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The Calico Buffalo

Book by EJ Stapleton; Music and Lyrics by Peter Stopschinski & EJ Stapleton

The Calico Buffalo

  • Wednesday, July 8, 2015 at 8:00 pm
  • Friday, July 10, 2015 at 9:00 pm
  • Saturday, July 11, 2015 at 1:00 pm
  • Sunday, July 12, 2015 at 4:00 pm
  • Thursday, July 16, 2015 at 5:00 pm
  • Saturday, July 18, 2015 at 12:00 pm

The greatest journey is the one you take to find yourself.

"We can always use a brand new legend in this old world and now we have one. The Calico Buffalo." Liz Smith, syndicated columnist — When the first-born son to the chief of all buffalo arrives covered with the markings of a calico kitten, the chief, his son, and the entire buffalo nation are catapulted into the adventure of a lifetime. THE CALICO BUFFALO is a compelling theatrical experience. From the first musical moment, Grammy® Award-winning composer Peter Stopschinski lets us know we are in for one wonder-filled ride.

Running Time: 1 hour and 45 minutes, plus one intermission.

EJ Stapleton

EJ Stapleton (Book, Music, Lyrics)

EJ is a writer-illustrator who has written works for both theater and film as well as books for children. THE CALICO BUFFALO, A MUSICAL is inspired by his first children's book, The Calico Buffalo. EJ is a proud member of Actors Equity and The Authors Guild.

Peter Stopschinski

Peter Stopschinski (Music and Lyrics)

Peter Stopschinski has composed music for Madeleine George's Pulitzer Prize nominated play The Watson Intelligence, string arrangements for Grupo Fantasma's Grammy Award winning album El Existential, and the film score for two-time Academy Award winning director Al Reinert's film Rara Avis: The Life of John Audubon. His operas and musicals have been performed across the country from Arena Stage (DC) to Playwrights Horizons (NYC) to Center Theatre Group's Kirk Douglas Theater (LA).

Jennifer Apple

Jennifer Apple (Amaruq)

Jennifer Apple is pumped to be a part of this show! Favorite credits: The Theory of Relativity (Goodspeed Musicals), Monty Python’s Spamalot (Lady of the Lake), Fiddler on the Roof (Tzeitel – PSF; Hodel – CFRT), Something Funny’s Going On (dir: Martin Charnin), [title of show] (Susan), & Les Miserables (Eponine). Jennifer wants to thank the cast/creative team, Michael Cassara, and her family/friends for their endless love and support.

Rachel Coloff

Rachel Coloff (Sih-kuk)

Rachel Coloff was recently seen in the Off-Broadway production of Old Jews Telling Jokes. Other Off-B'way favorites include Das Barbecu, and Urinetown. Regional; Yente in Fiddler on the Roof, at Fulton Opera and Barrington Stage, Golde in Fiddler at The Human Race and Celeste I in Sunday in the Park with George at Seattle Rep. Broadway; Lestat, The Baroness in Candide, FrumaSarah in Fiddler, and SoupySue in Urinetown, and eleven Encores! productions.

Rhys Gilyeat

Rhys Gilyeat (The Chief)

Rhys Gilyeat - Select credits: December ’63 (Lead/Frankie), Tarzan (Tarzan), See Rock City…(Jess/Cutter, West Coast Premiere), All Shook Up (Dean Hyde), The Full Monty (Keno), and The Who’s Tommy (Tommy, AriZoni Award for Best Actor). Full bio available, Follow him @rhysgilyeat.

Zachary Infante

Zachary Infante (Bora-Boh/The Calico Buffalo)

Zachary Infante is ecstatic to be at NYMF! Some joys include: A Midsummer Night's Dream (Dir. Julie Taymor, Theatre For a New Audience), Matthew Lopez's Somewhere (Dir. Giovanna Sardelli, Hartford Stage), Tamburlaine The Great (Dir. Sir Michael Boyd, Theatre for A New Audience), Peter Pan (Dir. Mark Hobee, Paper Mill Playhouse). Film & TV: School Of Rock, Alpha House, GOTHAM. NYU (CAP21, The Experimental Theatre Wing, StageWorks) 

Stephen Mark

Stephen Mark (Ensemble)

Stephen Mark is excited to be making his NYMF debut in The Calico Buffalo! He was last seen playing John on the National Tour of Kathleen Marshall's Anything Goes. Stephen also made his TriBeCa Film Festival debut this spring in Better to Live. BFA in Drama, NYU Tisch - New Studio on Broadway. Love and many thanks to the TCB company, Michael Cassara, and my friends and family for their endless support.

