Music, Lyrics & Book by Will Shishmanian
Developed with & Directed by Miss Hazel Jade
Dramaturgy by Pascale Florestal
Saturday, January 30 | 8p
Mark Howard, an ambitious transgender man who has just moved away from his rural hometown of West Virginia, arrives in what’s to become his new home in a small town in Upstate, NY. When he picks a new job in the stockroom at the town’s orchard, he’ll have to learn to bite his tongue to keep from exposing himself to the unwanted trouble of toxic masculinity around him.
With a passionate score and a familiar story, The Regulars is a captivating original musical about identity and self-love -- reminding us that despite our differences, we are all deserving of love and acceptance for who we are.
The Regulars is in development. The workshop and presentation will focus on Act I material.
Mark: Jeff A. Miller
Dani: Kathryn Allison
Betsy: Emily Hudson
Derrick: TJ Nelson
Tom: Chris Citera
Jax: Kat Griffin
Brandon: Rew Garner
Hunter: Darron Hayes
Alex: Annika Chavez
Callie: Michelle Cosentino
Stage Directions: Sara Stevens
(Music, Lyrics & Book): Will Shishmanian is a musical theater composer/lyricist, singer/songwriter, and multi-instrumentalist based in Queens, NY. He wrote the music and lyrics for Addy & Dahlia: A Fairytale Musical (book by Calvin Kasulke), which was most recently performed at The Secret Theater in NYC, and is currently writing music, lyrics and book for The Regulars: A Folk Musical (developed with Miss Hazel Jade), and Reign: A Rock Opera (with Anessa Marie). His solo music is available on streaming platforms under the artist name "Will Shish", including Steps (LP, 2017), Moonlight (single, 2020), and To the Corner and Back (EP, 2015 available on Bandcamp only).
As a transgender man, Shishmanian focuses his theater work on projects that critique social inequalities and help guide people to understand gender and identity in a different light than they may have been conditioned to believe. He also produces music for other artists of varying genres and plays guitar, bass, piano, and occasionally trumpet as a session and live musician.
(Director): Miss Hazel Jade is a Broadway dramaturg and investor, whose projects include: Waitress: The Musical, Once On This Island, The SpongeBob Musical, Frozen on Broadway, Moulin Rouge! The Musical!, Pretty Woman: The Musical, Beetlejuice The Musical, and Ain’t Too Proud; the Director of Off-Broadway bound musicals, The Regulars (by Will Shishmanian) and Two Thousand Miles; and the Creator of two television pilots: “London’s Bridge” and “Hart & Soul”, along with multiple films in development: College Fright Night (short), Lost in Love (feature-length), and Tempted Decisions (feature-length).
Two of the three shows she and her business partner invested in during the 2018 season won Tony Awards, and their 2019 shows won nine Tony Awards. She also has a thriving career as a private dramaturg and literary consultant for many musicals, where she collaborates with writers to develop strong female leads.
Miss Hazel Jade holds a BFA from The Juilliard School and an MFA in Producing from New York Film Academy. She is a proud bisexual woman of color, and now she calls Dallas, TX home, her little oasis away from the Big City of New York and from her childhood in Los Angeles.
Miss Hazel Jade