The Wild Party


Event Attributes

Book, Music, and Lyrics by Andrew Lippa

Based on the Poem by Joseph Moncure March

Directed by Scot Reese and Alvin Mayes

Partially Developed and Received Readings at The O'Neill Theater Center during the 1997 National Music Theatre Conference

Originally Produced in New York City by the Manhattan Theatre Club

Against a backdrop of 1920s jazz era music, a couple setsout to throw the party to end all parties, escalating to a deadly game of one-upsmanship.

Audience advisory: Strong language, adult subject matter, gunshot, audience interaction


Please join the artists for a conversation following the performance on November 6, 2016.  The discussion will include Dr. Erin Chapman, associate professor of history at George Washington University.

Erin D. Chapman is a historian of U.S. racial discourses, African American gender politics, and racialized popular culture. Her first book, Prove It On Me: New Negroes, Sex, and Popular Culture in the 1920s, is a history of the cultural investment in African American women’s images and bodies that pervaded U.S. society in the midst of transformations in race politics, sexual mores, and popular culture that defined the New Negro era of the early twentieth century. Prof. Chapman's second book-length project, Making Freedom Real: Gender and Emancipation in the African American Imaginary, 1865-1965, will address gendered African American visions of freedom beyond emancipation from slavery. Her research has been supported by the Ford Foundation, the Mellon Foundation and the American Association of University Women Educational Foundation, among others.


The Wild Party is presented through special arrangement with Music Theatre International (MTI).
All authorized performance materials are also supplied by MTI, 421 West 54th Street, New York, NY 10019.
Tel.:(212) 541-4684 | Fax: (212) 397-4684 |

​The videotaping or othervideo or audio recording of this production is strictly prohibited.