Derrick Brown is a novelist, librettist, screenwriter and journalist. He has written a novel of historical fiction calledYou Will Be Destroyed, TBA. He has written 2 musicals, 4 dance collaborations, several screenplays for television and film and is currently looking for new representation, formerly with Avalon and The Foundry. He writes articles for the parent company AV Club and The Takeout.
Is the most beautiful and the most difficult part of being human the burden of consciousness? A humanoid, Jeddy 3, from a distant factory driven planet has a miracle overtake JED and they begin to dream and feel. JED escapes to a rumored heaven called Earth, where the joys of love and the weight of sorrow and noise lead JED to make a decision for a new escape. Based on the band Grandaddy's award-winning album,The Sophtware Slumpwith new poetry by author Derrick C. Brown.
IF YOU WERE GOD
Words by Derrick C. Brown
Choreography by Martin Harriague
Performed in Israel in English and by the Leipziger Ballet in Germany.
Words by Derrick C Brown
Choreography by Stephen ShropshireMusic by Emily Wells and Timmy Straw
THE LIGHTNING HOWLER
Book by Derrick C. BrownMusic by Derrick C. Brown and Amanda Rafkin
The Lightning Howler follows the rise and fall of Ranger John Eisen, a hermit-like forest ranger deep in the Shenandoah national park who has drawn major media attention for breaking Roy Sullivan’s record for being the man struck by lightning the most—seven times—and surviving.
John, after his eighth strike, is courted by the local pastor to use his notoriety to help boost tourism in the conservative and expanding town of Dooms. But as John begins to fall in love, he realizes a supernatural phenomenon taking hold inside him that allows him to call down lightning from the heavens. Loosely based on the True Story of the world record holder for being struck by lightning, Roy Sullivan
Music by Beau Jennings Lyrics, Melody and Story by Derrick C. Brown
Derrick Brown and Beau Jennings decided to form
a musical project beyond the typical band. They knew
it had to be dark, sometimes rowdy, and they knew
there would be a theme. After a Dodgers game,
Derrick felt strange dreams come to him in the night,
visions of a haunted baseball player whose ghost
wouldn’t leave his bat until he broke it. The album
was born before the musical was fully written.
The musical script dwells on the heartbreak and friendship of Marilyn Monroe and Joltin' Joe Dimaggio. The murder of Marilyn in 1962 by the forces surrounding her secret lover, JFK sends Joe into an irreversible plot for revenge.