Caps For Sale, The Musical

Based on the children’s book by Esphyr Slobodkina

Event Image

About the Play

Celebrate the 75th Anniversary of this beloved classic children’s book, with a fantastic new Broadway style musical based on the illustrations by author, Esphyr Slobodkina. "Caps! Caps for sale! Fifty cents a cap!" The cap peddler, Pezzo, wears a huge stack of caps, balanced carefully on top of his head.  Brown caps, blue caps, gray caps, and red caps. When no one buys a cap, he takes a nap under a shady tree. But, when he wakes up, the caps are gone! Where could his caps have disappeared to? Was it bears, pirates, one thousand thieves or a band of merry mischievous monkeys? How will he ever get them back? 

The cast of six Washington, DC based professional actors will amaze you while playing eleven  roles, including a band of monkeys and a new character based on the author of the book and her cat, Scaramouche. The musical score, by Carnegie Mellon Graduate, Bill Yanesh, will have you singing and dancing. Michael J. Bobbitt (Playwright - Three Little Birds), co-writes the musical with Ann Marie Mulhearn Sayer, lifelong friend of Esphyr Slobodkina.  Director, Patrick Pearson, of the world famous Ford’s Theatre, leads a team of award winning DC area designers, to bring you the story of Pezzo and his funny Monkey friends to life.  

This production will transfer to Off-Broadway in the of Winter 2016.  

Save 10% on Caps for Sale, The Musical with the code WVFEST


Esphyr Slobodkina (Author)

Esphyr Slobodkina (1908 – 2002) internationally-renowned artist and author of the children’s classic Caps for Sale, was among the first female American artists to explore abstraction and the first to use collage in American storybooks.  She studied art in Russia and China before immigrating to the United States in 1928. She was a founding member of the American Abstract Artists group and her work is represented in prominent museum collections across the country.

Ann Marie Mulhearn Sayer (Co-Playwright)

Ann Marie Mulhearn Sayer met Esphyr Slobodkina in 1996, when she was hired to write musical narratives for Caps for Sale and other Slobodkina books. Slobodkina and Sayer became close friends and Sayer has administrated and exhibited Esphyr Slobodkina’s works for over eighteen years. Using Slobodkina’s original art and reflecting upon hours of conversations with her on perspective and her choices in stylization Ann Marie employed great care to develop each layout as the artist, herself, might have done. More Caps for Sale is based on story ideas from Slobodkina and Ann Marie's imagination with prior permission from Slobodkina. Through this posthumous story, Sayer awakens Slobodkina's voice.

William Yanesh (Composer/Lyricist/Musical Director)

William Yanesh has composed for ATMTC (The Cat in the Hat) and Red Knight Productions (Medieval Story Land; Ballad of the Red Knight). His arrangements have been heard at the Shakespeare Theatre (Man of La Mancha) and ATMTC (Miss Nelson is Missing!; Pickle-Chiffon Pie [workshop]). Music director/conductor at Round House Theatre (The Nutcracker; Ordinary Days), Signature Theatre (Elmer Gantry [conductor]; The Last Five Years [Helen Hayes nominee, Outstanding Music Direction]; Never Been Gone; Good Times), ATMTC (Oliver!; Garfield; Miss Nelson is Missing!; Goodnight Moon; Winnie-the-Pooh), the Washington Savoyards (A Grand Night for Singing) and the University of Maryland (Spring Awakening). Education: Carnegie Mellon University.


Adventure Theatre MTC

7300 MacArthur Blvd (Glen Echo Park)
Glen Echo, MD 20812