Dizzy Miss Lizzie's Roadside Revue Presents 'The Brontës'

Book, Music & Lyrics by Debra Buonaccorsi and Steve McWilliams

Dizzy Miss Lizzie

at The Studio Theatre

  • Tuesday, July 9, 2013 at 7:30 pm
  • Wednesday, July 10, 2013 at 4:30 pm
  • Thursday, July 11, 2013 at 9:30 pm
  • Sunday, July 14, 2013 at 5:30 pm
  • Tuesday, July 16, 2013 at 5:30 pm
  • Tuesday, July 16, 2013 at 9:30 pm

Everyone’s favorite 19th Century literary family gets the rock treatment from Washington DC’s hippest theatrical troupe. Secrets, rivalries, drugs and drama abound as conflicted siblings Charlotte, Emily, Anne and Branwell trade Victorian repression for rock-and-roll expression in this raucous show The Washington Post called “Sublime.…Delightful musical satire.” THE BRONTËS upends everything you thought you knew about the authors of Jane Eyre and Wuthering Heights -- in the most entertaining way possible!

Running Time: 90 minutes without intermission. 

Debra Buonaccorsi

Debra Buonaccorsi (Book / Music / Lyrics / Charlotte Brönte)

Debra Buonaccorsi is a writer, composer, musician, actor and the co-founder and creator of Dizzy Miss Lizzie's Roadside Revue. Debra has co-written all of DMLRR's original works, including Finn McCool, The Saints and The Oresteia. As an actor, she has performed at the Kennedy Center, the Capital Fringe Festival, Signature Theatre, Ford's Theatre, Arena Stage, Olney Theatre Center, and LaMaMa E.TC. Debra is a graduate of NYU's Tisch School of the Arts, where she studied at CAP 21.

Steve McWilliams

Steve McWilliams (Book / Music / Lyrics / Musical Director / Barker)

Steve McWilliams is a co-founder of Dizzy Miss Lizzie's Roadside Revue. Past credits include: The Kennedy Center: Blues Journey (Musician); Spooky Action Theater: Dark Rapture (Ray), Holy Ghost (Billy); Taffety Punk Theater: Cardenio Found (Gerald); Shakespeare Theater: Loves Labor Lost (Ensemble); Open Circle Theater: Evita (Migaldi); American Century Theater: Call Me Mister (Mister), MacByrd (Teddy O'Dunc); Imagination Stage: Huck Finn (Slave Hunter); Florida Studio Theatre: Nothing But The Blues (Dan), Three Friends and a Broken Tambourine (Steve); Ford's Theatre: Grapes of Wrath (Man with Guitar, Ensemble); Theater J: Oh The Innocents (Ensemble); Signature Theatre: Hedwig and the Angry Inch (Skszp); Arena Stage: Ma Rainey's Black Bottom (Police Officer); Keegan Theatre: Romeo and Juliet (Montague), Glengarry Glen Ross (Baylen), Pump Boys and Dinettes (Jim). Music Direction: Theater J: Oh, The Innocents, Welcome to My Rash. Actors' Theatre of Washington: Rocky Horror Show. Ford's Theater: Grapes of Wrath (Assistant MD). Imagination Stage: Huck Finn.

Felicia Curry

Felicia Curry (Emily Brönte)

NYMF: Petite Rouge. DMLRR: The Oresteia, The Saints, Finn McCool. NATIONAL TOURS: Roald Dahl's WILLY WONKA, BARBIE LIVE!. REGIONAL: Ford's Theatre, The Kennedy Center, Signature Theater, Arena Stage, Toby's Theatre of Columbia, Imagination Stage, Adventure Theatre, MetroStage, Rep Stage, Studio Theater, SSMT, African Continuum Theatre, Discovery Theatre, Artists' Bloc. CABARETS: Ebony, Ivory and Ink (Olney Theatre Center), Broadway Duets (Signature Theatre). CONCERTS: Baltimore Symphony Orchestra Holiday Spectacular. Helen Hayes Awards: Best Ensemble, Les Miserable. HH nominations: Aida, Aida; Eponine, Les Miserable; Featured Performer, Godspell; Best Ensemble, Rapunzel. Co-host of 28th Helen Hayes Awards. Member of the Capitol Steps. EDUCATION: UMCP. Proud member of AEA. Upcoming: This, Round House Theatre and A Christmas Carol, Ford's Theatre.

