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A woman called The Magician seems to pantomime a myriad of tricks, but her act reveals she is attempting the impossible—to save the life of her lover, Jenny.

After its NYT rave and acclaim, an audio drama inspired by the main character has been optioned, and the play has been published by Dramatists Play Service. Second productions have already begun across the country - some currently being livestreamed, and others being slotted for Spring 2021 on.

And now Open’s beautiful film of the NYC production makes its UK Premiere in the
2021 Edinburgh Festival Fringe August 16-22!  



Written by Crystal Skillman
Music by Bobby Cronin

In Rain and Zoe Save the World, two Seattle teenagers embark on an impulsive motorcycle journey to join a group of oil protesters on the east coast. But as they follow a major pipeline across the country, what began as two young activists' longing to belong to something greater than themselves gives way to Rain and Zoe discovering that the true danger in this world might just be growing up.

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Written by Crystal Skillman
Music by Bobby Cronin

Heroes aren’t born, they’re made. This is the epic tale of Jack Kirby, the most famous cartoonist you never heard of: Born in the Lower East Side slums, veteran of the battlefields of France, co-creator of CAPTAIN AMERICA, THE AVENGERS, THE X-MEN, Kirby had his biggest fight after his comic books became an international sensation: He had to fight for his name, and the recognition he was denied. An audio version of the New York Times Critics’ Pick play by award-winning Crystal Skillman and Fred Van Lente, starring the original New York cast of Steven Rattazzi, Amy Lee Pearsall, Nat Cassidy, Joseph Mathers and Timothy McCown Reynolds.

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“The Secret Life of Pets” meets

“Star Trek”.  


A geeky, adventurous young tortoise and her all animal crew blast off from NASA to save the galaxy in this animated musical television series. A YA anime series (12+)

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Joy, is an active member of the filmmaking collective Pulp Vérité when she is captured and held overseas for four years. After being released from captivity, she returns to the United States to reunite with her friends and restart her life.

But when the group realizes Joy has gathered them together for the impossible: to bring her sister who is still a captive with ISIS home, their strength as a collective, youthful ideology, and commitment to the cause are shaken to the core.

PULP VÉRITÉ was noted on the 2019 Kilroys List and was a part of the Ruth Easton New Plays Series at the Playwrights Center in Spring 2021.


Book by Crystal Skillman
Music & lyrics by Bobby Cronin
Based on Adam Elliot's film, 

13-year old Lily has locked herself in her room. Her newly single father chooses to finally tell Lily the story of Mary and Max, a tale set in the 1970s about a seemingly random friendship between Mary Daisy Dinkle, a chubby and lonely eight-year-old with a birthmark on her forehead the color of poo who lives in Australia and Max Jerry Horowitz, a 44-year-old obese New Yorker who is soon diagnosed with a newly named disorder, Asperger Syndrome.
As pen-pals, they go through their highest and lowest times together, spanning twenty years. But, will Lily see Mary and Max meet before it's too late?

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A New City depicts the stark and increasingly unapologetic actions taken by protagonist Ginny to come of age in the long, dark shadow of a repressive Christian cult called "The Message". Created by RRR Creative co-founder Sam Ratelle and inspired by his own life story, A New City features a book by Crystal Skillman and music and lyrics by Ratelle. A New City is anything but a conventional new musical and RRR Productions is thrilled to produce it.



Story by Crystal Skillman (Book) & Lynne Shankel (Music/Lyrics)

The town of Westville prepares for its biggest annual event - the Settler's Picnic. Emma Reed, whose family were original settlers, is excited to be finally taking her place in a big job as the Head Picnic Coordinator. But when the event is accused of exclusion by a newcomer to town, tensions rise and values are challenged in surprising ways. Postcard American Town is a new musical about a young woman's awakening to white privilege and activism in a small town, and a small town that has to choose its future.

The piece was selected for San Diego State University’s New Musicals Initiative two year development program with an upcoming Production in April 2022. 

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The Magican’s Magician, an audio drama inspired by the world of Open, will be released this fall. 

Kristen, an emerging YA author in New York City, uses her persona of “The Magician” to overcome the personal trauma of losing her partner Jenny to a hate crime, but when she is visited by the Society of Magicians, she realizes there may be a way to see Jenny again ... and heal a broken world.

For Release: FALL 2021 with Boom Integrated



Eat Fighter is a competitive eating, zombie murder epic that follows Miss, a thirty-something fitness nut who throws away her kale and step-counting ways to become a superstar on the competitive eating circuit. Following the lifestyle of her late brother, who was a champion competitive eater himself, she embarks on a quest to Seoul to become the World Champion Eat Fighter. But eating barrels of barbecue and acres of apple pie doesn’t come without a price—so what’s Miss’s secret as to why she can eat as much as she wants and never gain a pound?



Three reality television writers find themselves just as "desperate" as the housewives they are shooting. Danno, a stressed-out editor, harbors secret guilt for deserting his sick sister. Renee is in the midst of a divorce and at a turning point in her career. The overly ambitious Colette finds herself in a world of trouble when she guns for Renee's job and Danno's respect. Amongst the "Ladies of Malibu" show that they produce, the trio finds that it is much easier to yell "cut!" on set, rather than in one's own life.



new musical workshopped with the civilians
Written with composer Gaby Alter

Based on actual interviews, and presented in June 2020 at the Civilan's R & D Lab, THIS SHOW IS MONEY is about American's love affair with the almighty dollar and asks how our choices with this fictional creation called money affects people around us in ways that are difficult to see.

From the pandemic to our system that was always broken, based on interviews from financial journalists to front line workers to privileged, rich artists, we see how our choices with money affect us all in unexpected, comic, drastic, and disturbing ways.

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Short Film
Release Date Summer 2022
Directed by Hersh Ellis
Featuring Tony Aidan Vo
and Salma Shaw

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TV series created by
Lauren Elder and Crystal Skillman
with Songs by Lauren Elder and Regina Strayhorn

Kampfire Films

Two 30-something bestie badass musicians literally band together to thrust aside the gatekeepers and become a viral overnight sensation one wicked ukulele and accordion chord at a time.



Featuring Dana Lyn Baron
Click HERE to View!


Feature Film
In Development with Weird Sisters
(Director: Abigial Zealey Bess)



Feature Film
In Development with
Wolf Pack
(Female Screenwriting Group)

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Music and Lyrics by Matthew McCollum
Book by Matthew McCollum and Crystal Skillman

Brightwater was a town in West Virginia, named after the untamed river that cut off its people from the rest of Appalachia. A town ruled by two households, both alike in dignity: had none. So when Rosie MacAleese fell in love with the son of her father’s nemesis…what on earth did she think would happen?

Vocals Matthew McCollum, Katie Boeck, Ashley Morgan, and Susanna Hoffs.
Musicians Matthew McCollum, Chris Price, and Ben Lecourt
Produced & Arranged by Chris Price
Engineered by Chris Price and Emeen Zarookian

Black-Eyed Susan, formerly known asThe Ballad of Brightwater, has been developed through the ASCAP DreamWorks Musical Theatre Workshop, and was a finalist for the Dramatists Guild Fellows Program.

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