Paradise Square: A New Musical
Book by Marcus Gardley, Craig Lucas, and Larry Kirwan
Music by Jason Howland and Larry Kirwan
Lyrics by Nathan Tysen
Based on the songs of Stephen Foster
Conceived by Larry Kirwan
Arrangements by Jason Howland and Larry Kirwan
Musical Supervision and Orchestrations by Jason Howland
Choreography by Bill T. Jones
Directed by Moisés Kaufman
Main Season · Roda Theatre
December 27, 2018–March 3, 2019
Running time: 2 hours and 15 minutes, plus one 15-minute intermission
It’s 1863 and in a 20-block area of Manhattan known as the Five Points, Black and Irish Americans live side by side, work together, marry, and for a brief period realize racial harmony. However, the intensifying Civil War soon results in the first-ever Federal draft, leading to riots as whites are called to enlist while blacks are barred from serving. Will the hard-won bonds of friendship, community, and family in the Five Points prevail or be severed forever?
Calling upon a variety of musical and dance traditions including Irish step-dancing and African traditional forms (Juba dancing), as well as new ones created from their fusion (tap dance), Paradise Square subverts and reframes some of the most popular music of the 19th century while honoring and celebrating this unique neighborhood’s diverse inhabitants, whose passionate, moving, and heartbreaking experiences burn in our imaginations today.
Paradise Square is produced by special arrangement with Garth H. Drabinsky in association with Peter LeDonne and Teatro Proscenium Limited Partnership.
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Marcus Gardley · Book
Marcus is a proud Bay Area-born playwright-poet whom the New Yorker calls “the heir to Garcia Lorca, Pirandello and Tennessee Williams.” His play The House that will not Stand was commissioned by and premiered at Berkeley Rep in 2014, won the 2015 Will Glickman Award for best new play to premiere in the region, and opened off Broadway in the summer of 2018 to rave reviews and a sold-out extension. His play X Or The Nation V. Betty Shabazz was a New York Times Critic’s Pick and was remounted off Broadway in the spring of 2018. He is a 2019 Library Laureate of San Francisco, the recipient of the 2018 Guiding Light Award presented by California Shakespeare Theater, and won the 2017 Special Citation Theater Award for his play black odyssey, which swept the Theatre Bay Area Awards, garnering six other prizes including Best Production. He is the 2013 USA James Baldwin Fellow and the 2011 PEN Laura Pels Award winner for Mid-Career Playwright. His latest play, A Wonder in My Soul, opened at Baltimore Center Stage in November. Currently, Marcus is writing a film adaptation of Twelve Angry Men for HBO and developing a TV show for the OWN network as well as a TV series based on Ralph Ellison’s Invisible Man for Hulu.
Craig Lucas · Book
Craig’s previous work at Berkeley Rep includes Amélie, A New Musical; Blue Window; Prelude to a Kiss; Reckless; and Missing Persons. His other plays include God’s Heart, The Dying Gaul, Stranger, Prayer for My Enemy, The Singing Forest, I Was Most Alive With You, and Ode To Joy. His movies include Longtime Companion, The Secret Lives of Dentists, and The Dying Gaul, which he also directed. He wrote the libretti for The Light in the Piazza, An American in Paris, Three Postcards, and the opera Two Boys (Metropolitan Opera). He directed the world premiere of The Light in the Piazza, Harry Kondoleon’s Saved or Destroyed and Play Yourself, and the film Birds of America. Craig has received three Tony Award nominations, the New York Film Critics Circle Best Screenplay Award, the Sundance Audience Award, the Excellence in Literature Award from the American Academy of Arts and Letters, the Steinberg Award, three Obie Awards (one for direction), and the Laura Pels Mid-Career Achievement Award from PEN, and he has been a Pulitzer Prize finalist.
Larry Kirwan · Conceiver / Book / Music / Arranger
Larry was leader of the political rock band Black 47 for 25 years. He has written 15 plays and musicals, five of which were published in the book, Mad Angels. An early incarnation of Paradise Square, Larry’s musical Hard Times ran twice off Broadway at the Cell Theatre. Paradise Square continues its evolution with this world premiere at Berkeley Rep. He collaborated with novelist Thomas Keneally on Transport, a musical that premiered at the Irish Repertory Theatre in New York City. His political drama, Rebel in the Soul, was recently performed at the Irish Rep. He has written three novels, a memoir, Green Suede Shoes, and A History of Irish Music. His latest novel, A Raving Autumn, will be published by Cornell University Press in 2019. He writes a bi-weekly column for the Irish Echo and is host of Celtic Crush on SiriusXM Satellite Radio. He is president of Irish American Writers & Artists.
Jason Howland · Music / Music Director / Music Supervisor / Orchestrator / Arranger
Jason, an honors graduate of Williams College (1993), is a Grammy Award-winning producer, Emmy Award-winning arranger, and Tony Award-nominated producer. He is the composer of Broadway’s 2005 Tony Award-nominated Little Women, the musical. Jason was nominated for a Tony Award in 1999 for co-producing the The Lonesome West by Martin McDonagh. and won an Emmy Award in 2007 for creating and composing the Christmas special Handel’s Messiah Rocks for the Boston Pops. He is the arranger and music supervisor for the smash hit Beautiful: The Carole King Musical (Broadway, West End, U.S. national tour, Tokyo, Australian national tour, UK national tour), for which he won a Grammy Award; Bonnie & Clyde; Wonderland; Jekyll & Hyde; The Civil War; and The Scarlet Pimpernel, in addition to music directing the mega-hit Les Misérables, Boy George’s Taboo, and the Broadway musical sensation Spider-Man: Turn Off the Dark. International projects as an arranger and orchestrator include Frank Wildhorn’s stage adaptation of the Japanese anime sensation Death Note for HoriPro, and two new shows Mata Hari and The Man Who Laughs. Recent theatre projects include composing and orchestrating the original score for Ikiru, a new musical based on the Kurosawa film, that premiered in Tokyo, Oct 2018, and Last Days of Summer (Kansas City Repertory Theatre).
Nathan Tysen · Lyricist
Nathan is overjoyed to be back at Berkeley Rep where he most recently collaborated on Amélie, A New Musical with Daniel Messé and Craig Lucas. Broadway credits include Amélie (Drama League Award nomination) and Tuck Everlasting (Outer Critics Circle and Drama League Award nominations). Off-Broadway credits with composer Chris Miller include The Burnt Part Boys (Playwrights Horizons and Vineyard Theatre, Lucille Lortel Award nomination) and Fugitive Songs (Drama Desk Award nomination). Nathan also contributed songs to the revue Stars of David with both Miller and Messé. Regional credits include Stillwater (Kansas City Repertory Theatre with his band Joe’s Pet Project), The Mysteries of Harris Burdick (Barrington Stage Company), and two circuses for Ringling Bros. Barnum & Bailey. Television credits include songs for Sesame Street and The Electric Company. Nathan is a writer/director for Lovewell Institute, creating original musicals with young adults. He holds an MFA from New York University and a BFA from Missouri State University. Visit nathantysen.com.
Moisés Kaufman · Director
Moisés is the founder and artistic director of Tectonic Theater Project, a Tony- and Emmy-nominated director and playwright, and a 2015 recipient of the National Medal of Arts. His play The Laramie Project (which he wrote with the members of Tectonic Theater Project) is among the most performed plays in America, and received its West Coast premiere at Berkeley Rep in 2001. He also directed Master Class, starring Rita Moreno, for Berkeley Rep in 2004. His Broadway directing credits include the revival of Harvey Fierstein’s Torch Song, The Heiress with Jessica Chastain, 33 Variations (which he also wrote) starring Jane Fonda (five Tony Award nominations), Rajiv Joseph’s Pulitzer Prize finalist Bengal Tiger at the Baghdad Zoo with Robin Williams, and Doug Wright’s Pulitzer and Tony Award-winning play I Am My Own Wife with Jefferson Mays. Moisés also co-wrote and directed the HBO film adaptation of The Laramie Project, which received two Emmy Award nominations for Best Director and Best Writer. He is an Obie Award winner and a Guggenheim Fellow in Playwriting.
