Plays & Musicals

Magnifico! Lorenzo de’ Medici & the Birth of the Renaissance
Book and Lyrics by Joanne Helfrich, Music by Paul Helfrich
Just one night at Villa Careggi shapes the world we know today, as Lorenzo de’ Medici and philosopher Marsilio Ficino bring together those among the most influential in the world–Michelangelo Buonarroti, Leonardo Da Vinci, Cassandra Fedele, Niccolo Machiavelli, Amerigo Vespucci,  and more–to discuss love, life, and the course of humankind. Their wide-ranging discussion will shape the course of history, but will they get it all right?

Hildegard! The Musical
Book and Lyrics by Joanne Helfrich, Music by Paul Helfrich
Experience the life of Hildegard von Bingen, 12th Century nun, feminist, visionary, social activist, author, composer, philosopher, scientist, healer, saint, founder of monasteries, and Doctor of the Church. This fearless woman took on emperors, popes, and any member of the patriarchy who sought to inhibit care and concern for others. A timeless, relevant story of compassion and courage set to an original score. 

Sly & the Sorcerer’s Stone – A Magical Musical Revue
Book by Joanne Helfrich, Music by Sly & The Family Stone
The story is a parody of Harry Potter & the Sorcerer’s Stone set to the music of Sly & the Family Stone, the 1960s rock/soul/funk/R&B band of “Everyday People” fame. While the combination may seem unlikely, what emerges is a sweet, funny, musical exploration of the power of love, what it means to be a hero, and how we can make our friends our family.

Scrabble
A play in two acts by Joanne Helfrich
It’s been 22 years since a family tragedy ended the weekly Scrabble game our three characters played as youths. This was not your ordinary game, because they used Aunt Mabel’s rules, which included shots of sake, invoking the Guinness Book of World Records, and using sentences that start with “I believe.” Now adults – an artist, a philosopher, and a scientist – they play again, illuminating a mysterious backstory involving how they’ve dealt with – or not dealt with – a tragedy, which the game itself might have had something to do with. Was it a coincidence, or a miracle, or both?