No Guarantees (a musical comedy)

Scene Change music (for synthesizers)
  1. 1. Scene Change music (for synthesizers)

Scene Change music

A cascade of light and sound as Skye’s memories are downloaded into an android.

No Guarantees is a work-in-progress with the anticipated completion date of Summer 2019. Act 1 of No Guarantees will be presented as a work-in-progress by Opera Workshop at University of Nevada, Las Vegas, on November 16 and 17 of 2018 at the Black Box Theatre.

The development of No Guarantees received funding from OPERA America’sOpera Grants for Female Composers program, supported by the Virginia B. Toulmin Foundation.

Music by Cynthia Lee Wong. Libretto by Richard Aellen.

Minimum cast size:

10 singers

1. Jay Newman (tenor), designer of Andy-Mates
2. Dara Green (mezzo), Jay’s friend and co-worker
3. Maddie-2 (soprano), an Andy-Mate based on Jay’s ex-girlfriend
4. Skye, aka real Maddie (soprano), Jay’s ex-girlfriend, now a pop diva
5. Heidi the Head (soprano), an android awaiting a new body
Also doubling as Anne Drakov, Director of Salome
6. Hoss (baritone), a janitor android
Also doubling as Dwayne Dingo, inventor of the SelfMe app

SATB Chorus (at least 1 on each part) playing androids, Salome cast, police, fans, party-goers, LoveLinks profiles


Piano / electronics.

Short Description:

A futuristic comedy where a secret attempt to use an android has unexpected consequences.


Love can’t be guaranteed…except when programmed into an android designed to be the perfect mate. Still in love with an ex? No problem. Model your android after a former lover. But when that lover shows up and wants to use the android for her own purposes, the lines between reality and illusion blur, and love wreaks havoc in a world otherwise programmed to perfection.

About Librettist Richard Aellen:

Richard Aellen is an award-winning playwright and author of five novels. His play NOBODY, a finalist at the O’Neill Playwrights Conference, was produced at Alabama Shakespeare Festival in March 2010. He is librettist for WICKED MOON produced in March 2011 at the 4th Wall Theatre and co-librettist with Anita Gonzales and composer Errollyn Wallen of LIVERPOOL TRADING, currently in development with support from University of Michigan and Rythmcolor Associates. Richard’s novel REDEYE was optioned by Warner Brothers for whom he wrote the screenplay. Awards and grants include the 2006 Stanley Drama Award (Farmers of Men) 2008 Charles M. Getchell Award (Nobody), National Endowment for the Arts Grant (film Teenangel), Writers Guild of America/East Fellowship (Lost and Found), Delacorte Press Prize (Ozzy on the Outside), and the 2010 BMI Harrington Award for Creative Excellence. Richard is a member of Dramatists Guild, WGA East and BMI Musical Theater Workshop.