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Coming Of Age

Book, Music, and Lyrics by Jon Provan

Coming Of Age

at Ford Foundation Studio Theatre  [map]

  • Monday, July 7, 2014 at 7:00 pm
  • Thursday, July 10, 2014 at 9:00 pm
  • Friday, July 11, 2014 at 5:00 pm
  • Friday, July 11, 2014 at 9:00 pm
  • Saturday, July 12, 2014 at 1:00 pm
  • Sunday, July 13, 2014 at 12:00 pm
  • Sunday, July 13, 2014 at 4:00 pm

Say goodbye to what you were... and take flight.

COMING OF AGE is a theatrical song cycle — a collection of short stories about growing up. Each member of the dynamic ensemble cast – Girl, Boy, Young Woman, Young Man, Woman, and Man – plays multiple roles, spanning the globe and the whole of human history. They are rebels, warriors, dreamers, and innocents, confronting life and leaping into the unknown. A rock-infused contemporary score, evocative lyrics, and inventive staging join forces to chronicle the joys and fears of becoming yourself.

Running Time: 2 hours, plus one intermission

Jon Provan

Jon Provan (Book/Music/Lyrics)

Jon Provan is a theatrical writer and the Senior Musical Director at Porch Light Productions in Glen Rock, NJ, where he has worked on dozens of shows since 2009. He received the 2013 NJACT Perry Award for Outstanding Music Direction (The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee, Porch Light Productions, June 2013). The original musical Stage Fright, featuring Jon's music and lyrics, is produced annually at Porch Light, and the short-form musical My Date With A Zombie, for which he composed the score, premiered last fall at SoLuna Studio in Hauppage, NY. Jon has written hundreds of songs for rock bands and film scores, including the entire soundtrack for the upcoming New Comic Day, a feature-length motion picture (Saturday Pictures, Jupiter, FL).

Katy Blake

Katy Blake (Woman)

Nat’l tours: Eva in Evita, Christine in The Phantom of the Opera, Mamma Mia!, Whistle Down the Wind (World premiere, dir. Hal Prince). Off Broadway/Regional: York Theatre, Ensemble Studio theatre, NYMF productions, created the role of Pam in CATCO’s and Off-Broadway’s The Last Smoker in America, and the role of Sirroco in the Pasadena Playhouse production of Mask (dir. Richard Maltby, Jr.), Hollywood Bowl in South Pacific with Reba McEntyre. Country music singer/songwriter. Love and thanks to Barry, Mom, and Dad.

Maya Brettell

Maya Brettell (Girl)

Maya is thrilled to work with such a talented team and to be a part of this incredible new musical. She was last seen onstage in the world premiere of Beaches, the Musical (Signature Theatre). Select credits include Appropriate (Woolly Mammoth Theatre), The Big Meal (Studio Theatre), Macbeth (Synetic Theatre), Eleemosynary (Compass Rose Theater), Good Night Moon, and A Little House Christmas (ATMTC), and Annie (Toby’s Theater).

Ethan Haberfield

Ethan Haberfield (Boy)

Excited to be part of NYMF again in COMING OF AGE. Ethan most recently played the role of Artful Dodger in Oliver at Papermill Playhouse. He made his Broadway debut at age 10 as Michael Banks in Mary Poppins. Soon after, he performed the role of Dill in To Kill a Mockingbird at The Shakespeare Theatre of NJ and won critical acclaim for his performance. Other credits include My Perfect Pet (NYMF), Scrooge in Concert (National Tour), Don Giovanni at NYC Opera. Film: Sinister with Ethan Hawke, Dovid Meyer (Indie). TV: NBC New Years Eve in Times Square with Train; Sesame Street; 30 Rock, CBS guest vocalist, Knicks 1/2 time soloist.

Ryan Jesse

Ryan Jesse (Young Man)

COMING OF AGE marks Ryan's second production with NYMF. Previously he was seen in The Last Starfighter (Blake/Zur). Other credits include Jersey Boys (Bob Gaudio), Cinderella (Prince u/s), and Grey Gardens (Joe Kennedy, Jr./Jerry). Ryan holds a B.A. in Musical Theater from University of Northern Colorado. In August, Ryan will attempt his first triathlon in Staten Island. Wish him luck! Thanks to Adams/Murnane Casting and Jon Provan/Ryan Pifher for this opportunity.

Joe Paparella

Joe Paparella (Man)

Joe Paparella has performed on Broadway in Les Miserables, Jesus Christ Superstar, and Good Vibrations. On tour, he was seen in Martin Guerre, Ragtime, and Mamma Mia. Other credits include Leonard Bernstein’s Mass at Carnegie Hall, Thou Swell at Lincoln Center, Mame at the Kennedy Center starring Christine Baranski, Lies My Father Told Me at the National Yiddish Theatre, and A Little Night Music at Baltimore Centerstage. He is a proud member of Actors’ Equity since 1995.

Susanna Rizzo

Susanna Rizzo (Young Woman)

Susanna is thrilled to be among the talented cast and creative team of COMING OF AGE! She is joining NYMF for the second time having recently been a semi-finalist in their Next Broadway Sensation competition. Recent credits include: Warsaw (Pre-Broadway workshop), Children of Eden, Fiction in Photographs, The Story of Jo-Beth, and john & jen. Proud graduate of CAP21 and of Interlochen Arts Academy. HUGE thanks to Eddie, casting and my awesome voice teacher—Matt. Endless love to my family and friends for their support and to my GBF!

