The Boy Who Danced On Air

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The Boy Who Danced on Air 
Book and Lyrics by Charlie Sohne
Music by Tim Rosser
Directed by Tony Speciale
Choreographed by Nejla Yatkin

After its landmark World Premiere production at Diversionary in 2016, and its subsequent transfer Off Broadway the following year, The Boy Who Danced On Air returns for a limited time only! This courageous, award-winning new musical reveals the clandestine yet persistent tradition in Afghanistan of Bacha Bazi, where wealthy men purchase boys from poor families, train them as dancers, and parade them at parties as their property. Paiman and Feda have spent their young lives confined within this tradition. But when they meet by chance and develop feelings for one another, they embark on a journey towards a new life in uncharted territory. This astonishing contemporary fable reveals a country teetering on collapse, torn between yesterday and tomorrow, and the indomitable strength of the human spirit.
Two Hours with one Intermission
**Stream is available July 6th -July 19th, 2020** 

$35 household pass  // $15  Financial Impact* & Students  // $50 Deluxe (includes household pass + Soundtrack CD)  // $10 Soundtrack CD (includes shipping)

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*Offered to families that have been financially impacted as a result of the Covid-19 Pandemic.

Original Production Sponsors who made this World Premiere possible: Rob Granat & Al Mazur.

The original World Premiere was also made possible by the support of California Institute of Contemporary Art, The Dramatists Guild Fund, The National Fund for New Musicals, a program of National Alliance for Musical Theatre, with funding from Kathryn & Raymond Harbert, The Witt-Matheny Fund at The San Diego Foundation, and The Arch & Bruce Brown Foundation

  • TIM ROSSER (Composer) and CHARLIE SOHNE (Book Writer and Lyricist) are winners of the 2015 Jonathan Larson Award, ASCAP’s 2015 Mary Rodgers/Lorenz Hart Award and the 2016 San Diego Critics Circle Award for Outstanding Original Score. Additionally, Charlie is the recipient of the Kleban Prize as the “most promising librettist for musical theatre. The Boy Who Danced on Air (NAMT 2013) had its world premiere at The Diversionary Theatre and its Off-Broadway premiere at the Abingdon Theatre. Their pilot, Truth Slash Fiction, won best comedy at SeriesFest and ITVFest. Their new song cycle, With The Right Music, made its premiere with the Oakland Symphony Orchestra in 2018. They’re currently working on a show commissioned by New York City Children’s Theatre. Tim and Charlie were also 2014-15 Dramatists Guild Fellows, members of The Civilians’ R&D Group and writers at the Rhinebeck Writers Retreat, ASCAP’s Johnny Mercer Songwriters Project and the Yale Institute for Music Theatre. Their songs have been seen at their sold-out 54 Below show, Birdland, Contemporary Classics at Seattle Rep, Cutting Edge Composers at Joe’s Pub, ALNM at Rockwell in Los Angeles, Above The Arts in London, a sold out show at Broadway au Carre in Paris, and the Kennedy Center in Washington, DC. They are the songwriting team behind India.Arie’s single, “High Above”  
  • “Solid, subtle, sad and often inspiring work that’s smartly staged by director Tony Speciale with a first-rate cast…It clearly has a future ahead and so does [Troy] Iwata, who seems like a Broadway-star-in-waiting.”

    -The San Diego Union Tribune

    “A first-rate premiere at Diversionary Theatre… There is tenderness and violence, anger, envy, ambition and resignation among the five talented men who comprise the excellent ensemble. The songs are beautifully sung, and evocatively played… The story takes some unexpected turns, as will your emotional response to it. You won’t see a musical like this again anytime soon. Catch it if you can.”

    -Pat Launer, Jazz 88.3

    “A first-rate premiere at Diversionary Theatre… There is tenderness and violence, anger, envy, ambition and resignation among the five talented men who comprise the excellent ensemble. The songs are beautifully sung, and evocatively played… The story takes some unexpected turns, as will your emotional response to it. You won’t see a musical like this again anytime soon. Catch it if you can.”

    -Pat Launer, Jazz 88.3

    2016 Craig Noel Award Winner: Outstanding Original Score

    Craig Noel Award Nominations: Outstanding Choreography, Nejla Yatkin; Outstanding Lighting Design, Wen-Ling Liao

  • Matt’s Memo:

    I’m thrilled to welcome The Boy Who Danced On Air back to our community! It’s been five years since its debut on our stage, and the work has only ripened with new relevance. In that time, author Charlie Sohne has won the prestigious Kleban Award, the highest honor in the American theatre for a librettist/lyricist. And composer Tim Rosser won the Craig Noel Award for Outstanding Original Score for our World Premiere. Even though it’s virtual, it warms my heart to have them back at Diversionary, and to once again give life to their soaring and heart-rending tale of two Afghan boys falling in love against the backdrop of a shattered country.

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Household Pass, Financial Impact, Students, Deluxe, Soundtrack CD Only