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 Saturday, December 2, 2017 at  2:00 PM      

We Have Apples                           

Music & Book by Rachel Griffin & Aron Accurso
Lyrics by Rachel Griffin
Directed by Gina Rattan
Chorographed by Sarah O’Gleby
Music Directed by Michael Patrick Walker


Just because you’re different, doesn’t mean you’re broken...  #ImNotAshamed

The musical that tackles the stigma of mental illness and the need for mental health care

We Have Apples contains adult language and may not be suitable for all ages.

About The ShowNotes From The AuthorThe Creative TeamPeople Are TalkingThe CastDirections & Performance Schedule

About The Show

We Have Apples follows Jane, a quirky nineteen-year-old, who is determined to overcome her mental illness and become a successful writer. Paralyzed by the intensity of Depression, Jane’s illness personified, Jane is forced to check into a psychiatric facility. In the facility, she bonds with the other patients in a writing group and falls in love with her psychiatrist’s son. When a preventable tragedy occurs, will Jane work with the patients to expose the inadequate care online, risk her new love, all while fighting her own illness?

We Have Apples aims to fight the stigma associated with mental illness and highlight the barriers to adequate mental health care. From several concerts, and one 29-hour reading, the show already has many supporters online, and has attracted press, including a video by The Washington Post, and a segment on the National CBS evening news. A mental health hashtag created by the author, that appears in the show, #ImNotAshamed, has been tweeted over 100,000 times..

Notes from the Author, Rachel Griffin

I'vestruggled with anxiety since high school, and have always found it difficult to find adequate, affordable mental health care. I have also experienced the stigma associated with having a mental illness firsthand. For these reasons, I was inspired to write this musical: We Have Apples. I started writing the show on my iPhone on my commute to NYU. I wrote book, music, and lyrics, and naturally my husband, Aron Accurso, became a co-writer.

It was important to me to write characters with mental illnesses that were not stereotypes. I wanted to create vibrant, smart, fun characters with goals and passions, who have mental illnesses, but are not defined by them.

First several songs were presented in the New Light Theatre Project’s Dark Room Series, and then there was a table reading with other NYU students. The Musical Theatre Factory 4X15 series was next, followed by Theatre Now New York’s Sound Bites Festival. We performed songs a the Mental Health America National Conference in Washington DC, and then in concert with NY Theatre Barn. One week later, we got married, and came back to work on a sold-out, 54 Below Concert. Rachel did the Dramatists Guild Fellowship (Aron had done it several years ago) and presented songs from the show at Playwrights Horizons with the fellows.

Songs were presented at a WEBroadway at the Daryl Roth Theatre, and the Good to Go concert at the Times Center by the Prospect Theatre Company.

The show had its first full 29 hour reading directed by Lorin Latarro in February of 2017.

This marks the shows first fully staged production.

The Creative Team

RACHEL GRIFFIN (Composer, Bookwriter & Lyricist) is a 2015-2016 Dramatists Guild Fellow (music and lyrics) and an award winning songwriter (National Public Radio, American Idol Underground.)

We Have Apples, a musical by Griffin and Accurso, has been featured in The Washington Post, The Huffington Post and on CBS National News. Griffin’s music has been performed at The Times Center, Playwrights Horizons, Alice Tully Hall at Lincoln Center, 54 Below, NY Theatre Barn, the Musical Theatre Factory and Rockwood Music Hall. She started the viral mental-health Twitter campaign

#ImNotAshamed (over 100,000 tweets) and has garnered over a million YouTube views.

ARON ACCURSO (Composer & Bookwriter) currently writing a musical about immigration, Seeing Red, with Joey Mazzarino. Composer: The Dogs of Pripyat (Jerry Bock Award, NAMT, Goodspeed Festival, Weston New Musical Award), Composer/Co-lyrics Strega Nona (National Tour). Choral compositions include Evermore (TN All-State Choir), and Co-Music/Lyrics for The Trail (commissioned by the Colorado Children’s Chorale). Training: BMI Workshop (Harrington Award), Dramatist Guild Fellow, St. Olaf College. Music Director/ Incidental Music for Up Here by Bobby Lopez and Kristen Anderson-Lopez (La Jolla), and Calvin Berger (George Street). Broadway: Aladdin, Sister Act, Nice Work…, The Little Mermaid, Billy Elliot.

