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ValueVille

Book, Music, and Lyrics by Rowen Casey

ValueVille

at PTC Performance Space  [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
  • Saturday, July 12, 2014 at 1:00 pm
  • Sunday, July 13, 2014 at 8:00 pm
  • Monday, July 14, 2014 at 9:00 pm

You never know what's in store...

Eddie awakes on his first night shift at a giant superstore where nothing is as it seems.  Desperately seeking an answer as to why Corporate sent him, he learns the truth about his past through run-ins with his guarded former flame, his flighty grandmother, and his utterly monstrous coworkers.  With a spirited contemporary score as colorful as its employees, VALUEVILLE is a razor-sharp comedic journey about the price we pay at the final checkout.

Running Time: 95 minutes with no intermission

Rowen Casey

Rowen Casey (Book/Music/Lyrics)

Rowen Casey is a writer and composer whose previous musicals have premiered Off Broadway at the Minetta Lane Theatre and at the New York International Fringe Festival. Along with scoring various commercials and short films, Casey is a songwriter whose works have been performed by numerous artists in development, and will appear in an upcoming animated feature. He was a finalist in National Public Radio’s From the Top and a graduate of Interlochen Arts Academy where he majored in music. After studying at the Gallatin School at New York University, he received his BFA in Theatre from the Tisch School of the Arts. Casey is also co-founder of The Uppercut Club, an educational mentoring program for young boxers.



Patti Allison

Patti Allison (Ruth)

Broadway: Dolly in Orpheus Descending, Dir. Sir Peter Hall, Fatty Pert in Angel. Off-Broadway: Lady Needs A Change, MTC, Ma in Kenneth Branaghs’ Public Enemy, Mrs. Brown in Fanny Hill - The York (Theatre League Nom.). Principal Soloist: New York City Opera, San Francisco Opera, Frankfurt Alta Oper, Opernhaus Zurich, D’oyly Carte Opera Co. Concerts: Octiorbersky Hall (Russia), Royal Albert Hall, London. Regional: ART (member acting company) winner Elliot Norton Award 1996’, ACT, Papermill Playhouse, Huntington, Alley, Goodspeed, Chichester Festival Theatre (London). Numerous film and TV. Voice Teacher: Harvard University, Indiana University.



Karl Josef Co

Karl Josef Co (Yeah-Yeah)

NYMF Debut! NYC: Paul in Street Seen (Prospect Theater Co.); Guoxin in Tiananmen (54 Below); Cornelius in Hello Dolly! (Signature Theatre/NAAP); Soloist in Suites by Sondheim (Lincoln Center). Regional: Lun Tha in King & I (MTWichita); Sammy, u/s-performed, in Allegiance opposite Lea Salonga & George Takei (Old Globe/World Premiere); Thuy in Miss Saigon (Fulton Theatre). TV: America's Got Talent Finale (NBC); Bad Advice From My Brother (Comedy Central); Hung (HBO). Thanks to my loving family, the brilliant VALUEVILLE Creatives & Cast, and my awesome team at Buchwald! Go Blue!



Willie Dee

Willie Dee (Floyd/Dance Captain)

Originally from Dallas, TX is blessed to be living his dreams in NYC! I am also thrilled to be making my NYMF debut! BFA, Sam Houston State University. National tours: Will be joining the Anything Goes tour this coming Fall!, Shrek (Papa Bear, Donkey u/s), A Chorus Line (Richie), Hairspray (Thad). Regional: Paper Mill Playhouse, McCarter Theatre Center, Flat Rock Playhouse, and Gateway Playhouse. HUGE thanks to my amazing family! Proudly represented by MSA Agency.



Stephanie Fittro

Stephanie Fittro (Pregnant Lady/Dancer)

NYMF 2012: Jelly in Arnie The Doughnut. NYC: Kate/Chutney in Legally Blonde on Broadway, Joujou in The Merry Widow at Met Opera (starring Placido Domingo) and Mandy in the comedy Jesus and Mandy directed by David Drake. Tours: Hairspray and Carousel First Nationals. Regional/Off-Broadway: Finian's Rainbow at Irish Rep, Rough Crossing at Yale Rep, Anybodys in the 50th anniversary West Side Story tour directed by Alan Johnson and Gypsy of the Year Tribute with Chita Rivera and other members of the original production. Cirque du Soleil: portrayed "L'Innocent" on the "Dreamseeker" float for the 2013 Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade.



