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Bayonets of Angst

Book by Rick Kunzi & Justin Zeppa; Music by Rick Kunzi & Adam Barnosky; Lyrics by Rick Kunzi

Bayonets of Angst

at Ford Foundation Studio Theatre  [map]

  • Wednesday, July 9, 2014 at 8:00 pm
  • Saturday, July 12, 2014 at 5:00 pm
  • Saturday, July 12, 2014 at 9:00 pm
  • Sunday, July 13, 2014 at 8:00 pm
  • Tuesday, July 15, 2014 at 9:00 pm
  • Wednesday, July 16, 2014 at 5:00 pm
  • Wednesday, July 16, 2014 at 9:00 pm

It ain't ya' great-great-great-grandpappy's kinda musical.

BAYONETS OF ANGST is an original musical comedy set to a bluegrass soundtrack and narrated by the last remaining veterans of the American Civil War. These old codgers detail the behind-the-battlefield exploits of President Lincoln, the madness of General Tecumseh Sherman, and the pickled promiscuity of General Ulysses S. Grant in a dizzying sequence of events that changed the course of history. And because they were the ones who was there - you just listen and hush up ‘bout it!

Running Time: 1 hour and 50 minutes, plus one intermission

Rick Kunzi

Rick Kunzi (Book/Music/Lyrics)

Rick Kunzi is a playwright, director, actor and lion-tamer (self-proclaimed). His musicals and plays have appeared throughout New York, most notably BRUNCH - The Musical which played at the Chernuchin Theater as an Off-Broadway Showcase.

Justin Zeppa

Justin Zeppa (Book)

Justin Zeppa is a writer and musician who focuses on whimsical tales that charm you to the core. He is a co-creator of BAYONETS OF ANGST as well as the author of the soon to be released Young Adult novel, The Creeps. A veteran musician, his latest stints being highlighted by such bands as "Flatfoot" and "The Roar."

Adam Barnosky

Adam Barnosky (Music)

Adam Barnosky is a Boston based attorney and monthly business & legal contributor for Performer Magazine. He is co-creator of BRUNCH - The Musical, the musical Welcome Week, and the newly released album "Kunzi & Barno - Just Hits" soon available on iTunes.

Michael Abbott Jr.

Michael Abbott Jr. (Sherman)

Michael Abbott Jr. has appeared Off-Broadway, at the Kennedy Center, and across the country in productions of Bus Stop, Brother Wolf, Providence Gap, Dearly Departed, Taming of the Shrew, Othello, Bat Boy the Musical, Midsummer Nights Dream, and Puddn'head Wilson, to name a few. Films include Shotgun Stories, VACATION!, Pilgrim Song, Be Still, MUD, and Elbow Grease. He is a member of John Houseman's Tony Award -winning Acting Company and a renowned commercial & video game voice over actor. He is a UNCSA Drama graduate and is represented by TalentINK NY-Chicago-LA. Love to Alisha and Gus!

Ryan Andes

Ryan Andes (Lee)

NYMF debut! Recent credits include Sweeney Todd at the NY Philharmonic (2014), South Pacific at the Paper Mill (2014), Big Fish on Broadway (2013), and he was recently a guest star on an episode of Person of Interest, CBS. He has also done various work in NYC on film, TV, and voiceover.

Herndon Lackey

Herndon Lackey (Zebulon)

Herndon Lackey's Broadway credits include Erich Geibel in LoveMusik, Hugh Dorsey in Parade, Tom Davenport in Inherit the Wind, The Warden in Kiss of the Spiderwoman, Inspector Javert in Les Miserables, Neville Landless in The Mystery of Edwin Drood, and the Squire of Dinidan in Camelot. Off-Broadway: Forbidden Broadway, Sarah Plain & Tall, Richard Cory, Bloomer Girl, and The Audience. Regional Theatre: London Production of Paradise Found at the Menier Chocolate Factory, The Opposite of Sex at the Williamstown Theatre Festival, Bounce at the Goodman and Kennedy Center, The Tavern at Milwaukee Repertory Theatre, and 3hree at the Ahmansan Theatre.

Ian Lowe

Ian Lowe (Seward)

Off-Broadway: Nikolai & the Others (Lincoln Center Theatre), Murder for Two (New World Stages), Feste in 12th Night (Sonnet Rep, directed by Michael Lluberes). Regional: Fingers & Toes (Merry Go Round, Regional Premiere), Heartbreaker starring Christine Andreas (Adirondack Theatre Festival, Regional Premiere); plays and musicals at Capital Rep, Riverside Theater, Charleston Stage, Dorset Theater Festival, Arts Center of Coastal Carolina, Ivoryton Playhouse, and others. Readings and workshops at The York, EST, MTC, APAC, BMI, etc. 2014 Lotta Lenya Competition Semi-Finalist. B.A., Yale University.

