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INDEPENDENTS is a new musical about nine friends living and working on The Lady Grey, a Revolutionary War reenactment ship. The group of twentysomethings has used historical reenactment as a cover to smuggle marijuana, spending most of the rest of their time getting stoned and playing music. But when their captain and drug contact disappears, they have to try reenactment for real. Even though they know nothing about history. Or running a business.

As hilarious misfires give way to harsh realities, the crew of The Lady Grey finds themselves facing uncomfortable questions about the future that they don't really want to answer. Questions like, when will they need to grow up? And what if they already have?

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released December 1, 2012

Music by Stephen Feigenbaum
Lyrics by Mark Sonnenblick
Book by Marina Keegan
Directed by Charlie Polinger
Music Direction and Orchestrations by Ben Wexler
Engineered, Mixed, and Mastered by Jim Smith at Saltlands Studio

Liam--Jake Roa
Grace--Lilli Cooper
Isabel--Summer Broyhill
Jaimy--Kevin Hoffman
Chris--Christopher Burke
Carl--Corey Desjardins
Johnson--Emily Jenda
Ari--Ethan Slater
JT--Tom Sanchez
Kyle--Adam Weppler

Guitar--Howe Pearson
Bass--Taylor Smith
Drums--Matt Hurwit
Violin--Yuiko Kamakari
Trombone--Matt Melore
Accordion--Ben Wexler

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Track Name: Fare Thee Well
LIAM
Well the halyard now is mended
And the studding sails have dried
Those were wounded all are tended
And we've mourned the ones have died
Seems my time in port is ended
Come the early morning swell
Fare thee well, Plymouth Harbor, fare thee well

LIAM/ISABEL/GRACE
I have spent more than a penny
I have gained more than a pound
Though the good times have been many
I weren't meant for level ground
So it's good a time as any
To raise anchor, sound the bell
Fare thee well, Plymouth Harbor, fare thee well

CAST
Come there sorrow
Come there pain
I'll still chase the northern star over the bounding main
For if I am here tomorrow I may never get away

LIAM
Or is that what I said yesterday...
Track Name: Stoner in the Summer
JAIMY
Back in the olden days, when bugs were fucking awesome
An ant and a grasshopper lived on the same street

LIAM
Nearby were golden meadows
That had flowers all across 'em
In the summer they would blossom
So the bugs had lots to eat

ISABEL
Now
The ant was smart and he knew winter was a-comin'
So he gathered seeds as he felt the cold approach

ARI
The grasshopper said "Fuck that shit!"
Kept playing games and hummin'
Spent his lazy hours bummin'
Soggy roaches off a roach

ALL
He sang
I'd rather die a stoner in the summer
Than a forward-looking loner in the fall
Cuz if I can't find a way
To enjoy myself today
Why should I care about tomorrow at all?

(Dialogue)

JT
The frosty winter put an end to all the laughter
The grasshopper starved as he sang his final song
The ant, warm in his house, had piled food to every rafter...
Still he died the morning after.
Ants don't live for very long.

JAIMY/LIAM/ARI
The moral of the story is that life goes fuckin' quick
Don't try to plan ahead because you can't

ALL
And don't be a hardworking, seed-hoarding, pencil-pushing dick

JAIMY
Like the ant!

OTHERS
Like the ant!

ALL
Like the ant!

I'd rather die a stoner in the summer
Than a forward-looking loner in the fall
Cuz if I can't find a way
To enjoy myself today
Why should I care about tomorrow at all?

(Dialogue)

JAIMY
The moral of the story? Stick with friends! You'll be all right!
And live life to the fullest till it stops!
So let's give a shout-out

ALL
To the grasshopper!

JAIMY
And honor him tonight!

JOHNSON (holding up a joint)
Here's the grass!

ALL
Yeah the grass!

JT (with a beer)
And the hops!

ALL
Chug the hops!!!

