Ocean in a Teacup*

Written by Joel Krantz
Direction by Lola Lopez Guardone
Lyrics by Neil Selden
Set Design by Tyler R. Herald and Richard Oulette
Lighting Design by Michael Cole & Zach Pizza
Props Master Daniel Brothers
Props Asst Brittany Daggett-Duffy
Projection Designers Paul Deziel, Peter Liebold & David Forsee

*Equity Member appearing with permission of Actors’ Equity Association without benefit of an Equity contract in this Off-Off Broadway production.


“Ocean in a Teacup” is a “spiritual quest” musical drama based on the true story.

An American Red Cross medic’s  search for renewed meaning and purpose after betraying his pacifist vow “never to kill” in India during  World War Two.  He meets an Indian saint, in the tradition of Mother Teresa, who shows him a possible path to redemption thru selfless service to the poor and displaced people of 1946 Bengal.   A unique and emotional love triangle is formed when his fiancé arrives from Ohio to try and bring him back to The States.


Book: Joel Krantz

Book and Music by: Joel Krantz & Neil Selden

Director: Lola Lopez Guardone


Joel Krantz (book/music/lyrics)

Ocean in a Teacup is Joel’s first musical.  As the leader and founder of “The JK Band” he has performed at over 2800 private parties and events in the NYC area.  Always a prolific songwriter pursuing a singer/songwriter career, he turned his musical aspirations toward theater and “Ocean in a Teacup”. This show is personal for him, since he got the story and the mission to tell it, directly from the source, Ray Hauserman, who became his mentor when he returned to the USA after spending 25 years in India.

Lola Lopez Guardone (Director)
was born in Buenos Aires, Argentina, but her soul always belonged in NYC. New York: Odd Man Out (NY Times Pick), Rehab, Candy Girls, Next Thing You Know, Silent Movie Dreams, Before the Fall, These Little Ones Perish (2017 Winterfest- Best Director Award), Neil Simon’s I Ought to be in Pictures, ElemenoPea, among others. International Credits: Before the Fall (Canada, Best Drama and Outstanding Cast Awards), West Side Story (Argentina), Rock of Ages (Argentina), How to Succeed in Business Without Really Trying (Argentina). She is a consulting artist for Woodshed Collective and was part of the team that produced Empire Travel Agency (New York Ti mes Critics Pick, named by The Guardian as BEST OF 2015). Training: Sergio Lombardo, Ruben Szchumacher, Mikhael Tara Garver, Tim Carol, Seth Barish and the Tom Todoroff Conservatory. Stay connected for upcoming new work: www.lolalopezguardone.com

Creative Team:

Joel Krantz (Book, Music, Lyrics)

Lola Lopez Guardone (Director)

Choreographer & Artistic Consultant: Rimli Roy

Cultural Dramaturg: Deepsikha Chatterjee

Cultural Advisors: Ankit Chhabra, Anmol Sekhr

Performance Dates:

  • April 28 8pm
  • May 1 7pm
  • May 3 7pm
  • May 4 2pm
  • May 6 3pm
  • May 7 8pm
All tickets are $49

OCEAN IN A TEACUP Brings A Diverse Cast And Crew To Theatre Row

CreateTheater New Works Festival and JK Productions present OCEAN IN A TEACUP, a spiritual quest musical based on a true story. This Original Musical Set in India runs as part of CreateTheater New Works Festival, from April 28 through May 7, 2022, at Theatre Row (410 West 42nd Street, New York, NY 10036). Read more on Broadway World here…