The opening number when Singularity, Cartwheel, Whirlpool, Triangulum, Andromeda, and Milky Way pray together. The song is recorded by MilkyWay Theatre Company's 2023 team featuring Joseph Lee (Singularity), Karina Ordóñez (Cartwheel), Kristen Amanda Vargas Smith (Whirlpool), Carla Angeline Mongado (Triangulum), Yoosep Im (Andromeda), and Yasmin Ranz-Lind (Milky Way). The band is Simon Broucke (Pianist), Brandon Jackson (Percussionist), Jason Shu (Violinist), and Isabelle Wood (Guitarist).
The big production number near the end of first act when Milky Way learns to accept their adolescent self. The song is recorded by Working Title Playwrights Acting Ensemble featuring Evan Hill Phillips (Milky Way), Daniel Sakamoto-Wengel (Oort Cloud), Abby Holland (Uranus), Jason-Jamal Ligon (Saturn), Skye Passmore (Jupiter), Daniela Cobb (Mercury), and Minka Wiltz (Sun).
The opening number when Atom, Lepton, Boson, and the particles start college in the Accelerator. The song is recorded by Diana Easter (Lepton), Brian Egland (Boson), Rina Lubit (Atom), and Rebecca Chan (Particles).
"Symmetry" · TOUR
“Symmetry” was unveiled at Musical Cafe: The SF Bay Area Musical Theatre Development Program on September 12, 2020 and at Musical Theatre Factory on September 21, 2020. Vocals: Rina Lubit & Diana Easter & Brian Egland & Rebecca Chan · Composer & Lyricist: David Quang Pham #TourTheMusicalPosted by TOUR on Saturday, November 28, 2020
The family favorite song of ELLIPSES. The song is recorded by Working Title Playwrights Acting Ensemble featuring Abby Holland (Triangulum), Jason-Jamal Ligon (Cartwheel), Skye Passmore (Whirlpool), Daniel Sakamoto-Wengel (Andromeda), and Evan Hill Phillips (Milky Way).
"Anomaly is Everything" · ELLIPSES
“Anomaly is Everything” is dedicated to Working Title Playwrights. Vocals: Abby Holland & Therecia Lang · Composer & Lyricist: David Quang Pham #Ellipses #AnomalyIsEverythingPosted by ELLIPSES on Friday, January 1, 2021
Gravity is trying to get HD to relax. The song is recorded by Working Title Playwrights Acting Ensemble featuring Vallea E. Woodbury (Gravity) and Daniela Cobb (HD).
Quark tells Lepton that they are ending their doctoral advisor-student relationship. This song is recorded by Diana Easter (Lepton) and Kami Visitsak (Quark).
"Backscatter" · TOUR
“Backscatter” was unveiled at Musical Theatre Factory on June 26, 2020. Vocals: Diana Easter & Kami Visitsak · Narration: Bianca Waechter · Composer & Lyricist: David Quang Pham #TOURTheMusicalPosted by TOUR on Friday, July 10, 2020
Boson entangles Quark in a research proposal. This song is recorded by Brian Egland (Boson). The guitar is played by Lee Cleaveland.
Cartwheel and Whirlpool discover time together. The song is recorded by Working Title Playwrights Acting Ensemble featuring Jason-Jamal Ligon (Cartwheel) and Skye Passmore (Whirlpool).
"Time is Relative" · ELLIPSES
“Time is Relative” premiered for Working Title Playwrights, in celebration of Lunar New Year. This is the first draft's take of this song. This duet has drastically changed in the following drafts. Vocals: Kari Twyman & Skye Passmore · Stage Manager: Alexis McKay · Composer & Lyricist: David Quang Pham #Ellipses #TimeIsRelativePosted by ELLIPSES on Monday, April 12, 2021
The freshman is undecided in their major. This song is recorded by Sophie Sagan-Gutherz and orchestrated by Stephanie Carlin.
