Homo: The Musical

Book by Lola Rock-N-Rolla, Music & Lyrics by Gina Volpe

Homo: The Musical

at PTC Performance Space

  • Tuesday, July 23, 2013 at 8:00 pm
  • Thursday, July 25, 2013 at 5:00 pm
  • Thursday, July 25, 2013 at 9:00 pm
  • Friday, July 26, 2013 at 5:00 pm
  • Saturday, July 27, 2013 at 9:00 pm

Aliens, Rock N Roll, God, Gays, and Guts

Posing as a suburban housewife, an alien from Planet Homo has infiltrated a religious middle-American town. Will the good people of Pleasant Valley Pines notice before their whole community erupts in chaos and depravity? Chock full of ear-splitting rock-and-roll and kick-ass dancing, HOMO THE MUSICAL! is an offbeat and otherworldly probing of pure camp, cult and pop.

Running Time: 1 hour 30 minutes with no intermission.

Lola Rock

Lola Rock'N'Rolla (Book)

Lola Rock'N'Rolla is a B-Movie director (Dragzilla, Sell Out, Night Of the Living Gay, I was a Tranny Werewolf and Nefertitty). Lola's films have shocked and disgusted audiences worldwide playing in festivals like Outfest LA, NY under-ground fest, Feast Australia, New Fest, Ann Arbor and many more. Her films are currently on tour with the women in horror film festival. Homo the Musical is her first play. http://www.lolarocknrolla.com/

Gina Volpe

Gina Volpe (Music / Lyrics)

Songwriter, musician, singer & composer Gina Volpe is best known as the guitarist of the seminal NYC punk band the Lunachicks, who for over a decade, toured the world, recorded several CD's and shared the stage with legendary bands such as The Ramones, and Joan Jett to name a few. Gina is also known as the front woman for the rock trio Bantam. She also performed motion capture for the video game "Rock Band" While not performing live Gina composes score for film and TV. http://www.bantamnyc.com/

Meg Baessler

Meg Baessler (Cheerleader / Others)

Meg Baessler is extremely grateful to be doing Homo: The Musical for the 3rd time!! It has been nothing but a blast. She is a graduate of Wilmington College in Ohio & also The American Musical & Dramatic Academy of NYC. Favorite credits include Mr. Marmalade, Grease, Mother Courage & Graceland. Meg is beyond thankful for her amazing family & rock star friends for their constant support. She would also like to send a huge thank you to Lola, Gina, Aliane, David & the rest of the creative team. LET'S ROCK N' ROLL!!

J. Alexander Coe

J. Alexander Coe (Billy)

J. Alexander Coe is making his NYMF debut in Homo: The Musical and hopes you enjoy every bit and piece of the show! He last appeared in A Collection of Shiny Object's Queerspawn (Another Kid) where he made his New York debut. Regional Theatre credits include The Diary of Anne Frank (Peter Van Daan) at the Milwaukee Rep and Annie (Rooster) at Highland Summer Theatre as well as the role of a former Apprentice at Actors Theatre of Louisville where he appeared in Sense & Sensibility, A Christmas Carol, Oh Gastronomy! (Humana), The Elaborate Entrance of Chad Deity, The Adventures of Tom Sawyer and Hero Dad (The Tens). Alex has a BFA in Musical Theatre from Minnesota State University: Mankato.

Sam Given

Sam Given (Gaylien)

Sam Given is thrilled to be making his NYMF debut with Homo: The Musical. He recently served as assistant choreographer and principal dancer in New York City Opera's Moses In Egypt at New York City Center. Other credits include Born Blue: The Musical (dir. Anthony Rapp), Rent at the Hollywood Bowl (dir. Neil Patrick Harris) and the film The Bloody Indulgent (premiering this fall). Sam's alter-ego, Millie Grams, is making a splash on the cabaret circuit and can be found on YouTube. Special thanks to Lola and Gina, Avalon Artists, and Nick.

Blair Goldberg

Blair Goldberg (Suzie)

Blair Goldberg is psyched to be part of this awesome project at NYMF! Broadway: Annie Get Your Gun (Original Revival Cast). Off-Broadway: Carrie (MCC, Original Cast Recording). 1st National Tour: (Sister Act, Original Cast). Regional: The Nutty Professor (Peg), directed by Jerry Lewis. Other favorite credits include:  Aida (Amneris), Grease (Marty) and If it Only Even Runs a Minute 5 (NYMF). Thanks to the creative team for this opportunity and my agents at Harden-Curtis. Love and gratitude to my family, friends, and Adam! www.Blair-Goldberg.com @blairdgoldberg

Eric Gunhus

Eric Gunhus (Narrator)

Eric Gunhus is stoked to be rocking out with Lola, Gina, David and the rest of the Homos. He appeared in Broadway's full run of Billy Elliot, but is most widely known as the Lead Tenor who sang "Springtime For Hitler" in Broadway's hit The Producers. (Original Cast Recording). Last summer at Sacramento Music Circus, Eric was Chef Louis in Disney's The Little Mermaid as well as roles in Crazy For You and Fiddler On The Roof. National Tour: Ragtime (performed Younger Brother). Europe: 42nd Street (Billy Lawlor). Regional: Anything Goes (alongside Chita Rivera), Sacramento, Denver, and 11 years of LA area theater, including the pre-Broadway premiere of State Fair. Film/TV: The Producers movie musical, HBO's "Curb Your Enthusiasm," "The Guiding Light" and PBS's "Recording The Producers." He's wrangled horses for feature films (Winter's Tale) and been in a gay orgy for Martin Scorsese (Wolf of Wall Street). Yes? Yesssss...

