Book by Jeremy Culver, Music by Charleene Closshey & Featured Songs by Nick Everett and Liesl Karlsson


at The Alice Griffin Jewel Box Theatre

  • Tuesday, July 9, 2013 at 8:00 pm
  • Wednesday, July 10, 2013 at 9:00 pm
  • Saturday, July 13, 2013 at 1:00 pm
  • Sunday, July 14, 2013 at 9:00 pm
  • Tuesday, July 16, 2013 at 9:00 pm

After a human rights attorney learns her husband, a photojournalist, has been abducted from a child refugee camp, she faces the struggle of a lifetime. Her story comes together in a truly unique multimedia experience, cutting between past and present, stage and the screen, dialogue and song. With a sweeping, emotional score and an artist painting live on stage, this stunning fusion of art, film and music explores the power of imagination and, ultimately, what it means to be human.

Running Time: 2 hours with intermission.

Jeremy Culver

Jeremy Culver (Book)

Jeremy Culver is a US-based writer and director known for delving into topics surrounding truth and love in environments of change, often blending multimedia mediums to explore life's mythical journeys. His most recently completed art film, "Walking with Francis," chronicles the last days of St. Francis of Assisi and has recently been endorsed by both the Vatican and the Basilica of San Francesco d'Assisi. Currently in production, the documentary "Radical Kindness" (narrated by Martin Sheen) chronicles the life and teachings of author and priest, Monsignor John Sheridan. The modern play Feather, a musical drama fusing live portrait painting and film, recently had its World Premiere in Queensland, Australia. "An Evergreen Christmas," his feature film debut began filming in January 2013. He is a member of the Dramatists Guild of America.

Charleene Closshey

Charleene Closshey (Music, Cat)

Charleene Closshey is a classically-trained composer, violinist, vocalist, and stage and screen actor, with training from Juilliard, NYU, and Circle in the Square. Recent screen credits include feature film "A Thousand Cuts," television pilot "Terminal Kill," art film "Walking with Francis," and "An Evergreen Christmas," where she'll play the title role of Evergreen Lee. Selected stage credits include originating the role of Catherine in Feather (Australia 2012), the original Los Angeles productions of A War Cycle: Wounded and Sherwood Forrest (World Premiere), with lead roles in U.S. productions of The Wild Party, Nine, Hair, and Jekyll & Hyde. A classically trained violinist, Charleene fuses jazz, rock, pop, blues, and swinging fiddle, having shared the stage with artists the likes of Josh Groban, Charlie Daniels, Frank Sinatra, Jr., and the TransSiberian Orchestra. She has also performed as a studio violinist/fiddler on numerous albums from Nashville to New York. Charleene has performed with Operafestival di Roma in Rome, Italy and with regional opera companies, later expanding her repertoire toward musical theater. The 2012 release of YogaChill album "Glimpse" commissioned for the 13th Annual Association of Comprehensive Energy Psychology conference is currently being distributed through the Chopra Center. Film scores include "Walking with Francis" and the psychological action thriller "The Fifth World" (2013 release). Charleene is a member of AEA, SAG, and The Dramatists Guild.

Nick Everitt & Liesl Karlsson (Featured Songs)

Since forming in 2007 Australian singer/songwriter duo Nick and Liesl have three releases and countless kilometres under their belts they have developed a brilliant live sound and enthusiastic following. They have performed at close to 50 festivals at home and abroad, including The Woodford Folk Festival where they recently pulled crowds of 2,000 to each set.  In five years they have completed just as many European tours and worked with some of Australia’s top musicians while independently producing their own award-winning records. The critically acclaimed album Feather (2011) and the debut EP Wyong River (2008) have both received national and local airplay in Australia, and the official video for the album title track has been receiving regular airtime on Australian and New Zealand music video show Rage. On their latest European tour Nick and Liesl also performed live on French TV station WEO TV.

