An unsung American patriot leaps from the declassified pages of history onto an epic global chessboard where honor, sex, and political ethics play out against the fate of the free world. Fleeing the ashes of Europe for WWII Washington, DC, master spy Betty Thorpe (code name: CYNTHIA) is blackmailed into seducing the enemy in order to turn the tide of war - and to protect those she loves from her own precarious web of lies.

A tightly crafted show… a story whose romance, glamour and high-stakes suspense seem gifts from the espionage-tale gods.
— The Washington Post

Gracie Jones, Chris Oeschel

It is deceptively easy to forget you’re watching a new musical. The orchestration, lyrics, and wit of CYNTHIA all come together with highly entertaining finesse.
— DC Theatre Scene
It takes both good words and good music to make a good musical. But to make a musical great it takes real heart and brains. code name: Cynthia cracks the code on all counts.
— DC Metro Theatre Arts

code name: CYNTHIA received its premiere production in 2015 with PALLAS THEATRE COLLECTIVE at the Anacostia Arts Center, Washington D.C. where it was nominated for two 2015 BROADWAY WORLD AWARDS including Best World Premiere Musical and was recognized with DC METRO THEATER ARTS' 2015 Best Musicals at Professional Theaters honors. 

highlights from the score of code name: CYNTHIA


code name: CYNTHIA began development in association with CHICAGO DRAMATISTS. based on the score, the writers were selected as DRAMATIST GUILD FELLOWS (Chicago) and Steve was a finalist for the 2014 KLEBAN PRIZE (lyrics.)  

code name: CYNTHIA was a semi-finalist for the 2012 NATIONAL ALLIANCE FOR MUSICAL THEATRE CONFERENCE (NAMT), a finalist for the 2013 ASCAP NEW MUSICAL THEATRE FESTIVAL at the Lied Center, and a semi-finalist for the 2014 NATIONAL MUSIC THEATRE CONFERENCE at the O'Neill. Workshops and developmental public readings have been produced by CHICAGO DRAMATISTS, PORCHLIGHT MUSIC THEATRE, THE CHICAGO COLLEGE OF PERFORMING ARTS, BALL STATE UNIVERSITY, and POINT PARK UNIVERSITY.

code name: CYNTHIA was also presented in 2015 at Washington's INTERNATIONAL SPY MUSEUM and THE KENNEDY CENTER'S 2015 PAGE-TO-STAGE FESTIVAL. It returned to Chicago in August 2016 with a workshop and public reading at THE EDGE produced by FWD THEATRE PROJECT, directed by Elizabeth Margolius and starring Jennie Sophia and Gene Weygandt.

It’s effortlessly entertaining, a real accomplishment for a new musical.
— Washington City Paper