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The Travels

Book and Lyrics by Aaron Ricciardi; Music by Kelly Hoppenjans

The Travels

at Ford Foundation Studio Theatre  [map]

  • Monday, July 14, 2014 at 8:00 pm
  • Tuesday, July 15, 2014 at 5:00 pm
  • Friday, July 18, 2014 at 12:00 pm
  • Saturday, July 19, 2014 at 5:00 pm
  • Monday, July 21, 2014 at 9:00 pm
  • Friday, July 25, 2014 at 5:00 pm
  • Saturday, July 26, 2014 at 5:00 pm

Somebody's got a case of The Travels.

Welcome to the U.S. of A. Other countries suffer biblical consequences for their filthy ways, but the U.S. of A. is the most perfect place on Earth — at least, that’s what Mr. Travel preaches every day on the nation’s only TV show. A trippy dystopian tale with an eclectic soundtrack, this epic play with songs follows Teeny, Mr. Travel’s rule-breaker of a daughter. Teetering on adulthood and perplexed by this cruel world, Teeny learns to see past smoke and mirrors… and she starts a revolution.

Running Time: 90 minutes with no intermission

Aaron Ricciardi

Aaron Ricciardi (Book/Lyrics)

Aaron studied playwriting under Laura Schellhardt at Northwestern University, where this play was developed as part of the Agnes Nixon Playwriting Festival, under the title Teeny Travel Takes A Trip. It was subsequently produced in Chicago at the Collaboraction Theatre. Aaron’s other plays include can i c ur face? and Fat Woman in Velvet. He is currently working on a dance-theatre piece and a play. Aaron is a Huffington Post Blogger, a lyricist in the BMI Workshop, and an actor who has worked for TheatreworksUSA and Musicals Tonight, among others. He thanks Anna Jacobs, Jesse Thurston, Rick and Pat, Jenny, his family, and Laura and Nichole, who taught him how to do it.



Kelly Hoppenjans

Kelly Hoppenjans (Music)

Kelly is a singer/songwriter and a second-year graduate student in Commercial Voice at Belmont University in Nashville. She is a graduate of the musical theatre program at Northwestern University, and has performed such roles as Violet (Side Show), Woman 1 (Elegies), and Belle (Beauty and the Beast) and has performed in concerts and readings at NYMF, NYU, and Sharkmother Arts Collective. As a singer/songwriter, Kelly has performed her original songs at numerous venues in New York, including Caffe Vivaldi, Rockwood Music Hall, Pianos, and Under St. Marks, and in Nashville, including The End, The Rutledge, Mad Donna’s, and 12th and Porter. THE TRAVELS is Kelly’s first foray into composing for theatre, and she's thrilled and grateful that it's made its way to this incredible festival.



Leslie Alexander

Leslie Alexander (Mrs. More)

Broadway: The Boy From Oz, Mamma Mia! National Tour: Fiddler on the Roof (w/ Fierstein, Bikel, & Topol). Off-Broadway: The Audience (The Transport Group). Selected Theatre: The Taming of the Shrew - The Widow, A Christmas Carol - Mrs. Crachit (Denver Center); Steel Magnolias - Ouiser, A Murder Is Announced - Leticia Blacklock (Arrow Rock Lyceum); Hello Dolly! - Dolly (Gateway Playhouse); Gypsy - Rose (Forestburgh Playhouse). TV/Film: HBO’s The Leftovers, One Life To Live, Grand Theft Auto V, The One O’Clock. Concerts: The Music of Jerry Herman Starring Leslie Alexander. www.leslie-alexander.com



Jamie Bogyo

Jamie Bogyo (Adonis)

Jamie Bogyo is thrilled to be making his NY debut in THE TRAVELS! He is a rising senior at Yale University and a member of the Whiffenpoofs of 2015. He has performed at the Shubert Theatre and Yale Rep as part of the Cole Porter Centennial Gala. He can be seen in Dust Can' Kill Me at the Fringe Festival this August. Lots of love to Mom and Dad! jamie.bogyo@yale.edu



J. Anthony Crane

J. Anthony Crane (Mr. Travel)

Broadway: The Winslow Boy (Roundabout), Sight Unseen (MTC),  Butley (Booth). Off-Broadway/Regional: Modern Orthodox (Dodger), The Brothers Karamazov (LaMama), Spamalot (Wynn Las Vegas), Scar in The Lion King (Nat'l Tour), Race (Cap Rep), Absalom (Humana), Farragut North, 50 Words (CATF), Sight Unseen (Old Globe), Long Days Journey Into Night (PRT), Papermill, Cleveland PH, Two River Theater, Pasadena Playhouse. Numerous film and TV including The Big Easy for USA. For Susan Ellen.



