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Behind the Scenes Look at “Murder Ballad”
 

OVERVIEW

WHO: Sidecountry Theatre

WHAT: Murder Ballad, Conceived by and with Book and Lyrics by Julia Jordan, Music and Lyrics by Juliana Nash

WHEN: October 17, 2016-November 13, 2016 (Press/Opening Night: Friday, October 21)

WHERE: West of Lenin, 203 N. 36th St., Seattle, WA 98103

 

TICKETS

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Murder Ballad, directed by Billie Wildrick, is the sexy, dramatic rock musical about a love triangle gone wrong centering on Sara, an uptown woman who seems to have it all, but whose downtown past lingers enticingly and dangerously in front of her.  A downtown and off-broadway sensation, Murder Ballad was the must see theatre experience of 2013. The title is taken from the phrase “murder ballad,” a type of song that describes the details of a crime, from the murderer to the motive to the act itself.  Conceived by Jonathan Larson Award winner and two-time Susan Smith Blackburn Prize finalist Julia Jordan with book and lyrics by Jordan and music and lyrics by indie rock singer/songwriter Juliana Nash, Murder Ballad is a steamy and fun thriller with a razor’s edge.
 

 

LIVE PERFORMANCE GALLERY

REVIEWS

Wildrick and Sidecountry have crafted a fine piece with this one…..
… one of the few chances for audiences around here to catch it, and catch it they should.

Jay Irwin of Broadway World

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A little sex, a little violence, a lot of innuendo go into the musical “Murder Ballad”
The actors’ encounters are credibly steamy, bathed in the stark lighting design of Alyssa Milione.
….director Billie Wildrick keeps the momentum humming in Sidecountry Theatre’s production.

Dusty Somers of The Seattle Times

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Murder Ballad has a top notch cast led by frequent 5th Avenue/Village actor Naomi Morgan.
It’s provocative and sultry with a sexy score and strong performances.
It’s a smart show that’s well directed by Billie Wildrick with a finely honed 4 piece band led by musical director Brandon Peck.

Michael Strangeways of the Seattle Gay Scene

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[Murder Ballad’s] plot is simple but sharp, and its stunningly performed and directed.
When things really work, they really, really work. And this is a ‘really, REALLY works’!

Roger B.A. Klorese, blogger

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Cast (in alphabetical order):

NARRATOR – Sarah Henley-Hick

SARA – Naomi Morgan

TOM – Jordan Iosua Taylor

MICHAEL – Nick Watson

 
Musicians

Bass Alternate – Mark Miller

Bass Alternate – John VanZenten

Drums – Scot Sexton

Guitar – Ian Hughes

 
Creative and Production:

DIRECTOR – Billie Wildrick

ASSOCIATE DIRECTOR – Phillip Lacey

MUSIC DIRECTOR – Brandon Peck

COSTUME DESIGNER – Darren Mills

LIGHTING DESIGN – Alyssa Milione

SCENIC DESIGNER & PROPS MASTER – Catherine Cornell

SOUND DESIGN – Mike Miller

SOUND TECHNICIAN – Jonathan Fowles

STAGE MANAGER – Jennifer Essinger

STAGE HAND | BARTENDER | SOUND TECHNICIAN – David Marshall

SIDECOUNTRY THEATRE PRODUCTION MANAGER – Crystal Dawn Munkers

PRODUCING ARTISTIC DIRECTOR – John Sutherland

 
About the Playwrights

Julia Jordan (Book and Lyrics): Musicals: Murder Ballad (book and lyrics); Sarah, Plain and Tall (book); The Mice (book, 1 act of Hal Prince’s 3hree). Plays: Boy, Tatjana in Color, St. Scarlet, Smoking Lesson, Dark Yellow, Astrological Quit Claim Deeds , Jones. The Kleban Award for librettist, Francesca Primus Prize, Lucille Lortel Playwriting Fellowship, Manhattan Theatre Club Fellowship, Jonathan Larson Award, Heideman Award and two time LeComte Nouy Award, AT&T OnStage Award, The American Spirit Award, three times shortlisted for the Susan Smith Blackburn Award. Her work has been produced at Primary Stages, Actor’s Theater of Louisville, SoHo Rep, McCarter Theatre, Dallas Theater Center, Prince Music Theater, Ahmanson, Studio Dante, Wellfleet, Contemporary American Theater Festival, Salt Lake Acting Company and The American Theater, among others. Her plays have been developed at Sundance, The O’Neill, Ojai Playwrights Conference, Playlabs at the Minneapolis Playwrights Center, Cleveland Playhouse, among others. Jordan is one of the founders of The Lilly Awards and is on the Council of the Dramatists Guild.

Juliana Nash (Music and Lyrics): Juliana Nash was the rhythm guitarist, and singer-songwriter for the band Talking to Animals, which was signed to Columbia and Velvel Records. Her work has been featured in films such as Rob Morrow’s Maze and Eric Schaeffer’s Fall. She is the proud recipient of an MTC/Sloan commission. She is the co-lyricist and composer for MURDER BALLAD. MURDER BALLAD was produced at the Manhattan theater club in their 2012-13 season and then transferred to the Union Square Theater in the spring of 2013. MURDER BALLAS was nominated for five Lortel Awards including outstanding musical, Drama League for outstanding musical and the Outer Critics Circle for best musical. Juliana is a graduate of the New England Conservatory of Music. She is a member of the Dramatists Guild and BMI and would like to thank both organizations for their support.

Murder Ballad performances:

October 2016

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7pm – Donor night
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8pm -2nd Preview – PWYC
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8pm- 3rd Preview – PWYC
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8pm -Opening

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7:00pm

9:30pm

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2pm
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8pm
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7:00pm

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7pm – Special Halloween perf- 1st Preview-Industry night-PWYC

 

November 2016

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Special Events

  • Red Carpet Opening Night
  • Post-Play Discussions

Where

West of Lenin, 203 N. 36th St., Seattle, WA 98103