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Kim Rosenstock, Will Connolly, and Michael Mitnick

Fly By Night: A New Musical


Mainstage Theater

Conceived by   Kim Rosenstock
Written by   Will Connolly
Written by   Michael Mitnick
Written by   Kim Rosenstock
Directed by  Carolyn Cantor

NEW YORK PREMIERE

In this darkly comic rock-fable, a melancholy sandwich maker's humdrum life is intersected by two entrancing sisters. A sweeping ode to young love set against the backdrop of the northeast blackout of 1965, Fly By Night is a tale about making your way and discovering hope in a world beset by darkness.

FEATURING
Allison Case
Adam Chanler-Berat
Peter Friedman
Michael McCormick
Patti Murin
Bryce Ryness
Henry Stram

Scenic Design  David Korins
Costume Design  Paloma Young
Lighting Design  Jeff Croiter
Sound Design  Ken Travis and Alex Hawthorn
Music Direction  Vadim Feichtner
Production Stage Manager  Kyle Gates
Choreographer  Sam Pinkleton

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Interview

In Conversation with the writers of Fly By Night

How did the three of you come to collaborate on Fly By Night? KIM ROSENSTOCK: Michael and I were both students together in the playwriting program at Yale—we actually interviewed together, and I remember him saying that he wrote musicals and thinking, “I hope I get in and that he gets in and that one day I can trick him into writing a musical with me.” Will was in the acting program at the same time. MICHAEL MITNICK: The Yale Cabaret has a summer stock season and Kim was the artistic director. She wisely chose to give herself a slot. KR: I was finally in the position to put my musical scheme into action. MM: I was her biggest fan so I said, sure as long as we could also work with Will, whose songs I thought were wonderful. WILL CONNOLLY: Then Michael and Kim came to me and said, “Hey! You wanna write a musical with us?” And I was like, “Uh, I have no earthly idea what that means or why you're asking me, but sure, sounds like a fun experiment.” KR: And then, of course, much to our delight and fear, the hypothetical became actual, and we had about six months to write an original musical.

Essay

Tim Sanford on Fly By Night

"States of consciousness, even when successive, permeate one another, and in the simplest of them the whole can be reflected." –Henri Bergson, Time and Free Will "What does it look like when time stops?" –Fly by Night A genial Narrator steps forward to set the story of Fly by Night for us. His manner is reassuring, parabolic, and just a little bit halting. It’s a story of three: two sisters from South Dakota, and a sandwich maker. It’s a story with a funeral and a guitar and a band. It’s a story about everyday life and the vastness of the starry sky. It’s a story about a simpler age. And it’s a story about now.

Essay

The American Voice: On Musicals and Modernity

In 2005, a rather remarkable production of Stephen Sondheim’s classic Grand Guignol musical Sweeney Todd appeared on Broadway. Directed by John Doyle, this extraordinary production stood out not because it featured epic effects or oceans of stage blood, but instead because it was pared down to its simplest level. Described as “psychologically astute” by critics, it uniquely featured actors who also played their own instruments. Rather than serving as a gimmick, Doyle’s stylized version of Sweeney allowed the music to act as a direct form of character development and storytelling. Form was allowed to follow function. The result was a production that demonstrated extraordinary depth of character.