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NEW YORK TIMES CRITICS’ PICK
“GLORIOUSLY strange, DELIGHTFULLY weird, CLEVERLY HILARIOUS!
A LIVELY, LIKABLE and ENDEARING new musical!”
– Charles Isherwood, The New York Times
“A DELIGHT! ‘Found’ is the first emotionally
satisfying musical for the post-bust generation.
THE WILDNESS NEVER LETS UP!”
– New York Magazine
“LOOK NO FURTHER: ‘FOUND’ IS HERE!
A welcome edge of surreal authenticity. A sharp ensemble.
Rollicking, ingenious showstoppers!
THE BEST DATE-NIGHT SHOW OF THE SEASON!”
– New York Post
“A WINSOMELY QUIRKY, ENDEARING new musical!
Imagine a modern ‘Hair’ with more songs like Frank Mills.”
– Time Out New York
“WITTY, LAUGH-OUT-LOUD FUNNY!”
– Entertainment Weekly
“A SURPRISING AND SATISFYING FIND!
New musicals with the ORIGINALITY and INFECTIOUS
EXUBERANCE of ‘Found’ are uncommon.”
– New York Daily News
“CLEVERNESS and JOY! EXUBERANTLY executed
MUSICAL TREATS by a cast of ten SPIRITED talents!”
– New York Observer
“FOUND IS ONE HELL OF A GOOD TIME!
A form-exploding new musical will leave you SMILING FOR DAYS! Each word this ensemble utters is a GUT BUSTER OF EPIC PROPORTIONS!”
book by HUNTER BELL & LEE OVERTREE
music and original lyrics by ELI BOLIN
based on the Found books and magazines by DAVY ROTHBART
additional material created in collaboration with STORY PIRATES
directed by LEE OVERTREE
Linda Gross Theater, 336 W 20th St.
Running Time: 2 hours and 15 minutes with one 10 minute intermission
FOUND isn’t just based on a true story, it’s based on hundreds of them. From the Tony-nominated co-creator of [title of show] and the creative team of the nationally renowned Story Pirates, Atlantic Theater Company is proud to present this vibrant new musical.
FOUND was created from scores of surprising and eccentric discarded notes and letters that have been “found” in the real world by every-day people. Inspired by actual events, the show follows Davy who, along with his two best friends, is lost and broke. When he finds a strangely revealing note on his windshield meant for someone else, it sparks an outlandish idea that finds him and his compatriots on a wild, comedic journey. This raucous and insightful new musical tells a story of ambition, betrayal and loyalty while celebrating the weirdness in all of us.
HUNTER BELL (Book). Obie Award, Drama League nomination, Tony nomination for the original Broadway musical [title of show]. Other credits include the books for Now. Here. This. (Vineyard Theatre), Silence! The Musical, Bellobration! (Ringling Brothers Barnum & Bailey Circus), Villains Tonight! (Disney Cruise Lines) and Julie Andrews’ The Great American Mousical. Hunter is a graduate and distinguished alumnus of Webster University’s Conservatory of Theatre Arts, a MacDowell Fellow and a member of the Dramatists and Writers Guilds. @huntbell
LEE OVERTREE (Director, Book) has served as Artistic Director of Story Pirates since he co-founded the organization in 2003. His productions have been presented at the Kennedy Center in Washington DC, the Geffen Playhouse in Los Angeles, Solid Sound Festival (curated by the band Wilco), Bumbershoot Music and Arts Festival in Seattle and at dozens of theatres in New York including at Symphony Space, Ars Nova, Dixon Place, Galapagos and the Upright Citizens Brigade. Other writing/directing credits include productions for major publishing houses, the American Museum of Natural History in New York City and The Natural History Museum of Los Angeles. Lee hosts and directs the weekly Sirius/XM show Story Pirates Radio. He is an alumnus of Northwestern University. Special thanks to everyone from Found Magazine and all the Story Pirates who contributed to this piece over the years.
