In the Lounge Mechanical Sara Cooper & Mike Pettry
About This Show
When Ellen learns that she is part human and part Artificially Intelligent American (AIA), she runs for junior class president against Johnny, a popular bully who is running on an anti-AIA platform. Believing in her capacity to change the status quo, she instead finds herself at the mercy of social media image, a student body bent on mass consumption, and a sea of rapidly spreading misinformation.
about the artists
Mike Pettry is an ASCAP Foundation Harold Adamson Lyric Award winner & a Jonathan Larson Award winner. Musicals include Things I Left On Long Island, The Pirate Princess (A.R.T.), The Light Princess (A.R.T., New Vic), Hardcore West Virginia (2012 workshop with Stephen Schwartz), & The Time Travelers Convention. Mike has orchestrated several pieces for Kooman and Dimond, and has written & produced several video game soundtracks. Mike has played on Broadway in Bandstand, Finding Neverland and Godspell. Other NYC performances include Faust with Randy Newman, Found, Rooms, Clinton, and Things To Ruin. MFA in musical theatre writing from NYU/Tisch. www.mikepettry.com
Sara Cooper’s recent credits include Fault Lines, American Opera Initiative commission, Washington National Opera (2017), Kennedy Center (2018); New York State Council on the Arts Individual Theatre Artist Commission (2015); Jonathan Larson Award (2014); The Memory Show, London (2016), Off-Broadway, Transport Group, (2013), Seoul (2012-2013), NEA grant (2013); Things I Left On Long Island, concert at Dixon Place (2016), FringeNYC (2014), Time Out New York Critics’ Pick (2014), New York Fringe Festival Overall Excellence Award: Playwriting (2014); Elevator Heart, concert reading at The Tank (2017); Queens Council on the Arts Grant (2016), concerts at Dixon Place (2015); Loving Leo, Weston Playhouse (2013). Saracooper.weebly.com