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CREATING SCOTLAND, PA


In 2009, composer and lyricist Adam Gwon made his New York debut with the musical Ordinary Days as part of Roundabout Underground, and, like all Underground writers, Adam immediately received a commission from Roundabout to write another show. With Roundabout’s support, Adam wrote and developed his commissioned work over the next decade alongside book writer Michael Mitnick, ultimately creating Scotland, PA. How did this new musical grow from a seed of an idea into a full-length production?


Interested in finding a collaborator to write the book for his next show, Adam meets playwright Michael Mitnick for the first time. Michael pitches Adam some ideas


for Late 2012 musicals that they could


create together, suggesting that they adapt Billy Morrissette’s 2001 independent film Scotland, PA into a musical.


Roundabout hosts its first 10-day developmental


September 29, 2014


Summer 2014


Adam and Michael receive the rights to create a musical adaptation of Scotland, PA.


July 18-28 2016


Adam and Michael officially decide to write a musical adaptation of Scotland, PA, excited by the


film’s unique approach to retelling Macbeth and by the opportunity to write a score influenced by the music of the 1970s. Adam will write the show’s music and lyrics, or score, and Michael will write the book. They ask the film studio that originally produced the movie for the rights, or legal permissions, to adapt the film into a musical.


May 9, 2016


workshop of Scotland, PA. In a developmental workshop, a writing team actively works with other creatives such as a director, music director, choreographer, orchestrator, band, cast of actors, and Roundabout’s Artistic staff to write—and rewrite—their show. By the end of this workshop, a full draft of Scotland, PA has not yet been completed, but the team presents the first two-thirds of the musical for an invited audience as a semi-staged reading—a performance in which the actors read some of the scenes directly from scripts without any blocking (stage movement), but stage other scenes with blocking and occasionally some simple choreography (dancing).


Adam and Michael, now with director Lonny Price attached to the project, present a few songs and scenes from Scotland, PA at a concert at Lincoln Center as part of the “LC Originals: First


Look” series. Of the


three songs shared at this first-ever public presentation


of


material from Scotland, PA, only one—“Kick Ass Party”—still remains in the musical in full.


Michael Mitnick


Adam Gwon


Lonny Price


4 ROUNDABOUT THEATRE COMPANY


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