(How it all began)
Golem Owned A Tropical Smoothie is a musical about Golem, who owned a Tropical Smoothie. It started on a cruise ship, when Garrett Poladian (cowriter) told Ethan Crystal (cowriter) a story about when he worked at a Tropical Smoothie, and imagined that Golem was the owner.
- Winner of Best Musical, Best Direction, Best Lyrics, SOUNDBITES 6.0 (2019)
- Recipient of NAMT Frank Young Fund Grant (2020)
- Semifinalist of the Eugene O’Neill National Musical Theatre Conference (2021)
- Recipient of the NYFA City Artist Corps Grant (2021)
James & Emma Romey, Lennie & Jimmy Diaz-Granados, Ruben Diaz, Luke Hoback, Suzanne Cleland, Jay & Diane Crystal, George Bochetti, Teresia O’Halia, Eleanor Lewis, Nick Inouye, Mike Kolsut, Levi Butner, Jim & Sylvia Murphy, Nicholas Ruhrkraut, Liam Boatner, Hill Paschal, Johnathan Hogue, Laura Frenzer, Jill Lord, Kyle Torrence, William Weiner, Kate Bullock, Tyler Collingbourne, Amber Hoffmeister, Christopher S. Brown, Nick Poladian, Bradley Poladian, Morgan Hammel, Kaylee Barrett, Tony McKay, George Pachucy, Jim Storch, Joel Goodloe, Nick Stephens, Luke Williams, Justin Porter, Ambar Saldaña, Brian Silver, Marissa Petullo
Special Thanks to Siobhan O’Neill and Lea Nardi
“Is this “Gollum” from Lord of the Rings? Is “Smeegle” supposed to be Smeagol?”
No! “Golem” is derived from Jewish Folklore, and “Smeegle” is our own invention. Any similarity to any preexisting character from a copyright-protected franchise is a coincidence! We do not meddle in the affairs of large entertainment entities, for they are subtle and quick to anger.
Why does Golem own a tropical smoothie?
For many Americans, small businesses are central to the beauty of this nation; a way to take something you have passion for, and through dedication and hard work, turn it into a labor of love that betters yourself and your community. Where else could a funny lookin’ little fella with a questionable past move in from out of town & start a new life? It’s inspiring. Like two guys trying to answer tough questions to get money for their puppet musical.
Why is this story being told?
Because it made us laugh. At the beginning of our writing process together, we set out to create something that made our friends and us laugh. Then it made an audience laugh. Then the absurdity of the show, the title, the fact that it was even being written, became the point. And the bigger it got, the funnier it was that it had gotten that far.
All stories are about a search for some truth; Ian, Kyle, and Gabby are all searching for meaning in their lives, just like the audience is searching for the meaning of this show. And what they all discover, is that it’s up to you to determine what it means to you.
What do we learn from this show?
That there are some questions in life that don’t have simple answers, and that’s ok. And it’s okay to take a break from answering those questions to have a little bit of fun, or to relax, or to do something nice for somebody else. We’re only on this planet for a short time, and the most important thing to do is love each other. What was the question again?
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