Bill T. Jones · Choreographer
Bill T. Jones is the artistic director/co-founder of Bill T. Jones/Arnie Zane Company and founding artistic director of New York Live Arts. He is the recipient of the 2014 Doris Duke Award; the 2013 Presidential Medal of the Arts, the 2010 Kennedy Center Honors; Tony Awards for Best Choreography for FELA! and Spring Awakening; Obie Award and Stage Directors and Choreographers Foundation Callaway Award for his choreography for Spring Awakening; the 2010 Jacob’s Pillow Dance Award; the 2007 USA Eileen Harris Norton Fellowship; the 2006 Lucille Lortel Award for Outstanding Choreography for The Seven; the 2005 Wexner Prize; the 2005 Samuel H. Scripps American Dance Festival Award for Lifetime Achievement; the 2005 Harlem Renaissance Award; the 2003 Dorothy and Lillian Gish Prize; and the 1994 MacArthur “Genius” Award. In 2010, Bill T. Jones was recognized as Officier de l’Ordre des Arts et des Lettres by the French government, and in 2000, the Dance Heritage Coalition named Mr. Jones “An Irreplaceable Dance Treasure.”
Allen Moyer · Scenic Design
Allen’s Broadway credits include The Lyons, Lysistrata Jones, After Miss Julie, Grey Gardens (Tony/Drama Desk nominations, Henry Hewes Award), Thurgood, The Little Dog Laughed, The Constant Wife, and Twelve Angry Men. Off-Broadway credits include Log Cabin, Far From Heaven, and the premiere of Lobby Hero (Playwrights Horizons); Giant (The Public Theater); the premiere of This Is Our Youth (the New Group); and A Minister’s Wife and The New Century (Lincoln Center Theater). Extensive opera credits include Orfeo Ed Euridice for the Metropolitan Opera and productions for New York City Opera, Santa Fe Opera, Canadian Opera Company, English National Opera, Welsh National Opera, Scottish Opera, Houston Grand Opera, San Francisco Opera (including Dolores Claiborne, Il Trittico, The Mother of Us All), Washington National Opera, and Opera Theatre of Saint Louis. Allen also designed Sylvia (San Francisco Ballet), Romeo and Juliet, and On Motifs of Shakespeare (with the Mark Morris Dance Group), choreographed by Mark Morris.
Toni-Leslie James · Costume Design
Toni-Leslie is thrilled to return to Berkeley Rep after designing for Spunk in 1991. Toni-Leslie’s Broadway credits include Bernhardt/Hamlet; Come From Away; August Wilson’s Jitney; Amazing Grace; Lucky Guy; The Scottsboro Boys; Finian’s Rainbow; Chita Rivera: The Dancer’s Life; Ma Rainey’s Black Bottom; King Hedley II; One Mo’ Time; The Wild Party; Marie Christine; Footloose; The Tempest; Twilight: Los Angeles, 1992; Angels in America: Millennium Approaches & Perestroika; Chronicle of a Death Foretold; and Jelly’s Last Jam. Off-Broadway she has designed for The Public Theater, Playwrights Horizons, Second Stage, Soho Rep, Lincoln Center Theater, New York Theatre Workshop, Manhattan Theatre Club, and the Roundabout Theatre, among others. Regionally her work was seen in productions for La Jolla Playhouse, Steppenwolf, Hartford Stage, Long Wharf Theatre, the Old Globe, Mark Taper Forum, Arena Stage, Cleveland Playhouse, Cincinnati Playhouse, Seattle Rep, and internationally on the West End in the UK. She has 38 costume design nominations and awards for her contributions to various theatrical productions, including two Tony Award nominations, five Drama Desk nominations, two Hewes Design Awards, the Irene Sharaff Young Masters Award for Costume Design Excellence, and an Obie Award for Sustained Costume Design Excellence.
Donald Holder · Lighting Design
Donald previously designed Zora Neale Hurston’s Spunk, Maurice Sendak’s Brundibar, and the world premiere of Mira Nair’s Monsoon Wedding at Berkeley Rep. His recent work on Broadway includes Anastasia, Oslo, In Transit, She Loves Me, Fiddler on the Roof, The Father, The King and I, On the Twentieth Century, The Bridges of Madison County, Golden Boy, Spider-Man: Turn Off the Dark, Ragtime, Movin’ Out, The Boy from Oz, Thoroughly Modern Millie, and many others. He has designed over 50 Broadway productions, received two Tony Awards (The Lion King and South Pacific) and 13 Tony nominations. Opera credits include Samson et Delilah, Otello, Two Boys, and The Magic Flute (New York Metropolitan Opera), and Porgy and Bess for the English National Opera and the Dutch National Opera. He designed the theatrical lighting for seasons one and two of Smash (NBC DreamWorks) and for the Warner Bros. film Ocean’s 8. Donald is a graduate of the Yale School of Drama and is a Professor of Lighting Design at Rutgers University.
Jon Weston · Sound Design
Jon’s Broadway credits include Prince of Broadway, She Loves Me, An American in Paris, On the Twentieth Century, You Can’t Take It With You, The Bridges of Madison County, Big Fish, How to Succeed in Business Without Really Trying, The Color Purple, The Glass Menagerie, Nine, On the Town, Bring in da’ Noise, Bring in da’ Funk, and Company in concert at Lincoln Center. Other theatre: A Little Night Music (L.A. Drama Critics Award) and Blue Man Group.
Matthew B. Armentrout · Hair/Wig Design
Matthew is thrilled to be working with Berkeley Rep for the first time. Broadway hair and wig design credits include Bernhardt/Hamlet. Matthew was the wig supervisor for the recent revival of Angels in America, Come From Away, Cats, and Amazing Grace. Other credits include Othello (Shakespeare in the Park), and London Rocks and A Christmas Carol (Busch Gardens Williamsburg).
Dell Howlett · Associate Choreographer
Dell is full-time professor and associate head of dance at NYU/Tisch School of the Arts in the Department of Drama’s New Studio on Broadway. He is the recent winner of the prestigious Suzi Bass Award for his choreography for The CA Lyons Project at the Alliance Theater. Choreography highlights include Guys and Dolls (the Guthrie Theater), The Wiz (Ford’s Theatre, Helen Hayes Award nomination), WigOut (Studio Theatre, Helen Hayes Award nomination), The Legend of Georgia McBride (Marin Theatre Company, Bay Area Theatre Critics Award nomination), YoungArts Presidential Scholars Show (Kennedy Center for Performing Arts), Connecticut Yankee in King Arthur’s Court (the Acting Company), Broadway Inspirational Voices (Foxwoods Theater), and Is Anybody Listening? (Sheen Center). Performance highlights include Aida (Broadway), Andrew Lloyd Webber’s Bombay Dreams (Broadway), Pippin (national tour), and West Side Story (international tour/La Scala Opera House). Dell would like to thank Mr. Bill T. Jones for his time, collaboration, and genius.
Garrett Coleman & Jason Oremus · Irish & Hammerstep Choreography
Garrett and Jason are co-founders of Hammerstep, an award-winning dance and production company based in NYC. The original Hammerstep dance form fuses formerly rebellious movement disciplines, including Irish dance, tap, hip hop, stepping, and martial arts. The company specializes in live theatrical shows, film and video content, community engagement, and site-specific immersive experiences in a mission to challenge how dance is presented and to create space for different cultures to engage in rhythmic dialogue. Hammerstep has toured worldwide to international acclaim, from community work with orphans in South Africa to one of the top 10 most successful viral flash mobs of all time in Sydney, Australia, to the stages of London’s Palace Theatre and NYC’s Lincoln Center, to the cameras of NBC’s America’s Got Talent. Hammerstep’s latest endeavor is a sci-fi immersive theatre drama called Indigo Grey, told through a choice-based narrative and a unique blend of live performance and interactive technology. While developing the project, Hammerstep recently completed dual artist-in-residencies at the New Museum and at the Nobel Prize-winning Nokia Bell Labs, released an award-winning short film Indigo Grey: The Passage, and produced a 2018 sold-out run at Mana Contemporary Museum. For more info, visit hammerstep.com.
