CAST & CREATIVE TEAM
Orlagh Cassidy is a multi-talented actress on stage, screen and audio. Broadway/Off Broadway includes: Present Laughter w/ Frank Langella, God Of Carnage (u/s), Our Country’s Good, Acolyte (Summer Shorts Festival 59E59th), The Hundred We Are (Origin Theatre), Hamlet (The Public Theatre -Mobile Unit), Ruins Of Civilization (MTC), u/s for Cherry Jones in ‘When We Were Young And Unafraid’(MTC), Bright Ideas MCC and The Field ( Irish Rep *Drama Desk Award Nominee), The Aristocrats and Dancing At Lughnasa (Irish Rep).
Regional credits include: Shakespeare Theatre at The Folger, Hartford Stage, Philadelphia Drama Guild. TV includes: Doris Wolfe on Guiding Light, Law and Order, A Gifted Man, Unforgettable, Veep, Gotham, Good Wife, Billions, Homeland, Madam Secretary, The Sinner, Instinct, The Loudest Voice and Bull.
Film includes: St. Vincent, Sisterhood Of Night, Beachhouse, Catching Up, LOVE40, and the upcoming Shirley with Elisabeth Moss and Michael Stuhlbarg and After Yang with Colin Farrell. BFA SUNY Purchase. Princess Grace Foundation Award. Origin Theatre’s Artistic Leadership Award. Audiofile Award-winning voice of numerous audiobooks, television and radio commercials.
Bill McMahon is the author of Cover, which was presented by Broadway producer Jim Kierstead and the Midtown International Theater Festival. Cover is currently in development with Kierstead Productions. (Parantheticals), a collection of his one-acts, received an Honorable Mention for the Eric Bentley New Play Competition. Blind Corner, a finalist for the Julie Harris Playwriting Award, was also a semi-finalist for the O'Neill Conference, as well as a semi-finalist for the Dramarama Competition. It received a workshop by Emerging Artists Theater and a developmental reading by the Abingdon Theatre in New York City. Bill was also the winner of the Paul Green Playwrights Prize for his full-length play A Winter Beauty, produced by Emerging Artists Theatre to several glowing reviews.
Other plays include Random, which was named a finalist for the Mildred and Albert Panowski Playwriting Award. Bill is also the author of both the play and screenplay versions of World Of Tomorrow, about the struggle between Robert Moses and Jane Jacobs, and his first television pilot, Rent Controlled, currently in development with Kierstead Productions.
Heather Arnson Selected: Apartment Block, Your Title Goes Here, Elizabeth: Almost By Chance A Woman, and WASP. Associate/Assistant Director highlights: with directors Michael Wilson (The Importance of Being Earnest with Angela Lansbury, BEAU, Fellow Travelers, Right Before I Go, others), Lila Neugebauer (The Wolves), and Leigh Silverman (Seat of Our Pants). Associate member of SDC, 2019 Princess Grace Award Reader, The Sir John Gielgud Fellowship Nominee, 2018, SDCF Observership 2017 -2018, Newington-Crosby Fellow, B.A. in Theatre from UCLA.
Upcoming: A Trip to Bountiful (Assoc. Dir., Ford’s Theatre). Next: Don’t Quote Me (Director) based on and inspired by Marie Torre’s book of the same name. www.HeatherArnson.com
Conor Bagley: Directing: Off-Broadway: Two by Friel by Brian Friel (Irish Rep), Sarah Sits Shiva for Herself (24 Hour Plays, Manhattan Rep).
Regional: Mount Venus 2018 AD (Theatre Workshop of Nantucket); An Iliad (Atlas Performing Arts Center, DC); Shining City, Dancing at Lughnasa (Yale). Assistant Director: Juno and the Paycock, dir. Neil Pepe; The Home Place, dir. Charlotte Moore (Irish Rep); Donegal, world premiere by Frank McGuinness, dir. Conall Morrison (Abbey Theatre, Dublin); Other Desert Cities, dir. Dan Foster (Nantucket).
Producing: Broadway: The Inheritance by Matthew Lopez; Once on this Island, winner of the 2018 Tony Award for Best Musical Revival. Bagley is one of Manhattan Theatre Club's 2019-2020 Directing Fellows.
Jim Kierstead is an Emmy, Olivier, and three-time Tony Award-winning producer of the Broadway, touring, Toronto, and London productions of Kinky Boots, the revival of Pippin, and Hadestown. He is currently represented on Broadway as a co-producer of Tony-nominated Ain’t Too Proud and Waitress, as well as The Inheritance.
