The Memory Show
Book and Lyrics
by Sara Cooper
Music by Zach Redler
Directed by Joe Calarco
Catherine Cox and
April 16th - May 18th, 2013
The Duke on 42nd St
229 West 42nd Street
Showing up is half the battle...and then there's the other half. When a daughter comes home to care for her aging mother, memory is only one land mine in the contemporary new musical. Conflicting versions of the past collide in this honest and darkly funny portrait of a mother, a daughter, and their inescapable relationship. Drama Desk & OBIE Award winning Transport Group Theatre Company brings you the New York premiere of The Memory Show, with music by Zach Redler and book & lyrics by Sara Cooper. Directed by Lucille Lortel winner Joe Calarco (Shakespeare's R & J),The Memory Show stars Catherine Cox (Baby, Footloose) and Leslie Kritzer (A Catered Affair, Rooms).
The Memory Show was originally developed and produced at Barrington Stage, Pittsfield, MA. Julianne Boyd, Artistic Director; William Finn, Artistic Producer, Musical Theatre Lab Click here to see the Barrington Stage Website!
Joe Calarco (Director)
Joe Calarco is the adaptor/director of Shakespeare’s R&J. which ran for a year Off-Broadway, becoming the longest running version of Romeo and Juliet in New York history, and earned him a Lucille Lortel Award. He served as resident playwright at Expanded Arts, Inc. for two years. He has been a Joseph Papp artist in residence at Second Stage, is one of New York Theatre Workshop’s "usual suspects," and is a Drama League directing fellow. He also sits on the executive board of the Stage Directors and Choreographers Society (SDC). Graduate: Ithaca College.
Sara Cooper (Book and Lyrics)
Sara Cooper is a librettist and playwright. Libretto for musical theater and opera credits include: Loving Leo, World Premiere set for summer 2013, winner of the Weston Playhouse 2012 New Musical Award, readings with The Contemporary Traditionalists, TriArts Sharon Playhouse, and Adirondack Theatre Festival, retreat at Weston Playhouse; Songbook Series: The Songs of Zach Redler and Sara Cooper, Arts and Artists at St. Paul; The Tenth Floor (book only), New York Musical Theatre Festival, Talkin' Broadway 2010 Summer Theatre Festival Citations: Outstanding New Musical; Emergency Contraception!: The Musical, Theater for the New City; We Love You, Johnny Hero, NY Fringe Festival. Sara’s new play, Things I Left On Long Island, received a 2012 grant from Queens Council on the Arts. Sara is a graduate of Tisch’s Graduate Musical Theatre Writing Program.
Zach Redler (Music)
Zach Redler is a composer, pianist, copyist, musicologist and musical director in and out of New York City. Recent/Upcoming productions as composer: Windows (NYU 2012; developed at AOP); Breakfast, A Light Lunch and Dinner (NYU 2012; Metropolis Opera Project 2011); Loving Leo (Weston Playhouse 2012; Sharon Playhouse 2011; ATF 2010); Perez Hilton Saves the Universe (Regional; Various NYC Venues). Zach's music has been performed at Lincoln Center, Merkin Hall, Joe's Pub (among others) and has been critically acclaimed by The New York Times, Variety and The Boston Globe. He is a member of ASCAP, Local 802 and a graduate of NYU Tisch’s Graduate Musical Theatre Writing Program.
Scenic Design - Brian Prather
Lighting Design - Chris Lee
Costume Design - Kathryn Rohe
Sound Design - Walter Trarbach
Orchestrator - Lynn Shenkel
Assistant Director - Richie Grasso
"Both actresses inhabit their roles with a fullness that compels empathy"
"Mr. Calarco's staging is fluid and sensitive"
Wall Street Journal 4/30/13 (Associated Press)
"A poignant, sophisticated and often humorous musical."
"Cooper has written an emotionally layered story"
"A brave performance by Catherine Cox"
"A well-done Transport Group production"
"Both Kritzer and Cox...fearlessly commit to their respective characters"
"A treat to hear in such an intimate space"
"Cooper infuses her script with flinty humor"
"intense and very fine performances"
"ambitious and noteworthy"
"Transport Group's splendid new production"
"dynamic and detailed performances"
THE MEMORY SHOW Authors Sara Cooper and Zach Redler sat down with the Alzheimer's Foundation. Check out there article here!
Playbill.com took some great photos of our amazing actresses giving the press a sneak peek ofThe Memory Show.
Click here to see the photos!
American Theatre Magazine ran an amazing article about the Barrington Stage Company where The Memory Show had one of its first readings.
Click here to read the article!
The New York Post featured The Memory Show in their list of Off-Broadway musicals to see this Spring!
Check out the article here!
Time Out New York named The Memory Show one of this Spring's top 20 must-see shows!
Click here to read the article featuring The Memory Show
Interview with authors Sara Cooper & Zach Redler and the National Alliance of Musical Theatre
Photos by Carol Rosseg taken at The Duke Theater on 42nd St.
Check out these highlights from The Memory Show!
Leslie Kritzer was featured in The New York Times Theater series "In Performance" singing "Me and My Mother" from The Memory Show. Click here to see the video!