HD wants to go to the Edge of the Universe. The song is recorded by MilkyWay Theatre Company's 2023 team featuring Isaac Williams (HD1), Maria Noriko Cabral (Gravity), Joseph Lee (Singularity), Karina Ordóñez (Cartwheel), Kristen Amanda Vargas Smith (Whirlpool), Carla Angeline Mongado (Triangulum), Yoosep Im (Andromeda), and Yasmin Ranz-Lind (Milky Way). The band is Simon Broucke (Pianist), Brandon Jackson (Percussionist), Jason Shu (Violinist), and Isabelle Wood (Guitarist).<
The choreographic opener and motif of the Galaxies. The song is recorded by MilkyWay Theatre Company's 2023 team featuring Flynn Jungbin Byun (Ing), Oscar E Chicaiza (Be), Kenedi Chriske (Tidal), Leigh Dillon (Tidal), Yoosep I (Andromeda), Chyna Jackson (Tidal), Chris King (Tidal), Joseph Lee (Singularity), Sabrina López (Tidal), Carla Angeline Mongado (Triangulum), Maria Noriko Cabral (Gravity), Karina Ordóñez (Cartwheel), Yasmin Ranz-Lind (Milky Way), Kristen Amanda Vargas Smith (Whirlpool), Caitlyn Somerville (Tidal), Eli Wassertzug (Tidal), and Isaac Williams (HD1). The band is Simon Broucke (Piano), Brandon Jackson (Percussions), Jason Shu (Violin), and Isabelle Wood (Guitar).<
Lepton tries to teach Quark that validation is unnecessary while they juggle orbitals of students. This song is recorded by Diana Easter (Lepton), Kami Visitsak (Quark), and Rina Lubit (Atom).
The violent altercation between Singularity, Gravity, and SPT0615-JD. The song is recorded by Working Title Playwrights Acting Ensemble featuring Minka Wiltz (Singularity) and Vallea E. Woodbury (Gravity).
David Quang Pham (he/him) is a musical theater science communicator. His purpose is to guide scientists to the fourth wall and theatre artists to the fourth dimension. Due to youthful trips to operas and space camp, he now writes love letters to science, devising stories from its branches. His musicals personifying astrophysics and quantum mechanics are respectively: ELLIPSES (2023 MilkyWay Theatre Company New Works Festival, Theatre 71; 2022 Colorado New Musical Festival; 2022 Eugene O'Neill Theater Center semifinalist) and TOUR (2020 DUAF finalist). His musical about family ELLIPSES had a sold-out workshop production produced by MilkyWay Theatre Company in their First Annual Off-Broadway New Works Festival in Theatre 71 at Blessed Sacrament on January 26, 2023. His dramaturgical credits include Millennials are Killing Musicals by Nico Juber (2022 29-hour reading at Open Jar Studios and 54 Below) and Allies by Michael McGoldrick (2022 PPADC Hamilton Arts Festival).
Composer Janelle Lawrence mentors him, helping to forge his broad range of musical styles including pop, punk, tango, and Xiqu. After completing an astrophysics and theatre education at Michigan State University, he studied playwriting as the second apprentice of Working Title Playwrights, Atlanta. He is the last Literary Fellow of Playwrights Foundation, San Francisco. His music was commissioned by Harriet Tubman Effect Institute. He was a critic in Kennedy Center’s BIPOC Critics Lab whose work is published in TheaterMania. He is a proficient trombonist; moderator at LMDA; founding member of CreateTheater and the International Dramaturgy Lab; member of ΣΠΣ, ASCAP, and the Dramatists Guild. His moonbase is in New York City and his earthbase is in Wyoming, Michigan. Be up to lightspeed at davidquang.com
Translated from Lourdes Guzmán González: David Quang Pham (él) es un dramaturgista de la ciencia. Gracias a viajes juveniles a óperas y campamentos espaciales, ahora escribe cartas de amor a la ciencia y diseña historias desde sus ramas. Después de terminar su educación en astrofísica y teatro en la Universidad del estado de Michigan, estudió una mentoría en Working Title Playwrights (WTP) en Atlanta. Janelle Lawrence es su mentora. Su ópera subatómica, TOUR, es finalista del Festival Downtown Urban Arts 2020. Su mitología cósmica épica, ELLIPSES, es protagonizada por Singularity y sus adolescentes Galaxies y sigue su búsqueda para deshacer el Big Bang, después de que su perro Gravity lo desencadena. Este musical familiar fue desarrollado en talleres anuales con WTP junto con la dramaturgista Jordan Alexandria Ealey. Las canciones serán presentadas en la Universitdad Durban de Tecnología en octubre de 2021. En el Laboratorio Internacional de Dramaturgismo inaugural (International Dramaturgy Lab), su equipo Constellations construyó prácticas dramaturgísticas basadas en cosmología. Es miembro fundador de CreateTheater y miembro de ΣΠΣ, ASCAP y el Gremio de Dramaturgxs (Dramatists Guild).