highway 47 


photo by Ania Sodziak

KJ Sanchez’s “Highway 47” (directed by Lisa Portes) is a riveting account, deeply rooted in New Mexico history, of a daughter trying to come to terms with her father (and herself). She does so by chronicling the tale of his lifelong obsession with a piece of land settled three centuries before him, and of the endless decades of litigation and vitriol he set in motion in the name of justice. What she discovers, and renders with brutal honesty, is the complex nature of her father’s quest, as well as the relentlessness of spirit she shares with the man. A tour de force performer and powerful writer, Sanchez (who, along the way does a fiery Mexican folk dance) should make a movie about her father’s life.” - Chicago Sun-Times


A middle school rock musical, about, and designed to be performed by, middle-schoolers. Life in the Middle was commissioned by Asolo Repertory Theatre and is compiled from interviews with middle school students in Sarasota and Manatee counties in Florida, with additional interviews conducted in Monmouth County, New Jersey. The Asolo Conservatory Actors contributing interviews: Ghafir Akbar, Kirstin Franklin, Sarah Gavitt, Hannah Goalstone, Alexandra Guyker, Peter Mendez, Nissa Perrott, Kevin Stanfa, Bethany Weise

Life in the Middle was first performed with an all-middle-school cast at Two River Theater Company in June of 2010.  The original middle school cast and band included: 

Adam Canterbury, Melody Chibnik, Gianna DeWitt, Laura Diorio, Owen Doherty, Sophie Halpern, Adrian Hernandez, Suzie Hicks, Jordan Holaday, Michael Hopkins, Matthew Hughes, Sophia Jackman, Spencer Mullen, Jenna Najjar, Jon Erik Nielsen, Sandra Paz, Nick Piescor, Jake Tavill, Jack Volker, Isabel Wallace, Kyle Ward, Fiona Zasowski.

Music Director PK Pickens, Assistant Music Director Carol Boehm, Assistant Directors: Kate Cordaro and Anne Marie Nest.  Both productions were directed by KJ Sanchez

Life in the Middle is available to be liscenced by middle schools: cast 8 to 17 students, use your own band, or the recorder music provided by American Records.  We also provide directors/teaching artists as needed.




DEATH... for a living.

A musical comedy about people who work with death… for a living.

American Records previewed this work at Juniata College in Pennsylvania April 14-April 17th.

Listen to two songs from our rehearsal: Need You To Be and Most Unfortunate, both written by AR's Phil Pickens.

NeedYouToBe-3-23-2011 by pkpickens

MostUnfortunate-3-23-2011 by pkpickens




A Night at the Opera

This short play by Tommer Peterson with KJ Sanchez was performed as part of the conference session, Too Progressive, Too Elite: Public Value and the Paradox of the Arts <> , organized by Barbara Schaffer Bacon, co-director, Animating Democracy, Americans for the Arts; Marete Wester, director of arts policy, Americans for the Arts at the Emerald Tablet in San Francisco on October 11, 2011 as part of the Grantmakers in the Arts 2011 conference.


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