About the show

Musical genius Richard Wagner (Eddie Korbich) and his devoted wife Cosima (Claire Brownell) find themselves in a moral, political and musical dilemma when King Ludwig of Bavaria (Carlo Bosticco) insists that the son of a rabbi, Hermann Levi (Geoffrey Cantor), conduct the premiere of Wagner’s sacred final opera, Parsifal.  In this comedic spin on real-life events, Maestro Levi must consider his complex relationship with the Wagners.  Does Art have its “special needs,” after all?  MY PARSIFAL CONDUCTOR is the World Premiere comedy that dares to probe that question.

Written by EMMY and Writers’ Guild Winner Allan Leicht, MY PARSIFAL CONDUCTOR is directed by the founder of the New York’s Chelsea Theatre Center, Robert Kalfin and produced by the award-winning not-for-profit theatre company The Directors Company, by special arrangement with producer Ted Snowdon.

6 WEEKS ONLY!

Performance schedule:

Tuesday – Thursday at 7:30pm
Friday at 8pm
Saturday at 2pm & 8pm
Sunday at 3pm

PERFORMANCES

Previews begin Tuesday, September 25th, 2018
Opening Thursday, October 11th, 2018
Limited Engagement through Saturday, November 3rd, 2018

Marjorie S. Deane Little Theater at the West Side YMCA

10 W 64th Street
New York, NY 10023

CAST & CREATIVE TEAM

CARLO BOSTICCO (Ludwig) is overjoyed to be making his royal Off-Broadway debut after having worked in the most disparate parts of the globe. Carlo’s credits include the Olivier-Award winning production of La Bohème (OperaUpClose), From Stage to Screen and Back Again (West End), Tremont in Jerry Springer the Opera (Edinburgh Festival), Pirelli in Sweeney Todd (Edinburgh Festival), Mercutio in Romeo and Juliet (Teatro Stabile di Verona, Italy), Dante in Behind Closed Doors (Theatre 80, NYC) and Luna in Hedgepig Races (The Brick, Brooklyn).Carlo is also a writer and composer. He recently performed excerpts of his upcoming musical Chasing Icarus with the Symphony Orchestra of Guiyang, China. He provided additional lyrics for Travels with my Aunt by Broadway veterans George Styles and Anthony Drewe. TV: “Conquering Fears.” www.carlobosticco.com IG: @carlobosticco
CLAIRE BROWNELL (Cosima) is thrilled to make her Directors Company debut. Credits include: Broadway & National Tour: The 39 Steps; Off Broadway: Indian Ink; Off-off: Came Tumbling After, Hamlet: A Version; Regional Theatre: Barrington Stage, Shakespeare Theatre Company, Hartford Stage: Boeing Boeing! (Connecticut Critics Circle Award), American Conservatory Theatre, Pioneer Theatre Company, La Jolla Playhouse, Seattle Rep; Television: Inside Amy Schumer, The Knick, Jessica Jones. Member of The Actors Center. MFA American Conservatory Theatre.
GEOFFREY CANTOR (Levi) graduated magna from Amherst, and trained at NTI and the Central School in London. Theatre credits include: Side Man (Broadway); Warren Leight’s Sec 310, Row D, Seats 5&6; Dinner with Friends; Death of a Salesman; Julie Taymor’s Titus Andronicus; Saturday Sunday Monday; Talley’s Folly; Romeo and Juliet ; Lone Star. Best known as Ellison in “Daredevil and The Punisher”. Other TV credits include Netflix’s “Maniac” with Emma Stone and Jonah Hill, “The Tick,” “Bull,” “Madam Secretary,” “House of Cards,” “Blacklist,” “The Americans,” “Damages,” “Sopranos,” and “Law & Order”. Film: Hail, Ceasar! Hot Air, Man on a Ledge, Fair Game, and Public Enemies. Geof won the earbud award for his narration of the audiobook The Family. He is the Chief Creative Consultant for Rethink The Conversation® and lives in New Jersey with his lovely wife Cathleen and their two amazing kids, Benjamin (SVA ’16) and Talia (Dickinson ’19).
ALISON CIMMET (Dora) Broadway: Amelie; She Loves Me; The Mystery of Edwin Drood; Bonnie & Clyde; Baby, It’s You!; A Tale of Two Cities. NYC/Regional favorites: Lady Capulet in Romeo and Juliet (Westport Country Playhouse); Viola in Twelfth Night (Prince Music Theater); John Guare’s 3 Kinds of Exile (world premiere, Atlantic Theater); My Wonderful Day (Two River Theater); Party Face (City Center II). Film: The Big Sick, Chasing Taste. TV: “Younger,” “The Good Fight,” “Bull,” Deadbeat.” Brown University graduate. www.AlisonCimmet.com
JAZMIN GORSLINE (Carrie/Sophie) recently performed the role of Christine Daae in Andrew Lloyd Webber’s Love Never Dies in Hamburg, Germany. Other credits include the Cameron Mackintosh National Tour of My Fair Lady, Carnival! at The Kennedy Center, and in regional productions of She Loves Me (Amalia), Beauty and the Beast (Belle), Hello, Dolly! (Irene), Fiddler on the Roof (Hodel), Guys and Dolls (Sarah Brown), Carousel (Julie Jordan), and The Light in the Piazza (Clara). She holds a Masters degree in Vocal Performance from Eastman School of Music. www.JazminGorsline.com
LOGAN JAMES HALL (Nietzsche) A few favorite credits include: Thomas Novacheck in Venus In Fur at the Fulton Theater (awarded best actor award BWW) and Ken in RED also at The Fulton; Ethan Kane in Sex With Strangers at Vermont Stages; Jason Posner in WIT at North Carolina Theater Center; Jim O’Connor in The Glass Menagerie at The Pioneer Theater Co.
EDDIE KORBICH (Wagner) Original Broadway casts of A Gentleman’s Guide to Love and Murder, A Christmas Story (Santa), The Little Mermaid (Scuttle), The Drowsy Chaperone (George-Drama Desk nomination), Breakfast at Tiffany’s, After the Night and the Music (Keith), Wicked, Seussical, Carousel (Mr. Snow-LCT) and Sweeney Todd (Tobias-Circle In The Square). Off-Broadway credits include Assassins, Godspell, The Gifts of the Magi, Flora, The Red Menace, A Little Night Music, Eating Raoul and Taking a Chance on Love (Obie Award). Mr. Korbich has appeared on over 25 original cast albums. He appeared regionally in The Gamester (St. Louis Rep), Dracula (North Shore) and 3hree (Ahmanson). His film and television credits include “Blue Bloods”, “Elementary”, “The Mysteries of Laura”, “Law & Order”, “Deadbeat”, “The Deuce”; Jennifer 8 and Quiz Show. Eddie loves doing cartoon voices and has been a series regular on “Doug”, “Pinky Dinky Doo” and “PB & J Otter.”

