Brass Ink designer Scott Davis brings to life this quirky and morbid musical of identity, community, and self-acceptance. The story features six teenagers who die in a roller coaster crash and find themselves in a dusty carnival warehouse purgatory presided over by a fortune-telling machine.

Ride the Cyclone was produced at Chicago Shakespeare Theatre, The Lucille Lortel Theatre Off-Broadway in New York, and most recently as a co-production between ACT and Fifth Avenue in Seattle, Washington.

initial concept sketches

initial concept sketches

This show, developed from a cabaret originally produced in Canada, takes place in a ghostly carnivalesque netherworld, designed with ghoulish atmosphere by Scott Davis. The remnants of a rickety wooden roller coaster wrap around a small, antique proscenium. While riding that creaky coaster, six teenagers — all members of a school choir — met their gruesome ends when their car leapt the tracks.
— Charles Isherwood - New York Times
Ride the Cyclone could have felt like a fringe musical, but it did not. Part of that was the lavish production (particularly the clever set by Scott Davis) it was given at MCC.
— Cara Joy David - Huffington Post
This may sound like a singularly weird idea for a musical, but ‘Ride the Cyclone,’ with book, music and lyrics by Jacob Richmond and Brooke Maxwell (straight A’s across the board), couldn’t be less of a downer. It’s a witty, small-scaled show of immense sweetness and originality.
At the right of the stage is another remnant of old-time fairgrounds, a mechanical fortunetelling machine. The Amazing Karnak is played with gravel-voiced portentousness by Karl Hamilton, hidden beneath an ingenious, actor-obscuring costume
— Charles Isherwood - New York Times
scenic model

scenic model

Book and music by: Brooke Maxwell and Jacob Richmond

Director: Rachel Rockwell

Set Design: Scott Davis

Light Design: Greg Hoffman

Costume Design: Theresa Ham