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The River Is Me

2018 Festival

Number of Acts: 2
Number of Principals (Male): 3
Number of Principals (Female): 3
Orchestra Breakdown:

Piano, Keyboards, Electric/Acoustic Bass, Electric/Acoustic Guitar, Drums/Percussion

Casting Needs:

Three actors double as children


The River Is Me is a music theatre ghost memoir centering on Bo—a funny 14-year-old comic book fan—who must recall and reckon with the last moments of his life, which ended when he was brutally lynched for whistling at a white woman in 1955, in order to save the mother he leaves behind.

Development History

The River Is Me was developed in part at the Musical Theatre Factory as a part of the People of Color Roundtable and the Rodgers and Hammerstein Writers Group in the 2016-2017 season. A condensed concert version of the show (directed by Shariffa Ali, music direction by Darius Smith and produced by Marie Cisco) was also developed at Feinstein’s/54 Below as a part of their “New Writers” series in August of 2017.