About The Writers

​​Love The Struggle

YAIR EVNINE   (co-writer, music & lyrics) is a classically trained cellist and guitarist who has performed, recorded, produced and written for many theatrical and musical artists, including Duncan Sheik, Sara Bareilles, Meow Meow, Alan Cumming, Lady Rizo, Taylor Mac, Justin Bond and Spencer Day.  He has performed in various musical theatre productions, including the La Jolla Playhouse production of The Nightingale written by Sheik/Sater (Spring Awakening), Theatre Aspen’s developmental workshop and reading of Shiek/Sater’s Alice By Heart, and the American Repertory Theater production of Waitress written by Sara Bareilles/Jessie Nelson, in which he also appeared on Broadway.  He also co-arranged music for Waitress and is co-composer of Lady Rizo: Ordained, a show commissioned as part of the Public Theatre's New York Voices series and funded by an NEA grant, and I Kiss Your Heart, a musical based on newly discovered love letters penned by Dylan Thomas, which was produced at London’s Soho Theatre.

STACY  KRAY  (writer, book; co-writer, music & lyrics) is a singer-songwriter whose songs have received AAA and college radio airplay and whose music videos have appeared on national television.  She is a two-time KFOG Local Scene Artist (the #1 AAA format radio station in the Bay Area) and the winner of multiple songwriting awards.   She is a voting member and former Governor of the SF Chapter Board of The Recording Academy (which awards the Grammys) and an alum of  the Commercial Theatre Institute, Apple and Oranges Arts' Theatre Accelerator Program, and Theater Resources Unlimited's Producer  Development & Mentorship Program Masterclass and a degree candidate at the Dramatists Guild Institute.   

LOVE THE STRUGGLE   has been the subject of two readings at Harvard University.  Excerpts of the show have been developed, workshopped and performed through the generous sponsorship of Joe's Pub at the Public Theatre, Musical Cafe-San Francisco, SF Showoff, City College of San Francisco and the Diverse Linneages of Existentialism Conference sponsored by George Washington University and the French Embassy.  Love The Struggle was also selected from over 350 submissions to be one of two musicals at the 2018 SheNYC Summer Theatre Festival, held at the Connelley Theatre and is a past NAMT musical theatre festival honoree.

The writing team has had music licensed by the Discovery Channel, The Learning Channel and the Oprah Winfrey Network and been featured in artist spotlights in Billboard Magazine, the San Francisco Chronicle and 7x7.