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Lady of the Rose--a Musical Odyssey

Orphaned Boy fleeing Roman carnage asks Wizard — “WHO AM I"? Wizard, invokes his crystal ball transporting Boy, on a fantastical ‘DREAM JOURNEY’ through time—beginning with 'Cosmic-Creation’. “Darkness” stalks and is brought to Light, as Lady of the Rose & Wizard lead Boy to his beautiful awakening.

  • Karen Jean Wentworth Harvey-Dewey
    Book, music, lyrics for Lady of the Rose--a Musicla Odyssey
  • Merle (deceased--co-wrote three songs) Van Dyke Wolford
    Note: Merle Wolford: co-wrote 3 songs of Lady of the Rose...Odyssey)
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    Screenplay, Stage Play, Other
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  • Best Script - London Award
    London, England
    February 8, 2024
    "Official Selection"
  • PARAI Musical International Awards -- Winner: "Best Musical Script"
    Parai, India
    January 1, 2024
    Winner --"Best Musical Script"
  • Cannes World Film Festival, 2024
    Cannes, France
    January 15, 2024
  • Cannes World Film Festival, Oct. 2022 -- "Finalist"
    Cannes, France
    October 17, 2022
  • Picasso Einstein Buddah Festival -- "Best Screenplay" 2022 (Feature)
    Rishikesh, Uttarakhand 249192 India
    January 20, 2022
    Best Screenplay Award (Feature Screenplay)
  • Great Message IFF -- "Best Screenplay" 2022
    Pune, India
    August 30, 2022
    Best Screenplay Award
  • WorldFest Houston IFF, 2022 -- "Remi Award"
    Houston, Texas
    April 19, 2022
    Bronze Remi Award-Winner -- Fantasy /Science Fiction
  • Ist GIFF/Genesis International Film Festival, Greece--Finalist
    April 18, 2022
  • IFF Milan / World Cinema Milan, 2021 -- "Best Unproduced Script"
    London, Great Britain
    November 8, 2021
    Best Unproduced Script
  • "Near Nazareth Festival, 12- 2021 -- "Best Songs/Music/Songwriting"":
    Afula, Israel
    December 2, 2021
    Best Music/Songs/Songwriting & "Official Selection": Screenplay
  • Vegas Movie Awards -- 2021 "Semi-Finalist" Oct. -- (Best 6) Fantasy/SciFi & Song
    Los Vegas, Nevada USA
    October 6, 2021
    Semi-Finalist--Best 6: Fantasy/SciFi/Song
  • Atlanta International Screenplay Awards, "Quarter Finalist", Fantasy 2021
    Atlanta, Georgia
    October 11, 2021
    "Quarter Finalist"
  • "The Fantasy Film Festival FFF -- Nominee: 2021, Le Festival du Film du Fantasme -- Nominee" 2021
    November 8, 2021
  • ISA Emerging Screenwriters Sci-FI & Fanatasy -- "Quarter Finalist"

    February 27, 2022
    Quarter Finalist
  • New York Script Awards, "Selected"
    New York, USA
    March 1, 2022
  • Experimental Dance & Music Film Festival, "Selected"
    Ontario, Canada
    March 31, 2022
  • Madrid International Film Festival -- "Selected"
    Madrid, Spain "Selected"
    May 2, 2022
  • Faith In Film IFF & Screenwriting Contest --"Quarter-Finalist"
    Tucson, AZ
    May 8, 2022
    Quarter Finalist
  • Reno Tahoe International Film Festival, "Quarter Finalist"
    Reno/Tahoe, Nevada
    May 31, 2022
    Quarter Finalist
  • Austin Spotlight Film Festival, "Official Selection"
    Austin, Texas
    August 9, 2022
    Official Selection
  • Open World Toronto Film Festival, "Nominee"
    Toronto ,Canada
    October 11, 2022
  • Wiki: the World's Fastest Screenplay Contest. Quarter-Finalist
    Santa, Barbara, CA
    January 15, 2024
  • Palm Springs International Script , Pitchdeck , Sizzle Reel
    Palm Springs
    January 15, 2024
  • International World Film Awards
    Cambridge, Britain
    January 5, 2024
    Official Selection
  • London, England
    February 8, 2024
    Best Script Award -- London
  • London, England
    February 8, 2024
    Best Script Award
Writer Biography - Karen Jean Wentworth Harvey-Dewey, Merle (deceased--co-wrote three songs) Van Dyke Wolford

Biography of Karen Harvey-Dewey

Karen Harvey-Dewey: I am screenwriter, 'composer'/ librettist, playwright/librettist//singer-songwriter-keyboard artist/graphic artist/writer-author, and environmental-peace activist, researcher, and teacher. I was born in 1947 in Wisconsin, USA within a few hours of the beautiful Great Lakes. My formal background is in education and the arts—having Bachelor Science degrees in Physical Education, Art, and Biology.

