buried in Prosperity

Marooned in a dying Illinois farm town, the sole black business owner in a white world struggles to sustain his community’s final heartbeat while a century-old legend threatens to tear it all apart. When a stranger arrives with promises of a better tomorrow, seven friends and foes face an impossible choice: Abandon the only home they’ve ever known or discover the real treasure Buried in Prosperity.


buried in Prosperity is a small cast (7) single set/single costume per character musical in development. Selections were presented at the ASCAP/Chicago Dramatists' Cabaret of New Musical Works and featured in a master class with Tony Award nominee Andrew Lippa through the Dramatists Guild Traveling Masters Program. 

Buried in Prosperity, was a finalist for the 2016 Rheinbeck Writers Retreat and will be the launch project for the New Musical Laboratory at  Point Park University in spring 2018, beginning August 2017 at the Kennedy Center's 16th Annual Page-to-Stage Festival.


Karen and Steve Multer are two of the most exciting voices working in the American musical theatre. They have burst on the scene like a grenade and will be a major force in this new generation of practitioners.
— MICHAEL WEBER Artistic Director, Porchlight Music Theatre
The grace and sophistication of Steve & Karen’s work has the all the hallmarks of good collaboration; perfect melding of thought, feeling, lyric, music, and dramatic intention.
— CHERYL COONS At Wit's End, Sylvia's Real Good Advice, Phantom of the Country Opera