Raw Impressions Music Theatre
(RIMT) will perform "Event #3," an evening of music theatre
scenes that have been conceived, collaborated on, composed, rehearsed
and memorized in the last seven days.
RIMT is conducting a series, planned to be a monthly gathering of Playwrights,
Composers and Performers who come together in order to create new work
to be shown to the public. RIMT grew out of the nationally recognized
program "The Composer/Librettist Studio" sponsored in New York
by New Dramatists. In March of last year, the two founders of RIMT, David
Rodwin and Patrick Mellen, participated in the Studio. Rodwin, a composer/writer,
and Mellen, a performer, created RIMT with a mind to build on the ideas
of collaboration and spontaneity that such a forum invites.
Eight composers and eight writers are randomly paired on a Friday evening.
They are given some guidelines in creating a new music theatre piece.
The first draft is sight read by 10 actor/singers that Sunday afternoon.
The writers have 3 days for rewrites. The performers have 3 days for rehearsal
with 2 directors and 2 music directors. They then present the new pieces
to the public a week after the first reading.
RIMT believes in music theatre being an immediate community experience
and a reflection of what's going on around us right now not filtered
by anyone and not hampered in a lengthy process before the audience receives
it. Participants in RIMT have had productions at venues from BAM to Lincoln
Center and have received awards including the Guggenheim, Rockefeller,
Richard Rogers and Jonathan Larsen Awards.
RIMT Mission Statement:
We are committed to artists being prolific with excellence. We are also
committed to music theatre being an immediate community experience and
a reflection of what's going on around us right now - not filtered by
anyone and not hampered in a lengthy process before the audience receives
it. Finally, we're committed to bring together our artistic community
through creating an opportunity for artists to take risks and work with