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 received a staged reading by Point Park University at the 2017 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