The Casting Couch Musical Comedy!

Blurb: Aspiring actress Jessica Harrison finds herself sucked up into a whirlwind of legal intrigue, media frenzy, and deeply uncomfortable family conversations when a casting couch-style adult film she stars in goes viral. The third musical from BALD to premiere in Chicago, this sexy dark comedy will leave you laughing, crying, and wondering what in the hell you'd say to your parents if they saw you in porn.

Workshop: March, 2013; Performed Aug 9th-Sept 7th, 2013

The Wonderful World of Porn:
The Pornographer's Girlfriend:
This is my Picture:

Chicago Reader Recommended

Chicago Theater Beat:

"This young company succeeds in saying something and being an authentic voice of their generation...writers Alex Higgin-Houser, David Kornfeld, Brendan Siegfried and Laura Stratford set new records for explicit gross-out humor in a musical comedy not written by someone with 16 years of a hit Comedy Central TV series on their resume. But like The Book of Mormon's Trey Parker and Matt Stone, Pr0ne's take musical theater conventions and use them to subversive ends...outrageous and refreshingly enjoyable.

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The (coffee house, comic book) Musical!

Blurb: Grind follows the owner of a doomed Minneapolis coffee shop, her aspiring-musician brother, a homeless evangelist, a comic-book writer, and a young barista relocated by Katrina as each answers the question "what do I do when 'home' can't be home anymore?" Punctuated by bursts of shadow puppetry done in the style of comic-book art, each character struggles to answer this question set to a soundtrack made from styles varying from hip hop to indie/folk to jazz to spoken word.

Toured Fringe Festivals in Minneapolis, Chicago, Kansas City and Indianapolis as part of the Midwest Fringe Circuit, 2010.

Pick Me Up:

St.Paul Pioneer Press:
"Grind: The Musical works, thanks to a score thats a mashup of Broadway, beat-boxing, spoken word and spirituals...keeps us laughing and listening and sends the audience out with a smile."

Twin Cities Daily Planet:
"Writers Laura Stratford, Alex Higgin-Houser, and David Kornfeld have crafted a clever little musical...Simple, but brilliant. It's a hell of a lot of fun"

KC Stage: ★★★★★!

Chicago RedEye Fringe Highlight 2010 Fringe Pick 2010

Liberal Arts

The Musical!

Blurb: Five freshmen and one senior navigate their way through life, love and deconstruction theory at Secular Liberal Arts College (SLAC), only to find that their expensive education has left them flush with student loans and short on, well, "practical experience." Meet Kevin, Natalie, Brandon, Neil, Sam and Moxie as they delve into "Bromance," get "Sexiled" and try, once and for all, to figure out the "Derivative of Love." Think of it as a bitter valentine to the liberal arts, by liberal artists, with music you'll never forget.

Workshopped Spring 2009, performed Fall 2010 in Minneapolis, MN. Reading in Chicago Feb. 2012, performed in Chicago May 2012.


Chicago Theater Beat:
"the music is engaging and original...great choreography, musicality...The piece has some great dialogue and lyrics"

Windy City Times:
"...this matter-of-fact existence of gay characters is something to commend the creators...There's a lot of talent on display in the writing and performing of Liberal Arts."

Spa Fire

The Children of the One Percent

Earning standing ovations at the Abbie Hoffman Died for our Sins festival, Spa Fire: the Children of the One Percent introduces us to four very well-to-do twenty-somethings...trapped behind a spa...which is on fire. With no smart phones, no clothes and no demonstrable life skills, what's an heir or heiress to do?

Performed at the 2012 Abbie Hoffman Died for our Sins Festival, re-mounted at STUCK: a festival of short musicals in May, 2013.

AbbieFest Audience Pick

STUCK "Best in Show" 2013


Form matches Content.

In other words, the orchestration supports the lyrics which advance the story reflected in the book--every element of the piece exists to amplify and sharpen every other, not simply as companion elements.

Trust your audience.

Audience members are smart, and strong theatre plays to the audience's intelligence. Nothing is worse than a didactic playwright, and it's so much more fulfilling when the audience can draw their own conclusions.

Kill your darlings.

You know that crucial, perfect, transcendant moment you pictured when you first pitched the show to the group? Well, after all the work you've done together, it turns out that that's what's holding the piece back. Let it die.

Believe in the collective.

The group knows which darling to kill. Write the conclusion you think your audience will make, and see if the group gets there first. Trust your group members to match the content to the form.

Know the rules. Love the rules. Break the rules.