The Company of STU FOR SILVERTON
Peter Duchan (Book) wrote the book of the musical Dogfight, which premiered at Second Stage (director, Joe Mantello). Dogfight won the 2013 Lucille Lortel Award for Outstanding Musical and was nominated for five Outer Critics Circle Awards, including Off Broadway Musical and Book of a Musical, and two Drama League Awards, including Broadway or Off Broadway Musical. Dogfight received the 2011 Richard Rodgers Award from the American Academy of Arts & Letters. Peter co-wrote the screenplays for Breaking Upwards (IFC Films) and the short Unlocked (official selection, Tribeca Film Festival). His play Lavender Scare was presented in Geva Theatre’s 2011 Plays-in-Progress series. Dramatists Guild Fellowship, 2011-2012. Graduate, Northwestern University.
Breedlove (Music and Lyrics) Having just appeared as the opening act for Lady Gaga’s artRave Tour, Breedlove is an American singer,songwriter, and performance personality. In 2010, Breedlove was invited to open for Semi Precious Weapons on their North American Dirty Showbiz Tour. In 2011, he appeared in Gaga’s HBO special and in her video promotions for the VMA’s that same year. He became the Chief Ambassador for her Born This Way Foundation on the American leg of the associated Born This Way Ball. He is represented by the William Morris Agency for musical theatre writing, and recently provided the music and lyrics for the new musical “Stu For Silverton” which had a workshop production at Seattle’s Intiman Theatre and was included in last year’s NAMT festival. For the past 5 years he has produced a popular weekly event called “Magic Monday” at the infamous Rivington Street rock ‘n roll dive bar St. Jerome’s, where he performs his latest tunes with his DJ/producer Chew Fu and his dancer Jocelyn McBride. Breedlove’s debut album with Chew Fu, entitled Magic Monday, is currently available for pre-order on iTunes.
Will Reynolds (Music Supervision and Arrangements) is the composer of The Greenwood Tree (NYMF, Kennedy Center “Page to Stage” Festival) Poems & Moon Songs, a song constellation – with the song “Tavern” featured on Audra McDonald’s most recent album Go Back Home, and The Whole World is Watching (commissioned by Marymount Manhattan University.) With Eric Price – The Sixth Borough, Around the World (Children’s Theater commission), and Radioactive. Will is an ASCAP Johnny Mercer Project songwriter, an ASCAP PLUS award winner, and a 2013 Dramatist Guild Fellow. As an actor he was most recently seen in NY in the revival of Sondheim’s Passion at Classic Stage Company (dir. by John Doyle, cast recording by PS Classics.) Other acting credits include the American premiere of Love Story at Walnut Street, Tony Kushner’s The Illusion Off-Bway at Signature Theater, Emma at the Old Globe, the world premiere of A Room With a View at the Old Globe and the 5th Avenue Theater, and MAMMA MIA! on the road. Film: The Good Shepherd (dir. Robert De Niro.) Carnegie Mellon graduate. www.willreynoldsonline.com
Andrew Russell (Director) is the Producing Artistic Director of the Tony Award-winning Intiman Theatre. With a focus on directing stage productions celebrating outsiders and those on the fringe, he conceived and directed Stu for Silverton, a new musical about America’s first transgender mayor heralded as “groundbreaking” and the “best of 2013” by The Seattle Times. In 2014, Russell directed both parts of Tony Kushner’s Pulitzer Prize-winning Angels In America for Intiman Theatre. In 2015 Intiman Theatre will premiere a new play, John Baxter is a Switch Hitter, by Andrew and co-author Ana Brown about the 2008 gay softball world series held in Seattle when a team accused another team of having too many “straight” players. Also in 2015 Russell will direct a revival of the one-woman Diana Vreeland show Full Gallop starring Mercedes Ruehl at The Old Globe, and present a workshop presentation of the musical he’s co-writing with Richard Gray for Seattle’s 5th Avenue Theatre about Dorothy Kilgallen, Jack Ruby, Laura Poitras, and Edward Snowden. Andrew served as Tony Kushner’s assistant for many years, has assistant directed on and off-Broadway, and received a BFA from Carnegie Mellon University.
