JUMPING FROM ROOFTOPS AND OTHER WAYS TO CURE DEPRESSION
About The Show
A one woman, folk-soul musical loosely inspired by the true story of Nayla Kidd, an African American Columbia University student who, amidst the pressures of Ivy League life, dropped out of school, went into hiding and became a missing person.
Star Johnson is a lyricist, composer and performance artist hailing from Washington, DC. She has written the book, music and lyrics for How to Quit Your Day Job, Flattops and F Words, Rooftops: A Song Cycle, More Than I Fear Death and Sondheim in the Trap, mixing traditional musical theatre stylings with neo-soul, r&b and hip-hop. Over the years, her work has been featured at Feinstein's/54 Below, Kennedy Center Page to Stage, New York Musical Festival, The Producer's Club, and Capital Fringe Festival (best musical), and she's been profiled in The Washington Post, Playbill and Broadway World. As a performer, she has featured at Busboys and Poets, Poetic Vibes, Resist Cabaret and recently made her NYC performance debut at Caveat Scratch Paper. Star has earned a workshop residency at the Anacostia Arts Center where she will be developing a musical theatre lab with residents of the Anacostia community in June 2018. Her work can also be seen at “Broadway Celebrates New Musicals” at Feinstein’s/54 Below this summer.