Nickel Mines

Book by Andrew Palermo & Shannon Stoeke; Music and Lyrics by Dan Dyer

Nickel Mines

at The Duke  [map]

  • Wednesday, July 27, 2016 at 8:00 pm
  • Friday, July 29, 2016 at 1:00 pm
  • Saturday, July 30, 2016 at 9:00 pm
  • Sunday, July 31, 2016 at 5:00 pm
  • Sunday, July 31, 2016 at 9:00 pm

An unthinkable act. An uncommon forgiveness.

NICKEL MINES interprets a 2006 Lancaster, PA, Amish schoolhouse shooting in which a lone gunman shot 10 girls, 5 fatally, before taking his own life. This unique work fuses movement, music, and text to explore multiple viewpoints of what the Amish call 'The Happening.' Making no judgments, imposing no morals, NICKEL MINES is a living memorial to the young girls who lost their lives that day. It is also an entry point to a conversation on how violence, faith, forgiveness, and justice speak to and interact with one another.


Running time: 80 minutes.

Dan Dyer

Dan Dyer (Writer (Book, Music, Lyrics))

Singer/songwriter Dan Dyer rose to prominence in Austin, TX as frontman of the much heralded bluesrock outfit, Breedlove. Dyer has toured the US extensively, in support of his own releases, and alongside artists such as Lenny Kravitz, Corinne Bailey Rae, Rufus Wainwright, Laura Izibor, Ledisi, and others. He has performed at major festivals such as Bonnaroo, Austin City Limits, Essence Music Festival, Voodoo Music Experience, and New Orleans Jazz Fest’s Annual Piano Night at the House of Blues.  

Shannon Stoeke

Shannon Stoeke (Writer (Book, Music, Lyrics))

Shannon is a writer and musical theatre actor who has appeared in numerous tours and regional productions including: CAMELOT (national tour), CATHY RIGBY IS PETER PAN (New York/national/international tour), HAIR (international tour). Shannon works in project development with collaborator/production partner Taye Diggs. With Diggs, he has developed projects with BET and WE Networks and has had ideas featured on the Rachael Ray Show. Shannon is a graduate of the Cincinnati College-Conservatory of Music.

Andrew Palermo

Andrew Palermo (Co-Book, Director, Choreographer)

Andrew Palermo is a director, choreographer and creator of theatrical works. Highlights include ALLEGIANCE (Broadway/Longacre, The Old Globe), THE OTHER JOSH COHEN (Papermill, SoHo Playhouse), Kristin Chenoweth/Carnegie Hall, The Frank Loesser Songbook/New York Philharmonic, THE MIKADO (Carnegie Hall), ACE (The Old Globe, Cincinnati Playhouse, Repertory Theater of St. Louis). Andrew is the Founding Artistic Director of The Spring Space: Broadband Theatre Lab, (with Taye Diggs) and an Assistant Professor of Drama at UC Irvine.