With roots in both Sweden and Australia, Nick and Liesl’s influences are wide; from Swedish folk music to pop, blues and soul. The couple mix infectious melodies with insightful lyrics, beautiful voices and trademark harmonies. Their sound is instantly recognisable and has brought about comparisons with the likes of The Waifs, Angus & Julia Stone, James Taylor and Alison Krauss.

Richard H. Blake

Richard H. Blake (Eli)

Richard H. Blake was last seen on Broadway as Fiyero in Wicked. Other Broadway credits include Warner in Legally Blonde, Glen Guglia in The Wedding Singer, Hairspray (Link), Aida (Radames), Saturday Night Fever (Tony Manero), Rent (Roger), Macbeth (Boy Macduff) and The Prince of Central Park (Prince). He recently finished filming the upcoming feature Life of an Actress. His film and TV credits include The Factory, Any Day Now, Red Light August, All My Children, The Babysitter's Club, Toonces and Friends and Guiding Light. He is a proud member of AEA and SAG/AFTRA. His greatest role to date though is that of husband/father to his beautiful wife and son.

Jeffry Feeger

Jeffry Feeger (The Artist)

Jeffry Feeger is one of the most exciting young contemporary visual artists to emerge from the Pacific region. From Papua New Guinea and largely self-taught, his work in realism has been met with high critical acclaim and has been seen all over the world, including galleries in China, UK, Africa, Australia, New Zealand and the USA. As a skilled live performance painter, he is the reigning champion of the Shanghai Artist Battle 2010, a live performance competition including artists from all over the globe. He’s recently taken his exciting brand of live painting into various public spaces, performing in front of Sydney's iconic Opera House, and at the UN Women’s Exhibit during the Pacific Art Festival in Honiara, July 2012. An inspirational young figure for people in his country, Jeffry routinely collaborates with performers from a variety of unique backgrounds to share the stories he finds passionate. Jeffry’s art is sold worldwide. - 

Jonathan Gregg

Jonathan Gregg (Man in Black)

Jonathan Gregg is thrilled to be a part of Feather with NYMF this season. NYC: Blood Brothers, The Human Comedy, The Secret Garden, Ragtime, Children of Eden (APAC); Man of La Mancha, Six Degrees of Separation (Gallery Players); Once Upon a Time in New Jersey (Prospect Theatre); Four Unfold (MITF). REGIONAL: The Full Monty, Grease, Chicago, Alice in Wonderland, Chuckleball. NATIONAL TOURS: plenty, but they were all for kids and somewhat educational. TV: Boardwalk Empire (HBO), I Killed My BFF (BioChannel), Wade Barrett Comeback Promo (WWE Productions). Jonathan is proud to be a graduate of Belmont University and a member of the Actors' Equity Association. He loves his family very much.

Brandon Khalil (Young Boy/Child Dancer)

Maria May (Young Girl/Child Dancer)

Peter Rini

Peter Rini (Dr. Peterson)

Peter Rini is happy to be making his NYMF debut with Feather. NY Theater credits include Broadway: Vinnie Bavasi in Neil Simon's Proposals (original company) directed by Joe Mantello, Marco in Mayer's revival of A View From the Bridge, Agent Loyal in Tartuffe: Born Again directed by David Saint. Selected Off Broadway: Sam in The Old Boy (Keen Company 2013), directed by Jonathan Silverstein, The Talls directed by Carolyn Cantor. Selected roles from regional theater include Joe Tumulty in Edith, Ricky Roma in Glengarry Glen Ross, Don Pedro in Much Ado About Nothing. Recent television and film work includes roles on "Smash," "Blue Bloods," a recurring role on "One Life to Live" as Jason Murray. Upcoming film includes "Killing Kennedy" directed by Nelson McCormick for National Geographic Channel as Agent Murray.