Thulani Davis · Dramaturg
Thulani’s plays include Everybody’s Ruby: Story of a Murder in Florida, Where the Mississippi Meets the Amazon, Ava & Cat in Mexico, and the musical The Sojourner Washing Society. Her adaptations include Brecht’s The Caucasian Chalk Circle and Du Bois’ The Souls of Black Folk: An Oratorio for Five Actors. She wrote the libretti for Anthony Davis’ Amistad and X: The Life & Times of Malcolm X, Anne Le Baron’s The E & O Line, the in-progress Little Rock Nine, and texts for other composers. She was dramaturg on Fires in the Mirror and Twilight: Los Angeles, 1992. Thulani wrote Charles Stone’s film, Paid in Full, and Louis Massiah’s W.E.B. Du Bois: A Biography in Four Voices (1996), and In Ragtime. Her poetry, fiction, and journalism are widely published. She has received a Lila Wallace-Reader’s Digest Writers Award, a Pew National Theatre Artist Residency, and a Grammy, among others.
Stewart/Whitley · Casting
Duncan Stewart CSA & Benton Whitley CSA. Broadway and New York credits include Hadestown (2019), Natasha, Pierre & The Great Comet of 1812, A Clockwork Orange, As You Like It, On The Town, Pippin, Chicago The Musical, La Cage Aux Folles, and The Radio City Christmas Spectacular, Carnegie Hall West Side Story, The Band Wagon, and Pageant. West End/UK credits include Hadestown, Thriller Live, Menier Chocolate Factory, and West Side Story. Tours include The Lightning Thief, Finding Neverland, Dirty Dancing, The Sound of Music, Into the Woods, The Bodyguard, Chicago The Musical, Once, Shrek, Elf, Flashdance, Anything Goes, Bullets Over Broadway, and We Will Rock You. Upcoming projects include August Rush, Reefer Madness, Other World, The Man in the Ceiling, Back Home Again, and Waterfall. Regional credits include American Repertory Theater, Alley Theatre, Bay Street, Goodspeed, Theatre Under the Stars, Asolo Rep, Hollywood Bowl, TheatreWorks, For the Record, and Royal Caribbean. Members of the Casting Society of America. An Artios Award-winning office. Visit stewartwhitley.com.
Crystal MacDonell · Production Stage Manager
Crystal is thrilled to be joining Berkeley Rep for this exciting new musical. Originally from near Montreal, she has worked as a stage manager for nearly 20 years in many cities and towns across Canada. Some of her most memorable credits include Elf—The Musical and The Wizard of Oz for Neptune Theatre in Halifax, The Million Dollar Quarter and Anne of Green Gables—The Musical for the Charlottetown Festival, Grease at the Wintergarden Theatre in Toronto, and seven years of new work for the Blyth Festival. Crystal also works on numerous film festivals including the Hot Docs Canadian International Documentary Festival and the Toronto International Film Festival. She would like to thank her family and friends for their love. She would also like to thank everyone on this show for their hard work, laughter, and for giving her a great excuse to avoid the winter snow back home. Enjoy the show!
Chris Waters · Stage Manager
Chris was the stage manager for Berkeley Rep’s production of Office Hour last season, and was the assistant stage manager for last season’s Ain’t Too Proud—The Life and Times of The Temptations and Hand to God (2017). Favorite credits include Fire in Dreamland (The Public Theater); Sweat (American Conservatory Theater); As You Like It, Othello, and King Lear (California Shakespeare Theater); Safe House, Talley’s Folly, and Rapture, Blister, Burn (Aurora Theatre Company); James and the Giant Peach (Bay Area Children’s Theater and Shanghai Children’s Art Theatre); Orlando (TheatreFirst); pen/man/ship (Magic Theatre); and A House Tour of the Infamous Porter Family Mansion with Tour Guide Weston Ludlow Londonderry (Z Space). Chris holds an MA in theatre management from University of California, Santa Cruz and is a proud member of Actors’ Equity Association.
Megan McClintock · Stage Manager
Megan is always happy to come home to Berkeley Rep after starting her stage management career as a Berkeley Rep fellow. In the years since she has stage managed at American Conservatory Theater, Aurora Theatre Company, Center Repertory Company, California Shakespeare Theater, Marin Theatre Company, and the San Francisco Opera. Favorite Berkeley Rep credits include Treasure Island, Girlfriend, The Arabian Nights, The White Snake, No Man’s Land, Dear Elizabeth, Tristan & Yseult, The Wild Bride, and How to Write a New Book for the Bible. Megan is also a part of the venue and production management team at the Curran in San Francisco. Megan has a BA in theatre and history from Willamette University.
Betsy Norton · Assistant Stage Manager
Betsy is thrilled to be returning to Berkeley Rep, having previously served as stage manager for What the Constitution Means to Me and Mike Birbiglia: The New One and as production assistant for Monsoon Wedding and Amélie, A New Musical (Berkeley Rep and Center Theatre Group). Other work includes six seasons (and over 15 shows) at Marin Theatre Company. Betsy is a proud member of the Actors’ Equity Association.
Garth H. Drabinsky
Garth Drabinsky is the only Canadian to have achieved international success in almost every facet of the entertainment business. His Broadway productions include Kiss of the Spider Woman, Show Boat, Candide, Barrymore, Parade, Fosse, and the internationally acclaimed Ragtime, and have collectively won 19 Tony Awards (out of 61 nominations), including two for Best Musical and one for Best Musical Revival. Mr. Drabinsky also produced the North American production of Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat and the legendary Canadian production of The Phantom of the Opera. A recipient of two Honorary Doctorate Degrees, Mr. Drabinsky is an ardent spokesman on behalf of individual liberty.
A successful advertising/marketing executive, Peter was owner of one of the world’s most prominent entertainment marketing firms, Ash/LeDonne. He completely redefined theatrical advertising by making the first live action television commercial for a Broadway musical (Pippin). He has written, produced, and directed literally hundreds of radio and television commercials for theatre, movies, hotels, casinos, sports venues, and major rock and pop stars, including Frank Sinatra. He is the recipient of many industry honors, including the Clio and International Broadcasting Award. Peter and producing partner and wife, Kellie, own Stonybrook Productions. With Steve Kalafer, they have made several films, which have won honors at film festivals, been nominated for Academy Awards, and aired on HBO, Cinemax, and PBS. They are proudest, however, of their grandson, Miles.
Teatro Proscenium Limited Partnership
Teatro Proscenium Limited Partnership is a live theatre production company focused on the development of world-class musicals by experienced Broadway professionals. Teatro owns and controls the rights to a portfolio of innovative, entertaining, and socially relevant musical and dramatic properties. Paradise Square is the second musical that Rick Chad is executive producing in association with Garth Drabinsky and Ambassador Entertainment. Rick is a partner in both Teatro and Roller Coaster Entertainment, which produces the Netflix Series Trailer Park Boys as well as feature films. Some of Rick’s productions include Casino Jack, Chapter 27, Fighting Man, Swearnet, Breakout, Compulsion, A Dark Truth, and No Man’s Land. Teatro is proud to join Berkeley Repertory Theatre in producing the world premiere of Paradise Square.
Amy Marie Seidel · Assistant Director
Talli Jackson · Assistant Choreographer
Kevin Ramessar · Associate Music Director
Ryan Touhey · Assistant Musical Director
Warren Karp · Associate Scenic Designer
Michael Magaraci · Associate Costume Designer
Karen Spahn · Associate Lighting Designer
John Millerd · Associate Sound Designer
Sofie Miller · Production Assistant
Billy Jay Stein and Hiro Iida for Strange Cranium Productions · Electronic Music Design
Sean Kana · Contractor
JoAnn Kane Music/Russell Bartmus · Copyist
Sydne Mahone · Dramaturg
Stewart/Whitley (Duncan Stewart, CSA; Benton Whitley, CSA; Paul Hardt; Christine McKenna-Tirella, CSA; Allie Carieri) · Casting
Jessica Berman · Dialect Coach
Dave Maier · Fight Consultant
Carin M. Ford · A1
Stephen Dee · Production Sound Associate
Gerald Frentz · Production Carpenter
Isabella Stadler · Automation Specialist
Sean Sweeney · Additional Automation Support
Kevin Wilson · Moving Light Programmer
Paradise Square began as Hard Times at Nancy Manocherian’s the cell in NYC (Artistic Director Kira Simring).
