The Water Dream

Book, Music & Lyrics by Shawn Cody, Additional Book by Rob O'Hare, Additional Lyrics by Ryan Link & Emily Otto, Musical Arrangements by Bill Barclay

The Water Dream

at The Alice Griffin Jewel Box Theatre

  • Wednesday, July 10, 2013 at 5:00 pm
  • Thursday, July 11, 2013 at 5:00 pm
  • Thursday, July 11, 2013 at 9:00 pm

After being dumped by his brilliant girlfriend, struggling writer Colin (Anthony Rapp) is visited by terrifying illusions from his childhood. Can he confront tragedy, embrace imagination, and defeat the dragon who haunts his dreams -- in time to save his real life?  Generation X with a hero complex.  

Running Time: 2 hours with intermission.

Shawn Cody

Shawn Cody (Book / Music / Lyrics, Matt / Moppet)

Actor: Shakespeare East, Hamlet (Title Role), dir. John Hadden (founding member of Shakespeare & Company), Steve Martin's Picasso at the Lapin Agile (Title Role); Moscow Art Theater/Harvard University, Oblomov (Title Role); American Repertory Theater at Harvard University, The Seagull (Medvedenko) dirJanos Szasz; Shakespeare & Company, Henry IV (Prince Hal, Mainstage u/s) dir. Tina Packer. Film: HappyThankYouMorePlease (Bartender) dir. Josh Radnor (Sundance Film Festival Audience Award Winner). Awards: Boston Shakespeare Acting Competition (Lincoln Center, New York), Boston Globe Acting Scholarship, American Repertory Theater Institute for Advanced Theater Training at Harvard University Alumni Association Artist Grant, Massachusetts Cultural Council Fellowship in Playwriting, Citation from Massachusetts Governor Deval Patrick for Outstanding Achievement in the Arts. Training: Harvard University, American Repertory Theater Institute for Advanced Theater Training  (Master of Fine Arts), Moscow Art Theater, National Theater Institute, Eugene O'Neill Theater CenterRoyal Shakespeare Company, Shakespeare & Company, New York Film Academy. Member, Harvard Alumni Association, American Repertory Theater Institute for Advanced Theater Training at Harvard University Alumni Association, Harvardwood, Shakespeare & Company (since 1994), Actors Equity Association. 

Rob O

Rob O'Hare (Additional Book)

New York: Dracula (Little Shubert); OD@C (The Internationalists); We Are Being Held (Coffee Cup); No Place to Be Somebody (The Sackett Group); Hell House (Les Freres Corbusier); Peter and the Starcatcher (Disney Theatrical workshop). Regional: Bloody Bloody Andrew Jackson, Paradise Now, The Witching Hour (Williamstown Theatre Festival).

Emily Otto

Emily Otto (Additional Lyrics / Associate Music Director / Dramaturg)

Emily Otto is thrilled to reunite with her Water Dream family.  Her music directing credits include Southern Comfort (Barrington Stage and CAP21), Jay Alan Zimmerman's Incredibly Deaf Musical (NYMF), and the long-running cabaret Shells (Joe's Pub). Co-creator of eight original productions with NYC's Stolen Chair Theatre Company, including The Man Who Laughs, Stage Kiss, Kinderspiel, Kill Me Like You Mean It, and Theatre is Dead and so are You.  Emily has also dramaturged for directors Martha Clarke, Neil Bartlett, and Robert Woodruff at the American Repertory Theatre and the San Francisco Opera.  Education:  MFA in dramaturgy from the ART/MXAT Institute at Harvard University, BA in theatre and music from Concordia College.

Ryan Link

Ryan Link (Additional Lyrics / Guitar)

Broadway: Wonderland (u/s Jack/White Knight/White Rabbit); Hair - 2009 Revival (Tribe/Berger/Woof); Rent (Roger). National Tour: Aida (Radames/Standby). Other: Clear; Son of a Gun; American Duet (Eugene O'Neill Ctr); White Noise (Workshop); Pure Country (reading); Jesus Christ Superstar (Jesus - Kansas City Starlight). TV: "Law & Order: CI"; "Bedford Diaries"; "One Life to Live." Film: Hunter and the Swan (Sundance 2011); Departure; Man Who Counted. Music: iTunes; CDBaby; Kill The Camera; Miss Fortune; Salamander. AEA since 2002.

Karmine Alers

Karmine Alers (Emma / Sweetwater)

Broadway and Tours: Rent 2001-2008 (Mimi); Regional: Aida (Title Role). Film: Glamour Reel Moments, Whirlwind, Naked as We Came In. TV: "Rescue Me," "One Life to Live," "Six Degrees," "The Today Show," "Regis and Kelly," "Tony Danza," "Jenny Jones," "Rupaul." Music: For You (Airgo Music), 3RD party (A&M Records).

