Atlantic for Kids: She Persisted, The Musical (Virtual Production)
Nov 20, 2020 – Jan 20, 2021
$5 per Single-Viewer device | $20 per Family device
An awe-inspiring virtual production designed for our current times.
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Script & Lyrics by Adam Tobin
Music by Deborah Wicks La Puma
Adapted from the book written by Chelsea Clinton
& Illustrated by Alexandra Boiger
Published by Philomel Books
Music supervision by macy schmidt
Directed & Choreographed by MK Lawson
She Persisted, The Musical is BACK in an adventurous new digital format! Our New York Premiere may have been cut short due to Covid-19, but we persisted, reuniting our team against all odds — from New York to California, Tennessee, Kentucky and beyond. We’re thrilled to bring you an awe-inspiring virtual remount of last season’s Off Broadway Alliance Award winner for “Best Family Show”!
In this trailblazing musical for young audiences based on Chelsea Clinton’s best-selling book, fourth-grader Naomi’s field trip to a Women’s History Museum turns into a time travel adventure where she encounters inspirational women overcoming barriers and making waves. She Persisted, The Musical is a rallying cry for all of those tiny feminists, mini activists and little ones ready to take on the world, one dream at a time! Recommended for children 5+ but welcomes kids (and adults) of all ages.
Run time: Approximately 60 minutes, no intermission.
Closed captioning is available.
Plus, a LIVE event:
Sunday, January 10 | 4:15 – 6:15 ET
$25 Single Viewer | $50 Family Viewing
4:15 – 5:15pm | Watch Party Performance (ShowTix4U)
5:15 – 5:30pm | Intermission
5:30 – 6:00pm | Live with Atlantic featuring Chelsea Clinton and director MK Lawson (Zoom)
6:00 – 6:15pm | Theater activity for young audiences led by Melissa Mahoney (Zoom)
Join us on January 10 for a community Watch Party and digital playground! Watch the show with us, and then stick around to learn more about Chelsea Clinton’s inspirations, the show’s journey from page to stage to screen courtesy of director MK Lawson, and how the show’s themes continue to resonate today. Plus, get a taste of our Atlantic Acting School classes for kids and teens with a brief theater activity for our young audiences!
Cast & Creative
AUBERTH BERCY is a graduate from New World School of the Arts College in Miami, FL. She is an actress who has been seen Off-Broadway at The 24 Hour Theatre Festival and The Broadway Bound Theatre Festival. Auberth is also a current member of The Flea Theatre’s Resident Acting Company The Bats. Also a stand up comedian in New York, you may have seen her at YAAAS Comedy Festival and she’ll take part in the 2020 Black Women In Comedy Festival. But more than anything she’s very excited to be a part of bringing She Persisted, The Musical to life!
JIANZI COLÓN-SOTO is a graduate of the Molloy College CAP21 BFA Program. Recent credits: She Persisted, The Musical (Atlantic Theater Company), The Giant Hoax (Theatre Row), The Waitress and the Robber (Seoul, S. Korea), Lady Capulet (Barefoot Shakespeare Co.), West Side Story (The Madison Theatre), Troilus and Cressida (Under St. Marks Theatre), The Wrong Box (Theatre for the New City), Lysistrata Jones (Ophelia Theatre Group). jianzicolonsoto.com | @jiancoso
Dr. Virginia Apgar/Sally Ride
AMANDA CORDAY is thrilled to be a part of She Persisted, The Musical! She previously appeared as Aunt Sponge in the Atlantic for Kids production of Roald Dahl’s James and the Giant Peach, as well as on Maude Night at the Upright Citizens Brigade Theater (UCB) with her sketch comedy team House Of Birds. You can find her original characters and impressions on YouTube, or see her in the Amazon TV mini-series “Ladies of the Lake.” Amanda enjoys fostering kittens in her spare time! Instagram: @amandacorday
AMBER JAUNAI is a NY-based actor, deviser, and combatant. Credits include: Just Like Viola (New York Theater Workshop); Really Really Gorgeous (The Tank); Sincerity Forever, Not My Monster!, and How Color Brave…? (The Flea); Lava (Exponential Festival); Kaspar (International Festival-Sibiu); Polaroid Stories, An Octoroon, Hair, and Middletown (Pace University). TV: “New Amsterdam,” “Bull,” “Law and Order: SVU,” “In Pursuit.” Film: Coward, Also With You, The Girl in the Camera, Fuseand Match. She has also developed work with Page 73 and Playhouse Creatures. BFA Acting, Pace University ’17. @amberjaunai
Harriet Tubman/Florence Griffith Joyner
