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Theater for New Audiences, Perry Street Theater, 1989 — Published by Samuel French
This musical for teens is a loose adaptation of the The Red Shoes, transposed to today's urban jungle. "The most refreshing thing about The Red Sneaks … is the chance to hear youths rather than adults talk about the nightmarish pressures of urban life."– N.Y. Times. "Remarkably clear, unsentimental and disturbing…. A gritty little musical that combines pop and rock with more traditional musical comedy."— AP. "A most effective contemporary morality play…. The music has real gusto."—N.Y. Post.
Directed, written and composed by Elizabeth Swados
Additional compositions by Shawn Benjamin and Donald Faison
Cast: Shawn Benjamin, Valerie Evering, Donald Faison, Dedre Guevara, Kenny Lund, Raquel Richard, James Cheffield-Dewees, Teresina Sullo
Sets and Costumes by GW Mercier
Lighting by ML Geiger
Choreography by Arthur Fredric and the Company
Casting by Liz Woodman, CSA
Stage Management by Frank Dalyrymple
Musicians: Paul O’Keefe, Michael Sottile and Lewis Robinson