Opening night: July 27, 2016.
Annelle - Morgan Parpan
Truvy - A.C. Donohue
Clairee - Susan Russell
Shelby - Shannon McCarren
M'Lynn - Robyne Parrish Lamb
Ouiser - Pamela Dunlap
Set Design - Chris Bernier
Costume Design - LeGrande Smith
Lighting Design - Thomas Mauney
Sound Design - Eric Alexander Collins
Wig and Hair - Ali Stroh
Properties - Timothy Domack
Stage Manager - Allison Dellinger
After a four-year hiatus, I returned to the Barn to direct BRIGADOON and was reunited with my CHICAGO choreographer Jesse Factor! Tiffany Anguiano, who had designed the sets for 110 IN THE SHADE and DOGFIGHT, designed the beautiful set for this magical show. I was also proud to have four Penn State BFA MT students in my cast: George Vickers, Allsun O'Malley, Kevin Dort, and Katie Griffith! I also was nominated for Best Director of a Musical by the NH Theatre Awards for this production.
Set Design - Tiffany Anguiano
Lighting Design - Greg Solomon
Costume Design - Emily Kimball
Sound Design - Ben Montmagny
Music Director - Danny K. Bernstein
Choreographer - Jesse Factor
Lauren and I had so much fun working on this!
I won a Raleigh Indy Week Best Director Award for this production.
Lisa Jolley and Jonas Cohen starred in my production of a very sweet/melancholy play by Stephen Temperley about Florence Foster Jenkins, the famous tone-deaf socialite singer.
I directed this hysterically funny yet surprisingly sweet and moving show this summer in Raleigh. I fell in love with both actor and puppet.
Very proud of this production, for which I won the New Hampshire Theatre Award for Best Direction of a Musical!
I directed Mary Zimmerman's METAMORPHOSES for the BA Theatre Program at Penn State last fall. Michele Dunleavy choreographed - we put together a beautiful production - without a pool! Oh, there was water, of course...
I returned to New London to direct my third show there - and I chose to plant this great score and script back in its original conception: vaudeville. I collaborated with choreographer Jesse Factor on a thrilling yet moving and extremely poignant production of the show. There is still no difference of the Razzle Dazzle of the Billy Flynn's courtroom and that of the celebrity trials we see splashed across the media over eighty years later (from when the musical is set). People are still hungry for celebrity and will do anything, including stripping themselves of all dignity and even committing murder, to get their fame. I had wanted to direct this show for several years and found SO much joy in finally doing so!
I returned to the Penn State Nu Musical Theatre Festival to direct a staged reading of Nathan Christensen and Scott Murphy's THE GIVER, a moving musical based upon Lois Lowry's Newberry Award winning young adult novel about a dystopian society in which memories and emotions have been eradicated and controlled in the quest for a pleasant, calm society. There were many PSU students in the cast, and I love working with them - they are TALENTED!
I had no idea how much fun I would have directing this show. My cast, Robbie Gay, Jason Peck, Jesse Gephart and Betsy Henderson, made me laugh so hard every day in rehearsals, and then even more so in performance. I love working at this theatre!
I directed Norman Krasna's 1944 comedy DEAR RUTH for Retro Productions at the Spoon Theatre in May - a very funny and sweet play, and I reunited with my friend and fellow Denison alum Heather Cunningham, who not only played Edith but is also the Producing Artistic Director of the company!
I directed this production in January of 2011. Amazing cast and theatre. The lyricist/composer/author Douglas J. Cohen made some big changes to the show and came out to visit for a few days as well! Photos by Eric Sallee.
I directed this in July of 2010 with an outstanding cast and worked with a brilliant choreographer, Gregory Daniels. We're both very proud of the work we did with this piece!
I served again as Associate Director for this musical, which runs through August 9 at Second Stage. Starring Sarah Stiles, Lauren Kennedy and Anneliese van der Pohl, directed by Judith Ivey, musical directed by Bryan Perri, music and lyrics by David Kirshenbaum and book by Jack Heifner, based on his play of the same name.
This was a tremendously rewarding experience for me, and it's disappointing that the critics couldn't get past their own agendas, preconceived notions and prejudices. There is wonderful work in this piece, both on and off-stage. I'm very proud of it.
I serve as Associate Director on this show, and working with director Judy Ivey has been a blessing and an education. So has working with Lauren, Sarah and Anneliese, the three actresses who play Mary, Joanne and Kathy. I know we're all looking forward to getting back to work on the show for our Broadway opening in February '09!
I finally got to direct this show after having performed in it on Broadway, the National Tour and the first regional production (at North Shore). I love this show and have seen it grow and evolve from the earliest workshops (in the early 90s) into what it became in 2002. I had an amazing time working with this cast and choreographer Keith Coughlin. Spending a couple weeks in gorgeous New Hampshire wasn't too bad, either. I'll be returning next summer to direct SHE LOVES ME!
I directed this incarnation of Brian Lowdermilk and Kait Kerrigan's show / song cycle (don't call it a revue) about what it means to be twenty-something: the good, the bad, the pretty, the ugly, the assurance, the insecurity... It's a beautifully insightful piece of theatre. This was performed in staged reading/concert format and I so look forward to treating it with full staging someday in the future. I had a great cast, and really love working with Brian and Kait. Click here to watch the opening number “Twenty Something" -or- click here to watch “How to Return Home."
My directorial debut. Kathy Meyer was my choreographer for this, and between the two of us, we did a pretty damn good job of making it a high-energy yet gritty and rough-around-the-edges production (that's what I remember it being when I saw it on Broadway in 1976). None of this pink stuff! Our cast worked very hard to make the characters real, which they did. It also didn't suck that the show sold out the entire run!