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Love in Hate Nation

Book, Music and Lyrics by Tony Award® Nominee Joe Iconis
Directed by John Simpkins

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Joe Iconis is “…The Future of Musical Theater.”—The New York Times

A New Revolution from the Composer and Lyricist of Be More Chill!

A turbulent rock romance by Joe Iconis, composer and lyricist of the worldwide sensation Be More Chill! Set in a 1960s Juvie Hall, Love in Hate Nation uses classic “bad girl” movies as the inspiration for the story of young people caught between eras of a changing America. Sixteen-year old Susannah Son is carted off to the National Reformatory for Girls to get her head put on straight. There she meets the aggressively incorrigible Sheila Nail, and a relationship forms which leads to an all-out “revolution in the institution” as they attempt to break out of the boxes society has created around them. Girl Group Wall of Sound harmonies are filtered through a punk rock spirit in this rebellious and romantic new musical.

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CRITICAL ACCLAIM

Amina Faye is ‘Terrific, sweet & splendid’

THE NEW YORK TIMES

There’s tension, humor, and romance in this exciting show that will appeal to a broad audience of theatergoers

BROADWAY WORLD

Filled with infectious energy, laugh-out-loud lines, thoughtful (maybe subversive) ideas, and beautiful music, along with empathetic portraits of people who haven’t often inhabited he center of the stories we tell

TRICITY NEWS

Rest assured that you’ll leave Hate Nation madly, deeply in love

BROAD STREET REVIEW

Delivers power ballads and soaring melodies

THE STAR-LEDGER

Superb ensemble cast

THE TWO RIVER TIMES

Iconis’ score, always tuneful and charming, rises to heights that resonate the best of the Elphaba/Glinda songs in Wicked

PARTERRE BOX

MEET THE CAST

Sydney Farley

Sydney Farley (Ya Ya) Recent television credits include: Blue BloodsThe DeuceThe Marvelous Mrs. Maisel and Search Party. Recent film credits include: Drunk BusAmerican.ish and A Nice Girl Like You. Sydney is originally from Portland, OR and holds a BFA in Drama from NYU Tisch School of the Arts. Love and gratitude to her family, friends, KMR and Michal!

Amina Faye

Amina Faye (Susannah Son) is so excited to be working at Two River Theater for the first time! Amina would like to thank John and Joe for letting her be part of this EPIC story. She would also like to thank her family and her best friends Daniel and Nick for their endless love and unconditional support. Amina will be graduating from Penn State University in the spring!

Jasmine Forsberg

Jasmine Forsberg (Rat) is thrilled to reprise this badass role after playing Rat in Penn State’s 2018 production. From Orlando, Florida, she is a junior in Penn State’s BFA Musical Theatre program. Off-Broadway: Broadway Bounty Hunter. Penn State Centre Stage: Hands on a Hardbody (Norma), Legally Blonde (Pilar). Jasmine will be working on Kirsten Childs’ new musical, The Lucky Boy, this spring. Love and thanks to her parents, big brothers, John, Joe, and her incredible friends and mentors for their unwavering support.

Lauren Marcus

Lauren Marcus (Miss Asp) Broadway: Brooke Lohst in Be More Chill (Original Broadway Company). Select regional and New York credits: Brooke Lohst in Be More Chill (Two River Theater and Signature Theatre), Brigid in The Humans (St. Louis Rep), Amy in Company (Barrington Stage), Beatsville (Asolo Rep), and The Jonathan Larson Project (Feinstein’s/54 Below). Lauren is also a singer/songwriter, and her debut EP, Never Really Done with You, is on Spotify and iTunes. BM: NYU; MA: Royal Conservatoire of Scotland. Endless thanks and love to her family, John, Diane Kitten, her man, everyone at Two River, and Whole Artist Management. Next up: Audrey in Little Shop of Horrors at the Pittsburgh Public Theater. www.laurenmarcus.com, @laurmarcus

