Crossroads (or The Piano of Death)

Written and Directed by E. Christopher Clark
Music by Mary Casiello
Based on an idea by Mary Casiello, E. Christopher Clark, and Crystal Lisbon

Crossroads (or The Piano of Death) finds Veronica Silver, a young mother and failed musician, at a crossroads in her life as both a parent and an artist, confronted by the ghosts of her past and forced by strange, overbearing salesman to decide where she is going and to understand where she has been.

Featuring original music by Mary Casiello, as well as a song written for the 2010 RPM Challenge by Phil Kliger and playwright E. Christopher Clark, Crossroads is a celebration of life, art, and the spirit of collaboration.


This production of Crossroads ran at The Players’ Ring in Portsmouth, New Hampshire from June 22—July 1, 2012 as part of the theater’s Late Night Summer Series.


  • The Busker: Mary Casiello
  • The Salesman: Paul Strand
  • Veronica: Elizabeth Locke
  • Vern: Cassandra Heinrich
  • Nica: Teddi Kenick-Bailey
  • Andy: Elise Williams


  • Lighting Design by Jonathan Martin
  • Subway Set Pieces by Sean O’Connell


"I Wish I Wanted Less" and "Crossroads"
Music and Words by Mary Casiello

"Sing, Angel. Sing."
Music by Phil Kliger, Words by E. Christopher Clark, and Arrangement by Mary Casiello