WRITING
By 
TERRY BERLINER
PLAYS
LOSS AND FOUND
By Terry Berliner
Synopsis: Loss and Found is a dramatic 6-actor play (5 women, 1 man) about what we see and cannot see, what we feel and are afraid to know.
MUSICALS
ALONE IN THE U.S.
Book by Terry Berliner
Music by Bobby Cronin
Lyrics by Bobby Cronin and Terry Berliner
 
Synopsis: Alone in the U.S. is a 9-person, pop-style, ensemble musical that explores aspiration (following a dream), and isolation (how we often feel on the journey). Because of its subject matter, ensemble nature, and style, it is not traditional in format. Rather than following a protagonist’s journey, it investigates a culture’s journey. The 9-person cast is like a microcosm of a continent and our Global Millennials. Alone in the U.S. explores with humor, levity, and weight, our highly evolved, technologically advanced culture, and its struggles with achievement, patience, and feelings of isolation. And, even though every member of the ensemble feels increasingly alone in their experience, they are actually united through interweaving dialogue, song, and emotion.
 

Production History: Originally conceived and produced in New York City at Collaborative Arts Project 21 (CAP 21), in the fall 2013 Creative Ensemble class. Further developed in the spring of 2014 in a reading series at Marymount Manhattan College, with the student-run Musical Theatre Association where it won the 2014 Outstanding Program of the Year Award.  In January of 2015 a reading was staged with international musical theatre students at the New York Film Academy in New York City. In March of 2015 a student presentation was staged at the University of Cumbria, Carlisle, U.K. with a translated script entitled Alone in the U.K.. And, a workshop of Alone in the U.S. was staged at Penn State in June 2016.

 

 

SWING SISTERS
Conceived by Lynnette Barkely
Book and Lyrics by Lynnette Barkley and Terry Berliner
Music and Lyrics by Coty Cockrell
 

Synopsis: In San Francisco’s Tenderloin District, today, a 13 year-old girl named Lilly (with her Grandmother) sets out to find a saxophone for her band class at middle school. They enter a local pawnshop and discover the perfect saxophone. Little do they know that the woman who first owned this sax, Olivia, was a member of the famed first integrated all-female swing band, The International Sisters of Swing. Thus, Lillie in the present and Olivia, in the past, embark on parallel journeys of musical adventure and discovery. Along this road they come to understand how the bonds of friendship and the power of music, handed down through generations, can change everything. The spirit of the women who fought for and expressed themselves through their music is resurrected as Olivia and a band of audacious women come alive to pass on the heart and soul of their music to one little girl with a big dream.

 

Production History: Developed at the 2014 Rhinebeck Writer's Retreat.

SUDDENLY SUPERNATURAL

 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

Synopsis: Kat, with all the horribleness of being the new kid in town, tries to cope with middle-school and being the farthest thing from the in crowd.  To make matters worse, Kat struggles with having a loving but "un-cool" mom who happens to interact with dead people. Given the possibility that she too may possess this very gift, Kat and her best friend come to terms with their own talents while helping free the spirit of a girl trapped at their school.

Production History:  In development. 

IN THE MAKING

Conceived and Written by Terry Berliner

Synopsis: In the Making is a new Broadway musical about the making of a new Broadway musical.

 

The story begins when a hot, young, extreme sports videographer is invited into the rehearsal room by an ambitious producer. The videographer has been enlisted to record the entire creative process. His videos are then simultaneously broadcast on the Internet. The tumultuous journey begins at the press event right before the first day of rehearsal and ends after opening night. And, even though it seems like a place where no one in their right mind would want to stay, the power of live theatre embraces everyone who touches it and changes their lives completely.

 

What that videographer records isn’t real. It's theatre. But some people out in cyberspace, and even in New York, believe that this is how it is done.

Production History:  In development. 

