Lines in the Sky is a theatrical production company founded by Dean Tyler K to uplift writers of original theatre in NYC. Dean, as a writer and performer himself, believes that using theatre to tell new stories nurtures the heart of what theatre is all about. At the A.R.T./NY House Party, we will be showcasing some of the remarkable songs from our upcoming original musicals. See below for more on each selection!
from Human, A New Ancient Musical
by Bonnie Corral and Krystin Lacey
Human: A New Ancient Musical explores those things which make us human – creativity, empathy, grief – and celebrates how we came to discover these qualities. Human is the story of an early human family living within their hunter-gatherer tribe. The father works hard to keep his two children alive and uphold the tribe’s traditions of survival. The eldest son is expected to soon join the Summer Hunt, but he is more artistically-minded than strong, sharing the joy of colors with his younger sister. Told from the lens of a small family, the story asks the timeless questions we all ask about the world and ourselves.
54 Below, Oct 12 2023
"Story of a Star"
from 57 Bus, a new musical
by Ryan Luevano
57 Bus is inspired by a true event that took place on a bus in Oakland, California in 2013, when an 18-year-old non-binary high school student’s skirt was set on fire by another student. The musical explores how the lives of these two children are changed forever. After being the victim of this hate crime Skylar is left to decide if the cost of self-expression in an intolerant world is worth the freedom of living as your true self. By re-evaluating Skylar’s own pursuit for self-expression, they learn more about themselves and discover what they must do to find the path to healing.
"One Wrong Turn"
from Where We Are
by Rachel Covey
Each song in Where We Are is inspired by a map collected by the Hand Drawn Map Association. Described as "hilarious, striking, and devastatingly human," Rachel Covey's new song cycle interrogates the physical and psychological terrain of characters who are all caught, in some way, between Point A and Point B. More at rachelcovey.com!
"Wash Me Away"
from Eye of a Needle
by Logan Foster
Dive into the world of a working class family living in dust bowl era Oklahoma. Trusting in their faith and the American dream, the Claytons search for any sign of respite amongst rising debts, depleting crops, and merciless storms. How far will this family go to preserve what little they have left?
54 Below, Sep 5 2023
"Is This Living?"
from Should I Feel
by Dean Tyler K
Should I Feel challenges ideals and forces growth when different worlds unavoidably clash. Moving into a college dorm can be very exciting, but not if you get paired with your polar opposite. Chad, a confident queer, meets his new roommate, Sean, a conservative hermit. With the help, or possible detriment of their inner voices, they must decide if they should run for the hills or attempt to make the arrangement work.
Dean Tyler K
Dean Tyler K is a graduate of Rider University and a passionate creator in NYC. He premiered his original musical Alone at 54 Below to a sold-out crowd in 2022.
Other credits: 54 Sings Lady Gaga ("Born This Way"), 54 Sings Classic Rock (Producer/Piano/Synth), Journey to Being Alone (Writer/Producer/Piano), and Rocket Man ("Daniel") at the Green Room 42.
In 2023, he founded Lines in the Sky. Dean believes that using theatre to tell new stories promotes societal growth and nurtures the heart of what theatre is all about.
He will appear Off-Broadway in July in Dear Mom, I'm Gay! as Steve at the Chain Theatre.
Kali Clougherty is an NYC-based actor and multi-hyphenate creative originally from South Florida. They graduated from the BFA Music Theatre program at Elon University in 2022. Theatre credits: Into the Woods (Little Red), Pinkalicious Off-Broadway (Dr. Wink/Alison), Hair (Crissy u/s), and The Rocky Horror Show (Columbia).
Outside of performing, Kali produces shows at 54 Below and Green Room 42. Their most recent shows include Rocket Man: An Elton John Musical Tribute, 54 Presents Teen Angst on Broadway, and 54 Sings Lady Gaga.
Canaan J. Harris
Canaan J. Harris is a NYC-based pianist, composer, and music directior who recently graduated as part of the inaugural class of the Musical Creators Institute. He’s currently working on 3 musicals: Boys, Boys Behave!, Elaine!?, (both with Jacob Iglitzin) and Plane Girl (with Hayley Goldenberg & Julia Sonya Koyfman). He is often seen music directing cabarets at 54 Below, The Green Room 42, or the Laurie Beechman Theater; he has also music directed regionally at Theater Aspen, Cortland Repertoiry Theater, Bristol Valley Theater. Canaan was also a recipient of the SUNY PACC Prize to fund his Pocket Opera Project (POP) which is currently in its second incarnation in Binghamton, NY. POP developes 15 minute operas based on middle schooler’s short stories with composers and librettists from Binghamton Univerity and are performed by a local opera company to enrich the local community and engage them in the arts.
Spencer Petro is a New York based actor and writer with a goal to spread queer joy of all kinds through art and performance. Recent theatre credits include: The Bisley Boy (Bisley; World Premier) Shooting Star (JR Andrews; NYC Premier) and, currently, Rock of Ages (Joey Primo U/S Drew/Stacee Jaxx; The Argyle Theatre). Many thanks to all at Lines In The Sky! Leading life with love and light.
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RACHEL COVEY (Rae, to her friends!) is a writer, composer, a member of the BMI Workshop, and a 2020 graduate from Northwestern University. She wrote the book, music, and lyrics for Painting Faye Salvez and Noise, original musicals which have been developed at the New York Musical Festival (NYMF), the Library at the Public Theater, Tuacahn Theatre, The Tank, Emerging Artists Theatre, and other incubators around the country. Favorite spots where her music has been performed include 54 Below, The Greenroom 42, the York Theatre, Titchfield Festival Theatre (UK), and Brooklyn Children's Theatre. Upcoming: Rae's song cycle, Where We Are, is slated for a concert at Joe's Pub!
@rcoveymusic / rachelcovey.com