Blake Allen
He/Him/His
New York, NY
Blake Allen is a New York-based composer, playwright, and orchestrator.
Biography

Blake Allen's works have been described as "full of yearning and exuberance and affection" with "strings to make you swoon" by the New York Times. Heavily influenced by his LDS upbringing and the vast, cultural landscapes of his hometown El Paso, TX, a published poet at age 7, Blake made his composer debut at the Metropolitan Museum of Art where he continues to be commissioned annually. 

As a creator/performer/educator, Blake has been seen and heard at such venues as Carnegie Hall, David Geffen Hall, Beacon Theatre, New York City Center, Strathmore Center, Banff Centre, NJPAC, Feinstein's 54 Below, The Green Room 42, (le) Poisson Rouge, Symphony Space, On and Off-Broadway, TV, film, CD, vinyl, streaming, just to name a few.

​Blake's work has been performed or recorded by award winning artists including Daphne Rubin-Vega, Cady Huffman, Sherie Rene Scott, Jason Alexander, Mary Testa, Alison Fraser, Winner Lesli Margherita, Teal Wicks, Kristy Cates, Jess Hendy, Cree Carrico, Bonnie Milligan, Tim Young, among others. Blake has also worked with Tracie Thoms, Jenn Gambatese, Leslie Kritzer, Marty Thomas, Christine Dwyer, and at Miss'd America.

Blake's shows include the "wistful" and "epic" Americana musical Folk Wandering (Off-Broadway 2018, Pipeline Theatre Co.); the autobiographical musical the shards of an honor code junkie (World Premiere 2017 for the Trevor Project); Boston|Nebraska, based on Willa Cather words and life; HOCKET a gay fantasia on hard drugs; the hour-long thriller Kelley [1955] (2019, New York Theatre Festival).​

Upcoming: the full length thriller, The House in Crampton. 

Blake is a sponsored artist of the Garfield Center for the Arts. 

Plays

by Blake Allen

The autobiographical story of a homosexual Mormon boy portrayed through eight different scenes, Shards is described as “a dark and intriguing musical that shines light on the inner struggle of being raised in an extremely religious household under a parent’s watchful eye. While attending the staunch Brigham Young University and a required commitment to their 8 Honor Code Rules, the Boy’s world slowly begins to fall apart, unhinging demons of drugs, sex, and suicide in a coming of age story.”

Cast:
5 men/6 women
by Blake Allen, Mike Brun, Andrew R. Butler, Joel Esher, Alex Fast, Jo Lampert, Barrie McLain, Annie Tippe, and Dominique Toney

In 1911, Rosealia dreams of a better life.
In 1933, Kai struggles to keep her daughter safe.
In 1955, Hannah finally fights for herself.

Folk Wandering is a sweeping new musical conjured from the hearts and minds of Jaclyn Backhaus (Men on Boats), Andrew Neisler (Charlatan, Clown Bar), and nine emerging singer-songwriters. This expansive story investigates the making and breaking of the American dream across three bygone generations. Join Pipeline Theatre Company and their band of troubadours this spring for an awakening of the hope, heartache, and longing that binds us all together.

Music by Blake Allen, Mike Brun, Andrew R. Butler, Joel Esher, Alex Fast, Jo Lampert, Barrie McLain, Annie Tippe, and Dominique Toney

Lyrics by Blake Allen, Jaclyn Backhaus, Mike Brun, Andrew R. Butler, Joel Esher, Jo Lampert, Barrie McLain, and Annie Tippe

Cast:
5 women/5 men
by Blake Allen

Boston|Nebraska is a musi-opera based on Willa Cather’s short story “A Wagner Matinee”as well as personal letters and journal entries from Willa Cather’s life. It tells the story of a woman who sacrificed her successful career as an opera singer at turn-of-the-century Boston to run away with the man of her dreams. Thinking she would live in one of the romantic operas she always sang, she ended up trapped in Red Willow County, Nebraska, 50 miles from the nearest train station. Having been isolated from the world, Georgiana returns to Boston, the first time into real civilization in over 25 years, and discovers the new sound of modernism around her. Georgiana’s nephew, Clark, takes her to a concert at a venue she knows quite well where she hears the new, lush, and impressionist sounds only to be forced back to Nebraska, back to the life she thought she wanted, with her husband, children, and failing farmland.

Cast:
3 women/2 men
by Blake Allen

HOCKET is gay fantasia on drug culture, or an extremely foreboding, twisted, and intense amalgamation of theatre, ballet, and opera discussing sexuality through the story of a man whose life slowly begins to rip apart as he tumbles deeper and deeper into the darker and more ominous gay drug scenes of Montreal, San Francisco, and New York thus blurring the worlds of realism, sobriety, and drug-laden visions that collide in a distorted plot layout that seems to be a haunting love story between the lead, Loïc, and his addiction, Salina.

Cast:
6 men/4 women or 4 men/3 women
by Blake Allen

Kelly [1955] is a one-room play that examines a night in the life of a widowed matriarch, portrayed by Jessica Hendy (Cats), on a Kentucky Farm during the Cold War. Inspired by one of the most well-documented cases in the history of UFO incidents, the Harrison family farm receives a visitor that results in a battle of bullets and lots of question marks. With a flurry of press and police, the audience is put on the case to determine what really happened-- with the climax of the play done in absolute darkness.
 

Cast:
5 women/4 men

Successes

Folk Wandering recieved its Off-Broadway debut in 2018 by Pipeline Theatre Co. Directed by Andrew Neisler. 

the shards of an honor code junkie was presented Off-Broadway as a benefit concert for The Trevor Project. Directed by Zi Alikhan (Hamilton) and starring Teal Wicks (The Cher Show; Wicked), Tony-Nominee Alison Fraser (The Secret Garden; Falsettos), Michael Lowney (La Cage Aux Folles), and more.

Kelly [1955] was selected to perform at the New York Theatre Festival, 2019. Directed by Marti Gould Cummings, and starring Jessica Hendy (Cats). 

 

 

Excertps from the shards of an honor code junkie were performed at the New American Songbook Orchestra concert in March 2019, performed by Nichole Turner (Book of Mormon).