Welcome to the Co-op
Book and Lyrics by Hannah Berman
Music by Zoe Reifel
In Summer 2018, Zoe and I decided to write a musical. Over the course of that summer and the following fall, I wrote the book and lyrics, and then we spent countless hours in Zoe's dorm room composing the music. Unfortunately, due to various unforeseen circumstances, the musical has not yet been performed.
Welcome to the Co-op is a two-act musical. It centers on Ted and Jane, a couple in their early thirties, who decide to join the local Park Slope Co-op, a grocery store where community members can buy goods at insanely low prices, the only setback being that they must volunteer at the store every week. There they meet Barry, a longtime volunteer and lifetime devotee to the Co-op; Dakota, a cool, young Co-op leader who can't digest gluten; and Chloe, a passionate activist who might just spell trouble for Ted and Jane's marriage. When Dakota eats a bag of chips labeled gluten free and has an allergic response, the crew decides to take action against the Co-op through protest. By turns self-aware and entirely oblivious, this silly little musical is perfect for a small production.