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By: Daniel Goldstein, Dawn Landes
Narrated by: Grace McLean, John McGinty, Kerstin Anderson, John Ellison Conlee, Nehal Joshi, Tamika Lawrence, Kathryn O'Rourke, Lance Roberts, Sean Stack, Sally Wilfert
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Publisher's summary

Tori (Grace McLean) aims to be the first woman to row solo across the Atlantic. As a child, she raised her younger brother Lamar (John McGinty), defending him against discrimination and neighborhood bullies. Now, with nothing but her body and a hand-built boat, she squares off with her own tormentor: the ocean. Inspired by A Pearl in the Storm by Tori Murden McClure, this uplifting world premiere musical, directed by Tyne Rafaeli with a book by Daniel Goldstein and music and lyrics by Dawn Landes, interrogates and reveals the resilience, fear, and ambition inside one individual undeterred by the odds.

For over six decades, Williamstown Theatre Festival, recipient of the Tony Award for Outstanding Regional Theatre and the Commonwealth Award for Achievement, has brought emerging and professional theatre artists together to create a thrilling summer festival of premiere work alongside fresh, new productions of the western canon, accompanying cultural events including COMMUNITY WORKS and Late-Night Cabarets, and readings and workshops of new plays. Under Artistic Director Mandy Greenfield, WTF launched the Andrew Martin-Weber New Play and Musical Commissioning Program, through which theatre artists, including Jocelyn Bioh, Nathan Alan Davis, Halley Feiffer, Justin Levine, Matthew Lopez, Jiehae Park, Benjamin Scheuer, and many others, create new work supported by a year-round play development program. WTF runs unmatched training programs for new generations of theatre talent, and artists and productions shaped at WTF fill theatres in New York, London, and around the country each season. Williamstown Theatre Festival’s productions of The Bridges of Madison County, The Elephant Man, Fool for Love, Living on Love, and The Visit enjoyed critically acclaimed runs on Broadway, with The Elephant Man and The Visit receiving Tony Award nominations for Best Revival of a Play and Best Revival of a Musical, respectively. WTF's world premiere productions of Cost of Living (winner of the 2018 Pulitzer Prize for Drama), Actually, Paradise Blue, and Moscow Moscow Moscow Moscow Moscow Moscow played acclaimed Off-Broadway runs. In the abbreviated 2019-20 theatrical season, Williamstown Theatre Festival was represented or scheduled to be represented on Broadway, Off-Broadway, and regionally by The Sound Inside and Grand Horizons, both of which received Tony Award nominations for Best Play, The Rose Tattoo, Seared, Selling Kabul, Unknown Soldier, and Lempicka. Visit us at

Williamstown Theatre Festival would like to thank 321 Theatrical Management, Telsey & Company and DKC/O&M. 

©2020 Daniel Goldstein and Dawn Landes (P)2020 AO Media LLC

About the Bookwriter

Daniel Goldstein won the 2016 Kleban Prize for Most Promising Musical Theater Librettist. He received an inaugural Calderwood Commission from the Huntington Theatre Company, for which he wrote an original musical with Michael Friedman titled Unknown Soldier, which was developed at the Manhattan Theatre Club, O’Neill National Music Theater Conference and The McCarter Theatre and had its World Premiere at The Williamstown Theater Festival in 2015, and had its New York premiere in February 2020 at Playwrights Horizons. With Friedman, he is also the author of The Song of Songs, an adaptation of the Sholem Aleichem novella. Goldstein’s plays include Orange Crush, commissioned by Roundabout Theatre Company.

About Composer and Lyricist

Dawn Landes is a Nashville-based singer-songwriter whose music could be heard on The Good Wife, House and Gossip Girl. Along with releasing six albums, and an EP inspired by yé-yé (’60s French pop music), Landes is a frequent collaborator with contemporaries such as Sufjan Stevens, Norah Jones and composer Nico Muhly. She has appeared with the Boston Pops and the NYC Ballet. Row was originally commissioned by Joe’s Pub, and has been developed at The Public Theater, Goodspeed Opera, the Rhinebeck Writers Retreat, The Kimmel Center for the Performing Arts, and Playwrights Horizons, and earned her a 2019 Lilly Award.

About the Director

Tyne Rafaeli is a New York-based director of new plays, classics, and musicals. Recent productions include Sylvia Khoury’s Power Strip at Lincoln Center and Selling Kabul at Williamstown Theatre Festival, Ming Peiffer's Usual Girls at Roundabout Theatre Company ( New York Times Critics’ Pick and Drama Desk nomination for Outstanding Direction), Craig Lucas's I Was Most Alive with You at Playwrights Horizons ( New York Times Critics’ Pick), Lauren Yee’s In a Word ( New York Times Critics’ Pick), Martyna Majok’s Ironbound, Anna Ziegler’s Actually, and Amanda Peet’s Our Very Own Carlin McCullough at The Geffen Playhouse. Her work has also been seen at The Public, MTC, Atlantic Theatre Company, La Jolla Playhouse, Classic Stage Company, Cal Shakes, New York Stage & Film, and Juilliard, among others. Rafaeli is a 2016-18 Time Warner Directing Fellow at the WP Theater and received the 2014 SDC Sir John Gielgud Fellowship for Classic Direction.