LOST was created by
Jessica Wing in 1995
Jessica Grace Wing (July 24, 1971 – July 19, 2003) was a “Force in New York Downtown Theater,” according to the New York Times. She was a gifted composer, best known for her musical “Lost,” based on the children’s story of Hansel and Gretel. “Lost” premiered in New York City in 2003 and won that year’s Best Music award at the New York International Fringe Festival. Earlier she composed the music for several productions of the Inverse Theater. Her musical compositions ranged from a classical string trio to country to punk music. She played and sang in a punk rock band both during and after gradutating from Stanford University in 1992.
Jessica was also interested in film-making. In 1996, during a summer film-making course at New York University, Jessica wrote, directed, and photographed a short film, “Candy and Dwayne,” which subsequently was the winner at the 1997 City College of San Francisco International Film Festival. In 1998 she enrolled at Columbia University in their Master in Fine Arts film program. She nearly completed her work when she was diagnosed with colon cancer and had to drop out.
She spent the next 2 years composing “Lost,” but did not get to see her musical; she died in 2003, 3 weeks before its premiere.
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Kirk Wood Bromley lives in NYC and has been writing, directing, and producing his own verse plays since 1990, largely through Inverse Theater Company, of which he is co-founder and Artistic Director. In that time, he has written around 30 of them, and they have been presented by Aaron Beall (Nada), FoolsFury (SF), Bad Epitaph (Cleveland), Sacred Fools (LA), Wesleyan, Arizona Onstage, Kenyon, Mizzou, Inverse Theater (of which he is Artistic Director), and more. Bromley/Inverse have won various awards, including Best Downtown Theater Company (NY Press 2001), the Berrilla Kerr Foundation Playwriting Award (2001), three NY Fringe Festival Excellence Awards (2002, 2003, 2009), and the first Caffe Cino Award (NY Innovative Theatre Awards 2005). While he has been compared to Shakespeare (NY Magazine, Time Out NY, OffOffOff.com
, the Cleveland Scene), Stoppard (The Village Voice), and Van Gogh (NYTheatre.com
), his writing “speaks directly to its audience’s concerns and in its dialect” (American Theatre Magazine).
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