Emily Koch

Emily Koch (Meg)

Emily Koch is stoked to be a part of NYMF! She was last seen as Jo March in Little Women at Palo Alto TheatreWorks. A graduate of Carnegie Mellon University BFA, she performed in Angels in America (Harper) and Spring Awakening (Wendla). She attended high school at Interlochen Arts Academy where she performed in Thoroughly Modern Millie (Millie), and Little Women (Jo). Thanks to the parents, Michael Cassara, and BRS/Gage.



Lara Hughes

Lara Hughes (Stacy)

NYMF debut! Last seen Off-Broadway in the world premiere Graveyard Shift at the Minetta Lane and in Don Juan in Hell at Williamstown. LA theatre: Crumbs From the Table of Joy, Play It Again, Sam, Betty’s Summer Vacation, Bayside High School Musical, Jesus Christ Superstar, The Manchurian Candidate. Big and Small Screen: Days of Our Lives, Tarot, and variety of independent films. BFA: Emerson College and member of Tim Robbins’ Actors Gang. www.LaraHughes.com



David Spadora

David Spadora (Eddie)

David Spadora is an actor/musician originally from NJ. Passionate about new work, he’s thrilled to be making his NYMF debut alongside such an extraordinary team of storytellers. He can be seen and heard on TV, YouTube, and in the subways with guitar in hand. Favorite Theatre: I Am Not Batman, The Pillowman. TV: Wonder Pets, Unforgettable, One Bad Choice, The Americans. Love & thanks to Teresa, Frankie, and my family for their constant energy and support. @davidspadora, www.DavidSpadora.com.



Christopher Sutton

Christopher Sutton (Don)

Christopher Sutton is a multi-award winner, including The Barrymore Award, and The Sudler National Prize in the Arts. NYC/Tour principals: Harlem Shakespeare Festival’s Antony and Cleopatra (Antony), Henry VI, Monty Python’s Spamalot, Ancient History, I Love You, You're Perfect. Original NY Casts: Flight of the Lawnchair Man (Outstanding Actor Award), The It Girl, Golf, Lissabon, Lola-Lola, #Hero, The Perfect 36, Battleship Potemkin, and created the guitarist protagonists in Joni Loves Mitchell, and Four Messages. All my love to Lynnie and lil' Dylan. www.ChristopherSutton.net



NaTasha Yvette Williams

NaTasha Yvette Williams (Sharonda)

Broadway: A Night With Janis Joplin (Aretha Franklin), The Gershwin's Porgy and Bess (Mariah), The Color Purple (Sofia). Off-­Broadway: Dessa Rose (Lincoln Center), Storyville (York). National Tours: All Shook Up (Sylvia), Seussical the Musical (Sour Kangaroo), Cinderella (Grace), Parade (Ensemble), The Good bye Girl (Mrs. Crosby), Mahalia (Mahalia Jackson). NaTasha won the Kraft Foods New Voices of Gospel Talent Award. Get More info on NaTasha at www.natashayvettewilliams.net.



Donna Lynne Champlin (Director)

Donna Lynne Champlin is a Drama Desk, OBIE and numerous NYMF award winner, a regular celebrity judge for the NYMF Next Broadway Sensation series, and juror for the NYMF Next Link and Festival selection committees. Past NYMF productions include Jane Austen’s Pride and Prejudice, Love Jerry, Flight of the Lawnchair Man, and Meet John Doe. Broadway credits include Billy Elliot, Sweeney Todd, Hollywood Arms, By Jeeves, and James Joyce’s The Dead. Off Broadway credits include Almost Maine, And Away We Go, Dark at the Top of the Stairs, Working, Shakespeare In The Park's As You Like It, Master Class, See Rock City, My Life With Albertine, First Lady Suite, City Center Encores! Bloomer Girl, and Carnegie Hall’s Very Warm For May. Training: Carnegie Mellon (BFA) and Oxford University. DLC is also a Princess Grace Grant winner for theatre, an award winning independent recording artist, and a freelance writer for Comedy Central. Thanks to RC and NYMF for this opportunity to “officially” direct after decades of “unofficially” directing and as always, love to husband actor Andrew Arrow and son, Charlie. www.donnalynnechamplin.com



Jeffry Denman (Choreographer)

