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Ted Kociolek

TED KOCIOLEK  

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below is a list of Ted Kociolek's plays - click on a Play Title for more information

Abyssinia         Age Of Innocence, The         Jolson: A Vaudeville         Kea's Ark



Abyssinia

Ted Kociolek
abyssinia Jackson is born during a tornado in Stillwater, Oklahoma at the turn of the last century. Blessed with a gift of song and a voice that thrills and delights the entire community, abby is brought up in the bosom of the church and under the watchful eye of Mother Vera, a folk-healer. Like Job, abby is fated to undergo a series of trials that all but shatter her faith. Her journey from despair to wisdom is a timeless, as well as timely, parable that cuts across color lines and religious beliefs.

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Music by Ted Kociolek; Lyrics by James Racheff; Book by James Racheff And Ted Kociolek; Based on the novel "Marked By Fire" by Joyce Carol Thomas

1st Produced:
Goodspeed Musicals, CT    1987

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Genre:
Book Musical

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Male:  6            Female:  8            Other:  -

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Age Of Innocence, The

Ted Kociolek
When Newland archer, a young attorney engaged to the loving but conventional May Welland, encounters her European cousin, the beautiful and mysterious Countess Olenska, his life is forever transformed. Torn between duty and desire, Newland confronts implacable social forces and his own contradictory nature in his quest for a true, authentic life.

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Based upon the novel by Edith Wharton; Music by Ted Kociolek; Book And Lyrics by Walter Holland And Ted Kociolek; From An idea by Walter Holland

1st Produced:
York Theatre (Stage Reading), NYC    2009

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Book Musical/Period Romantic Drama

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Male:  6            Female:  8            Other:  -

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Jolson: A Vaudeville

Ted Kociolek
JOLSON: a NEW VaUDEVILLE presents the life and times of al Jolson in vaudeville format, using songs that were made famous by or associated with him. From skits and comic routines to silent movies and minstrel shows, the show illustrates Jolie's connection to his times--his immigrant beginnings and rise to super-stardom, his personal failings and private pain and his ultimate fade into caricature. It gives insight into the life of a man who grew up in vaudeville, lived it, eclipsed it, and was more than partly responsible for its demise. JOLSON: a NEW VaUDEVILLE establishes both a context and a modern relevance for a man who was surprisingly far-sighted and innovative-a man who was once considered "The World's Greatest Entertainer," even by his fiercest show business rivals.

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Book by James Racheff And Ted Kociolek; Based upon An idea by John Sannuto; Arrangements And Continuity by Ted Kociolek

1st Produced:
Penguin Theatre (Showcase), NYC    2003

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Genre:
Musical

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Male:  2            Female:  1            Other:  1 Pianist/Performer

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Kea's Ark

Ted Kociolek
KEa'S aRK is an original book musical based on the true story of Kea Tawana, an indigent Asian-American woman, who, through her own vision and industry, fashioned a huge, twenty-ton ark from the debris of an inner-city wasteland. Conceived by Kea as a vehicle of independence from a lifetime of hardship, the ark becomes a source of controversy in the community, hailed as a joyful symbol of self-determination and grassroots/outsider art, damned as an eyesore by the town elders. Her cause rallies international support but, ultimately, she loses the battle to the city inspectors and their bulldozers. How Kea ultimately achieves her dream and revitalizes a dying community has the makings of a contemporary myth of beauty and power for our fractured times.

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Music by Ted Kociolek; lyrics And book by James Racheff; Ted Kociolek.

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Genre:
Musical

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