Cheo Bourne

Cheo Bourne (Forester / Tenor Soloist / Ensemble)

New York: Shine! (NYMF). First Regional Production after Broadway of Passing Strange (Youth). Regional: Hot Mikado, Cabaret, Of Mice and Men, Animal Farm (New Repertory Theatre); Harriet Jacobs (Underground Railway Theater); Jerry Springer The Opera, Xanadu (SpeakEasy Stage); Honk! (Wheelock Family Theatre, IRNE nomination); Comedy of Errors (Commonwealth Shakespeare Co.). Connecticut College, BADA. AEA.

Doug Chapman

Doug Chapman (Prof. Danbury / Dandelion Bum, Associate Producer)

New York: Romeo & Juliet, Hamlet (Empirical Rogue); Reconstruction, Auto da Fe (International WOW Company); Gospel According to St Matthew (Living Theatre); Itsy Bitsy Spider (Studio Six). American Repertory Theatre: Romance (The Doctor); The Seagull (Dorn u/s); Communist Dracula Pageant (Prosecutor u/s). With the American Repertory Theatre Institute: Ladybird (The Drunk); Aloha, Say the Pretty Girls (Martin); Largo Desolato (Edward); Ajax in Iraq (Lieutenant/Fletcher); Discreet Charm of Monsieur Jordain (Choreographer). Elsewhere: Captain Bluntschli in Arms and the Man (PVCC); Mr. Martin in The Bald Soprano (Live Arts); Ferdinand in The Tempest (MBC). ART/MXAT Institute at Harvard University (MFA), Oberlin College (BA), Interlochen Arts Academy. AEA. 

Brian Dykstra

Brian Dykstra (Michael / Blue Whale / Red Dragon)

Currently co-starring in the Tony Nominated Lucky Guy on Broadway with Tom Hanks. Recent: Rothko (Red), Walter (The Price), Trigorin (The Seagull), Elyot (Private Lives), Claudius (Hamlet), Heisenberg (Copenhagen), Eddie Carbon (View from the Bridge). Solo Shows: Selling Out, The Jesus Factor, Cornered & Alone, Ho. Film/TV: "HBO Def Poetry," "Chappelle’s Show" (Premiere), "Knight & Day," "Freedomland," "Third Watch," "Law & Order." Drama Desk Award in 2005.

Alexis Hightower

Alexis Hightower (Marina / Ensemble)

National Tours: Rent, Whistle Down the Wind. Off-Broadway: Bright Lights, Big City, The Princess & the Black Eyed Pea, Clear. AEA.

Adam Kern

Adam Kern (Ariel Soloist / Walking Whale / Ensemble, Associate Producer)

TS Eliot Fellow - Old Vic, London. MFA - American Repertory Theatre - Moscow Art Theatre Institute at Harvard. BFA Musical Theatre - Kent State University. With leading International credits including The Old Vic in London (under direction of Kevin Spacey) and the Moscow Art Theatre, and regional credits including work at the Los Angeles Philharmonic, the Classical Theatre of Harlem, The American Repertory Theatre and St. John the Divine Cathedral, Adam has played lead and supporting roles in musical theatre from Judas in Superstar to Dave in The Full Monty to Deuteronomy in Cats, and roles in classical work including Julius Caesar and Hamlet. Film work includes Mamarosh (Supporting) and Social Butterfly. Adam is developing and Executive Producing The Victims – a dark comedy about the Palestinian-Israeli conflict. TV: Onion Sports Network, "#102"; "StartUp" (Pilot), "Pilot Season Survival Guide." Proud member of SAG-AFTRA and AEA.

Josh Lamon

Josh Lamon (Harry / Henry)

Broadway: Hair (Original Revival/cast recording & 2011 Summer Of Love Cast), Elf (dir. Casey Nicholaw) & Into the Woods (Shakespeare In The Park). Off Broadway: February House (Public Theatre). Tours: Wicked (1st National) & Hair (Helen Hayes Award). Film/Tv: "30 Rock," "The Standbys," "Steve Phoenix," The Tony Awards, "The View." Webseries: "Submissions Only" & "The Faculty." Workshops: Little Miss Sunshine (dir. James Lapine), Chaplin (dir. Warren Carlyle). Training: Upright Citizens Brigade. Twitter: @JoshLamon

Alisa Ledyard

Alisa Ledyard (Ensemble)

Regional: Merchant of Venice (Jessica), American Shakespeare Center, Blackfriars Playhouse, Rocky Horror Show (Janet), Pippin (Catherine). Teaches rock and roll to babies with the group Rock-a-Baby. AEA.

