While the whole world deals with the outbreak of a global pandemic in 2020, Lis, a 47-year old disabled artist who’s struggled with her own rare chronic illness for twelve years, is stuck: getting blood infusions, with a chronic disease, at home, unable to write new music, and now with a pandemic… She desperately needs inspiration to write music again and yearns for her art-her life-to have meaning, purpose, and to be validated and thrive, while homebound. Devoid of inspiration to write a song for an arts competition, The Grieving Project, Lis encounters three other finalists on a Zoom show: thriving artists Danica, Charli, and Brandon, each battling a different physical or mental illness and disability, sending her on an unexpected spiritual quest to find and accept herself.
Book and lyrics by Lisa Sniderman
Music by Angelo “Scrote” Bundini and Lisa Sniderman/Aoede
Based on “The Grieving Project” 2020 (a spoken word, musical audiobook) By Lisa Sniderman/Aoede and Angelo “Scrote” Bundini.
Copyright © 2022
About the Creative Team
Lisa Sniderman, also known as Aoede, is an award-winning San Francisco-based folk-pop artist, playwright, author, filmmaker, disabled artist advocate who obsessively creates to express, give a voice to, elevate and empower those with chronic illnesses and disabilities to improve their mental health and wellness, grieve and thrive. She’s been honored with more than 100 accolades and awards for songwriting, audiobooks, films, stage plays, voiceover and books, all while suffering from a rare autoimmune disease for 14 years: Dermatomyositis, a progressive muscle weakness disease. Her memoir: “A Light in the Darkness: Transcending Chronic Illness through the Power of Art and Attitude” (Sep 2018), chronicles her 10-year journey living with chronic illness while creating to heal. In July 2020, she held a free two-week online summit to help others struggling with chronic illness thrive, attended by 1,800 participants. She released her ninth studio album, “The Grieving Project,” August 2020, which she is adapting to a stage musical. https://alightinthedarkness.info/about/
Angelo “Scrote” Bundini has worked as a musician and/or record producer with Grammy and Oscar winning artists (e.g., Sting, Seal, Todd Rundgren). He creates & produces shows & tours including the world renowned concert series Celebrating David Bowie with superstar performers and has composed, performed, mixed, and/or produced music for award winning independent & feature films as well as network TV. Scrote has produced and/or collaborated with Aoede on many of her award-winning albums (Affair with the Muse (2011), Skeletons of the Muse (2012), Is Love A Fairy Tale? (2012), What Are Dreams Made Of? (2013) Do You Believe In Magic? (2015), The Grieving Project (2020), Imaginarium (2021)). http://celebratingdavidbowie.com/
Christina D. Eskridge MPH, Founder and Executive Director of Elevate Theatre Company LLC. Christina is a performing artist, teaching artist, director, playwright and public health professional. For the past decade, she has fused her two passions of health and theater through performance, her teaching artistry, and her extensive work in health care at Kaiser Permanente. Elevate creates space for audiences and artists to explore health and well-being through the art of storytelling. https://elevatetheatrecompany.com/about