play, THE QoL MANDATE, was an O’Neill Convention 2021 Finalist. Her work has been developed by Kennedy Heart Web page to Stage, Subsequent Act! New Play Summit, NextStop Theatre, Avant Bard, Ally Theatre Firm, Black and Latino Playwrights’ Convention, Discovery New Play Pageant, Kitchen Canine New Play Pageant, and The Girls’s Voices Theatre Pageant. BRACKISH was produced at Wayward Artist in Los Angeles (2022) profitable the Orange Curtain Award for Finest Unique Present that yr. She has two brief TYA items printed by YouthPlays. She is the present literary supervisor for Bay Road Theatre in Sag Harbor, NY, and is represented by Ipex Artists Company.

Eric Jordan Younger is an achieved producer, director, choreographer, entertainer, playwright, and songwriter with TV, Broadway (RAGTIME ‘98/’09, CHICAGO, SEUSSICAL, LOOK OF LOVE), Off-Broadway, regional (NYSF, Lincoln Heart, Kennedy Heart, Alliance Theater), nationwide tour (CHICAGO, RAGTIME, DREAMGIRLS), and business credit. Las Vegas performances embrace COCKTAIL CABARET (Caesars Palace), ROCK OF AGES (Venetian/Rio), SHAKIN’ – Vegas Remixed with a Twist (Planet Hollywood), CHICAGO (Mandalay Bay), STARLIGHT EXPRESS (Las Vegas Hilton) and VEGAS! THE SHOW. Eric has carried out with a number of symphonies all through the nation, together with the Atlanta Symphony, Buffalo Philharmonic, Phoenix Symphony Orchestra, and the New York Pops at Carnegie Corridor. His solo album ONCE IN A LIFETIME was produced by his firm EnJoY! Productions and his one-man musical SAMMY & ME is the winner of the ArtVoice and Salt Awards. He served because the Resident Director of BAZ (Venetian/Palazzo) and loves working as a artistic director for authentic tasks together with RENEGADES at Caesars Palace and DRAG SUPPER CLUB. Eric is the Affiliate Director for the Norwegian Cruise Line manufacturing of FOOTLOOSE and the latest manufacturing of ROCK OF AGES in Hollywood, CA. He’s at the moment instructing younger artists at Lengthy Island College in Brookville, NY.

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