Alana Rader

Alana Rader (Ensemble)

Pride and Prejudice (Kitty), Misanthrope (Clitandre), Othello (Desdemona), Swingtime Canteen (Jo), Seussical (Birdgirl/Gertrude u/s), Gypsy (Louise). AEA.

Anthony Rapp

Anthony Rapp (Colin / Additional Contributions)

Original Broadway Cast and Feature Film of the Tony Award and Pulizer Prize-winning Musical Rent (Mark) as well as the Original Off-Broadway and recent Broadway Tour Casts. Without You, a Memoir of Love, Loss, and the Musical Rent (Creator/Star). Broadway: You're a Good Man, Charlie Brown (Title Role), Precious Sons (Outer Critics Circle Award, Drama Desk nom.), Six Degrees of Separation. Film: A Beautiful Mind (SAG Ensemble nom.), Adventures in Babysitting, David Searching, Dazed and Confused, Love and Other Impossible Pursuits, Man of the Century, Road Trip, School Ties, Six Degrees of Separation, and Winter Passing, written/directed by his brother, Adam Rapp. TV: "X-Files," "Beach Boys: An American Family," "Kidnapped," and "Law & Order: SVU." Music: Look Around. US/Japan Concert Tour with Adam Pascal. AEA.

Dee Roscioli

Dee Roscioli (Isabel / Aeeeleeeooo Bell / Mariner Soloist)

Dee Roscioli recently played Elphaba in Wicked on Broadway after closing the record-breaking Chicago production and performing the role in cities across the US. She holds the distinction of having played Elphaba in more performances than any other actress. Her cabaret, Decidedly Dee, sold out in New York and Chicago. Additional NY credits include The 24-Hour Musicals, Murder Ballad (Workshops at NYS&F and Manhattan Theatre Club), Dedalus Lounge (Interart Theater Annex), Therapy Rocks (NYMF). National tour: Cats (Grizabella).

J. Robert Spencer

J. Robert Spencer (Brian / Seabird)

J. Robert Spencer is a Tony Award Nominated Actor living in New York City. In 2004, he was cast and originated the role of Nick Massi in the Tony and Grammy Award winning musical Jersey Boys. In 2008 J. Robert was cast and originated the role of Dan Goodman in the critically acclaimed Broadway production of Next To Normal, for which he was nominated for the Helen Hayes Award for Outstanding Lead Actor, and nominated for a 2008 – 2009 Tony Award for Best Performance by a Leading Actor in a Musical. As a voiceover artist, he has performed the lead voices for two Japanese animated features: Nightmare Campus and the critically acclaimed, award winning Grave of the Fireflies. In 2004, J. Robert appeared as a psychopathic killer named Bob in the independent feature film Night of the Dog. The role earned him a Best Supporting Actor Nomination at the Smmash Film Festival, and the film won Audience Awards for best feature film at Palm Beach, Santa Barbara, SMMASH and PBIFF. He is also executive producer with Wood Media Films on an environmental documentary titled On Coal River, which has been the official selection of Silverdocs, Camden, Hamptons, Chesapeake, New Orleans, and countless other Film Festivals. J. Robert can be seen and heard in CD/DVD through Sony Masterworks with Keith Lockhart and the Boston Pops in the PBS performances of Handel’s Messiah Rocks, in which he was Nominated for a 2010 Midwest Emmy Award for Best On Camera Performance by a Leading Actor.  J. Robert is also co-owner and co-creator of the hugely successful concert touring show The Midtown Men - 4 Original Stars From Broadway's Jersey Boys.  They have performed all across the country and performed over 200 concerts in just three years.  J. Robert is the 2009 recipient of an Honorary Doctorate of Fine Arts from Shenandoah University. AEA.

Justin Hines

Justin Hines (Percussion)

Justin Hines has performed with the New York Philharmonic, the Chamber Music Society of Lincoln Center, the Philharmonic Orchestra of the Americas, and is a founding member of Classical Jam. Broadway credits include Caroline or Change, Disney's Tarzan, In the Heights, and Pippin. Justin is a teaching artist for the New York Philharmonic and Carnegie Hall. 

Kris Rogers

Kris Rogers (Bass)

Kris Rogers loves water and sleeping, especially when there is REM accompanied by dreaming, so this show is the perfect fit. Glad to be back! National Tours- 42nd St, HairsprayAvenue Q, How the Grinch Stole Christmas.

