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Paper or Plastic

Developed with & Directed by MARC EARDLEY

A beautifully-messy story, PAPER OR PLASTIC is about two high school teens — Paige, a charming young woman who comes from an affluent family; and Gabe, a conflicted boy from a middle-class, suburban family — who are in search of some sense of “normal” in their lives.

In the middle of it all, Paige’s best friend Xander — a young trans boy who has secretly fallen in love with her, unbeknownst to her — feels heartbroken at the thought of losing her, not only to an untimely graduation, but also to a now-ever-so-present figure in their lives.

With a book by Broadway investor Miss Hazel Jade (Once On This Island, Beetlejuice: The Musical) and her writing partner Jeff Brown and a score by songwriting duo Joe Stevens and Keaton Wooden (The Civility of Albert Cashier) comes an achingly beautiful new folk-rock musical about two seniors in high school who long for their own place in the world apart from their home in Nichols Hills, Oklahoma.


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Book by
Hazel Jade & Jeff Brown

Music and Lyrics by
Joe Stevens & Keaton Wooden

Music Supervision by
Amanda Rafkin


• Camp / Studio
• Community Theatre
• High School
• Professional Producer
• Secondary School
• University / College


• Acoustic
• Blue-eyed Soul
• Country/Bluegrass
• Folk Americana
• Pop/Rock


Modern, Rustic Oklahoma:
• General Store + Break Room
• High School Hallway/Lockers
• 18-Year Old Girl’s Bedroom
• Drive-In Movie Theatre
• Suburban Family Quarters
• Empty Garage/Door Light
• School Auditorium


• Contemporary Broadway
• Comedy
• Drama
• Romance
• Book Musical
• New / Original Work




• Moderate Numbers
• Minimal


Flexible, Large, Expandable
• 6 Girls
• 3 Women
• 4 Boys + 1 Trans Boy
• 1 Man
• 3 Gender Neutral
• 8+ Person Ensemble

Casting Opportunities:
• Non-Traditional Casting
• Expandable Casting
• Multicultural Casting
• Ensemble Cast
• Star Vehicle Female
• Star Vehicle Male
• Leading Trans Male
• Teenage Casting


• High School Students
• Young Adults


Libretto + Score Binders (30)
• Piano/Conductor Scores (2)
• 9-Piece Orchestrations
ROCS Rehearsal Tracks
ROCS Performance Tracks
• Artwork License
• Media License


• Violin
• Viola
• Cello
• Piano
• Keyboard
• Guitar 1 — Nylon String, Banjo
• Guitar 2 — Steel String, Ukulele
• Guitar 3 — Electric Guitar
• Bass — Contrabass, Electronic Bass
• Drums/Percussion

  • Question 1

    • You tell me…

  • Question 2

    • Yup!

These writers are creating a piercing, modern story about self-discovery.
— Kolbi-Rae Edney (Associate to Authors)


Creative Team

Hazel Jade (Book)

HAZEL JADE (Book Writer, Conceiver, Producer) is a Broadway dramaturg and investor, whose projects include: Waitress: The Musical, Once On This Island, SpongeBob Squarepants: The Broadway Musical, Frozen on Broadway, and Moulin Rouge! The Musical; and also the lead producer of Jesus Freak! by Jeff and Molly Brown, and her own musical, QUEER. Two of the three musicals she and Kyle Anthony invested in during the 2017-18 season won Tony Awards. She also has a career as a private dramaturg and literary consultant for several musicals, where she works with writers to develop strong female leads. She is also a proud bisexual woman of color.

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Jeff Brown (Book)

JEFF BROWN (Book Writer; Additional Orchestrations) was raised part-time in his mother’s dance studio in Queens, NY, where he learned to appreciate the arts before he could even walk. He also has 35 years of experience as a guitarist / bassist — along with being a comedic writer, director, producer, and actor for a local television series. He’s also been a writer and director of photography for national commercials for NBC/Golf Channel and camera operator/director for live events. His latest passion is writing for musical theater with his writing partner, Hazel Jade, where he finally feels at home.

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Joe Stevens (Music and Lyrics)

JOE STEVENS (Music and Lyrics; Additional Orchestrations), who is originally from Sacramento, CA, received a B.M. from Cornish College of the Arts in Seattle, WA, and has been touring and wandering the U.S. for the last ten years. His music rides the edge of the first wave of transgender performers to break through into the public consciousness. During 2006-2012, Stevens’ first band, Coyote Grace, released five albums and toured across the country. He released his first solo album Last Man Standing in 2014. Joe is also composer on The Civility of Albert Cashier, a musical about the real-life trans hero of the Civil War.

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Keaton Wooden (Music and Lyrics)

KEATON WOODEN (Music and Lyrics) is a Chicago-based writer, producer, and director. He is co-composer on The Civility of Albert Cashier, winning Best New Musical in Chicago 2018. With writing partner, Joe Stevens, his next project is an Appalachian ghost story about the opioid crisis. Film credits include: Vibrations, following the Indiana School for the Deaf as they create a performing arts troupe (Emmy nomination) and NightLights (LMN). Wooden is a proud member of theatrical producing firm Chicago Commercial Collective. He has presented research on his experience in the entertainment industry at the University of Oxford England, Kingston University, IFP Chicago, and Screen Actors Guild.

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Kolbi-Rae Edney (Additional Material)

KOLBI-RAE EDNEY (Additional Material) — Biography coming soon.

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Adam David Marino (Production Dramaturg)

ADAM DAVID MARINO (Production Dramaturg) is proud to say he’s a part of The Jade/Anthony Company. A natural performer at heart, Adam was born, raised, and educated in Rochester, NY, where he attended Nazareth College and earned a BFA in Musical Theatre. He’s since spent his time performing all over the country and internationally – most recently joining as Lead Tenor for The Diamonds, an professional doo-wop vocal group. Favorite credits include Grease (Doody), Tarzan (Terk) and The Buddy Holly Story (Ritchie Valens).

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Amanda Rafkin (Music Supervisor)

AMANDA RAFKIN (Music Supervisor, Arranger) is a Los Angeles-based composer, musical director, and pianist. She is the composer of the new musical The Lightning Howler (formerly titled 300 Bones), which has been in developmental workshops in LA since 2016. Amanda attended the Indiana University Jacobs School of Music on scholarship and performed and competed nationally as a classical pianist before going rogue and veering off into the world of musical theatre. Most recently, Amanda was the musical director of The Door To America as part of the She L.A. Summer Theater Festival. She is also the host, producer, pianist, and musical director of “Broadway LA: Unplugged”, a recurring cabaret show that takes place in Los Angeles.

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Daniel Sugimoto (Orchestrations)

DANIEL SUGIMOTO (Orchestrator) — Biography coming soon.

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Production Team

JAC (License Management)

THE JADE/ANTHONY COMPANY (License Management) is a Los Angeles-based theatrical producing firm that focuses on building writing & creative teams, and producing developmental readings and workshops/labs for new original musicals — while also providing: production management, general management, and event consulting. We specialize in regional and first-class theatrical productions, corporate events, meetings, and concerts throughout the country.

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Molly Brown (Associate Producer)

MOLLY BROWN (Associate Producer) — Biography coming soon.

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Nicole Spratt (Associate Producer)

NICOLE SPRATT (Associate Producer) — Biography coming soon.


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