UMC Writers Lab

An annual three-week intensive fostering the creation of a new original musical play.


The Bergen Letters

April 2, 2018
Special Exploratory Reading
The New York Public Library for the Performing Arts

Book by TC Lind
Music by Derek Gregor
Lyrics by Phoebe Kreutz

First following Eli Bergen, a closeted gay author in 1947, and then following an openly gay author in 1997 who uncovers Bergen’s works, The Bergen Letters is a new original musical based on a conception by UMC artistic director Ben West, and largely inspired by the hidden homosexual lives, relationships, and letters of mid-century theatre artists such as George Bauer, Leonard Bernstein, Charles Gaynor, Cole Porter, and more.