CYNTHIA NESBIT is immensely proud to be a part of the cast of She Persisted, The Musical and to take the stage in her first production with Atlantic Theater Company! She was last seen touring China as Zuma/ Mayor Goodway in Nickelodeon’s Paw Patrol Live! Race to the Rescue. Other credits include Off-Broadway: Interstellar Cinderella (Fairy God Bot) and A Band of Angels (Ella), which won the Off-Broadway Alliance Award for Best Family Show! She also played Pippa in the premiere production of Twinkle Tames a Dragon and Emma in Please Bring Balloons. Cynthia hails from Cincinnati, OH and moved to New York City after receiving her BFA in Musical Theater from Ball State University. Instagram: @CynthiaNesbit
HEATHER SAWYER is a Swasian from Dallas, Texas and a graduate of the Molloy College CAP21 BFA Program for Musical Theatre. Heather has appeared as James in Roald Dahl’s James and the Giant Peach, Scottie in The Big One Oh! and Tatted Man in Last Stop on Market Street, all with Atlantic for Kids. She appeared Off-Broadway as Angel in Revelation the Musical. In 2018, Heather was in the New York Musical Festival song cycle, Breaking Ground. Her favorite roles include: MJ Clarke in Camp Eaglewood (dir. Marshall Pailet), Tweedle Dee in Lost in Wonderland (dir. Baayork Lee), and the Wolf in Into the Woods (dir. Travis Greisler). Not only is she an avid lover of stories, Heather also loves thunderstorms, snow globes, overalls, and pupper-ronis. BLM. Insist. Resist. Persist. @heathersawyer14 theadventuresofheathersawyer.com
Script & Lyrics
ADAM TOBIN is the writer and lyricist of She Persisted, The Musical, adapted from Chelsea Clinton’s children’s book for Bay Area Children’s Theatre. A Senior Lecturer teaching screenwriting and television at Stanford University, Tobin created the television series “About a Girl” and “Best Friend’s Date” for Viacom’s The-N network (now TeenNick), won an Emmy for writing on Discovery Channel’s “Cash Cab,” and worked in script development for Jim Henson Pictures and The National Basketball Association. He has taught story seminars to DreamWorks Animation, Aardman Animation, and Blue Sky Studios. Tobin also performed with Los Angeles Theatresports and the comedy group The But Franklies, and was a founding member of the Stanford Improvisors. He holds a Bachelor’s degree from Stanford in English and an MFA from USC School of Cinematic Arts in Screenwriting.
Deborah Wicks La Puma
DEBORAH WICKS LA PUMA. A composer, music director and orchestrator, Deborah Wicks La Puma is one of the most produced Theatre for Young Audiences artists working today. With bestselling children’s author Mo Willems she has created Elephant and Piggie’s: We Are In A Play (The Kennedy Center), and Naked Mole Rat Gets Dressed: The Rock Experience (Seattle Children’s Theatre). Her many and diverse works with playwright Karen Zacarías include Ella Enchanted (based on the book by Gail Carson Levine), Olivério: A Brazilian Twist (The Kennedy Center), Frida Libre (La Jolla Playhouse), Looking for Roberto Clemente (Imagination Stage) and Einstein Is a Dummy (The Alliance Theatre). With playwright Doug Cooney, La Puma created Nobody’s Perfect (based on the book by Marlee Matlin), a bilingual musical in English and American Sign Language, commissioned by Very Special Arts and the Kennedy Center. Upcoming 2019 premieres include She Persisted, The Musical (based on the book by Chelsea Clinton) with Adam Tobin at Bay Area Children’s Theatre, and Don’t Let the Pigeon Drive the Bus: The Musical with Mo Willems at the Kennedy Center. Her adult works include the lyric opera Dakota Sky and the Mexican folk musical Perdita (based on Shakespeare’s Winter’s Tale) with Kathleen Cahill; and Cornerstone Theater Company’s Making Paradise: The West Hollywood Musical. She received her MFA from New York University’s Tisch School of the Arts, her Bachelor’s degree from Stanford University, and she studied folk music with ethnomusicologist Alfredo López Mondragón. Her honors include the Jane Chambers Playwriting Award, an NEA New American Works Grant, two Parents’ Choice Awards, and a Helen Hayes Award for Outstanding Musical Adaptation. A proud Mexican-American and “Navy brat” who grew up in Brazil, Portugal and California, La Puma is a member of TYA USA/ASSITEJ, ASCAP and The Dramatists Guild. Mother to three daughters and Mimi the Cat, La Puma lives in Southern California with her PR agent and loving husband, Chris.
