Dixon Place presents a staged reading of the first 30 minutes of…
Book by Sam French and Kyle Wilson. Music & Lyrics by Kyle Wilson.
It’s 1967 and the United States is in a desperate race with the Soviet Union to land a man on the moon. The US is confident that the American dream and the spirit of capitalism can get the job done, but they’ve decided to film a fake moon landing JUST IN CASE. Leading the project is straight-laced Dougie Whittlebarker, a CIA agent running from his tragic past. But when no one wants in on the mission, Dougie is forced to assemble a team of total misfits and outcasts to envision, execute, and fake one of the greatest moments in American history.
Kyle Wilson (Music, Lyrics, Co-Book) has co-written Kragtar: an American Monster Musical (West End Theatre), The Beatles Present “The Lord of the Rings: The Musical” (The Brick), and The Oscars – But Better (The PIT Loft) with Sam French, as well as songs for the award-winning web series Blank My Life, for which he also directed several episodes. Other recent directing credits include The Alligator Play (Hudson Guild Theater), The Beatles Present… (The Brick), Jimmy! A Musical Fable with Almost No Historical Basis (Irondale), and Freaks: A Legend About Growing Up (NYC Fringe), which won the Fringe Excellence Award for Ensemble. He has developed work with The New Group, National Theatre for Student Artists, Penguin Rep, Theatre Now: New York, Title: Point, Island Theatre Workshop, and participated in the PEN World Voices International Play Festival. Resident Artist at The Brick and core member of Third Space. Education: Carnegie Mellon University. kwtheater.squarespace.com.
Sam French (Co-Book) is a Brooklyn-based writer and director. Previous work has been seen at FringeNYC, the Brick, the Habitat Theater, Tiny Rhino, the National Theatre for Student Artists, Williamstown Theatre Festival, Third Space Theater, Atlantic Acting School, Cape Fear Regional Theatre, and Uncanny Valley. Most recently as a writer: Kragtar: an American Monster Musical (Theatre Now New York) and The Alligator Play (Hudson Guild Theatre). Sam also writes science fiction short stories and podcasts for Brick Moon Fiction. Sam is a former member of the Williamstown Directing Corp and a former Robert Moss Directing Fellow at Playwrights Horizons. Education: BFA in directing from Carnegie Mellon University. No relation to the play publisher beyond a mutual respect for top hats. samuel-french.com
Benjamin Viertel (Director) Recent: Life Boat (Theater 54), The Experiment (Caveat NYC), Loserville (York Theater), Little Shop of Horrors (Bristol Valley Theater), The Bitter Tears of Petra von Kant (New Ohio Theater), Fireface (The Brick), Kragtar: an American Monster Musical (West End Theatre), Sad Indie Love Song (IRT Theater), Crimes of the Heart (BVT); and award-winning web seriesBlank My Life. Benjamin has developed work with Davenport Theatrical, BAM, Roundabout Theater, Huntington Theater, The New Group, and The Civilians. Member of Kennedy Center Director’s Lab, MTC’s Directing Fellow, The Civilians’ R&D Group, and Resident Artist at The Brick and Abrons Arts Center. Artistic Director of Third Space. Education: Carnegie Mellon University. ww.benjaminviertel.com