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Be More Chill

May 30, 2015 - June 28, 2015



Music and Lyrics by Joe Iconis
Book by Joe Tracz
Based on the Novel by Ned Vizzini
Choreography by Chase Brock
Directed by Stephen Brackett  

Joan and Robert Rechnitz Theater

Based on the acclaimed 2004 novel by Ned Vizzini, this highly anticipated world premiere was written by two of the most exciting voices in musical theater—Joe Iconis and Joe Tracz. Jeremy Heere is just an average teenager. That is, until he finds out about “The Squip”—a tiny supercomputer that promises to bring him everything he desires most: a date with Christine, an invite to the raddest party of the year and a chance to survive life in his suburban New Jersey high school. A truly hilarious, honest and invigorating look at the lengths one will go to get the girl, set to some of the most vibrant and exciting songs in musical theater today!



As soon as Be More Chill premiered at Two River Theater, it was clear this musical was something special. There are shows that people love and come back to see, but this one had super fans coming three times… four times… or up to nine times during the show’s four-week run. Be More Chill developed a passionate local following almost immediately, with audience members (many of them high school and college students from the Monmouth County area) coming night after night, bonding with cast members, and spreading the word of Be More Chill.

Two River Theater also enlisted the help of the powerful Squip Squad: a team of students from area high schools who made it their mission to spread the Be More Chill word to their classes, friends, drama clubs, and beyond. Plus giving us their teenaged wisdom in how to get the word out to the amazing young audience that we knew would love Be More Chill (short of developing our own nefarious supercomputer).

The Original Cast Recording was made with Ghostlight Records in 2015. The tunes that rocked the Two River stage are available worldwide on on iTunesSpotify, and (coming soon!) on vinyl.



The original cast recording is what made Be More Chill accessible to more than just the lucky unit of original fans who got to see the world premiere production in Red Bank, New Jersey. Through the international reach of Spotify and iTunes, the show’s local cult popularity exploded to circle the globe within the past year, with fans as far away as Australia, Sweden, Isreal, and the Squip’s homeland of Japan.

As of April 2018 the original cast recording of Be More Chill has been streamed over 90 million times. The album has made it as high up as #8 on Billboard’s cast album chart, and the #BeMoreChill tag on Instagram includes over 145,000 posts—just a small fraction of the fandom’s multi-platform online enthusiasm. Popular fandom hub ranked Be More Chill as second overall for the Top Musicals of 2017, beating out musicals like Tony Award winner Dear Evan Hansen and Wicked. The only musical to beat Be More Chill, according to Tumblr fans, was super-smash hit Hamilton.

A Two River-run campaign at the end of 2017 called the Squip Fund, raising money for the next commissioned musical by Joe Iconis and Joe Tracz, made its Go Fund Me goal of $10,000 within two days. By the end of the month-long campaign, Be More Chill fans had contributed over $20,800 and scored access to some never before seen photos and video footage of the original production.



The musical is currently available for licensing by Rodgers & Hammerstein, which recommends Be More Chill for high schools, colleges, community theater, and professional theater (hard to imagine a group you couldn’t recommend the show for). As of April 2018 it's currently licensed for 30 productions through May 2018: 23 domestic and 7 foreign.

Who knows where the Squip’s mission of world domination will take the musical next! For whatever the future holds for Jeremy, Michael, Christine, and the rest of the kids of Be More Chill, Two River Theater is proud and delighted to have been the first home for this incredible musical, which has meant so much to so many around the world.









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Jake Boyd
Jake Boyd


Jake Boyd (Jake) is an Alabama native turned New Yorker and is thrilled to be making his Two River debut with Be More Chill. Since graduating from the University of Alabama, Jake has performed/guest starred/recurred on TV in The Sound of Music Live!, Law & Order: SVU, Blue Bloods, All My Children, Are We There Yet?, and 30 Rock. Theater credits include Franz in Rock of Ages on Broadway, Off-Broadway in MCC’s Carrie and The Last Smoker in America (LP avail on iTunes). Most recently, Jake originated the role of Jimmy in the Broadway-bound musical Bull Durham at the Alliance Theatre. Endless love to my Mother Dearest, Casey, Brian, Katie, and Jen. I’m a lucky fella’. Instagram/Twitter: @JaykeBoid.

Gerard Canonico
Gerard Canonico


Gerard Canonico (Rich) is stoked to be back home in Monmouth County for his first show at Two River Theater! Favorite credits include: Broadway: Spring Awakening (OBC), American Idiot (OBC), Les Miserables (’99); Off-Broadway: Brooklynite, Bare: The Musical, The Talls; feature film: Stuck (2015), Not Fade Away (2012), Boy Wonder (2010). Gerard is also a professional multi-instrumentalist in New York sooo…hire him? Also, follow him on Twitter if you like that sort of thing @GerardCanonico. Thanks to this wonderful cast and creative team, Mom and Dad for letting me crash at your pad, CESD for being the bomb, and of course Ned Vizzini for this wonderful story we get to tell every night.

