NEW PLACE PLAYERS
SAND CASTLE WINERY
|Spirits & Mariners||Ensemble|
|Directed by||Richard Crawford|
|Assistant Director||Morgan Auld|
|Voice & Text||Craig Bacon|
|Music & Sound||
Mary Ellen Robbins
|Production Stage Manager||Katie Astra Barnhard|
While Juancho Herrera is part of a wave of extraordinary Latin American musicians who’ve transformed the New York music scene in recent decades, he’s carved out a singular path with a highly personal synthesis of jazz and South American sounds.
Born in Colombia and raised in Venezuela, Herrera graduated from Boston’s Berklee College of Music in 1997. In 2000 he established himself on the New York music scene over the next few years.
Herrera has been an essential collaborator with some of the era’s definitive voices in jazz and world music, including Chilean vocalist Claudia Acuña, Colombian singer/songwriter Marta Gomez, Oaxacan-American vocalist Lila Downs, and Argentine singer Sofia Rei. He’s performed and recorded with international heavyweights such as Mercedes Sosa, The Chieftains, Branford Marsalis, Ryuichi Sakamoto, Alejandro Sanz, and Idan Raichel, among others.
Aaron is an actor because he believes that theater and film have a great power to change, enlighten, and enliven people. Aaron’s main goal is catharsis; whether it be his or yours. Along with a BFA in Acting from SUNY Purchase, Aaron has also attended the University of North Carolina School of the Arts and Stephen F. Austin State University. Since graduating in 2011, Aaron has worked on two national tours with Aquila Theater Co. as Christian in Cyrano de Bergerac, Malcolm in Macbeth, and Gremio in The Taming of the Shrew. Other credits include Assistant Fight Choreographer for Newsies! The Musical, and puppeteering a life sized elephant (Harold) in Studio 42’s Miss Lilly Gets Boned.
Kate McManus is a New York City-based actor and singer, born and raised beneath the shadows of the Coloradan Rocky Mountains. She recently made her Off-Broadway debut as Sister James in John Patrick Shanley's Pulitzer Prize-winning Doubt, a Parable (ASDS Repertory Theatre). She trained at the Actors' Studio Drama School, where she received her MFA in Acting and is now a working finalist. Other New York credits include A View From the Bridge (Catherine), Proof (Catherine), Tiger Tail (Baby Doll), Savage in Limbo (Linda) and Riff Raff (Billy “Torch” Murphy). Film roles include leads in One Take More (Hanging Lantern Productions), Free Wine (NYU), Acceptance (SVA) and Crossing Routes (SVA). Kate aspires every day to be a bit more like Captain America and Captain Kirk. She owes her family everything. Love and Green Light.
Katie Muldowney is a New York City based actor with an MFA in acting from the Actors' Studio Drama School; a BA in Theater and Anthropology from Washington College and a Certificate in Acting from the London Academy of Music and Dramatic Art. A North Carolina native and Honorary Park City, UT ‘local’ - Katie has also had the privilege of working with the Royal Shakespeare Company and performing in the Edinburgh Fringe Festival.
Nikolett was born in Budapest, Hungary. When she was 6 years old, she started to play the piano and took classical piano lessons for eight years. She played the flute as well and was a member of several drama societies. She went to the Ferenc Erkel music school in Budapest (major in jazz vocal), and with two fellow guitar players she formed a band called Jazzstand. They played in small clubs in Budapest and performed at a well-known local Hungarian festival called Valley of Arts. Later on, she accepted an invitation from a drummer in 2008 to form a jazz quartet called Under Pressure. Since 1999, she played the lead role in a Hungarian musical for five years at the Margit Foldessy Drama Studio. Being in that Hungarian musical called Képzelt Riport Egy Amerikai Popfesztiválról (An Imaginary Report on an American Pop Festival), gave her the opportunity in 2007 to perform at the Sziget festival, one of the largest annual music festivals in Europe, with one of the most famous Hungarian singer-songwriters, Gabor Presser. In 2010, she joined the group Soulfood. Soon after that she moved to New York. She studied for a year at the Brooklyn Conservatory of Music and transferred to City College in 2011. Nikolett has formed an acoustic band in New York. They perform under her name and play Jazz and Hungarian tunes. The beauty and uniqueness of Hungarian rhythms and melodies make them easy to be merged with jazz and folkloric music.