ELI BOLIN (Music and Original Lyrics) is music director of Story Pirates, which performs songs and sketches adapted from the creative writing of children all over the country. New York: Volleygirls (NYMF 2013 Best of Fest and Most Promising New Musical), Skippyjon Jones (Lucille Lortel nomination), I Sing! (York). Regional: Roller Disco (A.R.T.), Schmoozy Togetherness (Williamstown). TV: “Sesame Street,” “Billy on the Street,” “Kristen Schaal Live at the Fillmore” and “Comedy Central Presents: Kristen Schaal.” As an actor, Eli appeared on NBC’s “30 Rock” as a member of the Woggels. He is the oneman house band for the podcast “Ask Roulette” and the improv show Clanging (with Josh Radnor and Dion Flynn). Eli is a graduate of Northwestern and a member of ASCAP and the Dramatists Guild and is represented by Abrams Artists. Endless love to Allison and Baby Walter. elibolin.net
MONICA BILL BARNES (Choreographer) is a choreographer and performer and the Artistic Director of Monica Bill Barnes & Company, a New York City-based contemporary dance company. MBB & CO has performed in more than 50 cities throughout the United States; been commissioned and presented by The American Dance Festival, The John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts and Jacob’s Pillow Dance Festival; and performed all over New York City in venues ranging from Upright Citizens Brigade to BAM Opera House. Monica began working with Ira Glass in 2012 when she created a solo for David Rakoff as a part of This American Life Live! She continued to collaborate with Ira to create, choreograph and direct a show that combines radio stories and dances, Three Acts, Two Dancers, One Radio Host. Currently, Monica is creating a new show, Up, up and away with her dancing partner, Anna Bass, and collaborating with Maira Kalman to create a guided museum workout. Monica is thrilled to be back at Atlantic Theater working with this wonderful group.
DAVID KORINS (Scenic Designer). Atlantic: Farragut North. Broadway: Motown, Annie, Bring It On, Vanya and Sonia and Masha and Spike, Chinglish, An Evening With Patti LuPone and Mandy Patinkin, Magic/Bird, Godspell, The Peewee Herman Show, Lombardi, Passing Strange and Bridge & Tunnel. Extensive work both Off-Broadway and regionally. His most recent Off-Broadway shows include Fly by Night (Playwrights Horizons) and Here Lies Love (Public Theater). Upcoming: Hamilton (The Public Theater). David served as Kanye West’s creative director, designing several concerts in the US and abroad. He is the recipient of a Drama Desk Award, a Lucille Lortel Award, three Henry Hewes Awards and an Obie Award for Sustained Excellence in Design. davidkorinsdesign.com
THERESA SQUIRE (Costume Designer) designs costumes for theatre, dance and film. Theresa has designed many shows here at the Atlantic Theater Company including The Lieutenant of Inishmore, Dreams of Flying Dreams of Falling, Make Me and Dusk Rings a Bell among others. Theresa has also designed for MCC Theater, most recently Small Engine Repair at the Lucille Lortel Theatre, as well as The Signature Theatre Company, Playwrights Horizons, Primary Stages, 2nd Stage, Keen Company, The Hourglass Group including The Beebo Brinker Chronicles, Merrimack Repertory Theatre, Barrow Street Theatre, The Flying Machine, Cherry Lane, Epic Theatre Company, DR2 Kids Theatre, iTheatrics (national tours), Chautauqua Theatre Company, Dorset Theatre Festival, Tami Stronach Dance, Parsons Dance, Irish Rep most recently Man and Superman, The New Group including Rafta, Rafta… and Soho Rep including Blasted. Her costumes were seen on Broadway in High Fidelity and The Lieutenant of Inishmore.