Katlyn Carlson
Katlyn Carlson


Katlyn Carlson (Chloe) is so thrilled to work with all of these amazing folks. Off-Broadway: The Unavoidable Disappearance of Tom Durnin, directed by Scott Ellis. First National Tour: Dirty Dancing: The Classic Story on Stage (Lisa Houseman), directed by James Powell. FringeNYC: The Bobbed-Haired Bandit. International Mystery Writers Festival: Chimneys, directed by Brian Bedford. Shakespeare Festival of St. Louis: Macbeth and Romeo and Juliet. Chicago theatre: Goodman, A Red Orchid, American Theater Company, Mary-Arrchie. Feature film: My Name Is Jerry. TV/New media: comedian on truTV’s World\'s Dumbest, host of Glamour Magazine’s Why Do Guys...? Katlyn holds a BA in English from the University of Chicago. She performs sketch at the Peoples Improv Theater and UCB in NYC. Check out for the weird videos she writes and performs with her sketch team. She is also developing a few original comedy series with her wonderful husband and writing partner, Ryan.

Will Connolly
Will Connolly

Jeremy Heere

Will Connolly (Jeremy Heere) Broadway: Once (original company). Off-Broadway/NYC: Once (NYTW), Spacebar: A Broadway Play by Kyle Sugarman (The Wild Project, Studio 42). Regional/International: Once (A.R.T.); The Lieutenant of Inishmore (Southern Rep); The Cripple of Inishmaan, The Misanthrope, The Wind in the Willows (The NOLA Project); A Woman of No Importance (Yale Rep); Candida (Palm Beach Dramaworks); A Day in Dig Nation (Amsterdam Fringe Festival); and others. Labs: August Rush, The Last Goodbye. Will received a B.F.A. from NYU Tisch, and an M.F.A. from Yale School of Drama. He is a founding member of The NOLA Project, a Carbonell Award recipient, and a Drama Desk Award nominee. Will is a co-writer/composer of the musical Fly by Night (Playwrights Horizons, Dallas Theater Center, TheatreWorks Silicon Valley, Yale Cabaret). As a musician he has performed at Lincoln Center, Joe’s Pub, Highline Ballroom, 54 Below, and others. His solo EP, Caterpillars of the Commonwealth, can be purchased at:

Stephanie Hsu
Stephanie Hsu


Stephanie Hsu (Christine) is a New York-based actor, originally hailing and wailing from Los Angeles. Some recent workshops include The Untitled Tina Landau Project (dir. Tina Landau, music Tom Kitt), Alice by Heart (d. Lear deBessonet, m. Duncan Sheik), Freaky Friday (d. Chris Ashley, m. Tom Kitt & Brian Yorkey), Elementary Spacetime Show! (d. Andrew Neisler, m. Cesar Alvarez). Select credits: Winners at Ensemble Studio Theatre (d. Pam Berlin), Fast Company at EST (d. Robert Ross Parker), Byuioo (d. Andrew Neisler, m. Nate Weida), War Lesbian (d. Jordan Fein, m. Katie Hathaway), NBC Diversity Showcase ’13, Williamstown alum, MTV’s Girl Code, The Following, Connection Unavailable. BFA: NYU (Atlantic & Experimental Theater Wing). Proud member of musical sketch group Political Subversities and Story Pirates. Infinite thanks to all who hold her UP by holding the fort DOWN! For your indulgences—

Katie Ladner
Katie Ladner

Jenna Rolan

Katie Ladner (Jenna Rolan) is so excited to be returning to high school with Be More Chill. She recently made her New York stage debut as Martha Dunstock in Heathers: The Musical and is featured on the original Heathers: The Musical cast album. Favorite regional credits include: Hairspray (Tracy), Footloose (Rusty), and Little Shop of Horrors (Audrey). You might have seen her as a guest star on Nickelodeon’s See Dad Run starring Scott Baio. She is also the voice of Paulette (Legally Blonde, Jr.) and Dragon (Shrek, Jr.) on MTI’s rehearsal recordings. Katie hails from the great state of Mississippi and holds a BFA in Musical Theatre from Belmont University. She would like to thank Victoria and Jamie, the Be More Chill team, and last but not least her Mom and Dad for all the support and love they give her every day. Twitter: Ktladner/

