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Can you imagine W.H.Auden, Carson McCullers, Benjamin Britten and Gypsy Rose Lee living together under one roof? It's true.

Artistic salons -- collectives of creativity waiting tobe unleashed -- have fascinated us for decades. Is the whole greater than the sum of its parts? The House on Middagh Street tells the story of a 1941 Brooklyn household created by a fiction editor with Harper's to bring together some of his favourite creative forces. And forces they were.

Told from the point of view of Auden and McCullers as if they might meet again after some twenty years, the script draws on stories recounted in Sherill Tippins' February House, as well as the written works of Auden, McCullers, Gypsy Rose Lee and Christopher Isherwood, one of their regular visitors.

The script integrates cabaret and popular music of the 1930's and 1940's to reflect the story line, evoke a variety of moods and feelings surrounding the war, and explore the mysteries of love and literary creativity with a dash of whimsy.






Youkali (Weill)

I'm a Stranger Here Myself (Weill)

Speak Low (Weill)

Calypso (Britten/Auden)

Tchaikowsky (Weill)

Bewitched (Rodgers)

Mein Herr from Cabaret (Kander/Ebb)

Lilli Marlene (Schultze)

The Ballad of the Soldier's Wife (Weill)

Buddy on the Nightshift (Weill)

Funeral Blues (Britten/Auden)

Tell me the Truth about Love (Britten/Auden)

Shepherd's Carol (Britten/Auden)


Casting: male actor, female actor, singer, pianist

Two acts

Running Time: 1:20