Featuring a score for an a cappella chamber choir and an original libretto inspired by internet comment boards, scientific debates, religious texts, and Sufi poetry, a new musical that explores addiction and nihilism within the messy context of 21st century technology.
From the producers: Three-time Tony Award-nominee Dave Malloy begins his Residency 5 as Signature’s first musical theatre writer with the world premiere musical "Octet." Featuring a score for an a cappella chamber choir and an original libretto inspired by internet comment boards, scientific debates, religious texts, and Sufi poetry, "Octet" explores addiction and nihilism within the messy context of 21st century technology.
Composer Dave Malloy has created several theatre works, often based on classic works of literature, including his award winning electropop opera "Natasha, Pierre & The Great Comet of 1812," his chamber musical "Ghost Quartet" and his musical fantasia "Preludes." Malloy is a three-time Tony Award nominee, as well as the winner of two OBIE Awards, a Richard Rodgers Award, and a Jonathan Larson Grant. In 2017, Malloy was the recipient of Smithsonian Magazine's American Ingenuity Award for History.
Annie Tippe directs a cast featuring Adam Bashian, Kim Blanck, Starr Busby, Alex Gibson, Justin Gregory Lopez, J.D. Mollison, Margo Seibert, Kuhoo Verma, Jonathan Christopher, and Nicole Weiss.
What's the Signature Theatre? Signature is a highly-regarded Off-Broadway company founded in 1991. Signature focused each of its first 20 seasons on the work of a single playwright - Sam Shepard, Romulus Linney, Horton Foote, Lanford Wilson, August Wilson, etc. With the opening of the spectacular new Signature Center just west of Times Square, the company has expanded its annual offerings. Tickets, highly subsidized since 2005 by the company's Signature Ticket Initiative, are only $35. More here.