LIQUID is currently in development on an original musical based on the life of Marian Anderson - a young, black singer whose desire to become a world class artist unwittingly destined her to spark the Civil Rights Movement.
Born in Philadelphia in 1902, Marian Anderson’s extraordinary voice graced a segregated world just forty years after the end of slavery. A classical contralto, she was celebrated as musical royalty on her tours across Europe, but turned away from performance halls, hotels, and restaurants in the United States due to the color of her skin.
The demand for her voice superseded the segregation of her day, and after being banned from Constitution Hall in Washington D.C., because she was black, Eleanor Roosevelt took up her case. She invited Marian to sing at the White House, and then arranged for a concert on the steps of the Lincoln Memorial, Easter Sunday, 1939.
75,000 people attended this landmark, unsegregated performance, with a national radio audience of millions. It shattered color barriers and set the stage for the Civil Rights movement. Yet her extraordinary talent and significant historical influence is largely unknown to this generation.
Marian endured overwhelming prejudice throughout her life. Her dignity in the face of dehumanizing discrimination is an inspiration. We believe her story has the power to entertain and transform, while also sparking a culturally relevant dialogue around the issue of racism. To support this, we’re creating an educational program & humanity campaign purposed to heighten the audiences’ awareness and understanding of diversity and tolerance.
BIRD SET FREE
A compelling true story of a woman’s battle with her mind before and after a suicide attempt.
This original play is currently being rewritten and workshopped for a 2018 World Premiere. It will host an Educational and Humanity Campaign purposed to spark potentially life-changing conversations around the issue of suicide prevention.
Written by: Dana Lynn
Original Music: DNA
Produced by Jody Berger, Dana Lynn, & Liquid Theatre Collective
Liquid is currently developing a DANCE DRIVEN concept for the Sondheim classic, SWEENEY TODD.
My journey with Sweeney began ten years ago when I saw the Broadway revival directed by John Doyle. This was the first time I had ever seen the musical on stage. For the next few months, as I exhausted the soundtrack, an idea kept sparking my imagination. If that production could find a way for actors to sing and simultaneously play musical instruments, couldn't a production be conceived that invited simultaneous dance or musical staging into the fabric of each song?
Music is my muse, and the more I listened to Mr. Sondheim’s masterpiece, the more I kept seeing movement hidden throughout its superior score. By blending dancers and singers to concurrently embody the story and characters of Sweeney Todd, it would invite the raw, emotional beauty of movement to further communicate the multi-layers already built into the music and lyrics.
As I workshopped the concept, I discovered that the key was to give each lead actor a dance counterpoint. The actor/singer would play out the scenes and retain vocal prowess, while the actor/dancer would find the freedom of expression to present a deeper commentary on their character’s emotional journey, including those emotions that go unspoken - hidden behind the mask of humanity.
Sweeney Todd is a classic tale that audiences have been attending for generations. This version would honor the book, songs, and integrity of the musical performance - while also being the first in history to introduce dance or musical staging to its entire operatic score. To view a filmed presentation, please click on the website below. I hope that you enjoy this dance driven tale of Sweeney Todd.