Playwrights and Composers Taylor Cochran, Katreeva Phillips, and Nicholas Zebrun
Wesley Gentle: Predator 1&2/Crew Member (Musical Direction)
Nancy Lopez : Decoy/Crew Member
Lance McDougall: Chris Hansen/Crew Member
Narration/Stage Direction: Joshua Hahlen
Question & Answer session with playwrights and composers Taylor Cochran, Katreeva Phillips & Nicholas Zebrun.
Followed by a video conferencing reading of the script, "To Catch A Predator: The Musical"
A lonesome soul is looking for love online, but little does he know is that his questionable behavior will lead to a sting that makes for great TV. Chris Hansen and his crew are waiting to catch yet another predator for their hit NBC show and some internal conflict begins to arise. Although Hansen is committing a public service, he can’t help but question the integrity of his career. Should he continue to catch predators to keep the ratings high all while ignoring the sensational tone that makes his show less about journalism and more about cheap entertainment? What will his family think as he continues to spend more time in cyberland and less time at home? It’s up to Hansen himself to simultaneously maintain his sanity and put Dateline NBC on the map. To Catch a Predator: The Musical examines what goes into creating a hit reality program and the personal and professional toll it takes on all involved.
About the Playwrights
Tyler Cochran (Librettist) is currently an adjunct instructor of film and theatre at Tarrant County College Northwest. He previously worked for nonprofits such as the Fort Worth Museum of Science and History, Fort Worth Opera and Amphibian Stage Productions. Tyler has performed with Circle Theatre, Shakespeare Dallas and Stage West among others. Tyler’s short films, which he produced, directed, wrote and performed in, have been screened with the Fort Worth Indie Film Showcase and QCinema as well as numerous festivals across Texas, He holds degrees from UTD, UNT and TCU and is a member of AEA and the Dramatist Guild.
Nicholas Zebrun (Composer) is an award-winning Fort Worth filmmaker, playwright, composer and actor. A graduate of Tarrant County Collage, he owns and operates Esoteric Productions, an independent film company based in Fort Worth. Mr. Zeburn’s films have been screened in numerous festivals across the country including one in California, Washington D.C., and Florida. As a playwright and composer, his works have been locally produced by the Stolen Shakespeare Guild and Arts Fifth Avenue Playhouse.
Katreeva Phillips (Composer) is an award-winning filmmaker and composer from Fort Worth, Texas. She graduated from Texas Weasleyan with a BA in Vocal Performance. She has performed with companies such as the Fort Worth Opera, Stage West and Circle Theatre. She ran Billy’s Globe House Theatre, a children’s theatre program, where she wrote and produced five original plays and two musicals. She has two more musicals and a web series she plans on completing soon.