2016 Capital Fringe: Preview #7: ’35mm: A Musical Exhibition’ by Rich Farella

Photo Gallery Meets Rock Show – A Multimedia Musical

What is 35M? This 70-minute musical written by Ryan Scott Oliver pairs a collection of photographs with a series of songs, each capturing a “moment in time.”

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35mm: A Musical Exhibition is a song cycle where each song is inspired by a photograph or set of photographs. The show has no formal plot or dialogue; however, each song/photo is curated – connected in theme and style like individual paintings in an art gallery.  35mm was written by Ryan Scott Oliver, a NY based composer recently called “the future of Broadway” by Entertainment Weekly, with photos by his husband Matthew Murphy.

Ryan Scott Oliver. Photo by Matthew Murphy.
Ryan Scott Oliver. Photo by Matthew Murphy.

This show explores a wide variety of themes and theatrical styles. Styles range from a power ballad about a sociopathic prom queen to what the composer calls a “gay jazz” number about the shortcomings of modern art.   An eclectic combination of imaginative fantasy numbers, rocking anthems and hysterical ditties explore love and loss, the trials of adolescence, joy and heartbreak, exemplifying the extreme scope of musical theater as an art form. All the while, 35mm uniquely integrates two mediums; musical theater and photography. The themes and tone of each song are expressed through both sources for maximum impact and a unique twist to both art forms. There is truly something for everyone in this show.

We are excited to bring this thrilling and innovative collision of artistic genres to the fringe for its DC premiere!

35mm: A Musical Exhibition

features Pat Burns, Tim Carroll, Karen Kelleher, Evie Korovesis, and Christian Thorsen.
Directed by Richard Farella
Vocal Directed by Jimmy Edwards
Music Directed by Brandon Fullenkamp
Choreographed by Chelsea Marcelin

The show is at the Atlas Performing Arts Center’s Sprenger Theater – 1333 H St NE, in Washington, DC 20002.

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July 9th at 3:45 PM
July 13th 8:45 PM
July 17th at 4:30 PM
July 21st at 6:15 PM
July 24th at 12:30 PM


About The Company

Made of Star Stuff is a brand new theater company dedicated to bringing new and innovative musical theater to the DC area. Producers, Richard Farella and Jimmy Edwards, met doing musical theater together at the University of Virginia and are excited to be able to continue with this passion in DC. Passionate about all different areas of the arts, we are thrilled to be able to integrate two mediums with this innovative DC premiere!

fringe 2016 new logo to useAt Capital Fringe our focus is on expanding audience’s appetites for independent theatre, music, art, dance and unclassifiable forms of live performance and visual art. Capital Fringe is a catalyst for cultural and community development, and a destination that brings artists and audiences together. Capital Fringe thrives on amplifying the vibrancy of DC’s independent arts community and enriches the lives of those who reside, work and visit here.

As a non-profit business Capital Fringe is made possible by: Reva and David Logan Foundation, Nora Roberts Foundation, DC Commission on the Arts and Humanities, The City Fund, Dallas Morse Coors Foundation, Prince Charitable Trust, Morris & Gwendolyn Cafritz Foundation, Share Fund of the Community Foundation for the National Capital Region, MARPAT Foundation, DC Public Library Foundation, PNC Bank, Fringe Board of Directors, and Fringe individual donors and members.


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