Broadway Producer Pick List: Factory Girls


In 1843, 31-year-old Sarah Bagley leaves her family’s New Hampshire farm to join the country’s first working women in the burgeoning factories in Lowell, Massachusetts. She uses the personal time that working for the mill allows, to write for The Lowell Offering, a company-sponsored literary magazine edited by the woman who quickly becomes her closest friend, Harriet Farley. With a forum for their writing and money in their pockets, the women of Lowell are poised to show the world what factory girls have the power to do. But when the corporation reacts to mounting competitions by reducing free time and wages for the workers, Sarah speaks out against the mill in the pages of the Offering. In her fight for justice, Sarah jeopardizes not only her friendship with Harriet but the very gains that she seeks to protect, raising her fiery voice as a leader of the little-known feminist uprising of the American Industrial Revolution.


CREIGHTON IRONS is a composer/lyricist originally from North Carolina. His musicals Factory Girls, The Moon and the Sea, Soul Notes, and Staying Wild and Homefront (commissioned by A.C.T.’s Young Conservatory in San Francisco) have been presented at Goodspeed Musicals, NAMT’s Festival of New Musicals, the American Conservatory Theater, Pace University, The University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, The New American Theater Company NY, 11th Hour Theater (Philadelphia), Boston Conservatory, and in venues across NYC (54 Below, Birdland Jazz, The Cutting Room, Joe’s Pub, Lincoln Center). He was selected to attend the Johnny Mercer Colony at Goodspeed Opera House (2015) and named one of “23 Composer/Lyricists Who Prove Why You Should Give Musical Theatre Another Shot.” Creighton leads two children’s choruses in the Bronx and is a teaching artist with the Roundabout Theatre and Lincoln Center Theater. BA, UNC-CH (Morehead Scholar); MFA, NYU-Tisch Graduate Musical Theater Writing Program. For more information, check out his website, here!

SEAN MAHONEY is a musical theater writer based out of New York City and Telluride, CO. His works, which include Factory Girls (with Creighton Irons), Prep School Musical (with Sam Forman), and Sweetwater (with Patricia Noonan) have been performed at Birdland, Joe’s Pub, Merkin Hall, Symphony Space, Ars Nova, Goodspeed Opera House, ACT/San Francisco, and Boston Conservatory among many others. He was a resident composer-lyricist at the Lucy Moses Summer Musical Theater Workshop in NYC for four years, and has also been a professional stage and session guitarist, mobile/club DJ, and educator for over fifteen years. MFA, NYU-Tisch Graduate Musical Theater Writing; BA, UNH.


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