I AM is a full-length musical theatre piece that explores the parallel stories of a gay high school senior and a lesbian guidance counselor struggling to coordinate their sexualities with the social norms of a late-90s conservative town in Eastern Pennsylvania. A love interest has Eli Whitaker conflicted as he prepares to accept a sports scholarship to a religiously-conservative college. Addison Baker is attempting to adopt her drug-addicted niece's infant daughter, but facing adversity due to her relationship with a woman.
I AM relies on honest storytelling, raw direction, and deeply personal music to create theatre that is visceral and true. This piece has a strong soul and a deep and powerful core that will demand a unique approach to unlock its dramatic potential.
"I love you in the light you shine in... ...I love you in the darkness you hide in."
In the video above, you can hear pieces of the finale song, “Light,” which was professionally recorded at Studio 42 Brooklyn.
Additionally, we have captured footage from our rehearsal at Spaceworks in order to showcase a few more of the songs included in I AM.
View rehearsal videos
After launching our Kickstarter campaign in October 2017, we exceeded our goal of $20k with the help of 147 contributors from across the U.S. We were also honored to earn the Kickstarter seal of approval by being chosen as a "Project We Love" by Kickstarter's Staff.
We will be producing a Staged Reading at La MaMa on June 30, 2018 with the primary purpose of showcasing the content of I AM. As we gauge the efficacy of the dramatic elements and consider feedback from our audience, our ultimate aspiration is to secure interest in bringing I AM to a full-scale production.
We are committed to producing a powerful, independent theatre piece and promise to give back as much to our community as we received from our Kickstarter family.
Originally created in 2011 by songwriter Lauren Stamm, the I AM team has grown to include director Ted Watts Jr. and playwright Ben Gouldthorpe, in order to bring the story to life.
In addition, there have been a handful of talented individuals collaborating together across musical development, creative concepting, and digital production. Jacinta Clusellas played a huge role in the arrangement and orchestration of all of the songs in I AM, while Alessio Romano mixed and mastered the finale song, “Light,” in his studio, Studio 42 Brooklyn, located in Brooklyn, NY.
If you would like to get involved, please feel free to reach out to us! We would love to hear from you. If you’re interested in contributing financially, are still actively looking to continue funding for production needs as we embark on the next steps of this journey.