SCRT begins New Works Initiative with Composer in Residence, Alexander Sage Oyen
SCRT 2018 Composer in Residence, Alexander Sage Oyen
TRINIDAD, CO – As part of its commitment to the development of new writers, the SCRT and Artistic Director Eli Carpenter are proud to announce 2018 Composer in Residence, Alexander Sage Oyen.
Alexander Sage Oyen is the recipient of the 2014 ASCAP Foundation’s Lucille and Jack Yellen award for lyricists. His musicals include OUTLAWS (Goodspeed Festival of New Musicals- book by James Presson, dir. Noah Himmelstein), ARCHIE'S FINAL PROJECT (Book by James Presson and David Lee Miller), DIVA (book by Sean Patrick Monahan), A NIGHT LIKE THIS (book, music, lyrics, directed by Blayze Teicher, 54 Below) and MOMENT BY MOMENT (directed by Brandon Ivie, 54 Below). He and collaborator James Presson were awarded the 2013-2014 Dramatist Guild Fellowship and their musical, OUTLAWS, was the recipient of the 2014 ASCAP Workshop. He was named one of Playbill’s “Contemporary Musical Theatre Writers You Should Know,” and he was selected for the 2014 Johnny Mercer Songwriter’s Project. His music has been heard at Goodspeed Opera House in Connecticut, 54 Below, Joe’s Pub, Playwrights Horizons, The Signature Theatre, New World Stages, The Laurie Beechman Theatre and venues in Thailand, London, The Netherlands and all across the world.
As the Composer in Residence for the 2018 summer season, Oyen is developing a new musical that will be presented in a world premiere workshop presentation at the SCRT in August 2018. Additionally, the SCRT’s cabaret series will include evenings entirely devoted to sharing work of Oyen’s with the Trinidad community.
Says Carpenter, “At the SCRT, we could not be more thrilled to begin this relationship with Alexander Sage Oyen and with new musical theatre development. Alex’s work beautifully exemplifies the work and artists we look forward to growing and working with in Trinidad, Colorado. Alex’s work is fresh, thoughtful, and approachable while being arousing, deeply creative, and utterly new. The SCRT believes that a commitment to supporting new writers is not only vital to the continued growth of American theatre but also brings wonderful attention to Trinidad as an arts and performing arts hub.”
Q&A with Alex: What do you enjoy most about writing musical theatre?
Alex: I think the thing that I love most about it is how challenging it is. Writing theatre is juggling 17 different things at the same time- you have to keep track of so many different moving parts and I find it all deeply fascinating. And when you really get it right it’s like nothing else in the world.
How would you describe yourself as a writer? What is your style?
Alex: I’d describe myself as… eccentric. No, that’s not entirely fair. But I like to write about complicated characters and that ends up taking me to weird corners of stories. I like to play in a bunch of different idioms- rock, pop, a little R&B here and there- but I like to tailor them specifically to character or to genre based storytelling. Am I making any semblance of sense?
What is the value of a Composer in Residence and New Works Initiative for you?
Alex: It’s incredibly valuable. It provides creative resources, actors, space and all of the tools that you need to really craft a show. I always like to think that theatre is the most collaborative of all of the art forms and the Composer in Residence/New Works Initiative provides three of the most integral collaborations- a director, the actors and the audience. I can’t wait to get to collaborate with everyone!
Can you share anything about the project you’ll be developing and sharing in Trinidad this summer?
Alex: It’s an ensemble piece with some magic, some swords and some sweeter guitar licks. Also it’s got a lot of heart- I can’t wait to really dive in!
About the SCRT Heading into its 16th season, the SCRT is the region’s crown-jewel for performing arts. Each summer the SCRT brings a company of 15-20 actors designers and directors to Trinidad for the repertory company. In 2013, Trinidad became a Certified Colorado Creative District and is now the demonstration project for Colorado’s Space to Create program fueling a surge in downtown historic building renovations and creative enterprise. With a rich history in the arts and creative achievement, Trinidad's downtown Creative District is a focal point of tourism and continued economic growth.