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Book & Lyrics by
A. J. Freeman
Music by
Dimitri Landrain

Musical, Family



FABLES follows one day in the forest as the audience meets creatures struggling with various situations. We meet ROOSTER and DOG, ready for an adventure; SUN and WIND, who heal old wounds due to bullying; frightened FROG and RABBIT who learn they have a lot in common; several stubborn GOATS who discover a new perspective; ANT and GRASSHOPPER who learn to work together; FOX and CROW who wrestle with selfishness; and MOUSE and LION who overcome society’s expectations and become friends despite their different backgrounds.

A 10-minute musical focused on ANT and Grasshopper is also available for licensing.


Cast Size



65 min.






Friendship, Responsibility, Tolerance, Bullying, Forgiveness, Bravery, Honesty

Target Audience

Appropriate for all audiences


Musical Theater, Jazz



Additional Resources

Demo Tracks, Individual Song Recordings, Video



Casting Information

*19 Roles with flexibility on doubling or not depending on cast needs!

  • 3 TREES


  • DOG

  • SUN

  • WIND

  • FROG


  • 4 GOATS

  • ANT


  • FOX

  • CROW


  • LION


Rise & Shine
00:00 / 02:08
The Wind
00:00 / 01:47
Waste Of Weather
00:00 / 01:59
You Can't When You're An Ant
00:00 / 03:18
Casting & Songs


Production History

FABLES premiered at Lincoln Center on July 20, 2021 as part of their Summer for the City series.

Cast: Christy Yin, Kalia Lay, Ben Diamond, Harrison Drake

FABLES in Concert at Green Room 42

Sunday, May 12th at 1pm


TREE TRIO: Anika Braganza, Maggie Bera, Leonay Reina

ROOSTER: Marquise Neal

DOG: Benjamin Harding

SUN: Connor Delves

WIND: Bex Odorisio

FROG: Lorenzo Hilliard

RABBIT: Sienna Aczon

GOAT 1: Sadie Mae O'Sullivan

GOAT 2: Felice Kakaletris

GOAT 3: Mélodie Romano

GOAT 4: Sofie Nesanelis

ANT: Laura D’Andre

GRASSHOPPER: Autumn Hurlbert

FOX: Alyssa Wray

CROW: Scott Ahearn

MOUSE: Carly Gendell

LION: Connor Marsh

Creative Team

Director: Rebecca Miller Kratzer

Music Director: Ben Covello

Producer: Tiffany Schleigh

Composer: Dimitri Landrain

Lyricist/Librettist: A. J. Freeman

Production History
Author's Bios

Author Bios

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A. J. FREEMAN [Book & Lyrics] is a writer, teacher, and performer. As a lyricist/librettist A. J.'s musicals include: Tomorrow, The Carousel of Inevitability and Certain Foreboding, A Cordial Invitation, Hay Fever, Derailed!, Fables, In Other Words, The Crane Wife, A Note of Explanation, What’s Her Line?, Kurt ‘n’ Pat: Spies 4 Hire!!!, and Double Double. She is a member of the Dramatists Guild and Actors’ Equity. A. J. created a literacy-based musical theater nonprofit which provided free reading books and theater workshops to thousands of children across Los Angeles. Her favorite quote comes from a 2nd grader after an assembly: “I only have seven books at I’ll have eight!” A. J. is a cabaret performer, championing brilliant but forgotten music of the 1920s and 30s. She has created shows that celebrate Jerome Kern, Rodgers & Hart, Dorothy Fields, Cole Porter & Noël Coward, and many other legends. Speaking of legends: A. J. has studied with Karen Morrow, Donna McKechnie, Helen Gallagher, and Betty Garrett! A. J. also stubbornly continues to post a ukulele song every Monday on her youtube channel (afreeman727) despite several noise complaints from her neighbors. Follow her adventures, musical and otherwise, here:

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DIMITRI LANDRAIN [Music] is a French pianist/composer based in New York City. In 1997, he won a scholarship at a Berklee workshop in Umbria and subsequently moved to Boston to attend Berklee College of Music. Dimitri then worked as a Showband musician/Band Leader on cruise lines, allowing him to travel the world. He has also written numerous pop songs, including “Nous Ne Sommes Presque Rien,” recorded by French singer Liane Foly on her Platinum Album. In 2006, Dimitri pursued a Master of Music Jazz at Cincinnati Conservatory of Music, followed by an MFA at TISCH NYU in the Graduate Music Theater Writing Program. He was also accepted to the BMI Advanced Lehman Engel Workshop (participation ongoing) and has written a children’s show licensed by MTI: “Ant and Grasshopper” (co-written with A. J. Freeman as Bookwriter/Lyricist). Dimitri released his first album in 2013, September, NYC, featuring solo piano works. In 2016, he returned permanently to New York City and began faithfully attending the Barry Harris workshop, which significantly influenced his second album of original trio works, Astor’s Place, released in the summer of 2023 under the Zoho Music label. He is actively writing and gigging throughout New York City.

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