Feb 12 – Mar 1, 2009

The Company of A NEW BRAIN. Photo by Joanna McDermott

A New Brain

Frogs, sail boats, kiddie TV, overbearing Jewish mothers, and arterial venous malformations. When a frustrated children’s television composer is struck with a rare brain disorder he faces the possibility of his own mortality in the hospital with his friends, family and nurses. As the doctors race to save his life, Gordon realizes that his greatest fear is dying with his best songs still inside him; and so, from his hospital bed, they come to life in his room. Both zany and heartbreaking, A New Brain looks at celebrating life through heart and music.

Awards & Recognition

  • 3 Dora Award nominations: Outstanding Musical Production, Outstanding Direction of a Musical (Daryl Cloran), Outstanding Performance by a Female In A Musical (Barbara Barsky)


by William Finn and James Lapine


Directed by
Daryl Cloran

Musical Director
Wayne Gwillim

Marc Kimelman

Steven Gallagher, Barbara Barsky, Thom Allison & Juan Chioran, Parris Greaves, Allie Hughes, Steve Ross, Jonthan Tan, Paula Wolfson, Patricia Zentilli

Set Design
Lindsay Anne Black

Lighting Design
Michael Walton

Costume Design
Alex Amini

Stage Manager
Stephanie Nakamura

Apprentice Stage Manager
Dayna Chernoff

Production Manager
Douglas J. Morum


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Show Calendar


  • NOMINATED: Outstanding Production, Musical Theatre Division – 2009 Dora Awards
  • NOMINATED: Outstanding Performance (Female) – Barbara Barsky – 2009 Dora Awards
  • NOMINATED: Outstanding Direction of a Musical ) – Daryl Cloran – 2009 Dora Awards