504: A New Musical
Photo credit: HolLynn D'Lil
About 504: A New Musical
504: A New Musical was written by Abbie Goldberg and Mason McDowell at NYU’s Graduate Musical Theater Writing Program. The musical takes place during the 1977 sit-ins for disability rights. It follows a majority disabled ensemble cast and grapples with questions such as how does a community reimagine the world to better meet their needs? How do social movements stay unified while navigating internal conflict? How does fighting for justice transform our own senses of self and our relationships to others?
Watch the sizzle reel to get an overview of what 504: A New Musical is about, hear artist statements from the writers and listen to some of the songs that are a part of the show.
To hear more songs from the show visit the Demos page of the website.
Abbie and Mason had the pleasure of sharing their musical with Judy Heumann, one of the original organizors of the 504 sit-in. (June 2022)
On April 30th a concert version of the show will be presented by Disabled Down Center-an organization with the mission to spotlight disabled performers (with allies) in entertainment through performance and free training opportunities. at Pearl Studios. See how you can get involved and get tickets below!
Who we are
Abbie Goldberg (Book and Lyrics): Abbie Goldberg is a multidisciplinary artist from the mountains of rural Maine. They have an MFA in Musical Theater Writing from New York University and have been published by HowlRound, Autostraddle, Dame, Waif Magazine, Sinister Wisdom, AK Press, and Ben Yehuda Press. She is an alumnus of the Join for Justice Community Organizing Fellowship where she worked for disability rights, and the New Opera and Musical Theater Initiative. Their work has been performed at Lincoln Center, Rattlestick Theater, Rockwood Music Hall, and as part of Adding Our Voices: The Jewish Feminist Songbook and Gender Inclusion Initiative. Abbie also enjoys doing props and sets, most recently for the audience choice award winning musical Stuck at The Chain Theatre, and The Restaurant of Many Names with Multicultural Sonic Evolution. She is also a cofounder of the Jewish drag troupe Turmohel with whom she performs under the name Chava GoodTime. They are passionate about using arts, creativity, joy, and spectacle as forces for social change.
Mason McDowell (Music): Mason McDowell is an award-winning singer-songwriter, multi-instrumentalist, actor, and an alumnus of the BMI Lehman Engel Musical Theatre Workshop. As a composer, he self-produced his mini-musical The Adventures of Inspector Lockshire (Book, Music, and Lyrics), which was presented virtually through the BMI Workshop, and is now available online. He also co-wrote the mini-musical Possumneck with collaborator Julian Bliss, and has worked extensively as a dance composer, most recently for The Missing Piece, a concert at the Lambert Center For the Arts (Dec. 2021). As a songwriter, Mason has composed and self-produced a full-length album Pictures in My Mind (2016), and two EP's, The McDowell Brothers (2011) and Looking Glass (2019), and has performed on many stages in the tri-state area; including Rockwood Music Hall, the Ithaca State Theatre, Two River Theatre, and Syracuse Stage. Mason currently lives in NYC, and is an alumni of NYU's Graduate Musical Theatre Writing Program.
How you can get involved
Image created by Mason McDowell
1 / Donate
The most important thing we need right now is donations. We hope this show will be a platform for a large, diverse group of disabled performers and we want to pay them well! We also need funds for musicians, rehearsal spaces, and to hire someone to translate material into ASL. All told we are trying to raise about $6,000 so every donation helps! Reach out to email@example.com to donate!
2 / Spread the word
You can also support by spreading the word! Do you know any performers based in New York you could send our casting call to? Any arts and disability related organizations who may be interested in partnering with us? We would love to be introduced! We want this show which is fundamentally about community to also be shaped by community and would love your help building connections! Contact us below!
3 / Come to the performance
Finally, if you’re in the New York City area you can come to the concert performance! We will definitely want feedback (especially from community organizers and disabled folks) and would love to have you in the room with us! The show will be April 30th and tickets will be free. Link to tickets will be posted when available. Click here to reserve tickets.