It Was Like I Knew

"It Was Like I Knew" from The Arrival, performed by Keri René Fuller at Feinstein's/54 Below in August 2018.

Clip from "The Arrival"

Performed by Mikki Sodergren, Devin Ilaw, and Keri René Fuller at Feinstein's/54 Below in August 2018.

After the apocalypse, Em is the last woman alive. Or at least, that's what she thinks...until there's a knock on her bunker door.


Since an apocalyptic event one year ago, Em has been alone in her underground bunker, and she believes that she is the last woman alive...until she hears a knock on her bunker door. She is visited by a mysterious bickering couple, Lyle and Deb, who are not what they seem.

Book & Lyrics by Jamie Maletz
Music by Jack Trzcinski



Performance at Feinstein's/54 Below in August 2018 (Nathan Hunt, director; Eric Fegan, music director)

Reading at The Graduate Musical Theatre Writing Program (NYU Tisch) in May 2018 (Kevin Hourigan, director; Isaac Hayward, music director)

Break Down

Cast/Set Requirements and Production Details

The Arrival is a twenty-minute musical with no intermission.



EM: Female. Early-to-mid 20s. The last woman alive (she thinks). Em is perceptive, superstitious, and neurotic. Her demeanor is somehow both calculated and anxious/frantic.

LYLE: Male. Ageless. But he definitely has a dad bod. Lyle is nurturing and kind. His demeanor is warm, emotional, and (over) dramatic.

DEB: Female. Ageless. She could be 22 or 44. It’s hard to tell. Deb is stubborn and logical. Her demeanor is very dry, blunt, and cut-to-the-chase.

SETTING: An underground bunker with a small living room, bedroom, and kitchen area.

TIME: The not-so-distant future.



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Jamie Elizabeth Maletz is a composer/lyricist, bookwriter and producer. In New York, her works have been featured at Feinstein's/54 Below, NYU, Dixon Place, Under St Marks Theater, and Broadway Night at Prohibition. She recently received her MFA from the Graduate Musical Theatre Writing Program at NYU Tisch. Maletz has written 12 full-length original musicals, and she runs a choir for new works of musical theater with writing partner Eric Fegan (New Work City). She is a member of ASCAP, Maestra, The Dramatists Guild of America, and Fractured Atlas.

Maletz received her BA from the University of Massachusetts Amherst in 2011, where she designed her own major: Creative Writing and Composition for the Performing Arts. She spent her high school years at Boston Arts Academy, a performing arts high school from which she graduated as Valedictorian.

She is a monster enthusiast & mythology nerd, she loves board games, and she is an amateur photographer/videographer whose favorite models are her two cats, Artemis and Batman. 




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  • The New Works Choir 
  • Semi-regular concerts presenting new works of musical theater
  • Development of the full-length musical The Valley, written by Jamie Maletz and Eric Fegan
  • Writing and developing several exciting new ideas for completely original new musicals

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