Hardcore West Virginia
music and lyrics by Mike Pettry
book by Claire Karpen and Mike Pettry
2012 ASCAP Foundation Musical Theatre Workshop participant with Stephen Schwartz
2012 ASCAP Foundation Harold Adamson Lyric Award recipient
Three high school seniors try to escape their West Virginia roots by making a short film, but are soon seduced by the idea of starting a porno production company. For a small fee, locals get to act in pornos that the kids write, film, and produce. They get to refine their filmmaking skills and save money for college, but find themselves growing up much too fast.
demo features the vocal talents of Alex Brightman, Hannah Elless, F Michael Haynie, Lorinda Lisitza, Lindsday Mendez, and Jason "Sweet Tooth" Williams.