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 is currently appearing 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. 


LOVE THE STRUGGLE   has been the subject of two readings at Harvard University.  Excerpts of the show were also performed in San Francisco at Musical Cafe's Fall 2017 Showcase and SF Showoff's May 2018 Showcase.  In the spring of 2018, the show was selected from over 350 submissions to be one of two musicals featured at the SheNYC Summer Theatre Festival, held at the Connelley Theatre in Manhattan in July 2018.    At the festival, Courtney Bassett won the award for Best Actress for her portrayal of Simone de Beauvoir.   In February 2019, the show was selected to participate in the Theatre Accelerator program run by Apples and Oranges Arts.


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.