JUSTIN TOWNSEND (Lighting Designer). Broadway: Casa Valentina, A Night with Janis Joplin, Vanya and Sonia and Masha and Spike, The Other Place, Bloody Bloody Andrew Jackson (Outer Critics Circle and Henry Hewes nominations). Off-Broadway: Here Lies Love (Drama Desk Award, Lucille Lortel Award); Vanya and Sonia and Masha and Spike (Lincoln Center Theater); Mr. Burns, a Post-Electric Play, Milk Like Sugar (Playwrights Horizons); The Other Place (MCC Theater); Unnatural Acts (Lortel nom.), Galileo (Classic Stage Co.); Monstrosity (13P); Opus (Primary Stages); Speech and Debate (Roundabout); The Treatment (Culture Project); Beauty on the Vine, Palace of the End, Mahida’s Extra Key to Heaven (Epic Theatre). New York: Drums of the Waves of the Horikawa (Theatre of a Two Headed Calf). Regional: The Onion Cellar (American Repertory Theater, Elliot Norton Award), The Blue Flower (A.R.T., Elliot Norton Award, IRNE Award), Hamlet (Folger Shakespeare Library, Helen Hayes nom.), Apollo (Douglas Theatre, Ovation nom.). Awards: 2014 Obie Award for Sustained Excellence in Lighting Design. www.justintownsend.com
KEN TRAVIS (Sound Designer). Broadway: Aladdin, Jekyll and Hyde, A Christmas Story the Musical, Scandalous, Newsies, Memphis, The Threepenny Opera, Barefoot in the Park, Steel Magnolias. Numerous New York and regional theatres and companies including The Old Globe, 5th Avenue Theatre, McCarter Theatre, Seattle Rep, La Jolla Playhouse, L.A. Center Theatre Group, A.C.T. Seattle, Guthrie Theater, KC Rep, Dallas Theater Center, Playwrights Horizons, The New Group, The Public Theater, CSC, Signature Theatre NYC, Soho Rep, Vineyard Theatre, The Civilians, Mabou Mines and national and international festivals and tours. Sound engineer for numerous international music acts.
DARREL MALONEY (Projection Designer) has designed for broadcast, concerts, film and theatre. Broadway: American Idiot, A Night with Janis Joplin, Everyday Rapture. Off-Broadway: Checkers (Vineyard Theatre, Drama Desk nomination), Kung Fu, Golden Child (Signature Theatre), The Village Bike, The Submission, (MCC) Bikeman (Tribeca Performing Arts Center), Masks Outrageous and Austere (Culture Project), Tokio Confidential (Atlantic Stage 2). Others designs include Ringling Bros. and Barnum & Bailey Circus Legends (144th edition), Harmony (Ahmanson, CTG), The Shape She Makes (A.R.T.), Allegiance (Old Globe), Hughie (Shakespeare Theatre), Surf (Planet Hollywood, Las Vegas), Karen O’s Stop the Virgens (St. Ann’s Warehouse and Sydney Opera House), The Submission (MCC), SCKBSTD (Virginia Stage), The Elephant Man (Minnesota Opera) as well as lighting and projections for Peer Gynt (La Jolla Playhouse and Kansas City Rep.). Darrel is also the founder of the design and production studio “the 13th,” and serves on the faculty of the Yale School of Drama. www.darrelmaloney.com
FRANK GALGANO & MATT CASTLE (Orchestrations) are overjoyed to be making their Atlantic Theater Company debuts with Found. Together, Frank and Matt have orchestrated new musicals for The Kennedy Center, A.C.T., Fiasco Theater, The Old Globe, McCarter Theatre, York Theatre, Theatreworks USA, George Street Playhouse, Sacramento Theatre Company and The Waterfront Playhouse as well as specialty numbers for Kristin Chenoweth (Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade and Carnegie Hall), Randy Newman (Davies Hall), Debra Monk (BC/EFA), Adam Gwon (54 Below), William Finn (Amas Musical Theatre) and more. Upcoming projects include Into the Woods (Roundabout), Gabi Goes Green (George Street Playhouse), The Trials of Alice in Wonderland (Pioneer Drama Service) and sequels to Junie B. Jones and Skippyjon Jones (Theatreworks USA).