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April 2019 - Reading at 'Midtown Direct Rep' 

On April 8th, 2019, a concert reading of Call It Love was presented by Midtown Direct Rep in Maplewood, New Jersey. The performance was followed by an open forum, where the audience was invited to ask questions and offer feedback.

Cast: Jenn Colella (Olivia), Morgan Weed (Jessica), Tony LePage (Thomas), Charlie Pollock (Michael), Ryan Vona (Billy)

Creative: Danny Goldstein (Director), Nat Zegree (Music director), Chilina Kennedy (Composer and Co-Book writer), Eric Holmes (Co-Book writer), Rick Fox (Orchestrations/Music Supervision), Justin Jared May (Stage Manager)

March 2019 - Private Read-Through

Cast and creative team gathered to read and sing through the show. The new draft introduced the character of Billy - Olivia's 18 year old son -  and featured several new songs. We now see the story through Billy’s eyes, and watch Olivia’s life unfold as he pieces together her complicated history.​ 

January 2019 - Demo Track Recording Session

An in studio recording session was held to create demo tracks of two songs from the show. 

'High'

Music and Lyrics by Chilina Kennedy, orchestrations by Rick Fox 

Performed by Charlie Pollock, Morgan Weed, Michael Stiggers, and Jenn Colella

'Floating and Falling'

Music and Lyrics by Chilina Kennedy, orchestrations by Rick Fox

Performed by Jenn Colella

October 2018 - Reading at 'My Father's Place'

The first public performance of Call It Love was presented on October 28th, 2018 at My Father’s Place Supper Club in Roslyn, NY. It featured a brand new book co-written by Eric and Chilina, plus updated versions of Chilina’s original songs. The cast was accompanied by a four piece band, including Music Director Rick Fox on Piano, Nathan Brown on Guitar, Brian Raddock on Drums, and Pete Donovan on Bass. 

 

Cast: Jenn Colella (Olivia), Morgan Weed (Jessica), De'Lon Grant (Thomas/Nurse), Chad Kimball (Michael).

Creative: Chilina Kennedy (Composer/Co-Book writer), Eric Holmes (Co-Book writer), Rick Fox (Orchestrations/Music Director), Katherine Winter (Stage Manager/Production Asst.), Olivia Daniels (Production Asst.) The reading was produced in association with Denise Wolfbliss, and in consultation with Brian Spector.

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September 2018 - 'Birdland' Concert

The music of Call It Love was performed as a song cycle at Birdland Jazz Club on September 10th, 2018. The cast featured Jenn Colella, Morgan Weed, Charlie Pollock, Tony LePage, and Chilina Kennedy. They were accompanied by Music Director Rick Fox on Piano, Nathan Brown on Guitar, Brian Raddock on Drums, and Ivan Bodley on Bass. 

September 2018 - 29 Hour Industry Reading 

 The first reading of Call It Love was presented on September 7th, 2018 at Ripley Grier Studios. Eric Holmes and Chilina Kennedy collaborated to create a narrative surrounding original songs from Chilina’s album What You Find In a Bottle. This early draft focused on the complex intermingling of Olivia’s relationships with Michael, Jessica, and Thomas, and the decisions she was forced to make in the face of a life-threatening surgery. New songs and scenes were added throughout the weeklong workshop, as well as some new orchestrations by music director Rick Fox.

Cast: Jenn Colella (Olivia), Morgan Weed (Jessica), Charlie Pollock (Michael), Tony LePage (Thomas/Nurse)​. 

 

The band featured Rick Fox on Piano, Nathan Brown on Guitar, Brian Raddock on Drums, and Ivan Bodley on Bass. 

Creative: Evan Tsitsias (Artistic Director - Eclipse Theatre Company), Sara-Jeanne Hosie (Executive Director - Eclipse Theatre Company), Mark Schneider (Director), Chilina Kennedy (Composer and Co-Book writer, Artistic Producer - Eclipse Theatre Company), Eric Holmes (Co-Book writer), Rick Fox (Orchestrations/Music Director),  Daryl Laurenza (Stage Manager), Olivia Daniels (Asst. Stage Manager)