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Always, Rachel

Book and Lyrics by Jessie Field; Music by Jared Field

Always, Rachel

at The Studio Theatre at Theatre Row  [map]

  • Monday, July 7, 2014 at 3:30 pm
  • Monday, July 7, 2014 at 7:00 pm
  • Saturday, July 12, 2014 at 8:00 pm

She couldn't stay silent.

Author of "Silent Spring," which sparked the modern environmental movement, Rachel Carson led an extraordinary life. Struggling to find her place in the world as a scientist and a woman, her skill as a writer eventually brings her success and critical acclaim. However, when the destructive nature of DDT is brought to her attention, Carson jeopardizes her success, her health, and most importantly the deep relationship she shares with her neighbor Dorothy Freeman to take a stand for the earth.

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Running Time: 2 hours

Jessie Field

Jessie Field (Book/Lyrics)

Jessie Field is a Boston-area director and playwright. She currently serves as the President and Artistic Director of The Crossroad Players and directed CP’s premiere production of 'Night Mother, as well as their second show, My Romantic History, at the A.R.T.’s Oberon theater. She also directed Clark University’s Fall Musical, Sweeney Todd. ALWAYS, RACHEL is her first full-length musical and was a recipient of the Harold and Mimi Steinberg prize for Best Original Play.

Jared Field

Jared Field (Music)

Jared Field is a composer, music educator, and clarinetist. He has written works for a variety of ensembles and by students and campers across the country. Jared received his BA in Music Composition from Brandeis University, where he earned Highest Honors and graduated Summa Cum Laude. He currently teaches composition lessons to non-majors at Teachers College at Columbia University while pursuing a Masters in Music Education. For more information, please visit:

Karen Akers

Karen Akers (Maria Carson)

Karen Akers, one of America's most arresting and successful concert and cabaret stars, has performed throughout the United States, Europe, and the former Soviet Union. She has appeared in many prestigious venues worldwide from Carnegie Hall to three performances at the White House. Broadway: Original cast of the Tony Award-winning musical Grand Hotel, directed by Tommy Tune; Nine, also directed by Mr. Tune (Theatre World Award, Tony Award nomination). Film: The femme fatale in Mike Nichols's Heartburn opposite Jack Nicholson and Meryl Streep, Woody Allen's The Purple Rose of Cairo. PBS Television Specials: Presenting Karen Akers, Karen Akers: On Stage at Wolf Trap, and musical tributes to Ira Gershwin and Duke Ellington.

Bryan Austermann

Bryan Austermann (Ensemble)

Bryan is thrilled to be part of this reading of ALWAYS, RACHEL and to be working on new work! Bryan is going into his senior year studying musical theater at NYU Tisch in The New Studio on Broadway. Later this summer he will be in a workshop for another new musical, Clouds are Pillows for the Moon with the Graduate Musical Theater Writing program at NYU.

Susan Bott

Susan Bott (Marie Rodell)

Off Broadway: Paula Vogel's And Baby Makes Seven, Julie Kramer's The Best of Everything (New York Times Critic's Choice) and in Amy Wilson's Mother Load (New York Magazine's Critic's Pick). Comedy credits: comedy duo STEVE, (Obie Award winning), New George's sketch comedy group Kinda Personal and Upright Citizens Brigade, NYC. Hundreds of voice overs and commercials. Current national on camera, Iams and Tribe Hummus, but still recognized as Beth, the (former) crazy dancing Swiffer lady. Television credits include the bygone Dana Carvey Show.

Vincent DiGeronimo

Vincent DiGeronimo (Ensemble)

Favorite roles include Dean in Prophet in Pink at the 2012 FRINGE Festival, Seymour in Little Shop of Horrors at The Players Theatre, Albert Peterson in Bye, Bye Birdie at Yorktown Stages, and Lockstock in Urinetown at Lehman College. Vincent wrote a one-man show, Night of 1,000 Depressing-Ass Ballads, which has been performed at The Gloria Maddox Theatre and Dixon Place. His debut album, Not Again, is available on iTunes and

Tamra Hayden

Tamra Hayden (Dorothy Freeman)

Broadway: Les Miserables (Cosette), Cabaret (Texas); Off-Broadway: Jacques Brel...; National Tours: Phantom of the Opera (Christine), Les Miserables (Cosette), and Fiddler On The Roof (Hodel, opposite Theodore Bikel). Recordings: Tradition, Tartan & Tears, I Believe In The Fire, and A Day At The Fair. Tamra co-developed several patent pending iOS and Leap Motion apps, MusicalMe Images, ( which use color and movement to create music.

