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Gun & Powder

2018 Festival

Number of Acts: 2
Number of Principals (Male): 2
Number of Principals (Female): 2
Number of Chorus (Male): 4
Number of Chorus (Female): 5
Orchestra Breakdown:

Piano, Fiddler, Guitar, Cello, Bass, Trumpet, Drums/Percussion, Organ/Keyboard 2, Woodwinds (Clarinet Oboe), Brass (Trombone, French Horn)


Gun & Powder is inspired by the true story of Mary and Martha Clarke: African American twin sisters who passed for White and were outlaws. Set in Post-Emancipation Texas, we follow our heroines’ journey of defying racial boundaries and seizing what rightfully belongs to them. They are successful, until a little romance shakes everything up.

Development History

Gun & Powder was originally developed in the NYU Graduate Musical Theatre Writing Program, culminating with a staged reading in May of 2015, directed by Jerry Dixon. It was subsequently selected as the inaugural workshop production of the NYU-Tisch Center for New Musicals in October of 2015, also directed by Dixon. Gun & Powder was chosen out of 170 submissions for the 2017 SigWorks Musical Theater Lab at the Signature Theatre in Arlington, Virginia, with staged readings in the summer of 2017, directed by Joe Calarco. It is a recipient of the 2018 Richard Rodgers Award.