Haely Jardas

Haely Jardas (Anne Brönte)

Haely Jardas is a recent graduate of American University in Washington D.C. and isoverjoyed to be a part of DMLRR! In 2012 she won an Irene Ryan in Region 2 for the Kennedy Center American College Theater Festival. Past credits include The Who's TOMMY (Acid Queen/Ens.), Guys and Dolls (Miss Adelaide/Fight Capt.), Orpheus Descending (Carol Cutrere), Nine the Musical (Lina Darling), Ubu Roi (Fight Capt./Ens.), Dr. Faustus (Lust), Stone Age Recreation (Lou), The Long Christmas Dinner (Lucia), Blubeard! (Lamia the Leopard Woman) The Producers, Romeo and Juliet and Lemon Sky. haelyjardas.com

Mike Kozemchak

Mike Kozemchak (Con Man)

Hailing from the Washington, D.C. area, Mike is thrilled to rejoin Dizzy Miss Lizzie's Roadside Revue for its NYMF run of "The Bröntes". Previous DMLRR credits include Finn McCool (Finneces) and The Oresteia (Master of Ceremonies). Mike is also a company member with The Keegan Theatre in Washington, D.C., where past appearances include: The Full Monty (Reg Willoughby), An Irish Carol (Michael), Working (Mike Dillard), Twelve Angry Men (Juror 11), One Flew Over The Cuckoo's Nest (Dale Harding) and A Man For All Seasons (Will Roper).

Rich Nagel (Drummer)

Rich Nagel is a 20 year veteran of the Washington DC pop/rock scene. He has enjoyed drumming for the Iceboxes, Steve McWilliams, Jenny Boyle, Leah Morgan, Laura Tsaggaris and countless others.  He has worked with DMLRR on many projects including, The OresteiaFinn McCool and The Brontes.

Matthew Schleigh

Matthew Schleigh (Branwell Brönte)

Matthew Schleigh is immensely grateful for the opportunity to join DMLRR at NYMF. Regional credits include: Everyman Theatre: You Can't Take It With You (Tony Kirby), Our Town (George Gibbs), Much Ado About Nothing (Claudio); Olney Theatre Center: Little Shop of Horrors (Orin), Peter Pan (Curly); Imagination Stage: The Magic Finger (William), James and the Giant Peach (Grasshopper), Seussical (Mr. Mayor/Wickersham); Toby's Dinner Theatre: The Buddy Holly Story (Buddy Holly, Helen Hayes nomination, Outstanding Lead Actor in a Resident Musical), West Side Story (Tony), It's A Wonderful Life (George Bailey), Ragtime (Younger Brother). Check out his alt-rock trio, The Tryads, at www.thetryads.com. Matthew sends love and thanks to his wife of five months, Jessica, his parents, Bob and Cheryl, and to his entire family.

Gillian Shelly

Gillian Shelly (Gypsy)

NY/DC Fringe appearances include: Landless Theatre's Diamond Dead (Pussy), ClassiqueNouveau's One Thousand and One Days (Scheherazade), and the award-winning premiere of Super Claudio Bros. She most recently appeared in Shear Madness at the Kennedy Center and has performed extensively in the DC area in many Helen Hayes Award-winning shows including: Ragtime, Aida, Children of Eden, Evita, The Wizard of Oz, 42nd Street, Godspell (Toby's Theatre of Columbia); and Private Lives (Olney Theatre). Other Regional credits include: A Man of No Importance (Bay Theatre Company); The Rough Guide to the Underworld (Riverrun Theatre Co.); Rapunzel (Imagination Stage); and The Mystery of Edwin Drood and The Fantasticks (Germantown Stage-Landless Theatre). Gillian is the A.D. for several Yellow Bow Tie films ("Bare Knuckle" and "Mirror Image") and is a proud AEA member. "I'll walk where my own nature would be leading." —Emily Brontë

Jason Wilson

Jason Wilson (The Dealer)

Jason Wilson is a DC / Baltimore based actor and musician. Regional acting credits include the DC premiere of F#@king Up Everything (BroadwayWorld DC's Best Featured Actor in a Local Musical), Ragtime, Buddy Holly, Dreamgirls, Seussical and Bat Boy. Also a professional musician and composer, his music has been featured on FOX, PBS, NPR and on various nationally syndicated programs. When not on stage, he enjoys sushi and time with his cats. www.JasonWilsonRoxx.com

Rick Hammerly

Rick Hammerly (Director)

Rick Hammerly received a Helen Hayes Award for his turn as Hedwig in Signature Theatre’s production of Hedwig and the Angry Inch, as well as nominations for his work as Prior Walter in Angels in America and a post-stroke Bette Davis in Me and Jezebel. He is the Producing Artistic Director of Factory 449, a 2011 Helen Hayes Award recipient for Outstanding Emerging Theatre Company. Hammerly received a master’s degree in Film and Video Production from American University in 2006. His debut film, signage, which he wrote, directed and produced, has screened in over 60 film festivals world wide, garnered six festival awards and was sold to MTV.  He is currently completing his second master’s degree, in Arts Management, and recently directed the premiere of Lake Untersee for DC's Source Festival. This fall he is assistant directingThe Laramie Project and performing in A Christmas Carol, both at Ford's Theatre.