Lauren Marcus
Lauren Marcus


Lauren Marcus (Brooke) is so incredibly psyched to be more chill this summer! Other credits include: Pregnancy Pact and The Marvelous Wonderettes: Caps & Gowns (Weston Playhouse), Hello, Dolly! (Paper Mill Playhouse), They're Playing Our Song (Sharon Playhouse), The Improvised Musical (Edinburgh Fringe), Strange Tails (Ars Nova), ReWrite (Urban Stages), The Plant That Ate Dirty Socks (Lucille Lortel), Love Trapezoid (Astoria Performing Arts Center), and a whole lot more. Lauren is also a songwriter and performs her music throughout NYC. Her kids’ musical The Meanest Birthday Girl (book & lyrics), based upon the book by Josh Schneider, just premiered this May in the New York Children’s Theater Festival. Lauren holds a BM from NYU and an MA from the Royal Conservatoire of Scotland. Next up: Mary in Merrily We Roll Along (Sharon Playhouse)! Check the girl out at

Eric William Morris
Eric William Morris

The Squip

Eric William Morris (The Squip) Originally from Bergen County, NJ, Eric is making his Two River debut! He frequently collaborates with composer Joe Iconis, starring in the Drama Desk-nominated Bloodsong of Love and the Second Stage run and original cast recording of Things to Ruin. He was seen on Broadway in Coram Boy and Mamma Mia! His TV/film credits include: Blue Bloods, Forever, Golden Boy, Royal Pains, Law & Order, New Amsterdam and the feature film Trust, Greed, Bullets, & Bourbon. Other regional/Off Broadway: The Last Goodbye (Old Globe, Alex Timbers dir.), Dog and Pony (Old Globe, Roger Rees dir.), White Noise (Royal George, Chicago), Empire (Lincoln Center Workshop), and Mrs. Hughes (Yale Institute for Music Theatre).

George Salazar
George Salazar


George Salazar (Michael) is beyond grateful to be a part of Be More Chill at Two River! He appeared on Broadway in Godspell (2011 revival), in the second national tour of Spring Awakening, and Off-Broadway in Here Lies Love (Public Theater) and F#%king Up Everything. He also appears on the cast albums for Godspell and Moment by Moment. George has also performed at Lincoln Center, Carnegie Hall, and with Joe Iconis at 54 Below. Special thanks to our incredible cast, crew, creatives, and of course mom and dad. For more info, visit and follow him on Twitter/Instagram: @georgesalazar.

Paul Whitty
Paul Whitty

Jeremy’s Dad/Mr. Reyes/Scary Stockboy

Paul Whitty (Jeremy’s Dad/Mr. Reyes/Scary Stockboy) is thrilled to be making his Two River debut! Originated the role of Billy in the Tony Award-winning musical Once, giving over 1,000 performances on Broadway and also a handful at the American Repertory Theater, New York Theatre Workshop, and even Tokyo! Broadway: The Full Monty. Off-Broadway: Bayonets of Angst (NYMF), Violet (Encores! Off-Center), A Thick Description of Harry Smith (New Dramatists), Twelfth Night (Sonnet Rep). Regional: reasons to be pretty, Art (Crescent Stage), Circle Mirror Transformation (PURE Theatre), Doubt, War of the Worlds (Village Rep). Film: Song One, National Lampoon’s Beach Party at the Threshold of Hell. TV: Law & Order: SVU, Guiding Light. Recordings: Featured musician and vocalist on the Grammy Award-winning Once cast album and the Song One motion picture soundtrack. Various readings and workshops including collaborations with Pam McKinnon, Craig Lucas, Graciela Daniele, Michael John LaChiusa, Audra McDonald, and many more. Education: Bachelor of Fine Arts, University of North Carolina School of the Arts. Husband, Dog-Owner, Soon to be Dad.


(In alphabetical order)

David Cinquegrana (Guitar) is an NJ native with roots in Middlesex County. He studied jazz at William Patterson University & CCNY. In addition to being a founding member of NYC's longest running hip-hop event, Freestyle Mondays, Dave has recorded/performed with many pop, rock and hip-hop artists, including Lauryn Hill. A well rounded cross-genre guitarist and private instructor, Dave has played on Broadway & off Broadway, and in many regional theatre productions including the Williamstown Theatre Festival (The Last Goodbye), with Nick Blaemire and the Hustle, and is a frequent musician for various cabaret events at 54below, Le Poisson Rouge, etc.. Other notable performances include playing at BAM for This American Life in a musical by Lin Manuel-Miranda (21 Chump Street... Shortest Cast album ever!), & tour dates all over North America with the Midtown Men (4 stars from Jersey Boys OBC) recently seen on PBS, the Today Show & at the Beacon Theatre.

