The Woman Upstairs
book by Kait Kerrigan
lyrics by Kait Kerrigan and Brian Lowdermilk
music by Brian Lowdermilk
When mousy grad student Helen Morton first moves to New York, she is overwhelmed by the noise. Even though she’s moved to the city to write her dissertation on noise, its constant, loud, and overwhelming presence is more than she bargained for. It doesn’t help that her downstairs neighbor is a violinist who plays at all hours, or that her landlady gets drunk and sits on their front stoop, talking loudly to anyone who’ll listen. It also doesn’t help that her dissertation advisor seems to be out to get her. Helen has never felt more beleaguered by people and sounds, and at the same time, she’s never felt more alone in the world. The Woman Upstairsweaves university politics, neighbor relations, and coming of age into tapestry of 8 million people. But at the heart of it, it’s simply an old-fashioned romance between a physicist and the sounds of the city she learns to love.