ARTICLES

Asolo Rep Season Program Book (2016/17)

"Beatsville: The Hot New Thing"

American Theatre magazine (January 2012)

“10 Rules of Assisting”

American Theatre magazine (March 2009)

"Songs for the Way We Live Now"

American Theatre magazine (April 2006)

“The Game of Love and Chance”

Theatre Bay Area (May 2009)

"Look on the Bright Side: Spamalot Comes to San Francisco"

CORPORATE ENTERTAINMENT

 

ONE WORLD

Vanguard

Malvern, PA

VINTAGE VEGAS

Blue Cross Blue Shield

Bellagio Hotel, NV

EAST MEETS WEST

PGA Champions Tour

Four Seasons, HI

MASTERCARD GLOBAL INTERNATIONAL SALES

Portofino Hotel, FL

TRAINING MAGAZINE TOP 100

Training Magazine

Hyatt, NO

HAUNTED THEATRE

Benefit for Maui Onstage                

Iao Theatre, HI

SCORE

PGA Champions 25-Year Celebration

Four Seasons, HI

SWING

PGA Champions Tour

Four Seasons, HI

SOME ENCHANTED EVENING

PGA Champions Tour  

Four Seasons, HI

CHINESE NEW YEAR

PGA Champions Tour  

Four Seasons, HI

ELLIS ISLAND FAMILY STORIES

Plum Moving Media

Ellis Island, NY

PIAGET JEWELRY at THE BREAKERS                                   

The Breakers, FL

BAYER PERSONAL STORIES                     

Bayer Diagnostics, NY

BROADWAY AND ALL THAT JAZZ                                   

Aspen Productions, GA

GRAY ADVERTISING/NEW YORK LOTTERY              

Gray Advertising, NY

BOOK REVIEWS

American Theatre magazine (March 2011)

“Everything Old Is New Again” a book review of

“George Gershwin”

“Pick Yourself Up: Dorothy Fields and the American Musical”

 

Theatre History Studies,

Volume 29 (October 2010)

Book review of "Women in American Musical Theatre"

AWARD SHOWS

 

THE YORK THEATRE COMPANY OSCAR HAMMERSTEIN AWARD SHOW

Honoring Jerry Bock and Sheldon Harnick (November 2009)

 

THE ANGIE AWARDS SHOW (2007)

International Mystery Writers' Festival

 

THE DRAMA DESK AWARDS SHOW (2006)

BLUE CROSS CGA AWARDS SHOW

Gotham Hall, NY

BLUE CROSS BLUE SHIELD AWARDS SHOW

the Venetian Hotel, NV

 

BOOKS

 

THE STAGE DIRECTORS HANDBOOK

Edited by David Diamond and Terry Berliner

Published TCG Books, (1999)

           

JOURNALS

 

THE JOURNAL FOR STAGE DIRECTORS AND CHOREOGRAPHERS (1994 - 2000)

Editor, Jim O’Quinn

Associate Editor, Terry Berliner

WRITER'S RESIDENCIES

Rhinebeck Writer’s Retreat (2014)

Swing Sisters

Conceived by Lynnette Barkley

Book by Lynnette Barkley and Terry Berliner

Music and Lyrics by Tony DeSare

 

CAP21 Writer’s Residency (2013)

In the Making

Conceived by Terry Berliner

Book by Terry Berliner

DRAMATURGY

FACES

By Joseph Alan Smith

PRFT HRLM APT

By Marlene Fanta Shyer

GEETA AND SID GO TO ROAM

By Allison Eikerenkoetter

GUMBO

By Brett Macias and Christina Quintana

PROMISING

By Michelle Elliott

NANA

By Mark Leydorf and Michael Brennan

THE PRIMAL SCREAM THE MUSICAL

By David Foster and Arthur Janov

LeAp Onstage short plays

Published by Samuel French (2015)

SUBVERTED

By Dominique Fishback

FORGIVE THE DREAM

By Diana Yonkouski, Ira Levin, and Julia Levin

LOOSIE & GOOSKY

By Randy Herman

THE FOUNTAIN OF YOUTH OR THE VAMPIRE THEORY

By Victor Gluck

HONOUR

By Dipti Mehta

THE DOMESTICS

By Tom Althouse

MAN OF MY DREAMS

By Moloka’i Kehlor           

DEVELOPMENTAL READINGS (2018)

THE MIDWESTERNERS

By Michelle Marie Elliott

DREAM

Book, Music and Lyrics by Randoph Tallman and Steven Mackenroth

Additional Music and Lyrics by James Abbott

THE SONG OF BERNADETTE

By Frank Wildhorn, Robin Lerner and Rinne Groff