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June 3, 2017 - June 25, 2017

Music by Mike Reid
Lyrics by Sarah Schlesinger
Book by Sarah Schlesinger, Mike Reid and John Dias
Based on the film The Ballad of Little Jo by Maggie Greenwald
Music Direction/Dance and Incidental Arrangements by John O'Neill
Choreography by Marc Kimelman
Directed by John Dias



"The performances are excellent (a signature feature of Two River productions)." --Scene On Stage

"rousing, poignant" --NJ Arts Maven


On America’s frontier, one woman must forge her own path.

This soaring musical about the American West is inspired by the real-life-story of Josephine Monaghan— a young woman from Boston who, in the late 19th century, made a new life in an Idaho mining town disguised as a man called “Jo.” Writing in The New Yorker, John Lahr called The Ballad of Little Jo, "the real thing—the best piece of musical theater storytelling I've seen in a decade."

"The Ballad of Little Jo" will feature Jane Bruce (Elf, Missed Connections: A Craigslist Musical) as Sarah, Daniel K. Isaac (According to My Mother, Billons) as Tin Man Wong, Eric William Morris (Be More Chill, Mamma Mia!) as Jordan, and Teal Wicks (Finding Neverland, Wicked) as Jo. The company also includes Cole Burden, Brian Flores, Leenya Rideout, Christopher Russo, Perry Sherman, Kristin Stokes, Ian Michael Stuart, and Barbara Tirrell.

For Additional Reading:

A Note from Managing Director, Michael Hurst

The Real Jo Monaghan

The Cost of Musical Development


The World Premiere of “Ballad of Little Jo” was presented September 15 – November 12, 2000 at Steppenwolf Theatre Company, Chicago; Martha Lavey, Artistic Director, Michael Gennaro, Executive Director.




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Jane Bruce
Jane Bruce

Sara Stewart Ellis

Jane Bruce (Sara Stewart Ellis) is a NYC-based actress and musician originally from Ogden, UT. She is a proud graduate of The University of Michigan. Previous regional credits include The Theory of Relativity (Goodspeed), Missed Connections: A Craigslist Musical (New Ohio Theatre, NYC), Bridges of Madison County (Arkansas Rep), Falsettos (Sharon Playhouse) and the National Tour of Elf: The Musical. Jane is also a budding singer-songwriter and is planning to release her debut EP July, 2017. Thank you to Mikey (always), Sarah for thinking of me, and the whole creative team for making such a beautiful and satisfying story to tell. @janeybrucey

Cole Burden
Cole Burden

Conductor/Percy Corcoran/Walter Travers

Cole Burden (Conductor/Percy Corcoran/Walter Travers) National Tour: Bridges of Madison County (‘Robert’ u/s Performed), 25th Anniversary Les Misérables. Off-Broadway: ‘Priest/Giorgio’ in Himself and Nora (Minetta Lane), Applause (Encores!), Bonnie and Clyde (NYMF). Regional: ‘Sky Masterson’ in Guys and Dolls (Asolo Rep), ‘Tom’ in Murder Ballad (Studio Theatre), ‘Archibald Craven’ in The Secret Garden (Capital Rep), ‘Joe Kennedy/Jerry’ in Grey Gardens (Philadelphia Theatre Company), ‘Warner Huntington III’ in Legally Blonde (Marriott Lincolnshire), ‘Bob Cratchit’ in A Christmas Carol (Arvada Center), ‘Che’ in Evita (Mason Street Warehouse), Slaughterhouse Five, The War Department (Eugene O’Neill Theater Center). Film and TV: Beautiful Creatures, The Rainbow Bridge Motel, 30 Rock, As the World Turns, One Life to Live. Baldwin-Wallace University. @coleburden

Brian Flores
Brian Flores

Tommy Kelly/Lawrence Cavanaugh

Brian Flores (Tommy Kelly/Lawrence Cavanaugh) is honored to be making his Two River Theater debut in this amazing new show! National Tours: Pippin (‘Pippin’, dir. Diane Paulus). Off-Broadway: Othello (New York Theatre Workshop, dir. Sam Gold), Hadestown (New York Theatre Workshop, dir. Rachel Chavkin), The New Yorkers (City Center Encores!, dir. John Rando). Readings/Workshops: The Sting (dir. John Rando), Prince of Egypt (dir. Scott Schwartz), Secondhand Lions (dir. Scott Schwartz). Education: BFA Musical Theatre, University of Michigan, RADA. Thanks to: Mom, Dad, Kevin, Gabby, Professional Artists, Jack Doulin, and all of my amazing teachers out there! Proud member of Actors’ Equity. @_brian_flores

