Concept by Alfred Solis, Book & Lyrics by Mark-Eugene Garcia & Alfred Solis, Music by Amy Baer & Keith Robinson


at The Romulus Linney Courtyard Theatre

  • Friday, July 19, 2013 at 8:00 pm
  • Saturday, July 20, 2013 at 1:00 pm
  • Sunday, July 21, 2013 at 9:00 pm
  • Wednesday, July 24, 2013 at 1:00 pm
  • Sunday, July 28, 2013 at 5:00 pm

Five strangers meet in an airport standby line and must decide among themselves who deserves to get on the next flight. They soon realize that this is no ordinary airport and their meeting is by no means a coincidence. With a pop-rock score, this musical reminds us how interconnected we are!

Running Time: 1 hour 45 minutes with no intermission.

Alfred Solis

Alfred Solis (Concept / Book / Lyrics / Producer)

Alfred Solis is a playwright and the Director of New Media at the Buck Institue for Education. Alfred grew up in California amongst a myriad of Filipino families, where he brought awareness of the Filipino culture through various creative works. Alfred earned his Bachelors of Science at Cal Poly San Luis Obispo. Notably, Alfred hosted Bill Gates & Oprah Winfrey in his classroom at High Tech High as part of his efforts to advance education reform. He continues to travel the world promoting Project-Based Learning and education technology.

Mark-Eugene Garcia

Mark-Eugene Garcia (Book / Lyrics)

Mark-Eugene Garcia is a proud member of ASCAP and is the director of the Playwrights Forum of the F.A.C.T. Theatre Company. He studied book and lyric writing with the Academy of New Musical Theatre in Los Angeles. His written work includes the novel Little Corner (Dortort Family Undergraduate Award). His musicals include Standby (FringeNYC 2012-Encores Selection, NYMF-Next Link Selection), Facing East: A New Musical ( Chicago Special Event-Nominee), The Holy Cows Of Credence South Dakota, and The Journey. Plays include (Un)Missed Connections (Jacob Weiser Playwriting Award, The Stark Award in Drama-honorable mention), One Night At The Golden Boot, Inscriptions, What Friends Are For? and Keys. His works have been presented in The New York International Fringe Festival, The Planet Connections Theatre Festivity, The Puzzle: Marble’s Festival of New Works, ANMT’s Festival of New Musicals, Untucked: LBGT One Act Festival, LaGuardia Performing Arts Center, Disney’s Hyperion Theatre, and The Colony Theatre Burbank.

Amy Baer

Amy Baer (Music)

Amy Baer is a composer for film, television and theater. As music assistant to Academy Award-winning composer Howard Shore, she recently completed work on the scores for the motion pictures HugoDangerous MethodCosmopolis, The Hobbit. She also composed the music for the trailer of “The King’s Speech.” As an orchestrator and copyist, Amy works with composers Greg Pliska, Joel Doeck, and the musical group HEM. Additionally, her work with the Public Theatre’s productions of 12th Night and As You Like It for Shakespeare in the Park have led her to work with such artists as Anne Hathaway, Audra McDonald, and Raul Esparza. Amy is a member of ASCAP and earned her Master's in Film Composition from NYU (Elmer Bernstein Award Winner), and participated in the Tony winning BMI Lehman Engel Musical Theatre Workshop. Most recently, she composed for the National Geographic Documentary Hunting with Giants.

Keith Robinson

Keith Robinson (Music / Music Director / Producer)

Keith Robinson is a composer, producer, and the VP at Sample Logic LLC sound library company. He is a member of the Adjunct Faculty at the Clive Davis Institute of Recorded Music (Recorded Music: Tisch School of the Arts at NYU). As a part of his ongoing pursuit as an educator, Keith authored the book, “Ableton Live 8 and Suite 8: Create, Produce, Perform” published by Focal Press. Keith also works alongside NYC music producer Andrés Levin (Grammy Award, In The Heights cast recording), composing music for feature films (El Cantante, Borderland, Feel The Noise, Ladron Que Roba A Ladron, One Heartbeat) and TV commercials, including projects featuring Mark Anthony, Jennifer Lopez, Michael Stipe, Cucu Diamantes, Miguel Bose, Beto Cuevas, and Yerba Buena. Keith is a member of ASCAP, holds a BA in Music Education & Trumpet Performance and a MM in Music Technology: Scoring for Film and Multimedia. 

