Two Washington State teenage climate activists embark on an impulsive motorcycle journey to join a group of oil protesters on the East Coast. As they follow a major pipeline across the country, what began as two young environmentalists' longing to belong to something greater than themselves gives way to Rain and Zoe discovering that the true danger in this world might just be growing up. This play is a funny, sincere and profoundly moving adventure about the ethics of standing up for what you believe, whatever the cost.
Featuring music by Bobby Cronin, RAIN AND ZOE SAVE THE WORLD is designed to simultaneously speak to older and younger generations of activists alike. The play captures both the idealism of youth and the burnout that befalls all activists with time, experience, and their constant pushing through obstacles. This play has relevance that audiences expect from impactful theatre.
CRYSTAL SKILLMAN is a four time NYT Critics’ Pick honoree, as well as a bookwriter for the award winning musical MARY AND MAX (with composer Bobby Cronin). Plays include NYTimes Critics’ Picks OPEN (The Tank Theatre/AFO), GEEK (Vampire Cowboys), CUT (Theatre Under St. Marks), and KING KIRBY (The Brick, Co-writer Fred Van Lente), now launched as a four part audio drama on Broadway Podcast Network. Awards include the Earth Matters On Stage Prize (RAIN AND ZOE SAVE THE WORLD), two Alfred P. Sloan commissions, a Clifford Odets Ensemble Play commission, and she is the winner of an NY Innovative Theater Award for Outstanding Play (THE VIGIL OR THE GUIDED CRADLE). This past year Crystal was selected as one of eight playwrights for the Playwrights’ Center’s 2020-23 Core Membership, a winner for SDSU’s New Musicals Initiative with musical POSTCARD AMERICAN TOWN (Composer Lynne Shankel), presented in The Civilians R & D Group “Findings” series with THIS SHOW IS MONEY (music by Gaby Alter), and announced as bookwriter for A NEW CITY (Composer Sam Ratelle). Crystal was just selected for the Orchard Project Audio Lab this summer with THE MAGICIAN’S MAGICIAN in production with BOOM Integrated/John Marshall Media for release in Fall 2021. Her play OPEN, which inspired the series, was filmed and live streamed to a world-wide audience this summer. She is currently developing the half hour musical comedy OVERNIGHT SUCCESS with co-conceiver songwriter and actress Lauren Elder (Kampfire Films) as well as her YA animated series COSMIC CRITTERS (with songs by Bobby Cronin). Crystal’s credits also include the graphic novel EAT FIGHTER (Webtoon), “ADVENTURE TIME” comics (BOOM! Studios), and work with Marvel Studios. Crystal Skillman IG: @crystalskillman
BOBBY CRONIN multi award-winning composer/writer of Mary & Max with book writer Crystal Skillman (World Premiere Theatre Calgary 2018, European Premiere at Austria's Theatre Linz 2019 [streamed on YouTube during Covid]; Winner of 2018 MUT Critics Award, Pace New Musicals 2018, SigWorks Finalist 2018); ‘Til Death Do Us Part (World Premiere 2020 - Covid Canceled, 2018-2020 SDSU New Works Award; 2017 SigWorks Finalist; 2016 Overtures Series) with book writer Caroline Prugh; Concrete Jungle, set to play London's Leicester Square Theatre summer 2020 (Covid Canceled); Till Soon, Anne with Christine Toy Johnson (O'Neill Writing Residency); Daybreak (winner of the 2011 New Jersey Playwrights Contest) premiered in Wayne, NJ & London’s Tristan Bates Theatre spring 2012. PSYKIDZ was commissioned in 2018 and will be made into a film during Covid quarantine by The Prep NJ. 2014 York NEO. Other: Numerous award winning short musical films, 54 Below, Lincoln Center Songbook Series, Birdland, Symphony Space, London’s The Players Theatre & St. James Theatre, etc. "Reach The Sky: Live" & “The Concrete Jungle International Studio Cast Recording” on all digital platforms. Bobby Cronin IG: @croninbobby
Hersh Ellis is a NYC based theatre director and filmmaker. He was artistic director of Home Grown Theatre Co. in Kansas City for six seasons where he directed over 20 productions. For several years, he directed the Century Clubs annual benefit of A Christmas Carol (Starring Alec Baldwin, Sam Waterston, Marsha Mason and Chuck Cooper). Recent developmental projects: Mary and Max: The Musical by Crystal Skillman and Bobby Cronin (Dramatists Guild), Pulp Verite by Crystal Skillman (Urban Stages), Disruption by Andrew Stein (Sheen Center), Wanderer, or the Literal Extraterrestrial I Met on Grindr and the two part epic Turn Back Now both by Kaleb Tank (Chicago’s Otherworld Theatre). He’s assistant directed at The Public, Rattlestick, Hypocrite, and Theatre Row. He was directoral observer to Pacific Overtures (Classic Stage Company, starring George Takei) and worked on the world premiere of Heathers the Musical (New World Stages). He is currently in post production on short films Question and Block, and is developing several other screen projects as both a writer and a director. He’s a member of the Lincoln Center Directors Lab, an alum of the Pace Performing Arts, an SDC Associate Member, and is repped by A3 Artists. Hersh Ellis
DREW & DANE PRODUCTIONS: DREW DESKY and DANE LEVENS are award-winning producers for theatre and web series. They have produced the award-winning revival of Little Shop of Horrors (Drama Desk Award, Drama League Award and Outer Critics Circle Honor for Outstanding Revival of a Musical), Pageant (Drama Desk nomination), Application Pending (Drama Desk nomination), Who’s Holiday! (Lortel nomination), The Other Josh Cohen (Off Broadway Alliance nomination) Unexpected Joy, Bright Colors and Bold Patterns, and R.R.R.E.D. They are currently supporting Hadestown, Dear Evan Hansen (including the North American Tour and West End), Come From Away (Australia/NZ tour), and The Inheritance. They have produced and supported developmental presentations of several plays and musicals, including Passing Through at Goodspeed Musicals. They earned the Emmy® Award for Best Digital Drama Series as Executive Producers of After Forever in 2018. Drew is the Founding Co-Chair of the Leadership Council of Broadway Cares/Equity Fights AIDS. Drew and Dane are also members of the Artists Circle of the Bucks County Playhouse, where they have the honor of being the only couple married on the stage. DDM Productions IG: @drewanddane