Amber Gray, Eddie Cooper, Eric William Morris, Lauren Molina in "The Royal Pyrate"
Posted by: Official_Press_Release 12:43 pm EDT 06/11/24

HADESTOWN'S
AMBER GRAY
JOINS THE CAST OF NEW MUSICAL
THE ROYAL PYRATE
FOR ‘WORKSHOP TOUR'

CAST ALSO FEATURES
ERIC WILLIAM MORRIS, EDDIE COOPER and LAUREN MOLINA

PERFORMANCES ON NANTUCKET AUGUST 20 & 21
&
THE WATERSHIP BARGE MUSEUM IN BROOKLYN AUGUST 24 - 26

New York, NY (June 11, 2024) – HADESTOWN'S Amber Gray (Tony Nominee, Best Featured Actress) is joining the cast of the new musical The Royal Pyrate in the role of Mary Hallet, the fabled ‘Witch of Wellfleet,' a figure of American myth for over 300 years. Gray joins a cast, which also includes Eric William Morris (White Girl in Danger, King Kong, Mamma Mia) as the infamous pirate Black Sam Bellamy; Eddie Cooper (Parade, Dead Outlaw) as the dread pirate Blackbeard; and Lauren Molina (Sweeney Todd, Rock of Ages) as Paulsgrave Williams. The Royal Pyrate will have a ‘workshop tour' that will begin at the Almanack Arts Colony on Nantucket Island on August 20 and 21, before continuing on to New York City, where it will play at the Waterfront Barge Museum in Red Hook, Brooklyn August 24 and 25.

"Amber is one of my favorite performers in the world. Powerful and wistful in Hadestown, she brings a wit and charm to every role she inhabits. Jason and I have known her for over 10 years and are so excited to have her onboard The Royal Pyrate," said Book writer Chas LiBretto. "We've been thinking about this story for a decade ourselves and are so thrilled this cast is joining us for what promises to be a thrilling and moving nautical adventure."

"I loved the music 10 years ago and I'm so eager to revisit it," said Amber Gray.

The Royal Pyrate is a new musical that reimagines the 300 year old love story of the pirate Black Sam Bellamy and Mary Hallet, a woman so ahead of her time she is accused of witchcraft in colonial Massachusetts. Based on the real history of the Golden Age of Piracy, the 100 minute musical features an original score and lyrics by Jason Landon Marcus and a book by Chas LiBretto. The pair last collaborated on the Pulitzer-nominated Cyclops: A Rock Opera ("a thrilling freak show" – Charles McNulty, LA Times), which had a sold-out run at The Tank last fall. They began their work together on The Royal Pyrate as members of Ars Nova's musical theater writing lab Uncharted. Hunter Bird (Bronco Billy) will direct.

With a fusion of sea shanty, roots rock, and pirate music, the score to The Royal Pyrate will be performed by Merman, an aquadellic surf band from Westchester County.

Tickets for the Barge shows are now on sale here or you can use this QR code:

Two singles from the show are currently available on Youtube or Spotify

AMBER GRAY (Mary Hallet) has originated roles in numerous productions over the years including: Claudia in Here We Are, Sondheim's final musical, at The Shed; Persephone in Hadestown at New York Theatre Workshop, Edmonton's Citadel, London's National, and on Broadway (Lortel, Drama League, Chita Rivera, and Tony Nominations. Sterling, Outer Critics Circle, and Grammy Awards); Hélène in Natasha, Pierre & The Great Comet of 1812 at Ars Nova, Kazino, and on Broadway (Theatre World Award); Laurey in Daniel Fish's Oklahoma! at Bard SummerScape (that went on to win The Tony Best Revival on Broadway); and Zoe in Branden Jacobs-Jenkins' An Octoroon at PS 122, Soho Rep, and TFANA (Obie). Other theatre gems include Sam Gold's Macbeth on Broadway (AEA's St. Clair Bayfield Award) and Taylor Mac's A 24 Decade History of Popular Music at NYLA/Under the Radar and BRIC's Celebrate Brooklyn! (Pulitzer Prize Finalist). Gray is a company member of The TEAM and has codeveloped and performed in their Mission Drift, Primer for a Failed Superpower, and the upcoming Reconstruction. Check them out at theteamplays.org. Gray can always be found with radical performance community Reverend Billy and The Church of Stop Shopping who just wrapped up as the opening act for Neil Young's Love Earth Tour. Check them out at revbilly.com. TV/Film: upcoming "Long Bright River," Barry Jenkins' "Underground Railroad," Broadway cult favorites "Submissions Only" and "The Gilded Age," Ben Stiller's "Escape at Dannemora," Alex Harvey's Walden: Life in the Woods, Gabe Braden's Where There's Smoke, Mariama Diallo's Master, Michael VQ's Submission, and The Arens' Heartworm. MFA: NYU.

