Take a look and listen to a moment from Los Angeles based writer and composer Gary Cearlock’s new musical BITTER STREET. Gary, as many of us are, is moved by the plight of the homeless. When a very famous writing instructor told him “You can’t write a valid story about the homeless, because they have nothing to lose,” Gary was moved to begin work on his musical. His research led to him to understand that we all have something we love and so to lose. He found so many stories that he was forced to create composite characters who basically “wrote the story for him.” BITTER STREET is told through the eyes of a reporter who lives in a homeless encampment in search of a story and so inadvertently upends the lives of the people he comes to know, especially the camp’s leader, “Mama,” whose song performed by Benai Boyd, we are sharing here.
Cearlock has had his plays AND THEN I WAS HERE and THICKER THAN WATER produced by West Coast Ensemble in Hollywood. His musical compositions have been performed at such notable venues as The Kennedy Center and The Colony Theater. He hopes that BITTER STREET will raise awareness about the many reasons for homelessness – all of which need exploring if the problem is ever to be solved. He especially hopes that people will learn to give others the benefit of the doubt. After all, as the musical suggests, not everything is as it seems.