Event gallery: Futurity: A Musical by The Lisps
Event gallery: Futurity: A Musical by The Lisps

Futurity: A Musical by The Lisps

  • March 16, 2012 - April 15, 2012


  • Run Time: 100 Minutes with no intermission

Doors Open 7PM


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In this Civil War sci-fi musical, the Union soldier Julian Munro and the brilliant mathematician Ada Lovelace transcend time to invent an omnipotent steam-powered brain. Blending American indie-folk music with dreams of invention, FUTURITY explores a world where utopia seems within reach.

Read the FUTURITY Educational Toolkit!

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Recommended for ages 14+; Under 18 must be accompanied by a guardian or attend with permission of a guardian.

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Performance Sponsors:
Newbury Comics



Creative team

Music by

Cesar Alvarez with The Lisps

Lyrics by

Cesar Alvarez


Lyrics by

Cesar Alvarez

New York-based composer, lyricist, performer, writer and saxophonist. Founding member of The Lisps. Co-founder and resident composer of L.A.-based dance company Contra-Tiempo. Recent composition credits: Damned Beautiful for Helix Dance, Edinburgh Fringe; 3 2’s; or AFAR by Mac Wellman, Dixon Place; Full Still Hungry for Contra-Tiempo, Ford Amphitheater. 2004 Meet The Composer/Van Lier Fellow. Interlochen Arts Academy 1997–99. Bachelor of Music from Oberlin Conservatory. Master of Fine Arts from Bard College.

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Book by

Molly Rice and César Alvarez

Directed by

Sarah Benson

Directed by

Sarah Benson

Sarah Benson has been the Artistic Director of Soho Rep since 2007. At the A.R.T.: Futurity, Sophocles’ Ajax. New York credits include: David Adjmi’s Elective Affinities (site-specific); Gregory Moss’ Orange, Hat & Grace (Soho Rep); Polly Stenham’s That Face (Manhattan Theatre Club); Sarah Kane’s Blasted (Soho Rep) for which Benson received a Drama Desk nomination and OBIE Award. Other credits include: Gregory Moss’ House of Gold (Woolly Mammoth in Washington, D.C.). She has also worked on new plays at the O’Neill Playwrights Conference, New York Stage & Film and New Dramatists. Upcoming: World premiere of Richard Maxwell’s Samara. At Soho Rep, Benson has commissioned and produced work by artists including David Adjmi, Annie Baker, Dan LeFranc, Thomas Bradshaw, Cynthia Hopkins, Jomama Jones, Young Jean Lee, John Jesurun, Nature Theatre of Oklahoma and Anne Washburn. This work has been recognized with six OBIE Awards, three Drama Desk nominations and The New York Times Outstanding Playwriting Award. Benson moved to New York from London on a Fulbright for Theatre Direction. 

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Choreographer Annie-B Parson
Production Design Emily Orling
Set/Costume Design David Israel Reynoso
Lighting Design Austin R. Smith
Sound Design Matt Tierney
Music Superviser César Alvarez
Music Director Debra Barsha
Mechanical Percussion Designer Eric Farber
Associate Director Meghan Finn
Assistant Choreographer Chris Giarmo
Stage Manager Kate Ailinger*
Julian Munro César Alvarez*
Ada Lovelace Sammy Tunis*
The General Edwin Lee Gibson*
Lady Byron Anne Gottlieb*
The Sergeant Aaron Schroeder*
Vincent Chelsey Donn*
Steam Brain Engineers/Musicians Eric Farber*, Ben Simon*, Lorenzo Wolff*
Ezra/Scientist Carl James
Japhy/Scientist Michael Kane
Miles/Scientist Milia Ayache
The Soldiers, Scientists, and Others Matthew Christian, Liza Dickinson, Teri Gamble, Rose Hogan, Lindsey Liberatore
Additional Staff
Assistant Stage Manager Cassie M. Seinuk*
Assistant Lighting Designer Heather Smaha
Dramaturgy Annie DiMario
Dance Captain Aaron Schroeder*
Music Preparation Aimee Czura and Balint Varga
(*) Member of Actor’s Equity Association




Futurity was developed in part through a commission from the Walker Art Center.
Futurity was developed in association with Christopher Maring and Rusty Thelin.
Additional support provided by The Harold and Mimi Steinberg Charitable Trust.