In addition, he has been a co-producer of 25 Broadway productions including The Visit, You Can’t Take It With You, Indecent, The Great Comet (all Tony nominated), Be More Chill, Frankie and Johnny in the Clair de Lune, Pretty Woman, Side Show, It Shoulda Been You, M. Butterfly, Rocky, among others. He will be a co-producer of the musical version of the hit movie Mrs. Doubtfire. Off-Broadway projects include Unexpected Joy, Yank! (Drama Desk and Lucille Lortel Nominees), Bright Colors and Bold Patterns, and Thrill Me - The Leopold & Loeb Story (Drama Desk and Outer Critics Circle Nominees). He has produced London productions including Waitress, Dreamgirls, Unexpected Joy, Yank!, Thrill Me, Night of the Living Dead, and Aspects of Love. Film/TV projects include the Emmy winning TV series The Bay, we well as Indoor Boys, After Forever, Ace, Between Love and Goodbye, Kiss Me, Kill Me, and Wakefield starring Bryan Cranston and Jennifer Garner.
Upcoming projects include Sparkler and Cover. Jim is on the Board of Directors of The York Theatre Company, The Abingdon Theatre Company, and The New York Theatre Barn.
Linda Karn (Producer) is an Emmy winning producer of Matt Shepard Is A Friend of Mine, an Executive Producer of the documentary Mossville: When Great Trees Fall and currently is a producer of the Netflix Original Documentary Series, Happy Jail.
She was a Production Sponsor for the world premiere of HeLa, written by award winning playwright J. Nicole Brooks and Playwright Sponsor of Cambodian Rock Band at Victory Gardens Theatre in Chicago. She will be co-producing on Broadway the musical version of the hit movie Mrs. Doubtfire.
William Fernandez (Producer) is a former newspaper editor with more than 30 years of experience. He led the team that won the 2013 Pulitzer Prize for Public Service and is the recipient of two Emmy nominations. He just finished executive producing Miami’s biggest hit, Amparo the Experience, an immersive theatrical play that deals with the plight of immigrants and ran for eight months.
On Broadway, he is currently co-producing the critically-acclaimed The Inheritance. In 2019, he also co-produced the revival of Frankie and Johnny at the Clair de Lune starring Audra McDonald. In the 2018 season, he co-produced American Son starring Kerry Washington. He was the associate producer on Bill Russell’s latest play Unexpected Joy both in London and New York.
Past credits include the multi-Tony nominated The Great Comet of 1812, Anastasia and the revival of Spring Awakening. In the spring of 2020, he will be co-producing on Broadway the musical version of the hit movie Mrs. Doubtfire.
Ann Beyersdorfer is a NYC based set designer and visual storyteller. Her work has been featured across New York, regionally, nationally and on television, including venues such as The Alliance Theatre, Syracuse Stage, New World Stages, The Davenport, 59E59, Theater Row, Williamstown Theater Festival, The Hudson Theater (LA), and with Optimum TV. Recent Design Credits include "off-broadway's sleeper hit" Afterglow, Olay Live: The Road to Glow Musical, the world premiere of Knead (Alliance Theatre), Safeword, My Name’s Not Indian Joe, and We Are The Tigers (off-broadway).
Associate Design Credits include: Company (upcoming Broadway revival), Ink (Broadway), Jitney (Broadway), The Children (Broadway), Phish NYE Concert ’16/’17 (Madison Square Garden), Anastasia (First National Tour + EU Productions) and Samson Et Dalila (The Metropolitan Opera).
Ann is a Live Design/LDI 30 Under 30 recipient for working professionals that are on the rise in live production, a New York Innovative Theater Award two time Nominee for Best Set Design, and a United Solo Festival Award Winner for Best Set Design. Syracuse University Alumna & proud member of USA 829. www.annbeyersdorfer.com
David C. Woolard has designed costumes at most of the major theatres in America as well as for productions all over the world. He has dressed many personalities including Jane Fonda, Betty Buckley, Liz Mikel, Quentin Tarantino and Billy Crystal among others.
Broadway credits include Bronx Bomber, First Date, Lysistrata Jones, West Side Story, Fonda’s clothing for 33 Variations, Dividing The Estate, The Farnsworth Invention, Ring Of Fire, All Shook Up, The Rocky Horror Show (2001 Tony Award Nomination) Voices In The Dark, The Who’s Tommy (1993 Tony and Olivier Award nominations), Bells Are Ringing, Marlene, Wait Until Dark, Horton Foote’s The Young Man From Atlanta, Damn Yankees, and A Few Good Men and others.
