- Michael Wartofsky (music)
- Bradley Seeman (book)
- David Reiffel (lyrics/sound design)
- Guy Ben-Aharon (producer/director)
- Ronald J. DeMarco (set/properties design)
- Alana Jayne Frutkoff (costume design)
- Larry Sousa (lighting design)
- Jeff Kubiatowicz (stage manager)
- Joe Antoun (general manager)
- Joanne Barrett / JBPR (public relations)
- Thom Dunn (marketing director)
- Imtiyaz Hussein (program ads)
- Daniel Jones (group sales)
- Joel Benjamin (production photos)
MICHAEL WARTOFSKY‘s (music) music and lyrics were featured in The Man In My Head at NYMF 2006 starring Darius de Haas. Broadway.com called the score a “percolating delight.” In June 2012, Michael’s original music, along with Wes Savick’s book and lyrics, will appear in the Central Square Theater production of Car Talk: The Musical!!! The show was also produced by Suffolk University at Boston’s Modern Theater in 2011. At the 2010 National Alliance for Musical Theatre conference, Michael presented an excerpt from from Running Back, a new musical co-written with Marcus Gardley, also highlighted at the New Dramatists Nocturnal Commissions Benefit 2011. For North Shore Music Theater, Michael composed music for The Navigator (Equity reading directed by Daniella Topol) and Friendship of the Sea with Kathleen Cahill (Equity touring production for young audiences). The singing group The Broadway Boys regularly perform “Possibilities” and many others have performed Michael’s songs at Birdland, the Triad, Joe’s Pub, and on Berklee stages. Professor, Berklee College; Adjunct faculty and alumnus of NYU Graduate Musical Theatre Writing Program; Founder, NOMTI (New Opera & Musical Theater Initiative).
Born in Nashville, Tennessee, BRADLEY SEEMAN (book) has lived in Boston long enough to have lost his southern accent and most of his southern charm. He has a Masters of Public Policy from the Harvard Kennedy School, and works as a grant writer and fundraising consultant for a variety of government and nonprofit organizations. Bradley grew up surrounded by music, especially his father’s beloved operas, and was often known to remark, “For God’s sake, will you turn that down!”
DAVID REIFFEL (lyrics) was a founding member, resident composer/songwriter, and sound designer for the nationally-acclaimed Cornerstone Theater Company during its five years on the road. His musicals include Say Goodbye, Pleasant Dreams, The Underpants, The Businessman, and The Royal Institute for the Support and Healing of the Arts, along with reams of cabaret songs, including the popular “Lili Gandolfi’s Driving Song.” He is an active theatrical sound designer and composer, having worked at Court Theater in Chicago, New York’s Theater for a New Audience, the Chautauqua Institution in Chatauqua, NY, and, locally, at Apollinaire Theater Company, Company One, Stoneham Theatre, and Boston Conservatory. He is Program Director for the New Opera and Musical Theater Initiative (NOMTI) Advanced Writers’ Lab, where he is developing Glory, his latest musical. In 2012 he will create music and sound for Romeo and Juliet at the Oregon Shakespeare Festival in Ashland, Oregon. Learn more at www.davidreiffel.com.
GUY BEN-AHARON(Producer, Director) Born in Israel, Guy is the Producing Artistic Director and Founder of Israeli Stage, an initiative to bring Israeli theatre to American audiences. Guy is spearheading the group sales initiative for Maestro: Leonard Bernstein, starring internationally acclaimed actor/playwright/pianist Hershey Felder, at ArtsEmerson: The World On Stage, after serving as a Business Assistant for six months, working with Executive Director Rob Orchard and providing support in artistic programming/research and administration. Following the success of Israeli Stage, Guy was asked by the Goethe Institut Boston to develop a staged reading series of German plays which will begin in June, 2012. He has directed and produced five plays for Israeli Stage, featuring multiple IRNE and Elliot Norton Award winning actors; of those five plays: one world premiere, two American premieres, and two regional premieres. Guy was recently commissioned by Harvard University to adapt David Grossman’s award winning novel To the End of the Land into a play, and as Producing Artistic Director, he is currently producing the American premiere of At Night’s End, directed by OBIE award winner Melia Bensussen, and overseeing a campus tour of his own production of Savyon Liebrecht’s Apples from the Desert which will be touring over half a dozen academic institutions in the Greater Boston area in mid-to-late March. Though primarily focused on producing and directing, Guy has experience with musical directing, conducting, and composing for straight plays as well as musicals.
