Synopsis

 

Three childhood friends, one with extraordinary powers, find themselves trapped in a place where time seems to stand still and the only way out is unthinkable. Traveling on a twisted timeline, Held follows the three as they struggle to grow within the bonds of lifelong friendship and discover what really holds them together. A piano, a cello, and an upright bass accompany the cast through a poetic script and a romantic score. estimated run time 80 minutes without intermission.

 
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ABOUT THE WRITERS

 

WRITTEN BY KELLY MAXWELL, MUSIC BY MEGHAN ROSE

Kelly and Meghan have been collaborating musically since 2008 when they formed indie rock band Little Red Wolf in Madison, Wisconsin (Best New Local Band 2009: The Isthmus, Madison's Favorite Alt/Indie Group 2015: Madison Magazine). They first collaborated in the theater in 2014 when Kelly was cast as the lead in the Bartell Theatre's production of Xanadu, for which Meghan was the music director. The production garnered 19 Bartell Theatre Awards including Kelly for Best Actress in a Musical and Meghan for Best Music Director. The two were randomly paired together to write a 10-minute musical piece for an experimental theater format called Are We Delicious? which prompted the writers to craft a musical taking inspiration from the fantasy genre. The piece originally had two male characters (Bardo and Merrick) and only one female (Korin) and only one song (As The World Dies). When Kelly was approached by Broom Street Theater to create a full length show, she changed and expanded the piece into Held, where Merrick changed to Mera which introduced a theme of strong female friendship. With only three characters, limited props and scenery, but lush music and costuming, Kelly and Meghan brought Held to life in May 2015 to the largest audience of any four-week production in the history of Madison's Broom Street Theater. Held premiers on the east coast at the 2016 New York Fringe Festival in August 2016.

Learn more about Meg and her other musical projects at www.meghanrosemusic.com

 

 

2016 NYC Fringe Festival

CAST

August 16-25, 2016 at Drom, East Village in New York, NY

 

CREATIVE

Director: S.C. Lucier

Music director/piano: Meghan Rose

Lighting design: Duane Pagano

Costume design: TDF Costume Collection

Choreography: Suzzanne Ponomorenko

Bass: Jake Ripp-Dieter

Cello: Kristine Kruta

PHOTOS

 

2015 BROOM STREET THEATre

original CAST

May 29-June 20, 2015 at Broom Street Theatre in Madison, WI

CREATIVE

Director: Kelly Maxwell

Music director/piano: Meghan Rose

Stage manager: Chelsey Wagemaker

Costume design: Ravenworks

Lighting design: Phil Koenig

Bass: Jake Ripp-Dieter

Cello: Kristen Brenner

PHOTOS

reviews & press

 

 

SOUNDTRACK

Recorded at Threshold Studios in Manhattan.

Fringe NYC Cast - Korin: Hannah Ripp-Dieter, Mera: Katie Bakalars, Bardo: Alex Van Handel

Band - Piano: Meghan Rose, Upright bass: Jake Ripp-Dieter, Cello: Kristine Kruta

CONTACT

All inquiries, press and otherwise, please email Meg at meghansroses@gmail.com

Meghan's website: www.meghanrosemusic.com

Facebook: www.facebook.com/heldmusical

Twitter: @heldmusical

Instagram: @heldmusical