Daniel K. Isaac
Daniel K. Isaac

Tin Man Wong

Daniel K. Isaac (Tin Man Wong) NYC Theatre: Sagittarius Ponderosa (NAATCO, dir. Ken Rus Schmoll), Veritas (The Representatives), Underland (59E59), Pillowtalk, Tala, disOriented (Kyoung’s Pacific Beat), La Divina Caricatura (La MaMa, Under the Radar & St. Ann’s Warehouse), Anna Nicole the Opera (BAM). Regional: Miss Electricity (La Jolla Playhouse). International: Shalom Shanghai (dir. Lee Breuer). Film/TV: ‘Ben Kim’ on Billions, Money Monster (dir. Jodie Foster), The Jim Gaffigan Show, Search Party, Crashing, Drew, The Following, Person of Interest, Believe, Too Big to Fail, and According to My Mother (NYTVF Best Drama & Best Actor, Training: UCSD, BADA.

Eric William Morris
Eric William Morris

Jordan Ellis

Eric William Morris (Jordan Ellis) is thrilled to be back at Two River after starring in Be More Chill two seasons ago. Broadway: Coram Boy, Mamma Mia!. Eric frequently collaborates with composer Joe Iconis, starring in Be More Chill (Original Cast Recording, Two River Theater), Things to Ruin (OCR, Second Stage) and Bloodsong of Love (Ars Nova). TV/Film Include: Mind Hunter, The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel, Quantico, Blue Bloods, Golden Boy, New Amsterdam and the feature film Trust, Greed, Bullets, & Bourbon. Other regional/Off-Broadway: Songbird (59E59), The Last Goodbye (Old Globe, dir. Alex Timbers), Dog and Pony (Old Globe, dir. Roger Rees), and Talk to Me Like the Rain… (Animus Theatre Company (Member), Theatre Row Studio, dir. Matthew Lillard). Big thanks to the creative team and everyone at Two River for having him back again!

Leenya Rideout
Leenya Rideout

Caroline Williams/Arla Stratton

Leenya Rideout (Caroline Williams) Broadway: War Horse; Cyrano de Bergerac (w/Kevin Kline); Company (directed by John Doyle); Cabaret (1998 revival, original cast). Off-Broadway: Taming of the Shrew (Public Theater); Yiddle with a Fiddle, The Portable Pioneer and Prairie Show (Melting Pot Theatre Co.); Cowgirls (Minetta Lane). Regional: That Face (Baltimore Center Stage); Camelot (Capital Rep); Man of La Mancha (Milwaukee Rep); Home (ATF); Cowgirls (Pioneer Theatre); On Golden Pond (Casa Mañana); Man of La Mancha (CFRT & ACCC); Fairfield (Cleveland Play House); The Secret Garden (Capital Rep; Woody Sez (TheaterWorks); The Last of the Red Hot Lovers and Gypsy (Hangar Theatre); Holidays with the Chalks (Alliance); Merrily We Roll Along (Cincinnati Playhouse); Cardenio (ART); Summer of ’42 (Mill Mountain Theatre); The Canterbury Tales (Guthrie); Guys and Dolls (North Carolina Theatre); Avenue X (Cincinnati Playhouse). International Tour: My Fair Lady. Film: Mona Lisa Smile, Loser. Television: Great Performances (PBS); Nashville Star (USA). Radio: Selected Shorts (NPR). Original songs available at Love to Ted...

Christopher Russo
Christopher Russo

Thomas Harrison/Ethan McClellan

Christopher Russo (Thomas Harrison/Ethan McClellan) Broadway: The Grapes of Wrath (Steppenwolf Theatre Company), Meet Me in St. Louis. Equity National Tours: Wicked, Miss Saigon, The Who’s Tommy, Singin’ in the Rain. Other theater: A Few Good Men (Theatre Raleigh), Forest Boy (NYMF), Brighton Beach Memoirs, Frauleins in Underwear (Odyssey), The Sign (NY Workshop), created roles in Petty Treasons and Pirates at the Road Theatre Company in Los Angeles. Film: The Manchurian Candidate, Limbo. Television: Quantico, Law & Order: Criminal Intent, The Grapes of Wrath (American Playhouse), North and South and Baywatch Hawaii.

