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54 Below

A Nonprofit Cabaret Venue

Recently featured on CBS National News and in The Washington Post, We Have Apples is the buzz-worthy new musical you won’t want to miss! The show follows Jane (Hannah Elless, Bright Star) a quirky nineteen-year-old, who is determined to overcome her depression and become a successful writer. Paralyzed by the intensity of Depression (Emily NashJane’s illness personified, Jane is forced to check into a psychiatric facility. In the hospital, Jane meets a band of fabulous fellow patients who join together to expose their inadequate healthcare and fight the stigma associated with mental illness. Led by Jane and fellow writer & patient, Jack (Kyle Scatliffe, The Color Purple) the patients start a mental health movement and turn things upside down both inside and out of the ward.

Rachel Griffin (Music, Lyrics, Librettist) is a 2015 Dramatists Guild FellowShe has won two national songwriting contests, National Public Radio and American Idol Underground. Griffin is a passionate mental health advocate her music/writing have been featured in The Huffington Post, Washington Post, PBS News Hour Chats and on CBS News. She started the viral mental health campaign #imnotashamed.  

Additonal music by Aron Accurso.
Directed by Joe Barros.

Hannah Elless (Bright Star)
Kyle Scatliffe (The Color Purple)
Andrew Kober (She Loves Me)
Tamika Lawrence (If/Then)
Michael Winther (Mamma Mia!)
Madeleine Doherty (Sister Act)
Brad Giovanine
Brian Graziani

Coleman Hemsath
Meagan Hodson
Emily Nash
Alex Sanders

And more to be announced!

This evening is produced by Dana M. Lerner.

Past Performances

  • Mon, Sep 12 :9:30 pm
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