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A new musical with book and lyrics by Barbara Kahn, music and musical direction by Jay Kerr. Directed by Barbara Kahn and Lisa Marjorie Barnes.


The true story of the pirates of the Caribbean, in the tradition of Three-Penny Opera and Oliver! set in 1720 Jamaica. Featuring real-life lesbian pirates Anne Bonney and Mary Read, pirate captain Calico Jack Rackham and gay hairdresser Pierre Devlin. Joining the pirates on their last voyage are an escaped slave, a Sephardic Jewish refugee from the Inquisition in Europe, and assorted brigands and rogues.

Sets: Mark Marcante
Lights:  Stewart Wagner
Costumes: Carla Gant

April 15 – May 8, 2004

Theater for the New City.



Theater for the New City (TNC), not-for-profit, Pulitzer Prize-winning center for new American plays, proudly announces the premiere of PYRATES! The CourtShip Chronicles. Book and lyrics by Barbara Kahn; music and musical direction by Jay Kerr; directed by Lisa Marjorie Barnes and Barbara Kahn. April 15 - May 9, Thursdays - Saturdays at 8pm, Sundays at 3pm. Tickets are $10 with group rates available. Post-performance party on Sunday April 18 is $25, including ticket price. Theater for the New City. 155 First Ave (at 10th St). Res/info: 212-254-1109.

Pyrates! The CourtShip Chronicles is based on the exploits of real-life pirates Anne Bonny, Mary Read and Calico Jack Rackham in 1720 Jamaica. This tale of love, lust and revenge among non-traditional people is told in the traditional American musical art form. PYRATES! captures the diversity of the population of Jamaica, including an escaped slave (Maroon), a Sephardic Jew, a multi-racial tavern owner, a colonial bureaucrat and a gay male shopkeeper. With Andi Hogan, Nicola Barber, Sean Seibert, Uzo Aduba, Andrew Fitzgerald Graham, Jesse Liebman, Tony Javed, Jonathan Ross, Iris Blasi, Janet Huege, Keith Batza, Nate Rubin and Shay Ansari. Set design by Mark Marcante, lighting design by Stewart Wagner, costumes by Carla Gant.

THEATER FOR THE NEW CITY (TNC) produces 30-40 premieres of new American plays per year. Many influential theater artists of the last quarter century have found TNC's Resident Theater Program instrumental to their careers, among them Sam Shepard, Moises Kaufman, Richard Foreman, Charles Busch, Maria Irene Fornes, Miguel Piņero and Academy Award Winners Tim Robbins and Adrien Brody. TNC produced the Yangtze Repertory Company's 1997 production of BETWEEN LIFE AND DEATH, the only play by Gao Xingjian produced in America before he won the 2000 Nobel Prize for Literature. TNC productions have won the Pulitzer Prize for Drama and over 40 OBIE Awards for excellence.

BARBARA KAHN's plays have been produced in the US, France and Germany. She has directed in New York, Paris and at the National Theatre in London. TNC has been the New York City home for her plays since 1994. Barbara was honored with the 1995 Torch of Hope Award, following past recipients Terrence McNally, John Guare, August Wilson, Horton Foote and A.R. Gurney. She received an unprecedented three consecutive production grants from the Arch and Bruce Brown Foundation in support of gay-positive theater based in history.

JAY KERR arranges music, works with songwriters on new projects, instructs singers for stage, cabaret and recording (, and writes songs and incidental music for the theater. With Robert Duke, Jay was founder and facilitator of a writers' workshop for the Princeton Triangle Club. His catalogue of cabaret songs written with the late Arthur Kirson can be accessed through WAR BONDS, written with Barbara Kahn, is available at His musical adaptations (music and lyrics) for Theater for Young Audiences include ARTHUR! A BOY BECOMES KING, PINOCCHIO, and LITTLE RED RIDING HOOD: A FEMINIST ECOLOGICAL MUSICAL.