THIS LIFE! - The Musical
a new and exciting musical by composer/lyricist Deb Silver
SUCCESS! Times Square Arts Center Showcase Performances SOLD OUT!
Times Square Arts Center
300 West 43rd Street, Third Floor
New York, New York 10036
Friday October 30 - 8:00PM
Saturday October 31 - 8:00PM
Monday November 2 - 7:00PM
SHOW RUN (Sold out!)
Thursday November 5 - 8:00PM
Friday November 6 - 8:00PM
Saturday November 7 - 8:00PM
Sunday November 8 - 3:00PM
Thursday November - 8:00PM
Friday November 13 - 8:00PM
Saturday November 14 - 8:00PM
Sunday November 15 - 3:00PM
ABOUT THE AEA SHOWCASE
OUR MUSICAL DIRECTOR
KEVIN DAVID THOMAS
Musical Director/supervisor/assistant: A Tale of Two Cities (Broadway), Little House on the Prairie starring Melissa Gilbert (National Tour), Pamela's First Musical starring Donna Murphy (Town Hall), Once on this Island (Moscow, Russia; US Embassy outreach), The Watercoolers (International Tours). As an actor: A Little Night Music starring Catherine Zeta-Jones and Angela Lansbury (Broadway Revival, Cast Recording), Les MIserables (1st Broadway Revival and National Tour). Education: Baldwin Wallace University, Conservatory of Music. On TV in the docu-series BECOMING US on ABC Family with wife, Sutton Crawford.
OUR SET AND COSTUME DESIGNER
RIW RAKKULCHON is a scenic designer from Bangkok, Thailand. Riw recently graduated with a B.F.A Theatrical Production Arts from Ithaca College. Throughout his career thus far Riw had been a part of Ithaca College's mainstage productions as a Props master (Man from Nebraska, Good Person of Sezuan) and Scenic charge(Enemy of the People), he was also the scenic designer for Ithaca College's production of Gone Missing and Little Women(The Opera). His scenic design for Little Women is also moving to Quebec, Canada in the Fall of 2015. Riw had worked as a Props Intern and Scenic Design Intern at Williamstown Theatre Festival, and was an associate on several productions in Thailand. Other productions that Riw has designed includes the production of Parent Stories and world premiere of Slashes of Light at the Kitchen Theatre with Civic Ensemble Ithaca. Riw has also worked in collaboration with several theatre companies in Ithaca including Ithaca Shakespeare Company (Julius Caesar),Melodramatics Theatre Company (Pippin), Opera Ithaca (Il Sogno). Riw's past NYC credits also includes Far From Canterbury, and Loose Canon performed at FringeNYC 2015. Currently Riw is a freelance Theatrical Designer in New York City. Please check out his work through riwrdesign.com.
COURTNEY LAINE SELF has worked as director/choreographer in NYC for Medium Face Productions, Rebel Theatre Company, The Dirty Blondes, The Gallery Players, The Chappell Players, Eager Risk Theatre Co., and Concrete Temple Theatre. Recent credits include The Tunnel Play (Dir., NY Fringe), Mary Poppins (Dir/Chor, Millbrook Playhouse), Transformatique (Chor., Dixon Place), Hallowed Ground (Dir., The Brick), In The Heights (Dir/Chor, St. Johns Univ.). Currently workshopping new musicals/plays 1989 and Hot (Dir) with Everyday Inferno’s Development Lab, Under Her Hat (Dir/Chor), and This Life (Chor) and am in rehearsals for Thoroughly Modern Millie (Dir/Chor) with A Class Act NY and Bonnie and Clyde (Dir/Chor) with The Mimes and Mummers at Fordham University. Previously Head of Dance and Acting/Movement professor at Southern Illinois University. MFA in Directing (SIU), BFA in Music Theatre (Hartt). courtneylaineself.com @courtneymyself
OUR STAGE MANAGER
ALLISON RAYNES (Stage Manager) is a recent transplant from Chicago and is thrilled to make her New York debut with This Life! The Musical. A graduate from Loyola University Chicago, Allison has been stage managing professionally for the past six years with favorite credits including: Lunacy!, Crumble: Lay Me Down Justin Timberlake, Exit Strategy, The Peacock (Jackalope Theatre); Music Hall, The Dumb Waiter, Baal (TUTA); The word progress on my mother's lips doesn't ring true, Overweight, unimportant: MISSHAPE, First Ladies (Trap Door); Ecstasy (Cole Theatre); Conversations on a Homecoming (Strawdog).
