WE HAVE APPLES

Book and lyrics by Rachel Griffin
Music by Aron Accurso and Rachel Griffin
Jane, a quirky nineteen-year-old, is determined to overcome her mental illness and become a successful writer.  Paralyzed by the intensity of Depression, Jane’s illness personified, she is forced to check into a psychiatric facility… where she leads the patients to start a mental health movement, turning things upside down both inside and out of the ward.

Rachel Griffin

Rachel Griffin

Composer/Lyricist

Rachel Griffin is a 2015-2016 Dramatists Guild Fellow (music and lyrics) and an award winning songwriter (National Public Radio, American Idol Underground.)  “We Have Apples,” a musical by Griffin and Accurso, has been featured in The Washington Post, The Huffington Post and on CBS National News. Griffin’s music has been performed at Playwrights Horizons, Alice Tully Hall at Lincoln Center, 54 Below, 47th St Theatre and the Musical Theatre Factory. She started the viral mental-health campaign #ImNotAshamed which has had over 100,000 tweets.

Aron Accurso

Aron Accurso wrote the music to The Dogs of Pripyat, (Lyrics by Jill Abramovitz, Book by Leah Napolin and Abramovitz) (Jerry Bock Award, Weston Award, NAMT, Goodspeed, and U of Miami); Seeing Red with Joey Mazzarino (writer/ puppeteer from Sesame Street); We Have Apples with Rachel Griffin; The Trail (choral work) with Adam Overett, and Strega Nona (children’s musical). BMI Workshop (Jerry Harrington Award), Dramatist Guild Fellow. Broadway Conductor/Pianist: Aladdin, Sister Act, Nice Work…, Little Mermaid. Musical Director/Incidental Music Arranger: Up Here, Calvin Berger, and Aladdin Jr.