Perry Sherman
Perry Sherman

Horner Burns/Ernie Stratton

Perry Sherman (Horner Burns/Ernie Stratton) is delighted to be making his Two River debut. Broadway: Fun Home. Toronto: Les Misérables (‘Marius’). First National Tours: Next to Normal and Spring Awakening. NYC: Milk and Honey (‘David’) at the York Theatre. Regional: ‘Lucien’ in the World Premiere of Amélie at Berkeley Rep (dir. Pam MacKinnon). Studied at Carnegie Mellon University. This one’s for Jeanne, David, and Jeremy. Love to my wonderful family, as always.

Kristin Stokes
Kristin Stokes

Kate Monaghan/Jeannie Kelly

Kristin Stokes (Kate Monaghan/Jeannie Kelly) Off-Broadway: ‘Annabeth’ in The Lightning Thief: The Percy Jackson Musical, ‘Junie B.’ in Junie B.'s Essential Survival Guide to School. Other credits include: ‘Miriam’ in Fly By Night (World Premiere), ‘Sister James’ in Doubt, ‘Alison’ in Brooklyn Boy, ‘Sally Bowles’ in Cabaret, and ‘Jen’ in John & Jen. Much love and thanks goes to the Creative Team and Cast of BoLJ, Marisa Michelson, her Family and JD. @K_Stoked

Ian Michael Stuart
Ian Michael Stuart

Lee Gibbs/Daniel Leary

Ian Michael Stuart (Lee Gibbs/Daniel Leary) is making his Two River debut. National Tours: Peter and the Starcatcher (dir. Roger Rees/Alex Timbers), Matilda (dir. Mathew Warchus/Peter Darling). NYC/Developmental: The Last Goodbye, Rocky. Select regional: A Man of No Importance, ‘Jon’ in Tick, Tick….Boom!, Sweeney Todd, Phantom, ‘Beast’ in Beauty and the Beast (MTW). Training: UC Irvine. @Ianmichaelstuart

Barbara Tirrell
Barbara Tirrell

Marian Cummings/Cora Reilly

Barbara Tirrell (Marian Cummings/Cora Reilly) just completed filming the recurring role of ‘Sonya’ on the POP-TV series Nightcap, premiering June 7. She can be seen in the role of ‘Olga’ in Michael Mayer’s film adaptation of The Seagull (2017 release) starring Annette Bening and Saoirse Ronan. She appeared as ‘Madame Morrible’ in the First National Tour of Wicked, and on Broadway as ‘Yente’ in Fiddler on the Roof and ‘Miss Hannigan’ in Annie. Off-Broadway: A Man of No Importance (Mitzi Newhouse Theater), Night of the Hunter (Vineyard Theatre workshop), No Way to Treat a Lady (Atlantic Theatre Workshop), the Grass Harp and I Remember Mama (York Theatre-Mufti). Regional credits include productions at The Kennedy Center, The Guthrie Theater, Arena Stage, Walnut Street Theatre, Goodspeed Opera House, Pioneer Theatre Company, Casa Mañana, The Cape Playhouse, Alabama Shakespeare Festival, Coconut Grove Playhouse. TV credits include HBO’s Boardwalk Empire (recurring role of ‘Edith Mauer’), HBO’s Vinyl (recurring role of ‘Gert’), Law & Order, Law & Order: SVU, Guilty (FOX pilot). She teaches acting at NYU Tisch/New Studio on Broadway and is a member of Actors’ Equity Association. For Charlie & Rose and Micky.

