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Eddie the Marvelous

who will save the world

Written by the Kilbanes
Directed by Ken-Matt Martin
Music Direction by Julianne Merrill

Developmental Workshop:  July 18 – August 5, 2023
General Public – $10
Students (in advance) – $6

Eddie’s life is going nowhere: a twenty-something, jobless high school dropout who lives with his mom and suffers from crippling social anxiety. To cope, he retreats into his imagination and envisions himself as the charismatic front man of a glam-rock band, just like his idol, David Bowie. But when Eddie’s mom tells him that her boyfriend is moving in, she threatens the one place in the world where he feels safe. The two plots — Eddie’s actual life as a hermit and his imagined life as a rock star — first unfold in parallel and then merge as Eddie confronts the fact that his life must change.  


The Kilbanes are Kate Kilbane and Dan Moses, a married musical theater writing and performing team. Their rock musical Weightless (WP Theater, ACT, Public Theater’s Under the Radar, Z Space SF) was nominated for a Lucille Lortel award (Best Musical) and a Drama Desk award (Best Music) in 2023. Other works include The Code (ACT), My Antonia (Next Generation Commission, Latte Da Theater in Minneapolis, with Jessie Austrian and Noah Brody of Fiasco Theater – upcoming),  As You Like It (San Francisco Shakespeare Festival), and Eddie the Marvelous Who Will Save the World (O’Neill National Music Theater Conference).


Ken-Matt Martin (Director) is a producer and director that has worked at many theaters across the country. Martin is a co-founder of Pyramid Theatre Company in Des Moines, IA where he served as Executive Director until 2018. Pyramid is the first and only theatre in the state of Iowa to produce plays by August Wilson including Martin’s productions of Fences and The Piano Lesson. Martin’s producing and directing credits in Des Moines have received numerous Cloris Leachman Excellence in Theatre Award nominations, including two awards for Best Play and a Special Honor for Martin in 2016. As a director he has developed new plays at Vineyard Theatre, The Playwrights Center, Primary Stages and Space at Ryder Farms. Next season he will direct world premiere plays and musicals at Flint Rep, Mosaic Theatre, and Olney Theatre Center. Martin has also served as Producing Director at Williamstown Theatre Festival where his tenure included the Broadway transfers of The Sound Inside and Grand Horizons. Additionally, he has served as Associate Producer at the Goodman Theatre where he co-created the Future Labs program. He was recently appointed Interim Artistic Director of Baltimore Center Stage. He received two degrees from Drake University and his MFA in Directing from Brown University. 

Julianne Merrill (Music Director) is originally from Indianapolis, and now works in NYC as a professional Music Director, Pianist, and Electronic Music Engineer. She is a frequent Music Director for various cabarets, concerts, galas, and new work development workshops. On Broadway, she can be found on the podium as a conductor and keyboard player, as well as behind a pit computer as keyboard programmer and playback engineer. Recent projects include: Some Like it Hot, Broadway – Playback Engineer, A Strange Loop, Broadway – Synthesizer Programmer, White Girl in Danger, Off-Broadway – Playback Engineer, The Dramatist Guild Fund Gala, Hammerstein Ballroom – Music Director, Maestra Amplify, le poisson rouge – Music Director and Playback Engineer, Ring of Keys Queering the Canon: Sondheim, Joe’s Pub – Music Director and Playback Engineer. A recent graduate and now Professor of Live Experience Design at BerkleeNYC, Julianne uses the artist name “PatchMaster.” @juliannemerrill