The talented cast from the May 2018 reading of "Connected." 

Music, Lyrics and Book

Richard L. Williams~ (Composer, Lyricist, Librettist) best known for his emotionally moving music and hummable melodies has also written Maya and Esther, the Musical. Rick was born with music continuously playing inside his head. As soon as he could climb up on the piano bench, he began experimenting with his first compositions by age 3.   Even at that tender age, he was frequently a source of irritation and frustration to his piano teacher, as she required that he play “what was written”.  Being both creative and stubborn, Rick continued to re-write his assigned pieces.  Soon after his debut recital, his teacher unexpectedly died.   Rick’s parents decided that they did not want to take any further chances irritating and frustrating piano teachers—consequently, lessons and instruction abruptly stopped at the age of 3 and a half. However, his interest in music and musical theatre continued to thrive, and 14 wrote his first musical. He is extremely excited to watch Connected take life and is very thankful for all of the talented people who have helped along the way.

 

Rick lives on a small farm in Jupiter, Florida with his wife Lori—raising goats and chickens.

Production Overview

The ideal cast size for Connected would be about 10,  The principal characters consist of 2 women and 3 men.  Ensemble consists of 3 men and 3 women.  Connected has 2 acts and runs approximately 120 minutes. It could also be modified to run as one act with a running time of about 90 minutes.

Multimedia concept will use an opt-in option during ticket purchase.  Periodically, the audience will experience the sharing of some texts and other files to their smart devices (cell phone, tablet, etc.) from the cast that coordinate with the story and current action on stage. The thought is to have more outgoing SMS during Act 1, and then gradually diminish as the audience begins to connect with each character.  The hope is, by the time we are in Act 2-- there will be no more text messages and the audiene will probably not notice as their connectivity is transferred from a digital modality to a human connection.

 

It is recognized that an audience with their devices on, may prove to be too great of a distraction. However, leveraging multimedia in this manner, could very well help redefine the nature of traditional theatre.

 

 

Contact us for more information regarding the completed libretto, musical score or anything else that you would like.

 

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