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Big Red Sun

2010 Festival

Peter Flynn

Eric Anderson, Derrick Baskin, Stephen Berger, Rachel Coloff, Bradley Dean, Danielle Ferland and Parker Pogue

Number of Acts: 2
Number of Principals (Male): 5
Number of Principals (Female): 2
Total Cast Size: 7
Orchestra Breakdown:

Piano, bass, drums, guitar, utility reeds

Genre & Style:

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A teenage boy unearths a dark family secret as he searches for his long-lost father through the bewildering landscape of post-WWII America… where innocence has vanished, and the simple melodies of Kern and Berlin have been replaced by the dizzying energy of jazz and the birth of rock-and-roll.

Development History

Big Red Sun was the winner of the Harold Arlen Award from ASCAP, and has been developed at ASCAP Musical Theatre Workshop and TheatreWorks Silicon Valley, and was presented at Oklahoma City University.

Festival Successes

Reading at University of Nebraska in 2012, at York Theatre (NY) in 2013 and at 11th Hour Theatre Company (PA) in 2016. Concert presentation at Feinstein’s/54 Below. World Premier at 11th Hour Theatre Company (PA), Summer 2018.