Brian Charles Rooney

Brian Charles Rooney (McClellan)

Broadway: Lucy Brown in The Threepenny Opera (Roundabout Theatre Co.). New York: Dionne Salon in Bedbugs!!! (NYMF - Outstanding Performance Award); Guys & Dolls (Carnegie Hall); Camelot (NY Philharmonic/PBS); Sondheim, The Birthday Concert (Lincoln Center/PBS). Other: Candy Darling in Pop! (Yale Rep. - CT Critics Circle Award); Tony in West Side Story (Euro Tour); Featured Soloist in The Music of Andrew Lloyd Webber (American Tour). Winner: Kurt Weill Foundation Lys Symonette Award for Dramatic Excellence.

J. Robert Spencer

J. Robert Spencer (Abraham Lincoln)

Broadway: Tony Nominated for Best Leading Actor as Dan in the Pulitzer Prize winning Musical Next to Normal. Original Nick Massi in Jersey Boys (Tony Award Best Musical 2006, Grammy Award Winner, and Gold and Platinum Record Recipient), Side Show. Regional: Arena Stage - Next to Normal (Helen Hayes Award Nomination for Outstanding Lead Actor). Animated films: Grave of the Fireflies, Nightmare Campus. TV: Law & Order SVU, All My Children, Girls Behaving Badly. FILMS: Night of the Dog (Audience Award winner at Palm Beach, Santa Barbara, and Nominated for Best Supporting Actor at the SMASH Film Festival.)

Paul Whitty

Paul Whitty (Grant)

An original and current cast member of the Tony Award -winning Broadway musical Once, Paul is thrilled to be making his NYMF debut! Other credits include Broadway: The Full Monty, Off-Broadway: Once (NYTW), Violet (Encores! Off-Center), A Thick Description of Harry Smith (New Dramatists), Twelfth Night (Sonnet Rep). Regional: Once (ART), reasons to be pretty, Art (Crescent Stage), Circle Mirror Transformation (PURE Theatre), Doubt, War of the Worlds (Village Rep). Film/TV: Song One, National Lampoon’s Beach Party at the Threshold of Hell, Law & Order SVU.

Michael Lluberes (Director)

Writing/Directing: Peter Pan: The Boy Who Hated Mothers (BroadwayWorld Los Angeles Theatre Award Best Play, LA Weekly Theater Award Nomination Best Production, The Blank Theatre, No Rules Theatre Company, Kennedy Center Page-to-Stage Festival), The Boy in the Bathroom (NYMF, Most Promising New Musical and Best Book Awards, ASCAP/Disney Workshop, The Chance Theater, The Festival of New American Musicals, Spirit of Broadway Theatre, Bloomington Playwrights Project), The Geranium on the Windowsill Just Died (Urban Stages). Directing: Twelfth Night (SRT), Nighttime Traffic (NYMF), 1,000 Cats (UCB, HBO’s Funny Or Die Presents). Acting: National Tour: Dirty Dancing, Off Broadway: Heaven Knows (EST), American Dreams: Lost and Found, Pudd’nhead Wilson, The Taming of the Shrew, As You Like It (The Acting Company). Regional: The Old Globe, Cincinnati Playhouse, St. Louis Rep, Casa Mañana, Capital Rep, Maltz Jupiter, Pioneer Theatre Company. TV: Chappelle’s Show. He is the recipient of The American Harmony Prize, an NEA New Artist Initiative Award, Hambidge and VCCA Fellowships. He is a graduate of The North Carolina School of the Arts, a member of The Acting Company, Lincoln Center Theater Directors Lab and The Dramatists Guild.

Candida K. Nichols (Costume Design)

Candida K. Nichols is a designer and photographer based in NYC. Credits include work for Lincoln Center Theater/Institute, NAATCO, Gotham Chamber Opera, On Site Opera, The Shakespeare Theatre of New Jersey, Prospect Theater Company, and Perseverance Theater, among many others. Candida is a company member of Theater Mitu (USA & UAE). Mitu's work focuses on research and training of world performance traditions. Awards include the Hay Design Fellowship at the Oregon Shakespeare Festival and the Roy Crane Award for Outstanding Creative Achievement. 