Dwelvan David

Dwelvan David (Peter)

Dwelvan David thanks God for regional theatre! NYC & NYMF debut. Favorite credits include Francesca Zambello’s Show Boat at the Lyric Opera Chicago, Drury Lane Oakbrook’s multi Jeff Award-winning RagtimeAin’t Misbehavin’ (Ken); The Wiz (The Wiz); The Nativity (King Herod); Caroline, or Change (The Bus/The Dryer); Marc Robin’s Treasure Island (Billy Bones/Job Anderson); Cats (Deuteronomy); Big River (Jim); Songs for a New World (Man 1). A Chicago native, Dwelvan holds a BFA from Millikin University and is a proud member of Actors’ Equity Association, SAG-AFTRA and AGMA.Thanks to the creative team for this opportunity to share my gift. Shalom Y’all! Visit

Alex Goley

Alex Goley (Andrew)

Alex Goley is very excited to be making his NYMF debut with STANDBY. Off-Broadway credits: Brother Bear (The Berenstain Bears Live!), Henri (The Butterfly, Making Books Sing) Regional credits: Huckleberry Finn (Big River, Theatreworks SV), Prince Edmund (Richard III, Arkansas Shakespeare). Alex is also featured as Harvey Hare on Northeast Children’s Theatre Company’s OCR of Tortoise and the Hare. Graduated NYU Tisch 2011. Alex would like to thank NYMF, Frontier Booking, and his friends and family for their love and support.

Jenna Leigh Green

Jenna Leigh Green (Cynthia)

Jenna Leigh Green is thrilled to be a part of Standby and to be back at NYMF for the 2nd year in a row. NY credits include Wicked (NessaRose), Bare (Ivy), as well as numerous readings, workshops and concerts. TV audiences know her best as Libby Chessler from Sabrina The Teenage Witch as well as many other cool gigs, but Skylar, Sydney, Sam, Sawyer, Ivy and Brennan just call her Auntie Jenna. Thanks to the team!

Eryn Murman

Eryn Murman (Samantha)

Broadway: Spring Awakening (Anna, u/s Wendla, Ilse, Dance Captain). New York & Regional: Canon in D Minor (Soho Rep & La Mama, NYC Fringe 2012), Spring Awakening (Wendla & Dance Captain to Sonya Tayeh at San Jose Rep), Iphigenia At Aulis (Iphigenia at the Factory Theatre, Toronto), Gravity Radio (BAM), Pregnancy Pact (Yale). Eryn is a singer-songwriter for her NYC-based earth band, 5j Barrow. To see what she’s up to go to, or check out her band and gigs at

Darren Ritchie

Darren Ritchie (Richard)

Darren Ritchie most recently appeared in NYMF alumni show Nerds as Steve Jobs at North Carolina Theatre. On Broadway, he originated the White Knight/Jack in Wildhorn’s Wonderland: Alice’s New Musical Adventure, Dracula the musical, Thoroughly Modern Millie, The Little Shop of Horrors and Bells are Ringing, Les Miserables. He has appeared regionally at the Goodspeed Opera House, TPAC, Kansas City Starlight, North Shore Music Theatre, Music Theatre of Wichita and the Old Globe, as well as in multiple concerts (currently “Broadway Rox”), NYC readings, TV commercials and voiceovers. Also appeared in several films and television shows and soaps, most notably Stroller Wars and Days of our Lives. Please follow me on twitter @thedritchie. Love to all my family and friends!

Matt Shingledecker

Matt Shingledecker (Jonathan)

Matt Shingledecker is thrilled to be making his NYMF debut and is grateful to help in the development of this beautiful new piece. Broadway: West Side Story (Tony), Spring Awakening. Off-Broadway: Rent (Roger – Original Revival Cast). 1st National Tour: Spring Awakening (Georg). TV: Blue Bloods. Matt has also had the privilege of working in London, LA, regionally at Charleston Stage and Flat Rock Playhouse, and on many up and coming readings and workshops here in the city. Proud alumnus of Elon University (BFA Music Theater) and member of Actors' Equity. Lots of love to my Mom and Dad, without whom none of this would have been possible…quite literally, Mama, Krystina, Kurt Robinson, The Gage Group, Paul, and all of my teachers, family, and friends. You all continue to inspire me on a daily basis.

