The Lobby Project: OH, THIS IS SUCCESS!

In this episode of Let Me Ascertain You, the Civilians' podcast, we hear a recording of OH, THIS IS SUCCESS!, the Lobby Project for the Encores! Off-Center production of Road Show.

This episode of Let Me Ascertain You is the third and final recording of the 2019 Lobby Projects, created by The Civilians in Residence with New York City Center. The Lobby Project is a series of pre-performance events featuring a musical theater performance based around the themes of each Encores! Off-Center production.

OH, THIS IS SUCCESS! was created using The Civilians’ signature investigative approach, utilizing interviews with community members from all over New York City with a variety of life experiences. The project centers themes of familial expectation, responsibility, legacy, conceptions of success and failure, and how those definitions change over time.

Created by Matt Barbot, Ilana Becker and Christina Quintana (CQ)
Based on interviews by The Civilians
Cast: Varín Ayala, Onyie Nwachukwu, Elise Santora and Lauren Villegas

Musical Numbers:

“What is Success?” by Aya Aziz
Performed by: Varín Ayala, Onyie Nwachukwu and Elise Santora

“Time (is your most precious commodity)” by Jacob Brandt
Performed by: Elise Santora with Varín Ayala, Onyie Nwachukwu, Lauren Villegas and Jacob Brandt on guitar

“Help Me To Chill” by Jaime Lozano
Performed by: Onyie Nwachukwu

“And The Most Beautiful Cat” by Michelle J. Rodriguez
Performed by: Varín Ayala, Onyie Nwachukwu, Elise Santora and Lauren Villegas

Director: Ilana Becker
Music Director: Steven Cuevas
Stage Manager: Megan Webb
Producer: Amy C. Ashton

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