a folk/rap sci-fi adventure musical

set during the American Civil War

Book & Bars by Zeniba Now 

Music & Lyrics by Jay Adana


It's 1864. And Polly Danfield, a brilliant black mapmaker, has never left her white father's house. She's free inside of her library but soon the call of the outside world becomes too much. She must choose: the life she's known or love and revolution. 


Feb 2019- The Public Theater, Public Studio Developmental Production, 

Directed by Awoye Timpo.

2018/2019 - Dramatist Guild Foundation Fellows Program Musical Theater 

June 2019- SPACE on Ryder Farm Residency. 

Sept 2018- American Theater Wing Concert at Adelphi University.

March 2018 - Performance at Jonathan Larson Grant Awards

Oct 2017- Excerpt Commision, The Public Theater 50th Anniversary of HAIR Gala, Directed by Laurie Woolery.

June 2017 - Residency through #BARS at The Public w/ Jeanie O’Hare.

WInner! Of the 2020 Richard Rodgers Award from The American Academy of Arts and Letters.


ZENIBA NOW is a musical storyteller and artscientist from Los Angeles, CA.  She wrote the Book & Bars for The Loophole, a new musical written with Jay Adana, which was produced in The Public Theater's Public Studio this winter, she also starred in the piece. She was a 2017 Public Theater Residency Writer for Rafael Casal and Daveed Diggs’ #BARS and also their 2018 & 2019 facilitator of Vocal Direction. She is a 2019 Dramatist Guild Foundation Fellow for Musical Theater, 2019 SPACE on Ryder Farm Resident, and a 2016 Independent Film School Fellow. She has a B.F.A in Musical Theater with an emphasis in Direction from The Boston Conservatory at Berklee School of Music. Her continued studies in The Politics of Trauma, Undoing Racism, and Embodied Research from Urban Bush Women Summer Leadership Institute and NYU Gallatin Graduate coursework help her navigate the responsibility of broaching topics of oppression with the intention of healing. @ZenibaNow


JAY ADANA is a west coast transplant and multi-hyphenate artist based in Brooklyn. Composer/Lyricist: The Loophole (Public Theater Studio), The Woodsman (New World Stages, lyrics), The Last Tiger in Haiti (Berkeley Rep/La Jolla Playhouse), Fingerpaintings (Playwrights Horizons Downtown), and Joe’s Pub. 2018 Jonathan Larson Award, 2019 Dramatist Guild Foundation Fellow. Work has been featured by PBS, The American Theater Wing, and The Dramatist Magazine. Residency: #BARS Residency at The Public Theater under Jeanie O’Hare, SPACE at Ryder Farm, Training: #BARS workshop founded by Rafael Casal and Daveed Diggs, BFA SUNY Purchase Conservatory of Theater Arts and Film.

Photo by Jason Roman