UNPRODUCED Book and Lyrics by Scott Miller & W.S. Gilbert Music by Arthur Sullivan & John Gerdes New Line Theatre presented a public reading, Jan. 6, 2020 at the Marcelle Theater, St. Louis http://www.newlinetheatre.com/oedipus-reading.html SYNOPSIS King Oedipus is already having a bad day, and here comes some REALLY bad news! All Oedipus wants is to lift the curse that's made his city sick, broke, and pissed off, but all these prophecies keep getting in the way. Could it be true that Oedipus killed the last king without realizing it? Is it possible he's married to his own mother? Does his name really mean "swollen foot"? Maybe Tiresias the Blind Seer knows the answers. But does Oedipus really want to know...? After shocking the music and theatre worlds by rediscovering Gilbert & Sullivan’s lost masterpiece The Zombies of Penzance in 2013, and then staging and publishing the controversial original opera, in 2018, now New Line Theatre artistic
New Line Theatre presents the world premiere Book and Lyrics by Scott Miller & W.S. Gilbert Music by Arthur Sullivan & John Gerdes Sept. 27-Oct.20, 2018 Marcelle Theater, St. Louis http://www.newlinetheatre.com/zoppage.html Nominated for the American Theatre Critics Association's 2018 New Play Award Purchase the 2018 live original cast recording here . Purchase the script here . Purchase the piano-vocal score here . SYNOPSIS One of Gilbert & Sullivan's best known works, The Pirates of Penzance , originally debuted in New York in 1879. What we now know is that there was an earlier, stranger draft of the show, which nobody knew about until now, with most of the same characters but a somewhat different plot. In Gilbert & Sullivan's never-before seen original draft, dated December 1878 and titled The Zombies of Penzance (with the unwieldy subtitle, At Night Come the Flesh Eaters ), Major-General Stanley is a retired zombie hunter, who doesn'