Bisland & Bly

Lyrics by Marialena DiFabbio and Susannah Jones; Music by Marialena DiFabbio; Book and Additional Music by Susannah Jones

In November 1889, Nellie Bly and Elizabeth Bisland set off in opposite directions on a history-making race around the globe to beat Phileas Fogg’s fictional record from Around The World In Eighty Days.  Though a world apart, Nellie and Elizabeth found themselves on a journey that would change and connect their lives forever. Bisland & Bly is the story of two remarkable and remarkably different women who dared to persist in the pursuit of their dreams.


Runtime: 2 hours including a 15-minute intermission.

Susannah Jones

Susannah Jones (Co-Lyricist/Librettist)

Susannah Jones is a multi-hyphenate storyteller. She is passionate about female-identifying characters throughout history and fiction, and is particularly drawn to those that find freedom through vulnerability. She has played many women like this on stages across the country, and endeavors to create two more in BISLAND & BLY with co-writer Marialena DiFabbio. She is also an award-winning audiobook narrator. For more details, she welcomes you to visit

Marialena DiFabbio

Marialena DiFabbio (Co-Lyricist/Composer)

Marialena DiFabbio is a composer, lyricist, and performer. She wrote music/lyrics for BETWEEN FRIENDS at The Brick Theater (NYC) and THE HONEY OF HIS MUSIC VOWS at CoHo Theatre (Portland, OR), both with The Sycamore Theatre Co. She sings with the band Bears of Alaska, and is a member of the BMI Lehman Engel Musical Theatre Workshop. She and Susannah Jones are co-writing BISLAND & BLY, a new musical about Nellie Bly and Elizabeth Bisland’s incredible race around the world.