Casting announced for Co-Founders, a new hip-hop musical at Joe’s Pub

TheatreC & Rhyme Combinator announced today the complete cast for CO-FOUNDERS, a new hip hop musical about the two most unlikely partners in Silicon Valley, that will have a one-night-only concert on Saturday, April 9th at 7:00pm at Joe’s Pub (425 Lafayette Street).

The cast will feature Broadway regulars Alysha Deslorieux, Tyler Hardwick, Christina Sajous, Wesley Taylor, and Alex Wyse, who will be joined by CO-FOUNDERS creators Adesha Adefela, Ryan Nicole Austin, and Beau Lewis.

CO-FOUNDERS is the hilariously inspiring story of two unlikely partners chasing impossible entrepreneurial dreams. Esata, a black woman from Oakland, and Conway, a small-town college dropout, take on the most competitive start up accelerator in Silicon Valley – where the privileged make a killing while the people across the bridge grind to survive. CO-FOUNDERS is a vulnerable comedy that will make you laugh out loud, squirm in your seat, and then turn up on your tabletop. Whether you’re from the city or the town.

CO-FOUNDERS is written by Ryan Nicole Austin, Adesha Adefela, and Beau Lewis; with music by Josh Karp ‘Budo’, Will Randolph, Brian ‘Deep’ Watters, and Cava Menzies. Carlos Armesto is the Director, Lola Lopez Guardone is the Associate Director, Henry Hanson is Executive Producer, and Lucila Brindisi is Marketing Director. Casting is by Eisenberg/Beans Casting (Daryl Eisenberg, CSA, Ally Beans, CSA). CO-FOUNDERS is produced by Anthony Veneziale, Beau Lewis, theatreC, and Rhyme Combinator.

CO-FOUNDERS began in 2016 as part of a weekly freestyle rap session hosted by Beau Lewis, where entrepreneurs come together to vent about their startups. Following live performances at San Francisco’s The Lab in 2017 and Folsom Street Foundry in 2018, CO-FOUNDERS received staged readings at ODC and ACT in 2019, and was selected for the 2020 National Alliance for Musical Theatre’s (NAMT) Festival of New Works in NYC.

Tickets to the concert, beginning at $25 with an additional 2-drink or $12 food order minimum per person, are now available and can be purchased at

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