the coup, oR YOU AND ME, AND THE PIANO

Music by JACOB YANDURA
Lyrics by REBEKAH GREER MELOCIK
Book by REBEKAH GREER MELOCIK & VICTOR LESNIEWSKI

When he was young, Gabriel dreamt of a revolution that would turn his post-climate change wasteland into a thriving utopia.  But Gabriel's rise to power failed to bring change and now it's his blood that the people want.  A lush rock fable about the ever present disconnects in our political system.

THE COUP, or YOU AND ME, AND THE PIANO is currently being developed in Ars Nova's UNCHARTED residency.


CHARACTERS (3W / 5M)
THE LOVERS
GABRIEL, an orphan from Mar-Sec 3, the demagogue, a poet, a liar
LUISA, the daughter of a Federal Boardman, a pianist

THE REVOLUTIONARIES
MIGUEL, Gabriel's ex-best friend, an orphan from Mar-Sec 3
LIBERTÉ, commander of the Deconstructive Neo-Cons, a pro-military faction
FRATERNITÉ, a lawyer and legal scholar, fussy, dreams of being the High Court Recorder
ÉGALITÉ, a plebe, the audio engineer, not as stupid as everyone thinks
THE PEOPLE, an ensemble of downtodden, fed-up citizens

IDEAL BAND SIZE: 4 [piano, bass, drums, guitar]


READINGS/WORKSHOPS
Workshop, Ars Nova, New York City, 2017: dir. Stephen Brackett
Reading, Ars Nova, New York City, 2016: dir. Stephen Brackett