The Overcoat: A Low-Fi Musical

by Kira Obolensky
Monday, December 4, 2017 - 7:00pm
Tuesday, December 5, 2017 - 7:00pm
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.

This reading is onto the waitlist for both nights, but we are almost always able to get our entire waitlist seated, so reserve your waitlist spot now!


Director: Seth Bockley**
Composer: Brian Harnetty
Sound engineer: Justin Burk
Piano: Julia Brown
Cast: Eric Sharp*, Katherine Fried, Thomasina Petrus*, Jennifer Baldwin Peden*, Joy Dolo*, Skyler Nowinski, Craig Johnson, Malick Ceesay
*Member of Actors' Equity Association

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.” Read an interview with Kira Obolensky »

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