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Production Features:

“The Golden Cage” is a single-set, 2-Character concept musical with open casting for age, race, gender and body-type.  It’s performable with solo piano or expandable for small ensemble. Written for multi-generational audiences, it’s effective for both musical-theatre and opera audiences.

  • 80-Minute One-Act Musical
  • 2 Characters – Open Casting for any age, race, gender and body type
  • “A musical and lyrical masterpiece” Paul Gordon – Tony-Nominee
  • Single, simple set
  • A powerful story of freedom and connection
  • For multi-generational audiences
  • Scored for Piano or expandable to small ensemble
  • Effective for both musical-theatre and opera audiences
  • Supplementary Audience Resources include the “Cage Unlocker’s E-Journal” and author’s TEDx talk

Through a mythical, whimsical lens, “The Golden Cage” tackles some of the most pressing mental health issues of our day including isolation, behavioral addiction, blind ambition and generational achievement expectations –  and the glory of transformation and connection.

Supplementary Audience resources include “The Golden Cage” downloadable journal with daily prompts from each character’s life choices. The author’s 13-minute TEDx talk about her personal journey developing the themes of the show is also available.

How to Unlock “The Golden Cage”

For your theater, community, university – and yourself

Now both the show itself and the film of “The Golden Cage” are available to inspire and empower theater companies, performers, audiences and students in many ways:

  1. THEATER & OPERA COMPANIES can now LICENSE the show.
  2. PERFORMERS looking for a powerful VEHICLE can present concert, workshop or theatrical presentations of the piece.
  3. AUDIENCES IN REMOTE AREAS without access to live theater can VIEW the original workshop production as a film and have access to the composers “Unlocking the Golden Cage” podcasts and Journal.
  4. UNIVERSITIES and other EDUCATIONAL organizations can use the show in cross-department projects combining music, theater, philosophy, health and women’s studies.

Author’s TEDx Talk:

“How to Get Out of your Inner Cage”

There were four questions the author could never answer about the show – four answers that would unlock the meaning of the cage in her own life and show her the human connections that were missing.


Of the CreateTheater Workshop Production

NOTE when watching the Filmed-Live-Musical Version below: The original filmed production was performed with solo piano. Orchestrations were added in post-production for the musical film.


Of the CreateTheater New Works Festival Developmental Production

and the Filmed-Live Video Release

In 2022 the CreateTheater Festival invited us to develop The Golden Cage for a series of Workshop performances in NYC.  The cast, production and design team of this workshop productions was so powerful that the “Streaming Musicals” network filmed and released it.

BORIS – Christopher Isolano (he/him) is a multifaceted performer, musician, and theater manager in NYC. He made his off-Broadway debut at Theatre Row as Boris in The Golden Cage. He recently gained notice in The NY Times for originating 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, and a Pace University Musical Theater program graduate, Chris has performed regionally with Theatre Aspen, The Hangar, The Gateway, and in NYC with Barrington Stage Co., IRT Theater, and at Lincoln Center. Most recent credits: Fancy Nancy (AMT Theater), Hooked (Theatre Row) & Fowl Play (Playbill Pride Mainstage). Chris can also be found producing new works and managing the newly opened off-Broadway venue, Theater 555 on 42nd St. @Chris-Isolano

ALPHEA – Maddie Allen (she/her) is grateful to have made her Off-Broadway Debut as Alphea in “The Golden Cage” at the 2022 CreateTheater New Works Festival. Originally from Fresno, California, Maddie’s past credits include Footloose (Great Plains Theater), A Grand Night for Singing (Syracuse), Rent (Interlochen Arts), and Broadway Holiday (The Phoenicia International Festival of the Voice). Maddie is a proud alumni of Interlochen Arts Academy where she returned this past summer to assist Director/Choreographer Rick Faugno. This spring, Maddie will be joining AIDA Cruiselines as a lead vocalist on the AIDAperla! She is a graduate of Syracuse University’s Musical Theatre program. / @maddsallen 

SWING (UNDERSTUDY)  – Katie Horner  (she/her) is an NYC-based actor, singer, instrumentalist, and composer who understudied BOTH parts, of Alphea & Boris.  Katie’s 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). In summer 2022, she joined 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 – R. Lee Kratzer (she/her) is a New York–based director who makes deeply considered, urgent work that sits at the intersection of opera, music, dance, and theater. She has directed at the Edinburgh Fringe Festival, Theatre Row, Opera Saratoga, Opera del West, Guild Hall of LI, NEMPAC Opera Project (former artistic director), The Tank, Longy School of Music, Rutgers University, Montclair State, Emerson Stage, Fordham University, the Footlight Club, and Columbia University. Kratzer has also worked with Katie Mitchell, Dave Malloy, Isaac Oliver, Whitney White, Annie-B Parson, Hermès, The New York Times, Big Dance Theater, Brooklyn Academy of Music, and the Bushwick Starr. Next up: La Traviata with City Lyric Opera. SDC Associate Member; MFA: Columbia.  Link to 

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.

ORCHESTRATOR, CREATIVE FACILITATOR & ADR ENGINEER – Tim Maurice is a composer/pianist, orchestrator and film composer who has produced music for independent film & media projects and feature length documentaries, including “Searchdog” (an award winning film featured on the NBC Today Show), and “Sunken Steamboats of Moosehead Lake” and has orchestrated for the Grammy award winning jazz pianist Taylor Eigsti.

He also served as music director, arranger, and pianist for the cabaret show “Never Far From Home” at Central Square Theater, which earned critical acclaim from The Boston Globe.  Tim has been a primary creative facilitator for “The Golden Cage” since 2013 as music director, tech advisor and film composer, expanding the solo piano orchestration of the stage show into a cinematic sound.  Link to Tim’s website.

COMPANY MANAGER / 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.

STAGE MANAGER – Tala Munsterman (They/Them) is a freelance stage manager currently based in NYC with 10+ years of experience from coast to coast. Their main goal with every production is to ensure a safe, respectful, and fun environment to work in!

Their recent NYC credits include: Aloha Boricua Pregones/PRTT (Off-Broadway), Harlem Hellfighters On A Latin Beat Pregones/PRTT (Off-Broadway), Adventures of Ezra Jack Keats TADA! Youth Theater, Into The Woods New York Film Academy, and A Winter’s Tale New York Shakespeare Exchange.

Regional credits include: Matilda The Musical, Mama Mia, Sweeny Todd, Legally Blonde, Annie, The Little Mermaid, and Chitty Chitty Bang Bang with The Fort Wayne Civic Theater (Indiana). Company, Ordinary People, and Building On Sand with Good Luck Macbeth Theater (Nevada)

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.

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 – ran April 14 – May 15, 2022  at Theatre Four –  Theatre Row at 42nd Street, NYC.  “The Golden Cage” ran April 20-24. CreateTheater New Works Festival.

STREAMING MUSICALS  – is a new streaming network dedicated to creating, capturing and presenting new, original musical theatre content, working with artists in bringing the magic of theatre to international audiences. The productions are filmed on theatrical and sound stages in high definition video and sound. As we did with our Award Winning capture of Estella Scrooge, Pride and Prejudice and the feature film, 1660 Vine, we continue to focus on storytelling, character, and music and we do it because we love theatre and want to build a bigger outlet for people who love theatre. Visit Streaming Musicals

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