Stephan Weinstock

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In my past life before 1001, I created music for theater companies (Magic Theater, Eureka Theater), choreographers, and dance studios (Merce Cunningham, Martha Graham). My theater works included the experimental sound theater piece Mt. Quad in San Francisco, and the musical Rock and Roy, with writer Barry Jay Kaplan, about the double life of Rock Hudson. I have worked as a musician/teacher on the dance faculties of UC Berkeley, Princeton, Juilliard, and the ‘Fame’ school, as well as at the NYU Musical Theater Writing Program.

From my earliest days working with texts while earning a Doctorate in stage direction from Berkeley, to later work as a musical dramaturg advising dozens of writers, I peered over the fence at the world of words from the blissful land of music. For years I had the idea of a novel puzzling out an intricate past life history between a group of souls, but only with the epiphany of using the ancient frame tale structures of The Thousand and One Nights did I receive the courage to jump fields. By day I still bring dancers to ecstasy with my improvisations, but at night I enter the world of metempsychosis, time-honored storytelling, and worlds ranging from historical fiction to romantic fantasy.