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Dixon Place presents

Notes from the Basement

Written/Composed by Kate Eberstadt
Directed by Molly Rose Heller
Produced by hawkhouse, Kate Eberstadt

April 29, 2019

Writer/Composer: Kate Eberstadt
Director: Molly Rose Heller
Stage Manager: Michaela Schwartz
Musical Director:
Fernanda Douglas
Lighting Designer: David Schocket
Assistant Director / Assistant Stage Manager:
Cinthia Chen
Props Supervisor: Cinthia Chen
Video editors:
Cinthia Chen, Christopher Ramirez, Kate Eberstadt
Transcriptionists: Sam Balzac, Pablo Chin, Macy Schmidt, Kate Eberstadt
Child supervisor: Fiona Rae Brunner
Elijah Hinson
Photo and video credits: Brune Charvin, Lucas Alvarrado Farrar, Simone Varano, Ai Wei Wei, Channel 4 News, Kate Eberstadt
Producers: hawkhouse, Kate Eberstadt

Cast (in order of appearance)
Kate -
Kate Eberstadt
Sulu - Safia Hanson
Aria -
Imani Hanson
Mama Aria - Sarah Hamaty
Yousif - Jake Lasser
Ensemble - Izzi Eberstadt
Ensemble - Kelsea Feder
Ensemble - Christopher Ramirez
Ensemble - Daniel Soto
Ensemble - David Ventura

1. V'la L'Bon Vent (French folk song, arr. Kate Eberstadt) - Ensemble
2. Ring the Alarm (mashup with Bach's "Air in G") - Kate
3. Roses (mashup with "Hatha Habibi" by Waleed Al Shami) - Mama Aria, Yousif, Ensemble
4. Lost on 8Chan I - Ensemble
5. Animal (Neon Trees Derivative Cover) - Jazz Club Singers (Kelsea Feder, Izzi Eberstadt), Mama Aria
6. Lost on 8Chan II - Ensemble
7. Tempest - Mama Aria, Ensemble
8. Stockholm Syndrome - Mama Aria & The Syndromettes! (Kelsea Feder, Izzi Eberstadt)
9. Gowns, Fancy Gowns - Ensemble
10. Lullaby/Let's Pretend - Kate, Ensemble
11. Lullaby/Let's Pretend Reprise: Goodbye - Mama Aria, Yousif, featured ensemble (Daniel Soto, David Ventura)
12. I Lost Someone/V'la L'Bon Vent Reprise - Ensemble

Kate Eberstadt (Writer/Composer/Actor) is an artist based in New York. She writes, acts, composes/produces music, and makes art with people. Artistic residencies include The American Academy in Berlin, The Watermill Center, and The Center at West Park. Her work has appeared in publications such as the New York Times, NPR, and internationally in publications such as Der Tagesspiegel, El Español and Tokyo Shimbun. Eberstadt has also worked as a teaching artist in youth centers across the US and Europe, including on Rikers Island. She makes up half the electro pop sister duo Delune – @deluneofficial! For more information please visit www.kateeberstadt.com Instagram @updatesfromkate.

Molly Rose Heller (Director) is a multi-talented theatre-maker. Select directing credits include: Existential Questions (Green Room 42), Olivia K’s Planet Joy (City Winery), The Dybbuk (upcoming), Faust 2.0 (Mabou Mines, asst dir.), Cannibal Galaxy: a love story (New Ohio, asst dir.), and Missing Gemini (Winner, Best Direction). Other credits include Design for Living (Berkshire Theatre Group), Imagining the Imaginary Invalid (La Mama) and Book/lyrics for Plath (FringeNYC). She graduated Magna Cum Laude with a B.A. in Theatre and Drama Arts from Columbia University and a B.A. in Modern Jewish Studies from the Jewish Theological Seminary.

Fernanda Douglas (Musical Director) is a composer and music director from Goleta, California, and a graduate of Columbia University. She is an active member of the BMI Musical Theatre Workshop and her original musical, Plath., was part of the 2015 NY Fringe Festival. Fernanda is an associate voice coach with Broadway vocal supervisor, Liz Caplan, and in her free time, she’s the deputy director of The Dream Unfinished, the NYC-based activist orchestra. She recently returned from New Delhi, India where she was working on the musical adaptation of film director, Mira Nair’s Monsoon Wedding.

hawkhouse is a producing partnership between Emily Hawkins and Allison Houser working to provide production support to small-scale theater projects in NYC. Current collaborations: Sofya Levitsky-Weitz’s
be mean to me (IATI), Kate Eberstadt’s Notes from the Basement (Dixon Place, Corkscrew Theater Festival). Upcoming: Taylor Steele’s Girls’ Night In/Girls Act Out (Center at West Park).

Special thanks: Olga Hanson

Please note this is a work in process showing. Thank you!
Email: notesfromthebasementmusical@gmail.com
Instagram: @notesfromthebasementmusical


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Michael Howett, Eric Jensen & Sangeeta Ghosh Yesley 


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