Carlos Armesto

Carlos Armesto (Director)

Carlos Armesto is Producing Artistic Director for Theatre C ( Selected directing credits with Theatre C include Hedwig and the angry inch; Spring Awakening, The Who’s Tommy (NJ Tony: Best Director), and disOriented. Other cirecting credits: Louis Armstrong Jazz Ambassador (Making Books Sing); Kingdom (ReVision Theatre; NJ Tony: Best Musical). Current projects in development with Theatre C: Psycho Pump (a theatrical rock concert with New Wave inspiration) and Lesacre.jpg (inspired by The Rite of Spring). Princess Grace Award (2005), Princess Grace Special Project Grant (2010); Foeller Fellowship (Williamstown Theatre Festival). BS, Chemical Engineering and Theatre (M.I.T). MFA,Directing (Carnegie Mellon School of Drama). SDC, NAMT


Elisabetta Spuria

Elisabetta Spuria (Choreographer)

Elisabetta Spuria began her career as a dancer and a choreographer in Italy. She has worked with Mariah Carey (Charmbracelet World Tour) and Michael Bolton (Only A Woman Like You Tour) as both associate choreographer and assistant director. She has been an assistant choreographer, dance captain and performer in numerous theatre productions: Footloose, Nights on Broadway III, the operas Carmen (Houston Grand Opera), Candide and Aida (Opera Pacific), to name a few. Elisabetta has choreographed productions of Spring Awakening (regional premiere), The Who’s Tommy, Hedwig and the Angry Inch, disOriented (off off Broadway and NYIT nomination), Tess: a New Rock Opera (NYMF 2010), Hair, Chicago, and most recently created the movement for the Off-Broadway play Zelda at the Oasis, was the associate choreographer for the workshop of Beyond the Music. She worked on PBS’s children show The Electric Company and the ABC’s One Life To Live musical episodes. 

Patrick Rizzotti

Patrick Rizzotti (Scenic Design)

Patrick Rizzotti is a scenic designer working in theatre, opera, dance, and television with strong interest in new works and highly collaborative projects that blur the lines between director, designer, performer, and audience. His work focuses on visual storytelling and creating innovative worlds that help express the idea of the story through the use of space. NYC: Party In The USA, Victor Frange Presents Gas (Incubator Arts), Dukus (Target Margin Theatre Lab), The Vampires (Lee Strasberg Institute), No Correct Dancers (Chashama). Regional: Pittsburgh Opera, Flat Rock Playhouse, South Carolina Children’s Theatre, North Carolina Stage Company, Temple Theatre, and the Cherokee Historical Association. Assistant Design work: Broadway, Off-Broadway, Regional Theatre, and Television. Winner 2013 OPERA America Director-Designer Showcase and will be participating in the 2013 Lincoln Center Director's Lab.  He is credited contributor to the collegiate textbook 'Scene Design and Stage Lighting' (Wadsworth 2013). Member USA 829. M.F.A. Carnegie Mellon University.

Jennifer Caprio

Jennifer Caprio (Costume Design)

Broadway: The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee. NYC: In Transit (Lortel Nomination), Masked (DR2), Striking 12 (Daryl Roth), Girl's Room (QTIP), Wanda's World (Amas), Serendib (EST), The Atheist (Center Stages) Out of Iceland (Culture Project), Fugitive Songs (Dreamlight), Our Town (Actors Fund Benefit). International: Queen Esther Marrow and the Harlem Gospel Singers (European Tour). Regional: Florida Grand Opera, Minnesota Opera, Opera Boston, Opera Colorado, La Jolla Playhouse, Virginia Stage, Utah Shakespeare Festival, Actor's Theatre of Louisville, Dallas Theater Center, Williamstown Theater Festival (5 seasons), Asolo Rep, Geva Theatre Center, North Shore Music Theater, The Hangar Theatre (13 Seasons), The Cleveland Playhouse, Weston Playhouse, Barrington Stage Company. Her work was on exhibition at Lincoln Center in their presentation Curtain Call: Celebrating a Century of Women Designing for Live Performance. Graduate of Ithaca College and Carnegie Mellon School of Drama. Upcoming: New Musicals LMNOP at Goodspeed Opera House and Little Miss Sunshine Off-Broadway.

