Aaron Ricciardi

actor

playwright

lyricist

director

essayist

singer

The Travels

An Epic play

by Aaron Ricciardi

With songs

by Kelly Hoppenjans (music) and Aaron Ricciardi (lyrics)

Graphic design by Max Cove

Graphic design by Max Cove

This smart play...is quite a pleasant surprise, a political show with a conscience that forgoes didacticism in favor of dark humor. It will make you hurt from laughter, until you realize that behind its jokes lies the scary possibility of prescience.
— StageBuddy.com
The dark pit of totalitarianism is never so fun filled as when it is pondered over in song, dance and pop culture references. That is the take away from The Travels.
— TheFrontRowCenter.com
The Travels is a bold piece of theater.
— TheatreInTheNow.com

Synopsis

Welcome to the U.S. of A. Other countries suffer biblical consequences for their filthy ways, but the U.S. of A. is the most perfect place on Earth — at least, that’s what Mr. Travel preaches every day on the nation’s only TV show. A trippy dystopian tale with an eclectic soundtrack, this Epic play with songs follows Teeny, Mr. Travel’s rule-breaking daughter. Teetering on adulthood and perplexed by this cruel world, Teeny learns to see past smoke and mirrors… and she starts a revolution. Mashing up styles that range from Brecht to dystopian fiction to South Park, this show turns the genre of musical theatre on its ear.

Character Breakdown

4 women, 4 men (8 total)

Development History

Workshop, 2013: Coriolis Theatre Company, Chicago

Workshop, 2011: Agnes Nixon Playwriting Festival, Northwestern University

Production History

Professional, 2014: New York Musical Theatre Festival, directed by Travis Greisler


Music

Videos

"Lemmings on a Cliff" from THE TRAVELS, sung by Holland Grossman.

"The Dog Song" from THE TRAVELS, sung by Luba Mason.

Photos