ABOUT THE CAST
CHUCK KAREL has performed in regional theatre through off and on Broadway to the Metropolitan Opera. He has done six Broadway shows, including the original HELLO DOLLY, with Carol Channing and Ginger Rogers, DEAR WORLD with Angela Lansbury and ZORBA with Anthony Quinn, whom he understudied. He has mastered 30 operatic roles, has performed the title role in THE MOST HAPPY FELLA over 150 times and was featured in the film version of THE MUSIC MAN with Robert Preston and Shirley Jones. He was also featured in the first national company of THE MUSIC MAN.
CASEY ERIN CLARK Les Miserables (25th anniversary tour, Factory Girl/us Fantine), Frankenstein (Agatha) and Shout! the mod musical (Red Girl), both Off-Broadway, Passion (Clara, Confidential Musical Theater Project), The Incredibly Deaf Musical (Lisa, NYMF 2010), The Hatpin (Marianne, NYMF 2008). She performed with the Les Miserables movie cast on the 2013 Oscars Telecast. Regional favorites: City of Angels (Donna/Oolie), The Sound of Music (Maria, STL Post Best Actress) and Little Women (Jo, Kevin Kline Award nomination). Some of her favorite work has been taking part in the development of new musicals, including This Life! (where she created the role of Maggie) and many others. www.caseyerinclark.com.
One of eight children from the middle of nowhere in Missouri, DEWEY CADDELL found a wooden plate at 3 years old with a relief of the Manhattan skyline carved into it and pointed at the Empire State Building to select his future apartment. He sang in church and anywhere people would let him until he found out theater is where all the girls were. A current resident of Queens (his Empire State Building apartment is being renovated by it's current owners and occupants (he imagines)), he’s a singer, actor, dancer, writer, scholar, chef and (very) minor-league softball player (the most rare octuple threat). He’s sung in Carnegie Hall, the Kennedy Center, an Italian tour, for a number of presidents and heads of state and (most awesomely) backup for Kenny Rogers. He works as a concert tenor, commercial/tv/film actor, and on and off Broadway. As a comedian/improvisor, he’s worked at Upright Citizens Brigade, The People's Improv Theater, The Magnet and, most recently - Story Pirates, a collaboration ofImprovisors, comedians and musicians that focuses on kids and nurtures their ability to write creatively. Story Pirates is an amazing organization that combines talents from television, Broadway, Sesame Street and the upper echelons of the stand-up and improv world. You can find out more by going to storypirates.org!
SARA JAYNE BLACKMORE
Having just closed the National Tour of I Love Lucy Live on stage, SJ is thrilled to be back in NY and participating in the production of This Life. Off-Broadway credits include Nymph Errant, Sitting Pretty and Growing Up 70’s. Ms. Blackmore holds a bachelors of music from the New England Conservatory and is an accomplished classical vocalist having performed in concerts at Jordan Hall and Carnegie Hall. www.SaraJayneBlackmore.com
KRISTIN PIACENTILE is excited to be a part of This Life! Recent credits: ZM: A Zombie Musical (Eugene O'Neill Theater), Two Gentlemen of Verona (Bryant Park, NYC), Jeff Marx's new musical Home Street Home (Eugene O'Neill Theater and Z Space, San Francisco), Sweet Charity and Big River (Lake Dillon Theatre), Samantha and the Glass Ceiling (Theatre For the New City), All's Well That Ends Well (RADA). Look out next year for an off-Broadway theater event being produced by Ars Nova featuring the rock group Sky-Pony! Proud member of AEA. @KristinPiatch
BEN MCHUGH has appeared in the National Tours of HAIRSPRAY and MAMMA MIA!, and the International Tour of GREASE. New York credits include THE SECRET GARDEN, TITANIC, 50 SHADES OF F****D UP, TOKIO CONFIDENTIAL, JEKYLL & HYDE and LIBERTY: A MONUMENTAL NEW MUSICAL. Early this year he made his Broadway debut in MAMMA MIA! covering Bill, Sam and Harry at the Broadhurst Theater! www.benmchugh.com
MAX DEMERS is thrilled to be a part of THIS LIFE! Most recently, Max could be found performing as Lukein the national tour of THE LIGHTNING THIEF, and as the troubled James Wright in Jahn Sood’s heart-wrenching new musical IN A SEA OF FACES. Favorite roles include George Bailey in IT'S A WONDERFUL LIFE and Huck (BIG RIVER).. Thanks to the amazing creative team of THIS LIFE! for believing in him, a loving and supportive family, and of course his beautiful fiancé Darcy.
