Burning Man: The Musical is a new musical about the collision of Silicon Valley and Burning Man. We’ve released our opening track to Burning Man: The Musical, and now we need your help to fund the creation of the next two songs. We’re developing this new musical a couple songs at a time, and we’re serializing new songs from it on YouTube. For more information, please check out our Indiegogo site.
Joe is a young, driven techie in Silicon Valley. He sees Burning Man as his shot to network with Silicon Valley elites who can jumpstart his career and help him achieve his lifelong goal of becoming a multimillionaire by age 30. He crashes a techie plug-and-play camp at Burning Man. Chad and Bill the Billionaire recommend he go on a vision quest by taking mushrooms and going into the deep playa. A dust storm comes when Joe reaches the trash fence, and he nearly dies from dehydration and exposure. Hal the Hippie comes out of the dust storm to rescue him, and like Yoda, he takes Joe under his wing to train him in the ways of Burning Man.
In the second half of the musical, Joe wrestles with several questions. Will he continue making his drone-delivery app to profit off of this festival centered around decommodification? Or will he change course, now that he’s seen a different way to live? Will Sparkle Pony return his unrequited infatuation? Or will Catherine turn away from her father Bill the Billionaire to join Joe on a new adventure? Will Joe make it out of the desert alive? Or will his blind ambition and naive want to profit off of Burning Man do him in?
Joe is a young tech entrepreneur. He goes to Burning Man for his first time to pitch his autonomous car startup to Bill the Billionaire. He wants to become a multimillionaire by age 30. He’s brilliant with software, but lacks street-smarts and self-awareness.
Bill the Billionaire is a boastful venture capitalist. Bill represents the worst of Silicon Valley douchebags. He hasn’t evolved in the #MeToo era. However, he’s at the top of his field and throws great parties at Burning Man. He’s half Peter Thiel/half Donald Trump.
Hazel the Hippie is an older, mystical woman. She’s a veteran burner, Susan Sarandon-type character who spews New Age mantras and tells fortunes. She plays an important role as narrator and guiding Molly on her journey of self-discovery.
Chad is a young polyamorist and Molly’s ex-boyfriend. He’s a sex addict with a void he tries to fill with multiple partners at the same time. He’s also a drug dealer and aspiring EDM DJ.