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Eddie the Marvelous


Written by The Kilbanes
Directed by Caitlin Sullivan
Music Directed by Jeff Theiss

Developmental Workshop:  May 6 – 24, 2024
General Public – $10
Students (in advance) – $8

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 (O’Neill National Music Theater Conference).


Caitlin Sullivan is a director and theater maker based in New York City. Recent work includes The Good John Proctor (Talene Monahon/Bedlam), WORK HARD HAVE FUN MAKE HISTORY (ruth tang/Clubbed Thumb), Nova (Obehi Janice/Royal Lyceum Theatre Edinburgh), United States vs Gupta (Deepali Gupta/JACK) and Sanctuary City (Martyna Majok/NYTW). She is currently developing new work with The Bengsons, Adrian Einspanier and Martyna Majok. Before moving to New York, Caitlin co-founded Seattle’s critically acclaimed Satori Group. As Artistic Director, she created and/or directed seven original works. Born and raised in Boston, Caitlin is a graduate of Williams College, and an alum of the Drama League Directors Project and Next Stage Residency, the Clubbed Thumb Directing Fellowship and the New Georges Jam.


Jeff Theiss is a music director, coach, and multi-instrumentalist who splits his time between Ithaca, NY and NYC. He was a Music Director for The Band’s Visit on Broadway, which won 10 Tony Awards and a Grammy Award, as well as working on The Book Of Mormon and Lysistrata Jones on Broadway. Jeff was also an NYC audition pianist for such casting directors as Tara Rubin, Stewart/Whitley, and Wojcik & Seay. He is also the Resident Music Director of The Rev Theater Co in Auburn, NY, having done 40+ shows over 15 years. Most recently, he is an Assistant Professor and Music Director of the Theater Department at Ithaca College. BME – Baylor University; MM – Ithaca College