Thomas Poarch

Thomas Poarch (Harry)

Former Peace Corps English teacher (Africa), cowboy line dancer/DJ, magazine research editor, Notary Public, (and still) son of a preacher man. Actor/writer with numerous TV, film, theater and commercial credits, some include: "Gossip Girl" (CW), "Blue Bloods" (CBS), "One Life To Live" (ABC), "As The World Turns" (CBS), "All My Children" (ABC), "Home Court" (Nick@Nite), plus a few TV pilots. He played Principal Snelgrove for five years in the off-Broadway hit, The Awesome 80's Prom, and he also stars in his own webseries (brosephs.com), which is being developed for TV. More at thomaspoarch.com.

Danielle Erin Rhodes

Danielle Erin Rhodes (Sally)

Danielle Erin Rhodes is proud to have HOMO mark her third NYMF show.
Her next show will be PAL JOEY at Arkansas Rep. Danielle writes music
and is a professional pianist. She portrays Marilyn Monroe, Eva Peron,
and Princess Diana in HELL'S BELLES which is currently workshopping in
NY. She has been featured in Broadway Backwards 8, 7 & 6.; Buddy
(Ogunquit Playhouse); A Child's Christmas in Wales (The Irish Repertory Theatre); The
Marvelous Wonderettes (MSMT); Back Home (NYMF);
Sophia's Fall (NYMF); Annie (MSMT,Casa Manana) performed Nancy in
Oliver! National tour (Cameron Mackintosh);Sandy and Rizzo in Grease
European Tour. Danielle would like to thank the cast and creatives for
such a wonderful collaboration. Love to JCM.

Christopher Trepinski

Christopher Trepinski (Teddy / Others)

Christopher Trepinski is a NYC-based actor, singer, dancer, and is absolutely thrilled to be rockin' it out in Homo: The Musical, as well as a part of this year's NYMF! Favorite credits include: Into the Woods (Wolf #1/Cinderella's Prince), A Year with Frog and Toad (Frog), A Midsummer Night's Dream (Demetrius), and The Drowsy Chaperone (Gangster #2). He is currently in the Off-Broadway Production of Naked Boys Singing! (Perky Little Porn Star/The Entertainer) and a proud member of AEA! Endless gratitude to his family and friends for their love and support!!!

David Drake

David Drake (Director)

David Drake is most widely known for his Obie Award-winning performance in his self-penned one-man show The Night Larry Kramer Kissed Me. One of the longest-running solo shows in New York theater history, the show had a year-long run at the Perry Street Theater in 1992. Other off-Broadway performance credits include Pageant, Vampire Lesbians Of Sodom, Son of Drakula, and End of the World Party. As a director, Drake guided a cast of 40 performers in the final act of Taylor Mac's five-act music-theater extravaganza The Lily's Revenge at the Here Arts Center in New York, which won a 2010 Obie Award, and landed on the 10-best lists of The NY Post, Paper Magazine, and The New Yorker. Other NY directing credits include Starstruck, That Woman: Rebecca West Remembers, and The Be(a)st Of Taylor Mac, which won a Herald Angel Award and an Argus Angel Award upon its debut in Edinburgh. A benefit concert performance of The Night Larry Kramer Kissed Me on May 20, 2013 featuring Drake and an all-star ensemble cast raised over $66,000 for Broadway Cares/Equity Fights AIDS.

Aliane Baquerot

Aliane Baquerot (Choreographer)

Aliane Baquerot has appeared on Broadway in: Movin' Out, Contact, and Saturday Night Fever. Aliane has also been featured on TV/Film: A Christmas Carole, The Curious Case of Benjamin Button, Spiderman 3, Southland Tales, Celebrity Circus and Cold Case. She has choreographed numerous corporate events as well as webisodes for Jerry Zucker, full-length theatrical events for AntiGravity (including American Band and the Fly Tour) and the 2008 Tour of Gymnastics Superstars.