I'd
Rather die a stoner in the summer
Than a forward-looking loner in the fall
Cuz if i can't find a way
To enjoy myself today
Why should I care about tomorrow
(Why should I care about tomorrow)
Why should I care about tomorrow
At all!!!
Track Name: Isabel
LIAM
Who's the girl that simply drives me crazy?
Who's the girl that's got me in her spell?
Could it be the one so beautiful my vision's getting hazy?
Oh yes it is
Isabel

LIAM/ISABEL
My heart
Is caught
Guess I gave it to you sooner than I thought

LIAM
Her paintings all belong in a museum
But she's way too into "art" to ever sell
Hey you know that really awesome guy? I hear that he's her Liam.
And she is his
Isabel.

ISABEL
Yeah i know that really awesome guy. I guess that he's her Liam.

LIAM
And she is his

BOTH
Isabel...
Track Name: I Should Be Glad He's Gone
GRACE
I should be glad he's gone
I should be overjoyed
No more wishing I heard
That four letter word he'd avoid
No more moments alone on the foredeck...
I'd break the silence and he would yawn
What's there to miss?
So he could kiss.
I should be glad he's gone

I should be drinking wine
Living it up with friends
If it's doomed from the start
It can't break your heart when it ends
And we might have spent evenings together
But I was always alone come dawn
If it felt real
Big fucking deal
I should be glad he's gone

Cuz when he was here, and I'd swear we were over
He'd smile and call my bluff
He'd say things like, "Don't ever leave me."
Yeah he said a lot of stuff.
And sometimes when somebody holds you
You tell yourself, "This is enough."
It shouldn't be enough

So
If I am left here alone
It hurts! But it's where I should be
I won't give him a thought
Cuz I know that he's not missing me
Here's my chance to step back and start over
Under terms I myself have drawn
Time to rebuild
Time to be thrilled
Time to move on
Time to be glad he's gone!

I should be glad he's gone...

I should be glad he's gone
Track Name: Here
JAIMY
Don't you worry Lee--we're gonna get him here!
I can guarantee, we're gonna get him here
He'll be splicing line in no time
Pay the mortgage, fucking go time!
Then he's here
He'll be here
We'll be here!

(Dialogue)

JAIMY
Where'd we learn to tie a proper bowline?

LIAM
...Here.

JAIMY
Where'd we both deny those beers were stolen?

LIAM
Here.

JAIMY
Here!
Baiting seagulls, catching sturgeons
And the morning we weren't virgins
That was where?
Not out there, Liam!
Here!

I'm sure far-off lands like Egypt are "exquisite"
And the beaches in Hawaii? Just "sublime"
But the world's not packing up tomorrow, is it?
One day we'll visit!
We've got time!

(Dialogue)

LIAM
Where'd my dad describe the ideal bollard?

JAIMY
Here!

LIAM
Here!

JAIMY
Here!

LIAM
Here!

Where'd we learn to gyb her as he hollered

BOTH
"All clear!"

JAIMY
So much shit we know already

LIAM
Gotta share it all with Teddy

BOTH
E'vry night!
Share it right
Fuckin' here!

LIAM
Maybe someday sail to Ind'ya!

JAIMY
I love curry!

LIAM (spoken)
Fucking delicious man.

JAIMY
And the view from Ev'rest might be worth the climb!

LIAM
What about the Amazon? And Taj Mahal?

JAIMY
We'll see 'em! Don't you worry.

BOTH
But what's the hurry?

LIAM
We've got--

JAIMY (spoken)
Let's leave him another voicemail!

(Dialogue)

LIAM
Don't get lonely, just excited
For the day we're reunited
Once again
Teddy when
You are
Here!

JAIMY
Here!
Track Name: The Battle of Halifax
ARI (spoken)
So we’re going to go with a random revolutionary fish battle in Nova Scotia?

CARL (spoken)
We're going to go with THE random revolutionary fish battle that changed the course of the war!

Hey, Brothers!

Ho, Brothers!

Don’t you hear above the pounding waves
The wide cry of freedom
Don’t you feel within your beating hearts
The hot rush of duty
The promise of justice
That we’ll pry from England’s jaws
Goddammit, men, we’ve found ourselves a cause!

