CreateTheater Presents

“The Golden Cage”

A Mythical Musical Comedy

by  Deborah Henson-Conant

April 20 – 24, 2022 • NYC

Theatre Row (Theatre Four) • 410 W. 42nd Str. – NYC, NY 10036
Wed – Sat at 8pm • Sun Matinee at 8pm

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“A musical and lyrical masterpiece … that will remind you of both Sondheim and Guettel …” Paul Gordon (composer/writer of Broadway’s “Jane Eyre” )

“An inspirational musical-comedy fantasy for those of us who sometimes feel trapped in our own minds.”Joan Davidson

What is “The Golden Cage”?

“The Golden Cage” is a mythical musical fable about the powerful illusions we trap ourselves in, and the one thing that can set us free.

Meet Boris, a mythical creature – half-bird, half-human, who’s on a lifelong quest to find the legendary Golden Cage.  When Boris finally finds the glorious cage on a remote mountain peak, it’s everything the legends described – except for one thing: There’s a grumpy, reclusive Diva living inside it, Alphea – who says the cage is a prison with bars of iron.

A story of perception, isolation, freedom and ambition, “The Golden Cage” is a story about breaking free of our own isolation and remembering the beauty and freedom we were born to fly with.

“The Golden Cage” was selected for the new NYC “CreateTheater SERIES” in April 2022, it’s been short-listed for the new “Streaming Musicals” platform (think ‘Netflix’ for original musicals) and the show is ready to fly from page to stage, and via streaming, to the entire world.
“The Golden Cage” is a show for multi-generational audiences. Because of its universal subject matter, sophisticated music and whimsical characters, “The Golden Cage” is a  powerful show for many ages to see together,  giving them a common language to talk about the trap of isolation, the polarized reality of being an ‘insider’ or an ‘outsider’ — and the discovery that it’s only through human connection that we can break through to our common humanity and the glorious truth of who we most deeply are.


“Deborah Henson-Conant’s genius is on full display in her stunning musical THE GOLDEN CAGE. A musical and lyrical masterpiece, the score is deeply satisfying in its harmonic inventions that will remind you of both Sondheim and Guettel – but is truly the composer’s own unique voice. The lyrics and the dialogue are expertly woven into this two-person musical that will delight sophisticated audiences”.

Tony-Award Nominee, Paul Gordon (composer/writer of Broadway’s “Jane Eyre” and “Daddy Long Legs” and creator of the new “Streaming Musicals” Platform)

‘The Golden Cage’ is an inspirational musical-comedy fantasy for those of us who sometimes feel trapped in our own minds.”  Joan Davidson

“It’s not a coincidence that this show is emerging now because it is about the inner evolution that each of us is experiencing coming out of the last two years.” Simonne Willems

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April 20 – 24, 2022 • NYC

Theatre Row (Theatre Four) • 410 W. 42nd Str. – NYC, NY 10036



BORIS – Christopher Isolano makes his off-Broadway debut as “Boris” in The Golden Cage. He recently gained notice in The NY Times for originating the role of the “Anxiety Monster” in the new children’s musical, Petunia’s Big Day! – which streamed from the New Ohio Theatre on Eventive! Originally from Long Island, he’s a graduate of Pace University’s Musical Theater program and has performed regionally with Theatre Aspen, The Hangar, The Gateway and in NYC with Barrington Stage Co., IRT Theater and at Lincoln Center. Chris can also be found hosting concerts and managing the newly opened off-Broadway Theater 555 on 42nd St. @Chris-Isolano on Instagram

ALPHEA – Maddie Allen makes her Off-Broadway Debut as Alphea in the new musical “The Golden Cage” at the first CreateTheater New Works Fest at TheatreRow in April 2022. Maddie trained at The Globe Theatre in London and recently appeared in “Broadway Holiday!” at ‘The Phoenicia International Festival of the Voice’. Originally from California, she’s a graduate of Interlochen Arts Academy and Syracuse University’s Musical Theatre program. Learn more about Maddie and her creative adventures at

SWING – Katie Horner  (she/her) is an NYC-based actor, singer, instrumentalist, and composer. Regional credits include Buddy- The Buddy Holly Story (National Tour and Florida Studio Theatre); Million Dollar Quartet (Mill Mountain Theatre); Lend Me a Tenor (Resident Theatre Company); Once (Arden Theatre Company). This summer, she will be joining the Zachary Scott Theatre for an actor-musician production of The Sound of Music. Check out her single Bright & Breezy by Kay Rose on all streaming services. BLM. and learn more about Katie and her creative projects at 

PLAYWRIGHT/COMPOSER –  Deborah Henson-Conant is a Grammy-Nominated composer & performer who combines stories and music in multiple genres from narrated concerts to song cycles, one-person musicals, operetta and musical.