Kelly McIntyre

Kelly McIntyre (Sheila Nail) is pumped beyond belief to be joining Love in Hate Nation at Two River! For the past few years, Kelly has toured as the headliner for the National Tour of A Night with Janis Joplin, as well as countless regional productions of the show at lovely theaters such as McCarter, A.C.T. and Laguna Playhouse. Kelly is a current solo vocalist for Revolution: A Beatles Symphonic Experience throughout the United States with select Symphony Orchestras. Select NYC credits include: Beau, The Accidental Club, Days of Rage, For Tonight, Into the Sun. You should also check out Kelly’s band She’s Everist if you dig rock and roll! A massive thank you to Joe Iconis, Two River, John Simpkins & team for taking a chance on me, this totally rocks! Additional X’s and O’s to Jeremy & The Boys at Hoff, Cori and MD&S! @kellymcintyre22

Lena Skeele

Lena Skeele (Dorothy, Dance Captain) is a recent graduate of Penn State University, and is so excited to be continuing her journey with LIHN after playing the role of Dorothy at PSU! Regional credits include: Joseph…Dreamcoat (Pittsburgh CLO). Lena wants to thank her family, Joseph, and CTG for all their love and support, and John and Joe for letting her be a part of this beautiful show. Instagram/Twitter: lena_skeele

Emerson Mae Smith

Emerson Mae Smith (Kitty) is a writer and performer currently pursuing a BFA in Acting from the University of Michigan. She is honored to raise a fist in this and all revolutions. Recent UofM performances include devised theatrical pieces like Revolt. She Said. Revolt Again. and Murakami by the Sea, in addition to Viola in Twelfth Night and Caryl Churchill’s Love and Information. As a writer, she created the one-woman show WATCHDOG and collaborated with her twin sister Murphy Smith on the musical Elektric, a bloody new retelling of The Oresteia featuring Elektra as a transgender woman. Thanks mom and dad! @emersonmaesmith

Ryan Vona

Ryan Vona (Francis, Buzz, Doc Shock, Others) is a Boston-born, New York-based actor/musician. Broadway credits include Once (Andrej), Cirque du Soleil’s Paramour (Joey, OBC) and Beautiful: The Carole King Musical. Regional credits include Jesus Christ Superstar (Judas, dir. Terrence Mann), Mamma Mia! (Pittsburgh CLO) and Little Shop of Horrors (opposite The Lauren Marcus)You can find his original album, Somebody, wherever you listen to your music. For Caity and Moony. RyanVona.com, @ryanvona

Tatiana Wechsler

Tatiana Wechsler (Judith) Two River debut! First woman to play Curly in Oklahoma! (Oregon Shakespeare Festival). Off-Broadway: X: or, Betty Shabazz v. The Nation, Julius Caesar
(The Acting Company), The Golden Bride (National Yiddish Theatre Folksbiene). NYC credits: Othello (Acting Company). Regional credits: Benny & Joon (Paper Mill Playhouse), The Legend of Georgia McBride (Marin Theatre Company), Love’s Labour’s Lost (OSF). Film: Netuser. Many concert and reading appearances in major venues around NYC. Graduate of NYU Tisch’s New Studio. www.tatianawechsler.com, @tatiwex

