Tonight, Country music star Tammy Trip is coming home to the grimy bar where it all started.
But, Tammy’s return stirs up a frenzy of old grudges and new desires in everyone around her...
Tonight, what they’ll all learn is that in this bar, just like in country music, there’s no escaping the past and there’s no clear way forward.
Presented by Two River Theater by special arrangement with Allison Bressi and Diana Buckhantz
Written by Michael Kimmel
Music and Lyrics by Lauren Pritchard
Directed by Gaye Taylor Upchurch
with Ephie Aardema, Felicia Finley, Deon'te Goodman, Kelly Karbacz, Drew McVety, Eric William Morris, Kacie Sheik, Marrick Smith, Bob Stillman, Andy Taylor
Arrangements, Orchestrations, and Music Direction by Kris Kukul
Choreography by Marc Kimelman
Scenic Design by Jason Sherwood
Costume Design by Sarah J. Holden
Lighting Design by Aaron Porter
Sound Design by Broken Chord
Stage Managed by Amanda Michaels
EPHIE AARDEMA (Mia) Broadway: Bridges of Madison County. Off-Broadway/NYC: Parade (Monteen, Lincoln Center), Daddy Long Legs, and Dear Edwina (Edwina). National Tour: Fiddler on the Roof (Chava), The Sound of Music (Leisl). Regional: The Old Globe, La Jolla Playhouse, Paper Mill Playhouse, St. Louis Rep, Goodspeed, PCLO, MSMT, North Shore, Philadelphia Theatre Co, PCPA, Pioneer Theatre, Cape Playhouse, Orlando Rep, ReVision Theatre, Cortland Rep, Greater Boston Stage Co, Media Theatre and more. IRNE and Elliot Norton award nominated. International tap champion and recipient of the Congressional Gold Medal for Outstanding Youth. Youngest-ever graduate of Circle in the Square Theatre School. Un-ending gratitude to Leading Artists, friends, family, and the Songbird pepperchickens. Twitter/Insta: @EphieAardema
FELICIA FINLEY (Tammy Trip) Felicia is an award-winning singer/performer who has appeared on Broadway, Off-Broadway and many of the top regional theaters in the US. Broadway- Linda in The Wedding Singer (OBC), Amneris in Aida, Smokey Joe’s Café (OBC), Tanya in Mamma Mia!, and the cult favorite, The Life by Cy Coleman (OBC). Off-Broadway Forbidden Broadway, The Wild Party (MTC), Bubbly Black Girl... (Playwrights Horizons). Felicia has toured internationally and has headlined at Caesars Palace in Atlantic City. Felicia's debut album, “Great Mood for a Tuesday” was hailed by critics, "reminiscent of American Classic Rock, Finley's album is evocative with blistering vocal sincerity and the artistry of a rock veteran!'
Her awards include: Manhattan Bistro award for Best Cabaret Debut, Outer Critics Circle Award for Outstanding Performer and New Jersey Merit Recognition for Best Featured Musical Actress. Felicia is so excited to bring Songbird to life authentically. She hails from the backwoods of the Appalachian Mountains of North Carolina AND the swamps of Louisiana which she was saturated in the worlds of gospel, jazz, and bluegrass. She sends her love to her amazing husband, Paul Stancato, her parents, James and Brenda Finley, both living grandmothers, and her brother Jamie who lives with his gorgeous family in Hawaii.