Karen Burthwright · Ensemble
Karen is making her Berkeley Rep debut. Her Broadway/off-Broadway credits include Jesus Christ Superstar (2012 revival), Disenchanted (Westside Theatre), Tango Rose in Storyville (York Theatre Company), and Play Like a Winner (New York Musical Festival 2017). Her national tours and regional and Canada credits include Dirty Dancing, Hairspray, and Mamma Mia (Toronto and first national tours); Gala Celebration 2018 (Transcendence Theatre Company); Rosie in Mamma Mia (Neptune Theatre); Woman 2 in I Love You, You’re Perfect, Now Change (George Street Playhouse); Cabaret (Cape Playhouse); Brenda in Smokey Joe’s Café (Florida Studio Theatre); Jesus Christ Superstar (La Jolla Playhouse/Stratford); Nickie in Sweet Charity (Writers Theatre); Ragtime, Hot Mikado, and Aida (Drury Lane Oakbrook); Sousatzka (Elgin Theatre); Pilar in Legally Blonde (Drayton Entertainment); and Rocky Horror (Canadian Stage/Manitoba Theatre Centre). She’ll be playing Shug Avery in The Color Purple at the Neptune Theatre in 2019. Visit karenburthwright.com.
Kennedy Caughell · Janey Foster / Ensemble / Fight Captain
Kennedy is thrilled to be making her Berkeley Rep debut! Kennedy was most recently seen as Betty in Beautiful: The Carole King Musical on Broadway. Kennedy was also part of the Broadway cast of Natasha, Pierre & The Great Comet of 1812. She has been seen in the national tours of Wicked (Elphaba standby) and American Idiot (Heather). Her other NYC credits include Chix6 (Katie) at LaMaMa Theatre and Bernstein’s Mass at Lincoln Center. She has performed regionally at the Engeman Theater in White Christmas (Betty) and at New London Barn Playhouse in Guys & Dolls (Sarah Brown). Her film/TV credits include Katya in The Outlier. She is a graduate of Elon University. Insta/Twitter: @KennedyCaughell. Please visit KennedyCaughell.com.
Tiffany Adeline Cole · Swing
Tiffany is thrilled to be making her Berkeley Rep debut in Paradise Square. She recently made her Broadway debut in Escape to Margaritaville as swing, pit singer, and principle understudy. Regionally she performed in Dreamgirls (Theatre Under the Stars) and Rock of Ages (Las Vegas), her first show, as swing, assistant dance captain, and principle understudy. Tiffany was most recently seen in the live televised production of A Capitol Fourth: A 4th of July Spectacular with Jimmy Buffet and the cast of Margaritaville at Capitol Hill in Washington, DC. A California native, Tiffany received her BA in Theater Arts from California State University, Fullerton in 2010.
Garrett Coleman · Ensemble
Garrett is a two-time solo World Champion in Irish dance and has won 17 other national and international titles. Garrett toured professionally with Riverdance, Trinity Irish Dance Company, Cherish the Ladies, The Chieftains, and others. He performed at the Kennedy Center in 2006 as a Presidential Scholar in the Arts, is a Young Arts award winner (top 2% of artistic talent in the U.S.), and has twice been named one of the “Top 100 Irish Americans” by Irish America Magazine. He is the co-founder of Hammerstep, a NYC-based dance company fusing Irish step with hip hop, stepping, and martial arts. Garrett has starred in Hammerstep performances worldwide from NYC’s Lincoln Center to London’s West End Palace Theatre to NBC’s America’s Got Talent. Garrett is the co-creator of the sci-fi theatre drama Indigo Grey, a narrative universe presented as episodic content including an award-winning film and a sold-out live immersive experience. His work has received critical acclaim from publications such as Rolling Stone, Billboard, Huffington Post, and Wired Magazine. @gcoleman412
Colin Cunliffe · Ensemble
U/S Elmer Woods, U/S Willie O’Brien, U/S Patrick Murphy
Colin is beyond thrilled to be making his Berkeley Rep debut. He was seen on Broadway in Cats (revival) as well as the original Broadway companies of Finding Neverland, Pippin (2013 Tony Award, best revival), Evita (revival), The Addams Family, and John Waters’ Cry-Baby. National tours include Sweet Charity starring Molly Ringwald, The Boyfriend directed by Julie Andrews, Fame, and Cats. Other favorites include How to Succeed in Business Without Really Trying at the Kennedy Center, West Side Story (Philly Award nomination), and I Am Harvey Milk at Avery Fisher Hall. Film credits include Do I Sound Gay?, Tales of Poe, Sensei Do Right, and Folsom Street directed by Aron Kantor. BLM.
Chloé Davis · Ensemble / Dance Captain
Chloé is excited to make her debut at Berkeley Rep. She is a proud St. Louis native and received her BA from Hampton University and MTHM from Temple University. Her favorite regional credits include Memphis (Theatre Under the Stars), Hello, Dolly! (Riverside Theatre), and All Shook Up and The Wiz (Muny). Her favorite off-Broadway credits include Randy Weiner and Ryan Heffington’s immersive show Seeing You and NY City Center Encores Cabin in the Sky. Chloé has also worked with Broadway Dance Lab under the artistic direction of Josh Prince, American Dance Spectacular directed by Daniel Levine, the Philadelphia Dance Company (Philadanco!) under the artistic direction of Joan Myers Brown, and is a current company member of Camille A. Brown & Dancers under the artistic direction/choreography of Camille A. Brown. Chloé’s favorite TV/film credits include Jesus Christ Superstar Live (NBC), Tell Me a Story (CBS Demand), and Transmission Jazz Documentary.
Kevin Dennis · Mike Quinlan
Kevin is a Toronto-based actor and is honored to be making his American theatre debut at Berkeley Rep. He has appeared on stages across Canada, including three seasons at the Shaw Festival. His favorite roles include Frederick in Young Frankenstein (Stage West—Calgary), Zangara in Assassins (Talk Is Free Theatre/Royal Manitoba Theatre Centre—Toronto/Winnipeg), Pirelli in Sweeney Todd, Benvolio in Romeo and Juliet (Neptune Theatre—Halifax), Touchstone in As You Like It (Citadel Theatre—Edmonton), Snail in A Year With Frog and Toad (Young People’s Theatre—Toronto), Geoffrey in The Beard of Avon (Canadian Stage—Toronto), and Jewell in Floyd Collins (Shaw Festival). Kevin’s American screen credits include The Artful Detective (Ovation), 11.22.63 (Hulu), Reign (CW), Orphan Black (BBC America), The Strain (FX), Warehouse 13 (Syfy), Flashpoint (CBS), Air Disasters (Smithsonian), and Queer As Folk (Showtime). Twitter/Insta: @GottaBeKDee
Bernard Dotson · Camp Butler / Ensemble
U/S Rev. Samuel E. Cornish
Bernard is thrilled to be making his Berkeley Rep debut in Paradise Square. Bernard’s Broadway credits include Finian’s Rainbow (George/First Gospeleer, original revival cast); Chicago, The Musical (Billy Flynn); Imaginary Friends (Leo, original cast); Sweet Smell of Success (Club Zanzibar Singer, original cast); Jesus Christ Superstar (original revival cast); and the Tony Award-winning musical Ragtime (original cast). Some of Bernard’s national, international, touring, and regional credits include Elf (Store Manager), Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat, Sophisticated Ladies (Gregg Burge role), A Chorus Line (Richie), Five Guys Named Moe (No Moe), Victor/Victoria (Jazz Singer), Kiss Me, Kate (Paul), and Smokey Joe’s Cafe. Bernard received a MAC Award nomination for his critically acclaimed one-man show, Unexpected Songs. Bernard can be heard on six cast albums, including the live recording of Dreamgirls for the Actors Fund.
