Musicals by César Alvarez

by César Alvarez

Photo by César Alvarez
NOISE was inspired by the idea that music is the most elemental form of civilization. Taking that idea to an extreme, and a general consensus that society isn't working, a group of musicians try to create a musical (and a new music) that will reflect a society they actually want to live in.

A commission of The Public Theater and Playwrights Horizons Theater School/NYU.

The Elementary Spacetime Show
Music by César Alvarez
Lyrics and Book by César Alvarez with Emily Orling

photo by Paola Nogueras
The Elementary Spacetime Show tells the story of a teenager named Alameda who, after a suicide attempt, finds herself in a cosmic musical game show that she has to win in order to die. By confronting avatars of scientific truth, ostentatious musical numbers and bizarre philosophical trials, Alameda is compelled to regard the enigmatic complexity of the universe. 

Development: Ars Nova Uncharted Group (2-year developmental Residency), EST/Sloan Commission, EST First Light Festival, Polyphone Festival at University of the Arts, Philadelphia, PA.

The Universe is a Small Hat

Music, Lyrics and Book by César Alvarez

photo by Jesse Utracht-Oakner

The Universe is a Small Hat is a multiplayer participatory musical, which tells the story of a techno-Utopian space colony leaving Earth in order to form a new, more rational, civilization. The piece is designed as an immersive 100-player narrative game. Audience members are all enlisted as colonists, given specific occupations on the ship, and responsible for their own fate within the story.

Development: LMCC Process Space, Berkeley Rep Ground Floor, PRELUDE, The Civilians 2013 R and D Group, Silent Barn, 4-month developmental residency at Babycastles Gallery. NYU Playwrights Horizons Theater School Developmental Practicum, Student production at Sarah Lawrence College


Music by César Alvarez with The Lisps
Book and Lyrics by César Alvarez

photo by Evgenia Eliseeva courtesy of American Repertory Theater
FUTURITY tells the story of Julian Munro, a Civil War soldier who tries to invent a steam-powered artificial brain that, through its all-powerful machinations, could create peace for humankind

FUTURITY World Premiered at American Repertory Theater in March of 2012 followed by performances at Walker Art Center. New York premiere Soho Rep/Ars Nova in 2015. Directed by Sarah Benson

Awards: Futurity won the 2016 Lortel Award for Outstanding Musical, 4 other Lortel Nominations, and The Off-Broadway Alliance Award for Best New Musical.

For script requests and production inquires:

Rachel Viola 
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