I am very happy to be able to announce that to date, my screenplay: "Lady of the Rose--a Musical Odyssey" has been awarded 15 honors: 1). Most recently, it received the "Bronze Remi" for Fantasy/Sci-Fi at the Worldfest-Houston (April 2022), and this August, was selected for the Austin Spotlight Festival 2). In February 2022, it was awarded "Best Screenplay" (Feature Screenplay) in the "Picasso Einstein Buddha Festival, India". 3). Since September 2021, it won "Best Unproduced Script" in the"International Film Festival Milan/ World Cinema Milan"; 4). It also won "Best Song/Best Music /Best Songwriting in the Near Nazareth Festival. 5)."Lady of the Rose ..." scored as a Semi-finalist in the Fantasy/Sci-Fi "Vegas Movie Awards", Oct. 2021: ("Best 6" out of 5,000 entries). 6). It made the International Screenplay Association's "Sci-Fi/Fantasy Genre Busting" Quarter Finals, and 7). was "Selected" as a Quarter Finalist in the "Atlanta International Screenplay Awards". 8). Lady of the Rose--a Musical Odyssey became a "nominee" for the 2021 "Fantasy Film Festival FFF - Le Festival du Film du Fantasme", Paris, France.

My heartfelt "thank you" to Merle Wolford, and Mike Dewey for their contributions & support--also a big Thank You to all contest judges and Festival-committees for the recognition; also for their hard work & organizing, and for the opportunities they afford writers like myself.

The Dream: The stage-play (original version) of Lady of the Rose--a Musical Odyssey is identical to the screenplay, with the exception of formatting and stage direction. My dream is to have "Lady of the Rose..." produced on screen and stage, and played in whole or part in a variety of concert halls & venues---I hope it will be used as a draw for forums & public discourse on the many topics it touches. My fondest wish is that it touch the hearts and minds of many... that it helps to generate personal and global peace, understanding & well-being. In that vein, "Lady of the Rose--a Musical Odyssey" received a Winners "Certificate of Gratitude" for "Cooperation and Strengthening Friendship & Understanding between Nations" from the Near Nazareth Festival, Alufa, Israel (2021)

As a nature enthusiast, I found a pressing need to try to understand the "light", and "dark". This compulsion came after witnessing the meanness of exploitation (as a "Witness for Non-violence") at Wisconsin's Northern boat landings, where white locals were pitted against Red. 'A civil war' over fishing rights, and ultimately over mineral resources tore lives apart (early 1990's). As a catharsis, from the witness of unfathomable inhumanity to 'Natives', I wrote folk songs to celebrate Life, and try to explain darkness. Many of these songs became the musical-foundation for Lady of the Rose--a Musical Odyssey.

My music reaches into personal/global experience with its rhythmic, melodic lines and lyrics. The music is fresh and relevant, spanning the late '70's to the present. It can be humorous, visionary, and polemic, with '60's flavor and bite--but always hopeful. Genres include children's songs, folk, country, folk-rock, and musical theatre (electronic, classical, rock, and ragtime).

The music comes in great measure from my love of nature. Earthly images are to be found in both lyrics and "sonic-sound-scapes". There are subtle magical "happenings" hidden in some of the songs--unanticipated sound-events from the 'natural world'--- "that's the magic" ... . I have oftentimes felt guided, (or haunted) by some mysterious force chiming into my art, and recordings: songbirds, a hatching egg, a 'ghost voice', gunfire, drum rolls, even a phantom train" etc., etc.

I play guitar and keyboard, and first recorded out my Wisconsin home studio: Wolford and Harvey Studios/Musart Project LLC.

Art & Writings: in the mid 2000's, there were several museum exhibitions of my art and photographs. I did school story-readings/music tours with Earth Day themes--and gave slide-presentations of my children's book, "Pau Pua and the Watering Hole" (co-authored with studio partner M. Wolford). I also published several environmental news articles, mostly related to mining, nuclear, and Native American issues.

Dewey & Harvey Studios: in 2016, Michael Dewey and I were married; I moved from WI to the Southwest, (my second place of inspiration). In Texas, we setup Dewey-Harvey music studio. There, my script for "Lady of the Rose--a Musical Odyssey" was completed. As of August, 2021, the music and script was finished and ready to market (in part or whole) -- for readings, concert-readings, concerts, licensing & development for stage performances, and film production.

U.S. copyrights have been registered either under my maiden name (Karen J. Wentworth Harvey) and/or under my married name (Karen J. W. Harvey-Dewey). The musical-fantasy stage-play, Lady of the Rose--a Musical Odyssey, was initially U.S. copyright registered in 2007; the script and music was completed & updated since, and recently registered with Writers Guild of America/WGAW (2020 & 2021) in both screenplay and stage play formats. For sure, "It’s been a long, long, yet magical journey”.

