Underground: An Urban Tale

Book by John Viscardi; Music by Thomas Hodges; Lyrics by Thomas Hodges

Sometimes to look up, you have to look down.

Underground: An Urban Tale is a feel-good musical about a teenage girl who travels with her brother underground into the subway tunnels of New York in search of a story for her documentary. On her journey she encounters a hopeful and charismatic group of characters who lead her on a journey that will change her life forever. It is a romantic story of love and forgiveness, of sacrifice and pain, and ultimately redemption, as seen through the eyes of our young dreamers.


Runtime: 80 minutes with no intermission.

John Viscardi

John Viscardi (Writer (Book, Music, Lyrics))

JOHN VISCARDI (Book) was born and raised in NYC where he studied and received a BA degree in English Literature from Columbia University. John’s first play Sheer Boredom was a finalist in the Actors Theater of Louisville 10 Minute Play Festival and his second play Redemption was a finalist in the Ensemble Studio Theater’s One Act marathon. Sheer Boredom was later expanded into a full Length play and produced at The George Street Playhouse for their 25th Anniversary Season. John was recently commissioned to write the screenplay for the book King of Clubs by Jim Ducibella.

Thomas Hodges

Thomas Hodges (Writer (Book, Music, Lyrics))

Thomas Hodges (Music and Lyrics) is a New York City based composer. Past compositions include: Sonata 1962 (NYMF 2018 Next Link Production, "Best Orchestrations");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 Theatre). The Things We Never Say and Dorian are both available on iTunes as well as his personal albums Distance and Small Little Victory.

Lily Riopelle (Director)

Recent directing: Lizzie Stern's Let's get ready together (The Tank), Xavier Galva’s Twenty Five to White (Clubbed Thumb Winterworks), Georg Büchner's Leonce and Lena in a new translation by Leonie Bell, Emma Horwitz's Reno & Moll, Lizzie Stern's Don't make yourself crazy, an original adaptation of Lysistrata featuring music by Cody Owen Stine, and an original adaptation of Sophocles' Electra (Two Headed Rep); short plays and readings with Clubbed Thumb, The Flea, the Williamstown Theatre Festival, Sam French OOB Festival (2017 festival winner), EST/Youngblood, The Tank, West of 10th, and more. Lily is a founder and co-artistic director of Two Headed Rep, a company that commissions new plays written in response to classics in order to create a more equitable and inclusive canon for future generations to inherit. She is an alumna of Clubbed Thumb’s Directing Fellowship and the Williamstown Theatre Festival’s Directing Corps. She studied Theatre and Computer Science at Williams College. lilyriopelle.com

SL Theatricals (General Manager)

SL Theatricals – a boutique theatrical firm comprised of partners Benjamin Simpson and Joseph Longthorne, and associate Jessie Muni. As General Managers -  OSCAR at The Crown (3 Dollar Bill), Thicker Than Water (Joe's Pub @ The Public Theater), Blank! The Musical  (The Green Room 42), Stu For Silverton, The Apple Boys (Ars Nova); HERE ARTS: Heartless Bastard, and Billy And The Killers; NYMF: Mother Jones and The Children’s Crusade, The Calico Buffalo, Icon, Numbers  Nerds, The Goree All-Girl String Band, Play Like A Winner, Generation Me, What’s Your Wish?, If Sand Were Stone, and Sonata 1962. As Co-Producers - OFF-BROADWAY: OSCAR at The Crown, Be More Chill, BROADWAY: Be More Chill,  Waitress,  Oh Hello; On Broadway,  The Glass Menagerie,  A Doll’s House Part 2,  Hello Dolly  (2017 Tony Award), Meteor Shower, and The Band's Visit (2018 Tony Award). UPCOMING: Our Dear Dead Drug Lord by Alexis Scheer (Women's Project & Second Stage Theater),  In Development:  Generation Me.www.SLTheatricals.com