ABOUT THE PROJECT
FORA is the forgotten language of the island nation of Forafu and its story is told in this brand new musical. Infused with heartfelt tunes and catchy rhythms, this vibrant tale of a soulful people, rich in ancestry and lost magic from another time encompasses love, family, history and country. We meet Forafu in the time of its Great Migration. The island is losing its citizens and traditions to the harsh realities of a changing world. Told through the eyes of 17-year old Gigi, the fate of a nation rests on the choice between unraveling the mysteries of the past or succumbing to the struggles of the present.
ABOUT THE TEAM
Jae Broderick (Book, Lyrics, Music)
Jae is a writer, director, composer, actress, dancer, singer, tennis lover and avid traveler hailing from St. Catherine, Jamaica. FORA is her first, but certainly not last musical. Director: Flip-In (Downtown Urban Theater Festival), Suzan Lori-Parks 365 Days/365 Plays (RACCA), Mentors, Madmen and Marriages (East Third Ensemble), BootyCandy and Other Fierce Pieces (Inneract Productions), Women at War (Roy Arias Theater), Food: SOUL (Flux Ensemble); Actress: The Odyssey, Jitney (Goodman Theater), Words on Fire (Steppenwolf Theater), Metamorphoses (Hartford Stage), Kansas City Repertory Theater); Writer/Composer: FORA, The Musical (Official Selection 2017 New York Musical Festival); Life: Advance Associate, Obama Administration, The White House. Jae is a proud member of SAG-AFTRA, Actors' Equity Association, The Dramatists Guild, the BMI-Lehman Engel Musical Theater Workshop and is repped by CAA.
Matthew AC Cohen (Composer)
Matt is an award winning composer with a focus on orchestration, jazz arranging and jazz improvisation. Born in Merrick, New York, his varied musical tastes range from rock to opera and have allowed him to collaborate with many directors, choreographers, university ensembles and professional orchestras as well as work with high profile composers on studio films, triple A game titles and critically acclaimed TV shows. Matt holds a B.S. in Music Composition and Theory, with a special interest in film scoring and jazz saxophone from Hofstra University, as well as an M.F.A in Music Composition for Media from Columbia College Chicago.