Concept

Reflections is based around LGBT issues. It is meant to educate and inpsire, showing audiences all the perspectives of those related to members of the LGBT community; specifically, someone in the transgender community.

Reflections is largely based on certain life events that were experienced by Vince Gau (lyrics, book), as a transgender male who grew up in a small, conservative town. The story began to find its musical roots when Bálint Varga (music, book) took the reigns of composing for the show.

While the main purpose of the Reflections is to educate and inspire, it also serves to make the audience feel loved, understood, and give hope to those struggling with their own identity.

 
 

Synopsis

Reflections is a story about Anne, a freshman college student who feels that something is missing from her life. It’s not money, love or a dream. It’s the feeling of being complete. She floats through every day dealing with the ups and downs of her relationship with her verbally abusive girlfriend (Celia) and trying to appease her conservative, judgmental father (Max) about her lesbian relationship. 

One morning she gets into a small talk conversation with a stranger (Christian) at the local cafe shop when suddenly, out of context, Christian proclaims that Anne’s misery is more complex than just her rude girlfriend, and she must do something about it. The unsolicited advice shocks Anne. Although she decides to ignore Christian, deep inside she realizes that she needs help. The real issue lies beneath her inner struggle.

At the beginning of the semester she meets a transgender classmate (Iris) in the hallway of the college’s main building. They click right away and become close friends. Iris’s confidence, awareness, joy and energy have an inspiring impact on Anne that puts her whole life into a different perspective. Anne looks up to Iris as a sort of role model. 

While Anne focuses on making her ultra- religious father accept her for who she is, she keeps stumbling upon Christian at the most unexpected moments. Christian believes that Anne must take more drastic measures to find happiness. Although Christian’s statements are brutally blunt and harsh, Anne begins to feel that the mysterious stranger sees through her soul like no one else, and he even knows her deepest secret thoughts. 

Anne’s relationship with Celia is slowly decaying when Celia continues more frequently to force her into the “typical” female role. Since Anne is in love with Celia, she doesn’t want to disappoint her and she pleases Celia’s desires. At first it was just a “no jeans, more makeup” policy. But the mini skirt, manicure, girly stuff starts making Anne frustrated. Anne would rather drink a beer than a Cosmopolitan cocktail, she would prefer comfortable regular fit jeans over a tight dress, or would shave her hair instead of dyeing it. The tension between the two of them caused by Anne’s resentment escalates on the day of Thanksgiving. Her parents invite Anne and Celia for dinner, but the holiday turns quickly into a nightmare when she finds herself in the battle with Max about God and with Celia about their suffocating relationship. On the verge of a nervous breakdown, she leaves the house in the middle of the feast and takes a walk to cool down. Suddenly, she stops at a store to stare at herself in the display, but Christian appears as her reflection. Finally, she understands that Christian is her deepest subconscious who keeps tirelessly showing her that the answer for her happiness has been right in front of her. She knows she wants to take the steps to transition from female to male. 

Iris helps Anne through the transition, while Celia breaks up with her because she can’t accept her as a man. Max wants to open up to Anne and he’s ready to accept her current relationship, but when Anne tells him about her transition, the announcement catches him completely off guard. He’s just simply not prepared for that. After numerous consultations with doctors and putting an end to her previous life with Celia, Anne is fully ready to take on this new journey toward feeling finally complete. On the day of her surgery she stands in front of the mirror and Christian appears again as her reflection. As Anne starts slowly moving her arms, Christian mirrors her every move. All the sudden, Christian reaches out to Anne from the other side and drags her into his realm where they perform a soulful dance indicating their transition. At the end, Anne disappears and Christian stands in front of the mirror waving goodbye to Anne. 

 
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Vince Gau

Originally from the town of Clarkston, Washington, Vince Gau is a New Jersey based actor and writer. With heavy influences from artists such as Lady Gaga, Bon Iver, and Joan Jett, he strives to bring complete diversity and a range of emotion to the stage and to his writing. His main focuses include experiences of the LGBT community, faith, and hope in the future. Beginning with writing short stories in elementary school, Vince has always felt inclined to share unique experiences through storytelling. He specializes in genres such as dystopian, LGBT, and science fiction. His writing influences include Gary Paulson, Cherrie Currie, and George Orwell. He found his passion for acting and theatre in high school at age 17 when he began doing shows with the school's drama club. After graduation, he took a year off and moved New Jersey to pursue performing and writing as a career. Most of his professional theater training has come from Broadway Dreams, where he has completed internships and performed on the stage. Some of his non-professionals theatre credits include Mamma Mia!, and Heathers: The Musical. His most notable writing credit is Reflections.

 
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 Bálint Varga

Originally from Budapest, Hungary, Bálint is a NY theater composer, writer, theater artist whose work centers around human relationships and natures observing the individual's complexity and desires that make us human and vulnerable. He started playing piano at age 4. When he turned 17, he moved to Paris where he started his professional work at the Bastille Opera House. He studied composition and conducting at Berklee College of Music. As a teaching artist, he's worked at Broadway Dreams. He performed at Lincoln Center, Carnegie Hall, Symphony Hall, 54 Below. He's recipient of the Charles Mayer Grant, Finalist of the Jonathan Larson Award. He's a proud mentor of the Dramatist Guild and the Lehman Engel BMI Advanced Musical Theatre Workshop. Bálint also collaborated on Broadway workshops such as Elton John's Tammy Faye or Jim Steinman's Bat Out of Hell, and on Mariah Carey's Christmas show and Forest Whitaker's Benefit Concert. Ongoing projects: d'ILLUSION - The Houdini Musical, Reflections, Where We Rush to Disappear, Gailley and the Tale of the Fate Keeper, Hypatia and the Heathens.