Emma, a non-verbal teen with autism, finds her life upended when the death of her father leaves her in an uncomprehending world. For Emma, the world is a chaotic place until it shifts to the cool blue shades of Indigo, where she is centered and calm in her inner thoughts and dreams. Emma must learn to connect and form bonds with her new family who face daunting challenges of their own. Indigo is a celebration of the human heart and spirit, a moving call for empathy and compassion in a world that often feels devoid of them.
Indigo will be helmed by Broadway Director and native Daytonian, Schele Williams, and is produced by special arrangement with Sing Out, Louise! Productions.
$10 - $53
Executive DirectorKappy Kilburn
Artistic DirectorEmily N. Wells
Creative ProducerTara Lail
Conceived by Jay Kuo, Lorenzo Thione & Scott Evan Davis
Directed by Schele Williams
Schele Williams is a director committed to cultivating new musicals and devised work with authentic representation. She is currently directing the upcoming Broadway revivals of Aida (Disney Theatrical Group) and The Wiz as well as the premieres of Mandela the Musical and Indigo. She will be helming Hidden Figures currently in development (Disney Theatrical Group). Schele has directed at regional theaters and festivals across the country and has a long history of work on Broadway in Rent, Aida, and Motown: The Musical. Passionate about pairing social justice with the arts, Schele is a founding member of Black Theatre United, an organization committed to dismantling systemic racism on our streets and stages. She has been a member of Broadway Inspirational Voices for over two decades and serves as chairperson of the board. She is also on the board of trustees for Broadway Cares/Equity Fights AIDS.
Credits: Biography and image courtesy of schelewilliams.com.
Scott Evan Davis is a multi-award-winning Composer and Lyricist based in NYC. After working as an actor around the U.S., he began composing in 2010. Davis has since gained international recognition in the worlds of musical theatre and cabaret. Scott has performed concerts of his music at Birdland Jazz Club in NYC, The Kennedy Center in Washington, D.C., as well as London, Dublin, Australia, and all around the U.S. His songs have been performed at Feinstein’s 54 Below, The Metropolitan Room, Don’t Tell Mama’s, The Duplex, as well as internationally in high schools and colleges.
Scott’s debut album, Cautiously Optimistic, features Broadway talents such as Liz Callaway, Faith Prince, Daniel Reichard, Nikki Renee Daniels as well as others from the worlds of Broadway and cabaret. In the Huffington Post review of Cautiously Optimistic, David Finkle listed Scott among five “must see and must know” emerging writers. His second album NEXT, released in 2016, features performers such as Karen Mason, Robert Cuccioli, Joshua Colley, Derek Klena and Lisa Howard.
In addition to the upcoming Indigo, Scott’s theatre work includes two theatrical revues of his songs, Picture Perfect, which debuted at the Adelaide Cabaret Festival in Australia and was subsequently performed in London’s West End at the St. James Theatre, and Fragments, premiering in NYC in June 2018. His musical Powerful Day, which was written with and for autistic children at PS94 on the Lower East Side of Manhattan, won Musical Theatre International’s prestigious Courage in Theatre Award. Recently, these students were selected to attend the Junior Theatre Festival, and won the Spirit of Theatre Award as well as an award for Best Ensemble. Scott’s work with the students of PS94 was featured in a segment on CBS News, as well as a feature length documentary called Spectrum of Hope, produced by Musical Theatre International. (MTI)
Scott’s most known song, “If the World Only Knew,” has been viewed almost 300,000 times on YouTube for its social message. It’s been covered countless times, including performances at Broadway’s Gershwin Theater and at Australia’s 2017 Schools Spectacular.
Jay Kuo is the Chief Creative Officer at The Social Edge and head of “Team Takei,” having worked with and advised Internet supernova George Takei since the inception of his social media. Kuo is the composer/lyricist for the Broadway musical Allegiance as well as the librettist on the Broadway-bound musical Indigo, the first musical to explore and feature a main character on the autism spectrum.
In addition to his work on Broadway and in social media, Jay is a published author, an entrepreneur, and an appellate litigator admitted to practice before the Ninth Circuit and U.S. Supreme Court. He served on the boards of the Northern California ACLU and the Bay Area Lawyers Individual Freedom, and argued the first challenge on the West Coast to the Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell policy of U.S. military and is active in progressive political organizations and causes.
Jay holds an A.B. in Political Science (with distinction) from Stanford University and a law degree from U.C. Berkeley Boalt Hall School of Law where he co-founded the Asian Law Journal.
Credits: photo and biography courtesy of singoutlouise.broadway
Lorenzo Thione is the Managing Partner of Sing Out, Louise! Production, the co-founder and CEO of The Social Edge, and a Managing Director at Gaingels, a venture investment group based in NYC focused on investing and supporting LGBT+ founded/led startups. In addition to his work as an entrepreneur, technologist and venture investor, Lorenzo is the co-creator/co-bookwriter and the lead producer of Allegiance, the 2015 Broadway musical starring George Takei and Lea Salonga. In developing Allegiance, he developed and deployed social-media viral strategies that led to astounding growth and unprecedented awareness and audience engagement for both George Takei and Allegiance’s social media platforms, and – in turn – to the founding of The Social Edge, a social media management and marketing firm based in NYC. His producing credits include The Inheritance, Slave Play, Hadestown (Tony Award), Cher Show, The New One, Catch Me If You Can (Tony Nomination), and American Idiot. Additional IMDB credits: George Takei’s Allegiance (Director, Executive Producer), Bandstand – The Boys Are Back (Director, Executive Producer), Allegiance To Broadway (Executive Producer)
Besides being an active investor in the LGBT+ startup ecosystem via his position in Gaingels, Lorenzo is a founding board member and Chair Emeritus of StartOut (www.startout.org), a non-profit organization dedicated to fostering and developing entrepreneurship within the LGBT community which, during his service as a board member since its founding in 2009, has grown to a membership of over 5000 individuals nationwide and six active chapters in New York, San Francisco, Los Angeles, Austin, Chicago and Boston. He’s an outspoken LGBT advocate and was named one of the most influential LGBT people in tech in 2014 and again in 2018 by Business Insider.
A native of Milan, Italy, Lorenzo holds an M.S. in Computer Engineering from the University of Texas at Austin and has co-authored several publications in Software Engineering and Computational Linguistics. He is an active investor, advisor or board members, in over 80+ startups and a named inventor on over 30 pending and issued patents in the US and world-wide.
Credits: photo and biography courtesy of singoutlouise.broadway
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