Musical Man

Now that Brelby Theatre Company’s in its official venue, the troupe’s wasted no time scheduling not just a mainstage season but a Studio Series of new, relatively obscure plays. Through Saturday, November 16, it’s Prodigy, about a musician’s conflicting loyalties. Indiana-based actor/playwright Ben Abbott, whose Questions of the Heart: Gay Mormons and the Search for Identity was just awarded Producer’s Pick of the Cincinnati Fringe Festival, describes Prodigy’s origins: “I had a roommate who’s a composer. We thought we were going to write a musical. I decided to go home for a while, and our two projects spun off in different directions; his became a musical and mine became Prodigy.”

After time away from the script, Abbot says, “It felt a little bit like going back and editing journal entries to remember what mindset I was in and what I was thinking about at the time. What is genius worth? Does art have any intrinsic value?”

Find out Friday, November 8, at 7:30 p.m. at 6835 North 58th Avenue in Glendale. Call 623-282-2781 for tickets, $10, or visit

Nov. 8-10, 7:30 p.m.; Sat., Nov. 9, 2 p.m.; Sun., Nov. 10, 2 p.m.; Nov. 14-16, 7:30 p.m., 2013
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Julie has written for the Night & Day events calendar section since 2005. As a student at Arizona State, she received the Glendon and Kathryn Swarthout Creative Writing Award and the Theatre Medallion of Merit.
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