(Dialogue)

The sky was dim
As we headed north to Halifax
We trimmed the sail as the shoreline loomed

Our spirits grim
When we headed north to Halifax
We couldn't fail or the war was doomed!

JOHNSON
And as our cannons kissed the beaches
As that sailor pissed his breeches

JT (spoken)
Hey!

JOHNSON
Our captain's final orders gave us chills!

LIAM
Shoot steady, boys,
We're aiming for their gills!

ALL
Thank God we fought in Halifax
An act of utmost daring
No longer will we suffer at the fins
Of cruel and heartless herring

(Dialogue)

CARL
The mood was grave
As we hunkered down in Halifax

GRACE
A dismal place!
You should never go.

CARL
But we were brave
As we fought the crown in Halifax

GRACE
Mhm!
Came face to face
With a deadly foe...

JAIMY
And as the bastard turned I grabbed him
As the water churned I stabbed him
And shouted "Here's for freedom!!!" as he bled!
In minutes flat
Another trout was dead

ALL
Thank god we fought in Halifax
And ended up the winners
Most everybody else was killing Brits
But we destroyed their dinners

(Dialogue)

JOHNSON/ARI
Blood in the water!
Blood in the water!

JT (who has been begging to include sharks in the reenactment)
And where there's blood
There's usually sharks
So surreptitious
Brutal and vicious
We taste delicious
To sharks!
Sharks!

Ruthless invader
Cold ocean raider
Stronger than blade 'r
Musket ball!

CARL (spoken)
JT!

JT
So it's a good thing
That sharks
Were not involved at all!

(Dialogue)

LIAM
Hey Brothers!

ALL
Hey Brothers!

LIAM
Ho Brothers!

ALL
Ho Brothers!
Can't you see beyond the smoking guns
The sharp blaze of triumph

ARI (spoken)
I just booked 15 tours!

ALL
Can't you feel within your very souls

GRACE (spoken)
We're full through saturday!

ALL
The brass call of glory
A new independence
From the farmer to the clerk

JOHNSON (spoken)
We had 253 visitors today. 253!! I literally can't believe this.

LIAM
Goddammit, guys, i think we made it work!

(Dialogue)

ALL
Thank cod we fought in Halifax
A vital contribution
Cuz though we never made a lot of trips
And didn't really raid the British ships
We headed the crusade on fish and chips!

We saved the revolution!
Track Name: Steal A Little Time With You
LIAM (spoken)
Hey-wanna write a song?

GRACE (spoken)
Right now? About what?

LIAM (spoken)
Whatever. we'll just like, sing...add some words.

This is awesome

GRACE
Yeah?

LIAM
Just thinking right now, I'm feeling so great
Like totally calm
Just...talking

So relaxing
Like playing guitar and staying up late
And no one around
Just talking

Cuz I sometimes go days
Saying nothing at all
Nothing at all
Nothing at all...

(spoken)
You go.

GRACE (spoken)
I don't know how this works.

LIAM (spoken)
I don't either. No rules. Anything goes--I'll follow you.

GRACE
Sitting next to Liam
Sitting on a boat next to Liam
He's playing guitar, playing guitar
Look at the stars

LIAM
And I sometimes go days
Saying nothing at all

BOTH
Nothing at all
Nothing at all

LIAM
Whenever i'm in need
Of a good friend indeed

GRACE (spoken)
Nice.

LIAM
I steal a little time with you
I steal a little time with you

(They sing without words)

BOTH
And I sometimes go days
Saying nothing at all
Nothing at all
Nothing at all

LIAM
This is awesome
Sitting here with Grace
On the Lady Grey

What is there to say

Except it's really great that

BOTH
Whenever i'm in need
Of a good friend indeed
I steal a little time with you
I steal a little time with you

GRACE
...Steal a little time from who?
Track Name: Goin' Nowhere
LIAM
When I was a lad of only ten
I got mixed up with rebel men
They liked my cut so now i'm here
A powderboy on a privateer

ARI (spoken)
The Lady Grey!

