book and lyrics by Sav Souza
music by Sarah Flaim
- 1. Moving, occuring, or performed in a backward direction.
- 2. Tending toward or resulting in a worse of previous state.
- 3. Affecting memories of a period prior to brain trauma.
When you can’t remember what broccoli is, will it still be your favorite vegetable? Retrograde is a new, queer musical that takes place inside the brain of Z, a young non-binary person grappling with losing their memories. As Z revisits formative moments in their life, they fight with questions about the foundations of their identity. This new, boundary pushing musical is an honest story of identity, memory, and human connection through the lens of a non-binary, trans* experience.
Sav Souza (book & lyrics) and Sarah Flaim (music) met in their time as Musical Theatre Majors at the University of the Arts. While living together their junior year, Sarah and Sav began their collaboration on their roof one summer day over a bottle of wine. A few hours later, they had an empty bottle, terrible sunburns, and the first song of Retrograde.
The American Theatre Wing
The American Theatre Wing features a song from Retrograde, sung by composer, Sarah Flaim in their online docu-series, "Working in the Theatre: Under Construction - Polyphone", about The University of the Arts' annual new musical festival The Polyphone Festival.