Danny Jonokuchi (Trumpet) is a New York City-based multi-instrumentalist, composer, arranger, and recording artist originally from Los Angeles. He has performed in some of New York’s finest music establishments and a variety of Off-Broadway shows. His sound can be heard on the radio broadcast for the Ahrens & Flaherty musical Little Dancer as well as many ongoing projects including Charlie Rosen’s Broadway Big Band. He is a graduate of Temple University’s Boyer College of Music, in Philadelphia.

Dan McMillan (Drums/Percussion) is happy to be back in Red Bank after being part of Two River’s production of Camelot. A Monmouth County native (Freehold), he studied at Mannes College of Music, BM, MM. Orchestras include the Brooklyn Philharmonic, Princeton Symphony, and Long Island Philharmonic. Broadway: West Side Story (2009 revival), A Chorus Line (2006 revival), The Boy from Oz with Hugh Jackman. He was Associate Producer and drummer for Silence! The Musical. On screen: Music and Lyrics with Hugh Grant and Drew Barrymore. Recordings include the Grammy-winning West Side Story revival cast, Stephen Schwartz’s Children of Eden, and Douglas J. Cohen’s No Way to Treat a Lady. He proudly plays Pearl Drums, Paiste Cymbals and Yamaha Concert Percussion. Faculty Member, Guitar Center Studios, East Brunswick. Member of Local 802, American Federation of Musicians.

Josh Plotner (Reeds) is a composer, arranger, and saxophonist/woodwind player. He has received awards for both his writing and playing. He is experienced in many genres, especially jazz, musical theater, pop/rock, and Latin music. Josh graduated Berklee College of Music Magna Cum Laude with a double major in Performance and Jazz Composition. Currently Josh works as an arranger for singers on Royal Caribbean International Cruises, and performs around Boston and New York.

Mike Rosengarten (Guitar) is thrilled to be a part of the Be More Chill band! Mike has performed in over 60 plays and musicals as a musician, actor or musical director. He has played both on Broadway and off, has been on national and international tours and regional stages across the country. He also plays regularly with several bands, including “Joe Iconis and Family” and also teaches private music lessons. A NY native, Mike currently lives in Astoria, Queens. He has the greatest family and friends a guy could ask for, and would really like to get a dog but his landlord won’t allow it.

Amanda Ruzza (Bass) is a Brazilian bassist, composer and producer. She discovered her muse at an early age—perhaps the result of her Chilean mother and Italian father. Besides being a musician fluent in an array of styles, Ruzza speaks four languages. Her work with groups covering a wide range of styles, including singer songwriter Jill Sobule, Latin Jazz pianist Arturo O’Farrill, African Blues guitarist Leni Stern, Broadway and Off-Broadway shows, as well as with her own band, evidence her flexibility. Amanda draws on her multicultural background as primary influence on her passion for composing music that assimilates funk, jazz and South American rhythms.


(In alphabetical order)

Joe Iconis (Music & Lyrics) is a musical theater writer and a fixture on the New York cabaret scene. He has been nominated for two Drama Desk Awards, a Lucille Lortel Award, and is the recipient of an Ed Kleban Award, a Jonathan Larson Award, an ASCAP Harold Adamson Lyric Award, and a MAC John Wallowitch Songwriting Award. Joe’s songs appeared on season two of NBC’s Smash and his writing has been featured in The New York Times and The Dramatist. He is the author of The Black Suits (Center Theater Group, Barrington Stage Company), the rock and roll Spaghetti Western musical Bloodsong of Love (Ars Nova, NAMT), ReWrite (Urban Stages, Goodspeed Opera House), Theatreworks USA’s The Plant That Ate Dirty Socks and We the People. Albums: Things to Ruin (OCR) and The Joe Iconis Rock and Roll Jamboree are both available on Sh-K-Boom/Ghostlight Records. Current projects: the musical version of Diary of a Wimpy Kid for 20th Century Fox (with Joe Tracz; opening at CTC Spring 2016), a musical about Hunter S. Thompson for La Jolla Playhouse (with Gregory S. Moss), and an exploitation musical called Annie Golden: Bounty Hunter, Yo! (with Lance Rubin and Jason SweetTooth Williams). Joe is greatly inspired by Robert Altman, Dolly Parton, The Muppets, and The Family of artists he frequently surrounds himself with.

