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LIVING: A Now Musical

"You have to keep living..."


In 2011, I was a senior in high school. I started writing a musical as a way to cope with the issues and turmoil happening in my family. The title song of the musical was Living in the Dark. It was a song about how we are all trying our best to do good in the world, but the darkness inside of us tries to match the darkness around us and makes it hard to live without hurting others or ourselves. I couldn't finish the musical because my family and I worked out our issues, so I felt no need.


In 2016, I was a junior in college. I was struggling with depression and I didn't know how to cope. I had suicidal thoughts and struggled with my identity and racism. So, I write a song called Watch Me. It was a song about me wanting to end it all (just a musical way to keep me from doing something dangerous). I shortly wrote a few more songs as i found my way out of depression over the next two years.


In 2017, I decided to write a play about three young adults/teenagers dealing with depression. This quickly became a musical as I took songs like Living in the Dark and Watch Me and added them into the story. Soon, I finally had a story that expressed how college and high school students struggle with these "adult" issues. I had a story that finally portrayed how things get bad enough for a teenager took take their own life. I had a story that finally gave a peek into what the people next to us might be going through. So now, here is my first full length musical:


LIVING: A Now Musical

With summer just around the corner for this small town, Nicole returns from college while Ben and Ryan finish up their last week of high school, only to see each other at Dr. Jay's therapy office. With all three receiving help with their depression from Dr. Jay, their lives begin to intertwine and collide in a way that endangers their lives and opens their eyes.


Please keep an eye out for possible readings and take a listen to a song from the musical:




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