Riley Thomas: Looking Forward

Riley Thomas: Looking Forward

at The Romulus Linney Courtyard Theatre

  • Thursday, July 11, 2013 at 5:00 pm
  • Thursday, July 11, 2013 at 9:00 pm

After a sold out award-winning run of his musical Stuck at NYMF '12, writer/composer Riley Thomas looks to the future with snapshots of four new works-in-progress, ranging from gritty black box pieces to full-scale Broadway style shows.  Come be a part of the development by voting for your favorite!

Deuces Wild: Atlantic City better watch out when a New Jersey gambler realizes his autistic cousin has a head for numbers.

Living Larkin: Delve into a lurid but eloquent mind in this gritty one-man exposé.  (R-rated.  Book & Additional Lyrics by Jon Larkin)

Wearing Black: Evan must navigate the drugs, debts and relationships he inherits when his twin brother is killed.

Blood Fountain: An ancient and evil wizard seeks to restore his lost power in this sweeping fantasy epic.

Running Time: 1 hour 15 minutes with no intermission.

Riley Thomas

Riley Thomas (Book / Music / Lyrics, Co-director)

Riley Thomas is a writer/composer and a member of ASCAP.  His last work Stuck at NYMF 2012 was awarded the Theatre for the American Musical Prize, the Daegu International Musical Festival Production Award, and Honorable Mentions for Best Book and Best Music.  Other projects include Wearing Black at FRIGID New York (Best Original Score) and works with Bare Knuckle Theatre Festival, 8-Minute Musicals, and From the Hip Playwriting Festival; and cabarets/concerts in venues such as the Duplex, the Metropolitan Room and the Laurie Beechman Theatre.  Riley is the executive/artistic director of Dark Prophet Productions LLC, an associate producer of the West Village Musical Theatre Festival, and a recipient of a Anna Sosenko Assist Trust Grant (2012) and a Johnny Mercer Songwriter's Certificate (2009).  For more information please visit

Tess Brenner

Tess Brenner (Blood Fountain)

Tess Brenner is psyched, giddy and slightly relieved to be making her NYMF debut. The NYMF Festival is something Tess has wanted to be a part of for quite some time. She probably won't realize that it's actually happened until the show's over; don't be alarmed if fellow actors pinch her mid performance. Most recently Tess performed in Iris A New Play by Emma Wagner at PortFringe. Previous to that she was on tour with Vital Theater Company's production of Angelina Ballerina as Miss Mimi. Tess was schooled at The Boston Conservatory and has a deep love for her native state of Missouri. Her website, much like herself is a work in progress: Follow me on the twitter @thetessbrenner.

Dennis Brito

Dennis Brito (Wearing Black)

Drew Copeland

Drew Copeland (Deuces Wild)

Margaret Dietrich

Margaret Dietrich (Deuces Wild / Blood Fountain)

Benjamin Glaser

Benjamin Glaser (Blood Fountain)

Jonathan Hooks

Jonathan Hooks (Blood Fountain)

Theatre includes: Julius Caesar (The Royal Shakespeare Company at BAM), The House of Von Macramé (The Bushwick Starr), Richard's Rampage (BAM), TS Eliot Old Vic New Voices (Old Vic, London, England), Torch-Bearers (Williamstown), Irene Ryan Showcase (Kennedy Center). Film includes: Haitian Son (dir. Marc-Eddy Loriston); I Do? (dir. Reinaldo Green). Training: The Public Theater's Shakespeare Lab, The University of Oklahoma School of Drama.

James Koroni

James Koroni (Deuces Wild)

James Koroni is jovial, driven and lives through compassion. Dance credits include Madonna, Robert Delong, Son Of Kick, Icona Pop, Princess Superstar, Notic Nastic, Clara Lofaro, Heineken, AVEDA and "Good Morning America." His socially conscious performance pieces have been invited yearly across seas in a Parisian festival at La Bellevilloise. Theatrical credits include Love In A Tub, The Man Who Wasn't There and Bagabones, all in The Fringe Festival here in New York City and Edmonton, Canada. He portrayed the role of Young Rich in the Equity Showcase of Lemon Meringue under the direction of Terri Muuss, which will return this fall. You can also spot in in the charming web-series "connie & jimmy" portraying the role of Jimmy. James is looking forward to performing an original work by Riley Thomas, co-directed by Logan Vaughn in the New York Musical Festival. More info on James Koroni at

Jon Larkin

Jon Larkin (Living Larkin)

Amanda Adele Lederer

Amanda Adele Lederer (Blood Fountain)

NY: Shlemiel the First (TFANA), The Woodsman (Strangemen & Co.), The Dunes (Gallery Players), Agnes of God; The Crucible; Dark of the Moon; Dinner with Friends;Valhalla; All My Sons (Project Rushmore). Regional: The Divine Sister (with Steven Polito, aka "Hedda Lettuce," Stageworks Hudson), The Trial of FDR (New Stage Performing Arts), Make Sure It's Me (BTF), Virginia Woolf (Aglet), Streetcar; Uncle Vanya; Guys & Dolls (New Harmony). Film: Are We Officially Dating? (Treehouse Pictures, Dir. Tom Gormican). Proud company member of Strangemen & Co. and Project Rushmore Theatre Co. Graduate of Catawba College, BA Theatre Arts.