ALLAN LEICHT

Playwright

ALLAN LEICHT is a multiple EMMY Award, Writers’ Guild Award, Christopher Award-winning writer of television movies, including most notably, Adam, starring Daniel J. Travanti and JoBeth Williams, and Lady in a Corner, starring Loretta Young and Brian Keith (NBC); several comedy series, including Kate and Allie (CBS), and The Thorns (ABC) in collaboration with Mike Nichols; dramatic series, most notably, Mariah (ABC); and daytime dramas Ryan’s Hope and One Life to Live. As a director, he brought William Golding’s comedy, The Brass Butterfly, to the New York stage, starring Sam Waterston and Paxton Whitehead, as well as many regional theater productions. His musical, The Adventures of Friar Tuck, for which he wrote book and lyrics, premiered at the Saratoga Performing Arts Center. He produced Rashi, A Light after the Dark Ages, a video production starring Leonard Nimoy and Sir Paul Scofield and Rambam, The Story of Maimonides with Mr. Nimoy and Armand Assante. Allan divides his time between New York and Jerusalem, where he recently appeared as an actor in Shakespeare’s Henry V. He is married to actress and designer Renee Lippin Leicht and they have three children and two grandchildren.

ROBERT KALFIN

Director

ROBERT KALFIN has directed more than 500 productions and workshops of new plays, musicals and the classics in venues on Broadway, Off-Broadway, in major American regional theaters, in Europe, the Middle East and as far abroad as Siberia. He is the founder of New York’s Chelsea Theatre Center, which has won five Tony Awards, 21 Obie Awards and four Tony Nominations. Soon to celebrate the 60th Anniversary of his first professional New York production, Mr. Kalfin recently staged The Property at The Harold Clurman Theater. Broadway credits include Strider, Happy End (starring Meryl Streep and Christopher Lloyd), Yentl (starring Tovah Feldshuh), Truly Blessed, a Celebration of Mahalia Jackson; and as Chelsea Co-Producer of Harold Prince’s production of Candide. He directed the television production of The Prince Of Homburg starring Frank Langella for PBS Great Performances “Theatre in America” Series. He has served as Artistic Director for the Chelsea Theatre Center, the Cincinnati Playhouse-in-the-Park and the Pirate Playhouse on Sanibel Island and on the Boards of the Society of Stage Directors and Choreographers and Theater Communications Group.. In 2015, he was honored with the “Legend of Off-Broadway” Off-Broadway Alliance Award. Mr. Kalfin attended Alfred University and has his M.F.A. degree in Directing from the Yale School of Drama. His notable contributions to the American Theatre scene are detailed in Chelsea on the Edge. He recently completed his guide-book for young directors, Making it Safe to be Unsafe and has two new musicals in the works.
HARRY FEINER (Set Design) designs scenery and lighting for theatre, opera and dance. Off-Broadway, LORT and regional productions, include designs for: The Mint, Cherry Lane Theatre, Peccadilo Theatre Company, Directors Company, Pearl Theatre, Two River, Missouri Repertory Theatre, Virginia Stage, Premier Stages, A Red Orchid Theatre, Premier Stages, Working Theatre, Ensemble Theatre, Peoples’ Light & Theatre Company, Olney, Studio Arena, Pittsburgh Public Theatre, McCarter, Capital Rep, Delaware Theatre Company, GEVA, George Street Playhouse, Syracuse Stage, Theatre Virginia, Philadelphia Drama Guild, Pennsylvania Stage Company, New Jersey Rep, & Actors’ Studio. He has designed for Shakespeare Theatre of New Jersey, Colorado, Alabama, and North Carolina Shakespeare Festivals. Dance designs include Rioult Dance, Viewsonic Dance & North Carolina Dance Theatre. Opera designs for Central City Opera, Boston Lyric, Lake George, Florida State Opera, Pennsylvania Opera Theatre, Syracuse, Chatauqua, Opera Theatre of Pittsburgh, Fort Worth, Orchestra of St. Luke’s and Manhattan School of Music. Mr. Feiner teaches at Queens College, CUNY.