GRACE (spoken)
The greyest lady!

JAIMY/LIAM
So me and all my turncoat mates
Have pledged our lives to the thirteen states
Until we win I guarantee
If the ship goes down then so do we!

JT (spoken)
Down with the ship!

JOHNSON (spoken)
Down with the rum!

LIAM
What if yer powder's soaked with water?

ALL
I am bound to stick around!

GRACE
What if yer faced with certain slaughter?

ALL
I ain't goin' nowhere.

We have said we're true till our dying day
So we ain't goin' nowhere!
Raise the red white blue of the USA!
We're the steadfast crew of The Lady Grey!

CARL (spoken)
Fuck the Mayflower Two!

ARI
This used to be a merchant craft
Before we heard from the naval draft

JOHNSON
We ditched our cargo when we could
And bound our hearts to the flag for good

JT
What if we face some Tory flounders?

ALL
I am bound to stick around!

CARL
Packed to the gills with 18-pounders!

ALL
I ain't goin' nowhere!

We have said we're true till our dying day
So we ain't goin' nowhere!
Raise the red white blue of the USA
We're the steadfast crew of The Lady Grey!

JOHNSON
What if yer ma an' pa are skewered?

ALL
I am bound to stick around

LIAM
What if ya mix up wind and leeward?

ALL
I ain't goin' nowhere

ARI
What if the mate gets drunk and falls off?

ALL
I am bound to stick around!

JAIMY
What if some pirates cut your balls off!!

ALL
I ain't goin' nowhere!

JT
What if yer ship's attacked by rhinos!

ALL
I am bound to stick around!

JAIMY
What if all of reality is just the dream of a magic dolphin!

ALL
I ain't goin' nowhere

We have said we're true till our dying day
So we ain't goin' nowhere!
Raise the red white blue of the USA...
We're the steadfast crew of The Lady Grey!
Track Name: We're Not Everybody
CHRIS
A river starts out singular and special
Then loses all distinction in the sea
So no one cares what path it takes, what water it delivers
Ah but that's a fate for rivers, not for me

JAIMY
No I won’t end up one amongst the billions
The confirmation came when I met you

CHRIS/JAIMY
This feeling is so strong that if some people think we’ll blow it
Don’t you listen cuz I know it isn’t true

ALL
So they can say
The world will take down everybody
What should I believe that for?
You and I, we aren't just anybody
We're not everybody
We're much more

ARI
When autumn comes, the leaves burn like a sunset
Then fall in withered piles on the ground

JOHNSON
The trees are bare

JAIMY
The meadow's dead

CHRIS
But hey, wherever we'll be

ALL
I can guarantee we'll still be safe and sound

CHRIS/GRACE
The swallow sings its song till late October
When weather chills, there's nothing to discuss.

CHRIS/GRACE/ARI
If one bird gets to leaving then the rest are bound to follow

GRACE
Ah but winter hunts the swallow, never us.

ALL
So they can
Say that time will get to everybody
Well, I’d like to see it try
You and I, we aren’t just anybody
We’re not everybody
We don't die

(Dialogue)

LIAM
The earth will hit the sun, they say it's certain
And we'll blow out like dust amongst the stars

CHRIS/LIAM
If that's where you are headed, you've a pretty fucked up future
But it ain't ours

ALL
It ain't ours
It ain't ours

Say the light goes out on everybody
If it's true I'm not afraid
You and I, we aren't just anybody
We're not everybody
We don't fade

Yeah they can
Say the light goes out on everybody
If it's true I'm not afraid
You and I, we aren't just anybody
We're not everybody
We don't fade
Track Name: The Cold Dunes of Shelburne
JOHNSON
I left a girl on the cold dunes of Shelburne
She swore she would wait through the grey winter's chill
And though I've been gone now for many a season
I tell ya for certain she waits for me still

JOHNSON
She's written me verses to prove she is faithful
I never write back but she don't feel betrayed

