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Working Theater presents a workshop concert presentation of
Written by: Steve Monarque
Original Songs by: Steve Monarque & David Monarque
Directed by: Christopher Scott
The year. 1985. John Buck, the legendary “local” rock'n'roller, has failed in the music industry… and life. Now a down-and-out, suicidal alcoholic, John desperately returns home to the local dive bar he put on the map in his small New Jersey town. Ready to end it all, he meets a mysterious 1940’s Crooner who comes to life through a Karaoke machine and reveals to John the meaning of real love. A story of revenge, redemption and inspiration, “That’s Life” features an original score of rock’n’roll, 80’s pop, acoustic ballads and a rockin’ audience participation Karaoke contest.
That’s Life received a developmental reading in April 2019 at the Alchemical Theatre Lab in NYC.
Directed by Mel Johnson Jr. and produced by Michael Bomengo & Jeffrey Honigman, the reading featured Thomas Baker, Warren Bub, Laura Carbonell, Ray DeMattis, Jonathan Gregg, Mel Johnson Jr., Steve Monarque, Peter Reznikoff, and was staged managed by Emely Zepeda. Previously, the play was workshopped at the Egyptian Theater in Los Angeles, with David Robinson as director.