The Doctor Is Dead, a new queer musical audio drama, will be premiere on all podcast platforms September 2 with new episodes following weekly. The seven-episode series is created by Musical Theatre Factory Maker and director-composer é boylan.
The series follows a secret society of Trans outcasts with special abilities living underground. They investigate an empty coffin and sing a song about grief.
“My chosen family, my queer and trans sibilings, we often speak in the language of grief. Grief can be an expression of what we need from each other, in the absence of care,” says boylan. “In that transformation from suffering to offering, my grief became a song and the song became a story. I hope those who listen will hear an echo of their own song, an echo of chosen family and our collective survival.”
boylan is a member of Roundabout Theatre Company’s Directors Group and Musical Theatre Factory's Makers Cohort II, as well as a Resident Playwright at Lincoln Center Theater. Their previous works include Soft Butter, And Through the Crack in the Closet Door, and Waafrika 123.
In addition to boylan, the show’s creative team includes music direction by Sofia Geck, sound mixing and editing by Katherine Cartusciello and Jay Eigenmann, sound design and engineering by Charlie Freedman, and production coordination and management by Lauren Durán Grajewski and Dinah Rokhinson.
The cast is led by marcos rené ospina, Genesis Adelia Collado, Joshua Dominique, and é boylan, with narration by Chris Okawa. Instrumental performances and collaborative orchestrations are by Kasey Blezinger on percussion, Sofia Geck on keys, Yuka Tadano on bass, and Matt Wong on guitar.
For more information, visit TDISPodcast.com.