Joe Tracz (Book) is a playwright with an MFA from NYU’s Tisch School of the Arts. His adaptation of the first book in the Percy Jackson series, The Lightning Thief (with composer Rob Rokicki) received a Lortel nomination for Outstanding Musical and is now touring nationally with Theatreworks USA. With Chill collaborator Joe Iconis, he is developing a live stage version of Diary of a Wimpy Kid to premiere at Children’s Theatre Company in 2016. This summer, Williamstown Theatre Festival will present a workshop of his original musical Poster Boy (with composer Craig Carnelia) and a production of his play Song for a Future Generation. Other plays have been developed with Manhattan Theatre Club, Second Stage, Roundabout, Ars Nova, and The Flea, and published in Best American Short Plays. Film/TV includes Epic (20th Century Fox) and Lights Out (FX). Joe is a former Playwrights Realm writing fellow, an alumnus of Theater Masters and the Ars Nova Play Group, and, with Two River and Joe Iconis, a recipient of a 2015 Doris Duke Foundation Commissioning Grant. He has a BA from Kalamazoo College.

Ned Vizzini (Original Novel) (1981-2013) was the bestselling author of the acclaimed young-adult books It’s Kind of a Funny Story (also a major motion picture), The Other Normals, Be More Chill, and Teen Angst? Naaah…. He wrote for The New York Times, Salon, and The New Yorker. In television, he wrote for MTV’s Teen Wolf. His work has been translated into 25 languages.

Stephen Brackett (Director) is a New York City-based director of new plays and musicals. Credits include: Jonathan Tolins’ Buyer & Cellar (Rattlestick and Barrow Street Theaters/National Tour/London’s Menier Chocolate Factory), Anton Dudley’s City Of (The Playwrights Realm), Lucas Kavner’s Carnival Kids (Lesser America), Percy Jackson: The Lightning Thief (Theatreworks USA), David West Read’s The Great Pretender (TheatreWorks), Ken Urban’s The Correspondent (Rattlestick), Dan Fishback’s The Material World (Dixon Place), Micheline Auger’s American River (Lesser America), Bekah Brunstetter’s Nothing Is the End of the World (Waterwell/PPAS), Chad Beckim’s After (Partial Comfort), Brunstetter’s Be a Good Little Widow (Ars Nova), The Tenant (Woodshed Collective), Rick Viede’s Whore (Summer Play Festival), Bixby Elliot’s PN1923.45LS01 Volume 2 (Culture Project) and Kilroy Was Here: A Styx Rock Opera (Williamstown Theatre Festival). Stephen is a company member of Lesser America and Partial Comfort, and an alumnus of the Soho Rep Lab.

Chase Brock (Choreographer) Broadway: Spider-Man: Turn Off the Dark, Picnic. Off-Broadway: The Blue Flower (Second Stage, Lortel Award nomination); Tamar of the River (Prospect Theatre Company, Callaway Award finalist); Venice (Public Theater’s Public LAB); Much Ado About Nothing (Public Theater’s Mobile Shakespeare Unit); The Tempest, The Winter’s Tale (Public Theater’s Public Works); Lost in the Stars, Irma La Douce (City Center Encores!); The Cradle Will Rock (Encores! Off-Center); The Mysteries (Flea Theater). Regional: The Hunchback of Notre Dame (La Jolla Playhouse, Paper Mill Playhouse), Twelfth Night (The Old Globe). TV: Last Week Tonight with John Oliver (HBO), Late Show with David Letterman (CBS). Video games: Dance on Broadway (Nintendo Wii, PlayStation Move). Dance: 26 dances for The Chase Brock Experience including American Sadness; The Four Seasons; Mission: Implausible; Slow Float; Whoa, Nellie! and The Song That I Sing; Or, Meow So Pretty. Opera: Romeo et Juliette (Salzburger Festspiele). Brock is the subject of the documentary film Chasing Dance. Upcoming: Duncan Sheik and Steven Sater’s Alice by Heart and Randy Blair, Tim Drucker and Matthew roi Berger’s Fat Camp.

Charlie Rosen (Orchestrations and Music Supervision) is a Music Director, Composer, Arranger/Orchestrator, and Performer with a highly regarded record of success in a wide variety of musical environments. Recent Broadway credits include The Visit (guitar, mandolin, zither), Honeymoon in Vegas (orchestrations, Drama Desk nom.), One Man, Two Guvnors (MD, bass), Cyrano de Bergerac (original music), Bloody Bloody Andrew Jackson (Assoc. MD, bass). His work also includes performances and orchestrations at regional theaters such as the Signature Theater (DC), Center Theatre Group (LA), The Kennedy Center, the Kimmel Center (PA), Shakespeare in the Park, and in concerts by legends such as Chita Rivera and Lea Salonga. His 17-piece jazz orchestra Charlie Rosen’s Broadway Big Band is currently in residence at 54 Below. Scholarship graduate of Berklee College of Music. @CRosenMusic

Nathan Dame (Music Director) Music Director: A Little Night Music (Berkshire Theatre Group); Pretty Filthy (The Civilians); Dying for It (Atlantic Theater Company); Pump Boys and Dinettes (Geva Theatre); The Lightning Thief (Theatreworks USA); Fly Guy and Other Stories (Theatreworks USA); Adam Lives (Goodspeed NMF). Music Supervisor: Mr. Burns by Anne Washburn, music by Michael Friedman (Playwrights Horizons). Assoc. Music Director: What’s It All About? (New York Theatre Workshop); Fly by Night (Dallas Theater Center); Triassic Parq: The Musical (Amas Musical Theatre); Himself and Nora (NYMF, Tritone Productions); Nightmare Alley (NYMF, Tritone Productions). Music Assistant: First National Tour of The Addams Family.