Russell Koplin

Russell Koplin (Mary Scott Skinker)

Broadway: Les Miserables (Eponine) and James Joyce's The Dead. Some Off-Broadway & Regional credits: Lies My Father Told Me, Greed: A Musical for Our Times, Jerry Herman's Showtunes, the title role in Junie B. Jones (Lortel Theater), and The Ruby Sunrise directed by Oskar Eustis. Recent developmental workshops of The Bootlegger & The Rabbi's Daughter (Jo, The Rabbi's daughter) at NYMF and LORD TOM. Film & Television: Lullaby starring Amy Adams & Richard Jenkins, Sand Castle, Law & Order: CI.

Aaron Phillips

Aaron Phillips (Julius Hyman)

Aaron is an Ovation Award nominated actor/singer, proud member of Actor's Equity, and can frequently be seen on film and TV. Past theatre credits include: Jekyll and Hyde (John Utterson), Batboy: The Musical (Batboy/Edgar), Songs for a New World, and Les Misérables (Foreman/Combeferre). Opera credits include: La Boheme with the Greensboro Opera Company, conducted by Valery Ryvkin, Pirates of Penzance (Pirate King), and Lakme (Frederic) by Delibes. Aaron most recently appeared in Pipeline Theatre’s staged reading of I’s Twinkle (Brutus/Cosmos) by Nate Weida, and is also one of four vocalists on the symphony tour, Disney In Concert. You may have seen Aaron as Carl, half of the duo that is the current face of Lipton Iced Tea. Aaron is an accomplished voice-over talent and can be heard in video games such as World of Warcraft, Grand Theft Auto V, Red Dead Redemption, and Lord of the Rings.

Laurie Wells

Laurie Wells (Rachel Carson)

Broadway: Mamma Mia! National Tours: Mamma Mia! (Donna Sheridan), Swing! (Principal vocalist). Off-Broadway/Regional: Swing!, City of Angels (Bobbi/Gabby, Goodspeed Opera House), 42nd Street (Dorothy Brock, Goodspeed, and Riverside Theatre), Ragtime (Mother, Hangar Theatre), Dames at Sea (Mona Kent, Bay Street Theatre), Game Show (Ellen Ryan, Mason Street Warehouse), My Fair Lady (Eliza Dolittle, Santa Monica CLO), I Got Merman (Stamford PAC). Principal Vocalist for World Premiere of Trip of Love in Osaka, Japan.

Remy Zaken

Remy Zaken (Young Rachel Carson)

Last seen as Hera in The Anthem Off-Broadway. Favorite credits include: Broadway: Spring Awakening (OBC Thea). Off-Broadway: Freckleface Strawberry (Title role), Spring Awakening. Regional: A Tree Grows in Brooklyn (Francie), A Little Princess (Becky). Workshops: Brooklynite (directed by Michael Mayer), Bright Star (Steve Martin musical), Some Lovers (Burt Bacharach musical). Recordings: Spring Awakening (Grammy for Best Show Album), A Little Princess. Award for Best Debut, Connecticut Critics Circle for A Tree...

Mark Oleszco (Musical Director)

Mark Oleszko is a New York City-based music director, pianist, and composer. He is also currently pursuing his Masters in Music Education at Teachers College, Columbia University. As a music director, this is his second time working on an original, exciting piece of musical theatre. Some of his other favorite previous productions have been Hair and West Side Story. As a composer, he recently finished work on a demo for his original musical, #LoveStory.

Julie Kramer (Director)

Julie Kramer directed her adaptation of The Best of Everything, which was a New York Times and Time Out Critics Pick and is published by Dramatists Play Service. Other directing includes Mother Load (Off-Broadway and national tour), Pearl’s Gone Blue (Best Musical FringeNYC), and Hillary: A Modern Greek Tragedy With a (Somewhat) Happy Ending (New Georges, The Public). For NYMF: The Bootlegger and the Rabbi's Daughter.