The Overcoat: A Low-Fi Musical

Monday, December 4, 2017 - 7:00pm
Tuesday, December 5, 2017 - 7:00pm
by Kira Obolensky
Playwrights' Center

Part of the Ruth Easton New Play Series.

The Overcoat: A Low-Fi Musical
by Playwrights’ Center Core Writer Kira Obolensky

In this musical re-imagining of Gogol’s short story “The Overcoat,” poor beleaguered Charlie Shoe needs a new coat to keep Winter away—she’s there, on the bridge, on the stair, waiting for his body and soul. Funny and tragic, this short musical wonders if empathy and love are really enough to save us from the clutches of coldness.

Monday, December 4, 2017 at 7 p.m.
Tuesday, December 5, 2017 at 7 p.m.


FROM KIRA: “This musical was originally conceived by composer Brian Harnetty and me as something simple and stripped down—for untrained (or trained) voices and a piano. The music is seemingly simple and so is the story—but in the lightness we hope to approximate what Gogol’s short story does, which is to contemplate the great divide between poor and rich and the ways in which empathy can be born in even the most barren of hearts.”

The Playwrights’ Center is wheelchair-accessible. All readings are accessible to people with vision loss, and large print programs are available upon request. For questions about accessibility or to request accommodations please contact Alayna Barnes at (612) 332-7481 or

Kira Obolensky, Ruth Easton New Play Series