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Book & Lyrics by
Will Lacker
Music & Lyrics by
Dylan Glatthorn


Peach Melba


Mary Mallon is one of the cooks at Sloane Hospital for Women in New York City in 1915.. She's preparing her signature dish, Peach Melba, but grows increasingly nervous when she recognizes the strange visitor that's come to investigate the recent typhoid outbreak.


Cast Size

4 (2f, 2m)


10 Min.


New York City, 1915.




History, New York City, Diseases

Target Audience

Appropriate for all audiences


Classic/Standard Musical Theatre



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Casting Information

MARY MALLON: Late 30s/early 40s. Mezzo/Belter. The infamous Typhoid Mary. Boisterous and brazen, yet kind-hearted. Hard-working and devoutly Catholic. An Irish-born American who lives and works in New York as a hired chef. She’s publicly known as an asymptomatic carrier of Typhoid and has previously been arrested and quarantined on North Brother Island. 

MARGARET: 20s/30s. Alto/Mezzo. Brooklyn native. As Mary’s co-worker at the hospital kitchen, Margaret goes around delivering meals to the patients. She has been working at the hospital for years now. She is overly nice and a bit of a gossip — she’s seen it all and would be happy to tell you about it. Just like everyone in New York, she’s read all the headlines about Typhoid Mary. She’s lost family members to typhoid.

GEORGE SOPER: 30s/40s. Baritone. Big mustache. A sanitation engineer who had worked for the New York City Department of Health. He spends his time trying to discover the causes of urban diseases as a sort of public health private investigator. Eight years earlier, he tracked down and identified Mary as the cause of a Long Island typhoid outbreak, which led to her first quarantine. He has now been tasked with discovering the cause of a typhoid outbreak at Sloane Hospital for Women. A clinical man with a nervous disposition. He is not eager to arrest Mary for a second time but knows it is his duty.

A POLICE OFFICER: 30s/40s. A silent, imposing figure of the law. He is accompanying Soper on his investigation of the hospital.


The Recipe Stays The Smae
00:00 / 02:57
Come Clean, Mary
00:00 / 02:42
The Recipe Stays The Same
00:00 / 00:57
00:00 / 00:00
Casting & Songs


Production History

POTLUCK: A Musical Feast (2023)

Date(s): November 16th


Symphony Space (NYC)


Ariana Valdez as Mary Mallon

Samantha Sayah as Margaret

Michael Padget as George Soper

Creative Team:

Dev Bondarin (Director)

PJ Ju (Music Director)

Produced by Prospect Theater Company

Production History
Author's Bios

Author Bios

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DYLAN GLATTHORN is a Brooklyn-based composer and lyricist. Original musicals: The Pelican (NAMT Festival 2022), Edison, and Bittersweet Lullaby (licensed through MTI). Dylan has written music for ten feature films, numerous shorts, documentaries, and commercials for clients such as Lindt, Nickelodeon, Oakley, Red Bull, Alessi, and PBS. He has composed and arranged for Diana DeGarmo’s GEMINI; co-produced and arranged for Lolo’s X and lauren. Awards: New Hampshire Theatre Award for Best Sound Design, Clive Davis Award for Excellence in Music in Film, Best Original Score at First Run Film Festival, and two-time recipient of the Alan Menken Award. Member: Theatre Now Musical Writers Lab, ASCAP, and The Dramatists Guild of America, Inc.

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WILL LACKER is a New York City-based playwright and lyricist originally from St. Petersburg, Florida. Original works: The Pelican (NAMT Festival 2022), Bittersweet Lullaby (licensed through MTI), Catch the Westbound, Edison, The Invasion, The Custodian, and Trials of a Scientific Mind. His works have been produced at theaters and festivals around the country, including Symphony Space, The Player’s Theatre, Merkin Concert Hall, The Flea, NYC Fringe, Woodstock Fringe, Alexandra Film Festival, and Gen Con Film Festival. Will earned a BA from Marymount Manhattan and an MFA from Queens College, where he teaches writing, literature, and drama. Member: Theatre Now Musical Writers Lab, Dramatists Guild, and ASCAP.

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