At the Francis J. Gaudette Theatre
303 Front Street N, Issaquah, WA 98027
Box Office: (425) 392-2202 | Admin: (425) 392-1942
Tuesday-Saturday 11:00am-7:00pm

At the Francis J. Gaudette Theatre
303 Front Street N, Issaquah, WA 98027
Box Office: (425) 392-2202 | Admin: (425) 392-1942

Festival of New Musicals

Festival of New Musicals

Five New Musicals. Five Parties. One Unforgettable Weekend.

  • Friday, August 12, 2016

    Kick-Off Party 6:00 PM
    Including Musical Previews
    Catering provided by Pogacha
    Francis J. Gaudette Theatre Lobby

    Costs of Living 7:30 PM
    Francis J. Gaudette Theatre

    Book, Music, and Lyrics by Timothy Huang

    In Manhattan, two immigrant cab drivers share a single taxi, working opposite shifts – one slowly climbing the ladder of success by day, the other suffering a series of disappointments by night. Their fates become irreversibly intertwined as forced competition drives a wedge between them that culminates in a desperate act and deadly consequences. Inspired by an article in The New York Times, this high-stakes rock musical examines the marginalization of the immigrant working class and the arbitrary nature of American prosperity.

  • Saturday, August 13, 2016

    Member Breakfast* 10:00 AM
    Francis J. Gaudette Upper Lobby
    Members Only
    (Please RSVP attendance to Jeannine Clarke,

    Northwest Songwriters Showcase 11:30 AM
    Francis J. Gaudette Theatre

    How to Break 2:00 PM
    Francis J. Gaudette Theatre

    Book and lyrics by Aaron Jafferis
    Songs composed by Rebecca Hart
    Beatbox score by Yako 440

    Originally conceived by the Mixing Texts Collective
    (Christopher Edwards, Aaron Jafferis, Kwikstep, Adam Matta and Rokafella)

    Ignited by an electric collision of theatre, breakdancing, and lyrical flow, this musical follows two young inner city dancers as they battle for control of bodies wracked by illness. Tensions rise as small gaps in race, class, and language between the patients and their treatment team create life-threatening rifts. As the nurse mixes patients’ breath and IV beeps into beatboxed hospital soundscapes and the doctor and therapist wrestle over the health benefits of art versus painkillers, the teens attempt to break through their diagnoses in search of a gut understanding of what it means to be ill.

    We Foxes 7:30 PM
    Francis J. Gaudette Theatre

    By Ryan Scott Oliver

    In the small town of Havoc, Missouri at the onset of World War II, a tough, unmannered orphan girl is plucked up from her vagabond life, adopted into a world of style and social graces by the beloved wife of the local sheriff. But in her new, unfamiliar life, she begins to discover that there are sinister secrets beneath the shiny veneer of this small town. Her adopted mother is not who she seems to be, and people are lurking in the dark. This gothic musical thriller follows one girl’s struggle to summon courage and survive at all costs.

    Meet the Artists Party* 10:00 PM
    At Executive Producer Robb Hunt’s Home
    Circle Level Members and Artists Only

    * Please RSVP to these events by contacting Jeannine Clarke at or (425) 392-1942 x116

  • Sunday, August 14, 2016

    String 2:00 PM
    Francis J. Gaudette Theatre

    Book by Sarah Hammond
    Music and Lyrics by Adam Gwon

    On a mountaintop high over ancient Greece, three sisters – goddesses known as the Greek Fates – are responsible for spinning, measuring, and snipping the String of Life. After falling out of favor with Zeus, they find themselves stuck in a drab modern skyscraper, left to live and work among world-weary office workers and the security guards who watch over the building. But when the workaholic eldest sister misplaces the scissors she uses to snip lives, her destiny gets all tangled up in this musical fable about love, fate, and the fragile fabric of the universe.

    Circle Level Dinner Party* 5:00 PM
    At Pogacha in Issaquah
    Circle Level Members Only

    Writing Kevin Taylor 7:30 PM
    Francis J. Gaudette Theatre

    Music and Lyrics by Will Van Dyke
    Book and Lyrics by Josh Halloway

    A novelist in New York City is stuck in a rut. With two successful books to his name and a much-anticipated third book overdue, he has lost his inspiration – and now, focused entirely on his work, he has lost his wife as well. After his façade cracks on public television, he resigns himself to life as a bachelor – that is, until an enthusiastic teenage fan arrives on his doorstep offering to be his intern. Before he knows it, his imaginative new employee hatches a scheme to reunite the writer with his wife in this high-energy, hilarious story about finding friendship and inspiration in unexpected places.

    Closing Night Party 9:00 PM
    FINS Bistro (adjacent to the Francis J. Gaudette Theatre)

    * Please RSVP to these events by contacting Jeannine Clarke at or (425) 392-1942 x116







This is a special event for Village Originals members. If you would like to find out more about becoming a member, please click here.

What is Festival of New Musicals?

Entering into its 16th year, The Festival of New Musicals is a one-of-a-kind opportunity to see how a new musical comes to life first-hand. With about 50 artists, a dozen directors, and authors from across the county who are eager to hear what you have to say, you won’t want to miss out on the fun! This invitation-only event is for Supporting Level Members and above.


Five new musicals are presented in staged reading—rehearsed, fully sung presentations of new work, performed and directed by the region’s foremost theatre artists and guest artists from across the country—for audiences of Village Originals members and theatre professionals.


A moderated talkback follows every reading, audience surveys are collected for each show, and a stand-alone panel discussion takes on a central issue in the development of new musicals. A recent Festival, for instance, saw Stephen Schwartz, David Armstrong of Seattle’s 5th Avenue Theatre, Robb Hunt, Seattle Times critic Misha Berson, and others discuss the role of the critic in new musical development.


Meet the Author and Meet the Artists events, receptions, and opening and closing celebrations encourage and enable interaction among actors, directors, writers, Village Originals members, and guest artists and administrators from other institutions.

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It's a musical theater nerd's paradise and as a nerd one of my favorite times of the year. Jay Irwin - Broadway World

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