Original Book Author
CHELSEA CLINTON. As vice chair of the Clinton Foundation, Chelsea Clinton works alongside the Foundation’s leadership and partners to help create economic opportunity, improve public health, and inspire civic engagement and service across the United States and around the world. In particular, Chelsea focuses on promoting early brain and language development through the Too Small to Fail initiative, and uplifting/empowering female entrepreneurs and women-led businesses around the world through initiatives like the Caribbean-focused Women in Renewable Energy (WIRE) Network. She also serves on the boards of the Clinton Health Access Initiative and the Alliance for a Healthier Generation.
In addition to her Foundation work, Chelsea also teaches at Columbia University’s Mailman School of Public Health and has written several books for young readers, including the #1 New York Timesbestselling She Persisted: 13 American Women Who Changed the World as well as She Persisted Around the World, She Persisted in Sports, Start Now! You Can Make a Difference; Don’t Let Them Disappear; and It’s Your World: Get Informed, Get Inspired & Get Going. She is also the co-author of The Book of Gutsy Women and Grandma’s Gardens with her mom Hillary Clinton and of Governing Global Health: Who Runs the World and Why? with Devi Sridhar.
Chelsea holds a Bachelor of Arts from Stanford, a Master of Public Health from Columbia’s Mailman School of Public Health, and both a Master of Philosophy and a Doctorate in international relations from Oxford University. She lives with her husband Marc, their children Charlotte, Aidan and Jasper, and dog Soren in New York City.
ALEXANDRA BOIGER grew up in Munich, Germany as the youngest of seven children. She studied Graphic Design at the Fachhochschule Augsburg before working in Feature Animation at Warner Brothers and DreamWorks. After working in animation, Alexandra decided to pursue a lifelong dream of becoming a children’s book illustrator. She has illustrated many picture books, including She Persisted: 13 American Women Who Changed the World. Max and Marla was her debut as both author and illustrator. Alexandra now lives in Northern California with her husband and daughter.
MK LAWSON is always happy to be back working for one of her favorite companies, having directed and choreographed the world premiere of The Big One-Oh! earlier this season. MK has choreographed 5 other amazing projects for Atlantic for Kids, and directed last season’s James and the Giant Peach. As a choreographer: award-winning productions for Florida Rep, White Plains Performing Arts Center, Ocean State Theatre Company, and Sharon Playhouse; numerous productions and events for NYU. As a director/choreographer: new musicals for the International Fringe Festival and NY Children’s Theatre Festival; Celebration, Brigadoon and The Secret Garden (NYU); upcoming immersive revival of The Drowsy Chaperone (Out of the Box Theatrics). As an Associate Director: Romy and Michele’s High School Reunion (world premiere at the 5th Avenue), The Gentle Whisper of Trees (Westport Country Playhouse), Atlantis: a new musical (world premiere at Virginia Rep), Rock of Ages 10th Anniversary production (New World Stages). If you wanna know more check out mklawson.com !
MACY SCHMIDT is an NYC-based Music Director, Orchestrator, and Copyist. Most recently, she worked on the Broadway production of TINA: The Tina Turner Musical. She spends much of her time on projects collaborating with contemporary musical theatre artists on musicals in development. Macy has taken her work across the globe as well, and recently returned from Asia, where she Music Directed for Shanghai Starz, an international musical theatre camp in Shanghai, China, and India, where she worked on the music team for the London-bound stage adaptation of Monsoon Wedding. Macy also serves as a faculty pianist at the Manhattan School of Music & Cap 21 Conservatory, and teaches Music Theory at Pace University. She is a passionate advocate for women in music. macyschmidtmusic.com
Edward T. Morris
Production Design & Illustrations
EDWARD T. MORRIS is a NYC-based set and projections designer. She Persisted, The Musical is Edward’s fifth production with Atlantic for Kids. Edward has designed for Roundabout Underground, The Barrow Group, Cherry Lane Theater, Goodspeed Opera House, LaMama ETC, The Magic Theatre, Martha Graham Dance Company, San Francisco Playhouse, Shanghai Dramatic Arts Center, Weston Playhouse, Westport Country Playhouse, Yale Repertory Theatre, and the comedian Colin Quinn. BFA, University of Michigan; MFA, Yale School of Drama. Lecturer: New School for Drama. Member: United Scenic Artists Local #829 and Wingspace Theatrical Design. Co-Author: sustainableproductiontoolkit.com Portfolio: edwardtmorris.com.