DEON'TE GOODMAN (Rip) is beyond thrilled to make his debut at Two River Theatre! His most recent accomplishments include his New York City debut in Freedom Riders: The Civil Rights Musical as Bernard Lafayette. NYC and Regional credits: The Prince of Egypt (Stage Reading), Caroline, or Change (Cape Fear Regional Theatre), The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee (Florida Repertory Theatre), Stop Kiss (B Street Theatre), The Toxic Avenger (Farmers Alley Theatre), and RENT (NorthStreet Playhouse). He has also landed principle roles in many operas, including Mozart's Le Nozze di Figaro, Philip Glass' Galileo Galilei, and Menotti's Amahl and the Night Visitors. Proud UNC Greensboro alumnus with a Degree in Classical Voice. Beyond grateful to Wolf Talent Group, Calleri Casting, and the support of my amazing friends and family! www.deontegoodman.com Instagram: @basso15
KELLY KARBACZ (Pauline) is best known for her role as inmate, Kasey Sankey, on Netflix’s “Orange is the New Black.” In 2018, she and her co-stars were nominated for a Screen Actors Guild Award for ‘Outstanding Performance by an Ensemble in a Comedy Series’. Karbacz also starred alongside Judd Hirsch and Daniel Stern as Joanie Binder in the ABC sitcom, “Regular Joe.” Her other television credits include guest appearances on NBC’s “Do No Harm,” “Law & Order: Special Victims Unit, “Law & Order: Criminal Intent,” “Law & Order” and “Third Watch,” CBS’ “Without a Trace” and “Queens Supreme” and FOX’s “Undeclared.” Kelly appeared as the snarky receptionist, Judy, in the Warner Bros. comedy, Get Smart, alongside Steve Carell and Dwayne Johnson. She later reprised her role in the spin-off film, Get Smart’s Bruce and Lloyd Out of Control. She also shared the screen with Melissa Leo, as Hannah, in the indie short, First Breath. Kelly made her Broadway debut as Maureen Johnson in Rent directed by Michael Greif. She also earned a Helen Hayes nomination for ‘Outstanding Lead Actress in a Musical’ for her performance as Emily Andrews, in the world premiere of Liberty Smith at Ford's Theatre in Washington, D.C. Her other theatre credits include Alfred Uhry's Without Walls at The Williamstown Theatre Festival, Nighthawks at Center Theatre Group in Los Angeles, First Date at the ACT/5th Avenue Theatre in Seattle, and The Sound of Music at Lincoln Center's New York City Opera, where she starred as Louisa. Karbacz studied drama at The Lee Strasberg Theatre Institute, part of New York University's Tisch School of the Arts. Instagram, Twitter and Facebook: @KellyKarbacz
DREW McVETY (Doc) Broadway: Bandstand (Jacobs), The Front Page (Broadhurst), The Last Ship (Neil Simon), Cyrano De Bergerac (Roundabout), Billy Elliot (Imperial), Sunday in the Park with George (Roundabout), Spamalot (Shubert), Frozen (MCC Circle in the Square), Big River (Roundabout, Special Tony Award), Titanic (Lunt Fontaine, Original Cast), The Heidi Chronicles (Plymouth, Original Cast). First national tour: Cabaret, Dirty Rotten Scoundrels. Off-Broadway: Songbird (59 East 59), Charles Ives Take Me Home (Rattlestick), Lone Star Love (Houseman), Corpus Christi (MTC Drama Desk nomination), This Lime Tree Bower (American premiere, Primary Stages), The Substance of Fire (LCT) Twelfth Night, A Doll's House (Public Theater/Acting Company). Regional: The Sting (Papermill) Caucasian Chalk Circle (Yale Rep), Mary Poppins (TUTS), Civil War Christmas, Fathers and Sons, (Long Wharf), Scapin (Portland Stage), Les Liaisons Dangereuses (Pittsburgh Public) . Television: "The Good Wife", "Black Box", "Blue Bloods", "Royal Pains", "Unforgettable", "Law & Order", "Law & Order: SVU", "Law & Order: CI", "The Days and Nights of Molly Dodd", All the soaps. Film: The Strange Case of Wilheim Reich, Henry's Crime.
ERIC WILLIAM MORRIS (Beck) Broadway: Coram Boy, Mamma Mia! Eric frequently collaborates with composer Joe Iconis, starring in Be More Chill (Original Cast Recording, Two River Theatre) Things to Ruin (OCR, 2nd Stage) and Bloodsong of Love (Ars Nova). TV/Film Include: “Mind Hunter”, “The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel”, “Quantico”, “Blue Bloods”, and the feature film Trust, Greed, Bullets, & Bourbon. Other regional/Off Broadway: Songbird (59E59), The Ballad of Little Jo (OCR, Two River), The Last Goodbye, Dog & Pony (both at The Old Globe), and Talk to me Like The Rain… (Theatre Row Studio). Eric is also a Company Member of ANIMUS, and his play Running Interference (written with Ashley Rodbro) won Best Ensemble at the NYC Fringe (2015) and is currently being developed into a feature length film.