MEET THE CREATIVES

Book, Music & Lyrics

Joe Iconis
Joe Iconis

Joe Iconis (Book, Music and Lyrics) is a musical theater writer, composer and lyricist. He has been nominated for a Tony Award, four Drama Desk Awards, two Lucille Lortel Awards, two Outer Critics’ Circle Awards, and is the recipient of an Ed Kleban Award, a Jonathan Larson Award, a Richard Rodgers Award, and is a former Ars Nova artist-in-residence. Joe’s musical Be More Chill (with Joe Tracz) debuted in March 2019 at Broadway’s Lyceum Theatre, following a sold-out Off-Broadway run at The Pershing Square Signature Center and a world premiere at Two River Theater. He is the author of Broadway Bounty Hunter (with Lance Rubin and Jason SweetTooth Williams; Barrington Stage Company and Greenwich House Theater Off-Broadway), Bloodsong of Love (Ars Nova, NAMT), The Black Suits (with Robert Maddock; Center Theater Group, Barrington Stage Company), ReWrite (Urban Stages, Goodspeed Opera House), and Theaterworks USA’s The Plant That Ate Dirty Socks and We the People. Musicals currently in development include The Untitled Unauthorized Hunter S. Thompson for La Jolla Playhouse (with Gregory S. Moss; directed by Christopher Ashley), Punk Rock Girl. Commissions: Two River Theater (with Joe Tracz). His music appeared on season two of NBC’s Smash, with his song “Broadway, Here I Come!” hailed by the New York Times as a new entry in The Great American Songbook. Albums: Be More Chill (OCR), which has been streamed over 350 million times; Things to Ruin (OCR); Two-Player Game, and The Joe Iconis Rock & Roll Jamboree, all available on Sh-K-Boom/Ghostlight Records.

Director

John Simpkins
John Simpkins

John Simpkins (Director) is proud to have been the director of six previous projects with Joe Iconis. He directed Mr. Iconis’ three-time Drama Desk nominated Bloodsong of Love (Ars Nova); The Black Suits (Center Theatre Group – Kirk Douglas Theatre, Barrington Stage Company); ReWrite (Urban Stages, Goodspeed Opera House); The Plant That Ate Dirty Socks (Theaterworks USA – Lucille Lortel); Things to Ruin (which he also co-conceived) and all 11 years of the Joe Iconis Christmas Extravaganza.  His recent new musical credits include the World Premiere of Legendale (music by Andrea Daly, words by Jeff Bienstock) at Fredericia Teater in Denmark and the subsequent American Premiere at Human Race Theatre Company. Recent new plays include the World Premieres of Raging Skillet (by Jacques Lamarre) at Theaterworks Hartford, The Bus (by Jim Lantz) at 59E59 Theaters and For Better, For Worse (by Reed Arnold). Regionally, he has directed at Sacramento Music Circus, Lyric Theatre Oklahoma, North Carolina Theatre, the Engeman Theatre, and Sharon Playhouse (where he also served as Artistic Director). John is Head of Musical Theatre at Penn State University, where he has commissioned and directed Love in Hate Nation, The Last Day (Mike Reid/Sarah Schlesinger), The Lucky Boy (Kirsten Childs) and an Untitled Musical (Sam Salmond) through a New Musicals Initiative he created and curates. Upcoming projects include the World Premiere of A Hero’s Tale at Fredericia Teater in Denmark and productions of The Lucky Boy (Kirsten Childs) and For Better, For Worse (Reed Arnold). www.john-simpkins.com

Choreographer

Mayte Natalio
Mayte Natalio

Mayte Natalio (Choreographer) is from Queens, New York. She trained at the LaGuardia H.S. for the Performing Arts as well SUNY Purchase (BFA) and has had an extensive performing career. As a choreographer she has been a part of Camille A. Brown’s choreography team on several productions including NBC’s Jesus Christ Superstar Live, Atlantic Theater Company’s This Ain’t No Disco and, most recently as associate choreographer on the Metropolitan Opera’s Porgy and Bess. Choreography credits include Public Works/Dallas Theater Center’s The Tempest (associate choreographer) and The Winter’s Tale (choreographer), Red Speedo (Juilliard), Runaways (NYU/New Studio), Into the Woods (Barrington Stage), The Public Theater’s Mobile Unit’s Measure for Measure and, premiering in Spring 2020, Virgin Voyage’s Another Rose. Mayte is a Co-Founder of the immersive events production company MinuteZero.

