Hot Cross Buns
Julia Izumi & Grace Oberhofer
Welcome to Bunny Isle, home to the happiest bunnies! And when they’re at their happiest moment in life they do the only logical thing: they end it. Speaking of life, pop superstar bunny, Mayda, loves hers. So when her fiancé, Duane, proposes to be crushed by the weight of two tons of carrots together at their wedding, she has very, very last minute regrets, hops out of the way, and causes a Rabbit Revolution. In Hot Cross Buns, a twisted new musical, Mayda is forced to confront the meaning of life and what’s worth fighting for. Nothing fluffy about it.
Pictured: Rheanna Atendido, Tyler Krieg, Jordan De Leon, Matt Ketai, Holly Chou, Khanh Doan, Cathy Ang, Cathy Foy, Jessamyn Bateman-Iino, Grace Oberhofer, Julia Izumi, Kaytlin McIntyre, Logan Reed, and Conrad Ricamora.
Julia Izumi’s work has been developed and presented at MTC, Clubbed Thumb, Bushwick Starr, WP Theater, Berkeley Rep’s Ground Floor, SPACE on Ryder Farm, Oregon Shakespeare Festival, Ojai Playwrights Conference, Barn Arts Collective, The COOP, NNPN/Kennedy Center MFA Playwrights' Workshop, Great Plains Theatre Conference, Williamstown Theatre Festival, CAATA’s National Asian-American Theatre ConFest, and Pork Filled Productions. Honors for her work include the OPC Dr. Kerry English Award, O’Neill’s NPC Finalist, Kilroys List Honorable Mention, and KCACTF’s Darrell Ayers Playwriting Award. She is a 2020/2021 New Georges Audrey Resident and a New Dramatists member. MFA: Brown University. www.juliaizumi.com
Grace Oberhofer (composer/librettist) is an award-winning composer with particular expertise in writing for women’s voices and making non-traditional music theater. A Tacoma, WA native and Tufts graduate, Grace also works as a performer, sound designer, and educator. An alumna of the BMI Workshop, her work has been developed/presented by OPERA America, The Tank, New Georges, Corkscrew Festival, Seattle Rep, and Central Square, among others. Her compositional projects include the dystopian bunny society musical Hot Cross Buns and A Doll’s House: A New Opera, based on the play by Henrik Ibsen. Her choral play tetralogy, ICONS/IDOLS, has garnered support from New Georges, OPERA America, The Tank, NYSCA, and received the New Ohio/IRT Archive Residency. www.graceoberhofer.com
Photo by Emily Lambert Photography
Logan Reed is a Texas-bred, New York-based theater director of plays and musicals. He recently directed the critically acclaimed hit Loose Canon (Scranton Shakespeare Festival, FringeNYC, Fringe Encore Series) by Gabriel Weissman Vega and Brian Reno, which garnered the Fringe Favorite Award and the TheatreMania Audience Favorite Award. His production of Terrence McNally’s It’s Only a Play at Hawaii Theatre Center was the first regional production after its record breaking run on Broadway. He has worked extensively on new plays with productions including Sarah DeLappe’s But I Digress (The Habitat) and Mom Play (UglyRhino Productions), Jeremy O. Harris’s Xander Xyst, Dragon: 1 (Samuel French OOB Festival, Sanguine Theatre Company), Blake Bishton’s No Baby (The Habitat), Josh Drimmer’s The Lighthouse Invites the Storm (Sanguine Theatre Company), Helen Banner’s The Sixth Borough (Fresh Ground Pepper), and Jessica Penzias’s The Whole Damn Thing (Midtown International Theatre Festival). He was honored with HB Studio’s 2015 First Floor Residency with the playwright Julia Izumi where they began development on The Makers, a mash-up of origin stories and creation myths from around the world. He was a member of the Director’s Playground at The Habitat, the Directing Corp at Williamstown Theatre Festival, and Manhattan Theatre Club’s Jonathan Alper Directing Fellowship pool.
Logan has served as Assistant Director to John Rando, Jack Cummings III, Eric Simonson, Saheem Ali, Jonathan Silverstein, and Ed Sylvanus Iskandar. He frequently assists the playwright, Terrence McNally, with recent productions including Mothers and Sons and It’s Only a Play, both on Broadway. He is a Creative Associate at Tom Kirdahy Productions (White Rabbit Red Rabbit, Mothers and Sons, It’s Only a Play, The Visit) with upcoming productions including Anastasia and The Bandstand on Broadway and The Goat or, Who Is Sylvia? on The West End.
Logan holds a Bachelor of Arts in International Relations from Tufts University.
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