Book, Music, and Lyrics by
Lia Barcellona Tamborra and
Harry Stanton Einhorn
Orchestrations, arrangements, and
additional music by Bálint Varga
History has a missing page…
Alexandria, Egypt 392 CE: a bustling, multicultural city where people of every race and religion flock to contribute to the advancement of humanity. At its center stands it’s crowning glory: the Library of Alexandria. But all great civilizations must come to an end. As instability rises throughout the empire, all that stands between the light of knowledge and the dark ages is one rebel librarian you’ve probably never heard of. Until now.
“I bounced all the way home last night, inspired by the story and the storytellers, and so proud of knowing two young writers who are putting it out there with such joy and integrity.”
— Jeanine Tesori
Just like Alexandria, Hypatia and the Heathens features musical stylings and influences from all across time and space, with a boisterous cocktail of genres that defy categorization. From rock to musical theater to Pythagorean harmonics, it dances through a labyrinthian library of music with a fresh song at every turn.
Outshining her male contemporaries with her brilliance, wit, and intellect, Hypatia was revered throughout the city of Alexandria by Pagans and Christians alike for her mastery of philosophy and mathematics and her devotion to public service amidst a backdrop of misogyny, chaos, and political upheaval. But like so many women before and after her, much of what she accomplished was destroyed, hidden, misunderstood, misinterpreted, or forgotten.
What People Are Saying
Natalie Rine, Associate New York Critic
“Expertly grounded in strong characters and writing to explore a not-oft discussed time in history that can inform our present on multiple hot button issues from religion in politics to women’s rights…the vibrant score is essentially different styled pieces sown with care together as if each one was pulled from different sections of the library…Gone also are the harems and mistaken identity tropes, and in is the…gender fluidity and strong diverse cast.
Natalie Rine, OnStage Blog
Top NYC comedy recommendations.
The singers are terrific, especially Lia Tamborra who stars as Hypatia (and also co-wrote the book and songs…) There are times when Tamborra achieves magic, such as when she schools the audience on what’s most important in life, and them combines those lessons into a song that’s memorable and surprisingly moving… And the ending packs a wallop that … made me grateful to have experienced this show.
Hy Bender, Best New York Comedy
Lia Barcellona Tamborra
Harry Stanton Einhorn
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