Her full-length music special “Invention & Alchemy” in collaboration with the Grand Rapids Symphony, appeared on PBS stations throughout the U.S. and received a Grammy Nomination for Best Classical Crossover album. She’s performed and premiered her works internationally with orchestras and venues including Pittsburgh Symphony, Baltimore Symphony, Tacoma Symphony and Buffalo Philharmonic, Chicago Humanities Festival, Kennedy Center, Boston’s Lyric Stage and Central Square Theater.

Her TEDx talk chronicles the development of the harp that’s named after her,  the “DHC” body-harp – an instrument that enables one to become a single performing unit with an electric harp. Link to Deborah’s Website. Link to “The Golden Cage” web page.

DIRECTOR – Rebecca Miller Kratzer (she/her) is a New York-based director of theatre and opera. She works across and through mediums to develop new work, dismantle notions of genre, and interrogate the canon. She is the resident stage director at Helios Opera and a visiting guest director at various colleges and universities.

Rebecca formerly served as the Artistic Director of the NEMPAC Opera Project and produced and directed opera in Boston’s historic Faneuil Hall. She’s directed at Opera Saratoga, Emerson Stage, NEMPAC Opera Project, Opera del West, Fordham University, The Footlight Club, and Columbia University. Upcoming engagements include a Young Artist Position with The Glimmerglass Festival, Bright Star at Montclair State, and projects with LIU Roc Nation and Longy School of Music. Rebecca has also worked with Katie Mitchell, Whitney White, Annie-B Parson, The New York Times, Big Dance Theatre, BAM, The Bushwick Starr, and The Tank. MFA Columbia. MFA Columbia. Link to Rebecca’s website.

MUSIC DIRECTOR – Nevada Lozano  Nevada Lozano is a musical theater composer, lyricist, music director, and pianist. He has served as music assistant on several Broadway productions, including: Oklahoma! (2019 Tony Award for Best Revival of a Musical), The Sound Inside (directed by David Cromer, starring Mary-Louise Parker), and Sea Wall/A Life (starring Jake Gyllenhaal and Tom Sturridge). He is currently serving as associate sound effects designer on Suffs (written by Shaina Taub, directed by Leigh Silverman) at the Public Theater.

Nevada is a member of the BMI Musical Theatre Workshop (Advanced) and received the organization’s Jerry Harrington Award for Outstanding Creative Achievement in 2018. He has participated in residencies at Yaddo, the Johnny Mercer Writers Grove at Goodspeed Musicals, KHN Center for the Arts and Brush Creek Foundation. He studied composition and piano at the Eastman School of Music and Rice University.  Link to Nevada’s website.

STAGE MANAGER – Tala Munsterman (They/Them) is a NYC based Freelance Production Stage Manager. NYC credits include Into The Woods and Starting Here Starting Now with the New Your Film Academy, Director Fest with The Drama League, and  The Winters Tale with New York Shakespeare Exchange. A few of their Regional credits include Matilda, Legally Blonde, Sweeny Todd, Mamma Mia, and Annie, (with The Fort Wayne Civic Theater)  Company, The Last Five Years, and Ordinary People (with Goodluck Macbeth Theater). They are excited and honored to be a part of the team creating this wonderful new musical!

ASSISTANT STAGE MANAGER – Emily Burstyn graduated from the City College of New York with a degree in Technical Theater/Theater Design and Technology. She brings her experience as a Stage Manager, a Studio Manager, and a Light Board Operator, with a passion for the technical aspects of theatrical productions.  

SCENIC DESIGN – Tyler R.  Herald  (he/him) is a New York-based scenic designer. He values the importance of new work and different ways of storytelling. He endeavors to create work that supports often unheard/unseen stories and challenges the conversation.

