Germaine Shames - LYRICIST, MUSICAL BOOK WRITER, playwright
GERMAINE SHAMES, recipient of Arizona’s Fellowship in Fiction, is author of the award-winning novels, Between Two Deserts and You, Fascinating You. Writing under the pen name Casper Silk (Hotel Noir, Echo Year), she has been compared to F. Scott Fitzgerald, Graham Greene and P.D. James “on steroids.”
A returning playwright/librettist-lyricist, Shames majored in Theatre as an under-graduate. This year the playwright celebrates the New York City premiere of her musical comedy, Anna Karenina Lives! and the selection of her drama-thriller, The Degenerates, for Williams Street Rep’s LAB New Play Series. Her break-out play, The Higher Love, is currently being workshopped at Wingspan Theatre and IATI. Her musicals, If the Spirit Moves and Naked, will be produced by Theatre Elision in 2019 and 2020 respectively.
In addition to her original plays, Shames has made a mission of adapting and re-imagining classic 19th and early 20th-century novels for the stage with an emphasis on works with strong women’s roles and relationships.
As a librettist and lyricist, Shames writes with award-winning composers in musical theatre, opera, choral and popular music.