American Tales


The Loves of Alonzo Fitz Clarence & Rosannah Ethelton by Mark Twain
Bartleby the Scrivener by Herman Melville
Music by Jan Powell
Book and Lyrics by Ken Stone
Directed by Thor Steingraber & Kay Cole

Two tales of folie à deux by two great American writers… of connections made and tragically missed. American Tales takes us on a musical journey through Mark Twain’s The Loves of Alonzo Fitz Clarence and Rosannah Ethelton and Herman Melville’s Bartleby The Scrivener. Twain’s prophetic tale, written two years after the telephone was invented, imagines a time when people would fall in love across thousands of miles. Near-misses, mistaken identities and the wit of Mark Twain make this a love story for the ages. In Bartleby, we visit a Wall Street law office in an America quickly becoming industrialized and impersonal. Bartleby answers a job posting and stays long past his welcome, as Melville ponders the great question of compassion and man’s responsibility to his fellow man.


Creative Team

Musical Directors: Steven Jones & Billy Thompson
Movement: Kay Cole
Scenic Design: Laura Fine Hawkes
Costume Design: A. Jeffrey Schoenberg
Lighting Design: Jose Lopez


    Team A

  • Burley/Bartleby
    Raphael Sbarge
  • Uncle Charles, Maid / Turkey
    Paul Eiding
  • Doctor/The Lawyer
    Peter Van Norden
  • Rosannah/Ginger Nut (Cover)
    Melanie Lora

    Team B

  • Rosannah/Ginger Nut
    Devon Sorvari
  • Alonzo/Nippers
    Daniel Blinkoff
  • Burley/Bartleby
    Richard Miro
  • Uncle Charles, Maid / Turkey
    John Wallace Combs
  • Doctor/The Lawyer
    Philip Proctor