Love, life, death, creation, art, and God.  The big themes of our story resonated strongly with us, as we hope they will with our audiences. The world of Barcelona is a world of artists who are continually working to define themselves as creators and struggling with the big questions of lives lived in service of art. How does life affect art? How does art affect love and vice versa? How does an artist tread between the borders of devotion,  passion, obssession and madness? And how does family and the need for love fit into all of this?

The journey home for each of our characters ends differently, but ultimately, seems uniquely right for each and every one of them.

Christine Toy Johnson

Book & Lyrics


Christine is an award-winning writer, actor, filmmaker and advocate for inclusion based in NYC. Her work has been developed with/produced by the Roundabout Theatre Company, Crossroads Theatre Company, Diverse City Theatre Company, The Barrow Group, Weston Playhouse, Gorilla Rep, CAP21, New Perspectives Theatre Company, the Atlanta Black Theatre Festival, A-Squared Productions, etc and is included in the Library of Congress Asian Pacific American Performing Arts Collection. Alumna: BMI Musical Theatre Writing Workshop. Member: Dramatists Guild, ASCAP, AEA, SAG-AFTRA, Asian American Composers and Lyricists Project (founder).

Jason Ma

Music & Lyrics

Jason is a composer, lyricist, filmmaker, theater artist. He has provided theater music for The Old Globe, Ma-Yi Theater Company, Leviathan Lab, Ugly Rhino and written music/lyrics and book for the full-length musical GOLD MOUNTAIN, which was presented at the 2016 ASCAP/DreamWorks Musical Theatre Workshop. He wrote the score for the short film YIELD, and as a principal at Red Phone Productions produced, and provided story, film scores and song for THE BARRELMAN CAPER and the award-winning INS & OUTS. His latest film MILDRED, DAUGHTER OF VENUS is currently in post-production. Jason was recently named the ASCAP Foundation’s 2017 recipient of the Cole Porter Award for his work as a composer/lyricist.