DAWN

A NEW MUSICAL PLAY

INSPIRED BY TRUE EVENTS 

Books and Lyrics by Hayley Treider 

Music by Daniel Emond and Hayley Treider


Set in a Texan evangelical community in 1978, DAWN explores one young woman’s journey of self-salvation.  Love and faith intertwine with power and exploitation in this new musical play inspired by true events.

Featuring an 8-person cast of actor-musicians with original folk, roots, and gospel music.

Developed with support from the Leonore Annenberg Fellowship Fund, SPACE on Ryder Farm, Emerging Artists Theatre’s New Works Series, and Sonnet Repertory Theatre at NYC’s Signature Theatre.


PLAYWRIGHT/CO-COMPOSER:       Hayley Treider is an emerging playwright and songwriter who has trained and worked professionally in the theatre for over a decade and been surrounded by music her entire life. She began work on DAWN at SPACE on Ryder Farm as a fellow of the The Leonore Annenberg Fellowship Fund for the Performing and Visual Arts, which she was nominated for by her alma mater, the University of North Carolina School of the Arts. The first workshop of DAWN was produced at the Emerging Artists Theatre’s New Works Series, and most recently at NYC's Signature Theatre, produced by Sonnet Repertory Theatre. NYC acting credits include plays at Classic Stage Company, the New Victory, HERE Arts Center, and Ars Nova’s ANT FEST.  She has worked in new-play development with Rattlestick, The Public, Playwrights Realm, the Lark, NY Stage & Film, Civilians, the Vineyard, and MCC, and can be seen on film in “Orange Is the New Black,” “Law & Order: SVU,” “Person of Interest,” and “The Drama Dept.”  Musical performances include “A Night Benefiting Paul Newman’s Whole in the Wall Gang Camp at Avery Fisher Hall,” and Seth Rudetsky's “Spotlight” with Joel Gray & Veanne Cox.  Regionally, Hayley has performed at  Westport Country Playhouse, Two River Theatre, Actors Theatre of Louisville, Repertory Theatre of St. Louis, Kansas City Repertory Theatre, and Bard Summer Festival.  She is a proud member of AEA and SAG/AFTRA, and a volunteer of Artists Striving to End Poverty. 

CO-COMPOSER: Daniel Emond is a multidisciplinary songwriter/composer creating out of New York. He has composed and music directed for several works, including Daphne, an absurdist, mixed-media adaptation of the Greek myth by the same name at IRT (Interborough Repertory Theater). Daniel is also creating a musical film and concept album steeped in the words and waters in Moby Dick, titled Kill the Whale. Daniel has worked professionally as an actor at the the American Repertory Theatre in Natasha, Pierre, and the Great Comet of 1812, at the Florida Studio Theater, the Prospect Theater Company, the Goodwill Theater at the Firehouse Stage and more since graduating from the University of North Carolina School of the Arts. He plays in three bands, including the bluegrass outfit the Blue Eyed Bettys (www.blueeyedbettys.com), with whom he co-composed music for and performed in The Peppercorn Theatre Company's show, The Tourist Trap.  He has produced albums both as a solo-artist (www.danielsswelltunes.com) and with the Blue Eyed Bettys, and with indie folk band Lion and Spaniel (www.lionandspaniel.com). Daniel has been singing and composing since he was fourteen, cultivating skills as a pianist, banjoist, clarinetist, guitarist, and more in order to understand music as wholly as possible, including studying voice with Broadway conductor Kevin Stites and Maestro John Mauceri. He was a fellow of the William R. Kenan Jr. Performing Arts Fellowship at Lincoln Center Education, gaining knowledge and experience in the field of arts education, and has formed a theater company with fellow UNCSA alumni called Oh Force!, which is committed to discovering new theatre artists and fostering new work. He works within the company as musical supervisor and frequent music director/composer (ohforcetheatreco.com)