Teal Wicks
Teal Wicks

Josephine Monaghan/Jo Monaghan

Teal Wicks (Josephine Monaghan/Jo Monaghan) most recently appeared as ‘Mary Barrie’ in the Broadway hit Finding Neverland. She also recently starred as ‘Emma Carew’ in the 2013 Broadway revival of Jekyll & Hyde. Teal burst onto the musical theater scene in 2008 when she landed the role of Elphaba in the Los Angeles company of Wicked, a role she reprised in the San Francisco company before making the leap to Broadway in 2011. New York theater credits include: The Blue Flower at Second Stage, Stairway to Paradise at City Center Encores! and the world premiere of Turandot: The Rumble for the Ring at the Bay Street Theater. Teal received the 2012 BroadwayWorld Connecticut Award for Best Actress in a Musical and nomination for a Connecticut Circle Award for her portrayal of ‘Julie Jordan’ in the Goodspeed Opera House’s production of Carousel. Teal has also appeared on the CBS hit shows The Good Wife and Elementary, and Chicago Justice on NBC.


(In alphabetical order)

Pauline Bradshaw (Violin) is a violinist, originally from the San Francisco Bay Area, who has been in New Jersey for many years. After graduating with a Masters in Violin Performance from the University of Colorado, Boulder, she was a member of the Colorado Springs Symphony. Currently a violin/viola studio teacher and freelancer, she is an adjunct at Peddie School and performs in opera, musicals and symphonies in the tri-state area. She made her Two River debut with A Wind in the Willows Christmas.

Troy Chang (Cello), a native of Concord, Massachusetts, is in demand in a wide array of musical settings, whether that be symphonic, operatic, chamber, or solo music. He joined the Sarasota Opera Orchestra in 2013 and, since 2015, is Principal Cello of Southwest Florida Symphony Orchestra. He was on faculty at the Luzerne Music Center in Lake Luzerne, New York, where he also curated the Faculty Chamber Music Series. He currently spends his summers with the Artosphere Festival Orchestra in Fayetteville, Arkansas and as Principal Cello with the Charlottesville Opera Orchestra in Charlottesville, Virginia. On faculty at Florida Southern College, he resides in Tampa and performs regularly with Sarasota Orchestra and The Florida Orchestra. He holds a Master of Music in Cello Performance from the Manhattan School of Music and a Bachelor of Arts from Brown University. His principal teachers include Fred Sherry, David Geber, Carol Ou, and Joan Esch.

Philip Coiro (Drums/Percussion) is a professional drummer and concert percussionist in New York City. Most recently, he has played drums on Broadway for American Psycho and the Off-Broadway revival of Jonathan Larson’s Tick, Tick…Boom! (2017 Drama Desk nomination for Outstanding Revival of a Musical). He has toured nationally with Flashdance, A Chorus Line, The Wedding Singer and The Wizard of Oz. Philip is currently the music director for singer-songwriter Troy Ramey (NBC’s The Voice, Season 12) and frequently plays in concert with Broadway stars including Mandy Gonzalez (Hamilton/In the Heights), Natalie Weiss (Wicked) and Kerry Butler (Hairspray/Catch Me If You Can) to name a few. All this would be impossible without his wife Lauryn and son, Anthony. More information at

Simon Hutchings (Reeds) Originally from London, UK, Simon Hutchings now resides in New York City. Before his recent relocation to The Big Apple, he spent several years as one of the most in-demand woodwind performers in Florida, where he regularly performed with visiting entertainers and touring Broadway musicals including Marie Osmond, The Four Tops, Aretha Franklin, Chicago, Wicked, and Spamalot. Simon has enjoyed a diverse career to date, having performed with groups such as the Phoenix Symphony, USAF Falconaires, and Naples Philharmonic. He is also an accomplished chamber musician, having performed for six years with the Joseph Wytko Saxophone Quartet, and being a founding member of both the Areté Woodwind Doubling Quartet and the Helios Saxophone Quartet. He currently subs on the Broadway shows The Book of Mormon and The Lion King, and recently completed a run of the new Disney show Freaky Friday at Cleveland Play House. Simon has held positions on the adjunct faculty at Bethune-Cookman University, where he taught saxophone and chamber music, and Daytona State College, where he taught saxophone, clarinet, and chamber music. He is featured in Alfred Music Publishing’s new Sound Innovations band method series, where he presents a DVD masterclass to accompany both the clarinet and alto saxophone books.

Justin Rothberg (Guitar) plays various musical styles and stringed instruments. He currently subs on the Broadway shows Aladdin, Beautiful and Cats. Recent theater projects include The Bridges of Madison County tour; Kiss Me, Kate at Studio 54; October Sky; A Night with Janis Joplin; Jasper in Deadland; and Getting the Band Back Together. Justin’s original jazz/fusion group just released their second album, Old Business. and is set to release their third album early next year.