Jake DeGroot

Jake DeGroot (Lighting Design)

NY: The Crucible (The New Ohio); disOriented (Theatre C); Neither Heaven Nor Earth(PoliglotTheater); Emilie’s Voltaire (LIA, The Beckett); The Erpingham Camp (WorkShop Theatre); The Mushroom Pickers(alloy theatre). Regional: Spring Awakening, Dreamgirls (ReVision); Caroline in JerseyBig Money (Williamstown); Guys and DollsWoyzeck (CMU); International: Shout!, Smokey Joe's, And The World Goes 'Round, Showdown (Norwegian Cruise Line). Associate/Assistant: B’way: The PerformersBorn YesterdayTime Stands Still; Mary Stuart; Old Acquaintance. Off-B’way: Talley’s Folly (Roundabout); NightingaleRuined (MTC); Wig Out! (The Vineyard). Regional: Hartford Stage, Ford's, Westport, Yale Rep, George Street. Co-Lighting Supervisor: Williamstown Theatre Festival 08-09. Programmer: Blue Man Group. USA Local 829. BFA, Carnegie Mellon.

Bryce Cutler

Bryce Cutler (Props / Assistant Scenic Designer)

Bryce Cutler is a scenic and media designer originally from Florida. He has designed Victor Frange Presents Gas (Incubator Arts), Inexperienced Love (NYC Fringe), Secondhand Shakespeare (WVMTF), Titus Andronicus at the Folger Shakespeare Library and the Theatre on the Run, Spring Awakening (CMU), and has worked on various projects at the Metropolitan Opera, English National Opera and Public Theater and was an art assistant on The Dark Knight Rises. He recently won the Lloyd Weinger Award for Scenic Design and his booth design was a finalist to represent the United States at the 2015 Prague Quadrennial. He is currently designing The Lady In Red Converses With Diablo at the Greenpoint Mental Hospital. Education: B.F.A. Carnegie Mellon University.

Devorah Jaffe

Devorah Jaffe (Stage Manager)

NYC: The (*) Inn (Target Margin Theater), Everything that is the Case for Two Young Women on the Eve of the Great War Among Other Elegant Lies (Incubator Arts Project), Dukus (The TMT LAB). Regional: Five Fingers of Funk (Children's Theater Company), St. James Infirmary (Congo Square Theatre Company), L'Histoire du Soldat, Master Peter's Puppet Show, The Beggar's Opera (Castleton Opera Festival), The Laramie Project (Working Class Theatre). International: American National Curatorial Team (The Prague Quadrennial of Design and Space). Education: MFA from Carnegie Mellon University. Devorah is a member of Actors' Equity Association.

Daryl Eisenberg

Daryl Eisenberg (Casting Director)

Daryl Eisenberg is owner of Daryl Eisenberg Casting, a full service casting office for film, theatre, TV, commercials, new media. Theatre credits include West End's and Off-Broadway's White's Lies, My Big Gay Italian Wedding, Miss Abigail's Guide to Dating, Mating, and Marriage, Gay Bride Of Frankenstein, My First Time, The Awesome 80s Prom, F#%king Up Everything, Baby Case, Stand Tall, VOTE! A New Musical, Street Lights, Altar Boyz, Garage Band, Folger Theatre, Norwegian Cruise Lines, Davenport Reading Series, Gotham Stage Company. Film credits include: Hypebeasts, Sleep, Following Chase, The Last/First Kiss, Coffee & Pie. TV credits include: Casting Associate on "Gossip Girl" (Warner Bros/The CW) and "Cashmere Mafia" (Sony/ABC). Web: Pipture: Characters, Guard of Dagmar,,, Simon & Schuster Young Adult book trailers, Standard Deviants. Daryl is a graduate of NYU's Tisch School of the Arts. Member of Casting Society of America. @DECasting

Robert Cookman

Robert Cookman (Associate Music Director)

Robert Cookman has been touring the United States, Canada and Japan for the last 6 years as a musical director and keyboardist for shows such as Mamma Mia, Legally Blonde, Movin' Out, and Come Fly Away. Rob's latest projects include composing for Tea Dragon films as well as musical directing tap dancing artist Jared Grimes and subbing on the Broadway show Spiderman Turn Off the

Andrei Pamintuan

Andrei Pamintuan (Assistant Director)