Music Supervisor/Orchestrator

Charlie Rosen
Charlie Rosen

Charlie Rosen (Music Supervisor/Orchestrator) is a composer, performer, arranger, orchestrator, music director, and producer. Recent Broadway credits include Be More Chill (Music Sup/Orchestrations), Moulin Rouge (Horn Arrangements), Prince of Broadway (Orchestrations), American Psycho (Assoc MD/Keys), The Visit (Guitar/Zither), Honeymoon in Vegas (Orchestrations), Cyrano de Bergerac (Composer), One Man, Two Guvnors (Music Director, Bass), 13 The Musical (Guitars, Bass, Keys), Bloody Bloody Andrew Jackson (Assoc. MD, Bass). Off-Broadway/Regional/Other: Moulin Rouge (Orchestrations), The Colonial Theatre; Bounty Hunter (Orchestrations), Barrington Stage; The Boston Pops (Arranger); A Legendary Romance (MD/Orch.), Williamstown Theatre Festival; Miss You Like Hell (Orchestrations) and misc. Shakespeare in the Park, The Public Theater; Pamela’s First Musical (Orchestrations) and Be More Chill (MD/Orch.), Two River Theater; The Black Suits (MD/Orch.), Center Theatre Group; Unauthorized…Samantha Brown, Goodspeed; Bonfire Night, NYSF; Charlie Rosen’s Broadway Big Band (in residency at 54 Below); Chita Rivera: A Legendary Celebration (Orchestrations), August Wilson. TV/Film: The President Show (Composer), Comedy Central; Maya and Marty (MD/Composer/Arranger), NBC; Best Time Ever w/NPH (Orchestrations and Track Production), NBC; High Maintenance (Addl Music) HBO. ASCAP, Local 802, Equity, Berklee, WME. www.charlierosen.com, @CRosenMusic

Music Director/Vocal Arranger

Annastasia Victory
Annastasia Victory

Annastasia Victory (Music Director/Vocal Arranger) is an internationally acclaimed pianist, composer, arranger and conductor, known for her ability to proficiently integrate diverse genres of music. Her work with 3 Mo’ Divas, a live PBS special nominated for an NAACP Image Award, earned her the nickname “Diva of the Keys.” Collaborations include: Leslie Odom Jr., Billy Porter, Alex Newell, Santino Fontana, Jake Gyllenhaal, Brooke Shields, Renée Fleming, Tituss Burgess, Deborah Cox, Joshua Bell. Music director, arranger, orchestrator for Cynthia Erivo: In Concert (Live from Lincoln Center). Credits: Broadway revival of Once on This Island (conductor, pianist); Don’t Bother Me, I Can’t Cope at Encores! (MD, arranger); Bubbly Black Girl at Encores! (MD, conductor, pianist); Little Dancer at The Kennedy Center (AMD, piano, accordion); Marie, Dancing Still at 5th Avenue Theatre (AMD, lead pianist); The Wiz at La Jolla Playhouse (AMD, pianist); A Wonderful World at Miami New Drama (MD, arranger). Broadway: Mean GirlsMotownNewsiesThe Color PurpleViolet, An American In ParisSchool of RockBig FishJersey BoysBilly ElliotNice Work If You Can Get It. Annastasia made her Carnegie Hall debut as a virtuoso pianist at 16 years old, and performed as a soloist with the symphonic orchestra at Merkin Hall as a winner of the Kaufman Concerto Competition. Annastasia’s education includes The Juilliard School of Music, School of Sound and Audio Engineering, and Moscow Music Conservatory of Tchaikovsky pre-school. She is also a recording artist with a solo music available for download on iTunes.www.annastasiavictory.com