Jamal Christopher Douglas · Ensemble
Jamal is thrilled to be making his Berkeley Rep debut. His previous credits include His Girl Friday, A Little More Alive (Barrington Stage Company), and A Wall Apart at New York Musical Festival. Thanks to God, my amazing mother, agent, and the Berkeley Rep company. Proud Pace University MT alumnus! @iamlamaj
Sidney Dupont · William Henry Lane
Sidney is excited to be on the West Coast at Berkeley Rep. He made his Broadway debut with Beautiful: The Carole King Musical back in 2015, and since then has gone on to join both the first national tour and the Australian company, respectively. Some other favorite national tours include Memphis: The Musical and A Chorus Line. Sidney has also performed in regional productions all around the country including Man of La Mancha (the Shakespeare Theatre Company), In the Heights (Geva Theatre Center), Gypsy (North Carolina Theater), and Hairspray (Crown Uptown Theatre). Sidney is currently represented by BLOC Talent Agency. For more exciting news and updates, look for Sidney on instagram: @SidneyDuPont.
Sam Edgerly · Ensemble
U/S Owen Duignan
Sam is making his Berkeley Rep debut. His New York credits include A Bronx Tale (Broadway) and The Wild Party (Barrow Street Theatre). He toured nationally with the first national tour of Dirty Dancing. His regional credits include Ordinary Days (Round House Theatre, Helen Hayes Award nomination), Saturday Night Fever (Merry-Go-Round Playhouse), My Fair Lady and Orphie and the Book of Heroes (the Kennedy Center), and Gypsy (Signature Theatre). Sam’s TV credits include Law & Order: SVU. He is a graduate of American University with a BA in Musical Theatre. @samthebellhop
Jacob Fishel · Stephen Foster/Milton Moore
Jacob made his Broadway debut in David Leveaux’s revival of Fiddler on the Roof. His off-Broadway credits include King Lear and The Broken Heart (Theatre for a New Audience), The Common Pursuit (Roundabout Theatre Company), Titus Andronicus (The Public Theater), Women Beware Women (Red Bull Theater), and Macbeth (New York Shakespeare Festival/Shakespeare in the Park). Regionally, Jacob performed in Henry V and As You Like It (Two River Theater), Our American Hamlet (Commonwealth Shakespeare Company), Sense and Sensibility (Folger Theatre), and The Real Thing (Intiman Theatre). His television appearances include Elementary, Cold Case, Medium, Without a Trace, and Numb3rs. His films include A Night Without Armor, Across the Sea, and How I Got Lost. Jacob is a graduate of The Juilliard School where he received the John Houseman Prize for Excellence in Classical Theatre. In 2013, he received the Linda Gross Playing Shakespeare Award from the New York Shakespeare Society.
Shiloh Goodin · Ensemble
Shiloh hails from Yosemite, CA. Most recently, she played Cassie in A Chorus Line (Gallery Players). In NYC, she co-starred in The Screwtape Letters (Pearl Theatre) and joined the ensembles of Anthem (Lynn Redgrave Theatre) and Babes in Toyland (Lincoln Center). Shiloh often works on creative teams, and was recently associate choreographer on Twelfth Night (The Public Theater), Chess (the Kennedy Center), and To Wong Foo (American Academy of Dramatic Arts). Other favorites include world premiere of Sousatzka (Elgin Theatre), Rigoletto (Santa Fe Opera), South Pacific (Riverside Theatre), the national tour of Camelot, A Funny Thing Happened on the Way to the Forum (Bay Street Theater), Hairspray and Gypsy (Sacramento Music Circus), and Dead End (Ahmanson Theatre). Shiloh is an adjunct faculty member at AMDA, and earned her degree at USC. @shilohlovesyou.
Jacobi Hall · Levi Butler / Ensemble
Jacobi is delighted to be making his debut with Berkeley Rep. Most recently Jacobi appeared as Nick and Billy Ivy Zippers in the world premiere of Pamela’s First Musical at Two River Theater. Prior to that Jacobi was a nominee for the Connecticut Critics Circle Award (Trav’lin) and winner of the Kennedy Center American College Theater Festival Musical Theatre Award (Single Girl’s Guide). Blessed to be at Berkeley Rep, Jacobi is determined on breaking into show business and leaving a mark on the arts and entertainment industry forever. @jacobihall
Daren A. Herbert · Rev. Samuel E. Cornish
Daren is making his Berkeley Rep debut. He recently appeared as Harold Hill in The Music Man at the Stratford Festival of Canada. He played Stephen in the national tour of If/Then, and selected regional credits include The Wild Party and Hotel C’est L’amour (the Blank Theatre); Onegin (National Arts Centre), The Wild Party and Once on this Island (Musical Stage Co.); The Toxic Avenger Musical (Dancap Productions); St. Joan, Clybourne Park, and Intimate Apparel (Arts Club Theatre); Floyd Collins and The Light in the Piazza (Patrick Street Productions); Father Comes Home from the Wars I,II,III and an upcoming appearance in The Brothers Size (Soulpepper Theatre). TV credits include Designated Survivor, Baroness Von Sketch, Falling Skies, and Private Eyes, with film roles in This Means War and Dreamgirls. Awards include a Dora Mavor Moore Award, LA Drama Critics Circle Award, and a Toronto Theatre Critics Award. Training: University of California, Irvine, MFA Drama and a BFA from The University of the Arts, Philadelphia.
Erin Lamar · Swing
Erin is ecstatic to be working at Berkeley Rep! A University of the Arts 2012 graduate (BFA Theater Arts) and NYC-based actor, Erin has had the privilege of working with some of the industry’s most innovative and inspired creators, such as Andy Blankenbuehler, Alex Lacamoire, Graciela Daniele, Ben Vereen, and Christopher d’Amboise. Since graduating he has performed and created in over 26 countries; favorites include Japan, Germany, England, Sweden, and Canada. Some shows include but are not limited to Sousatzka, Bring It On, Songs for a New World, Lippa’s The Wild Party, Marcus; or The Secret of Sweet, Shakespeare’s R&J, A Free Man of Color, August Wilson’s Gem of the Ocean, Five Points, Dessa Rose, and many more. Many thanks to the casting, cast, crew, and creatives for their relentless dedication to storytelling and the magic of theatre!
Gabrielle McClinton · Angelina Baker
U/S / Performs the role of Annabelle “Nelly” Freeman on 1/20 2pm, 1/22, 1/29, 2/6, 2/13
Gabrielle is making her Berkeley Repertory debut. Previous credits include the Broadway productions of Pippin and Chicago. First national Broadway touring credits include the Leading Player in Pippin and Whatsername in Green Day’s American Idiot. Regional credits include Molly in Peter and the Starcatcher at South Coast Repertory and numerous productions at the Oregon Shakespeare Festival, Alliance Theatre, the Muny in St. Louis, and Pittsburgh Civic Light Opera. Gabrielle’s TV and film credits include The Mentalist, Won’t Back Down, and Fun Size. BFA Carnegie Mellon School of Drama.
Ben Michael · Provost Marshal / Ensemble
U/S Stephen Foster/Milton Moore
Ben is making his Berkeley Rep debut. Last year he played Henri in the first national tour of An American in Paris. Other regional credits include The Beast in Beauty and the Beast at North Carolina Theatre, Jervis in Daddy Long Legs at George Street Playhouse, Cable in South Pacific at Walnut Street Theatre, and Giorgio in Passion with Arden Theatre Company. He is the host of the podcast “So Now What?,” which has its first season on iTunes, and is a graduate of Syracuse University.
Jason Oremus · Ensemble
Former lead of Riverdance, co-creator of the award-winning dance company Hammerstep, and five-time solo National Irish Dance Champion, Jason is originally from Sydney, Australia. His choreography and creative work have received critical acclaim from publications such as Rolling Stone, Billboard, Huffington Post, and Wired Magazine. Jason toured with Riverdance as principal lead dancer for over eight years, performing in over 40 countries at venues such as London’s Hammersmith Apollo, Palais des Congrès de Paris, and the Kremlin State Palace in Moscow, and for notable leaders including the Empress of Japan and Australian Prime Minister Julia Gillard. Jason has produced and starred in international Hammerstep appearances at New York City’s Lincoln Center and on London’s West End. Jason is the co-creator of sci-fi theatre drama Indigo Grey—a fictional universe with episodic content including an award-winning film and sell-out live immersive experiences. He is also a former resident artist at Nokia Bell Labs and New Museum’s New Inc.