GAIL COOPER-HECHT (Costume Designer) is quite delighted to resume her collaboration with Bob Kalfin, She has designed more than 400 productions on Broadway and Off, National and International Tours, Regional Theaters, TV, and Operas, including productions for Tony Randall, Jack Klugman, Carol Channing, Maurice Evans, Helen Hayes, Robert Goulet, Eartha KItt, etc. Has been Resident Designer for the Mirror Rep. for more than 20 years; even designing Geraldine Page’s Academy Award dress, and Costume Designer for The Music Fairs Theaters for 25 years. Recent NYC: Eleanor Reissa’s Hershele Ostropolyer, Theo Bikel in Scholem Alechem (Folksbiene), The Shanghai Gesture (Mirror Rep.), Johnny on the Spot(St.Clemens),Three Mo Tenors (Little Shubert), Room Service (Soho Playhouse), Arrivals (Bank St.), Fugue (Cherry Lane), Yiddish Pirates of Penzance (Folksbiene), sA Stone Carver (Soho Playhouse), The Harlem Ghospel Singers European Tours and the film: The Passion Of Miss Augusta. A graduate of Boston University’s SFA&A, has taught Costume Design at Marymount Manhattan College, been a board member of the League of Professional Theatre Women and member of United Scenic Artists Local 829. And has been nominated for an AUDELCO Award for Massinessa an ACE Award for “Purlie”/ PBS Great Performances.

PAUL HUDSON (Lighting Designer) is a lighting designer for theater, opera, dance, and television. Highlights and recent credits include: The Property (New Light Theatre), The Drowsy Chaperone (BVT), Lonely Planet (Keen Co.), Danny and the Deep Blue Sea (SeaDog; IT Award nomination), Beyond The Machine (Juilliard CIA), Basetrack, Live (En Garde Arts), A Midsummer Night’s Dream, Love’s Labours Lost, Henry V, and Cymbeline (Juilliard Drama); Associate to Paul Gallo on Three Tall Women (Broadway); Associate to Mimi Sherin on The Hairy Ape (Park Ave Armory). MFA, NYU. Member, USA829.

ANDY EVAN COHEN (Music Arrangements/Musical Direction/ Sound Design) Off-Broadway: Pushkin (Sheen Center); If Only (Cherry Lane); Dear Jane and In Bed With Roy Cohn (Perry St.); A Midsummer Night’s Dream (MasterWorks); Ay Carmela! (Repertorio Español). Touring: Hamlet, Sense and Sensibility, Our Trojan War (Aquila); The American Soldier (Kennedy Center, The Citadel); The Hungry Hungry Games (Mills Entertainment); Film: Marty’s Shadow, Show and Tell Tango, The Mall; Off-Off-Broadway many shows for Animus, Boomerang, New Light, Nylon Fusion, Red Fern, Stable Cable, Strindberg Rep., T. Schreiber, White Horse, and others. rolypolyproductions.com

JESSICA AYALA (Properties Design) is thrilled to be part of her first production with The Directors Company. Her recent works include: Assistant Props for Mother of the Maid (The Public Theater) Admissions (Lincoln Center Theater) and My Fair Lady (Lincoln Center Theater). She attended the University of North Carolina School of the Arts in Winston-Salem, NC.

DAVID TITLE (Projection) is a partner at Bravo Media, an experiential production company based in NYC. Previous endeavors have included feature film and television production, new play development and snake handling. David holds an MFA in Directing from Mason Gross School of the Arts, Rutgers University.

LEAH J. LOUKAS (Wig/Hair Design). Broadway: Escape to Margaritaville, Time and the Conways, Marvin’s Room, Natasha, Pierre & the Great Comet of 1812; Sweat; Oh, Hello; The Heidi Chronicles; On the Town; A Night with Janis Joplin; Vanya, Sonia, Masha and Spike; American Idiot; Irena’s Vow.

ARTHUR ATKINSON (Production Stage Manager) most recently with Irish Rep: On a Clear Day… US Tour: Martin Luther on Trial last season; Off-Broadway: Cagney the Musical at The Westside Theatre; The Great Divorce. Also: York Theatre, Keen Company, Mint Theatre, et al. Toured internationally with Fiddler on the Roof starring Topol, then Harvey Fierstein and Theodore Bikel. A proud member of Actors Equity Association. Love to Lisa!