KACIE SHEIK (Missy) Broadway, Central Park, West End, National Tour: Hair (Jeanie) (Helen Hayes nomination -Best Actress) Dir. Diane Paulus. Off-Broadway: February House (Gypsy Rose Lee)-The Public Theater dir. Davis McCollum, Songbird - 59E59. Las Vegas: Queen's We Will Rock You (Scaramouche). Radio City Music Hall: NY Spectacular ("Alice In Wonderland" and "Mom") with the Rockettes. Because of Winn Dixie (Alabama Shakes) dir. John Rando. Film/TV: "Blue Bloods", "Bull", "Elementary", "Law and Order", Netflix: “7 Seconds” and Marvel’s “The Punisher”, Julie and Julia. Kacie grew up in NJ (exit 91), is a Scorpio, and a singer/songwriter.
MARRICK SMITH (Dean) Broadway: Fun Home (OBC); Off: Fun Home, Wild Goose Dreams, Pretty Filthy, The Underclassman, Revolution in the Elbow...; TV: “The Big Dogz”; Film: The Lennon Report, One Stop Away; Regional: Alice by Heart; Recording: The Entropy E.P., Pretty Filthy (original cast recording); Love and thanks to KMB, KMR, and Wright ent.
BOB STILLMAN (Soren) has had a 30-year career as a singer, actor, songwriter, music director and teacher. He’s been nominated twice for Tony awards—as an actor in Claudia Shear's Dirty Blonde, and as one of the songwriters for Urban Cowboy: The Musical—and for a Drama Desk award for Hello Again at Transport Group. On Broadway, he has played Molina in Kiss of the Spider Woman, Gould in Grey Gardens, Erik in Grand Hotel, Sam Harris in Act One, and stood by for Nathan Lane, Matthew Broderick and F. Murray Abraham in the hit comedy It's Only A Play. Off Broadway, he played both Dukes in John Doyle’s As You Like It at CSC, Abe Lincoln in Paula Vogel's A Civil War Christmas, Lord Amiens in As You Like It in Central Park, Gideon in the cult hit The Last Session, and was an original cast member of Adam Guettel’s groundbreaking Saturn Returns (recorded as Myths and Hymns) at the Public. Bob was nominated for Chicago’s Jefferson Award for his performance as Candide at the Goodman. As a singer/songwriter Bob has performed at Joe's Pub, the Cutting Room, 54 Below, Birdland, The Bitter End and many other New York venues. He has travelled around the country starring in, and music directing, a series of tributes to the great singer/songwriters (James Taylor, Joni Mitchell, Bob Dylan, John Denver, Dan Fogelberg). He graduated with honors in Music Composition from Princeton University, and is currently on the voice faculty of the new Musical Theater Program at the Manhattan School of Music.
ANDY TAYLOR (Samuel) has originated three roles on Broadway, Howard the weatherman in Moon Over Buffalo with Carol Burnett, J.H. Rodgers in Titanic, and the Bank Manager in the Tony Award-winning Once in which he also co-wrote the song "Abandoned in Bandon". Andy played Sheldrake in the 2017 Broadway revival of Sunset Boulevard starring Glenn Close, Congressman Lockwood in Roundabout’s revival of On The 20th Century, toured the country as Leo Bloom in The Producers and played Ernst in the acclaimed Sam Mendes/Rob Marshall revival of Cabaret. He’s worked at many major regional theaters including the Goodman, Guthrie, ACT, South Coast Rep, the Globe, the Geffen, and the Mark Taper Forum. His television and film credits include a recurring role in the sixth and final season of FX's "The Americans", Netflix's "The Good Cop", "Elementary", "CSI", "Law and Order", and "As the World Turns", as well as New Line's Collateral Beauty with Will Smith, and the upcoming Netflix feature The Week Of with Adam Sandler and Chris Rock. He graduated from the Oberlin Conservatory of Music in Cello Performance.
