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Daughter of the Waves

Book by Eileen Connolly; Music and Lyrics by Kat Blackwood with traditional folk music

Daughter of the Waves

at The Studio Theatre at Theatre Row  [map]

  • Tuesday, July 14, 2015 at 4:00 pm
  • Tuesday, July 14, 2015 at 7:30 pm
  • Saturday, July 18, 2015 at 8:30 pm

The world fell apart. Love put it back together.

On the windswept coast of Ireland, a traveling circus troupe smuggles Jewish refugees out of Nazi Europe. DAUGHTER OF THE WAVES is a true untold tale of survival and hope, told with traditional Irish music, popular big band radio classics, and original indie-rock/folk songs. The heart of the show is a love story cut short by war, mirrored in a rehearsal of the Selkie myth – a magical seal who transforms for the love of a girl, and pays with his life.

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

Eileen Connolly

Eileen Connolly (Book, Music, Lyrics)

Eileen is an American-born Irish citizen living in Brooklyn. With an M.F.A. in theatre, she is a playwright and Shakespeare professor at a conservatory in New York City. Her plays have been produced at theaters including SoHo’s prestigious HERE Arts Center, the NY International Fringe Festival, Theater for the New City, and now the New York Musical Theatre Festival.



Molly Brog

Molly Brog (Birdie)

Molly is a senior at NYU Tisch School of the Arts, where she completed her studio training at the Atlantic Acting School. She is also currently a member of The Bats, the resident acting company at The Flea Theater in TriBeCa. Hailing from the San Francisco Bay Area, Molly is thrilled to be a part of the New York Musical Theatre Festival for the first time. Before moving to New York in 2012, Molly was a competitive Irish Dancer, and competed in the National and World Championships multiple times. She is so excited to lace up her shoes again, and be a part of this wonderful project!



Annalisa Chamberlin

Annalisa Chamberlin (LuLu)

Annalisa is a graduate of New York Conservatory for Dramatic Arts and is a resident actor at Wallis Knot and The CRY HAVOC Company. NYC credits include: Gwen in Between Two Worlds (HERE Arts Center); Ophelia in The Next to the Last Hamlet on the Left (Wallis Knot); Priscilla in Oh My! The Musical (IRT); Jessica in Winter Break and Kal, Party Girl (CRY HAVOC). Annalisa is in the web series Into Girls and plays the role of Angie in the new indie comedy, SexGuaranteed, scheduled to premiere in 2015.



Nick Cianfrogna

Nick Cianfrogna (Fergus)

Nick is a graduate of NYU/Tisch. Film: The Professor alongside Breaking Bad’s Betsy Brandt. He plays Dean in the web series Handsome Town and Adam in Chaos Theory— both airing on YouTube and phoebetv.com. NY: Fear and Misery in the Third Reich; Sweeney Todd; Ivanov; Something Beautiful Somewhere; Carousel; Merrily We Roll Along. Regional: The Lion, the Witch, and the Wardrobe; West Side Story. Nick is on the Voice faculty at CAP21, The Lee Strasberg Studio, AADA, and SFT. He was the dialect coach for Theatre East’s The Soldier Dreams, Off-Broadway in 2011, as well as for the University of Delaware’s 2012 REP production of Our Country’s Good.



John Duddy

John Duddy (Ean)

John was a professional middleweight boxer known as "The Derry Destroyer" who fought at Madison Square Garden before becoming an actor. His theater credits include the Off-Broadway play Kid Shamrock. Film credits include The Wronged One, and Hard Times. John will appear as Scottish legend Ken Buchanan in the film Hands of Stone opposite Robert DeNiro, whom he met on the set of Grudge Match while assisting DeNiro and Sylvester Stallone on some fight sequences.



Christina Durst

Christina Durst (Saoirse)

Christina is very excited to be working with Eileen Connolly and the entire cast of Daughter Of The Waves. Christina is a graduate from The American Musical and Dramatic Academy in NY where she studied musical theatre, acting and dance. Her New York theatre experience includes the Downtown Urban Theatre Festival (Lost and Found), Midtown International Theatre Festival (Debbie and Me, Lost and Found) and the Village Playwrights Festival (Music to My Ears). She has also done performances with the Newtown Arts Company in PA which includes The Music Man (Zaneeta Shinn) and You’re A Good Man Charlie Brown (Snoopy).



