“After dealing with the first years of her career, in the second act Marsa discusses (among other things) the diseases of her cousins and the death of her mother, proving profoundly moving. There’s also touching honesty in her exploration of her love life, and in her realization that being in a relationship was a struggle for her, but so was being alone. Her independence, confidence, and unconditional passion for music were intimidating and hard for her partners to handle, even though Marsa’s very aim in life was to share her love for music with other people.” – A Younger Theatre
The Pass Synopsis
THE PASS is an honest and intimate look at the ups and downs of a musician working in the music business through five decades. Unwilling to compromise her ideals and vision of success, singer-songwriter Denise Marsa tells her story through 18 vignettes with her original music intertwined.
Experience some of the key situations that have shaped her as an artist, woman and entrepreneur and hear the songs that have been created in the process. From pop star, to record label owner, artist manager and producer, lover and partner, to publicist and marketer, her life and music are expressed through laughter, joy, disappointment, passion and power.
Travel with Denise as she starts her career towards the end of the 70’s through the highly volatile and emotional 80’s continuing on through the start of the tech driven 90’s into the 21st century. From her start in her West Village studio apartment dating from 1810, to London to West Hollywood and back again, Denise shares her stories. Meet Denise the explorer, innovator, a woman drenched in tenacity; unwilling to play the game by anyone else’s rules but her own.
In defying the stereotypes of the music industry, Denise has proven that a true voice will triumph. She hopes to inspire the audience to always be true to their own voices and to have the courage to sing out loud. It all started with Denise sneaking into the New York University Department of Music and Music Education practice rooms.
Running time: 80 minutes
Target audience: Music & theater lovers ages 25-65
Themes: Empowerment, Not Giving Up, Self-Acceptance, Self-Expression, Artistic Survival, Over-Coming Set-Backs, Being True to Who You Are, What You Love to Do and Who You Love
Venues: Theater, music venues, theater festivals, museums, community, regional, national performance programs, private schools, smaller colleges: music and theater programs.
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