A New Play by Kel Fleming
Directed by Becky Wright
Will/James Emma Price
Harry Sarah Golczewski
Winnie Evesha Harry
Richy Chester Pollard
Sam Hallie Malina
Playwright Kel Fleming
Composer Benny Rothschild
Director Rebecca Wright
Assistant Director Brennah Leone
Stage Manager Sophie Smyczek
Assistant Stage Manager M. Rayne Smith
Dramaturg Amir Gad
Video Designer Julia Frey
Sound Designer Kay Currier-Graves
A Note from the writer
This play, theatrical experiment, and passion project has been brewing for most of my life and I am so excited and honored to be able to share it in a time where theater is struggling for life and so much seems uncertain.
My journey with this story began in the passenger seat of my father’s 1992 Toyota 4Runner on the way to theater camp in the 4th grade. On an old cassette tape, a college aged version of my dad recorded a radio special on the “Paul is Dead” conspiracy theory. As a Beatles fan from the womb, I was enraptured with this story. How could something so crazy and convoluted surround the biggest band in history? There’s no way it's true, but what if it was? And that’s where this play began to unravel.
In addition to this piece paying homage to one of the most influential artists in my life, this piece is the first exploration into my ongoing theory of Psychedelic Theater. Psychedelia’s art style, political and spiritual influences, and overall experience is something that hasn’t really been touched by theater and has so much potential in this medium. So, I want to see what it is! I want to see what it can be. In order to explore it in this piece in the form of the musical underscoring, visual aide, and some other story elements. I would like to thank the entire team and cast for indulging me in this investigation and experiment and can’t wait to see where this process takes me and Psychedelic Theater next.
While my senior year and this production did not go as originally planned, I am so grateful for my collaborators who joined me in adapting my original intentions into something possible. At its core, this is a story about collaboration and friendship, two things that I have fully dove into. From working with a best friend since middle school to professors and new collaborators, this piece has brought together so many people and I am so proud of what we were able to accomplish.