CUCNY Insiders Series: Public Theater Outing with Mei Ann Teo ’14SOA Pre-Show Talkback

CUCNY Insiders Series: Public Theater Outing with Mei Ann Teo ’14SOA Pre-Show Talkback

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Join us for a very special pre-show talkback, performance, and post-show gathering in Joe’s Pub at The Public Theater.

Performing:  The Lobbyists present The Golden Spike – a new musical created in collaboration with playwright, Don Nguyen.

Members are invited to join Mei Ann Teo ’14SOA, the Producing Artistic Director, for a pre-show talkback with Morgan Jenness, Adjunct Associate Professor, Theatre at Columbia University School of the Arts, Don Nguyen, and members of The Lobbyist.

After the show, members are invited for an informal gathering at The Library at The Public Theater to mix and mingle with the creative team.

The running time is approximately 1 hour and 10 minutes. Tickets will be distributed at the theater on the day of the show. A confirmation email with the event details will be sent the week of the event.

Pre-show talkback: 5:30PM
Show: 7PM
Post-show gathering: 8:15PM

This event is coordinated in collaboration with The Public Theater and CAA Arts Access. Special thanks to Elizabeth Kipp-Giusti and Patty Tsai for arranging this program.


The Golden Spike is the story of Sun Wu, a Chinese immigrant who worked on the Transcontinental Railroad thirteen years earlier who now finds himself trying to outrun the long arm of the law in hopes of reuniting with his wife and son. Weaving strong emotional narratives of Chinese and Irish immigrants of the railroad, The Golden Spike is a story of the pursuit of love, family, truth, and the sparkling light of equality under the otherwise dark shadow cast by the Chinese Exclusion Act. Join The Lobbyists as they perform brand new songs and arrangements in this special concert engagement.

The Lobbyists (Tommy Crawford, Eloise Eonnet, Alex Grubbs, Will Turner, Tony Vo, and Douglas Waterbury-Tieman) formed in 2012, and take their name from the lobby of The Flea Theater, where the group first started playing and writing music together. Drawing on folk, roots, and a host of other influences, the band has been noted for their lush harmonies, “marvelous” songwriting (The New York Times), and “impressive musicianship” (Entertainment Weekly). The New Yorker calls their music “terrific,” and The Village Voice lauds them as “undeniably talented.” One part band and one part theater company, the group of actor-musicians also creates original stage productions. Their music for SeaWife, a haunted tale of the American whaling trade created with playwright Seth Moore and director Liz Carlson, was nominated for a 2016 Drama Desk Award for Outstanding Music in a Musical. They have played some of New York’s favorite concert venues, including Joe’s Pub, Rockwood Music Hall, 54 Below, Pete’s Candy Store, Ars Nova, Mercury Lounge, and more. Their music has been workshopped and developed with NY Stage & Film, Cape Cod Theater Project, Ars Nova, and Rhinebeck Writers’ Retreat. Their debut full-length album, Songs from SeaWife, was released in 2017 and is available widely online. Join the band for a night of original songs including debut music from their newest theatrical collaboration with playwright Don Nguyen – The Golden Spike – the story of Sun Wu, a Chinese laborer on the Transcontinental Railroad, as he tries to gain re-entry to the United States in the wake of the passage of the Chinese Exclusion Act.

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