DREW FRANCIS (Production Manager): Recent Off- Broadway: The Show Off, Rocket To The Moon, A Loss Of Roses,The Violin, Martin Luther On Trial, Screwtape Diaries, The Mark Riviera Story, Terms of Endearment, Quiet Comfort, A Better Place, Disenchanted, Almost Home, The World Is Round, Our Planet. Production Manager: Queens Symphony, LABrinyth Theatre, Mint Theatre, New Jersey Rep, CAT NYC. Adjunct Professor Pace University; Event Manager NYU.

ALAYNA GRAZIANI (Assistant Stage Manager) NYC Credits: Martin Luther on Trial (Tour, Fellowship for Performing Arts, Production Stage Manager), Later Life (Keen Company, Assistant Stage Manager), The View UpStairs (Invisible Wall Productions, ASM), Communion (Urban Stages, ASM), Othello (Classic Stage Company’s The Young Company, PSM), Blue Window (Columbia Stages, PSM), Titus Andronicus (Hudson Warehouse, PSM), The World of Extreme Happiness (Manhattan Theatre Club, Production Assistant). MFA Stage Management Columbia University. Proud Member of Actor’s Equity.

PAT MCCORKLE, CSA, KATJA ZAROLINSKI, CSA- MCCORKLE CASTING, LTD. (Casting Director). Broadway Stage; 55 productions such as Amazing Grace, On the Town, End of the Rainbow, The Lieutenant of Inishmore, The Glass Menagerie, Cat on a Hot Tin Roof, One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest, Amadeus, She Loves Me, Blood Brothers, A Few Good Men. Off-Broadway, McCorkle Casting has cast over 60 original productions. Most recently; Clever Little Lies, Dr. Ruth, Stalking the Bogeyman, Freud’s Last Session, Tribes, Our Town, Almost Maine and Driving Miss Daisy. Well over 50 theatres across the country have been or are currently being cast by Patricia (and company) including Guthrie Theater (16 Seasons), George Street Theatre (14 Seasons), Baltimore Center Stage, Connecticut Rep, Pittsburgh Public, Barrington Stage, Etc. Over 60 feature films including, Senior Moment, Year by the Sea, Child of Grace, Premium Rush, Ghost Town, Secret Window, Tony and Tina’s Wedding, The Thomas Crown Affair, The 13th Warrior, Madeline, Die Hard III, School Ties are notable. Recent television and digital media projects McCorkle Casting have accumulated include the Planned Parenthood web series “Talkin’ About,” “Twisted” (ABC Family), “Humans for Sesame Street,” “Californication” (Emmy nomination), “Max Bickford” (CBS), “Hack” (CBS), “Strangers with Candy,” “Barbershop” and “Chappelle’s Show,” to name a few.

MICHALOS MANAGEMENT (General Manager) NY Theater: Renee Taylor’s My Life on a Diet, In The Pocket, Terms of Endearment with Molly Ringwald, Butler, A Better Place, The Road to Damascus, On a Stool at the End of the Bar, Almost Home, Jericho, Murder in the First, Poetic License. Other: Gabby Awards at Carnegie Hall, El Capitan (LA) and Ellis Island. leahmichalos.com

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MICHAEL PARVA (TDC Artistic Director) has developed and directed over 100 new plays and musicals including most recently the stage adaption of Terms of Endearment, starring Molly Ringwald, The Road To Damascus by Tom Dulack, Almost Home by Walter Anderson and On a Stool at the End of the Bar by Robert Callely. Over the years he has directed the work of playwrights Bill C. Davis (Avow), Stephen Belber (Drifting Elegant), David Auburn (The Latecomer), Trudy Blue by Marsha Norman starring Judith Ivey, Concrete Christ Trilogy with Philip Seymour Hoffman & Kristen Johnston, Murder in the First by Dan Gordon and the acclaimed production on Broadway of Irena’s Vow, at the Walter Kerr Theatre, starring Tovah Feldshuh. Most recently he directed the world premiere of a new play, Martin Luther on Trial in Washington, DC and New York.

TED SNOWDON (Co-Producer) saw his first professional stage show at age 8, when his father took him to a Wagner opera at the Old Met. Thus it was destined that Ted would help bring about My Parsifal Conductor. He has presented 4 other opera-themed plays: Terrence McNally’s Master Class starring Tyne Daly on Broadway and in London; McNally’s The Stendhal Syndrome starring Richard Thomas and Isabella Rossellini at Primary Stages; Jonathan Tolins’s The Twilight of the Golds and Stephen Temperly’s Souvenir, both on Broadway. He was a lead producer of Tolins’s very successful Buyer & Cellar starring Michael Urie (Rattlestick, Barrow Street, national tour and London) and was recently associated with Lynn Nottage’s Pulitzer Prize-winning Sweat, Edward Albee’s Three Tall Women, Katori Hall’s The Mountaintop, and David Cromer’s production of Wilder’s Our Town, along with musicals like Spring Awakening and A Gentlemen’s Guide To Love & Murder. This October he moves Michael McKeever’s play Daniel’s Husband to the Westside Theatre.