Jaylah Springer (Young Girl/Child Dancer)

Wendy Seyb (Choreographer)

The Pee Wee Herman Show (Broadway/HBO), The Toxic Avenger Musical (Lortel, Callaway, DORA nominations), Myths and Hymns, Yeast Nation, Click Clack Moo (Lortel nomination). Wendy has choreographed for Disney Theatrical Productions, Nickelodeon, SeaWorld; and through her company, EveryDayMan Adventures, has created over 20 dance comedies. Wendy is a recipient of the Golden Nose Award for her dance comedy Super Novas; and is an alumna of Dancebreak and Lincoln Center Theater Directors Lab. Most recently, she completed her first dance comedy short called Catch; and is currently working on a feature film and creating a dance comedy series. www.wendyseyb.com 

Derek Wieland

Derek Wieland (Music Director, The Musician)

Derek Wieland studied under György Sándor at the Juilliard School where he received the Bachelor of Arts in 1992 and the Master of Arts in 1994 in piano performance. Mr. Wieland gained national recognition in 1987 after being the first pianist to win the grand prize in the Seventeen/General Motors National Concerto Competition. In 1999, Mr. Wieland was awarded first prize in the International Johann Nepomuk Hummel Piano Competition in the Slovak Republic, and Third Prize in the International Piano Competition of Senigallia, Italy. Mr. Wieland has performed throughout the U.S., Europe, South America, South Africa, Taiwan, Korea and Japan. He has appeared as soloist with many orchestras, including the Slovak Philharmonic, the Cleveland Orchestra, the Long island Philharmonic and the String Orchestra of New York City at Lincoln Center. Mr. Wieland is the Music Director of the Trans-Siberian Orchestra east coast winter tour and collaborates on a wide variety of productions spanning many genres.

Justin Turner (Set Design)

Justin Turner is a designer. His sensibilities developed as a young artist flirting with film during a local resurgence - while still at university for mechanical engineering. He is at home in commercial design for TV and web, episodic television, and the lawless ruins of music video production. According to Justin, a beautiful design is honest – it reveals its process and its materials. He brings out an essential visual style in each project that enhances, without veneer, the vision of the Director. Originally from North Carolina, Justin is a graduate of UNC-Charlotte, an alumnus of sculpture at Penland, and a lifetime student of the visual arts. Justin has designed branding for Tori Spelling, art directed for Simon & Schuster, and pitched industrial design to Moto Guzzi. Production credits include RuPaul’s Drag Race and An Evergreen Christmas. He currently resides in Los Angeles, CA.

Kristy Leigh Hall (Costume Design)

Kristy Leigh Hall has worked in Chicago, Washington, DC, New York and regionally on a myriad of productions. As the daughter of opera singers, her love of design started at an early age and continued through her studies at Northwestern University, then the University of Maryland for her graduate degree. In Chicago, she has worked at Black Ensemble Theater, Court Theatre, Chicago Children's Theatre and Lookingglass Theatre. Last summer she made her off-Broadway debut with Woody Harrelson's Bullet for Adolf; other NY credits include: Treasure Island, next to normal and Proof at Theatre Three. In DC she has designed: The Illusion (Forum Theatre), Minnie the Moocher (Pointless Theatre), Genesis Reboot (Synetic Theatre) and That Face (Studio Theatre). Her Broadway assisting credits include Rock of Ages and Arcadia. Upcoming design: I Forgive You, Ronald Reagan with Mid-Life Crisis Productions at Theatre Row. In 2010, Kristy was awarded the University of Maryland Flagship Fellowship for excellence in Art. Her costume renderings were on display at the 2011 Prague Quadrennial that showcased strong translations of design from the rendering to the realized production. Her work can be seen at: www.kristyleighhall.com

Grant Yeager (Lighting Design)

New York: Now. Here. This. (Vineyard Theatre); Between Worlds (New York Stages); Chimichangas and Zoloft (Atlantic Theatre Company); Love Child (New World Stages); Designer of the New York Musical Theatre Festival 2009-2012; Designer for the New York Pops Orchestra 2012-2013 Season, and over 25 concerts and events at Carnegie Hall. Regional/Int'l: Joseph... (Dallas Theater Center); ...Judas Iscariot (Yale Dramatic Association); Soul Doctor (Parker Playhouse); Backwards in High Heels (Cleveland Playhouse); Vices (Theatre Aspen); Academy (Maltz Jupiter Theatre); Mormons... (Barrington Stage); Siudy Entre Mundos (Teatro Teresa Carreño, Venezuela); Central Avenue Breakdown (Suseong Artpia, Korea); The Tempest (Bermuda Arts Festival).

