Resident Alien
"Adventurous theater in Astoria"

-- The New York Times


A reading of a new musical

Book, Music, & Lyrics by Katya Stanislavskaya

Directed by Dev Bondarin

Resident Alien is an original story of a family of three who are part of the third wave of Soviet and post-Soviet immigration to the U.S. in the 1990s. The family – a professor stuck in the past, a musician willing to adapt and a teenager whose culture shock coincides with her coming-of-age – represents the full spectrum of the successes and failures of the immigrant experience. Resident Alien is about the personal choices every ‘alien’ faces in a new world – which parts of himself or herself to retain, and which to jettison in order to succeed.

About the Writer:

Katya Stanislavskaya’s full-length musical theatre works include Resident Alien, Women on Love (54 Below, Gillioz Theatre), Poetry & Prose, and Fruitflies (Philaldelphia Gay and Lesbian Theatre Festival). She was commissioned to create short pieces by Prospect Theater, NYU-Steinhardt, University of California-Irvine, Playwrights Horizons Theatre School, MuSE, and Artists Without Limits. Her cabaret songs have been performed by Karen Ziemba, Wes Taylor, Alyse Alan Louis, and Malcolm Gets, among others. Honors include 2015 Weston New Musical Award, the 2014 Harrington Award (BMI), Dramatist Guild Fellowship. Member: BMI Workshop. Graduate of NYU-GMTWP.



Resident Alien has been developed at the BMI Lehman Engel Musical Theatre Workshop, New York Theatre Barn, and the Dramatist Guild Fellowship. It received the 2015 Weston New Musical Award, with excerpts performed at the Weston Playhouse (VT) and New York City, and recorded by Sh-K-Boom/Ghostlight Records. Resident Alien had a workshop at Western Carolina University, directed by Terrence Mann; and will have a full production at WCU this fall before reappearing in its latest draft in a reading at APAC.

This reading is presented with the support of Kaufman Astoria Studios.



This program is supported in part by public funds from the NYC Department of Cultural Affairs in partnership with the City Council and NYSCA. Special thanks to Council Member Costa Constantinides.

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