Concert Reading of “South: A Nautical Musical” in Catskill


Sunday, August 27 @ 2:00 pm

at the Bridge Street Theatre, 44 West Bridge Street in Catskill, NY

Avast, landlubbers! Climb aboard the ‘Worthy Vessel’ at Catskill’s Bridge Street Theatre for a Concert Reading of “SOUTH: A Nautical Musical” on Sunday August 27 at 2:00 in the afternoon.


Alison Davy – Arabella
Nancy Giles – Queen Margaret
Harry Matthews – Pirate Captain, Ucello
Michael D’emidio – Hurley
Ben Katagiri – Wheeler
John Sowle – Captain Spar
Steven Patterson – Pym
Jay Kerr – Accompanist
Jay Lesenger – Director

With an original story, book, music, and lyrics by local songwriter Carmen Borgia, “SOUTH” unfolds in 1860 “…to the north of South America but south of North America.” Afloat on turbulent seas – piloting the eternally sinking merchant ship Worthy – a wandering sailor named Wheeler searches for his long-lost mother who vanished leaving him only a locket as a tantalizing clue to her identity and possible whereabouts. Such is his life until he meets the worldly Mister Pym, a collector of religious artifacts of dubious provenance and owner of an embarrassing painting whose subject bears a striking likeness to Wheeler himself. Thus begins a journey during which we encounter thieves, whores, pirates, priests, traders, renegade nuns, terrible cooks, drunken townspeople, a whole island full of well-adjusted lesbian cannibals, and caffeine dependency on the high seas!


Clockwise: Alison Davy, Steven Patterson, John Sowle, and Carmen Borgia in South. Photos by Carmen Borgia

This “Nautical Musical for Adults” was originally developed between 2006 and 2009 at Dixon Place in New York City and received a full production there in July of 2009 with generous support from the Greenwall Foundation, The Jerome Foundation, the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation, and the Peg Sandtvoord Foundation. This Concert Reading at Bridge Street Theatre has been made possible in part by a generous grant from the Bank of Greene County Foundation, which also supported the reading of another musical by a local talent at Bridge Street this past May –  Frank Cuthbert’s “Coney Island”.

“SOUTH” will be presented on the Bridge Street Theatre Mainstage for one performance only – Sunday August 27 at 2:00pm in the afternoon. Tickets are $15, $10 for students, and can be purchased in advance online at, by calling them at 800-838-3006, or at the door 30-minutes prior to the performance on a space-available basis. Bridge Street Theatre is located at 44 West Bridge Street in the Village of Catskill, NY.

Events at Bridge Street Theatre are supported in part by the New York State Council on the Arts with the support of Governor Andrew M. Cuomo and the New York State Legislature and by Public Funds from the Greene County Legislature through the Cultural Fund administered in Greene County by the Greene County Council on the Arts.

Click HERE for tickets. Information: 518-943-3818 or

Carmen Borgia (Composer, Book & Lyrics) is a musician and sound designer living in Catskill, NY. He has designed and mixed films for PBS. HBO, IFC, and many film festivals. He sound designed An Original Duckumentary, which won an Emmy for Best Nature Documentary. He is also a singer-songwriter and has released two CDs independently, North and The Red Circle Line. In 2009, his musical South premiered at Dixon Place in New York City. He can be found at Magpie Bookshop Saturday afternoons at his Ukulele Camp, where anyone can learn the uke. He also hosts the Gospel Jam at St. Luke’s Church and performs with his wife, Alison Davy, as the duo Jumbo Bungalow.


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