PEOPLE YOU MAY KNOW
Book by Katie Duggan
Music & Lyrics by Jordan Knitzer and Alec Steinhorn
Directed by Allison Heinz
Music Directed by Nick Graffagna
All reading presentations are postponed until further notice.
ABOUT THE SHOW
People You May Know follows Jo, a college sophomore, and her brother Becket, a high school senior. Jo takes time off from school and returns home due to mental health reasons, while Becket heads off to a college admissions event with his best friend. While Jo copes with post-traumatic stress related to a previous assault in her childhood, Becket goes to a party where he commits an act of ambiguous sexual aggression. As they struggle to piece together the objective truth, the siblings must grapple with their relationship to their home, their university, and ultimately each other.
People You May Know is the recipient of the Kennedy Center’s 2020 Musical Theatre Award.
KATIE DUGGAN (Book) is a writer from New Jersey who graduated from Princeton University in 2019 with a degree in English and Theatre, and is currently pursuing a master’s degree in film studies at the University of Cambridge. At Princeton, she wrote with the Princeton Triangle Club, the oldest touring collegiate musical troupe in the nation, and the shows she contributed to sold out the McCarter Theatre and went on national tour. Her play White Noise was produced at the Slate Theatre in Seattle in April 2018 and her play Disposable Ghosts received a reading with a professional cast and director in January 2019. At Cambridge, she has written and directed numerous plays and comedy shows, including the Cambridge Footlights 2020 Spring Revue, and with composer Georgia Rawlins, she is writing a new musical Survival Strategies to premiere at Edinburgh Festival Fringe 2020.
JORDAN KNITZER (Music & Lyrics) is a writer/actor from New York City, currently studying theatre with a module in playwriting in his senior year at Northwestern University. His most recent play, Stardust To Stardust, received a staged reading in December 2019 with the Jewish Theatre Ensemble on Northwestern’s Evanston campus. In collaboration with Alec, Jordan was commissioned to write a song for a new musical, Girlhood, with CPA Theatricals that premiered this past June in Chicago. Jordan’s fifteen-minute musical, Itchin’ For An Itch: The Mosquitical, was workshopped at Williamstown Theatre Festival in August 2018. Jordan has served as the head writer of the Waa-Mu Show, America’s largest student-written musical, in which he had 12 writing credits between 2017 and 2018. He is the current Dramatists Guild Ambassador of the Chicago Region.
ALEC STEINHORN (Music & Lyrics) is a writer/music director from New Jersey currently in his senior year at Northwestern University where he studies theatre and music composition. He has written and directed an original musical, Aeroplane, and scored multiple new plays. In college, Alec served as writing coordinator of the Waa-Mu Show, America’s largest student-written musical, in which he had 17 writing credits between 2017 and 2018. His compositions with his writing partner Jordan Knitzer have been chosen twice to be showcased in the NYMF new composers cabaret in New York. Other works with Knitzer have been produced in Evanston, Chicago and New Jersey.
ALLISON HEINZ is a director and theatre artist based in Chicago, IL. She graduated from The University of Alabama with a degree in Musical Theatre and studied in the Summer Conservatory at the Stella Adler Studio of Acting in New York City. Allison is the Literary Manager for Underscore Theatre Company, Chicago’s home for new musicals. She was recently awarded Best Direction for her work in the 2020 Chicago Musical Theatre Festival, where she directed Billy and the Potato Powered Time Machine. Some of her favorite directing credits include Constellations (New Stage Theatre), You’re A Good Man, Charlie Brown (Riverside Children’s Theatre), Dog Sees God: Confessions of a Teenage Blockhead (Allen Bales Theatre) and Last Night Party (The Oneforteeners).