My Real Mother

Book, Music, and Lyrics by Riley Thomas, based on the bestselling book Open: An Adoption Story in Three Voices.

Alaina and Alex are strangers when Alaina and her husband adopt Alex's baby girl, but they form an unexpected bond that transforms them both. Chronicling 25 years of their tumultuous and powerful relationship, Alaina and Alex make up the rules as they go along, colliding with their families, jobs and obligations, determined to ensure the child turns out alright. Narrated by Sara, the young woman that baby grows up to be, My Real Mother is filled with humor and heart and set to a lush, contemporary musical theatre score. 

Riley Thomas

Riley Thomas ((Book, Music, Lyrics))

Riley Thomas (Book, Music, Lyrics) is a New York based playwright/composer. Thomas’s musicals Stuck and Wearing Black each had sold-out extended runs in the 2012 and 2015 New York Musical Theatre Festivals (respectively) and went on to collectively win five accolades, including recognitions for music, lyrics and book. Stuck has since been made into a full-length Hollywood feature film starring Giancarlo Esposito, Amy Madigan and Ashanti released on April 19th, 2019. Thomas is a 2016 Weston Playhouse Invited Artist, a 2017 New Group Playwright and has been awarded the Anna Sosenko Assist Trust Grant and the Johnny Mercer Songwriter’s Certificate.

Misti B. Wills

Misti B. Wills (Director)

Misti B. Wills (Director) is thrilled to be participating in NYMF. Recently directed The Hunchback of Notre Dame and the Ovation Nominated production of Sister Act, both at 5 Star Theatricals in L.A. Of note: the NYC premiere of A Pound in Your Pocket (with music by Charles Strouse and Lee Adams.) Other fave credits include: Off- Broadway: In Search of Euphoria (Fidelity Futurestage Program, New World Stages), Tempest (Assistant Director, La MaMa, ETC., NY Times Critics Pick), Twilight the Musical (Assistant Director, New World Stages) Off-Off Broadway:Floyd Collins, 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee, Ordinary Days, Shake the Earth (2015 NY Fringe Festival, Theater is Easy Best Bet, West Coast Tour 2016), The Drunken City (Jump for Joy Productions, NY Workshop Theatre), Afterlight (Cherry Lane, 2009 NY Fringe Festival), Songs for a New World,Twelfth Night (Shakespeare's Sister Company), The Pearl Merchant (Threads Theater Company). Other Regional: My Fair Lady (Forestburgh Playhouse), and New York Water (Depot Theatre). Misti holds a Master of Arts degree and has been on the faculties of The NY Film Academy, The American Academy of Dramatic Arts, NY City College of Technology and Long Island University in Brooklyn. Proud member of Stage Directors and Choreographers