Ryan Pifher (Director)

Ryan is the co-founder and Artistic Director of Porch Light Productions in Glen Rock, NJ, a theatre and performance studio that has produced nearly 100 productions since its opening in 2005. Directing credits include: The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee (Outstanding Direction of a Musical, NJACT), [title of show], The Wedding Singer, Little Shop of Horrors, Five Women Wearing the Same Dress, Noises Off (Outstanding Direction of a Play Nomination, NJACT), I Love You, You're Perfect, Now Change, Picasso at the Lapine Agile, The Last Five Years, RENT, Into the Woods, Fat Pig, Dinner With Friends, Play It Again, Sam. Acting credits (Member of SAG-AFTRA) include: Beyond Therapy, Information, Please (Best Actor Nomination, Spotlight On Festival), Romeo and Juliet, Round and Round the Garden, The Shape of Things, Noises Off. Writing credits include: Stage Fright: The Musical (Nominations for Outstanding Original Musical, Outstanding Direction of a Musical and Outstanding Youth Performer, NJACT).

Maureen Glennon (Choreographer)

Maureen Glennon is a dancer, choreographer and dance educator. She is founder and artistic director of moe-tion dance theater, a contemporary modern dance company based in NJ. Maureen's choreography has been presented extensively throughout the tri-state area. Her work has been commissioned by Montclair State University, Beyondance, County College of Morris, Raritan Valley Community College, Ballet Forte, Think Pink! Cause a Co*Motion, Arts Access Program at Matheny Medical and Educational Center, numerous high school dance departments throughout NJ, and Steffi Nossen School of Dance in White Plains, NY. In 2011, Maureen was the recipient of a Dance Educator Fellowship at Bates Dance Festival in Maine. She currently holds a full-time teaching position at Somerset County Vocational & Technical High School Gifted & Talented Dance Program and is also an active board member of Dance New Jersey. Maureen has previously been on faculty at College of Morris, where she earned her AS in Recreation & Leisure/Dance and Montclair State University, where she earned her BFA in Dance.

Eric Harriz (Scenic Design)

Eric has been living and working in the New York arts community since 1988. He has designed for Film, Television, Dance and Theatre in the 26 years since coming to NYC. Eric has seen his theatrical and dance designs produced in such diverse venues as the Joseph Papp Public Theater in NYC, El Teatro De Monterrey in Monterrey, Mexico, and Theater Artaud in San Francisco, CA. Over the past 26 years, he has had the pleasure of collaborating with many talented Directors and Choreographers, including Liviu Ciulei from Romania, Cynthia Gregory of ABT, Ann Marie DeAngelo of the Joffery Ballet and Ballet De Monterrey, and the renowned Director of musical theater, Norb Joerder. Although Eric has been working with Director Ryan Pifher and Musical Director Jon Provan for the past two years, COMING OF AGE marks the first totally new musical presentation that they will be working on together. The prospect of this collaboration is nearly as exciting as his biggest project to date — the twelfth year in the life of triplets born to him and his wife Gina in October of 2001.

Zach Pizza (Lighting Design)

Zach always enjoys working with Jon and the Porch Light Productions team and is excited to be back at NYMF after having designed The Two-Month Rule two seasons ago. Selected credits — Off-Broadway: On The Head Of A Pin (59E59). New York: Dream Babies (St. Clements Theater), In The Heights (Lehman Stages). Regional: The Other Place, Motherhood Out Loud and RX (Dreamcatcher Rep), The Last 5 Years, RENT (Porch Light Productions), Carrie, Into The Woods (interACT Productions). Assistant LD: Philharmonic 360 (Park Avenue Armory, NY). Assistant to LD: Rock Of Ages (Helen Hayes Theater). Thanks always to all of my friends and families. Purchase College alumnus.

Chad Murnane (Casting Director)

Murnane Casting, a New York City based, full-service casting office that provides creative casting services for theatre, film, and television nationwide. Chad Murnane has been casting for several years having worked for many New York City talent agencies and casting offices. A graduate of the CAP21 Musical Theatre Conservatory and of Interlochen Arts Academy, Chad remains active in the theatrical community and is currently involved in the development of several new musicals. Originally from Florida, he now collaborates with producers and creative teams on theatrical and film ventures in New York, London, and Los Angeles.

Jenn Pifher (Producer)

Jenn Pifher is the co-owner and Managing Director of Porch Light Productions, a black box theatre and performing arts studio in Glen Rock, NJ. She has been working as a theatre professional for over 10 years, with experience in marketing, fundraising, costume design, stage management, business management and producing. Jenn previously served as the Director of Marketing and Communications for an 800-seat performing arts center in Hanover, PA, and managed fundraising campaigns, marketing and special events for the the Allied Arts Fund in Harrisburg, PA. Jenn is also the owner and creative director of Porch Light Media, a graphics and web design company.

07/14/2014 - Stage Buddy - NYMF Review: Coming of Age

07/13/2014 - Times Square Chronicles - NYMF: Coming of Age and Finding Oneself

07/12/2014 - Theatre Reviews Limited - 'Coming of Age' at the New York Musical Theatre Festival 

07/07/2014 - - NJ writers join the New York Musical Theatre Festival

07/02/2014 - Show Business Weekly - Summer Festivals All Over Town

07/02/2014 - Theater in the Now - Spotlight On... Ryan Jesse

06/22/2014 - - Broadway Sessions offers NYMF Sneak Peek, 6/26

06/19/2014 - - Complete Cast and Creative Team Announced for the NYMF's COMING OF AGE, 7/7-13

06/02/2014 - Theatermania - NYMF Announces Full 2014 Season Lineup of Productions, Concerts, and Readings