MICHAEL KIMMEL (Author) created Songbird, based on Chekhov’s The Seagull and set in Nashville, TN with music and lyrics by Lauren Pritchard (LOLO). Songbird had its Off-Broadway debut at 59E59 in October 2015 as a NYT Critics Pick, and was a finalist for the 2016 Kleban Award. He is also the creator and adaptor of The Last Goodbye, a musical adaptation of Shakespeare’s Romeo and Juliet with music and lyrics by famed singer/songwriter Jeff Buckley. TLG performed a series of sold out concerts at Joe’s Pub at The Public Theater before its world premiere at The Williamstown Theater Festival where it went on to break box office records for WTF’s Nikos Stage. TLG also had an acclaimed production at The Old Globe Theater, San Diego, CA (Nominated for two Craig Noel awards), helmed by two-time Tony nominee Alex Timbers. Michael’s work has been featured at Joe’s Pub at The Public Theater, Lincoln Center, Ars Nova, Soho Rep., LPR, The Westside Theater, and many other venues. Other works by Kimmel include Stand.Up., exploring the world of podcasts and stand up comedy (Reading, Vineyard Theater starring Zachary Levi and Ben Shankman), Todd and Mitzy, about a couple dealing with infertility, and Dog Whistle, an in-depth theatrical examination of a US Senate campaign (Presented at Playhouse on Park, CT, Election Day 2017). Upcoming musicals conceived and written by Kimmel include KareHouse, a grunge pop musical inspired by Ferdinand Bruckner’s Pains of Youth, with music and lyrics by Libby Winters (debut at Joe’s Pub at The Public Theater , Sept. 2017), Everything Is Going Okay, about a woman dealing with a terminal cancer diagnosis and Wildwood, a new musical about the legendary Jersey shore town. Michael most recently was commissioned to write a theater piece exploring Frank Lloyd Wright to commemorate the 150th anniversary of his birth. The Space To Be Lived In was completed months after it was commissioned, and was presented to producers starring Michael Urie, Bill Irwin and Kellie Barrett.
LAUREN PRITCHARD (Music and Lyrics) was born and raised in the small town of Jackson, Tennessee, which most people only know as a Johnny Cash lyric. She originated the role of Ilse in the 8-time Tony Award winning Broadway musical Spring Awakening. In 2008, she signed with Sony/ATV Music Publishing and began her professional songwriting career. Her first album, "Wasted In Jackson", was a collaborative project between Lauren and Ivor Novello winning writer/producer Eg White. It was released in 2010 with Island Records UK to critical acclaim and she spent 3 years touring in the United Kingdom and mainland Europe in support of the material. In 2013 Lauren returned to America to continue her writing and touring journey. She has had the opportunity to tour alongside and perform with many artists and bands, some of her favorites being Florence and the Machine, Fall Out Boy, Matt Nathanson, ThirdStory and Annie Lennox. Lauren is the composer and lyricist of the country/folk musical Songbird (book by Michael Kimmel). It had its Off-Broadway debut at 59E59 Theater in October 2015 and debuted as a NY Times Critics Pick. Her second album, "In Loving Memory Of When I Gave A Shit", was released in 2016 under the name LOLO with Atlantic Records/Crush Music. The second single from the album, “Shine”, reached the #5 position on the iTunes Music charts. When Lauren is not on stage performing as LOLO, she spends her time writing for other artists and bands. In 2017, she was nominated for a Grammy Award for her writing work on Panic! At The Disco’s hit album, "Death Of A Bachelor", which has been RIAA Certified Platinum twice.
