S.P. MONAHAN (Book & Characters)


Writing Residency

The Drama Club is going to Hell in a handbasket. In this devilish new musical from the demented minds of Monahan & Oyen, we follow Desmond Channing – Drama Club President at Ronald Reagan High School – as he relives his teenage rise and fall from grace by performing a glitzy, zany cabaret act in the Underworld.


S.P. MONAHAN (Book & Characters) is a performer and playwright, best known for the solo comedy DIVA (winner of two 2013 USolo Awards, including Backstage Magazine’s Audience Choice Award), which has been expanded into DIVA: LIVE FROM HELL (music/lyrics by Alexander Sage Oyen). Plays include RODHAM/SADE (HERE Arts Center), AUNT JACK (upcoming world premiere at Empire Stage, July 2018) , and GALLOWS TREE (winner MRT Best One-Act 2012). As an actor, S.P. has originated roles in plays by Ken Urban, Randy Sharp, and Charles Busch. S.P. holds a B.A. in Theatre from Fordham University.

ALEXANDER SAGE OYEN (Music & Lyrics) is the recipient of the 2014 ASCAP Foundation’s Lucille and Jack Yellen award for lyricists and a finalist for the 2017 Jonathan Larson Award and Grant. His musicals include ARCHIE'S FINAL PROJECT (book by James Presson and David Lee Miller), DIVA: LIVE FROM HELL (book/characters by S.P. Monahan), and MOMENT BY MOMENT (performed at 54 Below; produced at Mahidol University, Bangkok, Thailand). He and collaborator James Presson were awarded the 2013-2014 Dramatist Guild Fellowship and their musical, OUTLAWS, was the recipient of the 2014 ASCAP Workshop. He was named one of Playbill’s “Contemporary Musical Theatre Writers You Should Know,” and is a proud member of ASCAP and The Dramatists Guild.