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Are You There, Morgan Freeman?

Created by Brittany Velotta

Are You There, Morgan Freeman?

at The Laurie Beechman Theatre at the West Bank Cafe  [map]

  • Friday, July 10, 2015 at 3:00 pm
  • Sunday, July 12, 2015 at 9:30 pm

The voice of God never sounded so good.

The Mo Show chronicles one woman’s journey with reincarnation as she finds the meaning of self-love. She is accompanied by the dulcet tones of Morgan Freeman, her Jiminy Cricket-esque conscience. The show is a unique compilation of a song cycle and cabaret act, but more than anything, it tells a great story of self-acceptance. She journeys from a 1920s serial killer burlesque dancer, leading into a hopeless romantic living a grim fairytale in the 1950s, followed by a 1970s hippie lesbian drummer chick on a mission to find free love.

Running Time: 1 hour with no intermission.

Brittany Velotta

Brittany Velotta (Writer, Actor)

Brittany Velotta is a New York based actress and writer. She made her NYC stage debut at the Connelly Theatre in the short lived 2012 revival of Moose Murders. Shortly after, she debuted her cabaret act Long Journey to the Middle for a multi-night engagement at The Laurie Beechman Theatre. Are You There, Morgan Freeman? has been in development for two years. It made its debut in 2014 at Cornelia Street Cafe to sold out audiences. She is currently working on a TV pilot titled Assisted Living. A Dark Comedy centered around a relationship with a young girl new to NYC and her 87 year old companion who lives in a nursing center on the Upper East Side.



Ilana Ransom Toeplitz

Ilana Ransom Toeplitz (Director)

Reefer Madness (Director/Choreographer, 54 Below 10th Anniversary Concert & New World Stages f/Alan Cumming) Violet (Assistant Director, Broadway & New York City Center), A Christmas Story (Associate Director, First National Tour), Juliet + Juliet (York Theatre), Lucky Stiff, Wanda's Visit, All My Sons. Choreographer & Guest Teaching Artist with Berkshire Theatre Group. Assistant Director with Second Stage, The Huntington Theatre, Keen Company, and York Theatre Company. Upcoming directing projects: Cookies: A New Musical, All The Walls.



Will Shuler (Musical Director)

Will Shuler loves Brittany Velotta and thinks she’s incredible...and insane. NYC: Lift (US Premiere), Bandstand (directed by Andy Blankenbuelher), Role of a Lifetime, Flight (P3/east), I Love You, Because (Who Turned Out the Lights) The Naked Side of Grace (Mighty Little Prod.), Sidekicks! (NYMF), The Crazy Ones (NYMF), The Little Things
Multiple appearances at 54 Below, Laurie Beechman Theatre, Metropolitan Room, Don’t Tell Mama, Duplex, Cornelia Street Café. Regional: Company (Bucks County Playhouse, directed by Hunter Foster, starring Justin Guarini) Twisted Broadway (Melbourne), Ordinary Days (Southeast Premiere), john & jen, The Jungle Book, The Ugly Duckling (Serenbe Playhouse), Pageant! (14th Street Playhouse), The Marvelous Wonderettes (Penobscot Theatre Co. & Rocky Mtn. Rep.), Bye Bye Birdie (Stage Door), Oklahoma!, Jesus Christ Superstar (Waterside Theatre), Rudolph, Cinderella Della Circus, Beauty and the Beast (Center for Puppetry Arts), West Side Story (Town Theatre), The Best Little Whorehouse in Texas (Workshop Theatre of SC), Mother Courage and Her Children, Lorca: Alone in a Dream (Theatre SC)



Lindsay Bleile (Stage Manager)

New York credits include: Emmett, Down in My Heart and Still on the Corner (All Stars Project), Villainous Company, R.U.R., and The Truth Quotient (Rachel Reiner Productions). Other credits include: All’s Well That Ends Well (Bare Bodkins Theatre) and Next to Normal, Sister Mary Ignatius Explain it All For You, Kitty the Waitress, The Apollo of Bellac, Faculty Room, and 3:59am (Augustana Theatre Company).



Shannon Ford

Shannon Ford (Drums)

Shannon Ford is a drummer, percussionist and music director. He has worked in numerous musical settings ranging from Broadway pit orchestras to Nashville and LA recording studios.

Recording/touring credits include Paul Simon, Phoebe Snow, Jason Robert Brown and Larry Gatlin and The Gatlin Brothers.



Michael Siktberg

Michael Siktberg (Guitar, Bass, Vocals)

Regional: Cats, Beauty And The Beast, Into The Woods, Joseph And The Amazing Technicolor Dream Coat, The Music Man, The Pajama Game, Carousel. NYC:Girlfriend From Hell(54 Below), Buddy Boys, Shining Days, Bard at the bar (The Players Club). Michael is a graduate of the American Music and Dramatic Academy.



Anne Wentworth

Anne Wentworth (Vocals)

Anne Wentworth is a Manhattan transplant from South Dakota. Musical theatre brought her to the big city, and fate introduced her to all of the wonderful people working on this production. She is so excited to be a part of the Mo Show, and make her NYMF debut!



KJ Hardy (Lighting Designer)

Hardy is currently the resident lighting designer for 54 Below. Recent design credits include : Notes of a Native Song, Harlem Stage Refer Madness @ New World stages & 54 Below, The Orion Experience at XL night club. The Our Hit Parade Series at Joe's Pub, Andrew Bird at Riverside Church (associate), The Orion Experience at Dixion Place, 35MM a Musical Exhibition at Galapagos Arts Space. Silence the Musical at Ps122 (associate) & Numerous productions for N.Y.M.F., NYC-Fringe, the York Theater, and the Public Theater, co founding designer for Classical Theater of Harlem.



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