Welcome to LAByrinth’s 23rd annual Barn Series! The renowned free reading series is a festival of new plays, and a critical and exciting step in LAB’s development of new work. Many of LAByrinth’s world premieres have come from the Barn, giving audiences a sneak peak into the artistic process, and a chance to see plays before they’re the next hot ticket.
Shoe Story the Musical
by Ben Snyder
Composed by Will Stone
Directed by Heidi Marshall
Friday, February 10 at 7:15pm
An urban fairytale about love, loss, dialectical materialism, and the cultural significance of a fresh pair of kicks.
Ben Snyder is a television producer, filmmaker, and playwright. He wrote for the Netflix series Grand Army and produced the HBO series "Betty," where he served as creator Crystal Moselle’s co-show runner. Ben has developed television for BET, Channel 4, Lionsgate Entertainment, and Warner Bros. His most recent feature film, "Allswell," with Elizabeth Rodriguez, Liza Colon-Zayas, Daphne Rubin-Vega, and Bobby Cannavale won Best Screenplay at Tribeca Film Festival, 2022. His previous film, "11:55," with Julia Stiles and John Leguizamo, premiered on Showtime. Ben was the story consultant and producer for the Sundance award-winning documentary "The Wolfpack." His plays have been produced at P.S. 122, The Vineyard Theater, Crossroads Theatre, The Apollo Theater, New York Stage and Film, The New York City Hip Hop Theater Festival, and at HBO’s U.S. Comedy Arts Festival. Ben's plays have been nominated for NAACP Image Awards and published in the anthology, “Say Word! Voices from Hip Hop Theater,” Michigan Press. He is a member of Labyrinth Theater Company and teaches at Brooklyn College.
Will Stone is the President and CEO of Will Stone Music LLC. He is also one of the Founding Members of House OV Mahogany a virtual performance band where he performs and heads the music production department. By trade his skills include composing, arranging (specializing in vocal arrangements), acting, singing, music producing, sound mixing, sound designing, music directing, educating and administrating. Mr. Stone has received his Masters of Music Production Technology and Innovation at Berklee College of Music. He also has a B.F.A. in Musical Theatre from Howard University and was in the 35th graduating class (Group35) of the prestigious Juilliard School where he studied drama.
LAByrinth Theater Company, founded in 1992 as The Latino Actors Base, was created to reflect a world where color is the norm and not the exception. From Our Lady of 121st Street to Halfway Bitches go Straight to Heaven, LAByrinth has produced over 50 world premieres and developed over 250 new plays.
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