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RULE MY WORLD, an urban opera, is a modern retelling of William Shakespeare’s Antony and Cleopatra, inspired by the crack-cocaine epidemic, opioid crisis, and the war on drugs. The show incorporates diverse musical and performance genres such as spoken word, R&B, Latin, Techno, Hip-Hop, Rap and EDM to reinterpret this classic tale for a modern audience.  The show was created by local award-winning actress/writer Karole Foreman and Emmy award-winning composer Allan Phillips.


Karole Foreman

Book, Music, & Lyrics

Karole Foreman is the 2008 recipient of the Edgerton Foundation grant for her musical THE PRINCESS AND THE BLACK-EYED PEA of which she wrote the book and lyrics.  Her show garnered the Jonathan Larson Performing Arts Foundation Award and a Richard Rodgers Award from the American Academy of Arts and Letters.   It was also selected for presentation in the National Alliance for Musical Theater’s 1999 Fall Festival in New York and had a concert presentation at the prestigious Ravinia Festival in Chicago fall of 2006.  The show had its world premiere at the San Diego Repertory Theatre in 2008 for their holiday production.  Music from the show has been performed by Al Jarreau and Jennifer Leigh Warren on Danish National television and by Lillias White and Carol Woods, each having performed “My Only Son” with the New York Pops Orchestra at Carnegie Hall.


Other shows include an urban opera entitled RULE MY WORLD with world San Diego composer Allan Phillips.  The show had a reading in 2008 with Playwright’s Arena in Los Angeles.  It is an adaptation of William Shakespeare’s Antony & Cleopatra about the crack-cocaine epidemic in Southern California.   Her most recent show, THE VENUS HOTTENTOT’S EXTREME MAKEOVER, with composer Ruff Yeager, also from San Diego, was selected for the 2010 ASCAP/Disney Musical Theater workshop.  It also had a reading in 2009 for the Dramatist Guilds’ Friday Night Footlight series at ANMT in Los Angeles and an earlier developmental reading with Vox Nova Theatre Company.


Karole was the 2008 artist in residence at UCSD’s Thurgood Marshall College.  She performed two of her original pieces CROSSING THE COLOR LINE and REINVENTING JOSEPHINE BAKER.  She also taught an honors course called “Race, Art and the Creative Process”. 


Karole is a member of Actor’s Equity, Screen Actor’s Guild, AFTRA, ASCAP and the Dramatist’s Guild.


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Allan Phillips

Music & Lyrics

A self-taught child prodigy born in Maracaibo, Venezuela. Allan landed his early musical roots solidly in Afro-indigenous street music. The Venezuelan National Conservatory of Music, international touring cast of "Up With People" and a U.S. International University degree in classical music and composition can be credited for lending "structure" to Allan's gutsy, ethnic, musical signature.

Allan's raw, energetic percussion, keyboard, wind, string and vocal performances have him in high demand for live as well as studio engagements. He has performed and/or recorded for such legends as the late Bob Hope and Tito Puente as well as Donna Summer, Kenny Loggins, Patti LaBelle, Kenny Rogers, Al Jarreau, Sheila E., Juice Newton, Kim Carnes, Brenda Russell, Zap Mama, Sara Evans, Peter White, Thomas Mapfumo, Jeff Lorber, Kirk Whalum, Fattburger, Big Mountain, Luis Enrique, Sergio Mendes, Abe Laboriel, Argenis Carruyo, Boney James, Camilo Azuquita, Daniel Alvarado, Jaime Valle, Greg Adams, Justo Almario, Mundell Lowe, Nancy Ramos, Alex Acuña, Lila Morillo, Pete Spreague, Rick Braun, Steven Bishop, Tom Scott, U.S.I.U Mozart Plus Orchestra, San Diego Symphony, and the Los Angeles Philharmonic.

Allan has also composed, orchestrated and produced music for several independent films and documentaries (Somewhere Between, Hope on a Red Bucket, Dog Tales, Lomita Ghosts, Family Values in the Goddess Years, Si Se Puede, World Dance Workout, Tijuana Jews, Break of Dawn, Love Always), for theatre (Rule My World, The New Mambo Kings, Latin Gems, Latin Twist, Blood Wedding), for broadcast for NBC, ABC, FOX, ESPN, A&E, MTV, Univision among many others, as well as station ID's for TV and radio throughout North, Central, South America (Televisa, Globovision, Venevision, RCTV), and music cues for programs around the world (Canada, Puerto Rico, Mexico, Panama, Venezuela, Peru, Brazil, U.K., The Netherlands, Denmark, Germany, Italy, Japan, Singapore, Australia, and South Africa). He has acted as composer, orchestrator and producer for the world's largest original music-library firm.

As an EMMY® winner for writing and producing the soundtrack of the PBS program Grannies on Safari, nominated for a Grammy® for Eva Ayllon's acclaimed album Kimba Fá, as part of the Grammy® nominated team for Alex Acuña's Acuarela de Tambores album, as winner of 14 San Diego Music Awards, 5 U.C.S.D outstanding artist awards among others, Allan Phillips personifies the new breed of musical artists. Holding a respect for tradition, while at the same time shaping the future, Allan is someone to watch for as a musical leader in the 21st century.    For more see:

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