Friday, March 11, 2011

Hofstra Happenings: Alumni Return to Campus to Perform Staged Reading of Their New Musical

Hofstra drama alumni Alexandra H. Rubin ’09 and Mark Sanderlin ’10 returned to campus with a troupe of actors on October 19, 2010, to present a staged reading of their new musical, Tangled, for which they collaborated on the lyrics, Rubin wrote the book, and Sanderlin composed the music. The performance was presented at the Emily and Jerry Spiegel Theater as part of Drama 14, a First-Year Connections seminar taught by Adjunct Professor of English Maureen Connolly McFeely. The plot of Tangled focuses on Scott, who considers himself mediocre in every way, but when the shy new girl at Ford High, Kat, notices him in the hall, Scott musters up the courage to pursue her. But Kat has a secret: she is transgender. As Kat begins to let Scott into her world, his newfound courage is tested against the truth of Kat’s identity.

Tangled began in 2005 as a 15-minute short play by Rubin for The Spectrum Players, a Hofstra student theater group. In 2009 Rubin teamed up with Sanderlin to develop Tangled into a full-length musical. The musical has enjoyed readings at the studios at Manhattan Theatre Club and Center Stage, NY. In January 2011 Tangled will have a staged reading produced by Theater for the New City.

Rubin is currently the associate producer of Frog and Peach Theatre Company, where she assistant directs the main stage and children’s shows under Artistic Director Lynnea Benson. Sanderlin’s works include two albums of original solo material, film scores, choral arrangements and incidental music for the stage. In 2007 his song “Rain” was a nominee for an IACmusic Golden Kayak Songwriting Award.


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