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The Mapmaker's Opera

Book and Lyrics by Victor Kazan; Music by Kevin Purcell

The Mapmaker

at PTC Performance Space  [map]

  • Wednesday, July 9, 2014 at 8:00 pm
  • Thursday, July 10, 2014 at 1:00 pm
  • Saturday, July 12, 2014 at 9:00 pm
  • Sunday, July 13, 2014 at 4:00 pm
  • Wednesday, July 16, 2014 at 5:00 pm

A love story in the quest to save two birds.

Set in the Yucatán on the eve of the Mexican Revolution, THE MAPMAKER'S OPERA recounts the poignant story of Diego and Sofia – star-crossed lovers whose fate is sealed by a desperate quest to save two birds. The story takes place in and around Mérida, where local plantation owners ostentatiously enjoy vast wealth amassed from the toil of Mayans who from dawn to nightfall are forced to harvest the prized henequen. Inspired by Flamenco and Mariachi music, the show is certain to delight audiences of all ages.

Running Time: 2 hours, plus one intermission

Victor Kazan (Book/Lyrics)

Victor has worked in the entertainment industry for more than forty-five years. Born and educated in London, he carved a distinguished reputation as a writer and director in British theatre and television before taking up residence in Australia in the early 1980s. Since then, his major work has been in film and musical theatre. Among his Australian screenplays is the popular, feel-good movie Dalkeith.

Kevin Purcell (Music)

Kevin is a multi-award winning international conductor, musical director and composer/songwriter. Most recently, Kevin was the Musical Director for the first UK/Eire national tour of Wicked. He is also widely regarded for his work as an arranger, having collaborated with numerous leading Broadway creatives and performers, as well as for American symphony orchestras including The Boston Pops, New York Pops, and National Symphony Orchestra.

Andrés Acosta

Andrés Acosta (Ensemble/Dancer)

Andrés Acosta is delighted to be a part of NYMF and this terrific team! He recently played Bernardo in the national tour of West Side Story and performed in South Pacific at Paper Mill Playhouse. Favorite professional credits: Grease (Danny), A Chorus Line (Al), and Ragtime (Houdini). BFA Music Theatre from FSU.

Debra Cardona

Debra Cardona (Gabriela)

Debra Cardona has toured extensively across the country in Mary Poppins and My Fair Lady and worked regionally at such theaters as The Guthrie, Paper Mill Playhouse, the Denver Center, and Goodspeed Opera House. She most recently appeared as Senator Lynda Ramirez on the hit TV series Scandal.

Tony Castellanos

Tony Castellanos (Don Máximo)

Tony Castellanos is a native of Phoenix, AZ, and now lives in New York. BFA Musical Theatre U of A, Tucson, AZ. Theatre Credits: In the Heights (SpeakEasy Stage), Jesus Christ Superstar (National Tour), Zapata! The Musical (NYMF), The Drowsy Chaperone (Theatre by the Sea), Red! Hot! and Blue! (Musicals Tonight), The Yellow Brick Road (Theatreworks USA tour), City of Angels (The Gallery Players). Grateful to be part of THE MAPMAKER'S OPERA.

Tony Chiroldes

Tony Chiroldes (Very Useful)

Broadway: In the Heights (Piragua Guy), Paul Simon’s Capeman. TV: Mister Rogers' Neighborhood, Law&Order. One of NYC’s busiest voice-over performers with English/Spanish commercials; audiobooks such as Pam Muñoz Ryan’s The Dreamer; video games Grand Theft Auto: Vice City and Bioshock; and simultaneous translation into Spanish on HBO's Real Sports. More at

Paul Cosentino

Paul Cosentino (Don Victor Blanco Torres)

Off-Broadway/National Tour: American Dreams: Lost & Found, As You Like It (The Acting Company); Regional Theater: Gross Indecency, Macbeth, and Don Quixote (Denver Center); Suddenly Hope (Momentum Prod.); Oberon in Midsummer and Pericles in Pericles (Benbow Shakespeare Festival). A native of Northern California, Paul earned a Bachelor of Music degree from San Jose State University prior to graduating with an MFA from the National Theater Conservatory.

Alma Cuervo

Alma Cuervo (Aunt Marta)

New York credits include Weidman and Sondheim's Road Show; Titanic; Beauty and the Beast; The Heidi Chronicles; Ghetto; Quilters; Is There Life After High School; Bedroom Farce. Most recent regional: Theresa Rebeck's Fool (Alley Theatre). National tours: Wicked; My Fair Lady; Cabaret; M. Butterfly. OBIE for Uncommon Women and Others.

