The Birthday Feast

October 10 - 25
Ivy Tech John Waldron Arts Center Auditorium

Scott & Alex

Book and Lyrics

Scott RusselScott Headshotl Sanders is the author of twenty books of fiction and nonfiction, including A Private History of Awe and A Conservationist Manifesto. The best of his essays from the past thirty years, plus nine new essays, are collected in Earth Works, published in 2012 by Indiana University Press. Among his honors are the Lannan Literary Award, the John Burroughs Essay Award, the Mark Twain Award, the Cecil Woods Award for Nonfiction, the Eugene and Marilyn Glick Indiana Authors Award, and fellowships from the Guggenheim Foundation and the National Endowment for the Arts. In 2012 he was elected to the American Academy of Arts and Sciences. His latest book is Divine Animal, a novel, published in 2014. He is a Distinguished Professor Emeritus of English at Indiana University, where he taught from 1971 to 2009. He and his wife, Ruth, a biochemist, have reared two children in their hometown of Bloomington, in the hardwood hill country of Indiana’s White River Valley.



Alex CroScreenshot 2014-09-19 08.42.57wley is a Bloomington-based composer and songwriter. He composed and staged his first musical, Home Sweet Home (book/lyrics by Steve Mounkhall), in New York in 1990. He has subsequently composed songs and music spanning a wide range of styles, including writing incidental music for the Adobe Theater Company in New York, choral pieces for the St. Paul choir in Bloomington, chamber music in pursuit of his composition studies at the Jacobs School of Music, and perhaps most importantly, silly songs about nearly everything for his adoring groupies (his three children). Alex is indebted to his wife, Erin, and to his children, Aidan, Madeleine, and Anastasia, for their encouragement and support (and great ideas!) as he wrote the music for The Birthday Feast. He is thrilled to be part of this Cardinal artistic team and especially happy to have collaborated with Scott Russell Sanders on this terrific project. And in case you’re wondering, no, the Ozzy Osbourne song is not about Alex.