MICHAEL COLLINS follows the true story of the Irish Rebel of the same name — but it’s more than just an Irish story. It’s a universal story of how people respond to oppression and the terrible cost to the oppressed when that response is violent — even if it ultimately leads to freedom. It begins in 1916, during the failed Easter Rising against the British. As a young soldier, Michael Collins sees the flawed methods that continually lead the Irish people to lose in uprising after uprising. Upon being released from prison, he joins with other rebels (Eamon De Valera, Harry Boland, Arthur Griffith, Cathal Brugha, and Tom Hales) to start a new kind of revolution: one that would eventually bring the British to the negotiating table for the first time in history and free Ireland — and cost Michael everything he holds dear.
RYAN CUNNINGHAM (Book & Lyrics) is a Jonathan Larson Award-winning lyricist and book writer and a Drama Desk and MAC Award nominee. His Off-Broadway musical, written with composer Joshua Salzman, I Love You Because, was in the NAMT Festival of New Musicals and went on to be produced all over the world in five languages. His next musical also with Salzman, Next Thing You Know, has been produced at CAP 21 in New York, across America and in Europe. He also wrote the book and lyrics to The Legend of New York (O’Neill Conference finalist) and Michael Collins (ASCAP Musical Workshop winner) both currently in development with Salzman. With award-winning writer Charles Antin he wrote the comedies Half-Married and Television’s Greatest Playwright. When he is not writing his own work, he is helping to sell tickets to other people’s as a Creative Director at the Broadway advertising agency AKA. Ryan is a graduate of the NYU Graduate Musical Theatre Writing Program and is a member of ASCAP and the Dramatists Guild. He teaches musical theatre writing at Northwestern University where is also the Associate Artistic Director of the American Music Theatre Project. He lives in Chicago with his wife and two sons.
JOSHUA SALZMAN (Music) is a Jonathan Larson Award-winning composer and MAC Award nominated songwriter. His Off-Broadway musical written with book writer/lyricist Ryan Cunningham, I Love You Because has been produced all over the world. Also written with Cunningham, his musical Next Thing You Know has been produced at CAP 21 in New York, and across America and in Europe. Along with Ryan, Joshua is currently at work on the new musical Michael Collin — winner of the 2017 ASCAP Musical Theatre Workshop. Joshua is a graduate of the NYU Graduate Musical Theatre Writing Program and a proud member of ASCAP and the Dramatists Guild. He lives in New Jersey with his wife and two daughters.
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Contact Info: Ryan Cunningham, RyanSCunningham@gmail.com
Joshua Salzman, Jsalzman88@hotmail.com
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