TheaterLab and Making Light present...
A science fiction anti-musical

357 West 36th Street, 3rd Floor, NYC 10018
March 17, 18, 19, 2016
8:00 PM
Funny, scary, dark, sci-fi musical comedy. 
Two technicians/lovers assist seven human labrats towards overdevelopment,
but hire Scott who suffers from kindness.  Not recommended for kids under 12.

Technician 1______________________________________Martin Everall
Technician 2___________________________________Paul Fraccalvieri
Scott (a lab assistant)________________________________Kevin Pruitt
     Test Subjects:
Virginia (bred for studies in tobacco)__________________ Ashley Harrell
Tito (...for violence)__________________________________Sanjay Kaul
Freddie (raised by television)______________________Jason Grossman
Esther (bred for sexual addiction)__________________Savannah Graner
Rita (...for cosmetics & hygiene products)_____Aston Hollins McClanahan
Tammy ( be a good listener)___________________Avery Dresel-Kurtz
Gracious (...for eating disorders)_________________Julie Lauren Stevens

  Written & Directed by S.J. Fogarty
Lighting by David Alan Comstock

“[Making Light] is off-off-Broadway doing what it does best—taking audiences to places they probably never dreamed of going, with healthy dollops of entertainment and enlightenment along the way. " Martin Denton,

Original Cast:  FALL 2002
Sam Regal, John Hartmann, Charles Moran, Monica Russell, Jason Grossman, Karen Christie-Ward, Elizabeth Mozer, Ann Marie Nest, Sanjay Kaul, Robyn Hussa.  Lights by David Alan Comstock.

Cast of WINTER 2002:
Steve Deighan, Jason Alan Griffin, Charles Moran, Danielle Montezinos, Jason Grossman, Matthew Porter, Elizabeth Mozer, Anna Hayman, Sanjay Kaul, Virginia Heffernan.  Lights by David Alan Comstock.

Midtown International Theatre Festival, Spring 2003: Steve Deighan, Timothy P. Daly, Charles Moran, Danielle Montezinos, Jason Grossman, Matthew Porter, Elizabeth Mozer, Suzie Thiel, Sanjay Kaul, Virginia Heffernan.


Review by Martin Denton,, November 16, 2002
Sharon J. Fogarty's "anti-musicals" aren't like other people's musicals. Her current project, The Overdevelopment of Scott, is a free-wheeling science fiction morality show: it's loose, earnest, gentle fun.
The time is a hundred years in the future; the place is a genetics laboratory in New York City where seven "subjects"—human lab rats—are studied and mistreated by a pair of disengaged technicians. Technician 1 wants to "overdevelop" the specimens (i.e., render them no longer useful), so they can be "put out to pasture" and he can retire; Technician 2, unrequitedly in love with 1, hopes that retirement will also lead to domestic bliss together. But newly hired assistant Scott (who was once a research subject himself) foils the technicians' plans.
Fogarty uses this plotline mostly as framework, though: the bulk of The Overdevelopment of Scott is devoted to vignettes and musical numbers about the seven lab humans, each of whom has been genetically altered to allow for study of a particular attribute. They are: Esther (bred for sex addiction), Freddie (raised by television), Gracious (eating disorder), Rita (cosmetics), Tammy (bred to be a good listener), Tito (effects of TV violence), and Virginia (smoking). They're a lovable bunch, and the incipient uprising that Scott provokes is entirely satisfying.
The show covers a great deal of ground: in addition to its obvious points about genetic research, lab animals, and various kinds of addiction, there's material ranging from philosophical meditation on life and death to a barbed musical number about how bad most Broadway musicals are. The piece has the easy structure of early musical comedy, with room for topical asides and even specialties (like Freddie's TV riff, which capitalizes on actor Jason Grossman's witty impressions of the likes of Johnny Carson and David Brinkley). There's also a really sweet love song, "True Love Stores," which is sung touchingly by Tammy (Anna Hayman).
Anti-musical as it may be—some of the performers don't even try to stay on key, just as some of the lyrics don't even try to rhyme—it's sweetly affecting; The Overdevelopment of Scott works, mostly because Fogarty and her energetic cast so clearly mean it. It is, finally, a trifle, but a slyly thought-provoking one: images will linger, tastily, long after the curtain has come down. (reviewed on November 16, 2002) 

Clockwise from top: Jason Grossman, Karen Christie-Ward, Elizabeth Mozer, Sanjay Kaul, Charles Moran, Monica Blaze-Leavitt, Robyn Hussa, Ann Marie Nest.

John Hartmann, Sam Regal, background Ann Marie Nest and Elizabeth Mozer, 2002.

Charles Moran, TODOS 2002.

Background, Robyn Hussa, Ann Marie Nest, Elizabeth Mozer, Jason Grossman, Karen Christie-Ward, Sanjay Kaul. Foreground John Hartmann, Charles Moran and Sam Riegel.

Left to right, Jason Alan Griffin, Sanjay Kaul, Danielle Montezinos, Suzie Thiel, Robyn Hussa, Elizabeth Mozer, Matthew Porter, Steve Deighan.

Tim Daly, Suzie Thiel, Steve Deighan.

Danielle Montezinos and Steve Deighan.