Winner of the Pulitzer Prize for Fiction
Music and Additional Lyrics by
Six-time Emmy Award Winner
Conceived and Directed by
Hayriders LLC Presents
The New Immersive
Romantic Musical Comedy
"Robert Olen Butler...is, 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 music...by 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..."
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?
"What a wonderful journey. I only hope Michael Simon Hall will take me along for another ride."
- Emmy, Grammy and Tony Award Winner,
As the sun sets, Minnie and Milton embark on a hayride into an apricot orchard with the audience in tow.
from workshop production
with Staceylynn Bennett
and Michael Simon Hall