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Gary Bragg - Music and Lyrics


Gary Bragg is a lifelong musician, educator, and lawyer. His love of music and helping people has shown brightly throughout his incredible career. While in college, Gary was a featured vocalist on a Grammy nominated jazz album and a finalist in the Elevox National Composition contest. He received his Bachelor of Music Education degree from the University of Northern Colorado. Following undergrad, while teaching music he was awarded a $70,000 grant from Kawai Music to implement his original music curriculum. After graduating from the DU Sturm College of Law, Order of St. Ives, Gary became the Dean of Students at Cherry Creek High School, Colorado’s largest high school. While in law school and teaching, Gary wrote and recorded three albums, performed live, and wrote musicals. His musical, The Ticket, enjoyed a 10-day workshop and two performances at the Ensemble Theatre of Cincinnati (2003) and an Equity Showcase (16 performances) at The Sage Theatre on Times Square in New York City (2006). This was followed by writing the score for the new musical 24 Words which was performed at Steppenwolf Theatre in Chicago as part of their Lookout Series (2017).  It has as also been performed in several venues in the Chicago area and at the Women’s Equity Day Rally in Washington, DC.  Now, Gary devotes his time and energy to his music and other creative efforts.

Kimille Howard - Director


Kimille Howard is an Assistant Stage Director at the Metropolitan Opera, Artistic Director of the Lucille Lortel Theatre’s NYC Public High School Playwriting Fellowship and co-founder of the Black Classical Music Archive. Recent directing credits: American Apollo (Des Moines Metro Opera), B.R.O.K.E.N Code B.I.R.D Switching (Berkshire Theatre Group), Highway 1, USA (IU Opera), Night Trip (Opera NexGen), The Visit (ECU)The Passion of Mary Cardwell Dawson (Glimmerglass), L’Amant Anonyme (Wolf Trap Opera), Death By Life: a live virtual opera (White Snake Projects) In The Open (WCSU), Soil Beneath (Primary Stages/59E59), $#!thole Country Clapback (Loading Dock Theatre), The Fellowship Plays (Lucille Lortel Theatre Foundation), Low Power (EST), Skeleton Crew (TheatreSquared) and TRIGGERED (Cherry Lane Theatre). Broadway: Ain’t Too Proud (Assistant Director) Met Opera: Porgy And Bess and Tosca (Assistant Stage Director) Recent Fellowships: NYTW 2050 Fellowship, MTC Jonathan Alper Directing Fellowship, current member of The New Georges Directors Jam, and a participant in New York Stage and Film’s inaugural NYSAF NEXUS project. UPCOMING: Honey and Leon (NYCCT), L'italiana in Algeri (Tulsa Opera)


Carly Hamilton - Additional Lyrics

Carly is an abolitionist and defender of indigent people who are accused of committing crimes. As a lawyer, she defends her clients against police misconduct, racial and economic injustice, and she aims to disrupt the dehumanizing criminal punishment system that keeps them in cages. Her professional work is deeply personal to her. She carries her commitment to racial and economic justice with her everywhere, including to her work on Lightning in a Bottle. She is energized by the Lightning team and the intersectional, inclusive feminist story it tells. Carly is especially proud of her stepdad and songwriter galore, Gary Bragg, for uplifting women’s voices and for being so open to learning. She is excited for audiences to enjoy the talent behind the show. Most of all, she hopes the show sparks meaningful conversation about women of color and our divine power.


courtney cauthon-dramaturg

Courtney Cauthon is a coach and communication consultant at ARTiculate: Real&Clear where she uses her expertise in theatre to support business leaders in aligning their communication with their vision, values, and purpose. Courtney is driven by projects that bring together her love of theatre and communication with her desire for creating a more equitable world. She is an associate artist for Local Theatre Company and has worked as a teaching artist, director, actor, and dramaturg at The Denver Centre Theatre Academy, Creede Repertory Theatre, Benchmark Theatre, The Aurora Fox, Theatre Research in Canada and Toronto’s Summerworks Festival. Courtney has a MA in Performance Studies from New York University and a PhD Performance Studies from the University of Toronto.


marceLina Ramirez
- indigenous peoples consultant

Marcelina "Lina" Ramirez (she/her/hers/ella) is an Indigenous/Xhicana, Colorado Springs based actress, activist, latina dancer, published poet, survivor,PTSD and IBS Queen, pie maker and dog mom. Marcelina has worked with numerous companies throughout the rocky mountains as well as a member of the Latish Hardy Lady Boss Amateur latin dance team. But her truest passion in life is bringing awareness about the MMIW pandemic through the arts. As a third generation survivor of domestic abuse she knows first hand what women of color experience in a system designed for them to fail. Please see her instagram for @Unicornchicana for updates on Theatre,Poetry readings, Dance performances and/or watch her roast a bigot via carefully curated comeback. 

