Remission to open NYMF on July 11th!

We are humbled and excited at the same time that Remission’s first public performance will officially open the NYMF festival in New York on July 11th.  The New York Musical Festival’s mission is to nurture the creation, production, and public presentation of stylistically, thematically, and culturally diverse new musicals to ensure the future vitality of musical theater. Plays chosen as Festival entrants have the chance to hone their message and material, and gain that essential of component:  early advocates.

It is a very prestigious gig for us and the early buzz about the entire festival this year, as shown in this Theatermania article, is very exciting.

Our magnificent cast includes: Tony Nominee Emily Skeggs (Fun Home), Krystina Alabado (American Psycho), Gerard Canonico (Spring Awakening), Zakiya Young (Disgraced, Orange is the New Black), Perry Sherman (Amelie), Brad Standley (The 12, Body of Proof).  Larry Pressgrove (Disaster!, [title of show]) has joined the creative team as Music Director, supportingour Director, Portia Krieger (assoc. director, Fun Home).  Davenport Theatricals (DTE Management) is serving as our General Manager.

If you believe in the importance of developing any new works of theater that have the potential to change minds and move audiences, please consider a Tax Deductible contribution to NYMF, specifically to support Remission here. We are grateful for any support you can give.


Do the Thing You Think You Cannot Do

Sunday June 5th is designated National Cancer Survivors Day.  We went to the website of Cure Search (an organization dedicated to fighting childhood cancers) and found this wonderful quote:

“You gain strength, courage, and confidence by every experience in which you really stop to look fear in the face. You must do the thing which you think you cannot do.” – Eleanor Roosevelt

These are the things that inspire us, to tell stories that humanize the challenges and struggles of cancer.  Cancer is deeply personal, but at the same time affects the stories of everyone it touches, and all those around them, eventually changing us all.  Cancer changes the stories of patients, family, friends, caregivers and the medical community dedicated to conquering it. 

In the best tradition of storytelling, Remission frames one girl’s confrontation with “the Monster”, her fear and paralysis in the face of life or death decisions, and her journey to determining her own story through the stories of others.  Human stories.  Some heroic.  Some simply day to day universal experiences of everyday people, complicated by the worst of surprises. 

Today we honor survivors, those who struggle, those who provide care and the organizations that support them.  We all want the same thing:  Cancer stories with a happy ending.

(If you would like to make a contribution to support Remission, you can make a donation to NYMF,earmerked for Remission.  NYMF is the non-profit New York Musical Festival, where we are pleased to have been chosen for a development reading.