Denise Prosek (Music Director) has worked extensively as a music director, pianist, and arranger in the Twin Cities for the past twenty years, including forty mainstage productions for Theater Latté Da. She has also music directed for Children’s Theatre Company, the Guthrie, Park Square, Mu Performing Arts, Ordway Center for the Performing Arts, Hennepin Theatre Trust, and the Ivey Awards, among others. Denise holds a Bachelor of Music from St. Olaf College. She was named a Playwrights’ Center McKnight Theater Artist Fellow in 2013-2014, Outstanding Musical Director in 2006 and 2008 from Star Tribune, Best Music Director in 2010 from Lavender, and Theater Artist of the Year in 2012 from Lavender.
The Company of THE LAST QUEEN OF CANAAN
Harrison David Rivers’ (Book) plays include: When Last We Flew (NYCFringe Excellence in Playwriting Award, GLAAD Media Award for Outstanding Off Off Broadway Play), The Bandaged Place (Global Age Project winner), sweet, Look Upon Our Lowliness, THE SEA & THE STARS, The Salvagers, AND SHE WOULD STAND LIKE THIS, Lydie and Where Storms Are Born. He has also written the librettos for The Last Queen of Canaan (music by Jacob Yandura, lyrics by Rebekah Melocik) and FIVE POINTS: An American Musical (music and lyrics by Douglas Lyons & Ethan Pakchar). His short play, And It Seems To Me A Very Good Sign, was produced as part of the 24 Hour Plays at the American Airlines Theater on Broadway. Honors: Many Voices Jerome Fellowship (The Playwrights’ Center), Van Lier Fellowship (New Dramatists), Emerging Artist of Color Fellowship (NYTW), Interstate 73 (P73) and The Emerging Writers’ Group at the Public Theater. Training: MFA, Columbia University.
Jacob Yandura and Rebekah Greer Melocik (Music and Lyrics) began collaborating as M.F.A. classmates in New York University’s Graduate Musical Theatre Writing Program. Their musicals include The Last Queen of Canaan (book by Harrison David Rivers), Feral (book by Victor Lesniewksi) based on John Bishop’s Borderline, and a commission from New York City Children’s Theater, Wringer, based on the novel by Jerry Spinelli. Recognitions and residencies include: the 2014 Johnny Mercer Writers Colony at Goodspeed Musicals, the 2012-2013 Dramatists Guild Fellowship, the Rhinebeck Writers Retreat, the Johnny Mercer Songwriters Project, Cap21’s Writers Residency and ANT Fest 2013 (The Fearful Earful). The Last Queen of Canaan received a workshop (dir: Mark Brokaw) in June 2013 through the Yale Institute for Music Theatre, and was part of Northern Stage’s New Works Now 2015 Festival. This spring, it will receive a workshop through Theater Latte Da’s NEXT development program. Feral received a workshop through the York Theatre Company’s resident writers program, NEO (New, Emerging, Outstanding), in May 2014 and has been selected for development at Ars Nova’s two-year UNCHARTED residency. Wringer received a first pass workshop this Fall. Jacob and Rebekah are both members of the artist collective, PVBLIC BATH.
Peter Rothstein (Director) has directed 53 mainstage productions for Theater Latté Da, including 8 world premieres. Other recent collaborations include the Guthrie Theater, The Children’s Theatre Company, Minnesota Opera, Illusion Theatre, Ten Thousand Things and Seattle’s 5th Avenue Theater. He is the creator of All Is Calm: The Christmas Truce of 1914, and Steerage Song, a new musical created in collabroration with Dan Chouinard. Peter has been named one of Minnesota’s Artists of the Year by the Star Tribune, Theater Artist of the Year by Lavender,and the Best Director by City Pages. He has been awarded grants and fellowships from the National Endowment for the Arts, Theatre Communications Group, the Minnesota State Arts Board and the McKnight Foundation. He holds a B.A. in Music and Theater from St. John’s University and a Master of Fine Arts in Directing from the University of Wisconsin-Madison. Peter-Rothstein.com
Sanford Moore (Music Director) is perhaps most noted as the founder, director and arranger for the award-winning vocal jazz ensemble Moore By Four. He has traveled extensively with his ensemble doing workshops and concerts in the U.S., Europe and Japan. He has shared the stage with such notable jazz artists as Bobby McFerrin, Harry Connick Jr., the late Dizzy Gillespie, Carmen McRae, Sarah Vaughn and Joe Williams. Moore was the musical director most recently with Penumbra Theatre’s production of Dinah Was, Mixed Blood Theatre’s production of Two Queens One Castle and Hey City Theatre’s production of Smokey Joe’s Café. Moore has extensive experience arranging and conducting industrial and business theater productions, as well as writing and producing jingles. He has served as producer, arranger and pianist on various recording projects including Swing Fever, Deck The Halls, I Let a Song Go Out of My Heart: A Tribute to Duke Ellington, I Have Dreamed, Fever, Some Cats Know, and his first solo recording, My First Love: A Collection of Hymns, Gospels and Spirituals. He also serves as minister of music for the Fellowship Missionary Baptist Church in Minneapolis.