Scenic Designer

Meredith Ries
Meredith Ries

Meredith Ries (Scenic Designer) Little Gem (Irish Repertory Theatre), No One Is Forgotten (Rattlestick Playwrights Theater), A Hard Time (Pig Iron Theatre Company), Bonnie’s Last Flight (NYTW Next Door), Sweeney Todd (Curtis School of Music), Cute Activist (The Bushwick Starr), Lost Laughs (Merrimack Repertory Theatre), Peer Gynt & the Norwegian Hapa Band (A.R.T./NY, Ma-Yi Theater Company), Heartland (Geva Theatre Center), Heartbreak (The Bushwick Starr), The Temple Bombing (Alliance Theater), The Wong Kids in the Secret of the Space Chupacabra Go! (Ma-Yi Theater Company). Associate Designer: Hadestown (des: Rachel Hauck), The Spongebob Musical (des: David Zinn), The Waverly Gallery (des: David Zinn), Amelie, the Musical (des: David Zinn). Check out my work at www.meredithries.com

Costume Designer

Karen Perry
Karen Perry

Karen Perry (Costume Designer) previously designed August Wilson’s King Hedley II, Ma Rainey’s Black Bottom, Jitney, Two Trains Running and Seven Guitars at Two River, as well as Oo-Bla-Dee, Lives of Reason, Your Blues Ain’t Sweet Like Mine, Guadalupe in the Guest Room, Third and Trouble in Mind. Her most recent credits include runboyrun & In Old Age (New York Theatre Workshop), Mothers (Playwrights Realm), Jazz (MTC), Lackawanna Blues with Ruben Santiago-Hudson (Mark Taper Forum), Fun Home (Baltimore Center Stage), Steel Magnolias, Hair, Dreamgirls (DTC), Oklahoma! (Houston Ballet at TUTS) and Cinderella Ballet (Eglevsky Ballet Company). Other credits include Danai Gurira’s Familiar (Woolly Mammoth, Guthrie, Seattle Rep), Cabin in the Sky (Encores!), Pearl Cleage’s Blues for an Alabama Sky (Pasadena Playhouse), John Grisham’s A Time to Kill, dir. Ethan McSweeny (Arena), Crowns, stop.reset, Trinity River Trilogy by Regina Taylor (Goodman, STC, DTC/Arena), The Trip to Bountiful, Walter Mosley’s The Fall of Heaven, dir. Marion McClinton (Cincinnati Playhouse), The Brother/Sister Plays by Tarell McCraney, dirs. Tina Landau and Robert O’Hara (The Public/McCarter), Having Our Say by Emily Mann (McCarter) and Resurrection by Daniel Beaty (Arena). She has designed every play in August Wilson’s American Century Cycle except Fences. Film/TV credits include: Gregory Hines Show, Saturday Night Live, and The Brother from Another Planet by director John Sayles.

Lighting Designer

Isabella Byrd
Isabella Byrd

Isabella Byrd (Lighting Designer) Select New York: Heroes of the Fourth Turning (Playwrights Horizons), The Light Shining in Buckinghamshire (New York Theatre Workshop, Obie Award), “Daddy” A Melodrama (Vineyard/New Group), Continuity (MTC), Plano (Clubbed Thumb), The Hello Girls (Prospect, 59E59), The Slow Room (Annie Dorsen), Sundown Yellow Moon (Ars Nova/WP). Regional: Mlima’s Tale (Westport), The Tale of Despereaux (The Old Globe), Seascape (ACT, San Francisco) Tell Me I’m Not Crazy, Member of the Wedding, and Artney Jackson (Williamstown), Humana Festival 2018, Angels in America co-design (Actors Theatre of Louisville). Upcoming: Shakespeare Theatre Company DC, Hartford Stage, New York Theatre Workshop, and the Alley Theatre. www.isabellabyrd.design

