Emily Rose Simons

Music and Lyrics


Ria T. DiLullo

Direction and Story


As a practicing Catholic and a feminist, the theology around Christ’s conception has always been challenging.  Why must Mary be both asexual and a mother? How much agency did she have in the process? Does God’s infinite power grant Him the right to invade the bodies of the beings He creates? To what extent do human beings belong to God?  In this modernized version, in which Mary is an atheist, these questions become even more urgent.  Upon agreeing to embark on the musical, Ria made me promise that I would not shy away from my discomfort with this teaching. Emily Rose shared her own religious experiences in the Jewish faith. and challenged me to dig even further. I am grateful that I will not be tackling these loaded spiritual issues alone, but with the help of my creative team.