ABOUT THE DIRECTORS COMPANY

The Directors Company is an award-winning not-for-profit theatre company with an extraordinary record in its mission to develop and produce groundbreaking new plays and musicals initiated and generated by outstanding directorial talent, for the American theatre public. For over twenty-five years, The Directors Company has mentored and supported emerging artists in the development of original theatre works from inception to production, providing artistic and dramaturgical guidance to promising, new theatre artists and their projects. The future of American theatre depends on a regular influx of new works, to which The Directors Company is committed, and the collaborative process we encourage involves not only the playwright and director, but audiences as well, who play a part in the emergence of original works giving voice to contemporary concerns. www.directorscompany.org

CAST & CREATIVE TEAM

CARLO BOSTICCO (Ludwig) is overjoyed to be making his royal Off-Broadway debut after having worked in the most disparate parts of the globe. Carlo’s credits include the Olivier-Award winning production of La Bohème (OperaUpClose), From Stage to Screen and Back Again (West End), Tremont in Jerry Springer the Opera (Edinburgh Festival), Pirelli in Sweeney Todd (Edinburgh Festival), Mercutio in Romeo and Juliet (Teatro Stabile di Verona, Italy), Dante in Behind Closed Doors (Theatre 80, NYC) and Luna in Hedgepig Races (The Brick, Brooklyn).Carlo is also a writer and composer. He recently performed excerpts of his upcoming musical Chasing Icarus with the Symphony Orchestra of Guiyang, China. He provided additional lyrics for Travels with my Aunt by Broadway veterans George Styles and Anthony Drewe. TV: “Conquering Fears.” www.carlobosticco.com IG: @carlobosticco
CLAIRE BROWNELL (Cosima) is thrilled to make her Directors Company debut. Credits include: Broadway & National Tour: The 39 Steps; Off Broadway: Indian Ink; Off-off: Came Tumbling After, Hamlet: A Version; Regional Theatre: Barrington Stage, Shakespeare Theatre Company, Hartford Stage: Boeing Boeing! (Connecticut Critics Circle Award), American Conservatory Theatre, Pioneer Theatre Company, La Jolla Playhouse, Seattle Rep; Television: Inside Amy Schumer, The Knick, Jessica Jones. Member of The Actors Center. MFA American Conservatory Theatre.
GEOFFREY CANTOR (Levi) graduated magna from Amherst, and trained at NTI and the Central School in London. Theatre credits include: Side Man (Broadway); Warren Leight’s Sec 310, Row D, Seats 5&6; Dinner with Friends; Death of a Salesman; Julie Taymor’s Titus Andronicus; Saturday Sunday Monday; Talley’s Folly; Romeo and Juliet ; Lone Star. Best known as Ellison in “Daredevil and The Punisher”. Other TV credits include Netflix’s “Maniac” with Emma Stone and Jonah Hill, “The Tick,” “Bull,” “Madam Secretary,” “House of Cards,” “Blacklist,” “The Americans,” “Damages,” “Sopranos,” and “Law & Order”. Film: Hail, Ceasar! Hot Air, Man on a Ledge, Fair Game, and Public Enemies. Geof won the earbud award for his narration of the audiobook The Family. He is the Chief Creative Consultant for Rethink The Conversation® and lives in New Jersey with his lovely wife Cathleen and their two amazing kids, Benjamin (SVA ’16) and Talia (Dickinson ’19).
ALISON CIMMET (Dora) Broadway: Amelie; She Loves Me; The Mystery of Edwin Drood; Bonnie & Clyde; Baby, It’s You!; A Tale of Two Cities. NYC/Regional favorites: Lady Capulet in Romeo and Juliet (Westport Country Playhouse); Viola in Twelfth Night (Prince Music Theater); John Guare’s 3 Kinds of Exile (world premiere, Atlantic Theater); My Wonderful Day (Two River Theater); Party Face (City Center II). Film: The Big Sick, Chasing Taste. TV: “Younger,” “The Good Fight,” “Bull,” Deadbeat.” Brown University graduate. www.AlisonCimmet.com
JAZMIN GORSLINE (Carrie/Sophie) recently performed the role of Christine Daae in Andrew Lloyd Webber’s Love Never Dies in Hamburg, Germany. Other credits include the Cameron Mackintosh National Tour of My Fair Lady, Carnival! at The Kennedy Center, and in regional productions of She Loves Me (Amalia), Beauty and the Beast (Belle), Hello, Dolly! (Irene), Fiddler on the Roof (Hodel), Guys and Dolls (Sarah Brown), Carousel (Julie Jordan), and The Light in the Piazza (Clara). She holds a Masters degree in Vocal Performance from Eastman School of Music. www.JazminGorsline.com
LOGAN JAMES HALL (Nietzsche) A few favorite credits include: Thomas Novacheck in Venus In Fur at the Fulton Theater (awarded best actor award BWW) and Ken in RED also at The Fulton; Ethan Kane in Sex With Strangers at Vermont Stages; Jason Posner in WIT at North Carolina Theater Center; Jim O’Connor in The Glass Menagerie at The Pioneer Theater Co.
EDDIE KORBICH (Wagner) Original Broadway casts of A Gentleman’s Guide to Love and Murder, A Christmas Story (Santa), The Little Mermaid (Scuttle), The Drowsy Chaperone (George-Drama Desk nomination), Breakfast at Tiffany’s, After the Night and the Music (Keith), Wicked, Seussical, Carousel (Mr. Snow-LCT) and Sweeney Todd (Tobias-Circle In The Square). Off-Broadway credits include Assassins, Godspell, The Gifts of the Magi, Flora, The Red Menace, A Little Night Music, Eating Raoul and Taking a Chance on Love (Obie Award). Mr. Korbich has appeared on over 25 original cast albums. He appeared regionally in The Gamester (St. Louis Rep), Dracula (North Shore) and 3hree (Ahmanson). His film and television credits include “Blue Bloods”, “Elementary”, “The Mysteries of Laura”, “Law & Order”, “Deadbeat”, “The Deuce”; Jennifer 8 and Quiz Show. Eddie loves doing cartoon voices and has been a series regular on “Doug”, “Pinky Dinky Doo” and “PB & J Otter.”