Anthea Neri

Anthea Neri (The Ancient)

Anthea Neri pop/rock recording artist. Is currently in Disenchanted at the West Side Theater. She has performed at Carnegie Hall, the Kennedy Center, Lincoln Center, and has worked with David Byrne, Fatboy Slim, Tony award winning director Alex Timbers and Broadway legend Baayork Lee. She has also had the opportunity to record with numerous Emmy and Grammy winning producers. Love to mom, dad, J Michael, family and friends.

Rachel Rhodes-Devey

Rachel Rhodes-Devey (Willa-Mah)

Rachel Rhodes-Devey is thrilled to be making her NYMF debut with Calico Buffalo! Rachel was last seen playing the role of Beth Spencer in APAC's Merrily We Roll Along. Tour: South Pacific, White Christmas. NYC: The Most Happy Fella (City Center Encores!), Carousel (PBS's "Live From Lincoln Center"). Bachelor of Music from OCU. Many thanks to Judy Boals Inc, her family, and Pierre.

Kevin Sims

Kevin Sims (Ensemble)

Kevin Sims has trained with The Second City, The William Esper Studio, and holds a Bachelor's degree in Musical Theatre from the University of Northern Colorado. He is always looking to create something new. Thanks to Craig for making a good call, and all my devotion to my wife, Amy.

Brooke Shapiro

Brooke Shapiro (Bittle)

Brooke is excited to be making her NYMF debut in The Calico Buffalo. Regional Credits include: Hello, Dolly! (Ermengarde) – Goodspeed Musicals, Grease (Jan) – North Shore Music Theatre, Hairspray (Tracy Turnblad) – Gateway Playhouse, ZACH Theatre, & Florida Studio Theatre. Check out her sketch comedy webseries: "Shorts Time With Shapiro" (@shorts.time). BFA Music Theatre, The Hartt School. Much love to my family, friends, and Meg Pantera the agency for their endless support. …”You are enough.” -KG

Max Wilcox

Max Wilcox (Thorn)

Max, a graduate of Circle In the Square, is thrilled to make his NYMF debut with this team and production. Credits include: Robert Grisetti (lead) Fat Camp (Snapple Center), James Wilson/1776 (Cape Playhouse). Television: Warbler/Glee (FOX). Thanks and love to My Mother, Sasha Passero, Daisy Carnelia and Alan Langdon.

Craig J George (Director)

Off-Broadway: Taming of the Shrew: Extreme (The Duke on 42nd Street) and over a dozen world premieres, including: Titus: A Grand and Gory Rock Musical (Cleveland Public Theatre), God's Country (NYMF), The Aperture (FringeNYC). Regional: Measure for Measure, Standing on Ceremony (Cleveland Public Theatre) Twelfth Night, Much Ado About Nothing, Taming of the Shrew (Hamptons Shakespeare Festival). Other theaters worked at include South Coast Repertory, George Street Playhouse, The New Group, and York Theatre Company.

Alex J. Frantz (Assistant Director)

Alex is delighted to be part of The Calico Buffalo team in his first NYMF experience. Alex recently completed directing observerships at The Vineyard Theatre and Lincoln Center. He returns to Carnegie Mellon University this fall to complete his BFA with his thesis production, Eurydice by Sarah Ruhl. A big thank you to friends and family for support and encouragement. Enjoy the Show!

Marta Roncada (Assistant Stage Manager)

NYMF: Calico Buffalo, Searching For Romeo. Off-Broadway: Josephine and I (The Public Theater), Found (Atlantic Theater Company), Rothschild and Sons, Fame (Amas Musical Theatre), Twelfth Night (New York Classical Theatre); Regional: Contractions, The Rocky Horror Show, Torch Song Trilogy (Studio Theatre), A Midsummer Night’s Dream, Merrily We Roll Along, Company, Farfetched Fables (Lang Performing Arts Center).

