Alan's entrepreneurial spirit has navigated the family through the Great Depression and World War II. But at least one of his children is plagued with an unanswered question from the past... "What happened to Mama?”
"Some folks can snatch the sweetness out of the cake and never crack the crust."
The story takes place in St. Louis in the 30s and 40s. It's a story about family, a mother separated from her children by circumstance and a struggle that she shares with her oldest son to be reunited. The original score is heavily influenced by the music of that period.
|Another Stepmother||Brian Demar Jones and Lauren Steele||listen|
|Go Home Callie||Carmen Brantley Payne||listen|
|That Man Needs to Die||Cheryl Thompson (aka ZZ Rose)||listen|
|What a Surprise||James Dixon and Lauren Steele||listen|
|Family||Alan Alexander III||listen|
|The Skinny||Alan Alexander III||listen|
|If You Could Get Away||James Dixon and Lauren Steele||listen|
This is a 6 year project and we're about 3 years into it. Alan's Confectionery began with some oral history interviews of the elder women in the Alexander family. The playwright, Alan Alexander III is the grandson of the protagonist in this story. After 18 months of research and 18 months of writing the story and the score, the musical was ready for release.
The first table reading was at Portland Center Stage in October of 2014. The first public (abridged) reading was for Fertile Ground in January of 2015.
The premiere public performance of this work was an abridged staged reading that took place on January 25th 2015 for PDX Playwrights Presents as part of the Fertile Ground Festival of new works for the theatre. It was a one time performance that completely sold out in advance.