Daniel J. Edwards, John Cardoza, Mikki Sodergren, and Ally Bonino sing "Of All the People" from The Valley by Jamie Maletz & Eric Fegan at Feinstein's/54 Below on Saturday, June 15th, 2019.
Jonathan Christopher sings "I Just Keep Getting Bigger" from The Valley by Jamie Maletz & Eric Fegan at Feinstein's/54 Below on Saturday, June 15th, 2019.
Cori Jaskier sings "While I Still Can" from The Valley by Jamie Maletz & Eric Fegan at Feinstein's/54 Below on Saturday, June 15th, 2019.
Ally Bonino sings "Don't Fokk With the Future" from The Valley by Jamie Maletz & Eric Fegan at Feinstein's/54 Below on Saturday, June 15th, 2019.
Mikki Sodergren, Daniel J. Edwards, Joanna Carpenter, Cori Jaskier, and Ally Bonino sing "All In" from The Valley by Jamie Maletz & Eric Fegan at Feinstein's/54 Below on Saturday, June 15th, 2019.
Joanna Carpenter and Mikki Sodergren perform "Put the Ice Cream Down" from The Valley by Jamie Maletz & Eric Fegan at Feinstein's/54 Below on Saturday, June 15th, 2019.
"The Troll Problem", performed by New Work City. Pictured here (left to right): Matthew Berzon, Javier Talor Fox, Anna Nguyen, Bella Grace Harris, Dani Weiner, Carly Kerr.
Four tourists believe they have signed up for a volunteer trip to help "repair damage caused by local elements" in Iceland. And, technically, that IS what they're doing. But definitely not in the way they expected. And the journey they get wrapped up in brings the very problems they were running away from to the surface.
It's a road trip adventure set against a backdrop of mythical Iceland, with dangerous trolls, magic, incredible scenery, and uncomfortably small camper vans. At the heart of this supernatural saga is a deeply human story about redemption, taking action in the face of impossible odds, and what it means to "find a new normal".
The Valley is a contemporary dramatic comedy with a running time of approximately two hours. It has a contemporary pop-rock score with influences ranging from Icelandic folk music and progressive rock to Disney ballads and swing jazz.
Book & Lyrics by Jamie Maletz
Music by Eric Fegan
Featured In-Concert at Feinstein's/54 Below in June 2019
29-Hour Reading at The Graduate Musical Theatre Writing Program (NYU Tisch) in May 2019 (Scott Ebersold, director; Matthew Stephens, music director)
Cast/Set Requirements and Production Details
The Valley is in two acts and lasts approximately two hours. There are minimal dancing requirements.
CAST SIZE: 10
3 Roles (can be any gender)
HALLDÓRA GUNNARSDÓTTIR: A native of Iceland who is universally despised and outcasted. She is awkward, and she tries to be meek but often can’t help saying what she thinks. She is desperate to earn redemption and be ‘normal’ like everyone else.
COLBY LAURENT: A charismatic, adventurous, empathetic person. She is outdoorsy, good-natured, and finds the fun in everything she does. She was recently diagnosed with ALS, and she has been avoiding the issue as much as she can ever since.
ZANE MATTISON: An optimistic, genuine, endearing goofball. Kind of like the human embodiment of a dad joke. He is Colby’s fiancé. While he has passions and interests outside of the relationship, his love for Colby is the most outstanding thing he knows.
HANNAH RAMOS: A smart, observant perfectionist. She is a passionate and determined person, an environmentalist, and a bit uptight. She gets flustered about the things in life that cannot be planned or controlled. She just graduated from UCSD.
FREDDY LOWELL: A well-meaning yet self-entitled guy who is, in his own words, painfully average in every way. He is desperate to find a way to stand out and become ‘the guy you root for’. He is Hannah’s best friend from college and has been in love with her for years.
ÞÓRA (THE ORACLE): A blind, surly oracle who can see every possible version of the future. She was originally the guardian of the Valley of Immortality, but she was betrayed and scared into hiding. She is blunt and dry, and she is NOT HAPPY that she has to lead this group.
JÖKULDÝR: The half-demon, half-troll monster who stole the Valley of Immortality from Þóra. He was originally the guardian of the Valley of Death (he now controls both valleys). He is self-assured, arrogant, and power hungry. When he is trying to trick someone, he can be very smooth. When he is angry or trying to take things by force, he is straight-up terrifying.
ENSEMBLE: Local Icelanders (townspeople in Vik, museum guests in Hólmavík), Jökuldýr’s hiddenfolk minions
In this musical, our characters travel from one location to another in camper vans. Scenes alternate between scenes "on the road" where the characters are in separate camper vans, and adventurous scenes where the characters are in various locations in Iceland. Locations include: The village of Vík í Mýrdal, Baula Mountain, the Museum of Icelandic Sorcery & Witchcraft, and more.
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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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