The Constellation Melody

Archived Show


Produced by:
Artistic Stamp
January 03 - January 03, 2021
Run Time:
0 Hour, 0 Minute

Show Info

Beginning in January, Artistic Stamp will take you on an intimate interactive journey via handwritten correspondence. A six letter story arc customized for you will play out over the course of 4 months.

By Ben Bonnema

A woman struggles with her orchestral commission, only able to write a single melody. A 19th-century closeted atheist plays the church organ for work and is haunted by the same melody. In the not-too-distant future, a queer musicologist needs your help connecting the dots. Four nested stories, told over seven letters and three centuries, explore the power and mystery of music transcending time and space.

Target Age: 13+

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About the playwright

Ben Bonnema
is the 2020 recipient of the  Fred Ebb award, as well as a recipient of a Jonathan Larson Grant, an ASCAP Frederick Loewe Award, and the Harold Adamson Lyric Award. The New Yorker raved about his musical The Apple Boys, calling it "a bushelful of delights" and that he wrote "clever, catchy songs" (book by Jonothon Lyons, 2018 production at HERE Arts Center). His Fred Ebb winning musical, One Way, written with Christopher Staskel, was developed at the Musical Theatre Factory, the Johnny Mercer Foundation Writer's Colony at Goodspeed and NAMT's 2019 Festival of New Musicals starring Jenn Colella (Come From Away). Ben wrote the book, music & lyrics to Adult Swim's Peter Panic, a musical video game played by nearly two million people (developed by James Marion). His slumber party musical Boys Who Tricked Me was called "heart-healing musical theatre" by Joshua Barone of the New York Times. Other full-length work: The Lost Girl with Arianna Rose. Film: Mary Poppins Returns (Music Associate to Marc Shaiman, Oscar nom.). Ben holds an M.F.A. from NYU's Graduate Musical Theatre Writing Program.

Producing Company

Artistic Stamp

Artistic Stamp takes you on an intimate journey via handwritten correspondence between you and a character in one of our unique adventures. Be their confidante, react to the letters and objects they send, and play a role in deciding their fate. A six letter story arc customized for you will play out over the course of 4 months. In creating thrilling, entertaining, thought-provoking plays-by-post, we make intimate connections that expand empathy and amplify the capacity for compassion and insight. A diversity of people, experiences, and ideas is fundamental to the stories we tell. In a time when you can’t venture out, bring the adventure home.

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"The lost art of letter writing becomes theatre in your own home with ARTISTIC STAMP.” - Broadway World

“ an immersive theatre experience that connects far-flung playwrights, actors, and audiences via handwritten correspondences over the course of four months. “ - American Theatre

“ an antidote to screen fatigue” - Centre News

“If you’re Zoomed out and desperately missing an organic connection to the theater, Shelley Butler and West Hyler – a husband-and-wife duo of Broadway directors, each with more than 20 years of experience on such smash hits as Jersey Boys and Beautiful – have devised a new time-honored solution to keeping you personally involved”- DC Metro