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Sean’s Story

Part One (The Reckoning) &
Part Two (The Awakening)

Book, Music & Lyrics by Khiyon Hursey
Directed by Patrick Vassel


Virtual Developmental Reading
May 3 – 27, 2021
Public Presentation Announced Soon



SEAN’S STORY: Part One (The Reckoning) & Part Two (The Awakening) is an epic coming of age tale that follows a young black queer man as he experiences love and loss for the first time. Set in a Contemporary America, the show explores black identity politics, the intersection of race and responsibility, and what it means to be an American today.



KHIYON HURSEY is a writer and composer based in Los Angeles and New York. He was a staff writer for Netflix’s romantic musical drama, SOUNDTRACK and is currently co-writing LOVE IN AMERICA, a movie musical to be produced by Issa Rae at Universal. He is the recipient of the ASCAP Foundation’s Irving Burgie Scholarship, Bart Howard Songwriting Scholarship, and the Lucille and Jack Yellen award, a 2016 NAMT Writers Grant, a 2016 – 2017 Dramatists Guild Musical Theater Fellow, 2017 Space on Ryder Farm Residency, 2018 Johnny Mercer Songwriters Project residency, 2019 ASCAP Musical Theatre Workshop with Stephen Schwartz, 2019 Rhinebeck Writers Retreat, the 2020 Johnny Mercer Writers Colony at Goodspeed Musicals and the 2020 Stephen Schwartz Award. Khiyon got his start as the music assistant on the off-Broadway and Broadway productions and the Grammy Award Winning Cast Album of HAMILTON and the Tony Award Winning Dear Evan Hansen. He’s been a guest lecturer at Columbia, Yale and Berklee College of Music on Musical Theater. He holds a degree in Songwriting from Berklee College of Music.



PATRICK VASSEL is a director and playwright from Akron, Ohio. He is currently the Associate and Supervising Director of HAMILTON (US/Australia/Germany). Broadway: Freestyle Love Supreme (Associate Director), Magic/Bird (Assistant Director). New York: In a Little Room (Ten Bones – The Wild Project), Two Rooms (79 Clifton Place), Rum for Sale (Columbia University), The Gravediggers (Theatre East Reading), Connect (Workshop – Ten Bones), The Adventures of Boy and Girl (FringeNYC ’13), Font of Knowledge (Shelby Company), The Little Dog Laughed (The Gallery Players, 1st NYC Revival). Regional/University: The Cripple of Inishmaan, The Homecoming (Stella Adler), Lombardi (Palace Theatre, Wisconsin), Six Characters in Search of an Author (University of Notre Dame, Original Adaptation). As a co-writer/director: Nothing Left to Burn (Ars Nova ANTFest, The Public Theater New Work Now!, O’Neill Semi-Finalist, The Lark Playwrights Week 2015). 



CHRIS EMILE is a choreographer, performer, and director based in Los Angeles. He received his formal education from the Alvin Ailey School and the Alonzo King LINES Ballet/Dominican University joint program, receiving his BFA in dance. He is the co-founder/curator for movement-based collective “No)one. Art House” which has programmed site specific performances, educational workshops, and installations for the last five years throughout Los Angeles. His work has been presented by Hauser & Wirth, the Getty Museum, MOCA Los Angeles, and the California African American Museum, among others. Commercially and otherwise, Chris’ choreographic work has been commissioned by LA Opera in Ellen Reid’s Pulitzer Prize-winning opera prism, San Francisco Symphony, Solange Knowles, Anderson Paak, and Refinery 29. He has been a guest lecturer at the California Institute of the Arts, UCLA, AMDA, and Loyola Marymount University.