GAYE TAYLOR UPCHURCH (Director) is a freelance director living in New York City. Her background is in dance. She has directed many world premieres including Clare Lizzimore's Animal (Studio Theatre, DC, Helen Hayes nomination for Best Director; Atlantic Theater with Rebecca Hall); Laura Marks's Bethany with America Ferrera (Women's Project, Lortel nomination for Best New Play and Best Lead Actress and at Old Globe); Melissa Ross's Of Good Stock (South Coast Rep). She has also directed the off-Broadway productions of Simon Stephens's Harper Regan with Mary McCann (Atlantic Theater, NY Times Top Ten Production 2012); Simon Stephens's Bluebird with Simon Russell Beale (Atlantic Theater); The Year of Magical Thinking with Kathleen Turner (Arena Stage); Lucy Thurber's Stay (Rattlestick Theater, Obie Award for Hilltown Play Cycle); Nancy Harris's Our New Girl (Atlantic Theater), Chris Chen's You Mean to do Me Harm (Vineyard Theatre), and Anna Ziegler's The Last Match (The Old Globe; Roundabout). Her work has been seen at Culture Project, La Mama, Juilliard, and Lincoln Center Institute among others, and she has developed new work at New Dramatists, Playwrights Realm, NY Stage & Film, The Kennedy Center, Playwright's Center, LCT Director's Lab, and SPACE on Ryder Farm. She is an alumna of The Women's Project Directors Lab, The Drama League and North Carolina School of the Arts.
KRIS KUKUL (Music Director, Arrangements, Orchestrations) is a New York City based Orchestrator/Arranger/Music Director and Composer. Current projects: Beetlejuice The Musical (Warner Brothers), Runaways (Public Theatre/NY City Center - Arrangements), The Last Goodbye. Recent work: Joan of Arc: Into the Fire (Public Theatre - Music Supervisor/Arrangements), American Songbook: Elizabeth Swados (Lincoln Center - MD/Arrangements), Shakespeare In Love (East Coast premier - STNJ), Kate Baldwin – Extraordinary Machine (MD/Arrangements), The Last Goodbye (The Old Globe), Songbird (59e59), Darko Tresnjak’s Kiss Me Kate (The Old Globe/Hartford Stage), The Heart of Robin Hood (A.R.T/Royal Alexandria Toronto). Williamstown Theatre Festival 10 seasons; resident music director. 12 years as Elizabeth Swados’ Music Director/Orchestrator. He has written the music for Beauty Queen, Dash Dexter, Oliver Twist and the family musicals Camp Monster and Wing It!, both produced at the Williamstown Theatre Festival. International work: Andrei Serban’s Heracles (Epidaurus/National Theatre Greece), The LaMama Cantata (Japan, Serbia, Turkey, Italy, Croatia, Macedonia), Bokán (Bogota), From The Fire (Edinburgh), Bacchae (Warsaw). Adjunct faculty NYU, Tisch School of the Arts.
MARC KIMELMAN (Choreographer) is the associate choreographer for Broadway’s A Bronx Tale. He choreographed Saturday Night Fever (National Tour), The Ballad of Little Jo (Two River Theater) Man of La Mancha (Stratford Festival), Play It Cool (Off-Broadway), Once on this Island (Dora Award for Outstanding Choreography), Tonya & Nancy: The Rock Opera (NYMF), Jesus Christ Superstar (North Carolina Theatre). TV/Film: Degrassi: The Next Generation, Instant Star, Don’t Talk to Irene (starring Geena Davis). Marc is movement consultant for Vogue magazine (Annie Leibovitz, Charlize Theron) and on faculty at Broadway Dance Center. Associate/Assistant: Broadway revival of Jesus Christ Superstar, Queen’s We Will Rock You (National Tour), Freaky Friday (Disney workshop), Once On This Island (Paper Mill Playhouse), Hands on a Hardbody (Broadway workshop), Seven Deadly Sins (NYC Ballet), Elementary. www.marckimelman.com
JASON SHERWOOD (Scenic Design) is a Drama Desk Award, Lucille Lortel Award, and American Theatre Wing Henry Hewes Design Award nominee. He recently designed Sam Smith's Arena World Tour, and TV appearances (including Grammy's, Brits, SNL).Off-Broadway: New York Theatre Workshop, Playwrights Realm, 59E59, and The Flea. Regional: Old Globe, Signature Theatre, Denver Center, Shakespeare Theatre, Goodspeed Musicals, the Alliance, among others. Upcoming: This Ain't No Disco at the Atlantic, production design for The People's Choice Awards on E! NYU grad. Instagram: @JasonSherwoodDesign
SARAH J. HOLDEN (Costume Design) is pleased to be making her Two River Theater debut. Broadway: The Price, reasons to be pretty. World premieres: Richard Greenberg’s The Babylon Line (Lincoln Center & NYSAF), Neil LaBute’s The Money Shot & Reasons to Be Happy (MCC Theater), The Undeniable Sound of Right Now (Women’s Project & Rattlestick Theater), and Bethany (Women’s Project & Old Globe Theatre). Other notable credits: Animal, Our New Girl, Harper Regan & Bluebird (Atlantic Theater), Fifth of July (Williamstown Theatre Festival), Robert Altman’s mini-series "Tanner on Tanner", Neil LaBute’s TV series "Billy & Billie", Comedy Central’s series "Stella" plus numerous feature films.