Joseph Wallace (Bass) is a double & electric bassist currently living in Brooklyn. Recent theater credits include: Newsies (First National Tour and Feature Film), Elephant & Piggie’s “We Are in a Play!” (New Victory Theater). He can also be seen performing and recording with numerous artists throughout New York City and across the US.


Mike Reid (Composer/Co-Bookwriter) and Sarah Schlesinger (Lyricist/Co-Bookwriter) were the Lyricist, Composer and Co-bookwriters for In This House and the Composer and Lyricist for The Wind in the Willows Christmas, both of which had their world premieres at Two River Theater. They have also written the score for Casanova Returns, which won the Global Search for New Musicals. The team’s opera Different Fields was commissioned by the Metropolitan Opera Guild. They are currently writing The Last Day, a new musical commissioned by Penn State University. Mike and Sarah have received the Kleban Award, the Richard Rodgers Award, a Gilman & Gonzalez-Falla Theater Foundation Award, the Bay Area Theatre Critics Circle Award, and Chicago’s Jeff Award for best original musical. Mike is a Grammy Award-winning songwriter. His songs have been recorded by Bonnie Raitt, Adele (I Can't Make You Love Me), Anita Baker, Kenny Rogers, Wynonna, Alabama, Willie Nelson, Joe Cocker, Bette Midler, and Tim McGraw. Sarah Schlesinger is the Associate Dean of Performing Arts and Chair of the Graduate Musical Theatre Writing Program at the Tisch School of the Arts, NYU.

John Dias (Co-Bookwriter/Director, Artistic Director) assumed his position as Artistic Director of Two River Theater in August 2010 after working as a producer and dramaturg in New York for 20 years. In partnership with Managing Director Michael Hurst he has brought new vitality to the 20-year-old Red Bank theater, including producing subscription shows on two stages for the first time; launching the theater’s first literary department and commissioning program for new plays; presenting annual events such as a musical theater cabaret in collaboration with New York University’s Graduate Musical Theatre Writing Program and the Crossing Borders festival of Latino plays; and developing numerous arts-education initiatives for young people including A Little Shakespeare, an annual production of one of Shakespeare’s plays performed by high-school students. Throughout his career, John has been a leading advocate for bold new American plays and stimulating productions of the classics, including the Broadway productions of Lisa Kron’s Well and Shakespeare’s The Tempest. For 12 seasons, he worked in a variety of capacities at The Public Theater/New York Shakespeare Festival, including Associate Producer and Associate Artistic Director. During much of his tenure at The Public, working for Producer George C. Wolfe, he was responsible for all aspects of play production on the theater’s six stages and the Delacorte Theater in Central Park. He also ran the theater’s literary department, overseeing new-play workshops and productions of classics by Shakespeare and other writers, and he directed and taught in the Shakespeare Lab, a professional actor-training program. Previously, John was dramaturg at Hartford Stage Company, and co-founded and led Affinity Company Theater, a production company dedicated to bringing daring new works from around the world to New York, and The Playwrights Realm, an off-Broadway company that produces new plays by emerging artists. He has been a Tony Award nominator, a consultant for the National Endowment for the Arts and numerous other organizations, and he has taught at New York University and Yale University. John currently teaches in the graduate school at Columbia University. He received his BA from George Washington University and his MFA from the University of Massachusetts at Amherst.

Marc Kimelman (Choreographer) is thrilled to be making his Two River Theater debut! He is Associate Choreographer for Broadway’s A Bronx Tale, co-directed by Jerry Zaks and Robert De Niro. He choreographed the National Tour of Saturday Night Fever, Play It Cool (Off-Broadway), Tonya & Nancy: The Rock Opera (NYMF), Man of La Mancha (Stratford Festival), Once on This Island (Dora Award for Outstanding Choreography), BroadwayCon, Broadway Bares, Mary Poppins, The Little Mermaid, In the Heights, Degrassi: The Next Generation, and is movement consultant for Vogue magazine. Marc was the assistant choreographer for the Broadway revival of the Tony-nominated Jesus Christ Superstar and Queen’s We Will Rock You (US National Tour). His associate choreographer credits include Once on This Island, A Bronx Tale (Paper Mill Playhouse), Hands on a Hardbody, Disney’s Freaky Friday (workshop) and Elementary (CBS). Marc has created shows for Holland America Cruise Lines (RWS), and has worked with Katy Perry, Chaka Kahn, Neil Young, Patti LuPone, Charlize Theron and NYC Ballet. Marc is part of the Stage Directors and Choreographers Society.

