Written & Performed by: Colin Summers
Directed by: Nessa Norich
Music by: Colin Summers & Andrew Eckel
Lyrics by: Steve
STEVE: A DOCU-MUSICAL was originally performed on Aug 6 – 22, 2015 at the 4th Street Theatre.
“Cheerful and affecting…an investigation into obsession and the yearning to forge something real, whether a human connection or a work of art.”
–The New York Times
“The songs are charming…and so is Mr. Summers.”
–The New York Times
“The intelligence of the staging — all the way from the many forms of multi-media and live music… points to why director Nessa Norich is such an interesting artist. Her approach to and delicate handling of this story are admirable.”
“In a world of pessimism, denial, and Donald Trump, we need the theater for the sincerity, bravery, and joy it provokes. While we may never filly understand it, like the words of Steve, we need it. We need Steve.”
–Theatre is Easy
“A winning and winsome theatrical excursion.”
–American Theatre Web
“Fascinating, funny, and strangely moving.”
“The source material is golden, and Colin can do no wrong with it.”
–New York Theater Review
“Steve is a fun, refreshingly original piece…”
–NY Theater Now
STEVE: A DOCU-MUSICAL is a “fascinating, funny, and strangely moving” play that chronicles the true story of Colin Summer’s 8-year online correspondence and artistic collaboration with Steve, a “Gen X” Australian. Together, Steve and Colin have written hundreds of songs. In Colin’s account of their unconventional relationship, Steve’s original songs and emails paint a vivid picture of a fascinating character.
A refreshing exploration of the artist within all of us, STEVE: A DOCU-MUSICAL reveals the potential for human connection sparked by a simple Google search.
Photo credit: Hunter Canning
Colin Summers (Writer, Performer) is a Brooklyn based musician, composer, actor and writer with a strong interest in creating interdisciplinary performance. Colin has written, composed for and acted in several original works including the award-winning “Wanderlust” and nationally touring “Racine D’or” (featuring grammy-nominated Creole musician Cedric Watson). Colin has acted in and contributed music to several films including “Swim Little Fish Swim” which debuted in SXSW 2013’s Narrative Feature Competition.
Nessa Norich (Director) is a Brooklyn-based theater artist devoted to the creation of innovative and challenging new works and forms of performance. Her work spans styles and mediums, including site-specific Shakespeare, political satire, documentary theater, immersive events and live concerts. Whichever form she chooses to explore, her primary interest is in the transcendental and ritualistic function of the theatre. Since her training at Lecoq in Paris, Nessa has collaborated on original works of theater internationally, at such notable venues as, the British Film Institute, the Battersea Arts Center & the Southbank Center in London, The Louvre in Paris and the New Museum, Joe’s Pub, Ars Nova, 59E59 and Dixon Place in New York City. She is the co-Producer of Morning Gloryville NYC- the sober morning rave phenomenon.