Alec M. Hersh
Click on the images below for photos from some of my favorite productions.
Urinetown (the Musical) is a love letter to epic musical theatre. With homages paid to the likes of Les Miserables, Fiddler on the Roof, West Side Story, and more, this show satirically shows what happens when people rebel against their oppressors. This musical is tasteless, vulgar, and proud.
The story of the American Dream is portrayed through the eyes of its favorite families: The Kennedys and the Roosevelts. The play tells the lesser known pre- political lives of these dynasties where their legacies were just beginning to take shape. Both learn about love, loss, and insecurities all while being thrust into the international spotlight.
In this 1 hour adaptation of Bernard Pomerance's classic play, the story of Joseph Merrick is told through the narration of Dr. Fredrick Treeves as he performs a live autopsy. The story of how Merrick escaped his life of travelling freak shows and came to live in the safety of the London Hospital is told through a man who struggles with the concept of humanity and god.
The Song of Freedom told the true story of the first major event of the Civil Rights Era, the Albany Movement. It was the first time when all three major civil rights groups as well as Martin Luther King Jr, the Freedom Singers, and Roy Wilkes converged on the same place. In this remarkable stalemate in the summer of '61, lives were forever changed as the activists used the power of poetry and gospel to bring peace to the city. The cast featured students aged 12-21, many of whom took part in devising this show.
The Chosen describes two fathers and sons and the pressure they face to pursue Judaism in the way that is best suited to each. As the boys grow into young men, they discover in each other a lost spiritual brother and a link to an unexplored world the neither had considered before.
In this tale of New England witchery, Abigail/1702 is ten years after the harrowing and tragic events of the Salem witch trials. Abigail Williams—the lead accuser who sent twenty people to their doom as a young girl—now lives under an assumed name on the outskirts of Boston, quietly striving to atone for her sins. When a handsome stranger arrives claiming to be a sailor in need, Abigail takes him in, and long-dormant passions awaken within her.