Ms. Berliner is the Interim Artistic Director for Merrimack Repertory Theatre in Lowell Massachusetts.
Ms. Berliner is a core faculty member at
Peridance Capezio Center in New York City where she teaches Composition I and II.
Conceived by Lynnette Barkley
Book and Lyrics by Lynnette Barkley and Terry Berliner
Music by Coty Cockrell
Additional Songs by Tony DeSare
Swing Sisters is a completely original story inspired by the fierce women musicians of the swing era. Highlighting an all-girl, multi-racial band, Swing Sisters features an exuberant jazz score and an array of diverse, complex female characters from three generations who turn out to be connected in the most unexpected ways.
In San Francisco’s Tenderloin District, circa 1943, we meet a spirited musician, Olivia DuPree, who is searching for her voice and her place in the world. Olivia, along with her quirky best friend Cookie, dives into the unpredictable world of Jazz. The fearless “swing sisters” come to understand how the power of music and the bonds of family and friendship can change everything.
“Life is a lot like jazz. . .it’s best when you improvise.”
Developed, in part, at the Rhinebeck Writers Retreat 2014.
A Musical Adaptation
Based on the book "Suddenly Supernatural"
by Elizabeth Cody Kimmel
Book by Terry Berliner and Joel Adlen
Lyrics by Joel Adlen and Leonard Moors
Music by Leonard Moors
Suddenly Supernatural is a story about a middle school girl’s struggles with her single mother, the girls in her new school, and herself. What makes Kat’s story unique is that in addition to all of the usual challenges of growing up and being in middle school, she also has to learn to deal with the dead people with whom her mother speaks (her mom’s a medium), and then the dead who begin to talk to Kat herself.
This is a coming of age story about the powers we have, those we inherit, and those that we need to learn how to nurture. With those powers comes a responsibility.