John O’Neill (Music Director/Dance and Incidental Arrangements/Conductor/Piano) is thrilled to be back at Two River, where he most recently served as Music Director/Vocal Arranger for A Wind in the Willows Christmas. Broadway/NY credits include Cabaret (Conductor), A Chorus Line (Conductor), Radio City Spring Spectacular (Composer, Arranger, Conductor), Hugh Jackman (Dance Arranger), Jacques Brel… (Musical Director), Jesus Christ Superstar, Annie, Curtains, Boy from Oz. Regional credits: Barry Manilow’s Harmony (LA Ovation, BroadwayWorld, Best Musical Direction),Paper Mill Playhouse (cast recording Children of Eden), Two River Theater, Williamstown Theatre Festival, Berkshire Theatre Festival, North Carolina Theater for the Arts. He has served as music director for West Side Story (First National), A Chorus Line (First National), Cabaret (Japan), and Forever Plaid, and faculty vocal coach for Juilliard Drama Division, Rutgers University, CAP21. He is currently the orchestrator and arranger of Carefree: Dancin’ with Fred and Ginger, a music and dance review celebrating the iconic dance team, produced by RKO Stage and NJPAC and scheduled to begin a national tour this year.

Patrick Vaccariello (Music Supervisor/Vocal Arrangements) is Music Director for the 2017 Tony Awards. He will be conducting the live awards telecast for the fourth year in a row. He was most recently in Australia with Hugh Jackman, serving as Music Director for the concert arena tour, Hugh Jackman: Broadway to Oz. Broadway credits include: On Your Feet, Cabaret (2014 and 1998 revivals), Annie, Hugh Jackman: Back on Broadway, West Side Story, Come Fly Away, Lend Me a Tenor, Gypsy (with both Patti LuPone and Bernadette Peters), A Chorus Line, La Cage aux Folles, The Boy from Oz, Dance of the Vampires, Jesus Christ Superstar, Victor/Victoria, Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat, Cats and Take Me Along. He was also Music Director & Lead Conductor for A Chorus Line at the Hollywood Bowl and for The Radio City Spring Spectacular. Internationally, he has conducted The Music of Andrew Lloyd Webber worldwide (including at Beijing’s Great Hall of the People), A Chorus Line in London’s West End. He has performed with the Philadelphia Orchestra and Kansas City Symphony, and conducted at Carnegie Hall, New York City Center, and The Kennedy Center. He was featured in the film, Every Little Step: The Making of the Chorus Line Revival and has conducted many cast recordings including the Grammy-winning West Side Story, as well as Cabaret, A Chorus Line, Gypsy and The Boy from Oz. A graduate of the Hartt School of Music, he received their 2010 Distinguished Alumni Award.

Danny Larsen (Orchestrations & Music Preparation) Orchestrations/Copyist: A Wind in the Willows Christmas and In This House (Two River Theater); Zombie in Love (Oregon Children’s Theatre); The Butterfly Girl (Vital Theatre Company); Catch the Wind (Buck Hill Skytop Music Festival); The Hinterlands (musical web series); Cloaked (Village Theatre, CAP21); The Yellow Wood (Contemporary Classics). Composer/Lyricist: Catch the Wind; The Hinterlands (nominated for four IAWTV Awards); Cloaked (2011 Jonathan Larson Grant, 2011 Kleban Prize); The Yellow Wood (2006 Richard Rodgers Development Award, 20016 Daryl Roth Award, 2007 Best Music Award at NYMF, 2008 NAMT Festival Participant); Zombie In Love (2014 Best Original Score and Best Original Script – Drammy Awards, Portland Area Musical Theatre Award for Outstanding Original Musical); The Butterfly Girl. Danny is currently working on a new musical with collaborator Michelle Elliott called Hart Island about New York City’s public burial ground. The show was shortlisted for the Kevin Spacey Foundation Artists of Choice Award in 2015 and will have two staged readings later this year. MFA in Musical Theatre Writing from the Graduate Musical Theatre Writing Program at Tisch School of the Arts, New York University.

