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Book by


Robert Olen Butler

Winner of the Pulitzer Prize for Fiction

Music and Additional Lyrics by

Six-time Emmy Award Winner

Lanny Meyers

Conceived and Directed by

Michael Simon Hall


Hayriders LLC Presents


The New Immersive

Romantic Musical Comedy


"Robert Olen, in short, the type of writer one not only hopes to celebrate, but wishes to protect."


- The New York Times

Original workshop production at Theater for the New City

with Michael Simon Hall and Stacylynn Bennett 

"As good a time at the theater as one with an eye and ear for musical comedy might wish...simply sparkles with fun and Lanny Meyers."

(Yiddle with a Fiddle) 


- The New York Times

Milton, an introverted

bachelor accountant, is coerced into a

blind date, with...

Minnie of the cork leg , "this very progressive girl..."

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Seen above is the true-life setting where our story begins,

the Hendy Ironworks in Sunnyvale, California,

also known for their beautiful poppies

and apricot orchards. The year is 1911. 

Upon entering the factory, the audience receives a warm welcome from the local folk at the Ironman Saloon.

Everyone settles in to savor a comfy

farm-fresh meal and drinks.

The high spirits of turn-of-the-century jazz and

good cheer fill the air, thanks to the ironmen musicians, still wearing their overalls after the long work day,

who are jamming some lively ragtime tunes in the corner. 

Then a young named Milton reveals himself - 

He's a quirky batchelor accountant

who keeps the books in the back office,

and is known by all the ironworkers as

an rather odd, "irregular fellow". 

We learn he has an obession for numbers,

but also a repressed, overactive imagination. 

Milton confides with the audience that he has

been coerced by his ironworker pal Zach into

a blind date, in the form of a hayride,

with a mysterious woman named Minnie,

who happens to have a cork leg. 

Milton is scared to death, and insists on having your

good company as he embarks on his daunting mission,

hoping to keep his self-esteem and reputation intact. 

 With the audience in tow, Minnie and Milton 

embark on a hayride into an apricot orchard 

underneath the harvest moon, while enveloping

the audience in a ravishing musical landscape. 

Sweet hilarity ensues as these two

not-quite-normal people get to know each other. 

It turns out Minnie is far from a wall flower;

she is quite progressive, and aspires to be a suffragette.

Milton becomes smitten beyond his wildest dreams! 

Now he's really in trouble!

But what does Minnie think of Milton?

And what will happen next? 

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"What a wonderful journey. I only hope Michael Simon Hall will take me along for another ride."

 - Emmy, Grammy and Tony Award Winner,

Andre DeShields

As the sun sets, Minnie and Milton embark on a hayride into an apricot orchard with the audience in tow. 

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 from workshop production

with Staceylynn Bennett

and Michael Simon Hall

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