Jason Courson

Jason Courson (Projection / Scenic Designer)

Jason Lee Courson is a production designer for theatre, film, industrial events and fashion. Jason's off-Broadway productions include the currently running, hit sensation NEWSical as well as A Stoop On Orchard Street among others. Jason's regional credits include productions of West Side Story, Gypsy, Thoroughly Modern Millie, and La Cage Aux Folles, and many others. Jason's production design work (including projection) has also been featured in several seasons of Mercedes Benz Fashion Week (including the last 6 Red Dress Collections for The Heart Truth). Jason Courson's most recent film design credits include The Big Gay Musical, You Can't Have It All, and Go Go Crazy. Jason holds an MFA in Scenic Design from the Conservatory of Theater Arts and Film at Purchase College, SUNY. www.CoursonDesigns.com

Karl Ruckdeschel (Costume Designer)

Karl Ruckdeschel was touched by a Gaylien in 1996 and has been a proud member of the HomoNation ever since. He is thrilled to be back in bed with David Drake and loving all the new playmates under the sheets. Favorite bedpost Design notches include Man of Rock, NYMF 2011, Trolls, A New Musical, Actor's Playhouse, Laura's Bush, and The Country Wife (2007 Innovative Theatre Award nomination) for Honk Bark at Vital Theatre, Jesus and Mandy. Theatre for a New City, Mao On Line One, and On the Open Road for DownTownTheatre Co. Associate Design notches for Rock of Ages (2009 Tony Nom., Henry Hewes Nom.), And for Avenue Q, Broadway, Las Vegas, US tours and New World Stages. Plus 13 years of designing and creating costumes for Broadway Bares, BC/EFA. "Everything's better with a little bit of sparkle."

KJ Hardy (Lighting Designer)

Resident lighting designer for 54 Below, upcoming projects include The
Orion Experience at XL. Recent design credits include: Our Hit Parade
at Joe's Pub, Andrew Bird's  Gezelligheid at Riverside Church, The
Orion Experience at Dixion Place, 35MM a Musical Exhibition at
Galapagos Arts Space. Silence the Musical at Ps122 & Numerous
productions for NYMF, NYC-Fringe.

Ashley Warren (Production Stage Manager)

Ashley Warren recently worked on The Weight of Water and The Austerity of Hope (ELR Productions). Last summer, she was the production manager at Acadia Repertory Theatre in Maine. Favorite productions include: Agnes Under the Big Top & Avenue Q at Mixed Blood Theatre, 12th Night of the Living Dead at Stray Cat Theatre and Urinetown! & Sweeney Todd at ASU Lyric Opera Theatre.

Michael Tosto (Assistant Stage Manager)

Michael Tosto couldn't be more excited to be rocking with Homos. He holds a B.F.A. in Theater Design & Technology from SUNY Buffalo and an M.F.A. in Stage Management from Columbia University where he just Stage Managed New Plays Now! (The 2013 MFA Playwrights Festival). Recently Michael has worked on bare: the musical at New World Stages, NERDS: A New Musical Comedy and 5 Lesbians Eating A Quiche Off Broadway.

Mark Hartman

Mark Hartman (Producer)

Mark Hartman is an Associate Producer of SILENCE THE MUSICAL, and was an original Producer of SILENCE for fringeNYC. As a Music Director, his Broadway credits include SONDHEIM ON SONDHEIM and AVENUE Q. Off-Broadway: SILENCE THE MUSICAL, AVENUE Q, THE FANTASTICKS, ERNEST IN LOVE, TAKE ME ALONG, FINIAN'S RAINBOW, THE IRISH...AND HOW THEY GOT THAT WAY. National Tour: PIPPIN, GUYS AND DOLLS, THE IRISH... Regional: Broadway In Chicago, The Old Globe, A.R.T., North Shore Music Theatre, Asolo Rep, Cape Playhouse, PlayMakers Repertory Company, and many more. He has been the Music Director on four NYMF shows in prior seasons, and a fifth this season. Mark is the recipient of two MAC Awards and the Backstage Bistro Award for Music Direction, and an IRNE Award and BroadwayWorld Boston Award nominee for Music Direction.

Noah Lemaich

Noah Lemaich (Producer)

Associate Producer: 5 Lesbians Eating a Quiche (FringeNYC, Fringe Encores, and Off-Broadway). Producer's Assistant: Yeast Nation (Fringe NYC), Clybourne Park (Broadway). Producer: Eden's Evenings (Off Off Broadway). Future Projects: Warsaw and Wounded Knee (both by William Wade). Thanks to all the folks at NYMF for letting this Gay little show invade the Festival!

Playthings Theatre (Associate Producer)

Launched in June of 2012, Playthings Theatre is run by Jason Brubaker, Morgan K. Cerio and Allen Davidson. Playthings' mission is to create an artistic environment for the LGBT community and their allies to provide a context of understanding the complex roots of sexuality. By doing so we will bring both classic and contemporary works from the LGBT writers to the stage to enlighten the brilliance and elegance of the community. The company will provide performances of the LGBT community that will shape not only an understanding of its past sacrifices, but of the present and future endeavors which the community wishes to achieve.

Adam Jackman

Adam Jackman (Assistant Director)

Adam Jackman is delighted to be returning to NYMF with another show that's out to change the world, after NYMF hosted a sold-out run of the militantly redheaded R.R.R.E.D A Secret Musical (Book, with Katie Thompson and Patrick Livingston) in 2009. He recently moved to New York, where he has completed his first novel, Year of the Horse, set for release next year, and now works as a Playwright, Director, and Producer for commercials and editorial photography.

Carolyn Doherty (Assistant Choreographer)