Swimming Pool

Waterwell's #9 Swimming Pool

#9 is a dizzying new music theater piece about the technological tools we use – and how they use us. Here, Waterwell dives into a strange, bewildering world of digital immersion where the virtual is more real than reality.

#9 premiered at the 59E59 Theater in the summer of 2009 and was called “UPROARIOUS! Featuring a quartet of fearless performances, Off-Broadway’s a better place with Waterwell online” by the Village Voice.

Early in the production, Kevin Townley and Matt Dellapina perform the piece “Swimming Pool,” as Kevin’s character recounts the tale of the-one-that-got-away.  (This demo recording features Lauren)

Lauren Cregor’s demo track for the hit “Swimming Pool” featured in Waterwell’s #9.

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Kevin Townley peforms, “Swimming Pool” in Waterwell’s new musical #9:

Busy Tone

Busy Tone

#9 is a dizzying new music theater piece about the technological tools we use – and how they use us. Here, Waterwell dives into a strange, bewildering world of digital immersion where the virtual is more real than reality.

#9 premiered at the 59E59 Theater in the summer of 2009 and was called “UPROARIOUS! Featuring a quartet of fearless performances, Off-Broadway’s a better place with Waterwell online” by the Village Voice.

In the production, this piece “Busy Tone” was performed by David Ryan Smith, with lyrics by Rodney Gardiner, as inspired by his own fear and frustration when not able to contact his family on Turks and Caicos during Hurricane Hannah.  In composing this piece, a sampled busy signal was mapped to a midi keyboard via Logic so that the signal itself could be played as live accompaniment during the performance.  (This demo recording features Lauren)

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Haptics

#9 is a dizzying new music theater piece about the technological tools we use – and how they use us. Here, Waterwell dives into a strange, bewildering world of digital immersion where the virtual is more real than reality.

#9 premiered at the 59E59 Theater in the summer of 2009 and was called “UPROARIOUS! Featuring a quartet of fearless performances, Off-Broadway’s a better place with Waterwell online” by the Village Voice.

In the production, Kevin Townley performs the piece “Haptics,” as his character becomes irretrievably lost to his online persona.  (This demo recording features Lauren)

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Over My Head

#9 is a dizzying new music theater piece about the technological tools we use – and how they use us. Here, Waterwell dives into a strange, bewildering world of digital immersion where the virtual is more real than reality.

#9 premiered at the 59E59 Theater in the summer of 2009 and was called “UPROARIOUS! Featuring a quartet of fearless performances, Off-Broadway’s a better place with Waterwell online” by the Village Voice.

This piece, “Over My Head,” did not make its way into the final production but was a favorite of the whole company.

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Drum Major

From Waterwell's TKO

The Last Year in the Life of the Reverend Dr. Martin Luther King Jr., as Devised by Waterwell: A Rock Operetta — or The / King / Operetta for short — highlights and celebrates some of the immensely powerful moments of King’s last year.  Drawing from speeches, interviews, private notes and the various movements of the day, the show follows King and his contemporaries through turbulent and quiet moments, weaving in songs of rock, blues, folk and funk as inspired by the ground-breaking music of 1967/68.

The production had a full run at the Barrow Street Theater in the summer of 2007, and was called “Extraordinary.  Brilliant.  Raucous.  One of the best musicals of the year” by New York Magazine. (7/07)

Here, Rodney Gardner performs Drum Major from Waterwell’s The / King / Operetta at a live performance at Trinity College, CT.  The lyrics of the piece come directly from King’s profound “Drum Major” speech, given February 4th, 1968.

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Jail Song

The Last Year in the Life of the Reverend Dr. Martin Luther King Jr., as Devised by Waterwell: A Rock Operetta — or The / King / Operetta for short — highlights and celebrates some of the immensely powerful moments of King’s last year.  Drawing from speeches, interviews, private notes and the various movements of the day, the show follows King and his contemporaries through turbulent and quiet moments, weaving in songs of rock, blues, folk and funk as inspired by the ground-breaking music of 1967/68.

The production had a full run at the Barrow Street Theater in the summer of 2007, and was called “Extraordinary.  Brilliant.  Raucous.  One of the best musicals of the year” by New York Magazine. (7/07)

In this track, Rodney Gardiner and John-Andrew Morrison perform “Jail Song” live at Trinity College, CT.

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Marco Millions Opener

With Marco Millions (based on lies), Waterwell puts its signature irreverent stamp on an obscure play by one of America’s greatest dramatists, Eugene O’Neill.  It is a musical kaleidoscopic and freewheeling ride that confronts questions of class and race that are as important now as they were in 1928… or 1271.

The production premiered at the Lion Theater within Theater Row, 42nd st, during the summer of 2006.  It garnered praise from Variety, TimeOut NY, Backstage, and many more.

In this track, Kevin Townley, Hanna Cheek, Arian Moayed, Rodney Gardiner and Tom Ridgely perform the Opening Number to Marco Millions: Based on Lies, recorded at NYC’s Joe’s Pub.

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Funk Opera

“Funk Opera” is the climax of Waterwell’s The Persians: A Comedy About War With Five Songs, coming just before the powerful and dramatic ending. The show premiered in May 2005 at Under St Mark’s, and was quickly moved off-Broadway to the Perry St Theater for an extended run through the end of August.  The New York Times called the show “Brilliant, original, inspired” and “alive enough to surprise even the performers themselves.” (7/05)

This track features Rodney Gardiner, Tom Ridgely, Arian Moayed and Hanna Cheek.

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Welcome To The Persians

“Welcome To The Persians” is the opening number of Waterwell’s The Persians: A Comedy About War With Five Songs. The show premiered in May 2005 at Under St Mark’s, and was quickly moved off-Broadway to the Perry St Theater for an extended run through the end of August.  The New York Times called the show “Brilliant, original, inspired” and “alive enough to surprise even the performers themselves.” (7/05)

This track features Rodney Gardiner, Tom Ridgely, Arian Moayed and Hanna Cheek.

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