Sound Designer

Palmer Hefferan
Palmer Hefferan

Palmer Hefferan (Sound Designer) previously designed Cyrano at Two River Theater. Broadway: The Lifespan of a Fact (Studio 54), Grand Horizons (upcoming, Second Stage). Off-Broadway: Marys Seacole (Lincoln Center); Wild Goose Dreams (The Public); The New Englanders, Sugar in Our WoundsImportant Hats… (Manhattan Theatre Club); Seared, BLKS, Collective Rage, CharmSchool Girls (MCC Theater); Do You Feel Anger? (Vineyard); Something Clean, Bobbie Clearly (Roundabout); Fefu and Her Friends (TFANA), Pride and Prejudice (Primary Stages); FabulationDeath of the Last Black Man… (Signature Theatre); Friend Art (Second Stage); Samara, Revolt. She Said. Revolt Again (Henry Hewes nomination, Soho Rep.); Today Is My Birthday (Henry Hewes Award, Drama Desk nomination, Page 73). Regional: Tell Me I’m Not CrazyGrand Horizons, Dangerous HouseSearedRomance Novels… (Williamstown Theatre Festival); Girls, American Night (Yale Rep); As You Like ItHenry VHenry IV, Part One (Oregon Shakespeare Festival); peerless (TBA Award, Marin Theatre); Baby Screams Miracle (Helen Hayes Award), Guards at the Taj, Cherokee (Woolly Mammoth). Palmer received a 2019 Obie Award for “Sustained Excellence in Sound Design.” MFA: Yale School of Drama.

Hair & Wig Designer

Jared Janas
Jared Janas

Jared Janas (Hair & Wig Designer) previously designed Oo-Bla-Dee at Two River Theater. Broadway: Jagged Little Pill, Frankie and Johnny in the Claire de LuneGettin’ the Band Back TogetherBandstand, Indecent, Sunset Boulevard, The Visit, The Real Thing, Lady Day at Emerson’s Bar & Grill, Motown, Peter and the StarcatcherThe Gershwins’ Porgy and Bess, All About Me, Next to Normal. Recent Off-Broadway & Regional: Scotland, PA (Roundabout), BLKS (MCC), Nantucket Sleigh Ride (Lincoln Center), Alice by Heart (MCC), Jagged Little Pill (A.R.T.), Miss You Like HellThe Low Road, and Father Comes Home from the War… (Public Theater), The Amateurs(Vineyard), Jerry Springer the Opera(New Group), Yours Unfaithfully (Mint Theatre, Drama Desk nomination).

Fight Director & Intimacy Consultant

Rocío Mendez
Rocío Mendez

Rocío Mendez (Fight Director & Intimacy Consultant) is an actor/fight director/teacher from Hell’s Kitchen, NYC. Fight/Intimacy Direction credits include: On the Grounds of Belonging (Long Wharf Theatre), Hercules (The Public Theater), The Bandaged Place (Powerhouse Theater), No One Is Forgotten (Rattlestick Playwrights Theater), The Secret life of Bees (Atlantic), Leap and the Net Will Appear (New Georges), The Royale (Geva Theatre), Southern Promises, Good Friday (The Flea Theater), Marian, or The True tale of Robin Hood, Hearts Like fists (Flux Theatre Ensemble). Film credits include Bad Writing, Clandestiny, Tied Up, Hurt Fillings. Nominee for two New York Innovative Theatre Awards: Outstanding Choreography and Movement; winner, Artemis Women in Action Film Festival. Rocío is a Team Member of UnkleDave’s Fight-House. www.rociomendez.com

Copyist

Danielle Gimbal
Danielle Gimbal

Danielle Gimbal (Copyist) has experience in many facets of the theater industry, including music prep, general and company management, producing, and performance. As a music copyist, Danielle has worked on Broadway as the copyist and music assistant for Be More Chill, Off-Broadway on Broadway Bounty Hunter, and has also worked doing music prep for live concerts and film. Danielle has previously worked for the Tony Awards as the Operations Associate and Ticketing Manager, as well as a General Management Associate for Live Wire Theatrical Management. Thanks to Joe for including me in this crazy and loving family.