Andrei Pamintuan is a writer and director. He divides his time between NJ, NY, and Manila. He was commissioned to write and direct Sa Wakas, A New Filipino Rock Musical, staged in the Philippines April 2013 for Culture Shock Productions. He is Festival Director of The Manila Fringe Festival (FringeMNL) launching November 2014. NYC: ESSPY (Dir., Ma-Yi Theater Co.), Superbia (Dir., Leviathan Lab), Monica Before and After (Dir., Asian And…), Sexter (Dir., Asian And…), Off to the Motherland We Go (Dir., Leviathan Lab), Rules of Engagement (Dir., Leviathan Lab). Regional: Hedwig and the Angry Inch (Asst. Dir., L!VE Asbury Park), Spring Awakening (Asst. Dir., Revision Theater), Thoroughly Modern Millie (Asst. Dir., Exit 82). Manila: Spring Awakening (Dir.), Stages of Love (Dir. & Script), Tony Perez’s Basted (Dir. & Adaptation), Ancient History (Dir.), The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee (Dir.), Disney’s High School Musical (Asst. Dir.), Vagina Monologues (Asst. Dir.), All Shook Up (Dir.), FORever REP (Producer), forARTISTS (Producer). BFA Theatre Arts – Directing from Ateneo de Manila University. FringeMNL 2014.

Michael Megliola

Michael Megliola (Assistant Lighting Designer)

Michael Megliola is pleased to be working with the STANDBY team. Selected lighting design: Little Shop of Horrors; Pack of Lies; Follies (St. Bart’s Players); Oy Vey The Play (Theatre Row); The Seagull (InterArt); Hell’s Kitchen The Musical (Hudson Guild); Madama Butterfly, The Medium, Glory Denied, Le Nozze di Figaro, Amahl…, Suor Angelica, et al. (Chelsea Opera); The Consequences and Directing Interns’ short play series (Williamstown); Eugene Lang Spring/Fall Dance Performances at Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater, 2007-2011. Production Assistance: God of Carnage (Jacobs Theatre); Mary Stuart (Broadhurst Theatre).

Brian Sekinger

Brian Sekinger (Assistant Stage Manager)

NYC: A Musical: Madame Bovary (Passajj Productions), The (*) Inn (Target Margin Theatre), Burnt Umber (Soulographie), Powerhouse (Sinking Ship Productions). Regional: A Trip to the Moon (Synetic Theater), Othello, 1 Henry IVThe Winter's TaleArcadia (Folger Shakespeare Theatre), August Wilson's 20th Century (Kennedy Center), Stoop Stories (Studio Theatre), Super Claudio Bros., Who's Your Baghdaddy? (New Musical Development Foundation), Shape (force/collision), Stevie Wonder Gershwin Prize Concert (The Library of Congress), Isabella's CourtTempestThe Four SeasonsHeavenly RevelationsParis: Music for the City of Light (Folger Consort), A Dicken's Christmas (Cathedral Choral Society). International: American National Curatorial Team (Prague Quadrennial). Education: MFA Carnegie Mellon University.

Merle Hansen

Merle Hansen (Producer's Representative)

Merle Hansen is a recent graduate of the University of Wisconsin at Madison. He could not be more honored and excited to work on Standby, especially since NYMF is Merle's introduction to the New York theater scene. He has worked as a stage manager for Forward Theater Company (Madison, Wisconsin), Wisconsin Public Radio (Madison, Wisconsin), and produced several other productions, showcases, and events while completing his marketing and theatre degrees over the last four years. He thanks everyone involved with this production for all the coaching and hard work that made this such a wonderful experience. He also thanks his family and friends for their continued support and encouragement. 

John Capo (Publicist; John Capo Public Relations)

"Go see Standby! FABULOUS"; "Alfred Solis and Mark-Eugene Garcia’s concept, book and lyrics will catch you by surprise with their realism, rawness and unquestioning truth." -Times Square Chronicles

"If there is one choice that you have to make today, it should be to buy a one-way ticket to Standby at this year’s NYMF. This is a trip you’ll never regret."

"STANDBY delivers a first-class experience." -Time Out New York

"Best of The Festival [Encore Series 2012]" -New York International Fringe Festival

"With its brilliant concept and flawless execution, Standby is one of the best new shows out this season." -

"Standby successfully takes on difficult subjects even as it hews to straightforward musical-theater conventions. A departure from the usual Fringe fare, this is one of the festival's best. Standby delivers a first-class experience."Time Out New York (Critic's Pick)

"It is commendable to embrace subject matter that reaches beyond the typical themes of the traditional Broadway musical. Like the brilliant musical Next to Normal, Standby strives to embrace tragic human drama, and there are weighty messages about redemption and living through great heartache." —

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