About the Mollyhouse
Richard Hanson and Divya Maus first began writing The Mollyhouse in the fall of 2015 while pursuing their master degrees at the NYU Tisch Graduate Musical Theatre Writing Program. The musical was first presented in an Equity Staged Reading at NYU featuring numerous Broadway actors, including Julie Benko (Fiddler On The Roof, Les Miserables, Spring Awakening), Bryan Fenkart (Memphis, Nerds) and Mykal Kilgore (Motown The Musical, Hair). In the spring of 2017, as a collaboration between NYU StageWorks and Tisch New Musicals, a workshop production of The Mollyhouse was mounted, featuring graduating actors from the New Studio on Broadway, including such emerging talents as Holly Gould (Broadway: The Ferryman), Cam Cote (National Tour: Fiddler On The Roof - National Tour), and Max Meyers (US Tour: BUDDY - The Buddy Holly Story).
In January of 2018, a staged concert version of The Mollyhouse was presented at Rockwell Table & Stage in Los Angeles, where it caught the attention of the Foundation for New American Musicals, who presented a staged reading of the Mollyhouse at a benefit event in October of 2018.
Songs from the Mollyhouse have been featured in numerous concerts at venues such as the Lincoln Center, Feinstein's 54 Below, and Green Room 42 in New York.
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About the Creators
Richard Hanson (Book & Lyrics) is an NYC based writer and lyricist. He wrote book and lyrics for The Mollyhouse (music by Divya Maus), which received a workshop production at NYU Tisch’s StageWorks in Spring 2017. Additionally, he has written book and lyrics for Remains and The Girl Who Made the Stars, both with composer Sadie Soohyun Cho. With Divya Maus, he was an artist in residence at the Catwalk Institute. Earlier this year, songs from The Mollyhouse were featured in the Broadway’s Future Songbook Series at Lincoln Center. He is a proud graduate of NYU Tisch's Graduate Musical Theatre Writing Program. www.richardchanson.com
Richard Israel (Director) is an Ovation Award-winning director based out of Los Angeles, whose work frequently spans the East Coast and London, UK. Most recently, he directed a production of Violet at the Actor's Co-op in Los Angeles, for which he won his second LA Stage Alliance Ovation Award for Best Direction (the first for Floyd Collins at La Mirada Theater in 2014). Richard was the theatrical coordinator for the Emmy award-winning series Big Little Lies and is currently in post-production on the musical short film Into Light. He is the proud recipient of the LADCC Career Achievement Award for Directing.
Divya Maus (Music) is a composer and songwriter whose pieces have been performed at jazz and choral festivals across the country, as well as major venues that include the Apple Room in NYC and the Grammy Museum in Los Angeles. In 2013, Divya released her debut album, BIGGER, which led to an opening performance for the Beach Boys in Los Angeles, and earned her song “Salty Water” a finalist placement in the Great American Song Contest. In 2015, Divya performed and had multiple compositions featured in the “Imagine” concert with the Transcendence Theater Company in Sonoma, CA. Most recently, she appeared as “Jo” in the FOGG Theatre Company’s workshop production of the musical ‘Bottle Shock’ in San Francisco. www.divyamaus.com
Daniel Weidlein (Music Director & Orchestrator) is a versatile music producer, director, and performer. As a musician and MD, he has appeared on the Steve Harvey show, the Late Late Show with James Cordon, and NBC’s The Sing-Off. As a producer and music director, he has worked with such performers as Crystal Lewis, Cheyenne Jackson, Morgxn, Carrie Manolakos, Shoshana Bean, and Luke Edgemon. He has music-directed workshop presentations of new musicals at Z-Space in San Francisco, orchestrated and conducted concert performances for the Transcendence Theatre Company in Sonoma, CA, and this past summer music-directed a full production of A Chorus Line for TTC.