Crossing Swords

Book, Music & Lyrics by Joe Slabe

Crossing Swords

at The Romulus Linney Courtyard Theatre

  • Monday, July 22, 2013 at 9:00 pm
  • Tuesday, July 23, 2013 at 1:00 pm
  • Wednesday, July 24, 2013 at 9:00 pm
  • Saturday, July 27, 2013 at 9:00 pm
  • Sunday, July 28, 2013 at 1:00 pm

When the boys of St. Mark’s join the girls of St. Anne’s to present “Cyrano de Bergerac,” three friends get more of an education than they bargained for. Love blossoms, jealousies flare, and secrets are revealed that may end their youthful innocence as life imitates art in this funny and poignant coming-of-age story.

Running Time: 2 hours with intermission.

Joe Slabe

Joe Slabe (Book / Music / Lyrics)

Joe Slabe is a Calgary-based writer and composer who obtained his Masters Degree in musical theatre composition from the University of London. Joe co-wrote the 2007 NYMF hit, Austentatious, which was recently published by Playscripts Inc. He premiered his musical, Maria Rasputin Presents in February of 2013 and his latest show, If I Weren't With You, at Lunchbox Theatre in April. Joe is also an award-winning musical director having musically directed eleven shows in Western Canada over the past three years. In that time, he garnered six Betty Mitchell Award nominations for his work and won twice. Joe is the founding artistic director of Forte Musical Theatre Guild and received the 2004 Greg Bond Award for outstanding contributions to musical theatre in Calgary.

Linda Balgord

Linda Balgord (Miss Daignault / Older Nicky)

Linda Balgord was most recently seen in New York in the world premiere of Death Takes A Holiday as the Contessa and in Myths and Hymns as The Woman. On Broadway she created the role of Queen Elizabeth I in The Pirate Queen (Drama Desk Award Nomination). Linda starred as Norma Desmond in the first national tour of Sunset Boulevard (Jeff Award Nom.) and as Rose Vibert in the national tour of Aspects of Love (Helen Hayes Award Nom.). Other Broadway credits include Grizabella in the final company of Cats, Mamma Rose in Gypsy (Stand-by for Patti LuPone), as Mme. Dindon in the 2005 revival of La Cage Aux Folles and in Passion. Regional credits include Drowsy in The Drowsy Chaperone, Fanny in Funny Girl (Jeff Award Nom.), Eva in Evita, Aldonza in Man of La Mancha (Jeff Award Nom.) and Mother Abbess in The Sound of Music.

Christina Elefante (Puppeteer)

Christina is very excited to be working on her first NYMF show! Previously, Christina was on the promotional cast for John Tartaglia’s ImaginOcean and puppeteered in shows across New York City and Brooklyn. In addition, she has performed in Drama of Work’sPunch! Puppet Slams and has studied puppetry with John Tartaglia.  Christina would like to thank Peter, Randy and David for the opportunity to do what she loves and her family for their never ending support.  

Ali Gordon

Ali Gordon (Nicky)

Ali Gordon is thrilled to be part of the NYMF 2013 season! Regional credits include Chava in Fiddler on the Roof, Lucy in You're a Good Man, Charlie Brown (Weston Playhouse) and Olive in The 25th Annual... Spelling Bee (U of M). New York: Mirriam in a reading of the new musical, Tell Me All. Proud University of Michigan musical theatre graduate (Class of 2012). While at U of M, Ali received the Dennis McIntyre Award for Undergraduate Playwriting for her work on the new musical Gibson Fleck. She is also part of the sketch comedy duo, "Far From Famous."

Steve Hauck

Steve Hauck (Sir/Older Jeremy)

Steve Hauck most recently played Abraham Lincoln in The Loves of Mr. Lincoln for GAYFEST NYC. Broadway: Irena's Vow. Off-Broadway: One Arm (Moisés Kaufman/New Group), The Screwtape Letters (Westside Theater), King Lear with Paul Sorvino, and various roles in the Young Playwrights Festival at the Cherry Lane. International: Phantom in Berlin, Vienna and Paris, The Good Person of Setzuan in Germany directed by Heinz-Uwe Haus, and Clytemnestra directed by Tadashi Suzuki. Regional: Art and Twelve Angry Men (Geva Theater), Cyrano (Milwaukee Rep) I Do! I Do! (Indiana Rep) and Don Quixote in Man of La Mancha (Arkansas Shakespeare Theater.) Film and TV: "The Amazing Spider-Man 2," Spike Lee's upcoming "Oldboy," "Confessions of a Shopaholic," "What Happens Next" (opposite Wendie Maleck), "Elementary," "Boardwalk Empire", "Gossip Girl", "30 Rock."

