Artistic Resume

Ajemian and Newcomb

THEATER WORKS (books, lyrics, music)

SONGS OFF THE WALLS: MUSICAL REFLECTIONS ON MOSTLY FAMOUS PAINTINGS, a series of songs based on well-known paintings, sung in front of the works.

  • October, 2011: Brookline Public Library; Robbins Library, Arlington
  • May, June, 2001: Boston Public Library; Mass College of Art

THE PURLOINED PAINTING, a fifteen-minute musical comedy

  • Brookline High School Student Directed Festival August  (2008)
  • Hovey Summer Shorts, Turtle Lane Playhouse, Newton MA (2004)

CINDERELLA AND THE FUZZY SLIPPERS, a ten-minute musical comedy [published by Bakers Plays]

  • Boston Theater Marathon, Boston Playrightsʼ Theatre, BU (2001)
  • Boston Public Library, Faneuil Branch, with Songs off the Walls (2001)
  • Playwrightsʼ Platform Summer Festival, Mass College of Art (2001)

HAPPY NEW YEAR, a two-act musical comedy about life in Boston, 1899

  • Cambridge Center for Adult Education: Workshop Reading (2000)
  • Readings at Boston Public Libraries, including Rabb Auditorium (1995)
  • Reading in Playwrightsʼ Platform Summer Festival at Massachusetts College of Art (1995)
  • Workshop readings at Mass College of Art and Brookline Public Library (1994)

HALʼS GALS, a two-act musical comedy of the court of Henry VIII

  • Staged reading, Brighton Public Library  (1998)
  • Five performances by Adrian College, Adrian, Michigan (American College Theater Festival)  (1993)
  • Two concert performances by Playwrightsʼ Platform (1990)
  • Nine performances: Federal Reserve Bank, Lyric Stage, BPL branches, PP Festival  (1986-88)

DON’T CRY WOLF, a one-act musical comedy based on Aesop’s fable, “The Boy Who Cried Wolf”

  • Performance by Lincoln Elementary School (Mass.) students (1998)

THE REAL AND RIGHTFUL PRINCESS, a one-act musical comedy based on Grimmsʼ “The Goose Girl”

  • Three performances by Jordan River Community (Michigan) students (1997)
  • Performance by Lincoln Elementary School (Mass.) students (1997)
  • Reading by adult actors, Playwrightsʼ Platform Summer Festival (1996)
  • Two performances by Arlington (Mass.) third grade class (1996)

A: THE LETTER!, a one-act musical comedy update of The Scarlet Letter

  • Seven performances by Playwrightsʼ Platform (1993)
  • First Night, Boston (Emerson Majestic Theater) (1993)
  • Blacksmith House, Boston Public Library Branches, Wellesley Public Library Series (1993)
  • Six performances by Playwrights Platform (1992)
  • Lincoln Public Library, Boston Public Library Branches (1992)
  • Playwrightsʼ Platform Summer Festival at Mass College of Art (1992)

LOUISA MAY: THE MUSICAL!, a one-act musical comedy about Louisa May Alcott

  • Two performances by Playwrightsʼ Platform Boston Public Library branches (1994)
  • Three performances by Playwrightsʼ Platform, Blacksmith House (1993)
  • Three performances by Playwrightsʼ Platform, Boston Public Library (1992)
  • Five performances by Playwrightsʼ Platform (1991)
  • Playwrightsʼ Platform Summer Festival at Arlington St. Church (1991)
  • Boston Public Library Branch (1991)
  • Arlington Arts Center (1991)

ADAM AND EVE ON A RAFT, a one-act musical comedy of the 1950s

  • Reading at Brighton Public Library (1989)
  • Three performances at Playwrightsʼ Platform Summer Festival at Performance Place (1989)

THEATER AWARDS

  • Mass Arts Lottery Grant, Arlington Cultural Council (2011)
  • Mass Arts Lottery Grant, Brookline Cultural Council (2011)
  • Boston Universityʼs Boston Theater Marathon of 10-minute plays (2001)
  • Jordan River Arts Council (Michigan), winner of contest (1997)
  • Mass Arts Lottery Grant, Arlington Arts Council  (1995)
  • Mass Arts Lottery Grant, Brookline Council for the Arts and Humanities (1993)
  • Mass Arts Lottery Grant, Arlington Arts Council (1991)
  • Boston Theater District Cultural Development Fund Grant (1989)
  • Mass Arts Lottery Grant, Brookline Council for the Arts and Humanities (1986)

OTHER AWARDS AND PERFORMANCES

  • Song included in CabaretFest in Newburyport (2001)
  • Song included in Oregon Cabaret Theatre’s “Tis the Season” (2001)
  • Song included in NOMTIʼs “Somethingʼs Coming.” (2000)
  • Song from Partially Sage performed on “A Prairie Home Companion.” (1984)

OTHER RELEVANT EXPERIENCE

•PARTIALLY SAGE (4x4)Newcomb and Ajemian have collaborated on writing songs since 1973. Their songs have been recorded by various singers, including Pete Seeger, published by Simon and Schuster and World Around Songs, and sung on national television and radio programs. Their book Partially Sage: A Comic Look at Common Songs was published in 1983 (Robinson Lynn Publishers) [Garrison Keillor: “It made me laugh out loud.”] They began writing musical comedies together in 1986.

They have also sung with groups that include The Folksmiths, Common Ground, and Jean Redpath, Lisa Neustadt, and the Angel Band, with whom they recorded three albums.

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