Author, Playwright, Lyricist
R.C. Staab is a New York-based author, playwright, librettist and lyricist whose musicals and plays have been produced in New York, San Francisco, England and the Midwest. He is a two-time nominee for England's Best New Song competition.
His latest book, NYC Scavenger: The Ultimate Search for New York City's Hidden Treasures, is now available at Barnes & Nobles in Manhattan and stores throughout tri-state, as well as Amazon. Click here to buy. From the same publisher, his book 100 Things to Do at the Jersey Shore Before You Die was published in 2020 and is now in its second printing. In 2021, he walked the entire Jersey Shore coastline from Sandy Hook to Cape May. Read about it at Jersey Shore Walk. He frequently contributes to New Jersey Monthly magazine.
Among his musicals and plays are:
HOW THE WESTONS WON, "Indian in the Cupboard" with a bit of "Next to Normal", with music by Aaron Latina, ran off-Broadway in December 2018 at Jefferson Market Library directed by Joe Barros. It was part of New York Theatre Barn's new works series in 2018 and was featured in St. Louis' First Run Theatre Reading Series January 2019, as well as staged at New Works Series of the NYFA Music Theatre program in February 2018. The show features a song (co-written with Dave Ogrin) that was a finalist for Broadway Producer Ken Davenport's Songwriting Contest and the Best New Song Contest in England.
ONE WAY TICKET: A Musical Murder Mystery, written with Daniel Sturman and Tom Kochan is in development for readings in 2020. It was part of Fisher Taylor-Gaunt's Under Construction project in London in 2015 and the New Works Series of Emerging Artists.
With Seth Bisen-Hersh, he has written an innovative musical adaptation of F. Scott Fitzgerald's, THE DIAMOND AS BIG AS THE RITZ which had its second staged reading in June 2018 at the Dramatist Guild Music Hall featuring new songs following our November 2017 reading. The cast album is available on iTunes, Amazon and other music sites. The show features a song and video, "Enough Already", with more than 4,000 on YouTube and was a finalist for the Best New Song Contest in England.
DUMB LUCK, with composer Michael Sansonia, was a winner of the TRU Voices Musical Series which included a sold-out staged reading in January 2017, a winner of the Music Theatre of Madison's Festival of New Musicals with a staged reading in October 2017 and a finalist for the Phoenix Theatre new play festival. The show was part of the New Work Series of Emerging Artists in March 2016.
He co-wrote SIGNAL MALFUNCTION, a contemporary farce, which was featured at the 2013 at the Midtown International Theatre Festival in New York. He has also written an adaptation of THE TEMPEST with the music of The Doors.
ZOMBIE WEDDING, written with Daniel Sturman, was a hit at FringeNYC in 2011 and performed in England the following year.
He lives in Manhattan with his wife, Valari, and his dog, Skye. To benefit animal rescue agencies who helped rescue their dog, Jack, he wrote the children's book, I'm My Own Dog. I'm Jack co-authored with Mario Lopez.
He is a member of the Dramatist Guild, Tru Producers and England's Musical Theatre Network. Email him at firstname.lastname@example.org.