Rebel Playhouse Brings “Old Turtle and the Broken Truth” to Troy

Old Turtle and the Broken Truth, musical adaptation of the beloved children’s book, enjoys Capital District encore following NYC premiere

 Troy, New York August 4, 2017—Rebel Playhouse is thrilled to bring their critically acclaimed production of the musical Old Turtle and the Broken Truth to the Capital District, with a book by Catherine Bush, music and lyrics by Dax Dupuy, and based on the book by Douglas Wood. Directed and choreographed by Burnt Hills-Ballston Lake graduate Sarah Sutliff with musical direction by Dax Dupuy, Old Turtle and the Broken Truth begins performances on Friday, September 15 for a limited engagement through Sunday, September 17.  The performance schedule is Friday at 7:30 PM; Saturday at 7:30 PM; and Sunday at 2:30 PM. Performances are at The Arts Center of the Capital Region (265 River Street, Troy, NY 12180). Tickets are $20 in advance, $25 at the door. Group ticketing available. To purchase tickets visit or call (785) 393-9119

Rebel Playhouse’s production transports audiences into the faraway world of the Old Turtle and Little One in this immersive, musical adventure. Nominated for two 2017 New York Innovative Theatre Awards (Outstanding Musical, Outstanding Choreography/Movement), this production is a family show for all ages.

In Old Turtle and the Broken Truth, a truth falls like a star from the sky and breaks into two pieces. When the villagers discover only half of the truth, it causes so many problems that Little One, a brave young girl, decides to search for the missing half. With the help of Old Turtle, and many animal friends, Little One is able to mend the broken truth and make it whole again, creating a better world for everyone. Old Turtle and the Broken Truth is powerful allegory about accepting and welcoming differences, which will resonate with children and adults alike, particularly at a time when the world is doing otherwise.

The cast features Bridgid Abrams (A Christmas Carol, Milwaukee Repertory Company); Claire Anderson (Magic School Bus Live! national tour); Charles Curtis (The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee, Workshop Theatre); Dax Dupuy (Frosty TheatreWorks national tour); Clara Kundin (Pedro Reyes’ Doomocracy); Madeline Lovegrove (Alexander Who’s Not Not Not Not Not Not Going to Move, Two Beans Productions); Reanna Roane (Junie B. Jones in Jingle Bells Batman Smells, UNC/Greensboro); Greer Samuels (Saint Joan, The Secret Theater); Johnny Segalla (The Magic Tree House: Soars with Reading national tour); André Sguerra (Magic Tree House: A Night in New Orleans with Emerald City Theatre); Arif Silverman (Constellarium, Dixon Place); Sarah Sutliff (The Tempest, Torn Out Theater); Sarah Vishnev (Clementine TheatreWorks national tour)

Sarah Sutliff (director) is a director, choreographer, and performer. She has directed and choreographed over a dozen Jr. and full-length productions with Saratoga Children’s Theatre, the Shenendehowa Summer Adventure theater program, and the Galli Theater among others. Sarah is a resident performer for How We GLOW, a play exploring gender identities of LGBTQ+ teenagers in NYC. She co-founded Rebel Playhouse in 2016 and is proud to serve as artistic director. Here in the Capital District, she has previously performed with the Not So Common Players, Class Act Productions, the Homemade Theatre, and Debuts Theatre Co. A graduate of Burnt Hills-Ballston Lake HS, she was a 2008 recipient of the SLOC Award for her performance as Pseudolus in A Funny Thing Happened on the Way to the Forum, and a 2006 TANYS award winner for her performance as Nancy Twinkle in Little Mary Sunshine.

Dax Dupuy (composer, music direction) is a Brooklyn-based composer/lyricist. She has written numerous musicals and incidental scores for professional theaters throughout the country, including Barter Theatre, Greenville Little Theatre, Nebraska Shakespeare Festival, Omaha Theatre Company, and Duke City Repertory Theatre. Her musical Frosty has completed three national tours in collaboration with TheatreWorks USA, and her show Twas the Night Before Christmas will tour with them winter 2017. TheatreWorks has also commissioned her to write music and lyrics for the new musical adaptation of the best-selling children’s book series Clementine, which will tour nationally in 2018/19.

Catherine Bush (playwright) is the Playwright-in-Residence for Barter Theatre. In addition to her plays produced at Barter Theatre (The Other Side of the Mountain, The Quiltmaker, Comin’ Up A Storm, Wooden Snowflakes, The Controversial Rescue of Fatty the Pig, Where Trouble Sleeps, etc.), Catherine’s work has been seen throughout the country.

Douglas Wood (author) is the creator of 35 books for children and adults. His first book, Old Turtle, was hailed a “profound work” and an “instant classic.” Among Doug’s many honors have been the Christopher Medal, ABBY Award, International Reading Association Book of the Year, Midwest Publishers Association Book of the Year, Parent’s Choice Award, Smithsonian Notable Book Award, Barnes and Noble Star of the North, StoryTelling World Award.

Rebel Playhouse (producing company) is a 501(c)(3) non-profit, educational theater company based out of Brooklyn, New York. Founded in the fall of 2016 by Executive Director Clara Kundin, Artistic Director Sarah Sutliff, and Educational Director Greer Samuels, the Rebel Playhouse is a children’s theater company committed to empowering, educating, and entertaining NYC audiences. The Rebel Playhouse produces works for children and families based on stories that break traditions and challenge normative thinking, and offers classes designed to foster creative development. In May 2017, Rebel Playhouse presented their inaugural production Old Turtle and the Broken Truth in NYC to critical acclaim, and in September 2017 they presented the world premiere of Edna The Stomper, a new musical for children, at the Chicago Fringe Festival.

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