EJ Marotta

EJ Marotta (Dueces Wild)

EJ spends most of his time in Central Park and at the beach when the weather permits.  He is an aquarius and finds that fluorescent lights hurt his eyes and give him migraines.  Most recently he discovered his love for the tropics. He is thrilled to be working with Riley Thomas and his music and thinks that NYMF is really cool.

Erin Maya

Erin Maya (Wearing Black)

Erin Maya is so happy to be back at NYMF again after her debut last year in Zapata! The Musical (Lupe/Ensemble). Erin played the role of Kristin in Wearing Black at the NY Frigid Festival this past year: She is grateful to Riley for this opportunity and for having the courage to write honestly about grief in its many forms. Other roles include: Mareli in Amigo Duende (Salgado Productions), Helen/Vinnie in The Donkey Show Boston original cast (A.R.T., directed by Tony Winner Diane Paulus), and Maureen in Rent (Boston Conservatory).

Elisabeth Ness

Elisabeth Ness (Deuces Wild / Blood Fountain)

Elisabeth Ness thanks Riley Thomas, Jen Waldman, and all the marvelous, crazy people who create new musicals! A Yale alumna who acts (and sings) onstage, on camera, and in voice-over, Elisabeth has appeared at venues such as the Williamstown Theatre Festival (under director Roger Rees), NYMF's Tisch Showcase at 59E59, Signature Theatre in Virginia, and a Broadway Across America national tour. Stage roles include an enthusiastic presidential campaign intern (the Helen Hayes Awards-Recommended Farragut North), a naive Senator's daughter ('Best Comedic Play of the Year' Red Herring), a murderous prostitute (Ars Nova's world premiere of Hinterland), a nerdy high schooler (IT Award-winner Like You Like It), and a controlling six-year-old (You're a Good Man, Charlie Brown). On-screen work includes a national Pepsi commercial with Glee's Kevin McHale, the Accolade- and ECU Award-winning Vote and Die: Liszt for President, and the internationally-released feature Tobi; favorite voice-over projects include Red Dead Redemption, dELiA*s, and a training program for handling anti-LGBTQ bullying. Learn more at

Brook Packard

Brook Packard (Deuces Wild)

Off Broadway credits include Ruthie in Swingtime Canteen (bass), Lee in Cowgirls (guitar), appearances at LaMama, Weill and Merkin Concert Halls, and at the 5 Oaks in Mary Virginia's House of Cabaret and Coiffure. Regional credits include Vera in Smoke on the Mountain, Pam in Baby (West Virginia Musical Theater), the Caldwell Theater, American Stage Company, and Actor's Theater of Nantucket. Brook has been featured in the Hoch Chamber Music Series and the OSilas Gallery's Concerts in the Gallery, released two recordings of original children's music for Lingonberry Music, and has a private voice studio in Westchester County. She is delighted to be part of Riley Thomas' ensemble. For more:

Kevin Schuering

Kevin Schuering (Wearing Black)

Kevin Schuering is ecstatic to be a part of NYMF again in 2013! In NYMF 2012, you might have seen him in "Requiem For A Lost Girl." Select Regional Credits: Miss Saigon (Ogunquit Playhouse), Aladdin (Chicago Shakespeare), Apocalypse Story (Capitol Fringe), Carousel, Hello Dolly (NAAP) Thoroughly Modern Millie (Timberlake Playhouse), Man of La Mancha (Theo Ubique). He would love to thank Riley and Logan for giving him the opportunity to explore with such a beautiful piece. This one especially goes out to my real life twin, Katie! Love to Mom, Dad, Katie, Liz and the three amigos!

Zachary Spiegel

Zachary Spiegel (Deuces Wild / Blood Fountain)

Zachary Spiegel is thrilled to be apart of these new works! Credits include: The Pirates of Penzance (Bristol Riverside Theatre), Angelina Ballerina: The Musical (National Tour), Chalom: A Dream Opera (FringeNYC 2012), Sweet Charity (Knightsbridge Theatre), and the web series, "Sitting on Babies." B.A. Muhlenberg College. Many thanks to the Jen Waldman Studio and Matt Farnsworth, who never stop pushing me. Love to my incredible family, who I miss every day. @ZacharyJSpiegel

Chelsea Stavis

Chelsea Stavis (Blood Fountain)

Kyle Tuck

Kyle Tuck (Blood Fountain)

Keith Vartanian

Keith Vartanian (Deuces Wild / Blood Fountain)

Keith Vartanian is extremely excited to be a part of Riley Thomas: Looking Forward. Keith is currently a junior BFA Acting major at Pace University. A few past roles include "Jimmy" (Party Time), "TJ" (Southern Baptist Sissies), and "Haemon" (Antigone). Keith is a musician as well as an actor, and you can follow him on twitter (@keithvartanian) for music updates. Thanks to Riley, Logan, and everyone involved for making this possible!! Much love to my family and my Pace family.

