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How The Light Gets In

Presented in cooperation with the New York Musical Festival (NYMF)

"How The Light Gets In" is a concert presentation of three world-premiere micro-musicals (30 minutes or less) commissioned by NYMF from visionary musical theater writers in an effort to create more space for arts-based civic engagement in our theatrical landscape. The three new mini-musicals were composed in response to the following text prompt from co-curator Arpita Mukherjee;

"Borders aren’t natural. A river flows through mountains and valleys. A desert leads to plains and then wild forests. A bird flies across the same sky between nations, even continents. Borders are man-made and, whether a chain-link fence or a wall, must be imagined and built by humans. So then what is citizenship? Can we belong to one nation? What is national identity? And what is the meaning of global citizenship?"

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December 2nd


Doors open at 6:00PM


Directed by West Hyler (NYMF Producing Artistic Director)

and co-curated by Arpita Mukherjee (Hypokrit Producing Artistic Director), participating artists include:

Jahn Sood

Aleksandra Weil and Eloise Govedare

Cheeyang Ng and Kathy Ng

JAHN SOOD is an Indian-American writer and composer. He wrote the script and score for the short film We Were An Island (2019) and musicals: The Disappearing Man, In A Sea of Faces, Vital Signs, With You Always, which have been in New York, regionally and internationally. He is a resident artist in Roundabout Theater Company’s Space Jam program and a recipient of How the Light Gets In, a commission from NYMF and the ASCAP Foundation.  He assisted Pat Irwin (of the B-52’s) on the scores of Showtime’s Nurse Jackie, HBO’s Bored to Death, Netflix’ The Good Cop, AMC’s Feed the Beast, and several films. He was a founding member of Ezra Furman & the Harpoons and toured nationally with the group. BA: Tufts University (International Relations), MFA: NYU Tisch (Musical Theater Writing). 

ALEKSANDRA M. WEIL is a Soviet Union born and Brooklyn based composer and songwriter. Her work has been performed at Feinstein’s/54 Below, Joe’s Pub, Target Margin’s The Doxsee and on the West Coast at The Moore Theater and Bumbershoot Festival. Recent works include Silueta; NJPAC Stage Exchange; Passage Theatre Company; Uprising; The Tank; Henna Leaves; American Opera Projects/NYU; A Rebel Prayer; Portsmouth College (UK), NYU, Goodspeed Musicals. Aleksandra is a co-founder of the Seattle rock band Scarlet Room with Eloise Govedare. She is a graduate of NYU’s Graduate Musical Theatre Writing Program. 

ELOISE GOVEDARE is a lyricist and book-writer currently based in Brooklyn, New York. Her musical theater works include SILUETA; NJPAC Stage Exchange; Passage Theatre Company; A REBEL PRAYER (music by Aleksandra Weil); workshop with Collaborative Development and Production (CDP), NYU (August 2016), developmental reading at The Tisch New Musical Theatre Workshop (October 2015), 29-hour equity reading at NYU’s Graduate Musical Theatre Writing Program (April 2015), Goodspeed Musicals Residency (January 2015); THE CHIMES (music by Liz Barnett); Dixon Place (Off-Off Broadway, October 2015), developmental equity reading at NYU’s Graduate
Musical Theatre Writing Program (May 2014). Eloise received her MFA in Musical Theatre Writing from NYU’s Tisch School of the Arts.

Born and raised in Singapore, CHEEYANG NG is an award-winning singer-songwriter who has performed around the world, including Lincoln Center with Carole King and Carnegie Hall with a cappella group Vocalosity. They are the first Singaporean to headline a concert at Joe's Pub showcasing their original music and their songs have been performed around New York, including The Duplex and Feinstein's/54 Below. They are a graduate of Berklee College of Music (BMus) and NYU (MFA). Musicals in development include EASTBOUND (Village Theatre Festival of New Musicals, NAMT Writers Grant, NYTB IMPACT Award) with Khiyon Hursey, ONLY US (Drama League Residency) and THE GOLDEN THRESHOLD (Live & In Color) with Eric Sorrels. @cheeyangmusic

KATHY NG is a playwright, librettist and hybrid theater-maker from Hong Kong, currently trying to make it work in the big apple. The content of her writing varies, but her pieces often deal with the actions of magnification, collage, and accumulation. She likes to disrupt, communicate accumulation, and chart the starry conditions of non-humanity. She has a B.A in Writing for Performance from Brown University and an MFA in Musical Theater Writing from NYU Tisch School of the Arts. Most recently, her one-act musical with Cheeyang, MAYA & ME was a top 10 finalist at Theatre Now's festival, Soundbites 6.0. She is currently working as a Producing Fellow at Clubbed Thumb. 

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