Billy Sprague, Jr (Choreographer)

A NYC based director and choreographer. Choreography credits include Spamalot (Sacramento Music Circus/ Music Theatre Wichita/Theatre by the Sea, Matunuck, RI), South Pacific (Music Theatre Wichita), A Christmas Carol (North Shore Music Theatre) and The Little Mermaid (Theatre by the Sea). Associate Choreographer on Beauty and The Beast, (Moscow), Guys and Dolls, and The Little Mermaid. Billy has performed on Broadway in Disney's Beauty and The Beast, CATS, Spamalot and The Merry Widow (NYC Opera)

Carol Bentley (Assistant Choreographer)

Broadway/NY Theater/National Tours: Monty Python’s Spamalot (Assistant Dance Captain, Wynn), Wonderful Town, Follies (Astaire Award nom. For Best Female Dancer), Swing! (Principal, Original Cast), On The Town (Dance Captain), Jesus Christ Superstar (Dance Captain), Beauty and the Beast, West Side Story (Velma), A Christmas Carol (Ghost of Future u/s), Radio City Music Hall. Regional: Louise, Carousel (North Carolina Theater) Les Miserables (Pittsburgh Civic Light Opera). Film: Disney’s Enchanted, featured cameo Dance With Me.

Michael Cassara, CSA (Casting Director)

Recent credits include Forbidden Broadway (most recent two editions/cast albums), The 12 (Denver Center/world premiere), Fat Camp, I Love Lucy® Live On Stage (2014–15 national tour), dozens of regional theatres and countless readings and workshops. Resident Casting Office for NYMF since 2007, casting over 70 shows since the festival's inception in 2004. Film: The Hyperglot (dir. Michael Urie, Artios nomination for excellence in casting), Contest, Grantham & Rose. / @michaelcassara

Simpson & Longthorne Theatricals (General Manager)

Managed by partners Benjamin Simpson and Joseph Longthorne. NYMF: Mother Jones and The Children’s Crusade (2014 Next Link Selection) starring Lynne Wintersteller and two time Tony Nominee Robin de Jesus, “Best of Fest” (Runner Up), “Outstanding Individual Performance” (L. Wintersteller), and “Excellence in Direction” (Hon. Mention, Michelle Tattenbaum). Thank you Calico Buffalo team!

Claire Aquila (Costume Designer)

Claire Aquila has designed costumes for theatre, dance and film regionally and in New York City. Recently she was the Associate Costume Designer for Broadway’s The Elephant Man. Claire has collaborated on various productions at The Public, Signature Center, The Julliard School, and Classic Stage Company. Past NYMF production was God’s Country directed by Craig George. Claire holds a MFA from NYU’s Tisch School of the Arts.

Isabella F. Byrd (Lighting Designer)

Isabella F. Byrd is a Brooklyn based Lighting Designer with designs ranging from theatre and opera to experimental installation. Selected: Queen for a Day (St. Clements), Bareknuckle (Vertigo Theater), Remix 38 (Humana Festival), The Seagull (w/ John Gould Rubin), Recent associations include Prague Quadrennial 2015, Actors Theatre of Louisville, PigIron Theatre Company, Lincoln Center, Spoleto Festival USA, Williamstown Theatre Festival, and PigPen Theater Company. Administrative member of imploded 13Playwrights, Inc. and Core Editor at CHANCE Magazine.

Jesse Warkentin (Musical Director)

Jesse Warkentin is a Kansas-born music director and pianist in Manhattan. He has worked on the 2nd National Tour of Wicked, Royal Caribbean’s Mamma Mia, and spent eleven summers with Music Theatre Wichita bringing to life regional premiers such as Mary Poppins, Catch Me If You Can, and the U.S. Premier of Betty Blue Eyes. Jesse was recently featured as piano soloist in Gershwin’s “Rhapsody In Blue” with the Newton Mid-Kansas Symphony Orchestra.

Abigail Strange (Stage Manager)

Select Off-Broadway: Cagney (York Theatre), Clinton The Musical, Tail! Spin!, Ethel Sings, Here Lies Love (Public Theatre), Murder for Two, A Streetcar Named Desire (Carnegie Hall) Select NYC: Somewhere in Time (Lab), The Last Goodbye (Lab) Dizzy Miss Lizzie’s Roadside Review: The Brontes (NYMF’13), Requiem for a Lost Girl (NYMF '12), Blanche: The Bittersweet Life of a Wild Prairie Dame (NYMF’11, Capital Fringe'12, FringeNYC'12), The History of War (NYMF’10). Proud member of AEA & SDC Associate.