ERIC WILLIAM MORRIS (Black Sam Bellamy). Broadway: King Kong, Coram Boy, Mamma Mia! Eric frequently collaborates with composer Joe Iconis, starring in Be More Chill (Original Cast Recording, Two River Theatre), Things to Ruin (OCR, 2nd Stage), and Bloodsong of Love (Ars Nova). TV/Film Include: "Fleishman is in Trouble', "I Know What You Did Last Summer", "Mind Hunter", "The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel", and the recent feature film Pinball (Hulu). Other regional/Off Broadway: Michael R Jackson's White Girl In Danger (2nd Stage/Vineyard), Richard Greenberg's The Perplexed (MTC), Songbird (59E59, Two River), The Ballad of Little Jo (OCR, Two River), The Last Goodbye, Dog & Pony (both at The Old Globe). Eric is also a play, screen, and songwriter. His album of original rock music, ‘Do You Understand?' is available on all streaming platforms. @theericwmorris
EDDIE COOPER (Blackbeard). Theater: Dead Outlaw (Audible Theater), Parade (Broadway), Assassins, The Resistible Rise Of Arturo Ui, The Cradle Will Rock, I Can Get It For You Wholesale (Classic Stage Company), Little Shop Of Horrors, God Bless You Mr Rosewater, Assassins, Promenade, Parade (Encores!) This Ain't No Disco (Atlantic Theater Company), Anyone Can Whistle (Carnegie Hall). TV/Film: The Night Of (HBO), Banshee (Cinemax), Better Nate Than Ever (Disney+), Forever (ABC). @MrEddieCooper
LAUREN MOLINA (Paulsgrave Williams). Broadway: Johanna in Sweeney Todd, Regina in Rock of Ages. Off-Broadway: Plays for the Plague Year, Goldie in Goldie, Max & Milk, Bella Rose in Desperate Measures (Lucille Lortel, Outer Critics Circle Award nominations), Her in Marry Me A Little, Megan in Nobody Loves You (Second Stage). Co-creator of the acclaimed comedy-pop band The Skivvies. Regional favorites: Papagena/Lady 1 in The Matchbox Magic Flute, Co-conceiver, Lucy inYou're a Good Man, Charlie Brown (Cincinnati Playhouse), Cunegunde in Candide (Helen Hayes Award - Huntington, Goodman, Shakespeare Theatre), Audrey in Little Shop of Horrors (Cleveland Playhouse), Squeaky Fromme in Assassins (Yale Rep), Countess in A Little Night Music (Huntington), Janet in The Rocky Horror Show (Bucks County Playhouse).

Jason Landon Marcus (composer/lyricist) is a Pulitzer nominated composer, lyricist, and screenwriter. He has composed music and written lyrics for four original musicals, including The Royal Pyrate (Ars Nova, Almanack Arts, coming to a barge near you), The Bacchae (Harvard Center for Hellenic Studies, University of Bristol), Sally May (a Southern rendition of Oscar Wilde's Salome) and Cyclops: A Rock Opera (Pasadena Playhouse, The Tank off broadway). Cyclops: A Rock Opera received a nomination for the prestigious Pulitzer Prize in Drama in 2012. Alongside collaborator Casey Thomas Brown, Jason co-wrote the cult sensation Daddy's Milk for the critically acclaimed television series "American Horror Story." Jason is currently working with actor/comedian T..J. Miller on a full-length feature film entitled Take Us To Your Santa. When he's not composing or writing, Jason performs in a rock band called Merman. Their unique "aquadelic" sound can be heard in various venues across the Eastern seaboard.
Chas LiBretto (book) is a Brooklyn based playwright and novelist. He received his playwriting MFA at Columbia University, where he studied under Lynn Nottage, David Henry Hwang, and Charles Mee. He was mentored by Oskar Eustis while writing The Laodamiad, a play inspired by a lost, fragmentary work of Euripides. As a playwright, his work has been developed around the country, including at Roundabout Theatre, Signature Theatre, Ars Nova, Lincoln Center, The Tank, 59E59, Less Than Rent, Almanack Arts Colony, and the Getty Villa. He is a Harvard University/Center for Hellenic Studies Fellow, a Paideia Institute Brightheart Fellow, a Pulitzer nominee (Cyclops: A Rock Opera w/ Jason Landon Marcus) and has won grants from the Puffin Institute and the NYU Classics Everywhere Initiative. Recent work includes Poisonville (Less Than Rent/59E59) and Melville on the Shore, which was developed at the Almanack Arts Colony last summer. He's currently writing a trilogy of novels about 12th century poets called Wolfram & Kyot. www.chaslibretto.com
TICKET INFO:

The Royal Pyrate will begin performances August 20-21 at Almanack Arts Colony (Nantucket, MA) where tickets will be free. Free to the Public (for reservations, email clibretto2@gmail.com)

Performances will transfer to the Watefront Barge Museum in Red Hook, Brooklyn. The performance schedule is August 24 and August 25 at 7:00 PM. (Running time is approximately 100 minutes). Tickets for the Waterfront Barge Museum show are $30 and are now on sale and can be purchased here or here:

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