ALLAN LEICHT

Playwright

ALLAN LEICHT is a multiple EMMY Award, Writers’ Guild Award, Christopher Award-winning writer of television movies, including most notably, Adam, starring Daniel J. Travanti and JoBeth Williams, and Lady in a Corner, starring Loretta Young and Brian Keith (NBC); several comedy series, including Kate and Allie (CBS), and The Thorns (ABC) in collaboration with Mike Nichols; dramatic series, most notably, Mariah (ABC); and daytime dramas Ryan’s Hope and One Life to Live. As a director, he brought William Golding’s comedy, The Brass Butterfly, to the New York stage, starring Sam Waterston and Paxton Whitehead, as well as many regional theater productions. His musical, The Adventures of Friar Tuck, for which he wrote book and lyrics, premiered at the Saratoga Performing Arts Center. He produced Rashi, A Light after the Dark Ages, a video production starring Leonard Nimoy and Sir Paul Scofield and Rambam, The Story of Maimonides with Mr. Nimoy and Armand Assante. Allan divides his time between New York and Jerusalem, where he recently appeared as an actor in Shakespeare’s Henry V. He is married to actress and designer Renee Lippin Leicht and they have three children and two grandchildren.

ROBERT KALFIN

Director

ROBERT KALFIN has directed more than 500 productions and workshops of new plays, musicals and the classics in venues on Broadway, Off-Broadway, in major American regional theaters, in Europe, the Middle East and as far abroad as Siberia. He is the founder of New York’s Chelsea Theatre Center, which has won five Tony Awards, 21 Obie Awards and four Tony Nominations. Soon to celebrate the 60th Anniversary of his first professional New York production, Mr. Kalfin recently staged The Property at The Harold Clurman Theater. Broadway credits include Strider, Happy End (starring Meryl Streep and Christopher Lloyd), Yentl (starring Tovah Feldshuh), Truly Blessed, a Celebration of Mahalia Jackson; and as Chelsea Co-Producer of Harold Prince’s production of Candide. He directed the television production of The Prince Of Homburg starring Frank Langella for PBS Great Performances “Theatre in America” Series. He has served as Artistic Director for the Chelsea Theatre Center, the Cincinnati Playhouse-in-the-Park and the Pirate Playhouse on Sanibel Island and on the Boards of the Society of Stage Directors and Choreographers and Theater Communications Group.. In 2015, he was honored with the “Legend of Off-Broadway” Off-Broadway Alliance Award. Mr. Kalfin attended Alfred University and has his M.F.A. degree in Directing from the Yale School of Drama. His notable contributions to the American Theatre scene are detailed in Chelsea on the Edge. He recently completed his guide-book for young directors, Making it Safe to be Unsafe and has two new musicals in the works.
HARRY FEINER (Set Design) designs scenery and lighting for theatre, opera and dance. Off-Broadway, LORT and regional productions, include designs for: The Mint, Cherry Lane Theatre, Peccadilo Theatre Company, Directors Company, Pearl Theatre, Two River, Missouri Repertory Theatre, Virginia Stage, Premier Stages, A Red Orchid Theatre, Premier Stages, Working Theatre, Ensemble Theatre, Peoples’ Light & Theatre Company, Olney, Studio Arena, Pittsburgh Public Theatre, McCarter, Capital Rep, Delaware Theatre Company, GEVA, George Street Playhouse, Syracuse Stage, Theatre Virginia, Philadelphia Drama Guild, Pennsylvania Stage Company, New Jersey Rep, & Actors’ Studio. He has designed for Shakespeare Theatre of New Jersey, Colorado, Alabama, and North Carolina Shakespeare Festivals. Dance designs include Rioult Dance, Viewsonic Dance & North Carolina Dance Theatre. Opera designs for Central City Opera, Boston Lyric, Lake George, Florida State Opera, Pennsylvania Opera Theatre, Syracuse, Chatauqua, Opera Theatre of Pittsburgh, Fort Worth, Orchestra of St. Luke’s and Manhattan School of Music. Mr. Feiner teaches at Queens College, CUNY.