AnnBritt duChateau-Music Supervisor


Annbritt duChateau, a Chicago native grew up playing both piano and horn. Annbritt holds both a Masters and Bachelors degree in piano performance from DePaul University. Her piano teacher was Mary Saur, pianist for the Chicago Symphony Orchestra. While receiving her doctorate, she postponed her doctoral recital to join the national tour of Aspects Of Love. Since then Anbritt has toured as a pianist, conductor, or both, on shows such as Phantom Of The Opera, Miss Saigon and Mary Poppins. Since relocating to New York, Annbritt has been fortunate to serve as Musical Director on many great projects, and has had the privledge of serving as an assiciate musical director to one of the greats, Lifetime Achievement Tony Award recipient, Paul Gemignani. Annbritt was Paul Gemignanis' Associate Musical director for Kristina, a new musical written by ABBA's Benny Andersson and Bjorn Ulvaeus. Kristina was performed and recorded at Carnegie Hall and also performed in London's Royal Albert Hall. Annbritt's other Broadway credits: currently Associate Musical Supervisor for Disney's Frozen, Associate Musical Director for Aladdin, Musical Director for Mary Poppins, Associate Conductor for Billy Elliot, Pal Joey, Les Miserables (revival), The Frogs, Into The Woods, Phantom Of The Opera, and Assistant Conductor for Kiss Me, Kate and Oklahoma. Annbritt's Website

Angela Steiner-Music Director


 Angela Steiner is a Denver based music director, pianist, voice coach, orchestrator/arranger. Originally from Wichita, Kansas, she has music directed at theaters all over the United States. She loves creating and collaborating on new musicals and is thrilled she has the opportunity to help bring “Lightning in a Bottle” to life. Whether it’s leading an orchestra with a baton or grooving with a rhythm section from the behind the piano, Angela has arranged and music directed for everything across the spectrum. Select Regional Theater music directing credits: "Rattlesnake Kate", "Indecent", "Oklahoma!", "Twelfth Night" and "The Who’s Tommy"(Denver Center for the Performing Arts), "Hair" (The Old Globe), "Rodger and Hammerstein's Cinderella"(Alabama Shakespeare Festival) and "Sweeney Todd" (Asolo Repertory). Angela holds a bachelors degree in piano from Wichita State University and a masters in collaborative piano from the University of Northern Colorado. Go to for more info and the latest updates!

Charles LaGuardia-Orchestrator


Since I was three years old, conducting to John Williams on my stereo in diapers, I have had a mad love affair with music in all its forms. That passion has sustained me through a varied and prolific musical career that has ranged from film scoring to arranging and orchestrating and everything in between. I was fortunate enough to be selected as one of twenty students internationally for the 2014-2015 Scoring for Motion Pictures and Television Graduate program at USC’s Thornton School of Music. Ever since then, I have had the privilege of contributing to professional recording sessions at Abbey Road, Capitol Records, Warner Brothers Studios, Sonic Fuel Studios, The Bridge (now called Silent Zoo), Boettcher Concert Hall and the John Williams Scoring Stage on productions like Assassin’s Creed: Syndicate, Marvel’s Agent Carter, Sausage Party, The War With Grandpa, The Banner Saga and Hades. I have also arranged for professional ensembles such as the London Symphony and London Voices, the Colorado Symphony, the West Australia Symphony Orchestra and the Videri String Quartet. I am currently lead composer and audio director at RICE Games, with our first major title coming out soon! I can be (and have been) a copyist, an arranger, orchestrator, composer, percussionist, conductor, sound designer, audio implementation engineer, music editor and even software engineer, but I always welcome new opportunities to learn more and master my craft. Learning something new every day is essential to me, no matter what stage my career is in or how many years of experience I have.


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