As We Lie Still is a new musical about Avi Leiter, a magician in New York at the turn of the 20th century who overcomes the struggles of a fledgling magic act. His assistant, Josephine, is the key to his most astonishing trick. Together they rise to Vaudevillian fame - until the trick goes awry. 20 years later, old, ruined, and alone, Avi must prepare one more illusion.
As We Lie Still uses a spellbinding, contemporary score to tell a story of love and forgiveness, of life and death, of this world and the next.
Patrick Emile (Story, Music & Lyrics) is an award winning composer, arranger, lyricist, and multi-instrumentalist. His past work includes scoring and arranging for Happily Ever After, an official selection of The New York International Fringe Festival 2011, as well as Starfield, a collaborative large-scale visual music installation commissioned by The Dallas Arts District. More recently, Patrick had the honor of participating in the New Dramatists 2014 Composer-Librettist Studio. In May 2014, Patrick won the Frederick Loewe Award for Musical Theatre. He made his Off Broadway debut in summer 2014 with As We Lie Still, an official selection of The New York Musical Theatre Festival. In 2015 Patrick founded SANDBOX: a new works cabaret, a curated program devoted to the fostering of new theatrical works and talent in Dallas, Texas. In June 2016 Patrick, with playwright Carlos Murillo, workshopped their new musical The Ballad Hunters at New Dramatists with support from The Frederick Loewe Award.
Olivia de Guzman Emile (Book) is a professional singer, actor, and arts educator based in Dallas, Texas. In addition to her libretto work and invaluable contributions on As We Lie Still, she has collaborated with Patrick Emile on numerous projects for theatre and music since 2005. BFA, Musical Theatre Performance, University of North Texas.
Michael Serrecchia (Development) is a Broadway veteran, professional director, and has greatly contributed to the development of As We Lie Still since 2014. "My professional career began in modern and classical dance with the Jose Limon Youth Company and The Harkness Ballet in NYC. It was at Harkness House that I met and studied with the great American Jazz teacher Luigi. In NYC I studied acting with Mary Tarcai (Stanislavski) and Fred Kareman (Meisner Technique, Neighborhood Playhouse) Voice with Sylvia Sirlya of the Metropolitan Opera and the famous Keith Davis. But mostly my training came from the practical experience of performing on Broadway for 18 years, in many original Broadway Musicals. During my time in NYC I worked with, and learned from the best; Michael Bennett, Bob Fosse, Joe Layton, John Houseman, Jack O’Brien, Tommy Tune, Chita Rivera, Liza Minelli, Joel Grey, Carol Channing, Julie Wilson, Molly Picon, Gillian Lynne, Fred Ebb, John Kander, Cy Coleman, Marvin Hamlish, James Kirkwood, Sir Robert Helpman, each and every one of them helped build my own creative process. As an original cast member of A Chorus Line, I was part of American Musical Theatre History. That experience was invaluable to my training. You can see me speak of this and other Broadway shows of the 60’s, 70’s and 80’s in “Broadway; Beyond the Golden Years” released in 2011. My approach to directing and choreography is basic Meisner… “to live truthfully under given imaginary circumstances”. I strive to remain true to the author/composer’s work and incorporate a strong point of view and style in agreement with the producer and ultimately the cast. I work within the parameters set by the production and cast. I never “force” a performance. I nurture it organically. In 2011, I was selected for the Natalie Skelton Award for Artistic Excellence award for having “invested my life to artistry, teaching, and directing at a truly outstanding level.” In 2015 I, along with the rest of the original cast of A Chorus Line, was honored at The Public Theatre in NYC for my contribution to the American Musical."
Cody Dry (Development) is a sought-after Music Director in DFW and has contributed to As We Lie Still since 2015. As a leading baritone in the Dallas area, Cody has amassed a wide scope of experience and technique, performing on and off stage, from musicals to operas, in churches or in mansions. Whether premiering modern works in Bedford or singing Gregorian chant at the Guadalupe Cathedral in downtown Dallas, Cody connects his audiences to the music through his expressive, stylistic singing. His versatility has served him well when performing in wedding ceremonies at Dallas’ St. Thomas Aquinas Catholic Church, University Park United Methodist Church, First United Methodist Church in Garland, and even by the shores of White Rock Lake. Cody currently performs with the 24-member professional group, Orpheus Chamber Singers, where he continues to master the art of strong, solo singing while utlizing a broad range of timbre and sensitivity. When not performing, he is passing on his knowledge by teaching voice to young students in his native Garland. He also continues to learn tricks of the trade as the studio accompanist for David Gaschen, a former Phantom of the Opera on Broadway.
Contributions in Dramaturgy:
Christopher David Taylor