Hailing from North Carolina, Adam fell into theatre at an early age. He began studying at performing arts magnet schools, and later pursued his theatrical interests in the many community and professional theatres of the culturally rich Raleigh-Durham area. At the age of eighteen, he followed a childhood friend to Boston, MA to continue his studies at Emerson College, where he obtained a BFA in Acting. Since graduating, Adam has had many opportunities to work regionally and continue his studies at such institutions as Massachusetts’ Shakespeare & Company and New York City’s Linklater Center. He currently resides in Manhattan with his husband and a tiny cat named Rock Hudson. Favorite credits include Island (New York Shakespeare Exchange), To Kill a Mockingbird (Burning Coal Theatre), Elephants and Gold (Berkshire Fringe), Titus Andronicus (Bare Theatre), Hamlet, and As You Like It (Plimoth Players).
John Wahl is an Eagle Scout and a graduate of the University of Maryland where he has appeared in Everything in the Garden; The Coronation of the Walrus King; The Seagull; Am I Black Enough, Yet?; and American, African. Outside of the University, John has appeared at the Kennedy Center’s Theatre Lab in a Broadway cabaret for The Millennium Stage Presents series, as well as performing in a master class with Barbara Cook for the Kennedy Center’s donors. He also appeared as Mark Twain in the devised theatrical work The Measure of our Lives at the National Portrait Gallery, worked with the Pallas Theatre Collective on the Criss-Cross Cabaret and The Comedy of Mirrors at the Capital Fringe Festival, reprised his role in American, African at the Baltimore Museum of Art, and made his New York debut at the Gene Frankel Theatre in I Do Wonder. He is humbled to be working with such peerless performers and artists.
Grace Laubacher is a scenic designer for theater and opera based in New York City. Her current and recent work includes designs for Santa Fe Opera (La Bohème, 2019), Opera Philadelphia / The Curtis Institute (Empty the House / Riders to the Sea, 2019), Kentucky Opera (Enemies, A Love Story, 2018), Underground Railway Theater (Guards at the Taj, 2018), Juilliard (Dido and Aeneas, 2019; La Finta Giardiniera, 2017), and Pacific Symphony (Aida, 2017). In the past year she has also collaborated with Walt Disney Creative Entertainment, the Peabody-Essex Museum in Salem, MA, and as an associate designer at the Roundabout and Huntington Theater Companies.
Some of my latest work includes: The Coronation of Poppea (dir. Robin Guarino, Florentine Opera, Milwaukee, WI 2019 ); Caroline, Or Change (dir. Kyle Pleasant, PPAS Musical Theater Professional Performing Arts School 2019); Dialogues of the Carmelites (dir. Sandy DeAthos-Meers College of Charleston, Charleston, SC 2019); City of No Illusions (dir. Paul Zimet, Talking Band LaMama, NYC 2019); This Tree (dir. Elena Heyman, Prototype Festival HERE Arts Center, NYC 2019).
Awards: United Scenic Artists Local 829 Award; 2019 Opera America Robert L.B. Tobin Director-Designer Showcase finalist; Henry Hewes nomination for LongYarn, 2016; Live Design Young Designer to Watch, 2014; USITT Lighting Design Award, 2011; Hangar Theater Lab Design Fellow.
Molly Seidel is a NYC based designer and artist. Off-Broadway: The Dressmaker’s Secret (59E59), The Woodsman (New World Stages, 59E59, PBS/BroadwayHD); Regional: Ghost: The Musical (WPPAC), Heathers: The Musical (WPPAC, NY Regional Premiere), In The Heights (WPPAC, Broadway World Award: Best Costume Design); Other Credits: Play Like a Winner (NYMF), Generation Me (NYMF), Buddhas are Screaming in China (Planet Connections Theatre Festivity, Outstanding Use of Special Effects Award), and A Midsummer Night’s Dream (New Place Players). Juilliard's Professional Intern Program in Costume Design. BFA in Fine Art, Ithaca College.
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