Lyle Colby Mackston

Lyle Colby Mackston (Jeremy)

Lyle Colby Mackston is incredibly excited to be a part of the Crossing Swords team after a year of traveling the world working with The Walt Disney Company. Recent Theater credits include: The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee(Papermill Playhouse) Phil (Academy at the NYMF) Peter (Darling), Spiderman: Turn Off The Dark (Pre-Broadway Reading). Recent Film Credits include: Michael & Michael Have Issues, The Naked Brothers Band, The Guiding Light,The Picture of Dorian Gray & numerous commercials. Thank you to Family, Pace University, my team at The Mine, Laura Bergquist & The Amazing Cast for making this experience so memorable! For Pa.

Marrick Smith

Marrick Smith (David)

Marrick Smith is an New York based Actor and Writer. He just finished work-shopping Shakespeare in the Park/Les Freres Corbusier's new Love's Labour's Lost as Berowne with Dir. Alex Timbers and Michael Friedman. Other Credits: Equus: Alan Strang, The Good Person of Setzuan: Yang Sun. As a writer he has had two of his plays produced. Behind the Badge, his two hander about Cops and their sons was produced in NY last season and made Producer Ken Davenport's list of most anticipated NYC fringe shows. As a producer Marrick pulled together the philanthropic concert Oh Sandy! and is co-founding the theatre company Hamlet Isn't Dead. BFA Carnegie Mellon '12 John Arthur Kennedy Award for Excellence in Acting. Thanks to: Mr. Cassara, Goldin, Slabe, Compton, and Young for this opportunity, The Best Reps at KSR and Wright Entertainment. And most of all to his incomparably supportive Family.

Igor Goldin

Igor Goldin (Director)

Crossing Swords marks Igor's 10th NYMF show. Most notably he directed the NYMF production of YANK! as well as its Off-Broadway run which earned him a Drama Desk Award nomination for Outstanding Director of a Musical. Other NYMF shows: Jane Austen's Pride and Prejudice (NYMF Award for Excellence in Direction), Swing State, The Tenth Floor (Talkin' Broadway Outstanding New Summer Musical), Unlock'd (Best In Fest Award), Common Grounds (NYMF Award for Excellence In Direction) as well as the Off-Broadway production of another NYMF alum, With Glee. Other credits: South Pacific (Engeman Theatre), The Foreigner, ...And Then I Wrote A Song About It (Luna Stage, NJ and Diversionary, San Diego – Best Direction of a Solo Performance, StageScene LA), Like You Like It (New York Innovative Theatre Award), I Love You Because (NH Theatre Award nomination for Best Direction of a Musical), The Complete History of America (abridged), Violet, The Spitfire Grill and The Full Monty. Upcoming: Twelve Angry Men (Engeman Theatre). Igor was nominated by his peers as a top 5 finalist for the SDC Joe A. Callaway Award for Distinguished Direction. He is a member of the Stage Directors and Choreographers Society (SDC).

Micah Young

Micah Young (Musical Director)

Associate MD Guys and Dolls (Nat'l Tour), Associate MD White Christmas (Paper Mill Playhouse) Broadway credits: White Christmas, Mamma Mia, Spring Awakening,Chicago, Promises, Promises and Mary Poppins, Porgy and Bess. Music Director for Swing State (NYMF), Lincoln in Love (Goodspeed Opera House, York Theatre), Bye Bye Birdie (CAP 21), The Wild Party (Riverside Theatre), The Last Five Years (Manhattan School of Music), The Casebook of Rudolf H- (New York Theatre Workshop). Performed at Jacob's Pillow Dance Festival, Caroline's Comedy Club, Metropolitan Room and Joe's Pub, NYC. Member of BMI Musical Theatre Writing Program; his songs have been performed at Lincoln Center, Merkin Concert Hall and the Triad in NYC. Organist at Christ Lutheran Church, NYC. Training includes Bowdoin International Music Festival, Professional Musical Theatre Workshop with Paul Gemignani, Interlochen Arts Academy, and Manhattan School of Music with Constance Keene and Maria Asteriadou.

Daniel ZS. Jagendorf (Technical Direction)

Regina Opera, Old Stone House/Piper Theater, Creation Productions, Catherine Filloux, Vital Theater, UnBound Collective, Urban Stages, Drama Department, Theater by the Blind, City Lights Youth Theater, Elizabeth Streb Ringside Dance Co,  NYC International Fringe Festival, A Murder of CrowsFatal Attraction: a Greek Tragedy,  Radio Gals, LaGuardia HS of the Performing Arts.  Dan was also amused to be TD for East Coast Artists.   