Bridget Riley · Ensemble / Dance Captain
Bridget is thrilled to join the company of Paradise Square in her Berkeley Rep debut. She was seen off Broadway in The Scarlet Letter and Freckleface Strawberry. She toured the country with the national tours of West Side Story and Seussical. Her international credits include Nine (Stadsschouwburg Opera, Brugge, Belgium). Regional credits include Camelot (Shakespeare Theatre Company); Pajama Game and Carousel (Arena Stage); 110 in the Shade (Ford’s Theatre); West Side Story (Studio Tenn); Peter Pan (LMM Musicals); and Les Misérables, All Shook Up, and The Producers (Maine State Music Theatre); among others. Her film and TV credits include Nurse Jackie, Something Borrowed, and East of Adin. She has also performed at Carnegie Hall and at the Ted Shawn Theatre at Jacob’s Pillow. Bridget received a BFA in Musical Theatre at Pace University and trained at Jacob’s Pillow School for Dance. Please visit @missbridgetriley.
Clinton Roane · Ensemble
U/S William Henry Lane
Clinton is excited to return to Berkeley Rep after appearing in The Last Tiger in Haiti. He made his Broadway debut in The Scottsboro Boys. Clinton originated the role of Roy Wright in the UK premiere of the show at the Young Vic Theatre and he received a Barrymore Award nomination for his portrayal at the Philadelphia Theatre Company. Regionally, he’s also worked at American Conservatory Theater, La Jolla Playhouse, Center Theatre Group, Geva Theatre Center, Alabama Shakespeare Festival, Arena Stage, Cleveland Play House, North Shore Music Theatre, Marriott Lincolnshire, Goodspeed, and Radio City Music Hall. He was also a background vocalist on Jason Mraz’s Mr. A–Z. Clinton holds a BFA from Howard University and also trained at CAP21. @IAmClintonian. Visit clintonroane.com.
Celia Mei Rubin · Swing
Celia is making her Berkeley Rep debut! Her Broadway credits include Natasha, Pierre & The Great Comet of 1812 and Matilda. West End credits include Parade, Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat, and Candide. She appeared in the national tours of Chicago, West Side Story, Guys and Dolls, and Miss Saigon. Her regional credits include Waterfall (5th Avenue Theatre/Pasadena Playhouse) and Dirty Dancing (Flat Rock Playhouse). For Royal Caribbean: Saturday Night Fever. She is on the original Broadway cast recordings of Natasha, Pierre & The Great Comet of 1812 and Matilda, and she’s also on the original London cast recording of Parade. Celia has appeared in numerous Tony Awards and Olivier Awards shows, as well as on Good Morning America and Late Show with David Letterman. She is a recipient of the Chita Rivera Award for Outstanding Ensemble in a Broadway show for Natasha, Pierre & The Great Comet of 1812. Proud Actors’ Equity Association member. @celia_mei
Christina Sajous · Annabelle “Nelly” Freeman
Christina is honored to be back at Berkeley Rep, where she made her debut as the “aerialist” (Extraordinary Girl) in Green Day’s American Idiot. Her Broadway credits include SpongeBob SquarePants (Sandy Cheeks), Spider-Man: Turn Off the Dark (Arachne), American Idiot (Extraordinary Girl), Baby It’s You! (Shirley), and Tupac Shakur’s: Holler If Ya Hear Me. Regionally she performed in The Prince of Egypt (TheatreWorks), Carmen: An Afro Cuban Jazz Musical (Tectonic Theater Project) directed by Moisés Kaufman, Romeo & Juliet (Baltimore Symphony Orchestra), and Disgraced (Denver Center for the Performing Arts). She most recently appeared in this season’s Emmy Award-winning Jesus Christ Superstar Live (NBC) starring John Legend and Sara Bareilles. Her other TV and film credits include Alpha House (Amazon), One Life to Live (ABC), Broadway Idiot (Netflix), and Brazzaville Teenager directed by Michael Cera. Christina attended New York University’s Tisch School of the Arts and the International Theatre Wing in Amsterdam.
A.J. Shively · Owen Duignan
A.J. is making his Berkeley Rep debut. On Broadway, he originated the roles of Billy in Bright Star, for which he received a Drama Desk nomination, and Jean-Michel in La Cage Aux Folles opposite Kelsey Grammer. Off Broadway he has starred in February House at The Public Theater, Brigadoon at the Irish Repertory Theatre, The Suitcase Under the Bed with Mint Theater Company, Unlock’d with Prospect Theater Company, Things to Ruin at Second Stage Theatre, and Little Airplanes of the Heart at Ensemble Studio Theatre. In the Bay Area, A.J. recently reprised his performance in Bright Star at The Curran, and starred in TheatreWorks Silicon Valley’s production of Marry Me A Little, for which he received a Theatre Bay Area Award nomination. A.J. has been seen on television and film in Homeland, Madam Secretary, The Blacklist, Younger, From Nowhere, Nobody Walks in LA, and HairBrained. He received his BFA from The University of Michigan.
Erica Spyres · Ensemble
U/S Annie O’Brien
Erica is making her Berkeley Rep debut. She was recently seen in the Broadway production of Carousel. She has performed throughout the U.S. and abroad, appearing in the first national tour of Once, in the Parisian premiere of Sondheim’s Passion opposite Natalie Dessay conducted by Andy Einhorn (Théâtre du Châtelet), and on tour as a soloist with the Boston Pops. Regional credits include Who’s Afraid of Virginia Woolf?, Company, Peter and the Starcatcher, Into the Woods, Avenue Q (IRNE Award), Time Stands Still, The Mikado, Big River, and Nicholas Nickleby (Lyric Stage Company of Boston); Tribes (Elliot Norton Award) and The Light in the Piazza (SpeakEasy Stage, IRNE Award); Camelot (IRNE Award), Marry Me a Little, and Master Class (New Repertory Theatre); and Pirates! (Huntington Theatre). Erica is also a singer and fiddler in the foot-stomping bluegrass band The Typsy Spyres. Visit ericaspyres.com.
Madeline Trumble · Annie O’Brien
Born and raised in Berkeley and an alumnus of its public schools, Maddy is so happy to be home! She made her Berkeley Rep debut at the age of 10 in The Life of Galileo. Now a resident of New York City, Maddy has been on Broadway in Newsies and in the national tours of Wicked, The King and I, and as Mary Poppins in Mary Poppins. Other theatre credits include: Theatre Under the Stars, the Muny, Zach Theatre, and the Sundance Theatre Lab. She is a graduate of the University of Michigan’s musical theatre department.
Mark Uhre · Elmer Woods
U/S Provost Marshal, U/S Stephen Foster/Milton Moore
Mark is thrilled to be making his Berkeley Rep debut. Selected theatre credits include Enjolras in the 25th anniversary production of Les Misérables (Broadway), Sky in Mamma Mia! (Mirvish/Toronto), Tom Watson in Parade (Musical Stage Company/Studio 180), Marcellus Washburn in The Music Man, Benny Southstreet in Guys and Dolls, Ralph Rackstraw in H.M.S. Pinafore, and Julius Caesar (Stratford Festival of Canada). As a company member with the Shaw Festival of Canada for seven seasons, Mark’s credits include The Lady from the Sea, Sweet Charity, Trouble in Tahiti, The Millionairess, My Fair Lady, The Cherry Orchard, Sunday in the Park with George, Star Chamber, A Little Night Music, Follies: In Concert, Overruled, Mack and Mabel, and the world premiere musicals Maria Severa and Tristan. Also a published illustrator, Mark’s paintings and illustrations can be found at markuhre.com.
