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Like the Wind

Music by Elspeth Collard

Book & Lyrics by Sam Rosenblatt

Like the Wind is a new electronica-pop musical that explores the lives of Bennie and Cai, two queer teenagers running away from a conversion therapy facility in the summer of 2018. Loosely inspired by Bonnie and Clyde, Bennie and Cai choose to change the fate that society has set for them and break through the constraints of expectations and rules. With a queer, female writing team at the helm, Like the Wind explores themes of identity, forgiveness, and queerness in young people.

Like the Wind  began as a five-minute musical commission from Shotgun Players in California. It was originally entitled, The People We're Meant to Be. The five-minute musical, featuring Alia Cuadros-Contreras as Cai and Mikey Friedman as Bennie, will premiere in July of 2021. The show will also receive a public presentation through the New Works Lab at Ferguson Center for the Arts in Newport News, Virginia in July of 2021.

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Alia Cuadros-Contreras (Cai) is an actor, singer, dancer, poet, writer, and aspiring child and adolescent psychologist. She is passionate about using her art to foster compassion in society and as a platform for social activism. As a Latine, queer woman, she strives to tell stories that explore and portray her various identities in truthful, complex ways and is adamant about diversity in all aspects of the creative process. Aside from musical theatre, plays, and film/TV, she gets excited about collaborating on new work, interrogating classical pieces, and physical acting/clowning/mask work. Last fall, she wrote and directed The Poems I Never Sent, a film piece born out of pandemic poetry. In terms of her most recent acting endeavors, this spring, she played Hope in a live streamed production of Urinetown at Tisch Drama. She would like to thank her teachers, friends, and parents for supporting her dreams.

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Mikey Friedman (Bennie) is an American actor, singer, dancer, choreographer, and drag queen performance artist based in Brooklyn, New York. His fight against conformity and gender norms is evident through his drag persona- Electra Fyre- as they attempt to break down societal categorizations through performance. Mikey is influenced by artists such as Tony Kushner, Pink Floyd, Ryan Murphy, Frank Ocean, among countless others. Mikey has loved performing in productions at NYU such as Spring Awakening (Moritz), Elegies: for Angels, Punks and Raging Queens (Roscoe), Cabaret (Kit Kat Klub Boy), and Very Good Eddie (Eddie Kettle.) Aspirations include: winning Rupaul’s Drag Race, reviving the musical, Priscilla Queen of the Desert, and traveling the world. He sends his utmost love and recognition to his friends and family as they are his rock.