Michael Carnahan (Scenic Designer) previously designed Your Blues Ain’t Sweet Like Mine, Third, On Borrowed Time, and August Wilson’s Seven Guitars and Two Trains Running at Two River. National Tours: Cheers-Live on Stage, A Christmas Story: The Musical. Off-Broadway: Skeleton Crew (Atlantic); I and You (59E59); The Happiest Song Plays Last (Second Stage); The Piano Lesson, The First Breeze of Summer (both Signature Theatre); The Marvelous Wonderettes; Not That Jewish; Three Mo’ Tenors; Pygmalion; Howie the Rookie; Brando. Regional: Arena Stage, Center Stage, American Conservatory Theater, McCarter, Williamstown Theatre Festival, Pasadena Playhouse, Cleveland Play House, Merrimack Rep, Laguna Playhouse, Utah Shakespearean Festival, Northlight Theatre, Signature Theatre (Arlington, VA), Bucks County Playhouse, Guild Hall (East Hampton), Ogunquit Playhouse, Arsht Center, Musical Theatre West, San Jose Rep. Broadway (Associate Scenic Designer): Groundhog Day the Musical, Allegiance; The River; ANN: The Ann Richards Play; Cyrano de Bergerac; Peter and The Starcatcher; The Importance of Being Earnest; Bloody Bloody Andrew Jackson; All About Me; White Christmas; Curtains.

Jess Goldstein (Costume Designer) New York credits include Jersey Boys, Disney’s Newsies, On the Town, The Rivals (2005 Tony Award), The Merchant of Venice with Al Pacino (Tony nomination), Plenty with Rachel Weisz, Henry IV with Kevin Kline (Tony nomination), Proof, Julius Caesar with Denzel Washington, Love! Valour! Compassion!, Take Me Out, Tintypes, The Most Happy Fella, Buried Child, How I Learned to Drive, Stuff Happens, Dinner with Friends and The Mineola Twins (Lortel and Hewes Awards). His opera designs include Il Trittico for the Metropolitan Opera, Dead Man Walking for New York City Opera, and Two Women and Heart of a Soldier, two recent world premieres, for San Francisco Opera. Jess has also designed for film and television, most notably A Walk on the Moon directed by Tony Goldwyn, The Substance of Fire with Sarah Jessica Parker and Talking With and Far East for PBS’ Great Performances. He is the 2015 recipient of the Irene Sharaff Lifetime Achievement Award and is a graduate of the Yale School of Drama, where he has been a Professor in the design department since 1990.

Jennifer Tipton (Lighting Designer) is well known for her work in theater, dance and opera. In theater, her recent work includes Lucas Hnath’s A Doll’s House, Part 2 at the Golden Theatre in New York. Her recent work in opera includes Gounod’s Roméo et Juliette directed by Bart Sher at the Metropolitan Opera. Her recent work in dance includes Shen Wei’s Neither at BAM. Ms. Tipton teaches lighting at the Yale School of Drama. She received the Dorothy and Lillian Gish Prize in 2001, the Jerome Robbins Prize in 2003 and, in April 2004, the Mayor’s Award for Arts and Culture in New York City. In 2008 she was made a United States Artists “Gracie” Fellow and a MacArthur Fellow.

Drew Levy (Sound Designer) Previously at Two River: A Funny Thing Happened on the Way to the Forum¸ Absurd Person Singular. Broadway: Honeymoon in Vegas (Drama Desk nomination), Chaplin (Drama Desk Award), The Winslow Boy, The Importance of Being Earnest, Present Laughter. Off-Broadway: One Day the Musical, The Weir, Why Torture Is Wrong…, Emergence-See!, Dutchman, The Mistakes Madeline Made. Regional: Bard SummerScape, Williamstown, 5th Avenue Theatre, The Old Globe, Two River Theater, Arena Stage, Westport Country Playhouse, McCarter, Huntington, Long Wharf. Other: Reconfiguration: An Evening with Other Lives; Drama Desk Awards Ceremony; Metropolitan Opera 125th Anniversary Gala; holiday installs for Saks 5th Avenue, Cartier, Van Cleef & Arpels, and Harry Winston.

