2018 Jonathan Larson Grant winner Jay Adana presents a concert of pieces from the new musical <i>The Loophole</i>, book by Zeniba Britt with music and lyrics by Jay Adana. Polly Danfield is a brilliant biracial scientist and cartographer sequestered in her white father’s house on the outskirts of Atlanta in the last year of the American Civil War. When she discovers that her long lost lover has marched with the Union as part of the all black 33rd Regiment she must choose whether to protect her family and her life’s work or fight for love and freedom.
Jay Adana is a singer songwriter based out of Brooklyn. She was the lyricist for <i>The Woodsman</i>(New World Stages, 59E59, ARS Nova), directed and conceived by James Ortiz and Strangement and Co. She also contributed music and lyrics to Jeff Augustin’s <i>The Last Tiger in Haiti </i>(Berkeley Rep, La Jolla Playhouse). She was a member of the second cohort of #BARS at the Public Theater where she first met and collaborated with writing partner Zeniba Britt on an adaptation of <i>Beloved</i>by Toni Morrison. She is currently developing and American Civil War musical called <i>The Loophole</i>, book by Zeniba Britt. It was workshopped at the Public Theater in August and November of 2017. She has a BFA from the SUNY Purchase Conservatory of Theater Arts and Film. jayadana.com
<em>The Larson Legacy Concert Series at the Adelphi PAC celebrates the next generation of artists at the college home of the creator of the Pulitzer Prize-winning musical <i>RENT</i>, Jonathan Larson (’82). Each year, the American Theatre Wing presents emerging creators of musical theatre with The Jonathan Larson Grants. Select recipients of these grants are showcased at the Adelphi PAC in this series to help nurture and support the next generation of creative artists to carry on Jonathan Larson’s legacy. Past recipients of these grants have gone on to create the Broadway musicals <i>Dear Evan Hansen</i>, <i>Natasha, Pierre and the Great Comet of 1812</i>, <i>A Gentleman’s Guide to Love and Murder</i>, <i>Grey Gardens</i>, <i>Next To Normal</i>, <i>Elf</i>, <i>Hands on a Hardbody</i>, <i>A Christmas Story </i>and many more.</em>