Holland Mariah Grossman

Holland Mariah Grossman (Teeny Travel)

Holland Grossman is a graduate of the University of Michigan's Musical Theatre BFA Program and is a resident of New York City. Past credits include Fiona in Brigadoon, Caroline Fleck in Gibson Fleck, and Lucy in Jeckyll & Hyde. Great love and endless appreciation to my family, friends, and classmates. Deepest appreciation and thanks to Geoff Soffer, Michael Cassara, and this incredible team of TRAVELers!



Luba Mason

Luba Mason (Mrs. Travel)

Recipient of the 2013 NYMF Award for "Outstanding Individual Performance." B'way: Chicago (Velma), Jeckyll & Hyde (Lucy), The Capeman (Mrs. Krezynski), How to Succeed… (1st Revival, Hedy LaRue), Sunset Blvd., Sid Ceasar & Co., The Will Rogers Follies (Z's Fav). TV: Person Of Interest, Raines, Law & Order, NYPD Blue. Solo Recordings: two critically - acclaimed albums: Krazy Love (Sunnyside Records), debuting her impressive song writing skills in a "cool Brazilian mood," Collage (PS Classics). Graduate from NYU's Tisch SOA (Drama) and Circle In The Square Theater School. www.lubamason.com



Matthew Patrick Quinn

Matthew Patrick Quinn (Warren)

Next spring will mark Matthew Quinn's 10th year as a NYC resident and after seeing numerous shows AT the NYMF, he is excited to finally be IN one. He would like to congratulate everyone involved in this brave production and hopes you enjoy your trip. "It isn't important to come out on top, what matters is to be the one who comes out alive." Bertolt Brecht



Jose Ramos

Jose Ramos (Pinto)

Jose is thrilled to appear in this years NYMF season! Credits include Broadway's Rising Stars 2013 (Town Hall) as well as Urinetown (CAP21). Big Thanks to Mom & Dad, the creative team and cast of THE TRAVELS, Michael Cassara, KMR and my CAP21 family!



Michelle Rios

Michelle Rios (Consuela)

BROADWAY: The Capeman, The Sound of Music, Man of La Mancha. OFF-BROADWAY/REGIONAL: In the Heights at 37 Arts (NY), LaMaMa, ETC, The Public Theater, INTAR, The Kennedy Center, Lincoln Center, Spoleto Festivals (Italy and U.S), etc. TV/FILM: Law & Order, Third Watch, Guiding Light, One Life to Live, Washington Heights, Dirt, and as “Flora” alongside Academy Award nominee Ed Harris in the upcoming feature film Frontera. Drama Desk Award (Best Ensemble) for In the Heights. www.mmrios.com



Travis Greisler (Director)

Travis Greisler is a New York City based director and teacher who began his career as a professional actor at the age of nine, appearing on Broadway in The Who’s Tommy, Radio City Music Hall’s Xmas Spectacular, and the National Tours of Les Miz and Big. After graduating from Northwestern University, he began working as an associate director on many projects including Tales of the City (score by the Scissor Sisters) at the American Conservatory Theatre alongside Jason Moore, whom he also assisted on the original workshops of The Book of Mormon, and also contributed musical staging for Yeast Nation by the writing team behind Urinetown at the NYFringe. He also worked alongside directors like Michael Greif, David H. Bell, Mark Hoebee, and Dominic Missimi. Last summer, he created and directed The Orion Experience, an immersive rock concert, which had its off-Broadway debut. Other favorite directing credits include: Into the Woods, Lippa's Wild Party, Rated RSO (NYMF, Joe's Pub, The Court LA), Hey You Know What Movie Would Make a Good Musical?, Company, Edges, jon and jen, and multiple productions at Stagedoor Manor. Upcoming work includes The Rocky Horror Show at Yale this fall. Visit www.travisgreisler.com for more info.



