Marcus Stevens

Writer/Actor/Director

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YO, VIKINGS!
Book and Lyrics by Marcus Stevens
Music by Sam Willmott

Based on Judith Byron Schachner's acclaimed book and the true story that inspired it, Yo, Vikings! is the story of Emma Katz, a spunky little girl with a limitless imagination. After being assigned Erik the Red for her World Discovery Day report, she begins to channel her inner Viking, setting off on a fantastic adventure of self-discovery. 

Yo, Vikings! was originally commissioned by Upper Darby Summer Stage and was developed at the BMI Musical Theater Workshop in New York City.  It has been produced in Philadelphia, New York, Fresno, Pittsburgh, and Canada.  

Yo, Vikings! has been published and is available for licensing from  Samuel French, Inc.


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MYTHIC
Book and Lyrics by Marcus Stevens
Music by Oran Eldor


MYTHIC turns the ancient Greek story of Persephone on its side, with the gods as chart-topping rock stars, power-hungry politicians, and professional VIPs.  In a world of Olympian celebrity, Persephone struggles between her mother Demeter’s expectations and a desire to find her own path. But her wish for independence comes back to bite her when she gets trapped in the Hell with Greece’s perennial bad boy, Hades. The journey that follows is an offbeat, emotionally-charged tale for ancient and modern times.

Mythic was presented as part of the 2017 NAMT Festival and is now receiving it’s world premiere at Charing Cross Theatre in London.


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GAME ON
Book and Lyrics by Marcus Stevens
Music and Concept by David Dabbon

An ambitious group of contestants compete to win it all on everyone’s favorite TV show, “Game On!” Charismatic host Monty Price and his Vanna White-like assistant Gillian Van Ness guide three contestants – sweet retiree Grace, free spirit Natalie, and risk-averse Felix – through the rounds of a high-stakes contemporary game show. The game is presided over by an enigmatic, unseen Executive, who has some mystical tricks up her sleeve. By the end of the night, the game show has come to represent not just televised competition, but life itself, in which the choices we make and chances we take ultimately – define our happiness. 

Game On
was commissioned by the Pittsburgh CLO, was developed in their Spark Festival for small musicals and had it’s world premiere at the Greer Cabaret Theater in Pittsburgh on Nov. 15 2018.


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EASTBURN AVENUE
Book and Lyrics by Marcus Stevens
Music by Douglas Levine


When Rivka Brown shares her will and admits she’s dying, her entire family is pushed to their emotional limits. Long-felt fears and misgivings boil to the surface, resulting in two sisters never speaking again. Years later, the youngest generation of the Gordon/Brown clan must pick up the pieces in order to understand who they were, who they are, and what they’ve truly inherited. 

Eastburn Avenue was commisioned by the Pittsburgh Playhouse Repertory Company and had its world premiere in May of 2008.


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RED
Book and Lyrics by Marcus Stevens
Music and Lyrics by Brian Lowdermilk

Julius and Ethel Rosenberg were tried and executed for selling atomic bomb secrets to the Russians in 1953.  Red tells  us from their story  as seen through the eyes of controversial Jewish comedian Lenny Bruce. 

Red was produced at the Pittsburgh Playhouse of Point Park Conservatory for the Performing Arts in 2004, and was awarded the 2005 Richard Rodgers Award for the development of New Musicals by the American Academy of Arts and Letters. As part of this award, Red received a staged reading at the York Theater Company, Off-Broadway in January of 2006.


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ELLIOT AND THE MAGIC BED
Book and Lyrics by Marcus Stevens
Music and Lyrics by Brian Lowdermilk

Elliot takes his mother on a magical journey to the Island of Light. Once there, they both learn the importance of using one's imagination to solve problems in the real world. 

Elliot and the Magic Bed was commissioned by the Upper Darby Performing Arts Center and received a production in the summer of 2003. Elliot then had a second production with The Pittsburgh Playhouse Junior Company in the fall of 2004.


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DRAGONS LOVE TACOS AND OTHER STORIES
Book and Lyrics contributor
Music by Joe Kinosian, Brian Lowdermilk and others

A musical review of five beloved contemporary children’s books, including Dragons Love Tacos by Adam Rubin and Daniel Salmieri.

The show was commissioned and developed by Theaterworks USA in 2016. Marcus contributed book and lyrics for two out of the five stories and directed the original production. Dragons Love Tacos and Other Stories is currently touring the country!