Marcus Stevens


EASTBURN AVENUE receives Industry Reading

Composer Douglas Levine, Director Rachel Stevens, Beth Leavel and me on the first day of rehearsal. April 4th, 2016.

Eastburn Avenue, a new musical I've written with composer Douglas Levine received an industry reading on Thursday, April 7 at Pearl Studios. The reading was directed by Rachel Stevens and stage managed by Chris Luner.

The reading featured Alma Cuervo (On Your Feet!),Briana Carlson-Goodman (Les Miserables), Beth Leavel (The Drowsy Chaperone), Bill Nabel (Beauty and the Beast), Michael Paternostro (The Bandstand), Mamie Parris (School of Rock) and Alex Wyse (Spring Awakening). I was in it too!

This was the first time a full draft of the show has been read in New York. It was incredibly helpful to hear the piece read by such an amazing group of artists and the feedback from those who attended has been invaluable.

Eastburn Avenue is the story of three generations of a tightly-knit Jewish family falling apart over a will, as seen through the eyes of its youngest member: an eight year-old girl too young to understand what's happening and powerless to stop it. 

Rivka Brown had been the glue that held her family together, and as she lays bedridden with lung cancer, the pressure of her impending death pushes everyone to their emotional limits. The long felt, hidden rivalry between her adult daughters, Beth and Robin, boils to the surface when Rivka presents her will. Nobody notices little Mollie watching as her mother and Aunt Robin channel their grief into venom for each other - culminating in a wrenching fight that leaves the whole family irreparably broken. 

Ten years later, the family is now faced with the loss of its patriarch, Nathan Brown. Old wounds are reopened after years of silence, and Mollie must deal with the aftershocks of the rift that tore apart her family. In her struggle to understand how loving relationships that were seemingly unconditional could be so fragile, she forces her relatives to finally reexamine their painful past and move toward reconciliation. 

Eastburn Avenue reminds us that we are what we inherit: the physical and the metaphysical, the good and the bad, the everyday tragedies that make up a family history. But what we do with that inheritance is up to us. 

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