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Hello! I'm Debra Penberthy, an American singer-songwriter and pianist who recently relocated from Pasadena, CA to the Blue Ridge mountains of North Carolina.  My music speaks to the heart and mind.  I take the craft of songwriting seriously, and I put on live shows that are captivating and moving.  My debut EP is also a visual album covering 8000 miles of traveling across the US in story form.  It's complete and will be out soon.  Recently I revised and perfected my solo rock musical called Serious Rabbit, a ten-year labor of love that I wrote, produced, and performed.  Join my mailing list for updates, come out and see a live show, and be on the look out for the release of my EP soon!   I formerly used the stage name Cicada Road, so you will see this name referred to throughout my site.

Performing my musical, Serious Rabbit, in Akron, May 7, 2018

If you're anywhere near Akron, OH on May 7, come out to see Serious Rabbit, my one-woman musical.  

7pm: Doors (appetizers and drinks);  7:30 Stephanie Serna and friends warm up the crowd; 8:00 Serious Rabbit; 9:30 Talk back   9:45  Party with bon fire.    At the lovely Barn at Wolf Creek (2361 S. Cleveland-Massillon Road, Copley, Ohio 44321)   $5-20 Donation at door.  Please RSVP through Facebook .   Adults and soulful teenagers only.

EP is Becoming a Visual Album!

"Dream of Peace" released and more videos coming! 

My wonderful friend, Sam Keeble, and I have made music videos for all 6 tracks on my forthcoming album.  We've trekked across America West to East twice and met in Detroit and Akron, OH to film. Sam's captured beautiful footage everywhere we've gone, and together we've brought the personal stories behind the songs to life in these mini, cinematic-quality movies.  Most of the videos are yet to be released, as I plan to release the whole album strategically.  The video for "Dream of Peace," was released a while back. Check it out here, and let me know if you're looking for an amazing videographer!

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My Rock Musical "Serious Rabbit" Premieres Soon!

If you've known me for a while, you know I've been kicking around the idea of a solo musical starring a very serious rabbit for many years. Well, it's happening!  I am coming to the end of a solo performance masterclass in which I've been  writing and  workshopping my material, and I'm 90% done! Will be 100% soon.  

Serious Rabbit: One Bunny's Search for Meaning  features me as Clover, a professor of feminist rabbit studies who wants to be a hero.   Told through ten original songs propelled by monologues, it's the story of what happens when Clover realizes she can't save everyone and has to find a way to save herself.  People tell me the songs remind them of Sondheim combined with Tori Amos (not too shabby)!

I'll be doing some of the songs at my May 31 gig at The Factory in Pasadena (see info to the right on this page).   To see the whole  labour of love in an actual theater, come out on June 27, 2015 at 3pm to Beyond Baroque in Venice.  It's about 70 minutes long, and it will be followed by a talk-back sessions where you can give me your feedback and be part of the development of this piece.

See my events page for full details. Hope to see you there!

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