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a musical comedy with book, music & lyrics by Robert John Ford


You know him from "The Sound Of Music," but how did a dancing messenger boy become a member of the Nazi Youth movement during one fateful summer?  Was he the villain or just a naïve, hormonal teenager?  And exactly how do you spell his name?  "Rolf(e)" tells the hilarious back-story of an unheralded and misunderstood hero-wannabe who would do anything for love and the resistance, while also examining more serious and timely themes such as gender/sexual identity, the rise of fascism, and the challenge of discerning what is actually true in an era of disinformation.  Combining music in the style of Rodgers & Hammerstein, the teen angst of “Spring Awakening,” the laughs of “The Book of Mormon,” and the bawdiness of “Cabaret,” “Rolf(e)” is a musical for the entire family... assuming the kids in the family have already figured out how to bypass any parental controls on their TVs and devices.


A workshop production will be held in New York in the spring of 2024.  Additional information about this workshop will be announced on this website in December 2023 - be sure to check back at that time.


A staged reading was presented on Saturday, May 21, 2022 at the Iowa State Historical Building's auditorium in Des Moines.  This reading was made possible in part by a grant from The Iowa Arts Council.  


2018 - Iowa Arts Council - Major Project Grant


Photos and videos coming soon.

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