Greg Stevens (Scenic Design)

Local artist, set/costume designer and educator Greg Stevens is happy to be involved once again with DMLRR and The Brontes as a music lover and designer. Greg has designed, built and/or painted sets and/or costumes for over 150 shows in the last 25 years. Greg is proud to be a founding company member of Washington, D.C.’s Factory 449: a theatre collective, which won the 2011 Helen Hayes John Aniello Award for Outstanding Emerging Theatre Company. For the In Series, D.C.’s eclectic mix of cabaret, opera and Latino programs, Greg has designed sets and/or costumes for several productions, has created the illustrations for every In Series season brochure since 2007, and has served as host and director for music salons and post-performance audience dialogues. Greg is currently researching, writing (and soon directing and designing) a new Cole Porter cabaret for the 2013-14 season. Greg holds a BA in Theatre Design from San Diego State University and a MAT in Museum Education from The George Washington University. By day, Greg directs the American Alliance of Museums professional development program. He is co-editor of the bestselling A Life in Museums: Managing Your Museum Career (2012, The AAM Press), and can been heard as the moderator of all Alliance webcasts.

Maria Royals (Costume Design)

Maria Royals has been costuming for theatre and dance for over 20 years. She is a resident designer for the Goucher College Dance Department and has worked with many dance companies including Washington Ballet, Ballet Chicago, Milwaukee Ballet, Harbinger Dance Company, Towson University, Clancy Works, The Next Ice Age and the Howard County Ballet. Her designs for DMLRR include The OresteiaThe Saints and Finn McCool.

Joseph R. Walls (Lighting Design)

Joseph R. Walls designed Dizzy Miss Lizzie's Roadside Revue's fall production of The Bröntes. Other recent designs including: Teatro En Circulo in Panama City, Panama, WSC Avant Bard, South Carolina Governors' School, GALA Hispanic Theatre, Footworks Percussive Dance Company, The High Performance Rodeo at Lunchbox Theatre in Calgary, Canada, The InSeries  Impossible Theater Company, Ballet Spartanburg, Public Displays of Motion, American University, and Factory 449 where he is a company member.  He designed Blanche: The Bittersweet Life of a Wild Prairie Dame (NYMF), which was voted one of the top 15 shows of 2011 by The Huffington Post. He received his BFA with a specialization in Lighting Design from the University of Michigan.  www.jwallsdesign.com

Dizzy Miss Lizzie’s Roadside Revue (Producer)

Dizzy Miss Lizzie’s Roadside Revue is theatre and vaudeville. It's rock and roll, bluegrass and Americana. It's the spirit of Woody Guthrie and the dustbowl wrapped up in a gyspy punk. It's pure storytelling with bare hands and authentic voices. Storytelling cranked up good and loud through a Telecaster and a Marshall amp. DMLRR was founded in Washington DC by Debra Buonaccorsi and Steve McWilliams. DMLRR performs all original work, written by Debra and Steve. Past productions include The Oresteia, The Saints and Finn McCool. DMLRR has been seen throughout the DC area at the Kennedy Center, Capital Fringe Festival, The Keegan Theatre, Woolly Mammoth Theater, and at Signature Theatre. DMLRR is the recipient of the 2012 Helen Hayes "John Aniello Award" for Outstanding Emerging Theatre Company.

"The coolness of Rick Springfield, the tenderness of The Bangles and the angst of Greenday..." - Usher Nonsense, July 2013

"Savagely Good. Theatrical punk rockers (with) high-powered theatrical chops.” - DC Theatre Scene, July 2012

"Just go already. You should know by now that, by universal consensus, Dizzy Miss Lizzie are alchemical rock n' roll magic geniuses, and there's no reason to miss them." - Washington City Paper, July 2012

07/18/ 2012 - The Washington Post: Review: ‘The Brontes’ at the Capital Fringe Festival is a delightful musical satire

07/08/2013 - StageBuddy.com: Behind the Scenes of "Brontes" at NYMF