Evelyn Shaffer and the Chance of a Lifetime

Book and Lyrics by Greg Edwards, Music by Andy Roninson
Check us out at EvelynMusical.com
Published and Licensed by Samuel French

"Plucky and flat-out adorable!" []

Evelyn Shaffer, an indie game designer, has landed an interview for her dream job at Moonbeam Studios. Even better, that interview is with her childhood hero, veteran designer Tim Beck. But as the interview progresses, Evelyn realizes just how quickly dream can turn to delusion. A ten-minute musical infused with a 32-bit score, Evelyn Shaffer and the Chance of a Lifetime shows that, sometimes, the greatest quests aren’t in video games, but our own lives.

Evelyn Shaffer and the Chance of a Lifetime won the 40th Annual Samuel French OOB Festival, as well as the 2016 City Theatre National Award for Short Playwriting.


  • EVELYN SHAFFER, an indie game designer
  • TIM BECK, the head of Moonbeam Studios
  • RECEPTIONIST, a disgruntled employee





My friend Andy Roninson runs the amazing and one-of-a-kind Take a Ten Musicals Podcast to which you should subscribe. He suggested writing a musical based on a tattoo of a Mario-style mushroom, and this is what we came up with.

When an old woman’s leg falls off, she sings "Barbie Girl" (an apt commentary on the fungible natures of our dreams/limbs), followed by "Forever Young" (a lament about how she may not, in fact, be all that young as she is holding an item that was previously her appendage). ~ The Three Perils of Argentina: The Arts