Bad World is a new devised musical by Kylie Jenifer Rose, James Liptak, and Jennifer Provenza under the direction of Rachael Singer.
An autobiographical coming-of-age musical inspired by contemporary events, Bad World tells the story of Rose, a young woman who, in the course of exploring her identity, is confronted with a traumatizing experience while traveling on her own in Paris. After returning to America, she must face how her trauma affects how she lives her life.
Bad World aspires to give a voice to the experience of survivors, and by sharing, validate the onerous journey of coping with and overcoming the past.
After a successful music workshop at Shaking the Tree Theatre in March 2019, we are preparing for a movement workshop on January 4th at CoHo Theatre and a full production May 22nd - June14th, 2020 at Shaking the Tree Theatre!
ABOUT THE ARTISTS
KYLIE JENIFER ROSE is an actor, singer, composer, puppeteer, and dialogue coach. In the tenacious pursuit of whimsy through art, she obtained a BFA in Performance from Central Washington University. Kylie has been sharing her soul on Portland stages since 2015 at theatres including Lakewood Center for the Arts, StageWorks Ink, Funhouse Lounge, and Crave Theatre Company, where she also serves as Director of Communications and Outreach. A year spent in London studying classical theatre and regional English dialects has also given her the opportunity to work as a dialect coach with Defunkt Theatre, Metropolitan Performing Arts, and Milagro Theatre.
JAMES LIPTAK is a writer and performer with degrees in Percussion Performance and Electronics. A former music minister and choir director in the Bay Area, he has done session work for several award-winning gospel and rock performers. Now, in his career’s third act, he performs with comedy and improv groups including Portland Improv All-stars at PCS, Siren Theater, and Funhouse Lounge, producers “Die Hard, The Musical Parody” and “Back To The Future” all co-written by James. James is thrilled to be collaborating on the refreshing challenge of tackling a non-comedy. James’ most recent journey in writing is a musical based on children’s book, “Rasmus And The Vagabond” by Astrid Lindgren.
JENNIFER PROVENZA is a playwright, lyricist, author, and professor based in California. Her musical, The Sterling Affair, (for which she wrote the lyrics and libretto), was performed both at New York University and at Barnyard Theatre in CA. Her play, Nina’s Musical Ear, was done as a staged reading at San Diego’s Playwrights Project. Her one act play, The Therapy Session, was featured in the Strawberry Festival at the Riant Theatre in NYC. Other one acts, The Honeymoon, A Visit with Grandpa, If Heaven Were A Bar, and Oh, Baby! were featured in the Gone in 60 festival in Brooklyn, NY and in Leeds, England and Oh, Baby! was published in an anthology. Jennifer's novel, Life is But A Dream, was featured in the Sacramento Bee and on the radio program, Insight with Beth Ruyak. Her screenplay, Princess Daisy was produced by Organic Productions and is available to view on Amazon Prime. Jennifer studied theatre at New York University (BFA) and Brooklyn College (MFA). She is currently a professor of theatre at Folsom Lake College in CA.