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2019 NAMT

TOP 20!

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About FLY

It’s the Golden Age of Flight in 1929 and the world’s most daring female flyers are taking off in the first ever National Women’s Air Derby, a nine-day cross-country air race from Santa Monica, California to Cleveland, Ohio. Louise Thaden, a hot-shot pilot and world record holder, is determined to take home the golden cup. But when she and the other pilots discover that the race is set up for them to fail, they must decide whether or not to put their lives on the line for the future of women in flight.

The Writers

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Taylor Peck, Book: is a NYC based playwright and director specializing in new works development. She holds a BA in Theatre Studies from Brigham Young University and an MFA in Playwriting from University of California at Riverside. Her original plays have received regional and national recognition at KCACTF and have been performed at BYU, UCR, Hudson Guild Theatre, Toronto’s Theatre InspiraTO, and the Barter Theatre of Virginia. She is a member of the 2018 Lincoln Center Theater Directors Lab and the BMI Lehman Engel Musical Theatre Workshop. Taylor comes from a family of pilots and enjoys flying herself.

Jordan Kamalu, Music/Lyrics: Kamalu is a composer for film and theater. In 2016 Kamalu received a Student Emmy at the College Television Awards for his music in the animated film Papa. His music and lyrics for the musical theater show Single Wide won the 2015 Blanche and Irving Laurie Musical Theater Award from the Kennedy Center American College Theater Festival. Single Wide was produced in 2015 in NYC as a NYMF finalist where it received excellent reviews, and was further developed by the Florida Theatrical Association in 2017. In 2019 Kamalu was invited to be a Playwright Observer at The Eugene O’Neill Theater Center.

Development History

October 2018 - Reading

May 2019 - Selected for Top 20 in NAMT 2019 Festival of New Musicals

May 2019 - Selected for Apples and Oranges Theater Accelerator

July 2019 - Reading

Fall 2019 - Classroom workshop at Utah Valley University

October 2019 - Staged reading at Tuacahn Center for the Arts

October 2019 - Featured at NAMT 2019 Theater Conference "Other Shows To Know"

Pandemic - Virtual readings and lots of rewrites

July 2022 - Staged reading at Sacred Heart University with Apples and Oranges Arts


Full demos and a copy of the script are available upon request. To do so, email Taylor ( or Jordan (

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