a fresh-brewed musical
Book, lyrics, & Music by Alex Higgin-Houser, David Kornfeld, and Laura Stratford
Grounds is the world's first indie-folk-rock-hip-hop musical (as far as we know). Actors are musicians, musicians play characters, and the audience is right in the cafe with us. Illuminated by bursts of shadow puppetry, this bittersweet, family-friendly comedy follows the proprietors and regulars of a doomed Minneapolis coffee shop and explores what happens to a community when we lose our home.
Casting: 3m/2f/4-6 ensemble (actor musicians)
"The only thing that’s wrong...is that there isn’t time for more of it...stunning...a hell of a lot of fun."
"A neatly packaged homage to the wide variety of creativity and human interaction that (forgive the expression) percolates daily in coffee shops around the world. ...filled with pleasures for fans of theatre craft"
"Keeps us laughing and listening and sends the audience out with a smile."
2017 Workshop production, Actors Training Center, IL
2010 Midwest Fringe Circuit tour (Mpls, KC, Ind, Chi)