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The Crossing and the Ten Crucial Days ~ The Musical

Farmers, wainwrights, coopers, students, printers, millers - the common denizen of colonial America who followed George Washington into the Delaware River Christmas Night 1776 to attempt a feat altogether uncommon. 

This is their story. 

The unsung heroes of the revolution.

They shall not be forgotten.

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December 1776 - All seemed lost just five months after the signing of the Declaration of Independence. The British were in the driver's seat after continuously defeating Washington's initially optimistic army during the summer and fall. Now, those few remaining soldiers not lost to sickness or in battle were left starving – without enough clothing, ammunition, or pay. Congress left Philadelphia for fear of capture by British forces now occupying New Jersey and seemingly poised to attack the city. Civilians were accepting offers of amnesty and swearing renewed loyalty to King George. In just a few short weeks, most of the men left in Washington’s small dispirited army could go home as their enlistments ended, if they did not just walk away sooner, and no recruits were coming to replace them. These were the times that tried men’s souls.

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Amid this seemingly tragic time, a few men and women found the courage and determination to change history. In the immortal words of Thomas Paine, they proved to be the opposite of summer soldiers who would shrink in the service of their country in its hour of desperation. No more defeat! No more retreat was their cry! Our history books immortalize Generals Washington, Greene, Knox, and Mercer, but overlook the names of the many men and women who gallantly carried out their leaders’ goals and plans. Prepare now to meet Gabriel, Oliver, Margaret and James, Lydia and Billy and Sarah, who all helped to secure a newly independent nation founded on principles of freedom. 

You will sing, you will cry, and you will cheer. Join the Revolution! Join the Cause!


CREATIVE TEAM

John Allen Watts

Music

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A native New Yorker, John was originally trained as a classical pianist and composer (B.A. Brown U.) He has decades of experience composing, performing and producing music in a wide variety of popular musical styles, including pop, rock, blues, r&b, reggae and Brazilian jazz. His deep passion for songwriting eventually led him back to the world of musical theatre. After completing his first musical and two subsequent 29-hour AEA readings, John enrolled at the Graduate Musical Theatre Writing Program at NYU’s TISCH School for the Arts where he graduated in 2017. John is a theatrical composer and musical director at The Lucy Moses School in NYC. ASCAP, CTI, and Dramatists Guild.

 

Jason Alexander Huza

Book and Lyrics

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From musical theater to film to novels, Jason enjoys writing in any form. His novels Delirium Tremens and Emma and Adam were published in 2017, Jason did co-book and additional lyrics for the musical It Happened in Key West which premiered on London’s West End in 2018. His play, Dante’s Omission was a Eugene O’Neill Playwriting Conference semi-finalist. An untitled pilot (co-written with Victor Colicchio - Summer of Sam)and a feature, The Ourang Medan, are both in early development. When Jason isn’t writing, you can find him in Manhattan earning his well-deserved reputation as the Greatest Husband and Father in the World.

 

William “Larry” Kidder

Historian

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Larry has taught history for 40 years. He has been an active member of the Association for Living History, Farm, and Agricultural Museums and has served on the New Jersey Living History Advisory Council. He has been writer and editor for the Crossroads of the American Revolution National Heritage Area program Meet Your Revolutionary Neighbors and has been an active member in organizations such as the Hopewell (NJ) Valley Historical Society, the Ewing (NJ) Historic Preservation Society, the Princeton Battlefield Society, the Washington Crossing American Revolution Round Table, and TenCrucialDays.org. In addition to periodical articles and other short pieces, he is the author of The Pleasant Valley School Story: A Story of Education and Community in Rural New Jersey (2012), A People Harassed and Exhausted: The Story of a New Jersey Militia Regiment in the American Revolution (2013), Farming Pleasant Valley: 250 Years of Life in Rural Hopewell Township, New Jersey (2014), Crossroads of the Revolution: Trenton, 1774-1783 (2017), and Ten Crucial Days: Washington’s Vision for Victory Unfolds (2018).

