Water on the Moon

A Play with Songs

Book & Lyrics by Kathleen Cahill
Music by Deborah Wicks La Puma


Water on the Moon is a love story in which four actors play the same couple, at age eighteen and forty-three. It is set in the present and in 1972, just before the end of the Vietnam War. Sandy and Jimmy are from opposite sides of the tracks, but in their garage band together they soon share dreams of stardom and a once-in-a-lifetime love. But when Jimmy is drafted for Vietnam, against Sandy’s protest, both their dreams of a musical career and a life together are destroyed. Now, 25 years later, they meet again to try and finally confront their past. Featuring seven retro rock n’ roll songs which weave throughout the play in this time-bending love story.


Water on the Moon has received readings at TheatreWorks in Hartford, Connecticut, Signature Theatre in Arlington, VA, MetroStage in Alexandria, VA, and at Barrington Stage Company in Great Barrington, MA.

The latest revision of the work was performed as a live radio play and benefit for homeless families in 2001, starring Bill Pullman, at Voice of America in Washington, DC.

Musical Numbers

1. TOUCH - Sandra, Sandy
1. TOUCH - Sandra, Sandy

2. TURN IT UP - Sandy, Jimmy


4. BE MY LOVE IN THE RAIN - Sandy, Jimmy
4. BE MY LOVE IN THE RAIN - Sandy, Jimmy


6. I SEE YOU - Chuck

7. WATER ON THE MOON - Sandra, All

Audio demo recorded live at Voice for America, featuring the voice talents of: Sean MacLaughlin (Jimmy)Amy McWilliams (Sandra)Kevin Reese (Chuck), and Stacy Rock (Sandy).

Production Elements

Cast: 2 Women, 2 Men

SANDRA MERCURY – a singer in her forties. Big hair, big nails, big presence. (Pop Belt)
SANDY BIERNACKI – Sandra when she was eighteen. Beautiful, impulsive, petulant. (Pop Belt)

DR. J. CHARLES FINN – an astronomer in his forties with a science show on public television. Graying hair, distracted air, attractively rumpled look. (Non-singing role)
JIMMY FINN – Chuck when he was eighteen. A little too smart for his own good. (Tenor)

Music: Pop/Rock score.  Accompaniment tracks available.
Technical Requirements: Minimal
Musical Difficulty: Moderate
Suggested Audience: Adults


KATHLEEN CAHILL (Book & Lyrics) – Awards include the Jane Chambers Playwrighting Award (for her musical Dakota Sky) and recently a Jane Chambers Honorable Mention (for her play Charm) two Connecticut Commission on the Arts Playwrighting Awards, a Massachusetts Artists Foundation Award, a Rockefeller Grant, a National Endowment for the Arts New American Works Grant, and a Drama League Award. With composer Michael Wartofsky, she wrote the book and lyrics for The Navigator, a musical about love, history and time, which was recently performed in concert at Berklee College of Music in Boston. Songs from The Navigator were recently heard in New York City at the Miss New York Festival and at Dreamlight Theatre Company’s Bright Lights Showcase at the Triad. (The song All The Possibilities can be heard on the new CD by The Broadway Boys.) With Michael Wartofsky she also wrote Friendship of the Sea that toured for two seasons with the North Shore Music Theatre Educational Outreach Program. With composer Deborah Wicks La Puma, she wrote Dakota Sky about single women homesteaders in the last American land rush (Olney Theatre; Norris Theatre, L.A.). Other musical works include Clara, an opera about Clara Schumann (Maryland Center for the Arts), Water on the Moon with Deborah Wicks La Puma (Voice of America radio play), Fatal Song (Maryland Center for the Performing Arts), and A Tale of Two Cities: Paris and Berlin in the Twenties (Maryland Center for the Performing Arts). Plays include The Still Time(Georgia Rep/ Porchlight Theatre, Chicago) the comedy Women Who Love Science Too Much(Porchlight Theatre), and Henri Louise and Henry (Cleveland Public). Her play Charm was workshopped at the Lark Theatre Playwrights Week, Icicle Creek Theatre Festival, Orlando Shakespeare Playfest 2009, and will receive a workshop production at Orlando Shakespeare in November 2009. Salt Lake Acting Company produced the world premiere of Charm in April 2010. Her screenplay Downtown Express, written for David Grubin Productions, starring the unique singer/songwriter Nellie McKay and the international violin soloist Philippe Quint, is currently in development.

Ms. Cahill received an MFA in Writing for Music-Theatre from NYU’s Tisch School of the Arts, and a BA in English Literature from Northeastern University. She works as writer/ senior editor for Masterpiece on PBS, and is currently Visiting Professor in the Department of Theatre at the University of Utah.

DEBORAH WICKS LA PUMA (music) – see her bio page


To hear a full demo of Water on the Moon contact us directly via our contact page.
Meanwhile, visit Crunchynotes on Bandcamp to purchase other show tunes!

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