New Joe Iconis Musical Love in Hate Nation Premieres | Playbill

Regional News New Joe Iconis Musical Love in Hate Nation Premieres The Penn State Centre Stage production begins February 13.
Joe Iconis Marc J. Franklin
Penn State Centre Stage presents the premiere of the new Joe Iconis musical Love in Hate Nation February 13–24 in the Playhouse Theatre, University Park.

With a score and book by Iconis, Love in Hate Nation was commissioned by Penn State Musical Theatre as part of its New Works Initiative.

John Simpkins directs with music direction by Dan Riddle and choreography by Jennifer Werner. Jennifer Ashley Tepper is the dramaturg, and Charlie Rosen provides orchestrations.

The cast features Amina Faye as Susannah, Katie Griffith as Sheila, Talia Suskauer as Ms. Asp, Caleb Smith as Kitty, Mikayla McKasey as Judith, Lena Skeele as Dorothy, Morgan Hecker as Ya-Ya, Jasmine Forsberg as Rat, and Kevin Dort as The Guy. Swings and understudies include Aidan Cole, Laura Guley, Ariana Notartomaso, and Maria Wirries.

The love story between two girls is set in an early 1960’s juvie hall, and tells the story of young people caught between eras of a changing America and their attempt to break out of the boxes society has created around them.

The limited engagement also has scenery by Parker Sweeney, lighting by Ken Friedhoff, costumes by Emma Dickerson, and sound by Olivia Girdano. Lyric Hamilton is the production stage manager.

Iconis is the author of Be More Chill (Two River Theater), Broadway Bounty Hunter (Barrington Stage Company), The Black Suits (Center Theater Group), Bloodsong of Love (Ars Nova), ReWrite (Urban Stages), and Theaterworks USA’s The Plant That Ate Dirty Socks and We The People.

For ticket information click here.

(Updated February 13, 2018)
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