Marcus Stevens

Writer/Actor/Director

"Persephone Unplugged" presented at ASCAP Workshop

Following the marked success of its first American Society of Composers, Authors and Publishers (ASCAP) event in 2013, the Lied Center for the Performing Arts (Lincoln, Nebraska) proudly announces the return of the ASCAP/Grow A Show New Musical Theatre Workshop Sept. 9-11, 2015. Typically held in New York and Los Angeles, the workshop seeks new musical theatre works with the potential to be developed and produced into full-scale productions. After receiving nearly 100 submissions from playwrights and composers nationwide, two new musicals have been selected to be performed and critiqued by Broadway industry experts during the workshop: “The Geranium on the Windowsill Just Died But Teacher You Went Right On” by Michael Lluberes (Book and Lyrics) and Jared M. Dembowski (Music) and “Persephone Unplugged” by Marcus Stevens (Book and Lyrics) and Oran Eldor (Music).

All workshop events are free and open to the public, providing the community with a rare glimpse into the process behind the creation of a new Broadway musical featuring staged readings, master classes and constructive critique. Expert panelists include the co-creator of Ice Age and regular panelist for the ASCAP/DreamWorks New Musical Theatre Workshop, Kevin Bannerman, and Steven Lutvak, who made his Broadway debut in 2013 as composer and co-lyricist of “A Gentleman’s Guide to Love and Murder.” One of Broadway’s brightest rising stars, Lutvak was recently featured in Time Magazine’s “People to Watch” column. 

Oran Eldor and I are thrilled to be presenting our show at this festival  and I will be posting updates from our experience. For more info, check out www.liedcenter.org. Nebraska,  here we come!