Jonathan Larson Grant winner Jay Adana will present pieces from her new musical, The Loophole, in the Olmsted Theatre at the Performing Arts Center

Since 2015, Adelphi University has given creators an opportunity to showcase their work to new audiences through the Larson Legacy Concert Series. On Sunday, September 23, Jonathan Larson Grant winner Jay Adana will present pieces from her new musical, The Loophole, in the Olmsted Theatre at the Adelphi University Performing Arts Center (Adelphi PAC) on the University’s campus in Garden City, New York.

The Loophole, with book by Zeniba Britt and music and lyrics by Adana, is a musical about the brilliant biracial scientist Polly Danfield, living in her white father’s house in Atlanta, Georgia, during the last year of the Civil War. Ultimately, she has to choose between her family and her life’s work or the fight for love and freedom.

Adana is a singer-songwriter based in Brooklyn, New York. She was the lyricist for The Woodsman, directed and conceived by James Ortiz and Strangemen Theatre Company. She also contributed music and lyrics for Jeff Augustin’s The Last Tiger in Haiti. She was a member of the second cohort of the #BARS Workshop at the Public Theater, where she first met and collaborated with Britt, her writing partner, on an adaptation of Beloved by Toni Morrison.

The Larson Legacy Grant, which honors 1982 Adelphi graduate Jonathan Larson, creator of the Pulitzer Prize-winning musical RENT, is awarded annually to musical theater creators with the potential to produce work that shapes contemporary culture. See more about Larson’s Adelphi legacy.

The Larson Legacy Concert Series helps nurture and support the next generation of creative artists to carry on Jonathan Larson’s legacy. Past recipients have gone on to create Broadway musicals such as Dear Evan Hansen; Natasha, Pierre & the Great Comet of 1812; A Gentleman’s Guide to Love and Murder; Grey Gardens; Next to Normal; Elf;Hands on a Hardbody; A Christmas Story; and many more.

The concert begins at 3:00 p.m. in the Adelphi PAC. Tickets are $25, with discounts available for seniors, alumni and students. See more about The Larson Legacy Concert Series: Jay Adana—and purchase tickets online.

The Adelphi PAC is one of Long Island’s premier cultural arts venues for entertainment of all kinds. Information is available online at or at the Lucia and Steven N. Fischer Box Office, at 516.877.4000 or Regular box office hours are Tuesdays through Fridays from 1:00 p.m. to 6:00 p.m. The box office is also open two hours before most scheduled performances.

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