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Written and Directed by Paul Zimet
Music by Ellen Maddow
Sets by Nic Ularu
Lighting by Nan Zhang
Costumes by Olivera Gajic
Choreography by Hilary Easton
Video by Simon Tarr
Sax/Keyboard Harry Mann
Viola Beth Meyers
Stage Manager Julia Funk
With: Todd D’Amour, James Himmelsbach, Kristine Haruna Lee, Bianca Leigh, Ellen Maddow, Steven Rattazzi, and Tina Shepard
2010: May 20 – June 6, 3LD Art & Technology Center, NYC

The cruise ship S.S. Azure departs from New York at the end of the May, carrying 
passengers, crew, and a theatre audience, all together on the trip of a lifetime.

New Islands Archipelago is at once a tropical dream of new beginnings,  a real-estate scheme, and the accidental destination of the passengers and crew of the cruise ship S.S. Azure. Thrown together with strangers in increasingly unfamiliar surroundings, their lives are propelled forward, unfolding in ways they hadn’t imagined.


“I am happy to go anywhere The Talking Band invites me to go …Playwright/director Paul Zimet exercises our imaginations and constantly tests our capacity for surprise … I had a ball”

– Martin Denton,


“a very engaging mix of zany comedy about cruise ship travel and more serious performance art-style musings on disconnected families and dream logic … the show is captivating, thanks to its innovative production elements and an excellent cast”

– Joe Meyers, Connecticut Post


“A fun, multi-media performance that is one part musical, one part mystery, and one part performance art; it definitely delivers an enjoyable evening … I strongly suggest you check out New Islands Archipelago

– Aaron Blank, Theatre is Easy