My Heart is the Drum

“By the time the final curtain falls on Village Theatre’s world premiere of My Heart is the Drum, you’ll know you’ve just witnessed something extraordinary… I will say this — it’s not often you can say you were there when greatness debuted. “My Heart is the Drum” is that opportunity.”

-David Hayes, The Issaqua Press


“It’s to Redling’s credit that her script never devolves into melodrama. If anything, it’s understated. Every plot “twist” is hard-earned by the reality of the setting. Though it becomes integral to the plot, the AIDS epidemic spends most of its time as a specter silently stalking the characters from hidden corners in their everyday lives. The show’s conflicts aren’t acute; they’re mounting tensions that refuse to ease up.”

-Daniel Nash,  Kirkland Reporter


“The sweet personal relationships among the characters are beautifully rendered…My Heart is the Drum” is a play that reaches a place that needs to be reached. It left me with heightened awareness and renewed hope.”

-James Spangler, Edmond’s Beacon


My Heart is the Drum has everything a great musical should have: a gorgeously complex yet accessible score; rich storytelling; compelling, well-developed characters; and a vibrant setting that draws us into both the charm and the underbelly of a world that’s foreign to most Americans….”

My Heart is the Drum [is] a beautiful work that brims with emotion. …illuminating lyrics by Luftig propel this sweeping story.”

– Kerry Clawson, Akron Beacon Journal

“Authentic, epic, transportive, rich sense of storytelling. Transported through that score. Absolutely blown away.”

“The lyrics were fantastic. Poetic, true to the characters, and inventive.”
“[The lyrics were] …vivid, poetic, authentic, accessible.”

– NAMT Festival Nominating Committee, My Heart Is the Drum