Cesa Entertainment/Jamie Cesa (General Manager)

Broadway producing & general management: Pippin (Tony Award nom), Godspell, Lombardi, Colin Quinn Long Story Short, Carrie Fisher’s Wishful Drinking, Kiki & Herb: Alive on Broadway (Tony Award nom). West End: Hair. Off-Broadway producing and general management: Bullet for Adolf (written & directed by Woody Harrelson); CELIA: The Life & Music of Celia Cruz; La Barberia; Los Big Names (Drama Desk nom), The Women of Lockerbie (starring Judith Ivey); 21 Dog Years; Naked Boys Singing!; Love, Janis; Love Child; Criss Angel Mindfreak and many more.

Brandy Austin (Associate Director)

Brandy Austin is a director and teacher who enjoys balancing projects in the theatre, music and television industries. Recent Chicago productions include directing How I Learned to Drive, Extremities and The Kid Thing. In Chicago, Brandy has worked at Northlight Theatre, The Athenaeum, Stockyards Theatre Project, and at Steppenwolf Theatre as Assistant Director on the Jeff Award-winning The Pain and the Itch. She also had the pleasure of assisting James Lapine on the Broadway in Chicago production of The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee. She has worked on various national music tours including GAC Television, Montgomery Gentry, Little Big Town, and the Judds. With the Judds, she assisted Naomi Judd on their Last Encore Tour and also appeared as a recurring character on their docu-series on the Oprah Winfrey Network. She recently had the pleasure of assisting on set for Hallmark Channel’s Spirit Table with Maya Angelou, and two of Hallmark’s recent films: The Nearlyweds and Window Wonderland. Brandy holds a MFA in Directing from The Theatre School at DePaul University in Chicago. She has served as faculty at DePaul as well as at Belmont University in Nashville, TN. At DePaul, she recently directed Sideways Stories from Wayside School for their Chicago Playworks Series, as well as Summer and Smoke and Fefu and her Friends for their Studio Series. In 2008, Brandy served as Guest Faculty at Centenary College in Shreveport, LA directing the regional premiere of Echo Boom. She has also spent several seasons as Artistic Consultant for Silver Dollar City Themepark in Branson, MO and a highlight of her career has been the time spent managing tours in Honduras, Cuba, and Puerto Rico, entertaining America’s troops for the U.S. Department of Defense. Other regional directing credits include: Thoroughly Modern Millie, Nice People Dancing to Good Country Music, Spelling Bee, Anything Goes, As It Is In Heaven, and the world premiere of Fraternal Instinct.

Natalie Malotke (Associate Choreographer)

Natalie Malotke is currently the resident director/choreographer for Nickelodeon programming on Norwegian Cruise Lines. She has taught at BDC, CAP21, Plymouth State University, MTCA, Rosie’s Theatre Kids and Theatre Arts Center. She assisted on Susan Stroman's workshop of Little Dancer in NYC after being the SDCF Observer at Lincoln Center. Select NYC credits: Arnie the Doughnut (NYMF'12) (assoc. dir./choreo), Big Excellent 20th Reunion (Off-Broadway, dir/chor), Regional: State Fair at Wagon Wheel (choreo.),The Wedding Singer at The Armory (choreo.) and Jerry Springer: The Opera (American Premiere, assoc. dir/chor) at the Bailiwick Theatre in Chicago. Natalie has worked as a talent agent, casting assistant and is co-owner of N+N Productions, producing live theatrical events. Natalie holds a degree from The University of Michigan.

Feather: A Musical Portrait