Cheryl Coons

Cheryl Coons

CHERYL COONS (Playwright/Lyricist) is the Chicago Regional Rep for the Dramatists Guild. She has been a Resident Playwright at Chicago Dramatists since 2008, and serves as the company’s Director of New Musical Theatre Development. She has co-written more than a dozen musicals which have received professional productions, including River’s End (ASCAP Foundation Harold Arlen Musical Theatre Award, Bay Area...
CHERYL COONS (Playwright/Lyricist) is the Chicago Regional Rep for the Dramatists Guild. She has been a Resident Playwright at Chicago Dramatists since 2008, and serves as the company’s Director of New Musical Theatre Development. She has co-written more than a dozen musicals which have received professional productions, including River’s End (ASCAP Foundation Harold Arlen Musical Theatre Award, Bay Area Theatre Critics Circle Awards for Original Script and Score, Theatre for the American Musical Award, NAMT and NYMF), At Wit’s End (Carbonell Award for Best New Work), Sylvia’s Read Good Advice (Joseph Jefferson Award for Best New Work), Female Problems (After Dark Award for Best Music) and Phantom of the Country Opera, published by Music Theatre International. She contributed lyrics to Chicago Shakespeare Theatre’s award-winning productions of Merry Wives of Windsor and Measure for Measure. Her work has been produced on the stages of Northlight Theatre, the Marriott Theatre at Lincolnshire, Drury Lane Oakbrook Terrace, Florida Stage, and Marin Theatre Company, as well as other theatres across the US, and internationally in the UK, Canada, Kuwait, and Russia. Her musicals have been developed and showcased at the Eugene O’Neill Theatre Center’s National Music Theatre Conference, and the National Alliance of Musical Theater’s Festival of New Works, and the New York Musical Theatre Festival (NYMF). Projects she’s written have twice been selected for the ASCAP/Disney Workshop in Los Angeles and Chicago, and for further development by ASCAP at the Perry Mansfield New Noises Festival in Steamboat Springs, CO. A revue of her work, Yadda, Yadda, Yadda: The Lyrics of Cheri Coons was produced at the Royal George Theatre and was honored as one of Chicago’s 10 Best Cabaret Shows of the year by Cabaret Scenes magazine, Gay Chicago, and Cabaret Online. Her original novelty songs have been featured on Good Morning, America, The Today Show, and NPR’s Morning Edition. Cheryl has appeared at Carnegie Hall, performing her original material in an evening hosted by Michael Feinstein. She serves on the board of Porchlight Music Theatre in Chicago. www.cherylcoons.com www.atwitsendthemusical.com www.riversendthemusical.com

Plays

  • The Kiss, A Musical Play
    1943, Nazi-occupied Vienna. Summoned by a Nazi museum director, Emilie, a woman in her 70’s, comes to the Exhibition Hall to authenticate a sketch by her brother-in-law Gustav Klimt. As she waits in the gallery, Emilie sees dozens of stolen portraits of Jewish women by Klimt, many of them her friends and former clients. One painting in particular disturbs her… the golden portrait of Adele Bloch Bauer, a woman...
    1943, Nazi-occupied Vienna. Summoned by a Nazi museum director, Emilie, a woman in her 70’s, comes to the Exhibition Hall to authenticate a sketch by her brother-in-law Gustav Klimt. As she waits in the gallery, Emilie sees dozens of stolen portraits of Jewish women by Klimt, many of them her friends and former clients. One painting in particular disturbs her… the golden portrait of Adele Bloch Bauer, a woman with a deformed hand who was Emilie’s greatest rival for Klimt’s affection. As she stares at Adele, Emilie transforms to her younger self and relives the drama of the 1904 love triangle, finally learning the secret of the identity of the woman in Klimt’s sensual masterpiece, The Kiss.