Zach Blane (Lighting Design)

Selected Credits: Too Much, Too Much, Too Many; Suicide Incorporated; YANK! (Roundabout Theatre Company). LUNGS; Zero Hour (Barrington Stage Company, Massachusetts); Chapter 2; Deathtrap; Vanya...Spike; Ain't Misbehavin'; The Hummingbird's Tour (Bucks County Playhouse); Ragtime (The Strand Theatre, Boston); CONNED (City Theatre, Detroit); Plaza Suite; Evita (Engeman Theatre, Northport); Spamalot (Fallon Theatre, Florida); Biloxi Blues (Forestburgh Playhouse); Thoroughly Modern Millie (Will Rogers Center, Texas); Norwegian Cruise Lines (Fleet-wide Lighting Designer for production shows); NYMF '13/'14 (Festival Lighting Designer). AWARDS: Excellence in Design at NYMF for The Awakening of Angel Deluna ('13), Baby Case ('12), Jane Austen's Pride and Prejudice, a musical ('11). Named "Designer to Watch" by Live Design Magazine 2011.

Harrison Adams (Sound Design)

Harrison Adams is a sound designer and engineer based in New York, twice nominated for the Equity Jeff Award for sound design with the magical House Theatre of Chicago. His designs, art installations, and compositions have been produced in Chicago as well as Los Angeles, D.C., Cleveland, and Miami. His New York designs have appeared at the Secret Theatre, Workshop Theatre, Brechtforum, Columbia Stages, Manhattan College, and Under-St.-Mark's theater, where he also runs sound and lights for The Open Mic Downstairs every Tuesday night. 

Rick Sordelet (Fight Director)

Partners with his son, Christian Kelly-Sordelet, as creators of Sordelet Ink. Raising the standards of staged violence for Stage, Film, and Television. 61 Broadway shows including The Lion King and Beauty and the Beast. 53 productions worldwide including Ben Hur Live in Rome/European Tour. Stunt Coordinator for Guiding Light for 12 years and One Life to Live. Teaches at Yale School of Drama. Awards: Edith Oliver Award for Sustained Excellence from the Lucille Lortel Foundation, and Jeff Award for best Fight Direction.

Denise Wilcox (Stage Manager)

Off Broadway: Trust, Toxic Avenger, The Musical, and Fascinating Aida. Production Stage Manager, three seasons at The Arizona Broadway Theatre. NYMF: Central Avenue Breakdown, I Got Fired!, and Swiss Family Robinson. Other credits: Bandstand, Chick Flick, Pump Boys and Dinettes, Big River, La Cage Aux Folles, Jekyll and Hyde. Assistant Lighting Designer: Peepshow (Planet Hollywood, Las Vegas), Pajama Game National Tour, Paradis, Norweign Cruise Line.

Michael Cassara (Casting Director)

Michael Cassara, CSA has cast over 300 theatre and film projects since 2003. Recent credits include Forbidden Broadway (most recent two editions/cast recordings), Fat Camp (off-Broadway and regional), and frequent projects for dozens of the nation's leading regional theatres. Michael has been the Resident Casting Director for NYMF since 2007, and has cast over 65 new musicals in NYMF since the Festival's inception in 2004. This fall he returns for a second year as the resident casting director for the National Alliance for Musical Theatre (NAMT). Please visit / @michaelcassara.

Dale Heller (Publicist)

Dale Heller has been representing NYC theatre as a publicist for well over a decade. Early clients include: the Tony Award winning musical Avenue Q, Passing Strange, Who's Afraid of Virginia Woolf? (starring Kathleen Turner and Bill Irwin), to name a very few. In 2012 he started Heller Highwater Public Relations, with HHPR he has represented: Tina Packer’s Women of Will, the newly opened performing arts center The Sheen Center, Bill W. and Dr. Bob, etc.

Suellen Vance - Good People Management Group (General Manager)

Suellen Vance, Moldy Fig Productions, LLC executive produced and general managed the multi-award-winning New York Musical Theatre Festival premieres of Crossing Swords (2013) and Central Avenue Breakdown (2011). Also at NYMF 2013: Swiss Family Robinson, The Pirates of Finance, God’s Country. Broadway: The Pee Wee Herman Show on Broadway, Godspell. She is currently putting together the Off-Broadway Premiere of last year’s multi-award winning NYMF production of Crossing Swords for Spring 2015.

Aaron Pratt, Matthew Wright, and Erin Brooks are the creative partners behind Good People Management Group. Founded in 2013, this theatrical management and consulting group has a solid track record of meeting and exceeding the needs of clients. With diverse backgrounds, the partners combine years of experience with productions ranging from Theatricals Festivals to Broadway shows. Projects have included Next to Normal, Disenchanted, North Atlantic, A Dance for Rylie, The Pursuit of Mr. Rockefeller, Dare to Dream, Woman at the Funerals, and productions with Planet Connections, the New York International Fringe Festival, and the New York Musical Theatre