Most recently Tyler has collaborated on projects through Columbia University (Trojan Women, Fairytales and Other Stories That Scare Me,Titus Andronicus, Three Sisters), Maryland Opera Studio (Dialogues of the Carmelites), and the Lee Strasberg Theatre & Film Institute (Eurydice). He has assisted on Broadway, Off-Broadway and Regionally—most notably working alongside David Korins, Adam Koch, Neil Patel, Kevin Depinet, Daniel Conway and Misha Kachman. Immersive Frida Kahlo, Immersive Van Gogh, Beetlejuice, Treasures from Chatsworth, The Great Society, The Hamilton Exhibition, 91st Academy Awards, (David Korins), La Boheme, Sweeney Todd, The Thieving Magpie, The Crucible, Wilde Tales (Glimmerglass Festival). MFA University of Maryland. Local USA 829.

COSTUME DESIGN – Evan Prizant’s designs for theatre, opera, and dance have been seen on stages across the country, from Cape Cod to Honolulu, including his hometown Louisville, KY, and his current home Brooklyn, NY.  Evan regularly works on Broadway as an Associate Costume Designer, where his credits include Girl from the North Country (currently running), Torch Song and The Rose Tattoo (both Tony nominated for Best Costume Design), Choir Boy, and Sunday in the Park with George starring Jake Gyllenhaal. He assisted legendary costume designer Bob Mackie on The Cher Show, and styled Mike Birbiglia’s one-man show The New One, which transferred to Broadway and is currently available on Netflix. MFA: Boston University, BA: Tulane University. 

LIGHTING DESIGN – Michael Cole attended the University of Oklahoma where he received a B.F.A Drama – Lighting Design Emphasis as well as a B.F.A in Musical Theatre Performance. His experience includes lighting design and moving light programming for plays and musicals. 

PROJECTION DESIGN – Peter Leibold & Paul Deziel. 

Peter Leibold is an award winning lighting designer for theatre, dance, opera, music, and anywhere else light can exist. Currently he is based in both NYC and Washington DC. He is also the co-founder of BoldARC Lighting, the inventor of the WebLD control system for virtual performance.

Paul Deziel is a New York & Chicago based projection designer.   He holds a B.A. in Technical Theatre from Columbia College Chicago and an MFA in Projection & Multimedia Design from the University of Maryland.

CASTING – CINDI RUSH is the principal at Cindi Rush Casting, Ltd. which is based in New York City. She has cast countless productions including: NY: Winnie the Pooh, Paddington Gets in a Jam, After, Friends, Shame Of Thrones,  Promising, Ruthless, Disenchanted, Drop Dead Perfect, Under My Skin, Silence!, Rooms, Jacques Brel, Urinetown. The Thing About Men, Home Street Home.  Tours including Golden Girls, Paddington Gets in a Jam. Regional Theaters including Triad Stage,  5th Avenue, Hudson Stage, Penguin Rep, Pittsburgh Public, Charleston Stage Co. Virginia Stage Co, Cape Fear Regional Film: A Bread Factory (Independent Spirit), The Grief of Others (SXSW/Cannes), Runoff (L.A Film Fest), Policy of Truth (SOHO Film Fest), The Woman (Sundance), Funeral Kings (SXSW) Ghoul, Theresa is a Mother, Jugface (Slamdance), In The Family (Independent Spirit)  and she’s a consultant for NYU Graduate Musical Theatre Writing Program (1999-2020).

HEAD OF PROPS – Daniel  Brothers. Playwright, Propsmaker, Carpenter, Mechanic, Actor, Game Master, Ornithologist, collector of professions. Recently, he has been writing a Sci fi novel for publication in 2023, a play “Living Together” to be staged in the fall, and props for Playco’s production of Will You Come With Me. Further, inquire at

PROPS ASSITANT – Brittany Daggett-Duffy was born and raised in Brockton Massachusetts and had the privilege of attending Brockton High School where her interest in technical theatre began. It was not until her Freshman Year at Ithaca College where she discovered her passion for Theatrical Scenic Design and Props Artistry.

SOUND ENGINEER – Colin Taber graduated from Temple University with a degree in Jazz/Commercial Guitar Performance. After 16 months on a cruise ship in the house band he moved to NY city and spent the past years gigging and teaching throughout the tri-state area and beyond as well as working in theatrical productions.

