In 2011, an Aussie playwright and musician met for the first time in a Brooklyn café over burritos. As expats getting by on two-minute noodles, sweat and ambition in NYC, we found we had a lot in common. So that fateful day, we decided to write a musical. How hard can it be, we thought?!
Greta Gertler Gold is a multi-platinum-selling, ARIA Award winning songwriter who has co-penned hits for the Whitlams. Alexandra Collier is an award-winning playwright whose worked has been produced Off Broadway. Eight years after we met, following a series of incredible residencies upstate at Rhinebeck Writers Retreat, SPACE at Ryder Farm and the UCROSS foundation, we found a home for our musical Triplight at the prestigious theatrical establishment, Joe’s Pub.
Triplight is about a 90s indie rock band poised on the knife edge of fame who tragically disappear. Twenty year later, their charismatic lead singer Willow Spark emerges from hiding to tell her tale and reckon with a past that will push her to the brink of life and death.
As two female artists writing original musical theatre in a male-dominated industry, we are a combination as rare as a sighting of the Tassie tiger. We are deeply passionate about creating work about female protagonists struggling to make art – and we believe in making careers in theatre and music viable for working mothers.
This opportunity to stage an Australian musical with a wholly original score and book in the world’s music theatre capital is rare and exciting. But we need your help. Your support will make it possible for us to create an Australian work of the highest calibre and enable us to work with a team of world-class designers, actors and musicians.
With this international production as our launching point, our goal is to bring Triplight back to Australia and contribute to the creation of original musical theatre in this country. We hope this work will pave the way for other female, Australian artists to write more musicals, to be ambitious with what they are creating and to find avenues for their work both internationally and at home.
Every single dollar we raise through your support will go towards paying our talented team of artists and collaborators at NYC industry rates. Your funding is critical for us to secure super experienced actor-musicians, designers and a director in New York City. Whilst we are running this production on a shoestring, we still believe it is important to fairly compensate each of these artists for their extraordinarily hard-earned work.
So far we have engaged an incredible team of Broadway actors, a renowned director and acclaimed designers. Our goal is to raise enough funds to be able to go into rehearsals, secure in the knowledge that we have the funding to pay each of these people.
Thank you for your support, enthusiasm and encouragement – we couldn’t do it without you.
For more information or to find tickets to Triplight at Joe’s Pub, visit the link under ‘Partners’.