Ray of Light Theatre’s 2014 lineup of fresh new musicals explored the distant past. In June, Triassic Parq followed a pack of sexually evolving dinosaurs in a certain prehistoric, Spielberg-inspired amusement park as they struggle with love, faith and science. Triassic Parq, written by Marshall Pailet, Bryce Norbitz and Steve Wargo, won Best Musical at both Los Angeles’ Ovation Awards 2013 and the New York Fringe Festival 2010. Yeast Nation (the triumph of life) followed in October and imagines the hopes, hardships and political turmoil of the world’s first life forms: salt-eating yeasts. Writers Mark Hollmann and Greg Kotis, whose smash-hit Urinetown set ticket sales records at American Conservatory Theatre in 2003, worked in-residence with Ray of Light to further develop this story of one dreamer’s curiosity and its colossal impact on the yeasts–and our history.