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 (played by Travis Kent) is a naive, 25-year-old white male techie and the lead in Burning Man: The Musical. He’s never been to Burning Man, but goes thinking it’s the best way for him to get ahead by networking with Silicon Valley elites. He’s driven by blind ambition to become a multimillionaire by age 30.
Sparkle Pony (played by Molly Gallagher) is Joe’s love interest in the first half of the musical. She represents the heart and spirit of Burning Man, although she comes off as a ditz. How far will their relationship go? What will happen when they return to the default world?
Bill the Billionaire (played by Yaron Urbas) is Joe’s Google Glass-wearing, Segway-riding boss. He represents the worst of Silicon Valley douchebags. However, he’s the best in his field. Joe aspires to be him and please his every whim in first half of musical, but later comes to despise him in the second half. Bill’s daughter, Catherine, is always at his side as his personal assistant.
Catherine (played by Mitzi Akaha) is Bill the Billionaire’s personal assistant and daughter. She becomes Joe’s love interest in the second half of the musical. She’s stuck in a bind between her father and Joe. On the one hand she wants to honor her family responsibility to her father. On the other hand, she wants to follow her true love: Joe. She changes sides between her father and Joe multiple times, and time will tell which one she ultimately chooses.
David (played by Forest Van Dyke) is Joe’s best friend who doesn’t want to go to Burning Man. He’s only heard bad things about it, and he doesn’t want to be “The Only Black Man in Black Rock City.” Will he come around to see Burning Man for what it truly is? Or will he refuse to attend, based on the negative press about Burning Man?
Hal the Hippie (played by Martin Pfefferkorn) is a veteran Burner. He’s a Yoda-like character who spews both nonsense and wisdom. He’s a former Merry Prankster who’s burnt out from acid, and in his roundabout way introduces Joe to the true spirit of Burning Man.