In 2019, I wrote an essay, “The Year I Couldn’t Speak At All”, about my bizarre, year-long experience of voice loss caused by muscle tension dysphonia. The essay was published in The Walrus online and attracted the attention of Deena Kamm, an incredibly talented and experienced singer, songwriter, vocal instructor and performer, who came across my essay online. Deena contacted me and explained how, for years, she’d been wanting to write a musical about voice loss and proposed that we write a musical together. We agreed to meet in Los Angeles in early May to see if we got along as collaborators.
We got along.
For the past year, we've been writing a musical together via email, WhatsApp and Zoom. Deena has recorded over 15 song demos for our musical, complete with vocals and instrumentation, and I've been writing the "book," the script for the musical. We're now preparing for online table reads and workshop productions (until COVID-19 is over) of “Girl Disappearing" (working title), Lyrics and Music by Deena Kamm, Book by Anne Fenn.
We are extremely excited about our creation and are looking forward to our Phase One Workshop.