GAIL COOPER-HECHT (Costume Designer) is quite delighted to resume her collaboration with Bob Kalfin, She has designed more than 400 productions on Broadway and Off, National and International Tours, Regional Theaters, TV, and Operas, including productions for Tony Randall, Jack Klugman, Carol Channing, Maurice Evans, Helen Hayes, Robert Goulet, Eartha KItt, etc. Has been Resident Designer for the Mirror Rep. for more than 20 years; even designing Geraldine Page’s Academy Award dress, and Costume Designer for The Music Fairs Theaters for 25 years. Recent NYC: Eleanor Reissa’s Hershele Ostropolyer, Theo Bikel in Scholem Alechem (Folksbiene), The Shanghai Gesture (Mirror Rep.), Johnny on the Spot (St.Clemens),Three Mo Tenors (Little Shubert), Room Service (Soho Playhouse), Arrivals (Bank St.), Fugue (Cherry Lane), Yiddish Pirates of Penzance (Folksbiene), sA Stone Carver (Soho Playhouse), The Harlem Ghospel Singers European Tours and the film: The Passion Of Miss Augusta. A graduate of Boston University’s SFA&A, has taught Costume Design at Marymount Manhattan College, been a board member of the League of Professional Theatre Women and member of United Scenic Artists Local 829. And has been nominated for an AUDELCO Award for Massinessa an ACE Award for “Purlie”/ PBS Great Performances.

PAUL HUDSON (Lighting Designer) is a lighting designer for theater, opera, dance, and television. Highlights and recent credits include: The Property (New Light Theatre), The Drowsy Chaperone (BVT), Lonely Planet (Keen Co.), Danny and the Deep Blue Sea (SeaDog; IT Award nomination), Beyond The Machine (Juilliard CIA), Basetrack, Live (En Garde Arts), A Midsummer Night’s Dream, Love’s Labours Lost, Henry V, and Cymbeline (Juilliard Drama); Associate to Paul Gallo on Three Tall Women (Broadway); Associate to Mimi Sherin on The Hairy Ape (Park Ave Armory). MFA, NYU. Member, USA829.

ANDY EVAN COHEN (Music Arrangements/Musical Direction/ Sound Design) Off-Broadway: Pushkin (Sheen Center); If Only (Cherry Lane); Dear Jane and In Bed With Roy Cohn (Perry St.); A Midsummer Night’s Dream (MasterWorks); Ay Carmela! (Repertorio Español). Touring: Hamlet, Sense and Sensibility, Our Trojan War (Aquila); The American Soldier (Kennedy Center, The Citadel); The Hungry Hungry Games (Mills Entertainment); Film: Marty’s Shadow, Show and Tell Tango, The Mall; Off-Off-Broadway many shows for Animus, Boomerang, New Light, Nylon Fusion, Red Fern, Stable Cable, Strindberg Rep., T. Schreiber, White Horse, and others. rolypolyproductions.com

JESSICA AYALA (Properties Design) is thrilled to be part of her first production with The Directors Company. Her recent works include: Assistant Props for Mother of the Maid (The Public Theater) Admissions (Lincoln Center Theater) and My Fair Lady (Lincoln Center Theater). She attended the University of North Carolina School of the Arts in Winston-Salem, NC.

DAVID TITLE (Projection) is a partner at Bravo Media, an experiential production company based in NYC. Previous endeavors have included feature film and television production, new play development and snake handling. David holds an MFA in Directing from Mason Gross School of the Arts, Rutgers University.

LEAH J. LOUKAS (Wig/Hair Design). Broadway: Escape to Margaritaville, Time and the Conways, Marvin’s Room, Natasha, Pierre & the Great Comet of 1812; Sweat; Oh, Hello; The Heidi Chronicles; On the Town; A Night with Janis Joplin; Vanya, Sonia, Masha and Spike; American Idiot; Irena’s Vow.

ARTHUR ATKINSON (Production Stage Manager) most recently with Irish Rep: On a Clear Day… US Tour: Martin Luther on Trial last season; Off-Broadway: Cagney the Musical at The Westside Theatre; The Great Divorce. Also: York Theatre, Keen Company, Mint Theatre, et al. Toured internationally with Fiddler on the Roof starring Topol, then Harvey Fierstein and Theodore Bikel. A proud member of Actors Equity Association. Love to Lisa!

DREW FRANCIS (Production Manager): Recent Off- Broadway: The Show Off, Rocket To The Moon, A Loss Of Roses,The Violin, Martin Luther On Trial, Screwtape Diaries, The Mark Riviera Story, Terms of Endearment, Quiet Comfort, A Better Place, Disenchanted, Almost Home, The World Is Round, Our Planet. Production Manager: Queens Symphony, LABrinyth Theatre, Mint Theatre, New Jersey Rep, CAT NYC. Adjunct Professor Pace University; Event Manager NYU.

