SYMPATHY JONES: The New Secret Agent Musical




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MASI ASARE (Composer/Lyricist) is a composer/lyricist who lives and works in New York City. She conceived and wrote music and lyrics for the secret agent musical comedy Sympathy Jones, which premiered at the 2007 New York Musical Theatre Festival, and several projects for the experimental theatre collective Anonymous Ensemble, presented at venues across NYC and at the Brisbane Theatre Festival in Australia. Masi spent several years as a staff songwriter and music director for Kidstock Theatre in the Boston area, where she wrote some sixty songs for children’s musicals. She has worked as a producer developing new musicals in New York with Raw Impressions and 8Minute Musicals, and served as a music consultant for RIPFEST Collaborative Film Project’s Movie Musicals initiative. Masi is an alum of the ASCAP, New Dramatists/ Nautilus, and BMI musical theatre workshops, was a 2010-11 Musical Theatre Fellow at the Dramatists Guild, and holds degrees from Harvard and NYU Tisch. She is currently working on two new shows—writing book, music, and lyrics for a musical about her west African grandmother, and collaborating with Brooke Pierce on a new musical for high school performers.

BROOKE PIERCE (Bookwriter) graduated in 2002 from New York University, where she double majored in Dramatic Writing and Religious Studies and served as Theatre Editor of the NYU paper.  She has written for, New England Entertainment Digest, Stage Directions Magazine, Show Business Weekly, and Go2 Mobile, and she was a contributing author to The TheaterMania Guide to Musical Theater Recordings and the newly published book Arts America (as well as its companion website  Staged readings of Brooke’s plays and musical theatre projects have been held at Stage One Theater in Louisville, New Jersey Dramatists & The Waterfront Ensemble in Teaneck and Jersey City, Orlando-UCF Shakespeare Festival’s PlayFest 2005 in Orlando, and at both Ensemble Studio Theatre and the American Theatre of Actors in New York City.  Her latest play, Beneath the Banyan Tree, recently had a reading at the Snapple Theater in NYC, produced by eyeBlink Entertainment.  Brooke is co-director of the new London-based theater company This Stage Limited, and she is a member of the Drama Desk and the Dramatists Guild of America.



Many thanks to Michael Kerker, Stephen Schwartz and the ASCAP/Disney Musical Theatre Workshop, Lynn Ahrens, the BMI Lehman Engel Musical Theatre Writing Workshop, Emily Miller, Isaac Hurwitz and the New York Musical Theatre Festival (NYMF), Jill Campbell, Sharon Pearson, and the State High Thespians. We would also like to thank our generous financial supporters and the many amazing actors and other artists who helped us develop the show. Please click here for a full list of these you all: A SUPER BIG THANK YOU!