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In The Works - Featuring: Oberfield & Burns, Spencer Robelen, and Tien & Frey
Presented By The Duplex
Sunday, August 18th at 9:30pm EST
Online sale ends: 08/18/19 at 8:00pm EST
The Duplex Cabaret Theatre
61 Christopher Street (at the Corner of 7th Avenue)
New York, NY 10014
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Sophie Oberfield

Joanna Burns

Spencer Robelen

Melisa Tien

Matt Frey


Honeck-Moss Productions is proud to present “In The Works.”  This exciting new series was conceived as an opportunity for composers to try out new work in front of an audience and see how it plays in a supportive environment.  It is also an opportunity to create community among the composers and their performers.

In The Works is be presented monthly and feature three composers or composer teams, each presenting about 20 minutes of new material.  This month features the works of composers: Sophie Oberfield & Joanna Burns, Spencer Robelen, and Melisa Tien & Matt Frey.  Hosted by: Thomas Honeck.

Sophie Oberfield is a lyricist, playwright, and educator. A native New Yorker, she holds a BA in Literature from Yale University and a master’s degree in Theatre History and Criticism from Hunter College-CUNY. She has studied at Primary Stages’ Einhorn School for the Performing Arts (ESPA) and the BMI Musical Theatre Workshop. Her work has been performed at Emerging Artists' Theater (IN THE HORSE; music by Kit Goldstein Grant), three New York Musical Theater Festivals' Songwriting Master Class concerts, and The Duplex (Kit Goldstein Grant and Friends, June 2019). Sophie has taught English at Stuyvesant High School since 2008. 

Joanna Burns is a composer/singer-songwriter. Also a current member of the BMI Lehman Engel Musical Theatre Workshop where she was the winner of the Harrington Award for Creative Excellence. Some composer/arranger credits include: the web series CITY OF DREAMS (NY Times, USA Today), the web pilot CAROL’S A DEMON (NYTV Fest), the short film WHALE HELLO THERE (Buffer Festival Invitee), the opening number for the CBS DIVERSITY SHOWCASE, and the new musical WELCOME TO SHOOFLY (ASCAP Dreamworks Musical Theater Workshop, Los Angeles). She has also toured the U.S. performing as a singer-songwriter and her current LP The Green Year, available on iTunes, features 11 self-produced tracks and 2 produced by Dan Romer (Shawn Mendes, Ingrid Michaelson, A Great Big World).

Spencer Robelen is a New York-based composer, violinist, and playwright. His compositions include chamber, orchestral, and choral music, as well as film scores, musical theatre works, and incidental music for plays and ballets. Whether he’s writing a bittersweet ballad or a fugue of fart sounds, Spencer covers a large spectrum of emotions with his work.

Spencer holds a B.A. in Music Theory and Composition from the University of Miami’s Frost School of Music, where he studied under the tutelage of composer Dorothy Hindman and served as president of the Society of Composers, Inc. He later received his M.F.A. in Musical Theatre Writing from New York University's Tisch School of the Arts, where he worked with numerous industry professionals, including Tony-winners William Finn and Rebecca Taichman.

Spencer's concert music has been performed by various ensembles, including PULSE Chamber Music, the Lunar Ensemble, the Frost Symphony Orchestra, and the Factory Arts Ensemble. His musical theatre works have been performed at notable venues in New York City, including Feinstein’s/54 Below and Birdland Jazz Club. As a playwright, Spencer has received several honors for his short plays and audio dramas. His one-act play, The Wheels Go Round and Round, is published by YouthPLAYS and has been performed in Canada and South Africa in addition to the U.S.

Spencer is also a noted SpongeBob SquarePants scholar due to his writings on the history and analysis of the franchise. Unfortunately, this accolade has failed to garner Spencer any prestigious awards or fellowships. Check out more of Spencer's work at www.spencerrobelen.com!

Melisa Tien (book, lyrics) is a New York-based playwright, lyricist, and librettist. The author of the plays The Boyd Show, Best Life, Yellow Card Red Card, Familium Vulgare, and Refrain, she is also co-author of the collaboratively written plays We Play for the Gods and Jackson Heights 3AM. In addition to being a resident playwright at New Dramatists, Melisa is a New York Foundation for the Arts Fellow in Playwriting/Screenwriting, a Walter E. Dakin Fellow at the Sewanee Writers' Conference, and a recipient of the Theater Masters Visionary Playwright Award. She has been a resident of the MacDowell Colony and the Millay Colony, and was a member of the 2010-2012 Women’s Project Lab. Melisa has presented work at the Great Plains Theatre Conference, the Women Playwrights International Conference, and the National Asian American Theatre Conference and Festival. She teaches playwriting at SUNY Purchase and the National Theatre Institute, and she holds a BA from UCLA, an MFA from Columbia University, and a culinary diploma from the French Culinary Institute.

Matt Frey (music) is a Brooklyn-based composer whose work spans multiple genres, including theater, opera, chamber, and orchestral music.  His vocal music has been performed and workshopped across the U.S. and in Canada at festivals and programs including Fort Worth Opera’s Frontiers, the Crane School of Music, Opera From Scratch, New Dramatists, the John Duffy Composers Institute, and the BMI Lehman Engel Musical Theater Workshop.   Frey’s instrumental music has been commissioned and presented by ensembles including the String Orchestra of Brooklyn, Synergy Percussion, the JACK String Quartet, the West Point Woodwind Quintet, and the NYU Symphony Orchestra.  He is a graduate of the Masters program in Music Composition at New York University where he studied with Pulitzer Prize-winning composer Julia Wolfe.

$10 Ticket in Advance & a 2 Drink Minimum in the Cabaret Theatre*

$15 Ticket at the Door (plus service fee) & a 2 Drink Minimum in the Cabaret Theatre*

*Drinks Must be purchased In the Cabaret Theatre to count towards the Minimum.

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No One Under 21 Allowed
Additional Information
Doors open 30 minutes before show time. There is a 2 Drink Minimum per Person in the Cabaret Theatre

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9:30pm to 11:00pm
Doors open at 9:00pm

General Admission: $10.00


The Duplex Cabaret Theatre<br> 61 Christopher Street (at the Corner of 7th Avenue)<br> New York, 10014



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