Associate Music Director

Geoffrey Ko
Geoffrey Ko

Geoffrey Ko (Associate Music Director) is a New York-based music director, orchestrator and arranger. Broadway: Be More Chill. Off-Broadway/Regional: Billy and the Killers, Generation Me, Renascence, The Honeymooners (Paper Mill Playhouse), Sweet Charity (Marriott) and October Sky (Marriott). Other work includes: Hear Her Song; The Double Standards Benefit Concert for Planned Parenthood; Naamah’s Ark; Little Dancer; Becoming Nancy; orchestrations for Symphony Space and The American Pops Orchestra; and multiple productions with Pixie Dust Players. Several projects in development with Lively McCabe including Punk Rock Girl and Pop Goes the World. Geoffrey is a New Jersey native (Westfield born and raised!) and Northwestern graduate. www.geoffreyko.com, @geoffreyhko

Casting

Telsey + Company
Telsey + Company

Telsey + Company (Casting) Broadway/Tours: West Side Story, Tina, The Sound Inside, Linda Vista, Freestyle Love Supreme, Beetlejuice, Oklahoma! To Kill a Mockingbird, Mean Girls, Frozen, Come from Away, Waitress, Hamilton, Wicked, My Fair Lady, Once on This Island, Hello, Dolly! Anastasia, Charlie and the Chocolate Factory. Off-Broadway: Atlantic Theater Company, Classic Stage Company, MCC Theater, New Group, Park Avenue Armory, Second Stage Theatre. Film: The Kitchen, Mary Poppins Returns, Ben Is Back, The Greatest Showman, Into the Woods, Rachel Getting Married. TV: Tales of the City, Fosse/Verdon, NOS4A2, This Is Us, NCIS: New Orleans, One Day at a Time, Rent, commercials. www.telseyandco.com

Assistant Stage Manager

Nicole Kuker
Nicole Kuker

Nicole Kuker (Assistant Stage Manager) Broadway: Be More Chill. Off-Broadway: Be More Chill, The 39 Steps, First Love, School for Scandal, The Anthem, Bill W. and Dr. Bob, Dead Dog Park, Drop Dead Perfect. Regional: I Love You, You’re Perfect, Now Change; Too Heavy for Your Pocket; American Hero; The Trial of Donna Caine; Good People; Outside Mullingar; Rich Girl; One Slight Hitch; The 39 Steps; Red (George Street Playhouse); The Hunchback of Notre DameThe Other Josh CohenOliverHoliday InnAnnieThe ProducersMary PoppinsElf (Paper Mill Playhouse); Clue: On StageSteel Magnolias, Cake OffIt’s a Wonderful Life: A Live Radio Play (Bucks County Playhouse).

Production Stage Manager

Amanda Michaels
Amanda Michaels

Amanda Michaels (Production Stage Manager) is thrilled to be back at Two River Theater. Other TRT favorites include The Ballad of Little Joe, Be More Chill, Two Trains Running, Jitney, Orestes; A Tragic Romp. Broadway: Be More Chill, Come from Away, Beautiful – The Carole King Musical, The Children, Thérèse Raquin, A Bronx Tale. Off-Broadway: Signature Theatre, Lincoln Center/LCT3, 2econd Stage. Regional: Paper Mill Playhouse, Williamstown Theatre Festival, Dallas Summer Musicals, Shakespeare on the Sound, Folger Shakespeare Theatre, Shakespeare Theatre of NJ. Other: August Wilson’s American Century Cycle with WNYC.

MEET THE MUSICIANS

Drums

Rosa Avila
Rosa Avila

Rosa Avila (Drums) was born in Bad Godesberg, Germany and spent her childhood in Mexico and Vienna, Austria. She began playing drums at age 16 and has studied at Facultad de Musica de la Universidad de Veracruz in Xalapa, Veracruz and Escuela Superior de Musica in Mexico City. She was later granted a scholarship from the Mexican Endowment of the Arts for completion of her training at Musicians Institute in Los Angeles, California where she studied with such notables as Joe Porcaro, Casey Scheuerell, Ralph Humphrey, and Taka Numazawa. Upon graduation in 1991, Rosa was presented with the award of Outstanding Student of the Year and also received the Human Relations Award, the first time a student won both in the same year. She has performed with artists such as The Lennon Sisters, Ann Margret, Pat Boone, Glen Campbell, Debby Boone, Shari Lewis, Elkie Brooks, Petula Clark. In 1992, she began her association with Andy Williams, with whom she performed until 2009. She plays drums in the all-women jazz group Sheroes with band members Monika Herzig, Jennifer Vincent, Leni Stern, Jamie Baum, and Reut Regev. In 2018 she had the pleasure of having the drum chair at Summer: The Donna Summer Musical on Broadway, and she had the drum chair in two amazing Off-Broadway shows this year, Chick Flick and Broadway Bounty Hunter.

