Aaron Ricciardi is a New York City-based playwright, lyricist, essayist, and actor, originally from Coral Springs, Florida. He recently received his MFA in Playwriting from Indiana University (IU), where he studied under Peter Gil-Sheridan. Work includes Only Child; A Bushel and a Peck: a play for one actor; Nice Nails; Hanukkah Harriet, a play for young people; The Travels: an Epic play with songs (New York Musical Festival production); Resting Bitch Face (Tennessee Williams Festival One-Act Play Contest runner-up, judge Lisa D’Amour); Can I See Your Face?; Full of It, or Diana; The Canvasser; The Cousin With The Eyebrows; The Mush Pot; Yale; Fat Woman In Velvet; and Him & Her & Gay Men In General, which recently became a National Finalist for the Gary Garrison National Ten-Minute Play Award. Aaron is a member of the BMI Musical Theatre Advanced Workshop, and his writing has appeared in The Huffington Post. Aaron graduated from the Theatre program at Northwestern University, where he studied playwriting under Laura Schellhardt, and he also studied Bouffon at with Philipe Gaulier in Paris. www.aaronricciardi.com
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Welcome to the U.S. of A. Other countries suffer biblical consequences for their filthy ways, but the U.S. of A. is the most perfect place on Earth — at least, that’s what Mr. Travel preaches every day on the nation’s only TV show. A trippy dystopian tale with an eclectic soundtrack, this Epic play with songs follows Teeny, Mr. Travel’s rule-breaking daughter. Teetering on adulthood and perplexed by this cruel world, Teeny learns to see past smoke and mirrors… and she starts a revolution. Mashing up styles that range from Brecht to dystopian fiction to South Park, this show turns the genre of musical theatre on its ear.
Jeff is a Midwestern Jewish liberal who manages a Walgreens. Kirk is a right-wing Evangelical Christian who owns one of America’s largest companies. By day, they lead humdrum lives just like the rest of us, but, at night, these two closeted men rendezvous in an Internet chat room and project their fantasies onto each other. When their love gets all-consuming and all too real, these guys must strip themselves of their digital fictions and make a decision: remain in the closet, or finally live their truth.
The Travels was produced as part of the 2014 New York Musical Theatre Festival. It was directed by Travis Greisler and produced by Cohen Theatrical. The cast featured Luba Mason and Michelle Rios.