The Golden Cage

Written by Deborah Henson-Conant
Direction by Rebecca Miller-Kratzer
Music Direction by Nevada Lozano
General Management by Scott De la Cruz
Set Design by Tyler Harold
Costume Design by Evan Prizant
Lighting Design by Michael Cole
Stage Management by Tala Munsterman
Asst. Stage Mngmt by Emily Burstyn

Watch a ‘sneak peek’ slideshow of show photos by Emily Hewitt Photography.


“The Golden Cage” is a mythical musical comedy about a Bird-Person, Boris, who’s on a worldwide quest to find the legendary Golden Cage – the ultimate symbol of security.  After a lifetime of searching, Boris finally finds the glorious cage only to discover there’s someone living inside it: Alphea, a grumpy, reclusive Diva – who says the cage is a prison made of cement and iron.

The Golden Cage is a story of isolation, perception, freedom and ambition.  It’s about the powerful illusions that trap us in our own minds … and the one thing that can set us free.

“The Golden Cage” is Mythical Musical Comedy for multi-generational audiences (family friendly, ages 8+)  


PLAYWRIGHT/COMPOSER –  Deborah Henson-Conant is a Grammy-Nominated composer & performer who combines stories and music in multiple genres from narrated concerts to song cycles, one-person musicals, operetta and musical. Her full-length music special “Invention & Alchemy” in collaboration with the Grand Rapids Symphony, appeared on PBS stations throughout the U.S. and received a Grammy Nomination for Best Classical Crossover album.  Her TEDx talk chronicles the development of the harp that’s named after her,  the “DHC” body-harp – an instrument that enables one to become a single performing unit with an electric harp. Link to Deborah’s Website. Link to “The Golden Cage” web page.

DIRECTOR – Rebecca Miller Kratzer (she/her) is a New York-based director of theatre and opera. She works across and through mediums to develop new work, dismantle notions of genre, and interrogate the canon. She is the resident stage director at Helios Opera and a visiting guest director at various colleges and universities. Rebecca formerly served as the Artistic Director of the NEMPAC Opera Project and produced and directed opera in Boston’s historic Faneuil Hall. She’s directed at Opera Saratoga, Emerson Stage, NEMPAC Opera Project, Opera del West, Fordham University, The Footlight Club, and Columbia University. Upcoming engagements include a Young Artist Position with The Glimmerglass Festival, Bright Star at Montclair State, and projects with LIU Roc Nation and Longy School of Music. Rebecca has also worked with Katie Mitchell, Whitney White, Annie-B Parson, The New York Times, Big Dance Theatre, BAM, The Bushwick Starr, and The Tank. MFA Columbia. MFA Columbia. Link to Rebecca’s website.

MUSIC DIRECTOR – Nevada Lozano  Nevada Lozano is a musical theater composer, lyricist, music director, and pianist. He has served as music assistant on several Broadway productions, including: Oklahoma! (2019 Tony Award for Best Revival of a Musical), The Sound Inside (directed by David Cromer, starring Mary-Louise Parker), and Sea Wall/A Life (starring Jake Gyllenhaal and Tom Sturridge). He is currently serving as associate sound effects designer on Suffs (written by Shaina Taub, directed by Leigh Silverman) at the Public Theater.

 Nevada is a member of the BMI Musical Theatre Workshop (Advanced) and received the organization’s Jerry Harrington Award for Outstanding Creative Achievement in 2018. He has participated in residencies at Yaddo, the Johnny Mercer Writers Grove at Goodspeed Musicals, KHN Center for the Arts and Brush Creek Foundation. He studied composition and piano at the Eastman School of Music and Rice University.  Link to Nevada’s website.

Performance dates:

  • April 20, 21, 22, 23 8pm
  • April 24 3pm

Ticket price: $49

CreateTheater New Works Festival Presents THE GOLDEN CAGE

CreateTheater will present The Golden Cage, a new musical, as part of their New Works Festival. The Golden Cage runs April 20-24 at Theatre Four in Theatre Row at 42nd Street, NYC. Read on Broadway World here…