SABINA by Willy Holtzman, with music by Louise Beach, and lyrics by Darrah Cloud

This moving new musical illuminates Sabina Spielrein, a patient turned doctor, unfairly sidelined to the margins of history by two famous men in her field of psychiatry, Jung and Freud.  Mark the centennial of women’s suffrage with a journey through melody and song to discover this truly remarkable woman. 


By Willy Holtzman, with Music by Louise Beach, and lyrics by Darrah Cloud

Willy Holtzman The Morini Strad, Inside Out, and The Real McGonagall received full productions at Portland Stage Company. Sabina and The First Mrs. Rochester were developed at The Little Festival of the Unexpected. New York productions include The Morini Strad, Sabina, Something You Did, Bovver Boys (Primary Stages), Inside Out (Theater for a New Audience), San Antonio Sunset, The Last Temptation of Joe Hill, The Closer (The Working Theatre).  His plays have been produced regionally at City Theatre, The Long Wharf Theater, Geva Theatre, Baltimore Center Stage, People’s Light and Theater, Theatre J, Berkshire Theatre Festival, Cleveland Playhouse, The Colony Theater, Asolo Repertory Theatre, The Goodspeed Opera House, The Alliance Theatre, Northlight Theatre, and New York Stage and Film.  He wrote and produced the Independent Film Edge of America for which he received The Peabody Award, the WGA Award, and The Humanitas Prize. He is a board member at New Dramatists and PlayPenn.

Louise Beach writes music for the concert stage as well as for the theater, and her chamber works are widely performed. She was awarded a Guggenheim Fellowship for her musical adaptation of Sabina and won the National Art Song Competition for her Songs of Dusk. With a Masters in Composition from Purchase Conservatory, she was a composer in the New Dramatists Composer-Librettist Studio and a long-time member of the Advanced Class of the BMI-Lehman Engel Musical Theatre Workshop, where Sabina was developed alongside shows such as Avenue Q and Next to Normal.

Darrah Cloud’s very first play, The House Across the Street, won an ACTF award when she was still in college, and was produced in Washington, DC at the Kennedy Center. Her play, Our Suburb, premiered at Theater J in December of 2013. Her play for teens, Joan the Girl of Arc, premiered at Cincinnati Playhouse in 2014. Other plays produced in Europe and across the US include What’s Bugging Greg?, The Stick Wife, Dream House, Braille Garden, and The Sirens. Her musicals, written with composer Kim D. Sherman, include Makeover, Heartland, the Boxcar Children, Honor Song for Crazy Horse, and the stage adaptation of Willa Cather’s O Pioneers! Other musical work: lyrics for Sabina, an adaptation of Willy Holtzman’s play, and the book for Club California, with music and lyrics by film and television composer Craig Safan. She has won numerous awards, including the Macy’s Prize for Theatre for Young Audiences, an NEA and a Rockefeller. She has had over 10 movies-of-the-week produced on CBS and NBC, is a proud alum of the Iowa Writers Workshop and New Dramatists, and is the co-chair of Half Moon Writers, the development wing of the Half Moon Theatre in the Hudson Valley. She grew up the daughter of a traveling salesman and a beautiful housewife in Skokie, Illinois.