GENERAL MANAGER – Scott DelaCruz is the Executive Producer of All The Way Around productions ( ). Scott has worked in the media and entertainment industry for over 20 years. His projects have ranged from award winning commercial content to global theatrical tours and films. He is based in New York City.

FESTIVAL PRODUCER –  Cate Cammarata is an Off-Broadway producer, director and dramatic specializing in the development of new plays and musicals. She is also the founder of, an online theater community, and the producer of the Monday Night Reading Series.

Off-Broadway: THE ASSIGNMENT, MY FATHER’S DAUGHTER. Regional: MY LIFE IS A MUSICAL (Bay Street Theater), BRAN CASTLE (Porchlight Theater), CRUDE (Cape Cod Theater Company), and numerous early developmental productions and readings in NYC.

Cate coaches writers on script development and self-producing, leads musical theater writing workshops and serves as the Literary Manager for Theater Resources Unlimited (TRU). She is also the associate Artistic Director of Rhymes Over Beats Hip Hop Collective and the Artistic Director of CreateTheater’s ETC.

​Cate has an MFA in Dramaturgy and a BFA in Directing, and teaches theater at Baruch College. In development: AUSTEN’S PRIDE, ATLANTIS and a hip hop musical by the recording artist Masta Ace.,

CREATETHEATER SERIES –  is a new theatre series in NYC – of new works presented  by series producer Cate Cammarata, that’s focused on the development of new plays and musicals. The full series – with six new musicals and one new play – runs April 14 – May 15, 2022  at Theatre Four –  Theatre Row at 42nd Street, NYC.  “The Golden Cage” runs April 20-24.

Check out the other new shows running through May 15, 2022 at CreateTheater New Works Festival.

Take your place in the magic of creation – to bring “The Golden Cage” to it’s place in the canon of musical theater.

The Golden Cage is a story for our times, as we step out of isolation and navigate the self-created traps of human existence, like the driving need for achievement, the struggle for security . all done with gorgeous music and incredible actors who bring these funny, tender, soaring character to life on stage. 

“The Golden Cage” is a musical with deep themes, gorgeous music, whimsical characters – and two incredible actors. It’s a show that speaks to multigenerational audiences about the traps we create for ourselves – and the power of human connection to set us free.

We’re at a pivotal stage in the development of this show.

The 5 live performances Aoril 20-24 in NYC are a feature of the “CreateTheater NEW WORKS FEST” at the Theatre Row’s intimate ‘Theatre Four.’.

But the live performances are just the beginning:

The new “Streaming Musicals” platform (think Netflix for original musicals) has invited us to submit the project for distribution so people around the world can see it, and so that theaters everywhere can mount their own productions of “The Golden Cage” – but first we have to film it!  

For that I need your help: your financial, emotional and cheerleading support.

We need to raise the final $45,000 for the project – so please join me in bringing this show from the stage to film by donating now.

April and May in NYC is where the transformation begins – as this play makes that magical transition from stage – to page – to screen!

Your donation helps make that happen so donate nowDonations are tax deductible.  For an exclusive donor experience, donations over $1500 open up an invitation to the April 19 ‘invited dress’ and first look at the video!

If you can join us for the live show – great!  If not, donate so the streaming production can become a reality.  

Come take the leap of believing with me.  


Play an even bigger role – join me as a major Patron

In my last big video story-music project, “Invention & Alchemy,” I had a single beloved patron, Peter Wege, who told me that the day we went to the Grammys was the happiest day of his life. Many of you may have seen that show on PBS, or in the special streaming presentation in summer 2020.

Now I’m inviting YOU to be part of a new adventure which can have an even broader reach.  

The full budget for development, performance and filming of “The Golden Cage,” including paying the actors, musicians, director, designers, theater, stage manager, camera crew and editing is $130K.

If you’ve got $130K and you’re passionate about being an arts patron for new musical theatre – let’s talk.  Connect with me here and we’ll find a time to jump on a call or a zoom.