DAVID C. WOOLARD
Christopher Kriz is an award-winning composer and sound designer based in Chicago. Chicago credits include Goodman Theatre, Chicago Shakespeare Theater, Steppenwolf Theatre Company, Chicago Symphony Orchestra, Victory Gardens Theater, Court Theatre, Northlight Theatre, TimeLine Theatre Company, Remy Bumppo Theatre Company, American Blues Theater, First Folio Theatre, and Shattered Globe Theatre, among others.
Regional credits include Seattle Repertory Theatre, Kansas City Repertory Theatre, Alabama Shakespeare Festival, and many summer seasons at Peninsula Players Theatre.
Kriz is the recipient of 5 Jeff Awards and 21 nominations for original music and sound design. He is a proud member of United Scenic Artists 829. Christopherkriz.com.
Vanessa Garcia (Dramaturg) is a multidisciplinary artist working as a novelist, playwright, dramaturg and journalist. Her debut novel, White Light, was published in 2015, to critical acclaim. Named one of the Best Books of 2015 by NPR, Al Dia, Flavorwire, and numerous other publications and institutions, it also won an International Latino Book award. Her plays have been produced in Edinburgh, Miami, Los Angeles, New York, and other cities around the world.
Her credits include the immersive hit, Amparo (“Miami’s Hottest Ticket,” according to People en Español); The Cuban Spring (a full-length Carbonell Award nominee for Best New Play, 2015), The Crocodile’s Bite (a short included in numerous anthologies such as Smith & Kraus’ Best Ten Minute Plays of 2016; the City Theatre Anthology 2015; and the Writer’s Digest Annual Award Anthology, 2015), and Freek!, a short play for Young Adults (anthologized in The Applause Acting Series’ 5 Minute Plays For Teens).
As a journalist, feature writer, and essayist, her pieces have appeared in The LA Times, The Miami Herald, The Guardian, The Washington Post, Narrative.ly,and American Theatre Magazine, among numerous other publications. She’s also a Huffington Post blogger. She holds a PhD from the University of California Irvine in English (with a focus in Creative Nonfiction), an MFA from the University of Miami (in fiction), and a BA from Barnard College, Columbia University (English and Art History). Most recently she was a Sesame Street Writer’s Room Fellow and she’s currently a WP Theatre Lab Fellow.
Nina Trotto is a New York City-based Stage Manager. Broadway credits include: M. Butterfly. The Acting Company: A Woman of the World. Ars Nova: ANT Fest. Ibex Puppetry: Crane: on earth, in sky. Seattle Shakespeare Company: Shakespeare in Love, Medea, Timon of Athens, King Lear, Much Ado About Nothing, Henry V, Winter's Tale. Seattle Children’s Theatre: The Garden of Rikki Tikki Tavi; Pinocchio; and Danny, King of the Basement. With Book-It Repertory Theater: Everything Is Illuminated, The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn, Prairie Nocturne.
Nina spent two years as the Schedule and Production Manager for the Eugene O’Neill Theater Center in Waterford, CT. www.ninatrotto.com
NYC Stage Manager
Kaitlin Kitzmiller (Chicago Stage Manager) Regional theatre credits include: Goodman Theatre, Chicago Shakespeare Theater, The Royal George Theatre, The Milwaukee Repertory Theatre, Peninsula Players Theatre, Lake Dillon Theatre Company Resident Ensemble Players, as well as Nebraska Shakespeare.
Chicago Stage Manager
Jamie Roderick Off-Broadway credits include: Midnight at the Never Get (York Theatre), Red Roses, Green Gold (Minetta Lane), The Woodsman (New World Stages, PBS), Afterglow, A Dog Story, Ken Davenport's That Bachelorette Show, My Big Gay Italian MidLife Crisis. London: It Happened in Key West.
Regional: The Bikinis! (Long Wharf Theatre, Riverside Theatre, WBT), Romeo & Juliet (Commonwealth Shakespeare Company) Midsummer, Macbeth, Hamlet (Shakespeare on the Sound).
Recent credits include: Kerrigan and Lowdermilk's The Bad Years, Fuck Marry Kill, More Than All The World. He is the resident Lighting Designer at Broken Box Mime Theatre.