Sonata 1962

Book by Patricia Loughrey; Music by Thomas Hodges; Lyrics by Patricia Loughrey and Thomas Hodges

Sonata 1962

at The Acorn Theatre at Theatre Row

  • Wednesday, August 1, 2018 at 8:00 pm
  • Thursday, August 2, 2018 at 1:00 pm
  • Friday, August 3, 2018 at 9:00 pm
  • Sunday, August 5, 2018 at 2:00 pm
  • Sunday, August 5, 2018 at 5:00 pm

The only way to save this child was to change her. 

When Margaret Evans’ musically-gifted daughter Laura is awarded a scholarship to a prestigious university, it seems like a dream come true. But when Laura falls in love at school – with a girl – that dream is threatened. Inspired by historical events, Sonata 1962 is a heartbreakingly beautiful chamber musical about the length to which a mother will go to save her daughter in a time when same-sex desire was viewed as both criminal and curable. 

Running Time: 90 minutes

The Acorn Theatre @ Theatre Row

Thomas Hodges (Music and Lyrics)

Thomas Hodges is a New York City based composer. Past compositions include: The Things We Never Say (San Diego Fringe “Outstanding Score” 2015, Perry Mansfield 2017); Dear Harvey (Kennedy Center American College Theatre Festival, New York Fringe, Celebration Theatre, Diversionary Theatre); Dorian (Commissioned by Diversionary TheatreUnderground (Perry Mansfield 2014). The Things We Never Say and Dorian are both available on iTunes as well as his personal albums Distance and Small Little Victory.

Patricia Loughrey (Book and Lyrics)

Patricia Loughrey is an award-winning playwright, most recently the recipient of Celebration Theatre’s Chuck Rowland Pioneer Award for LGBT theatre. Her HIV/AIDS awareness play, The Inner Circle, has received over 300 productions worldwide and is published by Samuel French. She wrote the libretto for the LGBT family musical, The Daddy Machine, music, and lyrics by Raymi Sciaroni, adapted from the book by Johnny Valentine. Her verbatim play, Dear Harvey, with music by Thomas Hodges, presents the life and impact of slain San Francisco Supervisor Harvey Milk through the stories of his family, friends, and colleagues. Dear Harvey has received over two dozen productions nationwide and is published by Playscripts Inc. With Thomas Hodges, she is currently developing a play for the Milk Foundation about the global activism of Harvey’s nephew, Stuart Milk.

Simpson & Longthorne Theatricals (General Manager)

Simpson & Longthorne Theatricals is a boutique theatrical firm founded by partners Benjamin Simpson and Joseph Longthorne. As General Managers: Blank! The Musical (Broadway Comedy Club), Stu For Silverton, The Apple Boys (Ars Nova); Select NYMF: Mother Jones and The Children’s Crusade, The Calico Buffalo, Icon, Numbers Nerds, The Goree All-Girl String Band, Play Like A Winner, and Generation Me. As Co-Producers: WaitressOh Hello; On BroadwayThe Glass MenagerieA Doll’s House Part 2Hello Dolly (2017 Tony Award), The Band's Visit, and Meteor Shower. In development: Cookies: A New Musical and Generation Me.

Katherine M. Carter (Director)

Katherine M. Carter is a director of theatre & opera. She is the co-founding Artistic Director of The MITTEN Lab a theatre residency in Northern Michigan providing time, space, and support for artists.  Katherine has worked at Westport Country Playhouse, Boston Lyric Opera, Playwrights Horizons, On Site Opera, 54 Below, Boston Opera Collaborative, The American Academy of Dramatic Arts, The Little Orchestra Society, New York University, and University of Maryland School of Music.  She has been awarded fellowships and residencies with New Georges, Wolf Trap Opera, The Drama League, and Playwrights Horizons. An alumna of the Directors Lab of Chicago, and The Playwright Directors Studio.  Katherine is a New Georges Affiliated Artist, and a proud member of SDC and AGMA.  Visit for more information.

James Dobinson (Musical Director)

James is a New York-based, Australian-born music director, conductor and orchestrator. NEW YORK: The View UpStairs [Music Supervisor/Orchestrations], Clinton [MD/Arrangements], Gods & Kings [Music Supervisor], Fancy Nancy [MD], Mann...and Wife in Concert [MD]. NATIONAL TOUR: Guys And Dolls 2015 Tour [Orchestrations]. AUSTRALIA: Tim Finn's Twelfth Night [Music Supervisor/Arrangements & Orchestrations], Joh For PM! [Music Supervisor/Orchestrations], Moonshadow [Associate Conductor, original company, w/ Cat Stevens], Dumped [MD, original company], Carols In The City [Orchestrations, Assistant MD - 2011-2013 TV Broadcasts], Often I Find That I Am Naked [MD/Arrangements - original company], more. USA REGIONAL COMPANIES: Mann...And Wife [MD, original company], Shrek, Hairspray, Spring Awakening, White Christmas. CAST RECORDINGS: The View UpStairs, Clinton, Fancy Nancy.