Lael Van Keuren · Ensemble
U/S Janey Foster, U/S Annie O’Brien
Lael is delighted to be making her Berkeley Rep debut. She was last seen starring as Sylvia Llewelyn Davies on the first national tour of Finding Neverland. Lael made her Broadway debut in the original cast of Sister Act, and later went on to open the first national tour as Sister Mary Robert. Select regional credits include Mary Poppins and Dirty Rotten Scoundrels (North Shore Music Theatre), The Will Rogers Follies (Maltz Jupiter Theatre), True Love (Sharon Playhouse), Hello, Dolly! and Cinderella (Paper Mill Playhouse).
Brendan Wall · Willie O’Brien / Ensemble
U/S Mike Quinlan
Brendan is an actor and musician based in Toronto, Canada and very excited to be making his Berkeley Rep debut. He appeared off Broadway in Spoon River and Of Human Bondage (Signature Theatre/Soulpepper on 42) and performed on London’s West End in Warhorse (National Theatre). Back home in Canada, some credits include Pilate in Jesus Christ Superstar (Confederation Centre for the Arts) and A Misfortune (world premiere), Once (Mirvish Productions), and River: Joni Mitchell (Grand Theatre), as well as seven seasons with Soulpepper Theatre. A few of Brendan’s film and television credits include Boondock Saints II, Chicago, Hairspray, Orphan, Hollywoodland, Suits, Reign, Flashpoint, Murdoch Mysteries, and Degrassi. Brendan trained at York University and was a member of the Soulpepper Academy.
Sir Brock Warren · Ensemble
Sir Brock is making his Berkeley Rep debut. He has performed in The Radio City Christmas Spectacular for four seasons. His regional credits include The Wiz (the Muny), In The Heights (American Stage Theatre Company), and After Midnight as The Mooche (Norwegian Cruise Lines). He is a Doris Duke Charitable Foundation grant recipient through Project Gen Yes.
Chris Whelan · Patrick Murphy
Chris has appeared in the national tours of Flashdance (C.C.), Mamma Mia (Sam), Dirty Rotten Scoundrels (Lawrence Jameson), Aida (Zoser), Ragtime (Willie Conklin), and Camelot (Sir. Lionel). Off-Broadway credits include Trolls (Actors Playhouse) and Ministry of Progress (Jane Street Theatre). Regional theatre credits include Rock of Ages (Casa Manana), Mamma Mia (Pittsburgh CLO), The Little Mermaid (Tuacahn Center for the Arts), Oliver (Paper Mill Playhouse), and Little Shop of Horrors (John W. Engeman Theater). Chris has also appeared on The Young and the Restless (CBS, recurring), Guiding Light (CBS, recurring), and All My Children (ABC, guest star). Chris received a BFA from the Acting Conservatory at USC.
Hailee Kaleem Wright · Ensemble
Performs the role of U/S Angelina Baker on 1/20 2pm, 1/22, 1/29, 2/6, 2/13
Hailee is making her Berkeley Rep debut. Her regional credits include The Black Clown (American Repertory Theatre) and Hairspray (Jersey Shore Productions), and her international credits include Rent (Sekaikan Theatre, Japan), RnB The Mix, Universal Monsters Live (Universal Studios Japan), Elyria, Land of Make Believe (Celebrity Cruise Line). Her TV/film credits include True Life (MTV) and Don’t Forget the Lyrics. Hailee trained with Mary Rodgers (voice) and Jen Waldman Studio (Acting). All my love to my Mother and Joey. @sapphire_hart.
Derek Brooker · Guitar 1 as of 1/5
Derek is a San Francisco-based guitar player with roots in jazz, blues, and rock and roll. He’s been playing music professionally for two decades. Derek has a Bachelor of Arts in Music from San Francisco State University. He has supported pit orchestras for musicals in San Francisco, San Jose, and the greater Bay Area, and has shared the stage with renowned artists including but not limited to John Popper, Leo Nocenteli, George Porter Jr., Bill Kreutzman, and Roosevelt Collier. He has played at many festivals up and down the West Coast, including High Sierra Music Festival, Desert Rocks, Guitarfish, and For the Funk of It. Derek has been lucky enough to be included in the New Orleans Jazz and Heritage Festival activities for over 10 years. He has toured extensively in the United States, Europe, and North Africa. Visit derekbrookermusic.com.
Steve Danska · Guitar 2
Steve is a Bay Area native making a living as a professional guitarist. His music education began at a young age studying classical piano, but he later fell in love with the guitar. He graduated from California State University East Bay in 2014 with a BA in jazz guitar performance. Versatility across music genres is one of his strongest assets and has ultimately led to touring nationally and internationally as a side musician for different artists. Apart from playing musicals around the Bay Area, he plays guitar for Megan Rose from The Voice, as well as guitar in two original bands, Analog Us and Warscythe. It’s not uncommon for Steve to play everything from country to heavy metal and a musical all in the same week. Steve tries to find things he likes about music in every genre he listens to, and he’s thrilled to help bring the music of this production to life.
Daniel Fabricant · Bass
Daniel may be the most versatile bassist in San Francisco—and the most in demand. Playing upright or electric, he adapts to a wide range of musical settings, from intimate chamber groups to sprawling dance bands and Latin ensembles. Daniel has performed internationally with Piaf! The Show, Michael Feinstein, Betty Buckley, Joan Rivers, Spencer Day, Ann Hampton Callaway, Petula Clark, and Mary Wilson of the Supremes, among others. In the Bay Area, he regularly plays with Lavay Smith and Her Red Hot Skillet Lickers, Rupa and the April Fishes, and Redwood Tango Ensemble. He has appeared at American Conservatory Theater, SFJazz, Yoshi’s, Freight & Salvage, and Feinstein’s, and New York City venues including Jazz at Lincoln Center, Café Carlyle, and Carnegie Hall. Daniel is also an accomplished music instructor, teaching orchestra, guitar, bass, and ukulele to students of all ages in private and group settings. Visit danielfabricantmusic.com.
Kenji Higashihama · Associate Music Director/Associate Conductor/Keyboard 2 as of 2/12
Kenji is a freelance musician and private teacher newly transplanted to the Bay Area just a few years ago. While his training began with classical piano and voice, he later spent many years singing, playing, and arranging gospel music for the churches he grew up in. His love of music eventually led to his working with ‘Ulalena (Maui Theatre Lahaina), Mahi’ai Kekumu (Hawaiian artist), Afro Criollo Sound (Afro-Caribbean band), and Jill Santoriello (It Happened in Key West), and assistant music directing a national tour of The Music Man, and more. Here in the Bay Area he has been seen playing for organizations such as Esses Productions, Transcendence Theatre Company, New Conservatory Theatre Company, Center Repertory Company, The College Preparatory School, and Piedmont Children’s Choirs. He is excited to make his Berkeley Rep debut with Paradise Square!
Greg Messa · Percussion
Greg is a freelance percussionist and native of the Bay Area. He performs regularly with many local groups including Symphony Silicon Valley, Opera San Jose, Monterey County Symphony Orchestra, Santa Cruz Symphony, Espressivo Chamber Orchestra, Woodminster Summer Theater, Broadway by the Bay, and many others. Greg has appeared with orchestras across the country, including the Owensboro Symphony, Evansville Symphony Orchestra, the Columbus Symphony, Capital City Symphony, and the Columbia Orchestra. Sponsored by the Steinway Society, he also performs frequently in public schools throughout Central California introducing thousands of students to percussion instruments and music each year. Gregory holds degrees in music from Cabrillo College, San Jose State University, and Indiana University. In addition to performing, he also teaches at West Valley College, the San Jose Youth Symphony, various Bay Area high schools, private lessons, and enjoys building and maintaining percussion instruments from around the world.