Dane Laffrey (Scenic Designer) recent Off-Broadway credits include set and/or costumes for Iowa (Playwrights Horizons), Bad Jews and Tigers Be Still (Roundabout), Disgraced (Lincoln Center), Arlington (Vineyard), American Hero and The Talls (Second Stage), The Maids (Red Bull), I Remember Mama and The Patsy (Transport Group), The Few (Rattlestick). Regional work at the Humana Festival, Williamstown, Old Globe, Huntington, Denver Center, Deaf West, Goodspeed, Center Stage, Dallas Theater Center, New York Stage & Film, The Studio, Signature, Two River, others. International work in Tokyo, Oslo, Osaka, and throughout Australia. Nominations for a Drama Desk Award and four Henry Hewes Awards.

Bobby Frederick Tilley (Costume Designer) Costume designs for theater include: the world premiere of Guards at the Taj, The Loneliness of the Long Distance Runner, The Pinter Plays: The Collection and A Kind of Alaska, world premiere of Annie Baker’s Body Awareness, and Birth and After Birth, The Butter and Egg Man (Atlantic Theater Company); The Power of Duff (Geffen Playhouse); The Taming of the Shrew (Virginia Stage Company); world premiere of Open House (Signature Theatre); The Power of Duff, Captors, Sons of the Prophet, and Circle Mirror Transformation (Huntington); Chapter Two (Bucks County Playhouse); The Power of Duff (NYS&F); Sons of the Prophet (Roundabout); world premiere of All New People (Second Stage); Proof (Merrimack Rep); Thinner Than Water (LAByrinth Theater Company); world premiere of Annie Baker’s The Aliens (Rattlestick); The Aliens (Company One, Elliot Norton Award for Outstanding Design), Body Awareness (Speakeasy Stage Company); Lizzie Borden (The Living Theatre, Drama Desk nomination); Top Girls (Act 1, MTC/Biltmore); Mel and El: Show & Tell (Ars Nova). His costume designs for film include Hello, I Must Be Going; The Green; Four Lane Highway; Little Kings; and Rubout.

Tyler Micoleau (Lighting Designer) has designed lighting for over 350 live productions including plays, dance, movement-theater, multimedia performance, and puppetry. Designs for Two River Theater: A Wind in the Willows Christmas, Opus, Orestes: A Tragic Romp, The Charlatan’s Seance. Recent Off-Broadway credits: Iowa (Playwrights Horizons); The World of Extreme Happiness (Manhattan Theatre Club); The Invisible Hand (NYTW); The Fortress of Solitude (Public); The Wayside Motor Inn (Signature); The City of Conversation (LCT). Notable design credits: When the Rain Stops Falling (Lincoln Center Theater); The Aliens (Rattlestick); Blasted (Soho Rep); God's Ear (Vineyard); Bug (Barrow Street). Regional credits: Huntington, Goodman, American Repertory Theatre, Trinity Rep, Old Globe, Dallas Theater Center, Long Wharf, among others. He is the recipient of an American Theatre Wing Hewes Award, two Lucille Lortel Awards, two Village Voice OBIE Awards, the Connecticut Critics Circle Award, a Helen Hayes nomination, four Barrymore nominations, a Jefferson nomination, and the NEA/Theatre Communications Group Career Development Program. He has held visiting artist positions at Yale University, Dartmouth College and for six years served as adjunct faculty at Sarah Lawrence College Department of Dance.

Zachary Williamson (Sound Designer) is very pleased to be designing again for Two River, where previous designs include A Wind in the Willows Christmas, Carry It On, Jacques Brel, Opus, Charlie Brown, 26 Miles, ReEntry, Glass Menagerie, Charlatan’s Seance, Umbrellas of Cherbourg and House of Blue Leaves. Broadway credits (Associate): Lysistrata Jones, The Ritz, and Pal Joey. Off-Broadway credits: Irish Repertory Theater, Second Stage, Origin, Partial Comfort, American Records and Urban Stages. Recent regional credits: Denver Center Theatre Company, Cincinnati Playhouse, Dallas Theater Center, Kansas City Rep, Baltimore Center Stage, Westport Country Playhouse, 5th Avenue Seattle, Ordway Center, Clarence Brown, Long Wharf, Round House, St. Louis Rep, Syracuse Stage, Vermont Stage, Virginia Stage, Pasadena Playhouse, Goodspeed, Asolo, and TheaterWorks Hartford. International credits: Broadway Asia International and Edinburgh Fringe.

