Sewing the Dream
Book & Lyrics by Judith Estrine
Music by David Kurkowski
Direction by Zillah Glory Langsjoen
Set Design by Richard Ouellette
Costume Design by Debbi A. Hobson
Lighting Design by Zach Pizza
*Equity Member appearing with permission of Actors’ Equity Association without benefit of an Equity contract in this Off-Off Broadway production.
Watch a ‘sneak peek’ slideshow of show photos by Emily Hewitt Photography.
The life of Annie Moran, a newly arrived Irish immigrant in 1800s NYC intertwines with that of scandal-ridden inventor Isaac Merritt Singer. Overcoming all odds and challenging accepted conventions of women’s place in society, Annie Moran and Isaac Singer forever change the world for women.
Judith Estrine (book/lyrics) is an author and playwright. Pinochle and Roses, a semi-finalist in the Eugene O’Neill National Playwrights Conference was produced at The Vital Theatre in NYC. She & He toured nationally and was filmed with Anita Gillette in a starring role. Judith is founding director of Prism Stage Company.
David Kurkowski (music) is an accomplished composer and songwriter. In addition to Sewing the Dream, David wrote the book, lyrics and music for Madame Curie. His musical style is informed by the Great American Songbook as well as classical music. He was trained on oboe and played in several community orchestras.
Zillah Glory Langsjoen is an actress and teacher. She works with artists from all points-of-entry as a coach, developer, director, and creative partner. Zillah is a member of AEA and SAG-AFTRA and has experience working as a voiceover artist and as an acting and practice coach for the Tim Phillips Studio.
Paul Deziel (Projection Designer) is a New York & Chicago based projection designer. Selected Credits: The Great Leap (Asolo Rep), I Hate It Here (Goodman Theatre), Photograph 51 (Court Theatre), The Color Purple (Drury Lane Theatre), P.Y.G. or the Mis-Edumacation of Dorian Belle (Jackalope Theatre), Tilikum (Sideshow Theatre) The Vagrant Trilogy (Mosaic Theatre Company), United Flight 232 (The House Theatre), Beauty’s Daughter (American Blues Theater), and Churchill (SoloChicago). Paul is the recipient of 2 Joseph Jefferson Awards, holds an MFA in Projection and Multimedia Design from the University of Maryland, and is an artistic affiliate with American Blues Theater. Pauldeziel.com
- April 26 7pm
- April 29 8pm
- April 30 3pm
- May 1 3pm
- May 4 8pm
- May 8 7pm
Ticket price: $49
Artistic Director Of Prism Stage Company Judith Estrine’s New Musical SEWING THE DREAM In CreateTheater’s New Works Festival
SEWING THE DREAM, a new musical with books and lyrics by Judith Estrine, Artistic Director of Prism Stage Company, comes to the stage for six performances on Theatre Row, 410 West 42nd Street, NYC, starting April 26, 2022. The original music was written by David Kurkowski (FINDING MADAME CURIE) with direction by Zillah Glory Langsjoen, music direction by Ben Kiley, and choreography by Tatyana Kot.
With songs in the tradition of the Great American Songbook, Sewing The Dream brings to life a dramatic turning point in American history. In the show, Annie Moran, a newly-arrived Irish immigrant in 1800’s NYC, meets scandal-ridden inventor Isaac Merritt Singer, inventor of the sewing machine. Overcoming all odds and challenging accepted conventions of women’s place in society, Annie Moran and Isaac Singer forever change the world for women.
“I don’t think most people are aware of how much the sewing machine changed the lives of women in the middle of the nineteenth century,” says the Founder of the New Works Festival, Cate Cammarata, who also provided dramaturgical support. “Before its invention poor women who weren’t married either worked as domestic servants or performed low paid work at home. If their husband died, often women and their children were thrown into the poorhouse – or they became prostitutes. The sewing machine allowed women to triple their output and make much more money – thus keeping their homes and families intact. It was a miraculous invention at the time. This musical allows us to become part of the excitement in NYC at that time, a place where an immigrant’s dreams really could come true.”