Erin Leigh Peck

Erin Leigh Peck (Margaret)

ERIN LEIGH PECK is thrilled to be performing at NYMF for the fifth time! Past NYMF performances included “Angie” in last year’s MOTHERFREAKINGHOOD and “Margie” in MR CONFIDENTIAL (Outstanding Performance Award). Broadway credits include GREASE! and BRIGHTON BEACH MEMOIRS. Off-Broadway, Erin has performed in THE TOXIC AVENGER MUSICAL, DISENCHANTED and I LOVE YOU, YOU’RE PERFECT, NOW CHANGE. She was recently seen on Showtime’s BILLIONS and will soon be heard as the voice of “The Butterfly Fairy” on PBS’s animated PINKALICIOUS AND PETERIFIC. Erin writes for the AARP's weekly newsletter "The Girlfriend". Her play, MARJORIE GOLD, is a dramedy about postpartum depression.  This and every performance is dedicated to Erin’s two awesome kids, Mia and Mason.

Christina Maxwell

Christina Maxwell (Laura)

NYC Developmental Readings: CHASING RAINBOWS (Deanna Durbin). University of Michigan—BFA Musical Theatre, Writing minor. Actors Equity Association Award Recipient. Creative arts therapist for nonprofit, RipRap, providing intensive care for pediatric oncology patients. Arts education activist and published writer (including Former Distinguished Young Woman of America.

Romelda Teron Benjamin

Romelda Teron Benjamin (Lorraine)

Romelda Teron Benjamin appeared in Smokey Joe's Cafe (BJ Crosby), Bare: A Pop Opera (OOBC, Sister Chantelle), Brooklyn the Musical (OBC, Paradise), Idaho The Musical, The Wiz, Catch Me If You Can (pre-Broadway), Watch What Happening (Nene Leakes), The Most Powerful Woman in Fashion (Joe’s Pub, Andre Leon Talley).

AnnEliza Canning-Skinner

AnnEliza Canning-Skinner (Sarah)

AnnEliza recently graduated last spring (‘17) from the University of Michigan with a B.F.A. in Musical Theatre. Credits: MTW 2016-2017 Summer Seasons, The Muny, and Paper Mill Playhouse. Thank you to HCKR, Darlene Kaplan, UMich, and Liza’s family for the unconditional love and support. GO BLUE!

Aaron Ramey

Aaron Ramey (Dr. Haines)

Broadway: The Visit (OBC), The Bridges of Madison County (OBC), Jekyll & Hyde (Orig. Revival Cast), Young Frankenstein, Curtains, Thoroughly Modern Millie (OBC). National Tours: South Pacific, Jekyll & Hyde, Sweet Charity, Disney’s Beauty & the Beast. Regional/NYC: Dallas Theater Center, Williamstown Theater Festival, Weston Playhouse, Arena Stage, Barrington Stage, Baltimore CenterStage, Arden Theater Company, PaperMill Playhouse, Prospect Theater Company, York Theater, NYMF, NAMT. TV: “A Gifted Man”, “Kings”, “New Amsterdam”, Guiding Light, All My Children, As The World Turns. BFA Musical Theatre, Otterbein University. Proud member Actor’s Equity Association.

Laura Solito

Laura Solito (Joanna Ryan)

Laura Yen Solito is beyond grateful to be telling this essential and meaningful story. Love is love. Favorite Credits: Kismet (NY City Center); Mercury- Pope(Dixon Place); King and I- Lady Thiang (Arrow Rock Lyceum); South Pacific- Bloody Mary ( Award Nomination), Pirates- Edith (PCLO), BFA- Boston Conservatory.

Summer Lee Jack (Costume Design)

Summer Lee Jack is a Brooklyn based costume designer. Recent design credits include: Into the Woods (Charlottesville Opera), Romeo and Juliet (New York Classical Theatre), Morning Star, Rhoda and the Fossil Hunt (On Site Opera), Baghdaddy: the Musical (Theatre at St. Lukes), The Tower (HERE Arts Center), The Elephant in Every Room I Enter (La Mama ETC), A Good Farmer, Small Town Story (American Theatre Group), Angel's Bone (Oberlin Conservatory), Measure for Measure, the Tempest (Shakespeare Academy at Stratford) La Boheme, The Wedding, Beatrice and Benedict, Roméo et Juliette, The Classical Style, The Cows of Apollo, Così fan tutte, Carmen, The Picture of Dorian Gray, Eugene Onegin(Aspen Opera Center). MFA in Design from the Yale School of Drama. Member of Wingspace Theatrical Design.

Isabella Byrd (Lighting Design)

Recent: The Light Shining in Buckinghamshire (New York Theatre Workshop), Artney Jackson (Williamstown), Lady Day at Emerson's... (Portland Center Stage), Plano (ClubbedThumb.) Do You Feel Anger?, God Said This (Humana Fest 2018) and Angels in America (co-design); all at Actors Theatre of Louisville.  Absolute Brightness of Leonard Pelkey (City Theatre), Everybody (Juilliard), Sundown Yellow Moon (ArsNova/WP); Associate for Hundred Days and Othello (New York Theatre Workshop); The Hairy Ape (Park Avenue Armory); Antipodes & Everybody (Signature Theatre); and The Flick at Playwrights Horizons (world premiere) and The National Theatre, London.  Upcoming work: People's Light, Playwright Horizons, Primary Stages, and MTC.

Wesley Cornwell (Scenic Design)

Wesley Cromwell is a New York based theater designer. Recent credits include A Funny Thing Happened...Forum (Princeton Festival, set), Basement (Shetler Studios, set), The White Dress (Araca Project, set), Lost and Guided (UNDER St. Marks; set, costumes, lights), Man of La Macha (Princeton Festival; set), Gruesome Playground Injuries (Theaterlab; set, lights, sound), Cyrano (FringeNYC; lights), Once (Princeton U; set, costume). He received his BA with honors from Princeton University where he was awarded the Louis Sudler Prize.