What We Do
We are Dillon and Caps, and our lifeblood is marrying the queer past to the queer present. The ethereal magic and nostalgic romance of the past has often felt out of reach to us as queer women, and we want to change that. That’s why we’re creating the kind of work that could have changed our lives when we were younger.
We're a musical theatre writing duo based in NYC, made up of two graduates of NYU Steinhardt's music theatre program. The idea to write together dawned on us during our senior year of college, and we've been collaborating ever since. We love retelling classic stories in a variety of contemporary styles, and are passionate about centering queer narratives in musical theatre. Our work has been performed through SheNYC's summer theatre festival, New York Theater Festival, and virtually, as well as at various cabarets and concerts at venues including 54 Below and the West End Lounge.
We're currently artists in residence at Culture Lab LIC, where we are developing our musical Show Me Eternity, which explores the life, love story, and rewritten legacy of Emily Dickinson. The residency will culminate in a series of public performances in late November and early December. Show Me Eternity also has upcoming presentations at Florida State University and Amas Musical Theatre in 2024.
Sam Caps (composer/lyricist)
Sam (she/her) is is a composer, lyricist, singer, actor and musician living in NYC who also works as a freelance church singer and vocal teacher. Her work explores the intersection of pop, folk and contemporary musical theater, and has been performed at NYC venues such as 54 Below, Green Room 42, the Duplex, and the West End Lounge. While at NYU, Sam began writing pop songs and studied with the brilliant Dana Calitri. As a composer/lyricist, Sam draws inspiration from singer/songwriters and folk artists, with particular attention to the unique poeticism they bring to telling widely relatable stories. Awards and recognitions include the 2022 BroadwayWorld Off-Off-Broadway Award for Best New Score of a Musical and nomination for Best New Musical; New York Theatre Festival nominations for Best Score and Best Play or Musical. Sam is a member of the BMI Lehman-Engel Musical Theatre workshop.
Annie Dillon (librettist/lyricist)
Annie (she/they) is a writer, performer, and director who grew up in the Boston area, as well as an educator specializing in STEM. As a writer, Annie is interested in bringing a queer, feminist lens to the classics, with a playful approach to time and how we experience its passage. Awards and recognitions: 2023 Eric H. Weinberger Librettist Prize for Show Me Eternity and the 2022 BroadwayWorld Off-Off-Broadway Award for Best Book of a Musical (Show Me Eternity). Member: BMI Lehman-Engel Musical Theatre Workshop, Dramatists’ Guild.