Lantern Theater Company
Minors: A New Musical by Kittson O'Neill and Robert Kaplowitz
2018/19 Season

Book by Kittson O'Neill
Music by Robert Kaplowitz
Lyrics by Kittson O'Neill and Robert Kaplowitz
Directed by Matthew Decker
Music Direction by Amanda Morton
May 23 - June 30, 2019

Inspired by the "kids for cash" scandal in Pennsylvania's Luzerne County in the early 2000s, this compelling new work of musical theater gives voice to the families who fought back against a corrupt political machine that turned children into commodities. Commissioned and developed through the Lantern's New Works Program, this intimate American roots rock drama is the inaugural work of Kittson O'Neill and Tony Award-winning sound designer and composer Robert Kaplowitz.

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The Cast

Ben Dibble as Frank, Sr.  •  Jennie Eisenhower as Eileen  •  Brady Fritz as TJ  •  Marybeth Gorman as Angela  •  Paul L. Nolan as The Judge  •  Terran Scott as Kelli  •  Sav Souzav as Breaker Boy  •  Grace Tarves as Amber  •  Mekhi Williams as Frankie, Jr.

The Creative Team

Nick Embree, Scenic Designer  •  Alison Roberts, Costume Designer  •  Mike Inwood, Lighting Designer  •  Nick Kourtides, Sound Designer  •  Rebecca Smith, AEA Stage Manager
News & Reviews

WHYY's Peter Crimmins talks with authors Kittson O'Neill and Robert Kaplowitz about their inspiration for Minors: "When corruption becomes endemic, when we don't see it anymore because that's the way it's done, [this] can happen anywhere." more

"Fast-paced, high-intensity new musical... Kittson O'Neill and Robert Kaplowitz have created a well-told, well-sung musical based on the Pa. corruption scandal of the early 2000s. It gets a lot right – letting the middle- and high-school kids who were victimized take center stage." –The Philadelphia Inquirer  more

"Relatable and impactful... In an age where every movie that you haven't thought about in a decade is being made into a musical, it's refreshing and welcoming to see that artists are still willing to take risks on uncommon material." –Philly Life & Culture

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Header Photo: Lawrence Stallings in the world premiere of Me and the Devil (2021); Anthony Lawton and Dave Johnson in Travesties (2022); Melissa Rakiro and Joanna Liao in Twelfth Night (2023); and Paul L. Nolan, Sally Mercer, and Charles McMahon in Copenhagen (2018). Photos by Mark Garvin.

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