Wednesday, October 14, 2009

Street Lights to Hit The Old Globe

The Old Globe has announced that it will produce the world premiere of Street Lights, a new musical by writer/composer Joe Drymala February 20 - 28, 2010. The musical chronicles a group of inner city teenagers who fight to save their high school music program from being shut down.

Directed by Ryan J. Davis, Street Lights uses hip hop, R&B and pop to tell a timeless story in the musical language of today's youth, while creating a bridge to earlier generations by incorporating samples of classic civil rights anthems.

Street Lights
(l. to r.) Jim Stanek, Virginia Cavalier, Chad Carstarphen, Jay Garcia, Melissa Joyner, Claudeen Benoit in Street Lights at the 2009 New York Musical Theatre Festival. Photo: Karen Rusch

Street Lights is currently an official selection of the 2009 New York Musical Theatre Festival (NYMF) with showcase performances being held at American Theatre for Actors in New York City October 13 - 18. It is also part of the Globe’s ongoing Southeastern San Diego Residency Project.

While fighting to save their high school music program from being shut down, the teenagers of Street Lights discover the power of music to unite their community and bring new hope to the residents of their troubled neighborhood. The talented singer and songwriter Dominique, her academically gifted brother Rocky and their beat-making DJ friend X-Ray use organizing techniques pioneered during the civil rights movement to help rally the people around them. When Dominique begins to fall in love with Damon, a local drug dealer with a Robin Hood streak, she must choose between accepting the hard realities of the world she lives in or try to change her neighborhood for the better.

Joe Drymala is the primary composer and original book writer for the satirical musical White Noise, which received its premiere at the 2006 NYMF and which received a Summer Theater Award for Outstanding Score that year. White Noise was subsequently optioned for Broadway, and was recently mounted in New Orleans as a tryout for the Broadway production.

Director Ryan J. Davis conceived and directed the award-winning, Broadway-bound White Noise at the 2006 New York Musical Theatre Festival, and was featured on “Good Morning America” and “Primetime Live.” Other New York City projects include My Life on Craigslist and the annual “Broadway Beauty Pageant.” He recently directed Vote! the Musical at FringeNYC and My Broken Brain at Midtown International Theatre Festival.

Tickets for Street Lights are currently available to subscribers only. Single tickets go on sale Dec. 6 and can be purchased online at
www.theoldglobe.org/, by phone at (619) 23-GLOBE or by visiting the Box Office.

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