a musical comedy with book, music & lyrics by Robert John Ford
ABOUT THE SHOW
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.
AWARDS & RECOGNITIONS
2018 - Iowa Arts Council - Major Project Grant
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