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Playwright and screenwriter Lori Fischer and composer and lyricist Don Chaffer confront the question of how a good God can exist in a world full of conflict and pain in their musical Is This Heaven, Evan? This work is in response to Hebrews 10:39 and the theme of "Destruction."
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Hebrews 10:39

Is This Heaven, Evan?


Lori Fischer and Don Chaffer


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As artists, how can we not be affected by the many tragedies that occur on a daily basis? Simultaneously, as Christians, we know that God is telling a good story. Our musical “Is this Heaven, Evan?” follows the arc of our verse, “But we are not those who shrink back and are destroyed, but of those who believe and are saved…” Hebrews 10:39

Is This Heaven, Evan?

Book by Lori Fischer

Music and Lyrics by Don Chaffer, Lori Fischer, Lori Chaffer.

In response to recent tragic events, Nick, a twenty-five-year-old suddenly hopeless hipster, becomes obsessed with the ending of the Mayan calendar. Convinced that the world is about to end, he sells his stuff and goes to Central Park to wait for the impending apocalypse as he sleeps under a willow tree. Then, he wakes up…

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The Artist's Reflection

Don Chaffer (composer/lyricist). Music Theater: As composer/lyricist/book-writer: Son of a Gun (Beckett Theatre, developed at O’Neill National Music Theater Conference); as composer/lyricist: Is This Heaven, Evan? (York Theatre); as composer: Medea (Huntington University); as Musical Director: Big River (Studio Tenn).

Music Theater awards: For Son of a Gun: Georgia Bogardus Holof Lyricist award, Richard Rodgers Award Finalist.

TV Music Credits: as songwriter/recording artist/producer (with Waterdeep): Private PracticeOne Tree HillSixteen and Pregnant.

Songwriting Awards: ASCAP award for “Wicked Web,” “What Life Would Be Like, and “You Are So Good To Me”; Radio and Records Song of the Year Award for “You Are So Good To Me.” Don is married and in a band with his wife, Lori (, has two children, and lives in Nashville, Tennessee.

Lori Fischer is the “2008 New York University Harry Kondoleon Graduate Award in Playwriting” recipient and a 2008-09 Dramatists Guild Fellow.   Recent Credits: 2014 Independent Vision Award Nominee for Outstanding achievement in Writing.  Her musical The Sparkley Clean Funeral Singers produced at Capital Repertory Theatre summer 2013, Is This Heaven, Evan? by Lori Fischer, Don Chaffer and Lori Chaffer, produced in the BeSpoke Musicals Festival at The York Theatre Company, NYC.  Petie by Lori Fischer produced at the Duke Energy Theatre by Starving Artist Productions, 2013.  She is also the author of the critically acclaimed musical Barbara’s Blue Kitchen, which played Off-Broadway at The Lamb’s Theatre in 2006 and was published by Samuel French in 2007.   Her work has been seen at the Kennedy Center American College Theatre Festival, the Stonestreet Film Festival, the RipFest Film Festival, Cincinnati Playhouse in the Park and The Adirondack Theatre Festival.   Lori received her M.F.A. from the N.Y.U. Dramatic Writing Department in 2008.

Film Credits:  Lori’s short film Dottie’s Thanksgiving Pickle starring Olympia Dukakis, Nancy Opel and Joey Collins was recently featured in the Hollywood Shorts Festival and was an official selection for the New Jersey International Film Festival, the Garden State Film Festival, the Buffalo Niagara Film festival and the Long Island International Film Expo and the Appalachian International Film Festival.  In 2010 her musical The Water Knows My Name was produced at Perry Mansfield Performing Arts Camp in Steamboat Springs, Colorado and her one-act The Burning was produced in the Midtown International Theatre Festival.   In 2011, her play Thoughts of Rome was produced by the Georgetown Theatre Company in the Capitol Fringe Festival.  Her feature film Chasing Taste was the Feature Comedy Award Winner at the 2014 Manhattan Film Festival as well as at the 2013 Burbank International Film Festival and an official selection at the Visionfest Film Festival.  Lori is a 2014 IVA nominee for outstanding achievement in screenwriting.

As an actress, Ms. Fischer created the Off-Broadway role of Barbara Jean in her show Barbara’s Blue Kitchen and Lee in the hit musical Cowgirls.  She’s also performed at:  SoHo Playhouse, Theatre for a New City, Dixon Place, E.S.T., The Old Globe Theatre, Berkshire Theatre Festival, Playmakers Rep. and the Eugene O’Neill Theater Center.   Most recently, Lori performed the role of Junie in her musical The Sparkley Clean Funeral Singers at Capital Repertory Theatre, Bonnie in her play Petie at the Duke Energy Theatre,  Elmadora in the musical Son of a Gun at the Beckett Theatre, NYC and Mindy in Eduardo Machado’s play Worship at Theater for the New City, NYC.  She’s also appeared in the films Welcome to the World and Chasing Taste.   A two-time All American in Track and Field, she has sung the National Anthem for the New York Yankees and the Cincinnati Reds.

Currently, Lori teaches “Writing Great Characters” and “Getting into the Writing Habit” at NYU SCPS.  For more information about Lori go to

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