Jay Goldenberg

Jay Goldenberg (Anastazy)

Jay has been an actor, director and acting teacher for many years. He has acted in theater, film and television both in New York and Los Angeles. Jay has had the pleasure to coach wonderful actors in feature films and television. Jay is the Associate Director of Education at the New York Conservatory for Dramatic Arts and presently also teaches a private class. What an exciting production to be part of….Enjoy.jaygoldenbergacting.com/news/



Jonah Kramer

Jonah Kramer (Hans)

Jonah is a recent graduate of the musical theater program at NYU Tisch's New Studio on Broadway. Jonah spent two summers performing with Berkshire Theatre Group in Oklahoma, A Chorus Line, and the world premiere of Edith. Jonah was a featured dancer in David Gordon's The Matter/2012 starring Valda Setterfield. Past credits include: The Mystery of Edwin Drood (Phillip Bax/Bazzard), The Baker's Wife (Doumergue), and Into the Woods (Jack).



Leenya Rideout

Leenya Rideout (Byrne)

Broadway veteran Leenya Rideout stars as Byrne, the traveling show’s manager. Leenya was last seen in Warhorse as a puppeteer and in various roles. She also appeared in: Cyrano de Bergerac with Kevin Kline, John Doyle’s revival of Company, Sam Mendes and Rob Marshall’s Cabaret with Alan Cumming, and the international tour of My Fair Lady as Eliza Doolittle. Leenya is also one of the creators and performers behind the musical performing trio The Chalks, and is a concert violinist and Irish fiddle player in addition to being a singer/songwriter. Look for her album on iTunes.



Ciaran Sheehan

Ciaran Sheehan (Liam)

Ciaran is a Dublin born actor and singer. He most notably played the role of the Phantom in Phantom of the Opera on Broadway and in Toronto. At The Irish Repertory Theatre he appeared in The Hostage, The Irish...and how they got that way by Frank McCourt, Camelot with Jeremy Irons, and Finian's Rainbow. TV: Law and Order, One Life To Live, Another World, Late Night with David Letterman, and numerous appearances on PBS Stations nationally.



Kalli Siringas

Kalli Siringas (Cherrie)

Kalli is a graduate of the CAP21 Professional Musical Theatre Training Program. She appeared as the Baker's Wife in Into The Woods at Louis Armstrong Theatre. While at CAP21 she appeared as God in Children of Eden, as well as in Echoes, Looking For Someone, Sympathetic Frequencies, Megan Duffy: The Sweet Delight, A Perfect Couple, and Ovid's Tales.



Simone Tetrault

Simone Tetrault (Irina)

Simone received classical training in ballet, pointe, and modern before studying at NYU Tisch School of Drama at the Lee Strasberg Theatre and FIlm Institute, and film acting at Stonestreet Studios. She spent a semester abroad in Florence, Italy where she studied foreign language and visual art. While at NYU, Simone was an apprentice with the Urban Ballet Theater, dancing with the company core and appearing as the Dreamcatcher soloist in Nutcracker in the Lower. She studied the Viewpoints with Mary Overlie, works regularly as a voice over artist, and is an artist in residence at PS34 through the Henry Street Settlement's Abrons Arts Center.



Andrea Grody

Andrea Grody (Musical Director)

Andrea is a music director, composer and arranger who has worked on the Broadway productions of Bloody Bloody Andrew Jackson, A Christmas Story, and Big Fish. For the Public Theater her projects include this season's The Tempest, The Fortress of Solitude (Assoc. Music Director), The Great Immensity (Music Director), and Venice (Asst. Music Director). She was the Music Associate for Love's Labour's Lost at the Delacorte Theater in Central Park. She was Music Director for Portraits with Prespect Theater Company, White Christmas and Songs for a New World at Northern Stage, and Active Virgin at the Edinburgh Fringe Festival. Andrea was the Composer and Music Director of Robin Hood at the Williamstown Theatre Festival. Andrea has performed her original material at Joe's Pub, Le Poisson Rouge, and the Metropolitan Museum of Art. She is a graduate of Princeton University and holds a Master's degree from the Royal Conservatoire of Scotland.



Eli Koller

Eli Koller (Musical Director)

Eli is a graduate of the Musical Theatre program at The University of Michigan. He was Associate MD chair as a substitute on Broadway’s First Date: The Musical, and Broadway’s Violet. Eli plays ten instruments, specializing in the ‘fretted’ variety such as guitar, bass, banjo, mandolin, and ukelele. He also enjoys the career as a successful actor, having performed on stage in New York City and in regional theatres across the country. Eli premiered with Cass Morgan in her autobiographical self-written musical The Road to Where at Geva Theatre Center in Rochester, NY. Eli is currently a featured performer in multiple organized concerts that travel the country, including the Peter Paul & Mary folk revival concert group: A Band Called Honalee.



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