The Goree All-Girl String Band

Book and Lyrics by Michael Bradley; Music by Artie Sievers

From behind bars to country music stars.

The year is 1938 and The Goree All-Girl String Band is the biggest new radio sensation in Texas. They also happen to be convicted criminals. The six band members teach themselves music from behind bars and earn a slot on a prison-based radio program. Through sisterhood, determination, and a little bit of luck, these women work (and play) together to fiddle their way to freedom. Inspired by a true story, THE GOREE ALL-GIRL STRING BAND is a tale of redemption that features an ensemble of actor-musicians performing a brand new country score.

Running time: 1 hour 50 minutes

Michael Bradley (Book and Lyrics)

MICHAEL BRADLEY is a playwright, director, producer, and theater critic. As a writer, his recent credits includes The Illusory Adventures of a Dreamer (New York International Fringe Festival 2016, Fringe Excellence in Acting), Our Dark Dark Place (Exquisite Corpse Company), again (Rhapsody Collective), and Go On Forever (Venus/Adonis Festival). His work has also been seen with Dream Up Festival, Feinstein's/54 Below, Less Than Rent, Lunar Energy Productions, Manhattan Repertory Theater, PTP/NYC, TinyRhino, among many others. He is also the founder and lead critic for Theater in the Now ( Member of Drama Desk.

Artie Sievers (Music)

ARTIE SIEVERS has been writing musicals since he was eight, though most were exclusively produced in his backyard. After working as an actor for several years in Philadelphia, he made his way to New York to write fiction. He has also narrated a number of audiobooks, to include the epic Plague Wars Series, available on This show marks his return to the world of composing.

Ashley Brooke Monroe (Director)

ASHLEY BROOKE MONROE is a New York-based theatre director whose primary interest is in developing new plays and musicals. She has developed work with New York Theatre Workshop, Soho Rep, The Flea, Musical Theater Factory, The Culture Project, IRT and Special Sauce Company. Her assistant directing credits include the Tony-winning musical Fun Home, The Glass Menagerie featuring Sally Field and Joe Mantello, and the current Broadway production of Indecent. Originally from Austin, TX, Ashley holds a BFA in Dramaturgy from the University of Oklahoma.

Wayward Creatives Entertainment (Producer)

WAYWARD CREATIVES ENTERTAINMENT is a creative incubator and marketing consultancy, focused on the theatre arts. Founded by Susan Casserly Griffin, Wayward Creatives helps emerging playwrights, composer/lyricists and companies find their footing and navigate the complex landscape of getting early work developed, produced and funded, as well as positioned to build awareness in a pre-commercial stages of a piece.

Brandon Powers (Choreographer)

BRANDON POWERS is a director + choreographer from New York City creating new experiences at the intersection of technology, immersive dance, and musical theatre. Most recently, he choreographed the world premiere of Riot Grrrl musical Riot Antigone (La MaMa) and worked alongside Andy Blankenbuehler for Bandstand (Broadway/Paper Mill Playhouse). Additional directing + choreography credits include: And It Felt Like A Kiss (HERE, chashama, Dixon Place), Pink Milk (Oracle Productions, Jeff Nomination: Best Choreography). Instagram: @bpow33

Max Gordon (Musical Director and Orchestration)

MAX GORDON is a music director, orchestrator, and music producer. Recent credits include The Skin of Our Teeth (Theater for a New Audience) and Dust Can't Kill Me (NYMF 2016, Best Orchestrations, Best Music, Best Ensemble). He has worked as an audio engineer for Wynton Marsalis, and as a vocal producer for artists on Universal Music Group and Capitol Records. His pop band, Nero, My Panda, has opened for Diplo, Macklemore, and Grouplove. Education: BA in American Studies, Yale University.

Simpson & Longthorne Theatricals (General Manager)

(General Management) – A boutique theatrical firm founded by partners Benjamin Simpson and Joseph Longthorne. As General Managers: Blank! The Musical (Broadway Comedy Club); Select NYMF: MotherJones and The Children’s Crusade, The Calico Buffalo, Icon, and Single; NYMF 2017: Numbers Nerds, The Goree All-Girl String Band, Play Like A Winner, and Generation Me. As Producers: Waitress, Oh Hell; On Broadway, The Glass Menagerie, A Doll’s House Part 2, and Hello Dolly! In development: Cookies: A New Musical.

Lauren Patten (Reable Childs)

(Fun Home, The Wolves)

Ephie Aardema (Mozelle)

(Bridges of Madison County, Songbird) 

Lauren J. Thomas (Goree Girl)

(Reza, Once national tour) 

Tamra Hayden (Clyde Heath)

(Les Miserables, Cabaret) 

Lizzie Hagstedt (Goree Girl)

(Southern Comfort, Sweeney Todd national tour)

Robert Ariza (Paul)

(Deaf West's Spring Awakening)

Titus Tompkins (Terrence)

(Peer Gynt MaYi Theatre Company)

Ruby Wolf (Goree Girl)

(Pericles Delaware Shakespeare Festival) 

Kendra Jo Brook (Goree Girl)

(Snowy Mountain Sisters) 

Nattalyee Randall (Hattie Ellis)

(Vocalosity national tour, Dream Girls Portland Center Stage)