Off Broadway: YANK! (Lucille Lortel nomination, SDC Callaway Finalist), Naked Boys Singing!, Assistance (Playwright's Horizons), Bullet for Adolf. Other NY: Broadway workshop of YANK, Pride & Prejudice (NYMF - Outstanding Choreography Honorable Mention), Liberty (Workshop), Stage Door Canteen & Jerome Kern Coast to Coast (92nd Street Y), over a dozen editions of the Broadway by the Year concerts at Town Hall. Regional: West Side Story, Damn Yankees: The Red Sox Version, Mary Poppins, The Music Man - Moss Hart Award (Ogunquit Playhouse); Thoroughly Modern Millie (Tuacahn Center for the Arts), Mary Poppins (Gateway Playhouse), Dancing in the Dark (Studio Arena Theatre - ARTIE Award Best Choreography); Strike Up the Band, Noel & Gertie, Into the Woods (Musicalfare Theatre). He is also the co-creator of the iPad casting app, CastPRO and the author of the book, A Year with The Producers, a journal of his time in the Mel Brooks hit musical.



Ryan Cantwell (Musical Director)

Presently in development (as the MD/Composer) of: A Helluva Life (George Hamilton) as well as MD at: The Nomad (Liz Swados, The Flea, 2014-15 season). MD/Arranger: The Golden Toad (Talking Band, LaMama), Associate Conductor/Keys 1/Accordion: 1st National Tour of La Cage Aux Folles, MD: Babes in Toyland (Pasadena Playhouse). Assistant MD: Table (David Shire, NYC workshop, Long Wharf), Resident MD at NYMF, Music Director: Runaways (Edinburgh Fringe Festival, Church Street Theatre). Recently produced, and co-mixed, with Alex Venguer: A Brass Act (Michelle Dowdy, Hairspray). Awards: ASCAP/Grammy Foundation Singer/Songwriter grant (2005, 2006), Robert Preston Musical Theatre excellence, Stage Scene LA Best Musical Direction (Out of My Head, West Coast Premiere, Pico Playhouse), Broadway World's Best Sound Design (13, Pasadena Playhouse). Ryan also teaches and MD's at multiple conservatories including: NYU, CAP 21, Pace, Marymount and AMDA. His coaching clients include Broadway performers from: Pippin, Kinky Boots, Mamma Mia, Wicked, Cinderella, Matilda, and more. Ryan also composes and performs music with his sister, Dawn (Dogfight, The Last Ship), please visit www.DawnandRyan.com for more.



Patrick Rizzotti (Scenic Design)

Patrick Rizzotti is a scenic designer working in theatre, opera, dance and television. Recent and upcoming designs include: Jasper in Deadland (Prospect Theater), Titanic (Westchester Broadway), Party In The USA (Edinburgh, Scotland and Incubator Arts, NYC), Dukus (Target Margin Lab), Victor Frange Presents Gas (Incubator Arts, NYC), Hansel und Gretel (Pittsburgh Opera). Theatres include: Pittsburgh Opera, Westchester Broadway, Prospect Theater, Penguin Rep., Flat Rock Playhouse, Florida Rep., South Carolina Children’s Theatre, North Carolina Stage Company, and Temple Theatre. Patrick has received the 2014 USITT Scenic Design Award, is a winner of the 2013 OPERA America Director-­Designer Showcase, a Lincoln Center Director’s Lab Alumni, and a credited contributor to the widely used collegiate textbook Scene Design and Stage Lighting (Wadsworth 2013). MFA: Carnegie Mellon School of Drama. www.patrickrizzotti.com



Caitlin Conci (Costume Design)

Caitlin most recently costume designed the Lazybones Burlesque Show and If You Can Get to Buffalo. Other selected work includes The Big Show; Fruits Unheard Of; and Welcome To The Jungle. Selected Associate/Assistant Costume Designer: Thoroughly Modern Millie; Jasper in Deadland; Bring It On - 2nd Nat'l Tour; The Black Suits; Bad Jews; Peter and the Starcatcher - NWS; Natasha, Pierre and the Great Comet of 1812; and The House of Von Macrame. Visit www.caitlinconci.com for more examples of work including styling and makeup design.