Guitar

Dave Cinquegrana
Dave Cinquegrana

Dave Cinquegrana (Guitar) is a New York-based (Jersey born!) guitarist. Broadway: Be More Chill, Frozen (sub), Next to Normal (sub), Once on This Island (sub), Beetlejuice (sub). Regional/Off-Broadway: Desperate Measures (sub), Mad Ones (sub), The Last Goodbye (Williamstown Theatre Festival), Be More Chill (TRT – extension only), Be More Chill (Off-Broadway sub), Next to Normal, Bare, Legally Blonde. Other: 21 Chump Street (BAM/This American Life), The Midtown Men (OBC The Jersey Boys) since 2014, as well as many cabarets/concerts at Carnegie Hall, the Beacon Theatre, The Blue Note, 54 Below, Green Room 42, and just about every bar and venue in NYC, etc. Jazz performance at William Paterson University and City College of New York.

Reeds

Tessa Dolce
Tessa Dolce

Tessa Dolce (Reeds) is a freelance Multiple Woodwind Specialist based in the New York/ Metropolitan area. This is Tessa’s second show at Two River Theater, after the world premiere of Pamela’s First Musical by Cy Coleman last season, and she is thrilled to be working with Charlie Rosen again as a member of the pit orchestra for this production. Tessa received her MA degree in Multiple Woodwind Performance from Montclair State University in New Jersey. A student of Chad Smith and Harry Searing, Tessa has been a member of the orchestra for the New Jersey State Theater’s Joseph and Spring Lake Theater’s production of The Producers. While at MSU, Tessa was orchestra manager for Greg Dlugos and a pit orchestra member for West Side Story, Carousel, Three Penny Opera, The Producers, Anything Goes, 42nd Street, and Kiss of the Spider Woman. Tessa has been a member of the orchestra for productions presented by Vanguard Theater Company, CAST Theater Productions, GB Productions, and The Old Library Theater in Fair Lawn. She also plays with the Mark Heter Concert Band, George Krauss Concert Band, the Garden State Symphonic Band and Central Jersey Wind Ensemble.

Trumpet/Flugelbone/Harmonica

Nick Frenay
Nick Frenay

Nick Frenay (Trumpet/Flugelbone/Harmonica), working for the first time with Two River Theater, multi-instrumentalist and songwriter Nick Frenay is thrilled to be a part of this production. Having recently relocated from Boston, Nick’s first professional theater credit was playing trumpet/flugabone in the 2016 world premiere of another Joe Iconis show, Broadway Bounty Hunter at Barrington Stage. He also made his Broadway debut earlier this summer subbing on trumpet/flugabone/theremin in Be More Chill at the Lyceum Theatre. When he isn’t juggling instruments in Iconis & Family productions, Nick writes and releases music with his pop duo Nick + Noah and continues to study the noble and enduring tradition of American popular song.

Bass

Chris Lough
Chris Lough

Chris Lough (Bass) attended The Juilliard School and the Manhattan School of Music and has been a part of more than 150 theatrical productions in the tri-state area. He has toured Europe several times with Evita and Die Schöne und Das Biest, and the United States/Canada with Peter Pan and the first national tour of She Loves Me. Notable appearances include the JVC Jazz Festival and Guimaraes Jazz in Portugal. He has also been featured on various recordings for the Cadence Jazz, Leo, Sony, Nacht, and MSR Classics record labels.

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