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Zeider’s The Hatchery Series Presents “Moonshiner A Musical Fabulism”

Zeiders American Dream Theater (ZADT), located in Virginia Beach’s Town Center, under the leadership of Artistic Director Bart Kuebler and Executive Director Terry Flint, is pleased to present a workshop of the new musical, Moonshiner A Musical Fabulism, written by Bart Kuebler as part of its 2017-18 series of “The Hatchery”.

Moonshiner is set in the closing days of October, 1952, an up-and-coming cabaret singer pays a visit to a washed up private eye on the outskirts of Chicago. What he discovers about her mild-mannered husband and his peculiar relationship with orbital bodies leads to even wilder revelations about each of them, and to a moment of truth with an unexpected visitor.  Moonshiner A Musical Fabulism begins October 27 through October 29, 2017 with performances Friday and Saturday at 8pm and Saturday and Sunday afternoon at 2pm.

“No one seemed to be making light-hearted supernatural stories like Teen Wolf anymore when my friend threw it back at me and said something along the lines of, “Well, why don’t YOU write something?” That was all the impetus I needed,” says author, Bart Kuebler. He adds “Over the following couple of years I sketched out an at times silly, at times serious story that grew into Moonshiner. Early on I settled on the musical form because I hit on the idea that one of the ways I could illustrate the kinds of character changes that happen with shape shifters and the like was through differing musical styles,”.

Bart Kuebler (Book, Music & Lyrics) composed music & lyrics for the Off-Broadway production of John Cariani’s LOVE/SICK, and has worked with The Playwright’s Realm and Royal Family Productions on many other works of new theater. Regionally he has been the music director for the world premieres of the musicals Frog Kiss; Love, Always; and I Sing the Rising Sea. Moonshiner A Musical Fabulism features John Jeffords as Nicodemus Silver, Lindsay Eure as Selene Orb and Gordon Stanley as the Fabulist.

Zeiders American Dream Theater’s Hatchery Series focuses on developmental new works that are not generally known to the wider public. What audiences see in a Hatchery Series production is not a finished piece, but rather a work in development, and an exemplar of the work that goes into developing a new piece.

Moonshiner A Musical Fabulism runs October 27 – 29, 2017 at 8:00pm on Friday and Saturday; Saturday and Sunday at 2pm. Tickets are $23 at the door or online at  Zeiders American Dream Theater is located at 4573 Bank Street, Virginia Beach, VA 23462 and is funded in part by the citizens of Virginia Beach through a grant from the City of Virginia Beach Arts and Humanities Commission.

Zeiders American Dream Theater is a professional, non-profit theater with a mission to present unique artistic experiences to the community and to foster new, exceptionally gifted talent. We provide an opportunity for artists to do what they are passionate about doing and their performances provide creative inspiration for audiences. Currently presenting in an 80-seat theater in the Block 6 area of Town Center in Virginia Beach, in 2018, we will be moving to Block 9 of Town Center with new facilities, which will include a 300-seat thrust stage, 100-seat cabaret space, recording studio and spacious new lobby facing the plaza. Learn more at

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