AARON PORTER (Lighting Design) is a New York City based lighting designer for Theatre, Opera, Dance and Events. Selected New York design: ONE FLEA SPARE (Off-Broadway), SONGBIRD (Off-Broadway), GREAT AWAKENING (Ars Nova), THE STRANGEST (4th Street Theatre), DANCE LEGENDS at the Hammerstein Ballroom. Regional: A CHRISTMAS CAROL (Triad Stage), BEAUTY AND THE BEAST, MARY POPPINS, CHITTY CHITTY BANG BANG (Paramount Theatre), NUTCRACKER (High Point Ballet). Upcoming designs: MOSTER STOMP (SeaWorld San Antonio), WAITRESS (Manila, Philippines). Selected Broadway Associate: WAITRESS, GETTING THE BAND BACK TOGETHER, THE PRICE, THE CHERRY ORCHARD, and CONSTELLATIONS. Aaron is the Lighting Supervisor at ARS Nova in NYC. Aaron received the 2013 rising star award, presented by Live Design/USITT www.aporterld.com
BROKEN CHORD (Sound Design) BROADWAY: The Parisian Woman, Eclipsed. OFF-BROADWAY: TFANA (The Winter’s Tale); MCC (Relevance, Transfers); Atlantic Theater Company (Scarcity, The Lying Lesson); Incubator Arts Project (OZET); LCT3 (Bull in a China Shop); Manhattan Theatre Club (When We Were Young and Unafraid); Primary Stages (Informed Consent); Public Theater (The Good Negro, Party People); Signature Theatre (The Dance and the Railroad, Appropriate). REGIONAL: Guthrie (Enemy of the People); Alley Theatre (Lover Beloved, All The Way); Actors Theatre of Louisville (The Adventures of Tom Sawyer); Berkeley Repertory (Ruined); Cleveland Play House (Fairfield); Dallas Theater Center (Hair, The Great Society); Hartford Stage (A Midsummer Night's Dream); Huntington Theatre (Top Girls, A Raisin in the Sun); Oregon Shakespeare Festival (UniSon); Yale Repertory (These Paper Bullets!). FILM: Fall to Rise. www.brokenchord.us
KRISTIN STOWELL (Music Coordinator) is excited to be working on Songbird again after serving as the assistant music director for the Off-Broadway production. She is a music director, pianist, composer and copyist currently living in Brooklyn. Recently she served as the music director for Matthew McConaughey Vs. the Devil (NYMF) and was the music director and orchestrator for the world premiere of Dance Divas Nutcracker. She spent the last year as a visiting faculty member at the University of Mississippi where she served as music director and taught courses in musical theatre performance and music theory. In 2017, she completed her master's degree in collaborative piano performance from NYU Steinhardt, where she served on the adjunct faculty teaching private piano lessons and keyboard skills classes.
