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Franklin Pierce: Dragon Slayer

FRANKLIN PIERCE: DRAGON SLAYER

(The Untold Story of America’s Debatably Least Effective President)

 

Music by Will Buck

Book & Lyrics by Rebekah M. Allen

Directed by Blayze Teicher

Music Director Danny K. Bernstein

photo credit: Kate Campbell/What Matilda Saw

 

FRANKLIN PIERCE: DRAGON SLAYER tells the (brief) story of Jennifer, an eighth grader who's bummed to find she's been assigned a President's Day report on the most boring POTUS possible. But when Franklin visits her in a dream to tell her that he secretly was too busy slaying dragons to focus on his presidency, Jennifer's forced to question how far she should go for an interesting report.

 

Setting

Jennifer’s Bedroom in Present Day, America

 

Cast

Jennifer…………….…………………………………Anna Marr*

 

Franklin Pierce…………………………………………Brad Standley*

 

* Indicates member of Actors’ Equity Assn.

 

Scenes & Songs

“Franklin Pierce Did Not”

“Tell Them All”

“The You You Are”

 

Rebekah M. Allen (Book/Lyrics): Rebekah M. Allen is an NYC-based writer, composer, and lyricist whose work has been featured at the New York Musical Festival, Musical Theatre Factory, York Theatre, Second City Chicago, and Feinstein's/54 Below. Rebekah conceived and wrote book, music, and lyrics for WE ARE THE TIGERS, A NEW MUSICAL (Hudson Backstage Theatre, L.A. Stage Alliance Ovation winner for Best Lyrics/Composition, nominee for Best Production and Music Direction), REMISSION (NYMF Developmental Reading Series), THE RAGE: CARRIE 2, AN UNAUTHORIZED MUSICAL PARODY (Feinstein's/54 Below), and MY GAY KILLER HUSBAND: A LIFETIME ORIGINAL MUSICAL (Boo Festival Award Winner). She is a graduate of the Second City Chicago Comedy Studies Program and alum of the BMI Lehman Engel Musical Theater Workshop. @rebekahmallen

 

Will Buck (Composer): Will Buck received his B.M. in music composition at Northwestern University, and an MFA in musical theatre writing at NYU.  While at Northwestern, he contributed music and lyrics to the school’s long-running Waa-Mu show and his original show, LEARNING TO PLAY.  At NYU, he wrote TOYBOX, a one-act inspired by The Velveteen Rabbit, as well as ONLY ANNE, based on Jane Austen's Persuasion, which was featured in Goodspeed Opera House's Festival of New Musicals in 2016.  He is currently enrolled in the BMI Musical Theatre Workshop, where he received the Jerry Harrington Award for Outstanding Creative Achievement in the first year of the program.  Will is a member of ASCAP and the Dramatist’s Guild.  www.willbuck.com

 

Anna Marr (Jennifer): Anna is an AEA actor and improviser living in Queens. This year, she produced, co-wrote, and acted in the comedic webseries, NANNIES, and recently wrapped as the lead in the pilot Everyone You Hate is Here. She's a proud company member of Story Pirates, which adapts kids' stories into songs and sketches. Anna studies comedy at the Upright Citizens Brigade and is a founding member of Bluelaces Theater Co., which creates immersive theatre for audiences with developmental differences. She's a Northwestern University alum. www.annaleighmarr.com

 

Brad Standley (Franklin Pierce) Broadway: In Transit Regional/Tour: HAIR (European Tour), The 12 (DCPA), The Full Monty (CLO South Bay), The Story of My Life (West Coast Premiere). TV/Film: "Days of Our Lives", "Body of Proof", Karaoke Man. Brad is also a singer/songwriter and his music can be found on iTunes and Spotify. @bstandleymusic for your daily #dittyinthecity.

 

Blayze Teicher (Director): Blayze is a director with a passion for new plays and musicals. Recent productions include Charlie's Waiting (Under St. Marks), How to Field Dress an Android (University Settlement), Lovesickness (Typed. Out Productions), Mother Knows Best (Access Theater), and The Day the Sky Turned Black (United Solo). Other credits include Alexander Sage Oyen's A Night Like This (F/54 Below), Gary Jaffe's Diaspora (JPP), and Rachel Rosenthal's Rites (The PIT). She’s assisted for Portia Krieger (2st Uptown, NYMF), Ilana Ransom Toeplitz, Carolyn Cantor, Sarna Lapine, and Elyzabeth Gorman. Florida State University graduate (B.A. Theatre/Creative Writing). Many thanks to Rebekah and this dream team!

 

Abi Rowe (Stage Manager): Abi is a recent graduate of Ithaca College. Previous credits include Sleep No More and Gilding the Lily. Upcoming credits include King John and The Lion in Winter with 4615 Theater Company in Washington D.C.

 

 

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