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River's End

2005 Festival

Lee Sankowich

Music Director
Jana Zielonka

Matt Farnsworth, Morgan James, Jodie Langel, Scott Mikita and Phyllis Sommerville

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Number of Acts: 2
Number of Principals (Male): 3
Number of Principals (Female): 3
Total Cast Size: 6
Orchestra Breakdown:

Currently scored for piano only

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River’s End is based on the true story of Glen and Bessie Hyde, a daredevil couple who vanished on their honeymoon to the Grand Canyon in 1928, while attempting to run the entire length of the Colorado River in a boat they built themselves. River’s End weaves together two completely different scenarios of what might have happened to the couple, with two pairs of actors playing Glen and Bessie Hyde.

Festival Successes

2005 Production at Marin Theatre Company.
Winner of 2005 Bay Area Theatre Critics Circle Awards for Original Script and Original Score.
2006 NYMF production. Winner: Theatre for the American Musical (TAM) Award. Full productions at The Spirit of Broadway Theater (CT) in 2011 and the New York Musical Theatre Festival (NY) in 2006.