Wrote book and lyrics for The Witches of Eastwick, The Fix, Zombie Prom, Circles and Dick Whittington. He also provided lyrics for A Country Christmas Carol, The Reluctant Dragon and Ringling Bros. and Barnum & Bailey Circus, among others. (As of 2008)
At Playwrights Horizons: Saved, The Drunken City, Spatter Pattern. Michael wrote music and lyrics to Bloody Bloody Andrew Jackson, which recently played at The Public Theater and on Broadway (Outer Critics Circle Award, Lortel Award.) As an Associate Artist with the acclaimed theater company The Civilians, he has written music and lyrics for Canard Canard Goose, Gone Missing, Nobody's Lunch, This Beautiful City, In the Footprint, and The Great Immensity, and co-created the groups 2012 TED Talk. With Steve Cosson, he is the co-author of Paris Commune (BAM Next Wave Festival 2012). Upcoming: Love’s Labours Lost with Alex Timbers for Shakespeare in the Park this summer, and an adaptation of Jonathan Lethem's Fortress of Solitude with Itamar Moses and Daniel Aukin, which will premiere at Dallas Theatre Center in 2013. He was the dramaturg for the recent Broadway revival of A Raisin in the Sun,and has been a MacDowell Fellow, a Princeton Hodder Fellow, a Meet The Composer Fellow, a Barrob Visiting Professor at the Princeton Environmental Institute, and an artist-in-residence at Spring Workshop Hong Kong. His recent Tedx talk, “The Song Makes a Space,” is available on YouTube. An evening of his songs was featured in Lincoln Center’s American Songbook series, and he received an OBIE Award for sustained achievement. As of June 2013.
Plays and musicals, including In the Bubble, What Then, The Ruby Sunrise, Inky, Jimmy Carter Was a Democrat, The Five Hysterical Girls Theorem and Orange Lemon Egg Canary, have been produced by The Public Theater, the American Music Theatre Project, Trinity Rep, Actors Theatre of Louisville, the Women’s Project, P.S.122, Clubbed Thumb, Target Margin and Andy’s Summer Playhouse, among others. She is a recipient of the Whiting Writers Award, a Guggenheim Fellowship and an Obie Award grant. Residencies include MacDowell Colony, the Sundance Theatre Lab, Australian National Playwrights Conference and The Chautauqua Theater Company. Associate Teacher at NYU Tisch School of the Arts. Founding member of Elevator Repair Service. New Dramatists, Dramatists Guild. (As of May 2008)
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