Jim True-Frost

Jim True-Frost (Director)

Jim True-Frost has directed Ladybird for the Harvard/ART graduate acting Institute. At the Steppenwolf Theatre in Chicago he directed Ghost In The Machine, The Mesmerist, and Words and Music, a concert production featuring his own musical settings of poetry by Yeats, Dylan Thomas and E.E. Cummings. As an actor, he appeared in the ART productions of Julius Caesar and Romance while he was an adjunct faculty member of the Harvard/ART graduate acting program. He played “Prez” on the HBO series The Wire, and has made guest appearances on many other series, including "Chase," "Fringe," "Law and Order," "CSI: Miami," "Homicide," "Early Edition," and "Medium." His feature film appearances include Off the Map, Singles, The Hudsucker Proxy, and Affliction. His theatre appearances on Broadway include August: Osage County, Buried Child, The Grapes of Wrath, The Rivals, and Philadelphia, Here I Come! He has been a member of Chicago’s Steppenwolf Theatre Company for twenty years, and has appeared in, or directed, 15 productions there.

Jodie Moore

Jodie Moore (Musical Director)

Broadway: American Idiot, Hair, 9 to 5 the Musical, Spring Awakening, Hairspray. Off Broadway: Fat Camp The Musical, Rent, Toxic Avenger. 1st National Tours: 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee, Hairspray, Aida, Rent, Footloose The Musical. She has played in numerous Broadway and Off Broadway orchestras, most recently: Spiderman, and Avenue Q. Favorite credit: Sofia Grace, her 10 month old baby girl.

Bill Barclay

Bill Barclay (Musical Arrangements)

Director of Music at Shakespeare's Globe Theatre in London.  An actor, composer, director, sound designer, and teacher, he is a company member at Shakespeare & Company (10 seasons), a company member at the Actors' Shakespeare Project (9 seasons), and a past member of the acting company at The Mercury Theatre in Colchester, England.

David S. Goldstein

David S. Goldstein (Lighting Design)

David S. Goldstein is happy to be back designing at NYMF for the 4th straight year. This year, he is represented by The Water Dream (lighting), Pirates of Finance (Scenic/Lighting) and Gary Goldfarb: Master Escapist (Scenic/Lighting). 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.

Olivia O'Brien (Stage Manager)

Olivia O'Brien is a company member and PSM for two-time Drama Desk nominee, Parallel Exit (, who has performed at 59E59 Street Theaters, Lincoln Center, Joyce Soho, and the New Victory Theatre. After serving as the company manager for Barrington Stage Company's 2012 season, she returned to PSM the annual 10X10 Festival.  She also serves as the PSM at LaGuardia High School, and credits include Hairspray, Guys and Dolls, Sweet CharityKismet, and The Merry Widow.  Other New York credits include Children of Eden and The Human Comedy at Astoria Performing Arts Center, Flamenco VivoJennifer Muller/The Works, Target Margin Theater Company, and The Oberon Theater Ensemble.  Regional: The Asolo Theater in Sarasota, FL, and The Pittsburgh Irish and Classical Theater. 

Royal Family Productions

Royal Family Productions (Producer)

A not-for-profit New York City theatre company since 2007, Royal Family Productions, Inc. (RFP) is committed to producing innovative theatre that tells important stories and providing high quality theatre education.  Under Artistic Director Chris Henry, RFP has produced 300 performances, created over 1,400 employment opportunities for performers and theatre professionals and enrolled close to 1,000 students in educational programs over six seasons.

RFP’s Main Stage highlights include co-productions of Anthony Rapp’s Without You with The Menier Chocolate Factory and The New York Musical Theater Festival; premieres of Safe Home and Dedalus Lounge; workshops of Nobody Suspects a Butterfly and Born Blue. In association with The Irish Arts Center, RFP produced Fundamental Theatre Project’s 3D Hamlet: A Lost Generation, featuring an international cast including guest star Scott Adist and a special video performance by Alec Baldwin. The show went on to run at the Edinburgh Fringe Festival.

In 2012 The Emerging Artist Program was developed to nurture the next generation of artists who are at the start of their NYC careers. These artists display talent and potential in line with RFP’s mission to create innovative theatre.  Emerging Artist productions include Don Pedro de la Cebolla, Fireside Theatre and selections from Walking the Volcano.

RFP’s Educational Theatre program concludes each session with a fully produced show featuring all of the students in the class. Educational Theatre program highlights include Louie, Red and the Jazzman, a collaboration with Wycliffe Gordon and the DVD launch of Zin Zin Zin a Violin with Marvin Hamlisch which featured many of RFP’s students.

RFP was founded by Katie Avebe, Mary Bernardi, Chris Henry and Andy Theodorou.

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