New Writers at 54! Murphy Taylor and Emerson Mae Smith
May 31, 2022
Identical twin transgender women and musical theatre writing duo, Murphy Taylor and Emerson Mae Smith are well versed in idiosyncrasy. Returning to Feinstein’s/54 Below after their solo show debut last August, they invite you to an evening of songs about transformation, vengeance, and romancing your local spirit, taking a tour through their musicals in-process and showcasing their vision for the future of musical theatre.
Murphy, NEO award-winning composer/lyricist, and Emerson, playwright, have together written ELEKTRIC, a trans-woman-centered musical adaptation of the Elektra tragedy; RADIO, a short musical horror film about an affected young woman’s relationship with the ghost haunting her gym (Official Selection Queer Fear Film Festival); and THE SMITH TWINS ARE TERMINALLY ONLINE, a cabaret act hesitating on the edge of returning to life post-pandemic. Emerson has also written the one-woman play Watchdog, and the post-apocalyptic horror play Who Put Bella In The Wych Elm?
Murphy and Emerson create dark, haunted worlds with their words and music, which echo the dark haunted world we live in today. Join them and their incredible special guests to find hope and beauty within that darkness.
Thani Brant (Notes From Now)
Amina Faye (Suffs)
Lauren Marcus (Be More Chill)
Ayla Schwartz (Frozen)
Gian Perez (Sing Street)
Lena Skeele (Love in Hate Nation)
Owen Ashbury Smith
New Writers At 54! is an ongoing series at Feinstein’s/54 Below showcasing exciting work by today’s hottest emerging voices, curated by Creative and Programming Director Jennifer Tepper and Assistant Programming Director Alexa Spiegel.
Please note that all artists and acts are subject to change at any time.
Proof of COVID-19 vaccination is required to enter the club.