Trey Compton

Trey Compton (Assistant Director/ Fight Director)

Trey Compton is a director, choreographer and fight director based out of New York City. Most notably as an assistant director, Off-Broadway credits include Yank! (also directed by Mr. Goldin) and White's Lies. Trey has also assisted regionally at The Ogunquit Playhouse and The Engeman Theatre. Directing credits include both City of Angels and the New York premiere of Christopher Durang's Mrs. Bob Cratchit's Wild Christmas, Binge for The Gallery Players, Parade at The University of Pennsylvania, Drood at Georgetown University, A Funny Thing...Forum, Dirty Rotten Scoundrels, I Love You You're Perfect Now Change,Speed-The-Plow, Company, John and Jen, Joseph and the... and The Last Five Years. As a fight director, Trey has staged fights Off-Broadway and in regional theaters all over the country. Upcoming, he is assisting and fight directing West Side Story at The Ogunquit Playhouse. Tremendous thanks to Igor Goldin. Love to Lara.

Josh Zangen (Scene Designer)

Selected credits; Live Concerts: Kylie Minogue Aphrodite Les Follies, Rihanna (Baku, Azerbaijan) , Jonas Brothers (Radio City Music Hall), Britney Spears Circus, Kylie Minogue 2009 US tour. TV: Rihanna - VMA's, American Idol & SNL, Justin Timberlake - Grammy's & SNL. Live theatre: Spiegelworlds' award winning Absinthe, Empire and Desir. John Lithgows' Sunny side of the Street, Nickelodeon – Storytime Live! national tour, Orchid (Miami, FL), The Hurly Burly Show (West End, UK), James Lapines' Mrs. Miller Does her Thing (Wyly, Dallas). NYMF: Jane Austen's Pride and Prejudice (Award for Excellence in Design), Swing State, Prison Dancers, Liberty. Industrial shows and events for Hallmark, Nascar, The History Channel, CNN, HBO and ESPN to name a few. Macy's award winning holiday windows Yes Virginia. He has also served as design associate on a number of Broadway & International productions. Upcoming: Justin Timberlakes' 20/20 Tour.

Martin Schnellinger

Martin Schnellinger (Costume Designer)

Martin Schnellinger is pleased to join NYMF for Crossing Swords. Martin's work has most recently been seen at California Shakespeare Theatre and Yale Repertory Theatre for American Night: The Ballad of Juan Josè. His designs have also been seen at GALA Hispanic Theatre, Imagination Stage, The Capitol Fringe Festival, all in Washington, D.C. and the Opera Theatre and Music Festival of Lucca, Italy. Martin is a recent graduate of Yale School of Drama; prior to Yale Martin lived and worked in Washington, D.C.

Zach Blane

Zach Blane (Lighting Designer)

Zach Blane was named "Designer to Watch" by Live Design Magazine 2011. This Year at NYMF: Crossing Swords; The Awakening of Angel Deluna; Mata Hari. Previous NYMF Productions: Baby Case; How Deep Is The Ocean; Swing State; Jane Austen's: Pride and Prejudice, a musical; Crazy, Just Like Me; TESS, a rock opera; Trails. Selected Credits: Suicide, Incorporated (Roundabout Theatre Company); LUNGS, Zero Hour (Barrington Stage Company); YANK! (Roundabout & Old Globe workshops); Ragtime (The Strand Theatre -Boston); CONNED (City Theatre, Detroit). Fleet-wide Lighting Designer for production shows for: Norwegian Cruise Lines; Regent Seven Seas Cruise Lines; Silver Sea Luxury Cruise Lines.USA829.

Naomi Anhorn

Naomi Anhorn (Stage Manager)

Credits Include – Regional: ELLA (Long Wharf Theatre Co. & National Tour) New York: Voca People, NAMT Festival of New Musicals (Venue Coordinator), Swing State (NYMF 2012), Red Mother (Spiderwoman Theater Co), The Diary of a Teenage Girl (3LD Arts/The Essentials), Sunfish (ASCAP Workshop), Hostage Song (NAMT '09), Reborning (The Public/SPF '09), Romeo & Juliet (MMAC), Blood From a Stoner (EST Marathon '09), Zombie (Theatre Row & Fringe NYC '08), Wood (NYMF 2008), Another Vermeer (Abingdon Theatre Co.). For Mom.

Suellen Vance

Suellen Vance (General Manager)

Suellen Vance (Moldy Fig Productions, LLC) produced and general managed the award-winning festival premiere of Central Avenue Breakdown at the 2011 New York Musical Theatre Festival (Excellence in Music, Choreography, Orchestrations, Individual Performance and the prestigious Daegu International Musical Festival Award). In 2012, after receiving an unprecedented invitation to return as an Encore Presentation to the 2012 NYMF, Ms. Vance co-produced twin festival productions of Central Avenue Breakdown in Daegu, South Korea and New York City. She is a Stephens College alumna. Her professional history includes work as a broadcast journalist and in finance. Ms. Vance currently works as an actress and voiceover artist.