Carlos L. Encinias

Carlos L. Encinias (Roberto)

Originally from Albuquerque, New Mexico, studied Theatre in Utah at BYU, and has been living and working in New York City since 2000. Broadway credits include Mamma Mia (us Eddie/Father A), Good Vibrations (u/s Jan/Class President), Les Miserables (Fueilly), and Scandalous (Ramon) starring Carolee Carmello. Carlos spent some time Off-Broadway in the award-winning, Altar Boyz, (Juan/Abe/Mark). He was also seen in the world premiere of Vices: A Love Story (Man 1). For Joe, Luca and Marco!

Madeleine Featherby

Madeleine Featherby (Sofia)

Australian performer, Madeleine returns to New York having performed in 2011 at Birdland with John Bucchino in his revue It's Only Life. Recently performing in Victorian Opera's La Traviata, Madeleine's true passion is musical theatre. She’s played numerous roles, from Eponine in Les Miserables to Maureen in RENT. Madeleine is thrilled to be involved in THE MAPMAKER'S OPERA.

Henry Gainza

Henry Gainza (Carlos)

Off-Broadway/New York: 4 Guys Named Jose... (Original Cast, HOLA Award), Broadway Idol (NYMF), Jose Limon (Symphony Space), Zapata! (Signature Theatre, NYMF). Regional: Goodspeed Opera House, Arena Stage, District Stage Company, Actor’s Playhouse, Zoetic Stage, Arsht Center, Arts Garage, SMDCA. Film/Television: SNL; Throwdown with Bobby Flay; Isabella Rico. Recordings: 4 Guys Named Jose... (Original Cast Album), DRG’s 25th Anniversary Show Stopping Numbers Compilation, Tears From Heaven/Wonderland (Frank Wildhorn, Concept Albums).

Natalia Lepore Hagan

Natalia Lepore Hagan (Ensemble/Dancer/Lola Fernandez)

Transplanted from Youngstown, Ohio, Natalia is trained in Music Theatre, dramatic acting, and numerous styles of dance. She has appeared as a Boardwalk Empire principal dancer; has worked closely with Patricia Birch and on many 1920's period pieces including the premiere event for Baz Luhrmann's Great Gatsby. Dance: Tate Modern (London), Ballet Western Reserve; New York: Casper's Fat Tuesday - August Strindberg Repertory Theatre.

Sean McDermott

Sean McDermott (Edward Nelson)

On Broadway he starred as Chris in Miss Saigon, Whizzer in Falsettos, Rusty in Starlight Express, and Danny Zuko in Grease. Other roles include Billy Flynn in Chicago, Vittorio in Sweet Charity, the title roles in Jekyll and Hyde, Jesus in Jesus Christ Superstar. Off-Broadway: Hannibal Lecter in Silence! the Musical, Mike Brady in The Bardy Bunch, Larry in Boys in the Band. TV: Desperate HousewivesMediumCharmedFreddieGuiding Light, The Tonight Show. Sean was hand-picked by Barbra Streisand to sing alongside her on her European tour. Sean is proud to have performed at Carnegie Hall with Bernadette Peters, and at The Kennedy Center for the President of the United States. All his recordings are available on iTunes.

Joel Perez

Joel Perez (Diego Clemente)

Off-Broadway: Fun Home (The Public Theater); Tetralogy (INTAR); The Harmonious Pimps of Harmony (Ars Nova). Regional: In the Heights (1st National Tour); Stuck Elevator (A.C.T./Long Wharf Theatre); After the Revolution (Williamstown); Pirates! (Huntington Theater). Workshops: Sundance Theater Lab, Atlantic Theater Co., New Dramatists, Soho Rep. TV: The Big C, Person of Interest, Black Box. Training/Education: Tufts University, B.A.D.A., SpringboardNYC, UCB.

Lorraine Serabian

Lorraine Serabian (Doña Laura)

Bway: Zorba! (Tony Award Nom. Outer-Circle Critics Award), Cabaret, Flowering Peach (Nat). Off-Bway: Ruthless, Silence, Blood Wedding, A My Name is Alice, The Miser. Regional/Tours: Master Class, Rumors, Hello Dolly, Fiddler on the Roof (Austin Critics Award), Show Me Where The Good Times Are, Lucky Stiff (Helen Hayes Award & Nomination), 42nd Street. TV: Law and Order: SVU, All My Children, Tale of Cinderella (PBS Special) etc. etc. Lorraine Serabian is on the faculty of the H.B. Studio here in New York.