Misha Sheilds (Choreographer/Assistant Director)

Misha Shields is a dance & aerial circus choreographer working in the NYC and Boston areas. She was recently the dance and aerial choreographer for Off-Broadway’s interactive dance party, The Orion Experience at XL Nightclub in midtown Manhattan. Other choreography credits include: The Perks of Writing a Musical: A New Web-Series, the Off-Broadway concerts of Hey, You Know What Movie Would Make A Good Musical? (Julia Miles Theater/Zipper Factory Theater), A Party Worth Crashing (White Plains PAC), Victory Drill, the music video (Threefifty Duo), Company, (Fordham University), Cabaret, and Sunday In The Park With George (The Boston Conservatory). Upcoming: The Rocky Horror Show at Yale University. For more info visit www.mishashields.com



Assaf Gleizner (Musical Director)

Assaf was born and raised in Tel Aviv, Israel. In 2007, Gleizner moved to the United States, where he received a scholarship to earn his BMus in Jazz Performance at SUNY Purchase. There, he studied with the jazz greats Charles Blenzieg, Hal Galper, Todd Coolman, Pete Malenverny, Jimmy Green, Kenny Washington, David Hazeltine, Arturo O’Ferril, and Jon Faddis. Assaf has since played in a number of venues including Smalls Jazz Club, Dizzy’s Coca Cola Club, and Birdland Jazz Club, with renowned artists such as award winning Cyrille Aimee, the Canadian circus troupe Les Doigts de la Main, and movie and Broadway star Anita Gillette, among others. As a Musical Director, he has worked with Armonk Players, Yorktown Stages, JCC of Harrison, Elmwood Playhouse Fordham University, as well as the 92nd Street Y. Assaf is very excited to make his debut at NYMF as a music director this season!



Christopher Heilman (Scenic Design)

Christopher Heilman is a designer of environments for theater, opera, and dance. Recent NY credits include The Pig (3LD Art and Technology Center), Gin & “It” (Under the Radar Festival, 3LD, P.S.122), A Dream Play (JAR, St. Ann’s Warehouse). His work has been seen regionally at WilliamstownTheatre Festival, W.H.A.T., Provincetown Theater, Wexner Center, REDCAT, Guthrie Theater, and Theatre de la Jeune Lune. Associate/Assistant Design: Karen O’s Stop The Virgens (St. Ann’s Warehouse/Sydney Opera), Violet (American Airlines Theater), Rocky (Winter Garden Theater). Other: Creative Consultant, Walt Disney Imagineering Creative Entertainment. Education: MFA, California Institute of the Arts. www.christopherheilman.com



Mira Veikley (Costume Design)

Mira Veikley is a New York City based designer who specializes in costumes for stage and film. Favorite past projects include a rained-out rooftop production of The Tempest (Porpentine Theater Co.), creating a mermaid tail for a Wonderbra Commercial (NYU Graduate Film), and working backstage on the glitter-laden post-apocalyptic Dance Dance Revolution! (Les Freres Corbusier). Other New York credits for theater include Monetizing Emma (Fringe), A School for Scandal, The Liar, and Arms and the Man (New York University). Regional credits include Around the World in 80 Days, Spelling Bee (the Hangar Theatre), and Figaro (Curtain Call Theater). Film credits include One Trick Deiter, and Little Revolutions. Assistant Costume Design Credits include Bloody Bloody Andrew Jackson (The Public Theater), Broke-ology (Lincoln Center Theater), and Your Mother's Copy of the Kama Sutra (Playwrights Horizons). Mira has a BS from Cornell University and an MFA from New York University. Please see more of her work by visiting designsbymira.com.



Cohen Theatrical (Producer)

Cohen Theatrical, LLC is Charles Foster Cohen and Jamie Quiroz. THE TRAVELS is their first commercial venture together. Mr. Cohen is also the Producing Artisitc Director of The Box Colony Theatre in Jersey City, NJ. Ms. Quiroz is an Associate Producer with Scott Sanders Productions, currently represented with After Midnight on Broadway.