SOCIAL LIFE: The Musical addresses the impact of social media and technology on relationships. We are immersed in the lives of a typical American working class family as they confront bullying, self-identification, and addiction—all seen on and offline. Humor, wit, and tragedy throughout, the inescapable pressure of modern social technologies evolve into a new futuristic paradigm.
Chris MyersConcept / Music / Book / Lyrics
Classically trained, Chris was signed into an opera company at the age of 9, touring with Amahl and the Night Visitors as Amahl. By 12, he performed in the Broadway tour of Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat. He would go on to be recruited for the Purdue University Varsity Glee Club that performed over 150 times a year. After his freshman year he signed his first record deal with Sony Music/Epic Records (Germany, Switzerland, and Austria). As a member of the boy band Fource, Chris toured 13 countries and performed for millions on national television shows throughout Europe. The group had two certified Gold Records and a compilation album selling six-times Platinum. Chris returned to Purdue, finishing undergrad, and recently graduated from NYU with a Masters in Graphic Communications Management and Technology.
Ricky DunlopBook / Lyrics
Ricky is a writer, actor, comedian and producer. As an actor, he has been seen on stage in numerous shows, workshops and readings; on the web in the series “Wallflowers,” and makes appearances on “TMZ on TV.” As a producer, he worked on 74 Minutes of Stereo Radio Theater in the New York International Fringe Festival and also the upcoming web series “Common Ground” in which he also stars in. In 2011, Ricky launched his comedy show Missed Connections: An Exploration into the Online Postings of Desperate Romantics, which has been mounted at theaters like The Laurie Beechman and The Kraine. Ricky studied Theatre at the University of Florida.
Jeremiah RosenthalMusic / Sound Design / DJ
In high school, Jeremiah began working in recording studios all over Manhattan, including the groundbreaking D&D Recording Studios (which recorded albums of the likes of Nas, The Notorious B.I.G, KRS-One, Jay-Z, Big L, Mobb Deep and many others). As an intern at Red House Music, he wrote the theme song for the 1998 NJ Nets. He later attended the Oberlin Conservatory of Music, where he designed his own major by combining Composition, Music Technology, Music Theory, and Ethnomusicology. After school, Jeremiah moved to San Francisco, where he made a name for himself in the nightclub scene as a headlining DJ all over the Pacific coastline. Now back in NYC, he has been writing backtracks for CBS shows “CSI,” “CSI: Miami” and “NCIS.” He also writes instrumental tracks and produces jingles for Pandora Radio commercial space. His was recently picked up by Sony Music as a freelance DJ/Remixer.
As a Project Director for one of the largest music festival and event companies, Shawn has managed large teams and budgets while working across functions from Creative to Marketing to Technical. A marketing person at heart, and always in entertainment, he was part of the European management team of Cirque du Soleil for 10 years. Preceding Cirque, Shawn was in advertising and even ran a small amateur theatre group for two years. Currently, Shawn is VP Business Development at SFX Entertainment based in NYC. Shawn will bring his management, marketing and creative skills to the project as well as a wide network in event production and touring.
Alex KantorAssistant Director & Additional Book/Lyrics
Alex is is a theater artist passionate about new works. She directed 516 (five-sixteen) by Katherine Clarke Grey and Sugarglass by Danielle Da'llau. She also directed The Water Children and assistant directed Cat On A Hot Tin Roof. Performance credits include 365 Plays for 365 Days, Talking With..., Post Comment, Where's My Money? and Columbinus (Edinburgh Fringe Festival). She has a BFA in Acting and Directing from Syracuse University. Alex is also hair stylist based in New York City.