SON OF GUN, A NEW MUSICAL
SON OF A GUN is a quirky, darkly comic, folk/rock musical that tells the story of Danderhauler Agamenon Khrusty, the eldest of three sons of Winston and Elmadora Khrusty, and the heir apparent to the throne of the Khrusty family Appalachian band. Danderhauler’s life is dominated by the charismatic personality of his father, a highly- functioning, highly-entertaining alcoholic. When Danderhauler meets the love of his life, Lucy Sunshine, they conspire to free him of the burden of his father’s addiction, but the surprising news of Winston’s tongue cancer thwarts their plans. In exchange for Winston agreeing to have his tongue surgically removed, Danderhauler steps up as the new band leader. As the events that follow spiral out of control, Danderhauler clings to his love for Lucy to keep him upright. When even that window of hope is shattered, Danderhauler realizes that to save his own life another sort of surgical removal is required. He must find a way to confront both his dead father and his own demons. He does both by means of an old fashioned cowboy duel.
After more than four years of development, SON OF A GUN will see its first fully-staged production, produced by Firebone Theatre at the Beckett Theatre at Theatre Row this November 1st-18th. Theatre Row, on 42nd St, is in the heart of the Theatre District just outside Times Square. We have gathered a killer team of Broadway actors, directors and musicians who have committed their talents and hearts to this story. The cast includes Van Hughes (American Idiot), Ryan Link (Hair), Billy Brimblecom, Rebecca Hart, Lori Fischer (Barbara’s Blue Kitchen), Michael Castillejos, Alex Branton, Drew McVety (Billy Elliot) and Gabriel Barre, our director.
...BUT TALENT & HEART ALONE WON'T GET US THERE, WE NEED YOUR HELP!
WHERE WILL YOUR MONEY GO?
In 2007, Firebone Theatre contacted Don Chaffer about creating a musical theater piece based on his album, THE KHRUSTY BROTHERS. In 2008, Firebone founding member Chris Cragin began collaborating with Don Chaffer on the first draft of SON OF A GUN. In 2010, the show received a New Directors/New Works Fellowship grant from the Drama League. This grant allowed Firebone Theatre to produce a reading at Playwrights Horizons. In the Spring of 2011, SON OF A GUN was invited to perform at Joe's Pub, the music venue attached to The Public Theater. In the summer of 2011, SON OF GUN was chosen for the Eugene O'Neill National Music Theater Conference. While at the O'Neill Don won the Georgia Bogardus Holof award, given each year to one outstanding lyricist. Also in 2011, the show was a finalist for the Yale Music Theater Institute. And in 2012, SON OF GUN was named a finalist for the Richard Rogers Award.
FIREBONE THEATRE'S MISSION
Firebone Theatre creates quality theatre experiences that confront the timeless questions of human mortality (bone) and divine immortality (fire). We are committed to cultivating new work and new talent, using both to engage our community in open dialogue about life, death and Spirit. We seek to create art that fosters such a community, through its excellence and its fearlessness.
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