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a fresh-brewed musical

One-Act 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)


Select Praise

"The only thing that’s that there isn’t time for more of it...stunning...a hell of a lot of fun."

Twin Cities Daily Planet

"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"

Indy Theatre Habit

"Keeps us laughing and listening and sends the audience out with a smile."

Production History

2017    Workshop production, Actors Training Center, IL

2010    Midwest Fringe Circuit tour (Mpls, KC, Ind, Chi)


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