"Evil Eye" performed by Keri René Fuller at Feinstein's/54 Below, with Jessie Alagna, Clarise Fearn, Sarah Joy Kane, Julia Procaccino & Mikki Sodergren. Eric Fegan on piano.
"Tell You What to Do", performed by Eric Sorrels at Feinstein's/54 Below, with Jessie Alagna, Clarise Fearn, Keri René Fuller, Sarah Joy Kane, Julia Procaccino & Mikki Sodergren. Eric Fegan on piano.
"Somewhere in this World" from Wishful Thinking, performed by Cori Jaskier.
"You Really Suck" from Wishful Thinking, performed by Natalee Merrill, Jamie Maletz, and Randy Rice
"No Way Back" from Wishful Thinking, performed by Cori Jaskier.
Tallie gets it: be careful what you wish for. Turns out, that's a lot easier said than done. Especially when you unleash an evil genie who decides to torture you because she wants you to take her place. Yeah, it's a lady genie. And if you rub her the wrong way, she's gonna make your life rough. From destroying priceless antiques to personifying your inner demons to igniting a killer volcano, you ain't never met a fiend like her.
Wishful Thinking is a dramatic comedy in two acts.
Featured In-Concert at Feinstein's/54 Below in August 2018
Cast/Set Requirements and Production Details
Wishful Thinking is in two acts and lasts approximately two hours.
Customers, Firefighter chief, radio station hosts (could be pre-recorded), additional backup singers, etc.
TALLIE (Female, Mezzo-Soprano): An impuslive woman in her mid-20s who is at rock bottom. Sweet and kind-hearted, but with a dry sense of humor. She suffers from anxiety and depression.
HARPER (Female, Mezzo-Soprano): Sour and sassy shop owner in her 40s. She does not like most people, but is fiercely loyal to the ones she does.
EVAN (Male, Tenor): A freelance catastrophe adjuster in his mid-to-late 20s with a passion for traveling. Logical, clever, and always looking for adventure. He is Harper's nephew.
MARI (Female, Alto): A bookstore owner in her 40s. Very warm and friendly, but strong and not afraid to be blunt or fire back when someone is sassing her.
ONINA the Djinn (Female, Soprano): An evil, silver-tongued manipulator who is good at getting what she wants. She has a fiery temper and is intimidating without having to try to be scary. She has a passion for starting fires. Big ones.
DEPRESSION PERSONIFIED (Any Gender/Age, Soprano or Tenor): One of Onina's curses. Follows Tallie around harassing her with sad thoughts. This person will also act as a back-up singer.
ANXIETY PERSONIFIED (Any Gender/Age, Alto or Baritone): One of Onina's curses. Follows Tallie around harassing her with anxious thoughts. This person will also act as a back-up singer.
BIGFOOT (Male, Tenor): A large, hairy, bipedal humanoid creature. Has a penchant for destruction. This person will also act as a backup singer.
WALLA the Witch Doctor (Any Gender, Mezzo-Soprano or Tenor): Dresses and acts like a professional medical doctor, until it's time to whip out some magic. Could be played by the same actor/actress as Depression, Anxiety, or Bigfoot.
ENSEMBLE: Customers, radio station hosts (could be pre-recorded), additional backup singers, etc. All ensemble roles can be played by the actors/actresses playing Depression, Anxiety, and/or Bigfoot.
A bus stop
Rewind (Harper's shop)
Outside, near the base of Mt. Rainier
Minimum Production Requirements
MINIMUM CAST REQUIREMENTS
Anxiety Personified/Witch Doctor
* MINIMUM SET REQUIREMENTS
Onina’s Box (bare stage)/Bus stop (first scene only)
Rewind (Harper's Shop)
Outside, near the base of Mt. Rainier (last scene only)
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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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