“This musical comedy takes a witty look at redemption through the eyes of a stained glass repairman, a retired horror flick queen, her gay grandson, a single mom working as a phone psychic and her young son.  The shared catalyst? A ghost, the departed gay lover of the repairman.  The show’s songs are first rate… Hereafter leaves the audience satisfied.”

– Chicago Tribune

“With eclectic music and a clever book and lyrics, Hereafter is a rare theatrical gem.  Paul, an ex-priest and stained glass craftsman grieving the loss of his lover Kevin, temporarily moves in to a converted Brooklyn church to repair a broken window.  During his stay, he meets Luke, a jaded gay writer; Luke’s outspoken grandmother, Gloria, who was once a B-movie scream queen; Gillian, a troubled woman abandoned by her husband, and her son, Christopher, a shy boy who lives in a fantasy world.  It culminates in a visit by Kevin’s ghost, who inspires these lovable eccentrics to find what is missing in their lives.

Hereafter offers earnest, simple scenes that center on human need, compassion and encouragement...  a sharp, poignantly entertaining world-premiere musical comedy...Hereafter is a rare theatrical gem that illuminates many emotions without resorting to sentimentality."

- Lucia Mauro, Chicago Sun-Times

"Hereafter is the best new musical I've seen here since last season's alternately jokey and affecting Macabaret...this refreshingly whimsical musical sheds light on the struggles of people who probably wouldn't be cool enough to inhabit the bohemian haunts of Rent."

- Adam Langer, Chicago Reader


Music by Rob Hartmann

Book and Lyrics by Scott Keys and Rob Hartmann

The Human Race Theater, Dayton (2000)

Illusion Theater, Minneapolis (1997)

Porchlight Theater, Chicago (1996)