Gabriel Vega Weissman 

Director

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Recently, Gabriel Vega Weissman has directed Tituss Burgess in Concert (Kennedy Center), Guards at the Taj (Central Square Theatre, Cambridge, MA - IRNE nominee for Best Play), MUST (Theatre at St. Clement’s, Producer: Bruce Willis), Steel Magnolias (Bucks County Playhouse, Co-directed with Marsha Mason) and Dishwasher Dreams (Castillo Theatre). Gabriel has written several plays including his collection of shorts, Loose Canon (Co-written by Brian Reno, Winner of the NYC International Fringe TheatreMania Audience Choice Favorite Award), now licensed and published by Dramatists Play Service, Inc. Gabriel’s associate and assistant directing credits include Broadway productions of Long Day’s Journey Into Night (2016 Tony Nominee, Best Revival of a Play), the world premiere of David Mamet’s China Doll, The Winslow Boy and the upcoming The Height of the Storm as well as off-Broadway premieres from writers including Martin McDonagh, Doug Wright, Athol Fugard, Dominique Morisseau and Rajiv Joseph. He is an alum of the Drama League Director's Project, Lincoln Center Directors Lab, Manhattan Theatre Club Directing Fellowship. In 2015 he was the finalist for the inaugural Eugene O’Neill Theater Center’s National Directors Fellowship. He is a currently a New York Theatre Workshop 2050 Fellow. He is an associate member of SDC and a member of the Dramatists Guild. He currently lives in Brooklyn. www.gabrielvegaweissman.com

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Nissa Kahle

Music Director

Nissa Kahle is a NYC based music director, pianist, and accordionist. Broadway: Chicago, Great Comet. Tour: Chicago Off Broadway: Desperate Measures, other NYC: Big Apple Circus at Lincoln Center. She is frequently seen as a cabaret music director at 54 Below and other venues around town and loves being involved in developmental projects! Training: MM Texas State University.

evan bernardin productions

general and production management

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Evan Bernardin Productions (EBP) is a general management firm specializing in consulting and management for theatrical productions. Touring: Million Dollar Quartet, Charlie Brown Christmas, Counting Sheep(International Tour) Select Off-Broadway: We Are The Tigers, Eco-Village, Afterglow, Diaspora, Must. Other: The Bikinis, The Dodgers (LA),The Navigator (NYT Critics Pick). EBP has worked with Broadway Cares/Equity Fights AIDS (BCEFA), New York Musical Festival (NYMF), Fringe (NY & LA); collaborative projects include performances at Lincoln Center, The United Nations, The Havard Club, Cornell University, Georgetown’s Gaston Hall, The Culture Project, The Ohio Theater and The Metropolitan Museum of Art. www.evanbernardinproductions.com


Producers

David Treatman

Lead Producer

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David Treatman is a young producer based in NYC and Philly. With his first Off-Broadway credit at 19 years and his first Broadway syndication at 20, Treatman is quickly making a name for himself as one of the youngest producers in theddscene.

David is committed to developing and investing in new and unique theater. He structures shows and investments in such a way that smaller investors can access the dream of professional theater. As one half of Koolik and Treatman Theatricals, David invests in both artistically important works and commercially oriented ventures. On his own, David aids in the development of new and innovative pieces for a modern landscape. He is currently developing over 10 early stage Broadway-bound projects.

Denise M. Peterson

Lead Producer

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Denise M. Peterson began her career as an actress in Seattle where she performed in Dan Savage’s spoof of Equus (Egguus) and Arts West’s production of Our Town. Denise now finds herself happily engaged in the exciting world of producing. Previously, Denise associate produced the London world premiere of It Happened in Key West. She has also served as the official photographer for Neil Totton’s NY Soul Sensation at New World Stages and as Outreach Director for Raquel Almazan’s La Paloma Prisoner and Porning the Planet in New York City. In addition to lead producing The Crossing and The Ten Crucial Days Denise’s current and future projects include lead producing a new play in development called Torrid + Reckless by André M. Zucker and a contemporary theatrical fairy tale, Wrapped in Pink by Jason Huza and Josh Walden (Associate Director, Ragtime Broadway Revival).

Roger S. Williams

Executive Producer

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Roger S. Williams is the President of the Princeton NJ Chapter of the Sons of the American Revolution and a member of the New Jersey Chapter of the Sons of the Revolution. He is the co-founder of TenCrucialDays.org, a non-profit organization that is dedicated to promoting the sites and venues of the Trenton and Princeton campaigns – December 25th 1776 to January 3rd 1777. He is a member of the American Battlefield Trust, the National Council on Public History and the National Trust for Historic Preservation. He is also a member of the David Library of the American Revolution, the Friends of Washington Crossing Historic Park and the Washington Crossing Park Association, the Old Barracks Museum, and the Princeton Battlefield Society. Professionally, Roger is literary agent and publisher specializing in American History focused on British America, the American War for Independence, and the Early Republic. He is a member of the Organization of American Historians, the Society of Military History, and the Society for Historians of the Early American Republic.

 

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