UnkleDave’s Fight-House (Fight Direction) is a team of fight directors led by David Anzuelo. Jesse Geguzis, Gerardo Rodriguez and Sean Griffin are the core members. Two River credits: School for Wives. Broadway: An American in Paris (Palace), Disgraced (Lyceum). Off-Broadway: The Liquid Plain, And I and Silence (Signature); To the Bone (Cherry Lane); The Patron Saint of Sea Monsters (Playwrights Horizons); Adoration of the Old Woman (INTAR); The Muscles in Our Toes (Labyrinth); Sticks and Bones (New Group); Ode to Joy (Rattlestick). Film: Poor Behavior, Big Al, Emoticon.

Adam Caldwell (Casting) works with Cindy Tolan. Broadway: The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time, Betrayal, Cinderella, The Performers, Lysistrata Jones, Relatively Speaking, That Championship Season, A View from the Bridge, All My Sons, Avenue Q, and Xanadu. Previous productions with Vineyard Theatre, Bay Street, Dallas Theater Center, Playwrights Horizons, The Public Theater, and Lincoln Center Theater. Film: This Is Where I Leave you, The Place Beyond the Pines, Beasts of the Southern Wild, Winter’s Tale, The Reluctant Fundamentalist, Blue Valentine, Another Happy Day, It’s Kind of a Funny Story, Letters to Juliet, The Private Lives of Pippa Lee, Starting Out in the Evening, Death of a President, The Darjeeling Limited. Upcoming films: Katie Says Goodbye, Breakable You. Television: Odd Mom Out, Deadbeat, Curb Your Enthusiasm, Flight of the Conchords, Fringe, The Return of Jezebel James, and multiple HBO pilots. Member of CSA.

Amanda Michaels (Production Stage Manager) Two River Theater credits: Present Laughter, Two Trains Running, Topdog/Underdog, Jitney, Intimate Apparel, A Thousand Clowns, Orestes: A Tragic Romp, Melissa Arctic, Heartbreak House. Broadway: On a Clear Day You Can See Forever, A Bronx Tale. Off-Broadway: A Particle of Dread, And I and Silence, and My Children! My Africa! at Signature Theatre; The Happiest Song Plays Last at Second Stage; Juarez,: A Documentary Mythology at Rattlestick; Dutch Masters and How to be a Good Italian Daughter at the Cherry Lane. Other: August Wilson’s American Century Cycle with WNYC, Rutgers Theater Company, Theater Mitu. Regional: Dallas Summer Musicals, Paper Mill Playhouse, Shakespeare on the Sound, Folger Shakespeare Theatre, Shakespeare Theatre of NJ.

Carmelita Becnel (Production Stage Manager) is currently enjoying her seventh year as the Production Stage Manager at Princeton University's Lewis Center for the Arts, where she has worked on projects by The Civilians, Laurie Anderson, and Bill T. Jones, among several others. Previously, she has enjoyed being the resident Production Stage Manager (for four seasons) at Hartford Stage, as well as stage managing at the Alley Theater, Mark Taper Forum and La Jolla Playhouse, where she worked with Athol Fugard, August Wilson, Edward Albee, and Anna Deavere Smith. BE MORE CHILL is her stage management debut at Two River Theater. She'd like to say "Thank You!" to her amazing husband Jamie, and to her shining children, Freddy and Lilly - thank you for keeping magic alive in her home life as well as her professional life! I. Love. Play. Rehearsal.


playJoe Iconis performs at TEDx Navesink

Joe Iconis performs at TEDx Navesink

playInterview with Joe Iconis

Interview with Joe Iconis

playJoe Iconis, Will Connolly and Eric William Morris perform at TEDx Navesink 2015

Joe Iconis, Will Connolly and Eric William Morris perform at TEDx Navesink 2015

playThe Squips Are Coming

The Squips Are Coming

playChilling with the Cast

Chilling with the Cast

playCall Me Adam NYC interviews Iconis & Tracz

Call Me Adam NYC interviews Iconis & Tracz

playPreview Trailer for BE MORE CHILL

Preview Trailer for BE MORE CHILL

playASL Invitation for BE MORE CHILL

ASL Invitation for BE MORE CHILL

playBonus Footage from BE MORE CHILL!

Bonus Footage from BE MORE CHILL!

playMaking the Cast Recording!

