Theatre 167 Brings New Musical About Environmental Activist Rachel Carson to Montclair

A new musical about environmental activist Rachel Carson will be presented January 19 and 20 at Union Congregational Church in Montclair. The award-winning project with music by Jared Field and book/lyrics by Jessie Field will be directed by Montclair’s Ari Laura Kreith and produced by Theatre 167 as part of their 167 West: Art Into Action series.

This triumphant new musical explores how we take a stand for what matters, even in the face of professional adversity and personal tragedy.

It chronicles the life of marine biologist and writer Rachel Carson, who struggled to find her place in the world as a scientist and a queer woman. Her book Silent Spring alerted many to the dan-gers of DDT and other pesticides, and has been credited with launching the modern environmen-tal movement.

Rachel was chosen for the New York Musical Theatre Festival’s Developmental Reading series, performed at Manhattan’s Fresh Fruit Festival where it was awarded Best Musical, was selected for NY Summerfest, and presented at Guild Hall in East Hampton.

The performance is co-produced by Union Congregational Church as part of their commitment to environmental sustainability. Tickets are a suggested donation of $20 ($10 for stu-dents/seniors) and proceeds will support 167 West’s Art Into Action series and UCC’s environ-mental awareness programming. Tickets here.


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