Jerry Bock Award
Festival of New Artists
The Ukrainian SSR, 1986. Following the nuclear accident at the Chernobyl power plant, evacuation orders in the nearby city of Pripyat have forced people to leave their beloved pets behind. THE PACK imagines and follows the journey of those pets, and one in particular: Boychik, a sweet young mutt who must adapt to a new life without his loved ones. Bursting with humanity, humor and hope, THE PACK is ultimately about us — a story about survival, chosen family and the often life-changing connection between the two.
DEVELOPMENT AND AWARDS
The Pack (originally titled THE DOGS OF PRIPYAT) won the Jerry Bock award, given by the legendary Sheldon Harnick, and the Weston Playhouse New Musical Award, garnering a concert at Weston and a demo produced by Kurt Deutch and Sh-K-Boom. The show was featured in the NAMT Festival of New Musicals, the Goodspeed Festival of New Artists, and the Bound for Broadway series at Merkin concert hall. It received an industry reading at City Center, a master class with Stephen Schwartz, and a workshop at The University of Miami. Songs from the show have been performed in the Lincoln Center Songbook series, Musical Mondays, Manhattan Theatre Club with BMI as well as various BMI smokers, virtual concerts at the Warren Miller Performing Arts Center and NY Theatre Barn, and a sold-out concert at GreenRoom 42 in March, 2020. The show was originally developed in the BMI Workshop (where Aron and Jill received Harrington awards), and the Dramatists Guild Fellows program under the generous mentorship of Lynn Ahrens and Stephen Flaherty.