Christina Owens · Violin/Fiddle
Christina is a violinist, violist, and actor who regularly plays in the pit for Bay Area theatres, including Broadway by the Bay, Berkeley Playhouse, Woodminster Summer Musicals, Youth Musical Theater Company, and the Mountain Play on Mt. Tamalpais. She performed at Berkeley Rep for the world premiere of Ain’t Too Proud in 2017. Christina holds a BFA in musical theatre from Brenau University and an MFA in acting from the American Conservatory Theater. Favorite roles often include playing and acting, such as the blind violinist in The Producers (Broadway by the Bay) and the fiddler in Fiddler On the Roof (Youth Musical Theater Company). Christina stays involved in classical music, performing as co-concertmaster and soloist with the Oakland Civic Orchestra, and enjoys exploring various styles of music through recordings and performances with the Awesöme Orchestra Collective.
Kevin Ramessar · Associate Conductor/Guitar 1, Conductor/Keyboard 1 as of 1/5
Kevin’s Broadway credits include Beautiful: The Carole King Musical, Jesus Christ Superstar (2012 revival), and Gettin’ the Band Back Together. He appears regularly with The Doo Wop Project and Frank Wildhorn, and recently played/recorded with the Tony Awards Orchestra (2018). Kevin enjoys performing as a singer/songwriter and teaching, and has written three volumes of interactive digital curriculum for the guitar program at Musicians Institute in Hollywood, CA. Kevin is thrilled to be making his Berkeley Rep debut, and is overjoyed to share this journey with Lorna, Tate, and Keziah.
Lane Sanders · Drums
Lane is a San Francisco Bay Area drummer/percussionist, with a BM and MA in Percussion Performance from San Jose State University. His primary work and area of expertise is in musical theatre, with recent credits including Ain’t Too Proud—The Life and Times of The Temptations (Berkeley Rep, world premiere), Million Dollar Quartet (Broadway by the Bay), Seth Rudetsky’s Concert for America, Peter and the Starcatcher (Hillbarn Theatre), and Altar Boyz (Center Rep). In addition to musical theatre, Lane has a strong background in rudimental percussion. He was a member of the Santa Clara Vanguard, as well as an instructor for the SJSU Marching Band, and has written arrangements, as well as been on staff, for many high school marching band percussion sections all over the Bay Area. Orchestrally, he has been a guest musician with Symphony Silicon Valley, San Francisco Opera, Air Force Band of the Golden West, and the Monterey County Pops. Lane proudly endorses Innovative Percussion and Dream Cymbals and Gongs. Visit lanesanders.com.
Ryan Touhey · Assistant Conductor/Keyboard 2, Associate Conductor as of 1/5
Ryan is making his Berkeley Rep debut. Broadway: King Kong (orchestration assistant). His regional credits include Mother Courage & Her Children (Arena Stage), Sheryl Crow’s Diner (Delaware Theatre Company), Tell Me On A Sunday (Walnut Street Theatre), Fun Home (Arden Theatre Company), Ragtime (Bristol Riverside Theatre), The Uncivil War (Adirondack Theatre Festival), and All the King’s Men directed by Trinity Rep founder Adrian Hall. Ryan worked on Rock & Roll Hall of Fame singer Darlene Love’s album Introducing Darlene Love produced by Steve Van Zandt. He is a seven-time Barrymore Award nominee in Philadelphia, and an Audelco Award winner in New York City. Love to Rebekah.
The actors and stage managers are members of Actors’ Equity Association, the Union of Professional Actors and Stage Managers in the United States.
Musicians in this production are members of Musicians Union Local 6, American Federation of Musicians.
To mount Paradise’s dazzling array of song, dance, and theater requires an army, which the Rep delivers in full. Director Moisés Kaufman crafts the book by Marcus Gardley, Craig Lucas, and Larry Kirwan into a hefty, heartfelt narrative. Choreographer Bill T. Jones invites the rapid footwork and upright posture of Irish dance that rises from the soles of dancers’ hard shoes to serve as counterpoint to the bent-over, weighted movement of early tap…Gradually, rhythmic crossover—bodies transformed to percussion instruments expressing power and pain—merges the traditions. Masterfully, the distinct character of each form is retained.
Onstage, period costumes by costume designer Toni-Leslie James and scenic designer Allen Moyer’s convincing saloon and street settings are impeccable: balancing deliberate flaws, frivolity, and formality while establishing broad class divisions and fashion that reflects each character’s unique style and personality.
Of course, actors are the last stop in determining a play’s heartbeat. Here, there are larger and smaller roles, but not greater or lesser talent.
Paradise Square reminds us of essential life: Take your pulse, protect your heart, treasure your neighbor. Can it be that simple?”
East Bay Express
Incredible performances, thrilling dance, and relevant history that was unknown to me before it came alive onstage!”
Stirring…[Bill T.] Jones’ choreography is well worth the price of admission in itself, stunningly dynamic, evocative and unconventional. There’s a lot of sprightly Irish step dancing…The greatest moments of pure joy in the musical happen during raucous dance-offs.”
Mercury News / Bay Area News Group
Trumble treats each note with the tenderness of a mother caring for an ailing child. Sajous belts with the might and commitment of a warrior marshaling troops for battle. As Stephen Foster’s wife, Janey, Kennedy Caughell wrings each sustain as if she can’t bear to hold it and can’t bear to let it go.”
San Francisco Chronicle
The music and lyrics (arranged by Larry Kirwan and Jason Howland, lyrics by Nathan Tysen), all based on [Stephen] Foster’s extensive oeuvre, are both refreshingly revelatory and earworm familiar. Foster’s love songs are among his most popular offerings, and the feminist reinterpretations of both ‘Gentle Annie’ and ‘Janey with the Light Brown Hair’ are among the show’s best. William Henry Lane’s tribute to his love, ‘Angelina Baker,’ gives a voice to the language of the heart. And a gracious rendition of ‘Beautiful Dreamer,’ perhaps Foster’s last song, contains the perfect, shimmering note upon which to end the show.”
Fantastic show, with historical intrigue and current relevance. A must see!”
Behind the scenes: Paradise Square
Dancers Karen Burthwright, Garrett Coleman, and Jason Oremus give us a taste of the African American and Irish American dance styles in this hit musical.
Official trailer: Paradise Square: A New Musical
See why audiences and critics are stomping their feet and clapping their hands to the incredible dance and music of Paradise Square!
Behind the scenes: Paradise Square rehearsals
Get a sneak peek at Paradise Square: A New Musical and hear from book writer Marcus Gardley, director Moisés Kaufman, and choreographer Bill T. Jones.
Behind the scenes: Photo shoot
Here’s a peek at the Paradise Square cast photo shoot with photographer Cheshire Isaacs.
Behind the scenes: Paradise Square meet and greet
On the first day of rehearsals, director Moisés Kaufman and choreographer Bill T. Jones introduce Berkeley Rep’s biggest musical to date.
REPISODES: The Berkeley Rep Podcast presents a series of conversations with artists and experts around the shows in our 50th anniversary season. Subscribe on iTunes, Stitcher, or SoundCloud to keep up with the whole series.
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Docent talks and discussions
Pre-show docent talks
Meet us in the Theatre 55 minutes before the show on Tuesday, Wednesday, and Thursday evenings and Sunday matinees for an engrossing presentation about your subscription-season play. Hear about the playwright’s perspective, dive into the historical context, and discover why the script is relevant right now. Each 25-minute talk includes plenty of time for your questions.
Post-show docent-led discussions
Join your fellow audience members after all matinees and share your thoughts on the show.
Teen Night gives local teens the opportunity to meet for dinner and a behind-the-scenes discussion with a member of the artistic team before attending each subscription-season production at an extremely discounted price.
- Friday, January 4, 2019
Teen Night begins at 6:30pm at the Berkeley Rep School of Theatre. Learn more and reserve your space.
A Conversation with Bill T. Jones
Want an exclusive behind-the-scenes look at Paradise Square: A New Musical? Join local media personality Sandra Varner as she interviews two-time Tony Award-winning choreographer Bill T. Jones about this upcoming world premiere musical and his celebrated career in dance.
- Monday, December 10, 2018
6pm · Lobby and bar open
6:30pm · Theatre doors open for general seating
This event is free and no reservations are required.
Actor Q & A’s
Stick around after the show on select Tuesday, Thursday, and Friday nights for lively Q & A sessions with our artists.
- Thursday, January 24, 2019
- Tuesday, January 29, 2019
- Friday, February 8, 2019