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It's difficult to search short words like KID on here, and I don't know if it's been mentioned before.


Signature Theater is staging "Kid Victory," the highly anticipated and chilling world premiere original musical from composer John Kander and playwright Greg Pierce from Feb. 17 through March 22.


#The story involves 17-year-old Luke who returns home after vanishing a year earlier. Profoundly changed, Luke and his parents struggle to adjust to life following his disappearance. Only finding solace with Emily, the quirky proprietor of a garden shop, Luke grapples with a past undone and a coming of age that came too late to a boy who just wants to fade away.


#This is the second collaboration between the legendary Kander ("Chicago," "Cabaret") and Greg Pierce ("Slowgirl").


#Jake Winn plays Luke, a teen who has just returned from a year of abduction.


#"He's traumatized, and he's just trying to get everything back to normal," said Winn. "He's also really into boats."


#Winn said it was an incredibly challenging piece to begin with because it deals with a really intense subject matter that doesn't let us or the audience off the hook.


#"I'd say the biggest challenge has been not only tackling the subject matter but doing it justice," he said. "The script and score is so beautifully complicated, and finding all of the layers, details and nuances in there has been quite a rewarding challenge."


#Winn adds, "No one knows what (if anything) will work in front of an audience. So we're all just using our best artistic judgment and taking risk wherever we can, but it's a lot like jumping off a building with no net in sight — the whole thing can come crashing down."


#Winn said he wants the audience to leave thinking, or talking, or at the very least humming. "Just so long as it sparks some sort of lingering excitement, I'm happy."









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