Love In Hate Nation

Music, Lyrics, and Book by Joe Iconis

A turbulent rock romance set in a 1960s Juvie Hall, Love in Hate Nation uses classic “bad girl” movies as the inspiration for the story of young people caught between eras of a changing America. Sixteen-year old Susannah Son is carted off to the National Reformatory for Girls to get her head put on straight. There she meets the aggressively incorrigible Sheila Nail, and a relationship forms which leads to an all-out “revolution in the institution” as they attempt to break out of the boxes society has created around them. Girl Group Wall of Sound harmonies are filtered through a punk rock spirit in this rebellious and romantic new musical.

Love in Hate Nation was the first project in a new musicals commissioning initiative at Penn State, culminating in a full student production in February 2018.


upcoming performances



"Three Failed Escape Attempts of Sheila Nail"

"Revolution Song" (from New Joe Iconis Musical)// Penn State sings Joe Iconis


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