Electric Island Benefit Performance Press Release

This is a writing sample from Scripted writer Ashlyn Inman

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE Contact: Electric Island: The Musical

Email: electricislandmusical@gmail.com


_An Evening of Selections And Reflections to Benefit _

The Phyllis Newman Women's Health Initiative

A Program of The Actors Fund

[New York, NY] Electric Island is a new musical conceived and written by Rachelle Rak with music and additional lyrics by Steven Jamail. This developmental project tells the real stories of women working on Broadway: those working hard to go from show to show and aren't the recognized stars above the marquee. Shining light on women of all ages, ethnicities, and sexual orientations, Electric Island illuminates how these performers have navigated the highs and lows of a life in the theater--on stage and off.

The show was created in response to the Broadway shut-down due to the COVID-19 pandemic in March 2020. Rak began working on this project with her friends and colleagues via Zoom rehearsals and email exchanges. The show is indicative of the time we live in and the promise of the return of live theater.

The Electric Island team dares to believe that art will persevere while bringing theater to audiences in a non-traditional way. This powerful group of artists will bring you a performance about the women of Broadway while benefiting and celebrating The Phyllis Newman Women's Health Initiative (PNWHI), a program of The Actors Fund.

The Phyllis Newman Women's Health Initiative addresses the range of concerns women face while dealing with a serious medical condition. Founded by Phyllis Newman, a trustee of The Actors Fund and a cancer survivor, the program offers women counseling, support groups, educational seminars, links to community support, and short-term financial aid. Learn more about PNWHI at actorsfund.org/pnwhi.

The benefit performance will star Jerusha Cavazos, Felicia Finley, Stephanie Gibson, Joy Hidalgo, Marissa Rosen, and Angie Schworer. The performance was directed by Cady Huffman and Steven Jamail served as the musical director. Orchestrations and arrangements were crafted by Omar Camps-Kamrin, music production and engineering by Alex Hartman, and technical/graphic design and editing provided by Marty Thomas. Melanie T. Morgan is the production stage manager, and the event is being produced by Dani Davis and Rachelle Rak, in association with Justin Bohon, Cory Greenberg, Jerry Mitchell, Donald Nolan, and Al Tapper.

We are excited to celebrate International Women's Month with this inspiring production. Electric Island's performance to benefit The Actors Fund's Phyllis Newman Women's Health Initiative will be available for streaming on March 25 at 8:00 PM via BroadwayWorld. Donations accepted at https://www.justgiving.com/fundraising/electric-island-musical.

For further details and to receive the E-Vite for the event, email electricislandmusical@gmail.com.

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I grew up in a small town in rural California, and earned my B.F.A. in Musical Theater (and minor in Communication) at Coastal Carolina University in Myrtle Beach, SC. After graduating, I moved to NYC where I lived for three years before relocating to Nashville. And that brings us to date! I've worked a variety of jobs from being on a farm to being on a stage to being in a cubicle. In short, I've lived the big city life, the small town life, the southern life, the northern life, and you get the idea. I've experienced a lot of...
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