Making the Cast Recording!

playThe Pitiful Children Music Video

The Pitiful Children Music Video


Michael in the Bathroom - demo from BE MORE CHILL

Music & Lyrics by Joe Iconis. Demo vocals by Jason Tam.

Playlist inspired by BE MORE CHILL:

Joe Iconis Personal Playlist That Inspired BE MORE CHILL:



January 28, 2015 - The Asbury Park Press, Bill Canacci

February 10, 2015 - The Star-Ledger, Ronni Reich

March 24, 2015 - The Two River Times, John Krajewski

April 29, 2015 - American Theatre Magazine, Suzy Evans

May 13, 2015 -, Marina Kennedy

May 15, 2015 - 8 reasons to check out local theaters, Tom Chesek, The Asbury Park Press

May 14, 2014 - BWW Interviews: Will Connolly in BE MORE CHILL at Two River Theater,, Marina Kennedy

May 21, 2015 - Iconis ''Chills'' in Red Bank, triCity News / Hannah Walker

May 22, 2015 - Things to Do in New Jersey, May 24 to 30, 2015, The New York Times / Greg Locke

May 26, 2015 - On stage: Top 5 N.J. shows this week, The Star-Ledger / Ronni Reich

May 26, 2015 - Teen angst fuels the sci-fi musical 'Be More Chill' at Two River Theater, The Star-Ledger / Ronni Reich

May 29, 2015 - Red Bank: TRTC Takes a 'Chill' Pill, Chesek

May 29, 2015 - Call Answered: Be More Chill Facetime Interview with Joe Iconis and Joe Tracz Two River Theater, Rothenberg

May 31, 2015 - Summer Stages: New Jersey Summer Entertainment, Kennedy

May 30, 2015 - Two River Theater Caps Off Its 2014-15 Season With Be More Chill, Pierpont

June 1, 2015 - Katlyn Carlson, Bleep Magazine

June 1, 2015 - Montclair's Will Connolly to perform with Red Bank's Two River Theater Company, The Montclair Times / Gwen Orel

June 2, 2015 - First Look at Be More Chill at Two River Theater, Levitt

June 3, 2015 -, David Gordon

June 5, 2015 - Three reasons for under-30s not to fear the theater in June, The Asbury Park Press / Tom Chesek

June 5, 2015 - Howard Sherman’s US theatre round-up: June 5, The Stage / Howard Sherman


June 6, 2015 - Things to Do in New Jersey, June 7 to 13, 2015, The New York Times

June 6, 2015 - Chilling with Joe Iconis (Just Between Friends), / Jennifer Ashley Tepper, with introduction by Steve Schonberg

June 10, 2015 - HIGH SCHOOL IS ALL ABOUT BEING CHILL, Culture Vultures / Gary Wien

June 11, 2015 - Playwright Joe Tracz Takes on High School in New Musical “Be More Chill” at NJ’s Two River Theater,

June 11, 2015 - Be More Chill Extends at Two River Theater, / Editorial Staff

June 15, 2015 - Be More Chill: Songwriter Joe Iconis Takes on Adaptations, The Huffington Post / Cara Joy David

June 18, 2015 - Photo Exclusive: Spend a Day With George Salazar and the Cool Kids of Joe Iconis' Be More Chill!, / Matthew Blank with contributions from George Salazar

July 20, 2015 - Joe Iconis Rock Musical Be More Chill, With Gerard Canonico, George Salazar and More, Will Get Cast Album, Gioia

July 21, 2015 - Joe Iconis' Musical Be More Chill to Be Recorded by Ghostlight Records, / Bethany Rickwald

July 21, 2015 - Joe Iconis' New Musical BE MORE CHILL to Receive Cast Recording, / BWW News Desk

July 22, 2015 - Gerard Canonico, George Salazar and Company Bring Joe Iconis Rock Musical BE MORE CHILL Into the Studio, / Monica Simoes

January 19, 2016 - Feinstein's/54 Below offers series of fresh musicals, Asbury Park Press / Ilana Keller

January 19, 2016 - REVIEW: Be More Chill – Original Off Broadway Cast Recording ✭✭✭✭, / Doug Mayo

November 19, 2015 - Composer, Writer, Lyricist and Performer, Joe Iconis, Creates Musical Genius,

November 30, 2015 - Be More Chill - Original Cast Recording, Edge Media Network / Steven Bergman

April 13, 2018 - BE MORE CHILL Will Make its New York Premiere This Summer, Broadway World

April 13, 2018 - Composer Joe Iconis Talks Smash and Surprise Hit Be More Chill, Billboard Magazine, Rebecca Milzoff

April 13, 2018 - How an Anxious-Adolescent Musical (No, Not That One) Found Its Fans, New York Times, Elisabeth Vincentelli