ROSE BISOGNO. Previous Atlantic for Kids design credits include: Roald Dahl’s James and the Giant Peach and The Big One-Oh!. Other credits include: Brigadoon (NYU), The Secret Garden (NYU), Big Bend in the Red Dirt Desert (Williamstown Theatre Festival), Pins and Needles (NYU) and The Meanest Birthday Girl (Musical Theater Factory). Congratulations to the entire She Persisted, The Musical team! www.rosebisogno.com.
Sound Design & Mixing
CAMERON HOFFMAN is a NYC based Sound Designer / Engineer and Video Programmer. He is a constant collaborator with Five Ohm Productions and a California State University Graduate. Recent credits include Sound programmer: The Lehman Trilogy, Broadway; Video Programmer: Untitled Dance Party Show Thing, Virgin Voyages; Sound Designer: The Big One-Oh!, Atlantic For Kids, and Audio Head: Octet, Signature Theatre Company.
Janna is an Atlantic alum and editor based in Brooklyn, NY.
Liminal Entertainment Technologies
Video and Effects Consultation
Bringing together a team with experience in film, theater, and broadcast, Liminal Entertainment Technologies develops innovative software and systems for numerous entertainment industries. Rising to meet the needs created by the current pandemic, Liminal created the acclaimed utility, ZoomOSC, and has established itself as a premiere name in virtual theater. Currently specializing in decentralized performance, virtual events, and live streaming, Liminal prepares to release its StreamWeaver software ecosystem, which will open up new horizons for both virtual and in-person events and performance. The Liminal Team is grounded in the motto “Adapt to the Present, Build for the Future” as it strives to pioneer the future of entertainment.
Production Stage Manager
LOUIS MARKOWITZ is overjoyed to be returning to Atlantic for Kids and to She Persisted, The Musical in this new format. Other Alantic for Kids: The Big One-Oh!. Other NYC credits include Tin Woman (Reading), Ellen West (Prototype Festival), The Dead 1904 (Irish Rep), Consent (NYU Grad Acting, US premiere), amongst others. Louis has also worked at the Glimmerglass Festival as an ASM. Much love to his Atlantic Theater family, his parents, and the incredible She Persisted, The Musical team.
Turn She Persisted, The Musical into your own interactive educational experience! Learn the music and lyrics to “Walk On” and the choreography to “Run My Race,” courtesy of the show’s cast, before tuning in to watch the show on your own time.
Atlantic’s study guides take educators and their students deeper into the story. Each guide provides a variety of discussion starters, activities, and a relevant contextual basis to immerse students in the world of the play before attending the show.
A social story is a tool that helps individuals know what to expect in unfamiliar situations by walking through the experience with pictures and text. They are often used by individuals on the autism spectrum or people with sensory, social or cognitive disabilities. For this virtual production, the social story walks the audience through what to expect in the streaming show with pictures and a summary.
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Atlantic is committed to connecting deeply and authentically with audiences from a broad range of economic backgrounds, ages, ethnicities, and perspectives. To further that commitment particularly in light of the current health crisis, we’re offering this digital presentation of She Persisted: The Musical free of charge to partner schools nationwide incorporating our programming into their classroom curriculum.
As a non-profit theater company, Atlantic has always relied on our community of supporters. But today, we need them more than ever. If you can, we hope you’ll add a donation to your virtual order. Whether it’s $10 to underwrite a single student ticket or $250 to cover an entire class of young people, your support of any size would go a long way in securing Atlantic’s future and sustaining accessible programming like this. Thank you for your consideration.
Reviews (New York Premiere)
“An exuberant, time-traveling history lesson that instills confidence! The optimistic takeaway for the youngest generation is clear: Persevere. You’ve got this.”
, The New York Times
“Inspirational! A call to action for families raising young feminists, She Persisted celebrates real-life sheroes while demonstrating that everyone has the power to make a difference.”
RAVEN SNOOK, TIME OUT NEW YORK
“With so many kids’ shows based on fairy tales, it’s a treat to have one inspired by feminist tales.”
CAREY PURCELL, TDF Stages
Production Photos (New York Premiere)
Photos by Ahron R. Foster.