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2008 Festival

Robert Longbottom

Cameron Barnett, Steve Buntrock, Todd Buonopane, Stephen DeRosa, Hilary Gardner, Joe Kenosian, Beth Malone, Marla Mindelle, Richard Roland and Tommar Wilson

Number of Acts: 1
Number of Principals (Male): 6
Number of Principals (Female): 4
Preferred Ensemble Size: 4
Total Cast Size: 14
Orchestra Breakdown:

5: piano, bass, drums, flute, vibes)

Genre & Style:

Black Comedy

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Greenwich Village, 1959—Playground of bohemians, beatniks and jazzbos. Tragically square Walter Paisley finds that his clay figures, sculpted nudes, and papier-mché busts bring him the acceptance he desperately yearns for. But what if the world discovers that Walter’s body of work consists of actual bodies? A bebop-inflected black comedy/satire.

Development History

The 20th Annual Festival of New Musicals marked the debut performance of Beatsville.

Festival Successes

Production at Fredericia Theatre in Denmark (2010); Rhinebeck Writers Retreat in 2012, Weston Playhouse (VT) retreat in 2014; workshop production at NYU-Steinhardt (NY) in 2015, reading at The 5th Avenue Theatre (WA) in August 2015, full production Asolo Rep (FL) May 2017 (co-production with 5th Avenue Theatre).