Show & Tell (Apocalypse Song Cycle)

Had first reading of Show & Tell through the Civilians' "Findings" series as the culmination of my year long investigation in their R&D Group. It was directed by Sam Pinkleton, and featured some additional writing from Clare Barron, Joshua Conkel, Jiehae Park, Jen Silverman, and Winter Miller.

"Stupid Ancient Trees" - a song I wrote to accompany a Clare Barron piece.

"One Shot at Life"


TheatreWorks Silicon Valley Retreat

Spent a week out in Silicon Valley working on my apocalypse song cycle "Show & Tell"

When I wasn't sneaking off to San Francisco to huff poppers, I was working tirelessly in a practice room appropriately named "The Void" - an airport hangar sized space filled with discarded props and knick knacks. I used some of the things lying around to create a little creative cave for myself: 

Then, on the last day previewed some of the songs for a nice gathering of about 150 people.

Made sure my sequins were on fleek.




Larson Grant Ceremony Performance

If ya'll ever wanted to hear me gush vulnerably about Rent, talk about wearing kimonos in high school, and then sing a depressing song about gay sex, now you can!! #spiderbroochonfleek :D From the Larson ceremony:


Lower East Side Angry Face

New demo from my Apocalypse song cycle "Show & Tell"




Max Vernon Receives 2015 Jonathan Larson Grant!!

A photo taken @ the Prague Opera House last summer...Also HOW I FEEL RIGHT NOW. So ecstatic + grateful to be honored by the American Theatre Wing! Esp. alongside friends Sam Willmott and Rosser & Sohne

from Playbill:

The songwriting team of Tim Rosser and Charlie Sohne, as well as composer-lyricists Sam Willmott and Max Vernon, were named recipients of the 2014 Jonathan Larson Grants, the American Theatre Wing announced March 10. The prestigious grants, totaling $30,000, will be presented March 23 at an invitation-only event at the WNYC Greene Space.

Composers Rosser and Sohne will receive $10,000, as will Vernon. Willmott will get $10,000 plus a residency at the Running Deer Musical Theatre Lab. The March 23 event will feature special performances of the recipients' work.

Additionally, Willmott and Vernon will be featured in two evenings of performance at Adelphi University in Garden City, NY, in fall 2015 and winter/spring 2016, as part of the school's Larson Legacy Concert Series.

The grants, given annually to honor emerging composers, lyricists and book writers, help to continue Tony Award-winning composer Jonathan Larson's (Rent; tick, tick… BOOM!) dream of infusing musical theatre with a contemporary, joyful, urban vitality.

This year’s grant recipients were chosen by an expert panel consisting ofAmanda Green (Hands on a Hardbody), Steven Lutvak (A Gentleman’s Guide to Love % Murder), and Ted Chapin (president and executive director of the Rodgers & Hammerstein Organization).