A MYSTERIOUS BIRTH MUSICAL premieres at Episcopal Actors Guild

Representative Skeleton (resent) in partnership with EAG’s Open Stage Grant will present The Inconvenient Miracle: A Mysterious Birth Musical, a new musical with Music & Lyrics by Emily Rose Simons and Book by Emily Claire Schmitt, directed by Ria T DiLullo at The Episcopal Actors Guild (1 East 29th Street, NY NY 10016), August 11-27.

The performances will take place on Thursday August 11 at 7 p.m., Friday August 12 at 7 p.m., Saturday August 13 at 7 p.m., Thursday August 18 at 7 p.m., Friday August 19 at 7 p.m., Saturday August 20 at 7 p.m., Thursday August 25 at 7 p.m., Friday August 26 at 7 p.m. and Saturday August 27 at 7 p.m. Tickets ($25-$35) can be purchased in advance at www.inconvenientmiracle.com. The show will last approximately 2 hours and 30 minutes, with an intermission.

When Abigail, the most popular girl in school and a self-proclaimed prophetess, declares that Vanessa Rosales, the only atheist, will be the next Virgin Mary, Vanessa responds by punching Abigail in the face. This puts her in detention with Sister Florence, the last remaining nun on campus, who pleaded with God for any sign of her existence. Vanessa may be the miracle Florence is looking for, but not in the way they expected. The Inconvenient Miracle: A Mysterious Birth Musical is an unqualified musical exploration of faith, the unknown, self-identification, consent, choice and healing friendship in a broken world.

Emily Rose Simons (Composition & Lyrics) is a London-based composer and musical theater writer. Composer credits include: Seven Fishes (Anatolian Film Festival), The Great Vanishing (Skeleton Rep), Fair Kind and True (CRY HAVOC Company and The Sonnet Project), The F*ck Am I Doing? (New York Musical Festival; Brighton Fringe), Wendell And Pan (The Tank NYC), Far From Heaven (Finalist of the Styles and Drewe Songwriting Competition) and You’re The Only One That Gets It (Bloodworks Festival, Ensemble Stage Theatre, NYC). The composer-lyricist’s credits include: The Repatriot (ALP Signal Concerts), The Inconvenient Miracle (The Tank NYC; University of Weston Workshop), Confessions of A Rabbi’s Daughter (The Tank NYC), Yet (MuseMatch at Feinstein’s 54 Below). She is a graduate of the Graduate Musical Theater Writing Program at NYU, the CRY HAVOC Company Apprenticeship Program and the Book, Music, Lyrics workshops in London. She is currently participating in the Advance Mercury Musical Developments Lab. www.songsofemilyrose.com

Emily Claire Schmitt (Book) is a playwright and screenwriter focused on uncovering the mystical in the modern world. She is a senior member of The Skeleton Rep (resents) and sits on the board of The Catholic Artist Connection. Plays include Whatchamacallit: A Play About Jesus (2015 TSR), Spinoza’s Ethics (2016 Dream Up! Festival), The Chalice (2017 Xavier Theater / The Stonewall Inn), Confessional (TSR 2019 Salon Series), and Absolution (2021 Xavier Theater Virtual Play Grant). TV Credits: Beverly Hills Wedding (2021 teleplay) and Raise a Glass to Love (2021 story and teleplay) both Hallmark Original Movies. Emily is the lead dramaturg for TSR’s development programs, including the Salon Series and the Craft Development Program. www.emilyclaireschmitt.com

Ria T. DiLullo (director/producer/additional story) is the founder and artistic director of The Skeleton Rep(resents), a new development and production company whose mission is to explore modern myth. Thanks to TSR, they produced 9 full shows, including Devices of Torture (a Fringe 2018 Best Bet), 3 short film festivals, 52 new play shows, countless readings, a 3-part pandemic film project and a independent feature film. film. In addition to their work as captain of TSR, Ria helped comedian Judy Gold with her solo performance class for many years, as well as research, commentary and writing support on her book Yes I Can Say That. (Harper Collins 2020). Ria has been the recipient of directing residencies at The Tank, ESPA Primary Stages, MTC and The Flea. They also hold full certification in Mat and Machine Pilates and are working toward certification in Holistic Biomechanics through the Fajardo Movement Method.

The Skeleton Rep(resents) is a new works development company whose mission is to explore modern myth through the heartfelt practice of craftsmanship. Our intention is not only to bring myths from the past to the present, but more importantly, to work with these pre-existing narratives, archetypes and structures in order to explore what is mythical about our own time. www.skeletonrep.org

Margie D. Carlisle