Laura Kleinbaum and Christiana Cole are a musical theatre writing team based in New York City and LA. They are currently collaborating on Puritan/Lesbian/Witch, an original musical comedy.
In 1691, wholesome Puritan teen Mary May Obediance Higginbottom Brown is chased through the woods by a pitchforked mob that’s convinced she’s a witch. When she comes across a mysterious time portal, Mary May takes her chances and jumps in – and lands in the closet of a 1991 dorm room that belongs to 20th century friends: straight-laced Midwestern mathematician Mallory, and the soignee pre-law Brielle. The modern gals quickly figure out why Mary May’s an outcast – she’s a lesbian. As Mary May embraces newfound freedom and ditches her bonnet, Mallory begins to act funny, avoiding her boyfriend and discouraging Mary May from telling people the truth. There might be more than one puritan-lesbian-witch around. Will Mallory call off her wedding? Can Brielle persuade Mallory that plaid isn’t a good look for bridesmaids dresses? Will Mary May return to the danger of 1691 and reunite with her “very close friend” Agnes, or stay in the sorta-safety of the 1990’s? This comedy, inspired by classics like Mean Girls, Clueless, and But I’m A Cheerleader, celebrates both the joy and struggle of self-discovery in times and places that aren’t perfect.