ADA WESTFALL (Assistant Music Director) is a musician – Joan of Arc: Into the Fire (Public Theater), The Last Goodbye (Old Globe), Death of a Salesman (BAM), composer – Rimbaud in New York (BAM), A Play On War (Connelly Theater), Juárez: A Documentary Mythology (Rattlestick Playwrights Theater), and actor – Songbird (59E59), Rimbaud in New York (BAM), The Apostle Project (NYTW). Her original score for A Play On War earned a 2010 Drama Desk nomination for Outstanding Music in a Play, and she has composed music for a number of theater companies, including The Civilians, NAATCO, Built For Collapse, and Theater Mitu, with whom she’s been a company member for 12 years. She has participated in residencies at New York Theater Workshop and The Watermill Center, and has also taught as a guest artist at NYU, NYU Abu Dhabi, The American Academy of Dramatic Arts, and Tamagawa University in Tokyo. Projects in development include Theater Mitu’s Remnant (a meditation on war and death to premiere in August 2018), Tony Torn’s Action Kylie (a dance piece based on the poetry of Kevin Killian), and Woyzeck & Herself (Ada’s own queer reimagining of Georg Büchner’s classic). www.adawestfall.com Instagram: @adawestfall
ALLISON BRESSI (Producer) is a New York-based creative producer and the 2018 Recipient of the T Fellowship founded by Harold Prince and Columbia University. Her world premiere production of Songbird by Michael Kimmel and Lauren Pritchard, starring Tony Award Nominee Kate Baldwin ran Off-Broadway and was a New York Times Critics' Pick. Upcoming: Broadway Bounty Hunter by Joe Iconis, Lance Rubin, Jason Williams (Off Broadway), The Preacher’s Wife by Titus Burgess (workshop), The Mar Vista by Yehuda Hyman. Selected credits: This is Reading, a site-specific, multimedia performance installation conceived by two-time Pulitzer Prize winner Lynn Nottage, Tony Gerber, and Kate Whoriskey;. Indigo Theatre Project’s reading of Wendy Wasserstein’s An American Daughter to benefit She Should Run, directed by Christine Lahti; The Strangest by Betty Shamieh, directed by May Adrales; and the Off-Broadway revival of One Flea Spare by Naomi Wallace. Works in early development include an untitled clown-jazz collaboration between Bill Irwin and Sammy Miller and the Congregation and Chant Bank, a social action movement created by Lisa Kron. Allison is the co-founder of Plan Bee Collective with Nicole Martorana and the Creative Producer for Theatre for One under Scenic Designer & Artistic Director Christine Jones. Allison works at Signature Theatre and is from Hudson, Ohio.
DIANA BUCKHANTZ (Producer) was one of the lead producers on Songbird when it had its acclaimed, premier production at 59E59 Theatre in NYC. She has also been part of the producing team that brought the Tony-nominated musical Leap of Faith from the Ahmanson Theatre to Broadway. Her producing credits also include Standing on Ceremony: The Gay Marriage Plays at the Minetta Lane Theatre in New York and The Last Goodbye at the Old Globe. Diana began her professional career producing award-winning documentaries including “Dying with Dignity,” “Hunger In the Promised Land,” and “Not A Question of Courage,” all for KTLA. Her documentaries have also received two National EMMY awards, two local EMMY Awards, the Scripps Howard Award for Broadcast Journalism, the State Bar of California Public Service Award, the NAPTE National Iris Award, the National Education Award, three Angel Awards, and the Kenny Rogers World Hunger Media Award. Currently, she also runs her family foundation which focuses on issues around runaway and homeless youth, arts education in the schools, aging, reproductive rights, and combating genocides and mass atrocities. She proudly serves on the boards of Center Theatre Group, the Fountain Theatre, Los Angeles Youth Network, Jewish World Watch and Capital and Main. Her greatest production, however, is her son Sam.
TWO RIVER THEATER (Producer): Since its founding in 1994, Two River Theater has been committed to creating great American theater by developing and producing work by some of the country’s leading artists. We are proud to be viewed as a vital cultural resource in the community of Red Bank, New Jersey. Through 8+ theatrical productions each year (including world premieres, musicals, classics and theater for young audiences) and 40+ annual events happening around Monmouth County, we produce exceptional theater and cultivate engaged audiences. Two River Theater is under the leadership of Artistic Director John Dias and Managing Director Michael Hurst. For more information, visit tworivertheater.org.