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142 Throckmorton Partners with Oakland School for the Arts for a New Take on The Music Man
Lucy Mercer Executive and Artistic Director of 142 Throckmorton hires Amy Marie Haven
to Direct The Music Man
Inspired by Lin Manuel Miranda’s Hamilton, 142 Throckmorton’s The Music Man tells a story of America then with a cast of voices from America now. Hamilton has become a cultural phenomenon, with audiences finding connections and drawing meaning on multiple levels. The Music Man strives to similarly reimagine and reclaim history. As seen with Hamilton, representation is an important and powerful healing tool for communities of color. Seeing actors of color play characters that they could not have played in the true setting of the piece is a monumental progression in the arts and theatre world. Through a collaborative partnership with La Familia, Oakland School for the Arts, and 142 Throckmorton, this production seeks to unite communities, build bridges, and create innovative art.
Amy Marie Haven has a diverse theater background focusing on directing, acting, and community building. She received her Bachelor’s from UC Santa Cruz in 2007, where she studied Literature and Theater. Based in the Bay Area, Amy Marie has directed for and acted with many award-winning local companies including Cal Shakes, Shakespeare Santa Cruz, The Quixote Project, Alter Theater, Sleepwalkers Theatre, and We Players. She most recently directed 23 Elephants' The Unspeakable Act, a production awarded Best of Fringe 2016. Her international theatre experience includes: Theatre of Heart and Four Larks Theater in Melbourne, Australia, as well as San Jeronimo Bilingual School in Cofradia, Honduras. Amy Marie is a co-founder of Tomorrow Youth Repertory in Alameda, and has spent the last two years as a full-time faculty member at Oakland School for the Arts' School of Theatre.
“For me, Hamilton opened the door to an American past that I previously felt no claim or connection to,” explains director Amy Marie Haven. “Seeing the story of our nation’s beginning told by a cast that looks like me and in a language that felt alive to me - I wanted to bring that quality to The Music Man.”
The Music Man began rehearsals on Juneteenth, a monumentous day in the black community when in 1865 word finally reached Texas that slavery had been abolished. “It struck me that we were beginning to dive into this story on a day that represents African Americans’ first step toward equality and equity over 150 years ago,” says Haven. “In 1912, when the musical takes place, slavery would have been considered ‘over’ just 50 short years earlier. At the time, nowhere in the US would there have been integration as we see it in this production.”
Haven took steps to achieve a Hamilton-esque production by first cutting or artfully reimagining racist or outdated moments from the original script. Next, she cast a diverse group of actors and portrayed mixed race couples onstage - an image that would be considered unthinkable or even illegal in 1912 Iowa.
Fifteen year old Leon Jones, Jr., a sophomore at the Oakland School for the Arts, is playing male supporting lead Marcellus, protege to the infamous con man Harold Hill. “We see this young man bring new life and different facets to a role traditionally and historically played by an older white male,” says Haven. “Leon’s performance is a highlight of the show.”
Leon Jones adds, “I think a partnership with Throckmorton and OSA is really great because of the opportunity for me to work in a new space. To be able to work with Amy is a real privilege and I look forward to bringing this unique production of The Music Man to a new audience. Everyone loves Hamilton and we hope everyone will leave loving this new version of The Music Man too.”
OSA School of Theatre department chair Matthew Travisano says, “We are excited to be associated with 142 Throckmorton and its reinvention of a classic work of musical theatre. Not only are OSA students and faculty involved in the production, but our organizations share the goal of creating innovative and relevant theatre that speaks to as broad an audience as possible.”
Performance Dates & Tickets
142 Throckmorton Theatre, Mill Valley CA
July 27 & 28 @ 7pm, July 29 & 30 @ 1pm
August 3 & 4 @ 7pm, August 5 & 6 @ 1pm
142 Throckmorton- Our mission is to unite our community through the transformative power of the arts. We believe that creative expression and artistic experiences are fundamental not only to our shared cultural legacy but also to our common human condition and identity. We deliver artistic programs in all the creative fields that have the potential to unlock creative thinking, advance new ideas, and drive innovation.
Oakland School for the Arts: OSA is a public charter school in the Oakland Unified School District that opened its doors in 2002 with a mission to offer immersive arts experiences in a college preparatory setting. The school curriculum revolves around the concept of integration, both between academic subjects and with the arts. OSA currently serves 780 students in grades 6-12.
La Familia provides services throughout Alameda and Contra Costa counties, with a comprehensive selection of programs to meet a variety of mental health and community support needs. La Familia is an inclusive, Latino, community-based, multicultural organization committed to strengthening the emotional wellness of individuals and the preservation of families. Our vision is a vibrant, multicultural community where children play safely, families learn collectively, and individuals reach their fullest potential.
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