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musicals and operas · new musicals inc · Ages 10+ · family friendly · world premiere · 90 mins · United States of America

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There are many ways to deal with bullies. One way is to have a robot bodyguard.

An all-ages musical adventure from the author of A Feast of Snacks (HFF 2016 nominee for Best Musical) and co-author of Super Sidekick: The Musical (award-winner at both Hollywood and NY Fringes). One of two musicals included in the 2018 ASCAP Musical Theatre Workshop presided over by Stephen Schwartz.

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production team

michael gordon shapiro *
book, music, and lyrics
joanna syiek *

* Fringe Veteran


A father rules a made-up nation with his family as his only subjects. When his son takes the mission too far and his daughter questions everything, he fights for power in the face of family, country, and reality.


ORANGUTAN is a haunting and absurd one-woman show about the mother of a brutish (slightly orange) would-be dictator, and the tribalism that’s tearing our country apart.