RONALD J. DEMARCO (Set/Properties Design) is the Properties Director for the Performing Arts department at Emerson College in Boston, where he has spent the last twelve years figuring out how to safely kill actors night after night to producing telekinetically moving objects. He teaches classes which focus exclusively on properties work for theater, television, and film. Originally from the Chicago area, he has an extensive background in technical theater. Ron has been the production manager for the Chicago-based Victory Gardens Theater (winner of a Regional Theater Tony Award); the master carpenter at Northwestern University; the resident stage manager for the Buffalo Theatre Ensemble in Chicago’s suburbs; as well as having performed a wide range of technical direction and scenic design jobs. Ron frequently freelances, having worked with more than a dozen of the Boston area’s most well-established theatrical organizations including SpeakEasy Stage, Boston Lyric Opera, Commonwealth Shakespeare, and the Nora Theatre. He is a member of the Society of Property Artisan Managers, an international organization of prop professionals. He lives in Quincy, MA with his wife and two daughters.
ALANA JAYNE FRUTKOFF (Costume Design) is originally from Natick, Massachusetts. She graduated from Skidmore College in May, 2011 with degrees in English and Theater. Previous costume design credits include Hortensia and the Museum of Dreams at Skidmore College and Wedding Band at Boston Arts Academy. Alana would like to take this opportunity to express her extreme gratitude to the people who trusted her to be part of this project.
LARRY SOUSA (Lighting Design) has directed, choreographed, and designed musicals from coast to coast, winning the Los Angeles Drama Critics Circle Award, the L.A. Ovation Award, the Backstage-Garland Award, and numerous TAMY Awards for his work. He is an NAACP Theatre Award and Los Angeles Weekly Theatre Award nominee, and a 2-time winner of the American Dance Awards Choreographer of the Year prize. Next year, Larry will choreograph the upcoming Broadway musical Merry Go Round featuring Florence Henderson in her long-awaited return to Broadway. Larry directed the regional theatre premiere of Swing (Musical Theatre West), and he co-conceived, directed, and designed Accept Me, a new Dance/Theatre work about bullying at the prestigious Joyce Theatre in New York. Last summer, Larry directed Reagle Music Theatre’s hit production of The Sound Of Music, and he returns to Reagle this year to direct Bye Bye Birdie and My Fair Lady. Larry has performed in numerous Broadway companies, TV sitcoms, films, and commercials. A former guest professor at the University of Southern California, Larry teaches at The Boston Conservatory, Bridgewater State University, and the prestigious Gold School for Dance Art. Larry holds a BFA in theatre from Ithaca College, and pursued a unique interdisciplinary MFA in theatre at the University of California at Irvine. www.larrysousa.com
JEFF KUBIATOWICZ (stage manager) started his first theater career in New York where, as an actor, he earned a string of regional, national touring, and Broadway credits. Following that, he spent ten years scratching his entrepreneurial itch by founding, managing, and ultimately selling an online marketing company. Realizing that Irving Berlin was right when he said there’s no people like show people, Jeff had a talk with himself, took a cleansing midlife breath, and rejoined the ranks — this time as a director. Jeff’s directing credits include Cat on a Hot Tin Roof for Riverside Theatre Works, the reading of Glory by David Reiffel, Everything Has a Season for SLAMBoston, The Apology for Roxbury Repertory Company, Pantomimes for Boston Theater Marathon, and Big: The Musical for Turtle Lane Playhouse. This summer, Jeff will assistant direct Coriolanus for Commonwealth Shakespeare Company.