My sculptures, and Apostle Islands photographic water series are copyright registered under the title:"Spirit forms of an Island". Song albums registered include: "Songs for a New Millennium", and "Flambeau Fire--Politically Hot".

Musical background: I am a self-taught singer-songwriter & folk-guitarist. I performed around the WI Great Lakes region at eco-events/festivals, coffee houses, and political fund-raisers.

As a child, I had 3 years of piano lessons. In Jr. high school, I took orchestra and had violin lessons. When my family moved from the city to country, I joined the high school chorus.
Christmas was a special time with home-spun family entertainment: Mom on the piano, sister Kris on the flute and me on Dad's beautiful hand carved violin. Certainly, I was influenced by my Mother and Grandmother's, love of music, piano and musical theater; also by my Fathers and Mother’s and Grandmother’s love of art and nature.

Although I have enjoyed several live musical productions throughout the years, I have had minimal experience in musical theatre. As a kid, I produced a ‘hilarious’ garage adaptation of "South Pacific". As a Jr. high school physical education instructor in Illinois, I taught movement exploration and modern dance, and sponsored/curated two modern dance community perform- ences. My students and I also enjoyed school bus trips to Chicago's theaters.

As an environmental activist I wrote a comedy-play concerning the looming prospect of mining in Wisconsin; it incorporated my mining law and environmental research, with a squirrel protagonist vs. the Mining Company CEO.

If interested, there is a bit more about my art, recordings, and earlier studio partner/mentor, Merle, Wolford (Medicine Woman) -- see the “Bio” menu on my website: Also the Demo-Album for Lady of the Rose--a Musical Odyssey can be heard on the musartproject website--via the MUSIC menu.

Professional Memberships: I have a membership with ASCAP. In 2020 I became a member of,, and Maestra to better familiarize myself with the theater scene—and to polish my skills, and help facilitate the completion and production of Lady of the Rose--a Musical Odyssey.

Travel: The USA, Ecuador, the Galapagos Islands, Yucatan Peninsula, and Spain.

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Lady of the Rose—a Musical Odyssey

As a nature enthusiast, I found a pressing need to try to understand the "light", and "dark". This compulsion came after witnessing the meanness of exploitation (as a "Witness for Non-violence") at Wisconsin's Northern boat landings, where white locals were pitted against Red. 'A civil war' over fishing rights, and ultimately over mineral resources tore lives apart (early 1990's). As a catharsis, from the witness of unfathomable inhumanity to 'Natives', I wrote folk songs to celebrate Life, and try to explain darkness. Many of these songs became the musical-foundation for Lady of the Rose--a Musical Odyssey.

My studio partner, Merle Wolford, was a psychotherapist and 'medicine woman'. We were both influenced by the Madonna, and traveled to Spain where her presence was strongly felt. My hope is that this musical will touch the hearts and minds of many... and be used as a catalyst for positive change for Earth, and all her populations: People, Plant, Animals.

Lady of the Rose--a Musical Odyssey is not a traditional musical theatre piece. It begins with the cosmic 'Big Bang' & travels up into the future. It dynamically crosses musical genres as it spans time. The Musical-Odyssey breathes with elements of nature (Sun, Stars, Earth, wind, fire and water) using special soundscape and 'space-stage' effects.

Lady of the Rose--a Musical Odyssey delightfully engages the senses. Its sonic landscapes elicit imagination, and will be best experienced in a theater as a space-stage or film production. The fantastical story takes the audience on an explorative journey filled with unforgettable music and images.

As a ‘fantasy’, “Lady of the Rose…” the musical, stealthfuly faces multiple contemporary issues— it was born out of the need for spiritual uplift. It is a unique/universal adventure—ultimately a quest for meaning, and purpose in Life.

The Musical Odyssey awaits vocal recording, final orchestration/scoring, final sound editing/engineering and mastering; it offers a compelling challenge with potential for great rewards …

The MUSICAL'S GREATEST REWARD perhaps would be to help 'engender' the final shedding of male's unconscious-illusion of impotency—that is, the very young male's 'inferiority complex' that all too often persists into adulthood: a subliminal perception that the female alone holds the entire power and
privilege of pro-creation. I believe this archaic false perception/ ’constellation’ is ingrained in the young masculine psyche, when he first learns that "only girls can have babies". In some individuals and cultures, this complex emerges as a crippling false sense of separateness and inferiority---one which has
vexed both genders, and the entire human race...expressing itself overtly as a powerful-urge toward conquest, and domination of Earth & woman, and a nihilistic/compensatory ‘proof of power'—thus the sick-psyche's ultimate dark-alignment with the other great natural force (opposite of Creation): Death, and Destruction.

Lady of the Rose is a musical work whose time has come—a seminal exploration of the light and dark side of humanity. Its purpose is trans-formative: to engender a new greater appreciation, and care for one’s Self, Humanity and all of Earth-Life. It crosses the threshold of our new millennium, and flies in the face of darkness on wings of Creative energy, Love and Hope.