gun & powder
Music by Ross Baum
Book & Lyrics by Angelica Chéri
Directed by Robert O'Hara
By Special Arrangement with Holtzman-Lopez Productions
Signature Theatre, Arlington, VA
January 28-February 23, 2020
Based on a true story, make way for the sisters Clarke in a dynamic, moving and inspiring world premiere musical of notorious outlaws who ruled the Wild West.
To help their mother settle a sharecropper debt, Mary and Martha Clarke—light-skinned African American twins—pass themselves as White to seize the funds by any means necessary. However, their bond of sisterhood is tested when they fall in love with two very different men, one Black, the other White.
Award-winning director Robert O’Hara (Bootycandy) makes his Signature debut in this soaring musical that examines race, family and identity with two electrifying women who went from farm girls to legends with gun and powder.
Gun & Powder was awarded the prestigious 2018 Richard Rodgers Award and chosen to be featured in the 30th Annual NAMT Festival of New Musicals. It was also featured in the 2018 NEXT Festival at Theatre Latté Da and chosen out of 170 submissions to participate in the 2017 Sigworks Lab at the Signature Theatre. Select songs have been presented at the Kennedy Center and Lincoln Center, both in Ross' Songbook and the Broadway's Future Songbook concert series, as well as in the Drama League's DirectorFest at the Sheen Center.
Gun & Powder has been developed in residencies at Goodspeed Opera, Two River Theater and the Barnett Residency. It was originally developed in the NYU Graduate Musical Theatre Writing Program and then given the Inaugural Workshop Production of the NYU-Tisch Center for New Musicals.
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