News

A message from Kathryn Miller Haines

Last week, I had the pleasure of attending Drexel’s production of ALiEN8 with my dear friends Barbara Williams and Kathryn Miller Haines. Haines is a YA and mystery author whose books include The Girl is Trouble, The Girl is Murder, The Girl From Yesterday and the Rosie Winters mystery series. She had this to say about ALiEN8 –

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” David White and Kate Brennan have created a timely look at the struggles today’s teens face to carve out their identity in a world that is both open to broader definitions of self and resistant to those of us who are different. At times funny and poignant, ALiEN8 reminds the most vulnerable among us that we are all outsiders looking to find our place… and that’s okay.” – Kathryn Miller Haines

For more about Haines’ work, check out her website – http://www.kathrynmillerhaines.com

Rehearsal photos from ALiEN8

The cast and crew of Drexel University and Ignition Art’s production of ALiEN8 are in the homestretch and getting ready to open on November 15th! Actor/Photographer Scott Langdon – who plays Pastor Warren in the production – has been on the set taking some black & white stills. For more info on Scott and his work, take a look at the Scott Langdon Project Facebook page – https://www.facebook.com/thescotylang/

News from Brennan & White!

Hello! It’s been awhile since our last Brennan & White update and there’s big news to share!

November 15th marks the premiere of our first musical, ALiEN8! The Drexel Co-op Theatre Company has been rehearsing tirelessly to get the show off the ground. Kate, David and Ignition Arts Managing Director Greg DeCandia have been engaged with students as part of Drexel’s Mandell Professionals in Residence Project. The production is directed by Nick Anselmo and features some insanely talented students working side by side with some Philly professionals. Back in July, Kate & Greg presented a four-day workshop for Drexel students that included work on the ALiEN8 score. In September, rehearsals began with David in attendance. We can’t wait for opening night and we hope to see you there! See the info below for more information.

But that’s not all. Back in May, David, Kate and Greg spent a week in Oklahoma City workshopping the second Brennan & White musical CLEAN SLATE with Ignition Arts in residence at the Lyric Theatre. We hope to see a workshop of CLEAN SLATE in New Jersey this Spring. In May of 2020, Work will begin in Oklahoma on our third show in the Infinity Trilogy – ILLUMINATE. There will also be a brief story about our work in Dramatists Magazine sometime in early 2020.

For more information, feel free to drop us a line or take a look at our website. Hope to see you later this month at Drexel!

Best,

Kate & David

ALiEN8

Music & Lyrics by Kate Brennan
Book by David Lee White
Directed by Nick Anselmo
With Ignition Arts in residence

This world premiere musical tells the story of a small American town that is radically redefined by a natural disaster, a dark secret from its past and the arrival of a mysterious stranger known only as “Eight.” Through music, dance, and drama we experience a story of change, forgiveness, and inclusion as a wounded town and its residents attempt to heal their fractured soul.

Show Schedule
Opens November 15 | 8:00 PM
November 16, 20–23 | 8:00 PM
November 17 & 24 | 2:00 PM

Mandell Theater

MPiRP is made possible in part through a grant from the Samuel P. Mandell Foundation.

Tickets
General Admission $25
Non-Drexel Students $15
Drexel Student/Faculty/Staff $10

Tickets can be purchased at www.drexelperformingarts.com

A8_PostcardFront-page-001CONTACT INFORMATION

Nick Anselmo
215-895-1920
nma28@drexel.edu