Book by Erin Courtney and Max Vernon
The story of The Tattooed Lady highlights one of sideshow’s biggest stars, Ida Gibson, in a moving, fantastical tale that reveals the generational chasms and connections between Ida and her granddaughter Joy. A parade of beguiling characters appear, on a mission to liberate Ida from her self-imposed exile and help Joy find freedom through forgiveness. The musical celebrates the resilience of women whose choices have the power to liberate them.
MEET THE Team
Erin Courtney (Book) Erin Courtney’s play, A Map of Virtue, produced by 13P and directed by Ken Rus Schmoll, was awarded an Obie and nominated for a GLAAD Award. Courtney’s play I Will Be Gone, directed by Kip Fagan, premiered at Actors Theater of Louisville. Her new play, Ann, Fran, Mary Ann, is a Playwrights Horizons commission and is published by 53rd State Press. She has written two operas with Elizabeth Swados, The Nomad and Kaspar Hauser. Five of her plays have been produced by Clubbed Thumb, including Alice the Magnet and Demon Baby. She is an alumnus of 13P, New Dramatists, MacDowell, the Core Writer group at the Playwrights’ Center, and the Working Farm at Space on Ryder Farm. She was awarded a Guggenheim Fellowship in 2013. She earned her MFA in playwriting at Brooklyn College, her BA from Brown University, and she is an assistant professor in the Department of Radio/Television/Film at Northwestern University.
Max Vernon (Book, Music & Lyrics) is 3 time Drama Desk nominee, Out100 Honoree, 2 time MacDowell Fellow and recipient of the Lucille Lortel Award for Best Musical, Richard Rodgers Award, Jonathan Larson Grant, Pew Arts and Culture Grant, New York Stage and Film’s Founders Award, New York Foundation of the Arts Fellowship, and the JFund Award from the Jerome Foundation. Their musicals include The View UpStairs, The Tattooed Lady, Show & Tell, and KPOP, which will open on Broadway this November at Circle in the Square. Www.maxvernon.com insta: @frauleinsallybowels
Ellie Heyman is a director of theater and film. Upcoming projects include Nick Blaemire and Van Hughes’ Space Dogs (MCC). Recent credits include: The Great Work Begins: Scenes from Angels in America featuring Glenn Close and Brian Tyree Henry (Drama League Award; NYT Best of 2020); (Still) Asking For It (The Public Theater); A$AP Rocky’s Lab Rat, Jason Craig & Dave Malloy’s Beardo (Drama Desk Nomination; Pipeline Theater), Erin Markey’s Boner Killer (Under the Radar), Becca Blackwell’s They, Themself and Schmerm (Under the Radar); THIS (Bessie Nomination for Outstanding Production; NYLA),The Traveling Imaginary with Julian Koster (Neutral Milk Hotel) rated “Top 5 shows of the year” by NPR; music-fiction podcast The Orbiting Human Circus (Of the Air) featuring Tim Robbins and John Cameron Mitchell, rated #1 on Apple Podcasts and downloaded over 5 million times, and the “cult classic” Dreamboy (Night Vale Presents). She is a graduate of Northwestern University and Boston University, and a Drama League and WP Theater Time Warner Directing Fellow Alumni. ellieheyman.com