Donald Brenner (Director)

Abingdon Theatre - March Madness, December Fools; NYMF: Sasquatched!, The Most Ridiculous Thing You Ever Hoid; Mint Theatre - A Tale Of Two Cities; Lincoln Center - Ali Baba; NJRep - Beyond Gravity; Pioneer Theatre - Wilde Goes West; Berkshire Theatre Festival - The Gym. Regional - The Light In The Piazza, Philadelphia, Here I Come!, Corpse!, Our Town.

Staś Kmieć (Choreographer)

Choreography: specializing in Theaterdance, Character/Folk, Period/Historical, Ballet. New York/International, Off-Broadway, Me and My Girl tour, Best Little Whorehouse – Ireland, My Antonia – LA premiere (music – Stephen Schwartz), television/film. Artistic Director – Ballet Western Reserve. Performance: Boston Ballet, Metropolitan Opera Ballet. Broadway/Tour: Rudolf Nureyev – Don Quixote, Lee Theodore's American Dancemachine; Fiddler on the Roof. Graduate: Tufts University; University Marie Curie-Skłodowska (ethnography/folk studies/dance) SDC/AEA/SAG-AFTRA/AGMA.

Daniel Rein (Musical Director)

Daniel Rein grew up in Jerusalem amid a cultural mosaic blending Jewish-Christian-Islamic motifs. After establishing himself as a versatile, cross-disciplinary pianist and composer in Israel, he was hired as Associate Conductor for the Les Miserables 25th anniversary U.S. tour, and as Music Director for the Cats European tour. Daniel is a member of the BMI Lehman Engel Musical Theatre Workshop.

Mark Buys (Orchestrator)

Mark is one of Australia's most versatile composers and orchestrator/arranger/synthesizer programmers. He combines expertise in film, contemporary popular and classical music, theatre and e-media. Mark has previously worked in Los Angeles on numerous film, TV and games projects.

Andrew Lu (Scenic Design)

Selected credits include: Brian Richard Mori's Hellman v. McCarthy (Abingdon Theatre Company), Phil Darg's Sasquatched! The Musical (NYMF), Jan Buttram's Lost on the Natchez Trace (Abingdon Theatre Company - Henry Hewes Award nominee), Marilee Talkington's Sticky Time (Brava Theater Center, San Francisco), Colin Taylor and Alison Sealy-Smith's The Polished Hoe (Harbourfront Centre, Toronto). Andrew earned his MFA from Tisch Design, NYU.

Laura Crow (Costume Design)

Broadway, Off-Broadway, most Regional Theatres, USA exhibitor Prague Quadrennial five times. Awards: Drama Desk, OBIE, Villager, three Drama-Logue awards, Joseph Jefferson, Bay Area Critics, and four ZONIs. Among 100 women selected for Lincoln Center Exhibition “Curtain Call: Celebrating a Century of Women Designers.” Recently selected for the World Stage Design in Cardiff, Wales 2013.

Gertjan Houben (Lighting Design/Projection Design)

Gertjan Houben is a NYC-based designer with international roots. His experience ranges from Theater to Rock 'n Roll, both large scale and small. Last year's NYMF credits: Castle Walk, Legacy Falls, and Mother Devine. Recent productions include: Hard Times, an American Musical; The Clearing; and Super Saragossa Sea, a collaboration with Gabriel Lester. NYU TISCH MFA. More at:

David S. Cohen (Stage Manager)

David S. Cohen is happy to be participating in his third NYMF show. David has worked On and Off-Broadway, as well as on cruise ships, tours, and corporate/industrial events. Many thanks to the cast and crew for all their hard work. Enjoy.

Ralph Stan Lee (Assistant Stage Manager)

Ralph Stan Lee hails from Long Island, New York. Ralph has been working as a Stage Manager for 10+ years now. He has worked the New York Musical Theater Festival, Fringe Festival, West Village Musical Theater Festival, and different Off-Broadway and Off- Off- Broadway venues, as well as several national tours. He earned his BFA at North Carolina A&T and MFA at the University of Illinois and The University of Cincinnati restfully. Theatre has taken him around the world.

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), Kingdom (The Old Globe), I Love Lucy® Live On Stage (national tour), 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, including 6 other shows in this year's Festival. This fall he will return for a second year as the resident casting director for the National Alliance for Musical Theatre (NAMT). Native Clevelander. Member, Casting Society of America. Please visit / @michaelcassara.