ALAYNA GRAZIANI (Assistant Stage Manager) NYC Credits: Martin Luther on Trial (Tour, Fellowship for Performing Arts, Production Stage Manager), Later Life (Keen Company, Assistant Stage Manager), The View UpStairs (Invisible Wall Productions, ASM), Communion (Urban Stages, ASM), Othello (Classic Stage Company’s The Young Company, PSM), Blue Window (Columbia Stages, PSM), Titus Andronicus (Hudson Warehouse, PSM), The World of Extreme Happiness (Manhattan Theatre Club, Production Assistant). MFA Stage Management Columbia University. Proud Member of Actor’s Equity.

PAT MCCORKLE, CSA, KATJA ZAROLINSKI, CSA- MCCORKLE CASTING, LTD. (Casting Director). Broadway Stage; 55 productions such as Amazing Grace, On the Town, End of the Rainbow, The Lieutenant of Inishmore, The Glass Menagerie, Cat on a Hot Tin Roof, One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest, Amadeus, She Loves Me, Blood Brothers, A Few Good Men. Off-Broadway, McCorkle Casting has cast over 60 original productions. Most recently; Clever Little Lies, Dr. Ruth, Stalking the Bogeyman, Freud’s Last Session, Tribes, Our Town, Almost Maine and Driving Miss Daisy. Well over 50 theatres across the country have been or are currently being cast by Patricia (and company) including Guthrie Theater (16 Seasons), George Street Theatre (14 Seasons), Baltimore Center Stage, Connecticut Rep, Pittsburgh Public, Barrington Stage, Etc. Over 60 feature films including, Senior Moment, Year by the Sea, Child of Grace, Premium Rush, Ghost Town, Secret Window, Tony and Tina’s Wedding, The Thomas Crown Affair, The 13th Warrior, Madeline, Die Hard III, School Ties are notable. Recent television and digital media projects McCorkle Casting have accumulated include the Planned Parenthood web series “Talkin’ About,” “Twisted” (ABC Family), “Humans for Sesame Street,” “Californication” (Emmy nomination), “Max Bickford” (CBS), “Hack” (CBS), “Strangers with Candy,” “Barbershop” and “Chappelle’s Show,” to name a few.

MICHALOS MANAGEMENT (General Manager) NY Theater: Renee Taylor’s My Life on a Diet, In The Pocket, Terms of Endearment with Molly Ringwald, Butler, A Better Place, The Road to Damascus, On a Stool at the End of the Bar, Almost Home, Jericho, Murder in the First, Poetic License. Other: Gabby Awards at Carnegie Hall, El Capitan (LA) and Ellis Island. leahmichalos.com

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MICHAEL PARVA (TDC Artistic Director) has developed and directed over 100 new plays and musicals including most recently the stage adaption of Terms of Endearment, starring Molly Ringwald, The Road To Damascus by Tom Dulack, Almost Home by Walter Anderson and On a Stool at the End of the Bar by Robert Callely. Over the years he has directed the work of playwrights Bill C. Davis (Avow), Stephen Belber (Drifting Elegant), David Auburn (The Latecomer), Trudy Blue by Marsha Norman starring Judith Ivey, Concrete Christ Trilogy with Philip Seymour Hoffman & Kristen Johnston, Murder in the First by Dan Gordon and the acclaimed production on Broadway of Irena’s Vow, at the Walter Kerr Theatre, starring Tovah Feldshuh. Most recently he directed the world premiere of a new play, Martin Luther on Trial in Washington, DC and New York.

TED SNOWDON (Co-Producer) saw his first professional stage show at age 8, when his father took him to a Wagner opera at the Old Met. Thus it was destined that Ted would help bring about My Parsifal Conductor. He has presented 4 other opera-themed plays: Terrence McNally’s Master Class starring Tyne Daly on Broadway and in London; McNally’s The Stendhal Syndrome starring Richard Thomas and Isabella Rossellini at Primary Stages; Jonathan Tolins’s The Twilight of the Golds and Stephen Temperly’s Souvenir, both on Broadway. He was a lead producer of Tolins’s very successful Buyer & Cellar starring Michael Urie (Rattlestick, Barrow Street, national tour and London) and was recently associated with Lynn Nottage’s Pulitzer Prize-winning Sweat, Edward Albee’s Three Tall Women, Katori Hall’s The Mountaintop, and David Cromer’s production of Wilder’s Our Town, along with musicals like Spring Awakening and A Gentlemen’s Guide To Love & Murder. This October he moves Michael McKeever’s play Daniel’s Husband to the Westside Theatre.

ABOUT THE DIRECTORS COMPANY

The Directors Company is an award-winning not-for-profit theatre company with an extraordinary record in its mission to develop and produce groundbreaking new plays and musicals initiated and generated by outstanding directorial talent, for the American theatre public. For over twenty-five years, The Directors Company has mentored and supported emerging artists in the development of original theatre works from inception to production, providing artistic and dramaturgical guidance to promising, new theatre artists and their projects. The future of American theatre depends on a regular influx of new works, to which The Directors Company is committed, and the collaborative process we encourage involves not only the playwright and director, but audiences as well, who play a part in the emergence of original works giving voice to contemporary concerns. www.directorscompany.org