GINA RATTAN (Director) Currently directing national tour of Rodgers + Hammerstein’s Cinderella. Struck (Theater Raleigh), Fully Committed (Theater Workshop of Nantucket).  As director: Jesus Christ Superstar at Pace University; O Beautiful (The University of Illinois); The Tin (Sam French Play Fest), Sweet Tooth (Fringe NYC), Twelfth Night (Old Globe, San Diego), Virtually Me (National Tour).  Selected credits as associate director: Matilda The Musical (Broadway). Peter Pan and The Sound of Music (Live on NBC), Soul Doctor (Broadway),Rodgers + Hammerstein’s Cinderella (Broadway), Billy Elliot  (Broadway), Little House on the Prairie (Guthrie & First Nat’l Tour); Show Boat (Royal Albert Hall, London); First Wives’ Club, King Lear, How the Grinch Stole Christmas (Old Globe).

SARAH O'GLEBY (Choreographer) Choreography: SNL 'Let's Dance' with Jimmy Fallon, The Tonight show with Jimmy Fallon, Robin Hood Foundation Big Event (Javits Center),  Evita (Lone Tree Arts, Colorado) Carmen (Lyric Opera, Chicago). Jesus Christ Superstar (PACE, NY). NBC Upfronts, Hermes (LA & Miami), Die Fledermaus(MET OPERA), Kennedy Center Honors (CBS), Spectacular with John Legend for Target. Associate Choreography: Peter Pan & Sound of Music (NBC), Kennedy Center Honours (2012-2015) Tony Awards Opening (2011 - 2013), Academy Awards (many times),Ted 2, ‘A Million Ways to Die in the West’, How To Succeed.

We Have Apples has been featured on CBS National News and in The Washington Post and The Huffington Post.

The Cast
























Dr. Williams




Aunt Karen, Ellen, Nurse Brenda & Flower

















 *Denotes member of Actors Equity Association (AEA)


Directions & Performance Schedule


The West End Theatre
at The Church of St. Paul and St. Andrew
263 West 86th Street, NYC

 at The Theatre One Hour Before Curtain Time on Performance Days



We Have Apples Performance Dates & Times

Wednesday, November 29, 2017 at 8:00pm

Saturday, December 2, 2017 at 2:00pm

Sunday, December 3, 2017 at 1:00pm

Friday, December 8, 2017 at 8:00pm

Saturday, December 9, 2017 at 8:00pm

Sunday, December 10, 2017 at 7:00pm

Thursday, December 14, 2017 at 7:00pm

Saturday, December 16, 2017 at 5:00pm

Sunday, December 17, 2017 at 4:00pm

Please carefully note your curtain time and arrive early
LATE SEATING MAY NOT BE POSSIBLE and soley at our discretion


The West End Theatre is located on the second floor of the Church of St. Paul & St. Anthony at 263 West 86th Street (between Broadway and West End Avenue).  
Take the 1 train to 86th Street.   Use the ramp on the north side of the street to enter the church.  
The theater is located on the second floor and you may use the stairs or take the elevator.


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Visit The We Have Apples Website

The Washington Post attended a rehearsal for a concert version of WE HAVE APPLES 

Featuring Emily Nash, Ginna Le Vine, Brad Giovanine, Joshua Hinck, Brian Graziani, Meagan Lee Hodson, Dante Jeanfelix, and Chelsey Burger 

Watch it now!

Set inside a psychiatric facility, “We Have Apples” is as riveting, as moving and as unique as “Dear Evan Hansen” and “Next To Normal.” Following the struggles, hopes and joys of Jane and the other patients, this musical will change the way you think about mental illness.