Affordable Housing: The Musical

“Affordable Housing: The Musical” blends powerful stories and good-humored political satire to reset the conversation about affordable housing in our community (and have some fun while doing it!).

How can the power of musical theater uniquely illuminate the urgent need for housing that a wide range of residents can afford? How might putting local political debates to music change up the hot-button issue of affordable housing? How can the lived experiences of homeless individuals transform dialogue about our community’s priorities? 

Set in the fictional town of Church Mound, “Affordable Housing: The Musical” asks us to see a “community problem” as our problem. This musical was made by and for community. Developed through a year-long collaborative process in Chapel Hill, the musical is rooted in the lived experiences of workshops participants — many of whom have faced immense challenges finding affordable and safe housing in Orange County. Joined by grassroots allies, the cast came together to create this musical from scratch, and to bring these stories to bear on local political dialogue about affordable housing.

In the Fall of 2019, we will be sharing this production  with our community -- with shows November 23-24, 2019  in partnership with Carolina Performing Arts. Learn more at

We need your help to make this production possible! Your donations will provide the resources we need to pull together this exciting performance.

Funds will be used for:

- Set design materials and prop production
- Costume materials
- Food for participants during rehearsals
- Technical equipment rentals / technicians
- Transportation assistance for participants

Creating this musical has been a beautiful process, with so many participants lending their gifts, time and talents to the production. Your contribution at this point will help us make it to the finish line, and bring these important stories to the broader public in as powerful a way as possible! Our entire cast and production team is incredibly grateful for your support, and your shared belief in the power of art for social change and the urgent need for affordable housing.

For more info, please contact [email redacted]. Thanks!


  • Allan Rosen
    • $25 
    • 4 yrs


Maggie West
Chapel Hill, NC

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