If that’s not quite in your budget, there are a few ways you can contribute, and I will LOVE having you be part of this show in any way:

Details of How to Donate (Click to Open)

Here are details of how to donate:

“The Golden Cage” is a sponsored project of Fractured Atlas, a non‐profit arts service organization. All donations made on Fundraising by Fractured Atlas (at the link below) will be processed by Fractured Atlas and are are tax-deductible to the extent permitted by law.

  1. ONLINE: You can donate direct online at “The Golden Cage” Fractured Atlas giving page

2. CHECKS: If you prefer to donate by check contributions for the charitable purposes of “The Golden Cage” must be made payable to “Fractured Atlas” and are tax‐deductible to the extent permitted by law.  For donations over $5,000, I have a form for you to fill out for tax deductible purposes and the link is below)

Important Details for Donating via Check


A. I am so grateful, delighted, excited that you’re supporting this project!

B. Here’s how to donate by check:

     – Make Checks Out to “Fractured Atlas”
– In the “notes” or “memo” or “for” section on the front of check, write “Golden Cage Musical”
– Send the check to
Deborah Henson-Conant • Box 1039 • Arlington, MA 02474

It is extremely important that all checks are made out to “Fractured Atlas” ONLY as they cannot accept checks that are made out to me (the artist), my company or my “project name/Fractured Atlas” — and they will return them to me if they receive them.

C. Donations of $5,000 or more made by check:  Fractured Atlas (our fiscal sponsor) needs this letter on file for each gift of $5,000 or more for their annual accounting audit. The precise language used is important to ensure the tax-deductibility of the gift, so they ask that you use the form they provide specifically for my project (

If you’re sending a check, just include this completed, signed form with the check and when we get them we’ll forward them together to Fractured Atlas so they can process the donation correctly.

If you’ve already sent the check or you’d prefer to send the form electronically, just get in touch to let me know, and we’ll work that out.


  1. SPECIAL SKILLS, RESOURCES or CONTACTS:  Maybe you have a special skill (like team management, PR, photography, videography, or social media) – or you have a rehearsal space or a home in NYC where you’d love to host the composer of a musical (me!) when she opens her show on 42nd street. Or maybe you just love to connect people and you have friends who are passionate patrons of the arts and love musicals. Let me know!

There will be other ways to get involved down the line — don’t worry, you’ll be hearing a LOT about this from me!  But for now the goal is to get THE GOLDEN CAGE fully funded and available on streaming video for all.

Major Donations

Every single donation is meaningful to me. It means you are part of this show, part of the miraculous experience of bringing it alive for thousands – and potentially millions – of people.

I also love the deep, collaborative 1-on-1 relationship that a major patron and creative have. I had that relationship with Peter Wege on my last major video-music project. It led to a Grammy Nomination and airings of our show on PBS stations throughout the U.S.  We did that together and I would love to bring this show into the world together with you.

Donations of $100K+

  • 6 Front Row Tickets for any show during the NYC Debut
  • Executive Producer Credit in video presentation
  • “The Golden Cage” signed script
  • High Quality Print of the Original Poster Artwork (signed & ready for framing)
  • A signed, handwritten page of the original score (signed and ready for framing)
  • My undying adoration

Donations of $50K+

  • 4 Front Row Tickets for any show during the NYC Debut
  • Associate Producer Credit in video presentation
  • “The Golden Cage” signed script
  • High Quality Print of the Original Poster Artwork (signed & ready for framing)

Donations of $15K+

  • 2 Front Row Tickets for any show during the NYC Debut
  • Assistant Producer Credit in video presentation
  • “The Golden Cage” signed script

Donations of $10K+

  • 2 VIP Tickets for any show during the NYC Debut
  • “The Golden Cage” signed script

Any amount:

I’ll be absolutely thrilled and jump up and down when I see your donation come in (if you don’t believe I do this, ask my cats!)

Special Thanks to the Sponsor & Patrons
of  the Early Development of “The Golden Cage”

Without you, we could never have gotten this far!

Rachael Solem & The Irving House at Harvard (a unique Cambridge, MA Bed & Breakfast)

Gloria Hodes & Music & Masque, Paul Gordon, New Opera & Musical Theatre Initiative.

Betsy Scott Chapman and John Daggett, Nancy Lamell, Sandra Periera and Family, Elaine Benveniste, Jeffrey Biegelsen, Tara O’Brien Pride – and the countless other people who have supported this project and who will support this project.