Viet Vo

Viet Vo (Deuces Wild / Wearing Black)

Hailing from Hawaii, Viet Vo is just taking every moment and doing things. He's been a dancing ninja, Cuban gogo dancer, jilted husband, sketchy sailor, INS agent, an eccentric designer, Kim Jong Un, Psy, a Jet, a detective, a meditative boyfriend, and the list keeps growing. Credits include: Jigger/ NAAP's Carousel, Pedro Rivera/Brownstone Breakdown, Nelson Del Sol/Cloud Tectonics. Just simply Wants to thank Riley and Logan for allowing him to be a part of an amazing project. Mom, Dad-thank you for letting me fly. Lina-thank you for teaching me to fly. Mahalo nui loa to everyone and NYMF!

Miranda Whaley

Miranda Whaley (Wearing Black)

Jordan Wolfe

Jordan Wolfe (Deuces Wild / Blood Fountain)

Dennis Brito

Dennis Brito (Wearing Black)

Dennis is thrilled to be making his NYMF debut in "Wearing Black". Previous NY theater credits include: "Last Jew In Europe" at The Triad; "Wearing Black" at The Kraine; "Poisoned" at the Mint Theater; "All's Fair in Love & Science" at Manhattan Theater Source; "Balm in Gilead" at T. Schreiber Studios; and "La Nina Que Moria a Cada Rato" at Repertorio Espanol. Film credits include the lead role in the indie thriller "THE IDEAL" recently picked up for distribution, and supporting roles in "Reunion 108", "Three From the Block", and the award-winning short film "Vera." Be sure to catch him as a Mexican drug lord in the upcoming production of "Adan & Julio" produced by Lone Star Theater.

Logan Vaughn

Logan Vaughn (Co-director)

Logan Vaughn is a casting director, director and choreographer from Chicago. As a director and assistant director, she has worked with The Public Theatre, Playwrights Horizons, Teatro Vista Theatre, New Leaf Theatre, and Court Theatre. Logan is a former casting associate of the Tony Award Winning Goodman Theatre. In addition to the Goodman, Logan has cast for several regional theatres including: Oregon Shakespeare Festival, Cardinal Stage and Notre Dame Shakespeare Festival. Her work as a choreographer has been featured at Chicago Opera Vanguard, Second City Theatre and DMG Freedom.  Logan is the recipient of Joyce Arts Fellowship in Casting and a Member of the 2012 Directors Lab, Lincoln Center. As a model, Logan has been featured in national and international publications including: LuckyBrune and Globetrotter MagazineTelevision: The Playboy Club.

Jennifer Knox

Jennifer Knox (Choreography)

Jennifer Knox is currently the jazz instructor at Belvoir Terrace, has taught at the School at Steps and the Giordano Dance School, and was the assistant choreographer at Light Opera Works in Chicago.   Former company dancer of Culture Shock.  New York credits include Disaster! and Spring Alive, regional performance includes roles at the Goodspeed, Drury Lane Chicago,  American Theater Company, and on the National Tour of Cats.  Film/TV: The Dark KnightMiss OhioAudrey the TrainwreckRecall.

David S. Goldstein

David S. Goldstein (Lighting Design)

David S. Goldstein  is happy to be back designing at NYMF for the 4th straight year.  Enjoy the magic!   Previous NYMF:  Stuck (2012).  Ghostlight (2011). The Most Ridiculous Thing You’ve Ever Hoid (2010).  NYC: Wearing Black, Kraine Theatre.  MISS K!M, 45th Street Theatre.  Jack and the Beanstalk, New Acting Co.  Apollo and Daphne, Riverside Church. Assisted David Korins (BWY: Pee Wee Herman Show, Chinglish, Godspell)  REGIONAL:  Cohoes Music Hall (Hello Dolly, Five Guys Named Moe, My One and Only), West Virginia Public Theatre (9 to 5, Anything Goes, All Shook Up),  Allenberry Playhouse (Smokey Joes Café, The 39 Steps)   LA: West Side Story,  ELEVATOR (Hudson Theatre)  Boomermania!, Silent Roar (El Portal Theatre).  Its Top Secret!, Noho Arts Center. The Playground, MET Theatre. Rocky Horror Show, Underground Theatre.  Batboy, Whitefire Theatre. Frankie and Johnny, Santa Monica Playhouse.

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