Forte Musical Theatre Guild

Forte Musical Theatre Guild (Producer)

Forte Musical Theatre Guild is a Canadian not-for-profit company exclusively dedicated to the professional development and production of new musical theatre works. We are the only theatre company in Western Canada dedicated to the development and performance of new musical theatre and we provide quality shows that are both well performed and entertaining. Forte aims to educate audiences about musical theatre and expose them to a genre of character driven musicals not typically produced in Calgary while also creating educational opportunities for children and adults to develop their talents in all aspects of musical theatre.

Karl Hinze

Karl Hinze (Assistant Musical Director/Web Design)

Karl Hinze is a music director, vocal coach, arranger and accompanist in and around New York. As a composer, he has penned songs for productions of Shakespeare's Hamlet, Brecht's A Man's A Man, Euripides' Alcestis, and Lorca's Yerma. His latest original work is 210 Amlent Avenue, a new musical with playwright Becky Goldberg. He has also directed productions of Urinetown, Yerma, and Antigone. Karl holds a Master's in Music Composition from Stony Brook University and is currently engaged in doctoral work there.

Kristina Corcoran Williams

Kristina Corcoran Williams (Dramaturg)

Kristina Corcoran Williams is a working writer and dramaturg in New York where she also serves as the Resident Dramaturg and Literary Manager for the off-Broadway company Transport Group. Recent off-Broadway dramaturgy credits include The Patsy, Obie Award winning Boys in the Band, Drama Desk Award winning See Rock City, and Drama Desk Award nominated Hello Again. Regional credits include the world premieres of Boleros for the Disenchanted and The Unmentionablesat Yale Repertory Theatre where she also served as Literary Associate. She has worked in production with playwrights Paula Vogel, Bruce Norris, José Rivera and David Greenspan, and with directors Anna Shapiro , Jack Cummings III, John Clinton Eisner, Henry Godinez, Kent Thompson and Patricia McGregor. She has worked in New York with the LARK Play Development Center, New Georges, Invisible Dog, Dixon Place, Page 73, TCG and Primary Stages, and regionally with Denver Center Theatre's New Play Summit and Madison Repertory Theatre's Fall Festival of the Future. She is a graduate of Interlochen Arts Academy and holds an MFA from the Yale School of Drama.

Paul Siebold

Paul Siebold (Publicist)

Paul Siebold is the managing director of OFF OFF PR, a firm dedicated to promoting developing theatrical productions through effective marketing communications. He has been a marketing, promotions and public relations executive for over 15 years. Paul's work has helped to achieve significant pre-press, sold-out houses and post-production success for his clients. Among his many successes, Paul was the publicist for the 2008 and 2009 winners of the New York Innovative Theatre Award's "Outstanding Production of a Musical." Paul works with performers, album releases, comedies, dramas, musicals, plays, dance and solo performances as part of festivals, theater company seasons, independently produced productions, and more. Member, AEA /AFTRA.

Michael Cassara, CSA

Michael Cassara, CSA (Casting Director)

Michael Cassara has cast over 300 theatre and film projects since 2003.  Recent credits include Forbidden Broadway: Alive & Kicking (off-Broadway/cast album), Barbie™ Live! (Mattel, Inc./int'l tour), Fat Camp (off-Broadway), Heat Wave: The Jack Cole Project (dir. Chet Walker), Kingdom (The Old Globe, dir. Ron Daniels), and countless regional theatre credits.  Michael has been the resident casting director of NYMF since 2007, and has cast over 50 musicals since the festival's inception in 2004.  Selected NYMF credits include The Yellow Wood (dir. Tony-Award Winner BD Wong), All Fall Down (dir. Lonny Price), Twilight in Manchego (dir. Tony-Award Winner Billy Porter), Max Understood (dir. David Schweizer), The Woman Upstairs (Kerrigan-Lowdermilk), Zapata! (dir. Elizabeth Lucas).  Upcoming: Carrie (LA premiere) and the 25th Annual NAMT Festival of New Musicals.  Michael is a native Clevelander and a graduate of Otterbein College.  Member, Casting Society of America. / @michaelcassara

"...Shares some worthwhile insight to life, loyalty, acceptance and love." -

"...This is a smart and very enjoyable show bursting with talent both onstage and off, including the three actors at its core." -

"With a concept ripe for musical theater, Crossing Swords provides unexpected emotional depth." -

"There is something awe-inspiring about the economy of this show, with only three musicians and five actors to produce such complex music...and they do it perfectly while sword-fighting." -

"Crossing Swords is an excellent production, featuring strong performances, smart staging, effective design, and many worthwhile story-telling devices." -

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