Ain’t Far From Home
Music by: Ben Krauss
Book and lyrics: by Sukari Jones
Directed by: Kimberly Loren Eaton
Music Directed by: Cynthia Meng
Stage Manager: Jason Paul Richard
A slave drives the elderly lady of the big house in a horse-drawn buggy, deciding whether or not she will return the mistress to her home where a bloody slave uprising is planned for the evening.
A black teenage cook weighs leaving behind the white actress who has been like a sister to her on their showboat against running off to Vaudeville to try for her dreams.
A pair of 9 year old girls meet meet on a bus in the Jim Crow South, and discover that they are both running away from the same town and event for different reasons.
A 2-woman, 100 minute original musical triptych, AIN'T FAR FROM HOME is a journey between a black woman and a white woman, reincarnated over time as they try to connect in female solidarity while being separated by race. AIN’T FAR FROM HOME invokes a dialogue on “feminism” as it intersects with race, nodding to our American past and asking us as a nation, “Where are we headed?”
Ben Krauss is a composer, music director, and arranger living in New York City. He is a resident writer at Musical Theatre Factory as well as a member of their Rodgers and Hammerstein writers group. Ben is also a proud alumnus of the BMI Lehman Engel Musical Theater Workshop. As a music director/pianist, Ben has worked at regional theaters around the country, such as Westport Country Playhouse, North Shore Music Theater, Merry-Go-Round Playhouse. His orchestrations have accompanied singers such as Kristin Chenoweth, Tituss Burgess, and Donna Mckechnie. He has also served on the music teams of two Broadway musicals, THE ADDAMS FAMILY,and THE MYSTERY OF EDWIN DROOD. Additionally, Ben holds an M.A. from Queens College, and a B.A. from Vassar College (where he met his partner, Sukari).
Sukari Jones is a screenwriter, playwright and musical theater bookwriter/lyricist whose work explores the intersection of race and power in the United States, with a particular focus on the Black experience in America. Sukari’s plays and musical works explore identity through a magical, sci-fi and/or satirical lens, and she is passionate about creating challenging principal roles within her pieces that feature actors of color, particularly multi-dimensional roles for women. Sukari Jones earned her B.A. from Vassar College and M.F.A. from NYU Tisch. She is a current member of BMI’s Musical Theater Workshop-Advanced level and and alum of The Public Theater’s Emerging Writers Group. Her work has been produced at The Public Theater, The Cherry Lane Theater, Lincoln Center, Joe’s Pub, and Prospect Theater Company.