Leah J. Loukas (Wig Designer) Broadway: The Great Comet of 1812, Sweat, Oh, Hello!, The Heidi Chronicles, On the Town, A Night with Janis Joplin, Vanya and Sonia and Masha and Spike, American Idiot, Irena’s Vow. The Public Theater: Plenty, Barbecue, Fortress of Solitude, Taming of the Shrew, Love’s Labour’s Lost, Into the Woods. Regional work: Dallas Theater Center, La Jolla Playhouse, Paper Mill Playhouse.

Thomas Schall (Fight Director) has served as fight director on over 70 Broadway shows, among them Six Degrees of Separation, Groundhog Day, Jitney, The Present, The Front Page, The Crucible, Blackbird, War Horse, Of Mice and Men, Romeo and Juliet, Death of a Salesman, Venus in Fur, A View from the Bridge. He has worked extensively at Lincoln Center Theater (Disgraced, Blood and Gifts), The Public Theater (Hamlet, King Lear, Mother Courage), MTC (Ruined, Murder Ballad), New York Theatre Workshop (Red Speedo, Othello) and the Met Opera (Nozze di Figaro, Il Trovatore).

Jack Doulin + Sharky (Casting) Jack has been the Casting Director at New York Theatre Workshop since 2000. Productions there include: Peter and the Starcatcher, Homebody/Kabul, Far Away, A Number, Hedda Gabler, The Misanthrope, and The Little Foxes. Other NYC highlights include two notable productions of Uncle Vanya: André Gregory’s production with Julianne Moore and Wallace Shawn (filmed by Louis Malle as Vanya on 42nd Street), and Annie Baker’s adaptation with Reed Birney, Maria Dizzia, and Michael Shannon directed by Sam Gold. For SoHo Rep: Blasted, A Public Reading...Disney, Marie Antoinette. Film: New Orleans, Mon Amour directed by Michael Almereyda and Jonathan Demme’s A Master Builder and the forthcoming What the Night Can Do. Sharky, also known as Taylor Williams, serves as the Casting Associate at New York Theatre Workshop. Together they have cast: Love and Information (NYTW), Oklahoma! (Bard SummerScape), Scenes from a Marriage (NYTW), You Got Older (P73), City of Conversation (Arena Stage), An Octoroon (Soho Rep and TFANA), Red Speedo (NTYW), Hadestown (NYTW), Othello (NYTW) directed by Sam Gold, and the upcoming Mary Jane (NYTW) written by Amy Herzog.

Amanda Michaels (Production Stage Manager) Previously at Two River Theater: Be More Chill, Two Trains Running, Topdog/Underdog, Present Laughter, Jitney, Thousand Clowns, Intimate Apparel, Orestes; a Tragic Romp, Melissa Arctic, Heartbreak House. Broadway: Come from Away, Beautiful—The Carole King Musical, Thérèse Raquin, A Bronx Tale. Off-Broadway: Signature Theatre, Lincoln Center/LCT3, Second Stage. Regional: Paper Mill Playhouse, Williamstown Theatre Festival, Dallas Summer Musicals, Shakespeare on the Sound, Folger Shakespeare Theatre, Shakespeare Theatre of NJ. Other: August Wilson’s American Century Cycle with WNYC.

Denise Cardarelli (Assistant Stage Manager) Two River Theater: Production Stage Manager Trouble in Mind, 26 Miles, and ReEntry. Off-Broadway: ReEntry at Urban Stages and Dov and Ali with The Playwrights Realm. New York: Autumn’s Harvest with Lincoln Center Education; Highway 47 at HERE Arts Center; Much Ado About Nothing with the Boomerang Theatre Company; Dutch Masters with the Labyrinth Theater Company; and Flip Side and Imminence with The Talking Band. Regional: Hartford Stage, Long Wharf Theatre, Playmakers Rep, Cincinnati Playhouse in the Park, THEATREWORKS (Colorado Springs), Roundhouse Theatre, Centerstage (Baltimore), and 13 seasons at the Shakespeare Theatre of New Jersey, where she also served as the Assistant Production Manager for three years.


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