Wendy Weckwerth (Dramaturg) is a dramaturg, editor, and translator based in the Twin Cities. This is her first collaboration with Theater Latté Da. As the dramaturg for NYC’s Voice & Vision Theatre and in freelance capacities at The Playwrights’ Center in Minneapolis, the History Theatre in St. Paul, and elsewhere, she has an ongoing commitment to new work. On another artistic front, her translation of Strindberg’sKristina was produced by NYC’s August Strindberg Rep earlier this year; and her translation of Ingmar Bergman’s Autumn Sonata screenplay was the basis for Robert Woodruff’s stage adaptation (Yale Rep, 2011). She has taught at Yale, Dartmouth, Colby, Mount Holyoke, and Bard Colleges. DFA, MFA, Yale School of Drama.
The Company of LULLABY
Michael Elyanow (Book, Music and Lyrics) is an award-winning writer for stage and (small) screen. THEATRE: Robyn Is Happy was produced in 2013 at B Street Theatre, directed by Buck Busfield. The Children was produced in 2012 at The Theatre @ Boston Court and directed by Jessica Kubzansky. It won the 2013 GLAAD Award for Outstanding LA Theatre and is published in its entirety in the international theatre journal TheatreForum. A Lasting Mark, commissioned by Hartford Stage, was part of Manhattan Theatre Club’s 2011 7@7 Reading Series. Lullaby was last heard at The Lark. The Idiot Box, published by Samuel French, was produced at Open Fist (2007) and Naked Eye theatres (2003), both directed by Jeremy B Cohen. Ten-minute plays include Banging Ann Coulter and A Few More Dumb Propositions, both published by Playscripts. Television: Michael has developed pilots with ACME Productions (The Exes), Tagline Pictures (Psych) and Vesuvius Productions (Spartacus). In addition to Lullaby, Michael is currently developing a musical that takes place during the summer of 1980, aka the summer of Who Shot JR?
Jeremy B. Cohen (Director) is entering his fifth season as the Producing Artistic Director at the Playwrights’ Center and previously served as the Associate Artistic Director/Director of New Play Development at Hartford Stage from 2003 to 2010, where he also directed several premieres. Other directing credits include productions at Centerstage, Alliance, Alley Theatre, Goodman, Dorset Theatre, Steppenwolf, McCarter, Theater J, Victory Gardens, Actors Theatre of Louisville, George Street Playhouse, Kansas City Rep, Repertory Theatre of St Louis, New Victory, Open Fist, Theatre Latté Da, and Royal George; workshops at O’Neill Playwrights’ Conference, New York Stage & Film, Pasadena Playhouse, Denver Center, New Harmony, Bay Area Playwrights Festival and Woolly Mammoth. As Founding Artistic Director of Naked Eye Theatre Company in Chicago, Cohen developed/directed more than 20 plays, including several premieres. He has received numerous directing awards, an NEA/TCG Directors Fellowship, and a Northwestern University grant for his play 12 Volt Heart. Last Season he directed the World Premiere of Brahman/I (Mixed Blood), and Wild With Happy (Centerstage), as well as a new musical Off-Broadway by award-winning singer/songwriter Jonatha Brooke called My Mother Has Four Noses, and recently directed the World Premiere of Joe Waechter’s Lake Untersee (Workhaus Collective/Illusion Theatre).
Jonatha Brooke (Music Director) is a singer and songwriter with four major label releases, and seven on her own label, BAD DOG RECORDS. Her most recent record is the companion CD to her musical play My Mother Has 4 Noses. Ms. Brooke has recently co-written songs with Katy Perry and The Courtyard Hounds for their current releases. She’s also written for three Disney films, various television shows, and composed the theme song for Joss Whedon’s Dollhouse. My Mother Has 4 Noses is her first musical play. She has three other musicals in development:Quadroon, with legendary jazz pianist Joe Sample; Hopper, which just premiered at Adelphi University’s Main Stage, and Death & Venice, both with playwright Anton Dudley. More about 4 Noses at: www.4noses.org. More about Jonatha’s music at: www.jonathabrooke.com or www.facebook.com/jonathabrooke.