JOHNSON/GRACE
She keeps posting letters and swearing she loves me
Keeps holding fast to the dreams that we made

ALL
Alone, alone on the cold dunes of Shelburne
Keeps holding fast to the dreams that we made

KYLE
There's many a sailor has ventured to woo her
She spurns their advances and turns them aside

KYLE/ARI
She thinks of the beach where we used to go dancing
That's where I whispered I'd make her my bride

ALL
Alone, alone on the cold dunes of Shelburne
That's where I whispered I'd make her my bride

(Dialogue)

JOHNSON
I've anchored in Glaucester, Montego and Brunswick
But ne'er back in Shelburne by fortune or fate
I sail with her heart and unless we're borne backward
Naught she can do but remember and wait

ALL
Alone, alone on the cold dunes of Shelburne
Naught she can do but remember and
Wait for me

Alone (all alone)
All alone (all alone)
Alone

JOHNSON
Tell ya for certain she waits for me still...

[segue directly into "Liam And"]
Track Name: Liam And
ISABEL
It's always Liam and.
Liam and Chris
Liam and Jaimy
Liam and someone
Maybe for a minute
You'd consider just being Liam
Think about it
Just being Liam

But right when you are sold
Set to strike out in the cold
Without anybody to else to hold your hand
Uncertainties attack
Convictions crack
You hurry back to Liam and

It's never Liam or
Liam or Chris
Liam or Jaimy
Liam or something
Yes let's sell the ship
No don't sell the ship
Hey let's get a permit
Oh you guys don't want to
Let's not get a permit

If there's shit you want to do
You don't ever follow through!
Cuz you can't ditch the support that you demand!
But even if you could
Who says you should?
You're pretty good at Liam and.

You'd never risk Liam and no one.
No never risk Liam and no one
Just make sure it's Liam and everyone
So if anyone gets lost
They're easy to replace.
Liam and Isabel.
Oh there goes Isabel.
Liam and Grace.

And what's done is done it's done.
But, surprise. It hurts a ton.
And it doesn't really help to understand.

I can't do it anymore
It's Isabel or
Liam and
Track Name: Fare Thee Well (Reprise)
LIAM
Well the halyard now is mended
And the studding sails have dried
Those were wounded all are tended
And we've mourned the ones have died
Seems my time in port has ended
Come the early morning swell
Fare thee well, Plymouth Harbor, fare thee well

I have spent more than a penny
I have gained more than a pound
Though the good times have been many
I weren't meant for level ground
So it's good a time as any
To raise anchor, sound the bell
To get out of Plymouth Harbor, fare thee well

There's a dream I'll meet out yonder
So I've settled in to wait
But am I just gonna wander
Till I wreck upon my fate?
There are paths I'll always ponder
There are doubts I'll never quell
But it's time, Plymouth Harbor. Fare thee well

Come there sorrow
Come there pain
I'll still chase the northern star over the bounding main
For if I am here tomorrow I may never get away
Or is that what I said yesterday

Oh I know I'm not so clever
That I'll steer through every storm
But some ties I've got to sever
That some stronger ones might form
Maybe nothing lasts forever
Maybe I'm too young to tell
So I'll leave thee, so I'll dare
Plymouth Harbor fare thee well

ALL
Come there sorrow
Come there pain
I'll still chase the northern star over the bounding main
For if I am here tomorrow I may never get away
Or is that what I said yesterday

Aaah
Aaah....
Track Name: Sun Rose Up
GRACE
When the sun rose up this morning
I was smooth as a pebble
I was fresh as a river
When the sun rose up this morning

ARI
When the stars come out tonight
I'll be tough as a saddle
I'll be tired as a prairie
When the sun comes out tonight

ALL BUT LIAM
In the blink of an eye
I will live, I will die
This is sure to be
They've given me fair warning

But you can't imagine darkness
When you're all awash in light
And I can't believe in night
Since the sun rose up this morning
Since the sun rose up this morning...

LIAM
Since the sun
Rose up this morning