Cory Pattak (Lighting Design)

New York: Handle with Care (Westside Downstairs), Witnessed by the World (59E59), Skippyjon Jones (Theatreworks USA), This Side of Paradise (St. Clements), Unlocked, Nymph Errant, With Glee, The Blue Flower (Prospect Theatre), Hot Mess in Manhattan (Chernuchin), Ingmar Bergman’s Persona (HERE), The Maiden’s Prayer (InProximity Theatre), They’re Playing Our Song, Our Town (Actor’s Fund), Happy We’ll Be (Roseland Ballroom). Regional: The Fabulous Lipitones (Goodspeed), Other Desert Cities (Maltz Jupiter), A Little More Alive (KC Rep), Single Girls Guide, A Christmas Carol (Cap Rep), Liberty (Warner Theatre), A Christmas Carol (Arkansas Rep), Shipwrecked! (Penguin Rep), 42nd Street (Resorts Casino), Rent, My Fair Lady, South Pacific (Engeman Theatre), High School Musical (Surflight), Woodloch Pines Resort, Les Miserables, Spelling Bee (Northern Stage), Fully Committed (Syracuse Stage). Associate/Assistant: Newsies, Peter and the Starcatcher (Tony Award), A Time to Kill, An Evening..Patti Lupone & Mandy Patinkin, The Story of My Life, Irena’s Vow (Broadway), Heathers (New World Stages), Band Geeks, How to Succeed… (Goodspeed), Daddy Long Legs (Various Regional/London). Cory is the host of “in 1: the podcast”, featuring conversations with theatrical designers. BFA: Syracuse University. www.corypattak.com



John Emmett O'Brien (Sound Design)

Select designs include: When We Met (dir. Eric Hoff/CAP21), Jericho (dir. Evan Bergman/New Jersey Rep & The Directors Company), workshop of The Last Goodbye (dir. Alex Timbers), Ten Chimneys (Peccadillo Theater Co.), Tail!Spin! (dir. Dan Knechtges/NYIFF), Poetic License (59E59/The Directors Company), workshops of The Blonde Streak (directed by Jack Cummings III), The Rhythm Club and Tuck Everlasting (both directed by Casey Nicholaw), Next Thing You Know (dir. Terry Berliner/CAP21), Marrying George Clooney (dir. Frank Ventura/CAP 21). Select assistant credits: Anything Goes (Drama Desk Award, Tony Nom.), Fela! (Tony Award). Proud member of Bastard Playground and USA 829.



Rebecca McBee (Stage Manager)

Rebecca McBee is a stage manager, audio engineer, and founder of Disaster Relief for Fine Arts, Inc. Credits include Off-Broadway: Murder For Two, Fast Company, Silence! The Musical, F#%king Up Everything, Working A Musical, Cougar the Musical, Skippyjon Jones, Out of Iceland, The Butterfly, The Yellow Brick Road, Mojo Mickeybo; National Tour: The Yellow Brick Road, Junie B. Jones, A Christmas Carol, The Color of Justice; Regional: The Rocky Horror Show (BCP, dir. Hunter Foster), Summer of ’42 (BCP, dir. Hunter Foster), Amahl & the Night Visitors (OPAS, Roman Terleckyj), Wellesley Summer Theatre, Lyric West. Proud Equity member. www.rebeccamcbee.com



Michael Cassara, CSA (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.net / @michaelcassara.



Lisa Dozier King (General Manager)

Lisa Dozier King has general managed more than fifty NYC productions. Recent/Upcoming Off-Broadway: POPNATION, Bedbugs the Musical, Breakfast with Mugabe, F#%king Up Everything, Sistas the Musical, A Loss of Roses, Final Analysis, Bronte, Ten Chimneys. She has been on staff at Symphony Space, Manhattan Theatre Club, The New 42nd Street, and is the resident general manager for the National Alliance for Musical Theatre's Festival of New Musicals. Lisa is also the bfa theatre management program director at the University of Miami. www.lisadozierking.com



Nathan Madden (Associate Choreographer)

Nathan Madden is thrilled to be part of this year's festival! He has explored new movement of varying styles for many years, both as a dancer and a choreographer, including two seasons with BJM DANSE, the national tour of Twyla Tharp's Come Fly Away, and his Broadway debut with the cast of Chicago. While at Juilliard he was awarded the “Héctor Zaraspe Prize” for exemplary choreography, and his work placed in both the "ACE awards", and "The National Society of Arts and Letters" competitions. "So grateful to be continuing to grow from Glory to Glory!" Romans 8:37-39