A Southern California native, A.G. Parks, bass-baritone, has been a professional actor and teacher for over 20 years. BA: Occidental College, MM: Northwestern University, DMA: The Eastman School of Music, Juilliard Opera Center. Former Faculty member at: Cal State Fullerton and Pacific Lutheran University. Students on Broadway and at The Metropolitan Opera among others. Favorite Roles: Max Bialystock, Petruchio, Cervantes, King Arthur, Emile deBeque, Nathan Detroit, The Pirate King. Recordings: Zing A Little Bing! A Tribute to Bing Crosby(Backswing Records) and The Mighty Casey (Delos) Proud member: AEA & SAG-AFTRA. www.agparks.com
DANIEL WALSTAD is thrilled to be performing in This Life the Musical. His previous performances include originating the role of Albert in Going Up, the Elevator Musical at the NYNW Theatre Festival, the NYC staged reading of Freedom Song; a New Musical (Steven/ensemble), The Producers (Roger De Bris), A Man of No Importance (Alfie Byrne), the Secret Garden (Dikon and Dr. Craven), Fiddler on the Roof (Lazar Wolf), How To Succeed... (J.B. Biggley), Tick, Tick... Boom (Jon), Twelfth Night (Sir Andrew). Training: Open Jar Institute; CAP21 Musical Theatre Conservatory. Daniel is thankful for his amazing family! www.danielwalstad.com
KEITH HERRON is an actor, singer, dancer most recently seen on screen in Boardwalk Empire. Stage: Heisenberg in “Copenhagen” and “Farm Hall”. He has performed at St. Clements, Workshop Theater, NY Fringe, Minnesota Opera, Dudley Riggs, Children’s Theatre Company, Chanhassen Dinner Theatre, and the Minnesota Shakespeare Company. keithherron.com
OUR SAM MINNS
BRANDON SCHRAML is originally from Kansas City, MO, and has performed in 48 of the 50 states on five national tours (including Ring of Fire 1st national). Brandon has played some of his dream roles regionally in the past two years (Sweeney Todd, Javert, Sky Masterson, Bob Wallace). He's also been a lead in two Off Broadway plays (The Deathly Ones, 27 Heaven) three independent feature films (SAG-AFTRA member), and does TV and VO. Brandon is also excited to get to perform with his best friend, Dewey Caddell, after 10 plus years. For Nikki. www.brandonschraml.com
ROBIN LOUNSBURY is thrilled to be part of this exciting new work! Favorite regional credits include Barrington Stage (Kiss Me, Kate), Paper Mill Playhouse (The Sound of Music, Damn Yankees, Guys & Dolls), North Shore Music Theatre (My Fair Lady), Westport Country Playhouse (She Loves Me), Pittsburgh Civic Light Opera (The Sound of Music, Oliver!), Arts Center of Coastal Carolina (Beauty & the Beast). Proud member of Actors Equity. Love to my family & friends for all their continuing support.
Julia Christgau is an actor and singer/songwriter. Her most recent work includes a four month, international tour on which she sang back-up for singer/songwriter Christopher Paul Stelling, Theatre: Like Real People Do (site-specific), Three Sisters (HIT), Lovesick or Things That Don't Happen (Project Y Theatre Co.), The Sooner Child (Project Y Theatre Co.) Spoiling for Justice (ATA). Film: Fish, Hook and Eye (2014)In The Hallow (2015), To Sing Among the Branches (2015). TV: The Greenroom (Pilot-2015).