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Moses Man

Book and Lyrics by Deborah Haber; Music by Casey Filiaci

Moses Man

at The Alice Griffin Jewel Box Theatre  [map]

  • Wednesday, July 8, 2015 at 8:00 pm
  • Friday, July 10, 2015 at 5:00 pm
  • Saturday, July 11, 2015 at 9:00 pm
  • Sunday, July 12, 2015 at 12:00 pm
  • Monday, July 13, 2015 at 9:00 pm

A musical journey of survival.

MOSES MAN powerfully portrays the indomitable spirit of survival as it recounts the true saga of a Holocaust survivor, chronicling his perilous nine-year journey throughout Europe, Cyprus, Palestine, and Africa before finally finding freedom and home in America. MOSES MAN, based on the historically significant implications of the displacement of those facing persecution during the Holocaust, also reflects the contemporary dilemmas faced by each of us, aiming to instigate consideration, conversation, and education.

Running Time: 2 hours, with one intermission. 

Joanne Borts

Joanne Borts (Frau Schtepinick, Ensemble)

Broadway: Once; Fiddler on the Roof; R&H’s Cinderella. Off-Broadway: On Second Avenue; Hello Muddah, Hello Fadduh; Night in the Old Marketplace; Kids & Yiddish; The Golden Land. Tours: Fiddler; Cinderella; Funny Girl; Those were the Days. Concerts: Showboat (Carnegie Hall); Warsaw Zingera Festival; Vienna Kulturherbst; KlezFest London. Recording: Witches of Lublin (NPR); Milken Archive (Vienna Chamber Orchestra) Proud Equity @LushandHora. For my family, my agent and my teachers.

Zachary Clause

Zachary Clause (Freddy)

Zachary is excited to be performing in his 3rd show with NYMF. Previously, he could be seen in Hurricane and PopArt. Zachary has performed Off-Broadway and in many regional productions.  Some of his favorite roles include Sweeney Todd (Toby) at Barrington Stage Company and The Rocky Horror Show (Riff Raff) at The Hangar Theatre.  Zachary is currently studying at The New School.  Special thanks to Michael Bush for this special opportunity. Follow his Instagram alter ego on Instagram @YourMotherDarling!!!!! 

Evan Daves

Evan Daves (Moshe)

Evan Daves (Moshe) is thrilled to be a part of this production! Previous Broadway / Regional credits include: Hamlet (Guild Hall); Gettin' The Band Back Together (George Street Playhouse); The Radio City Christmas Spectacular, The Coast of Utopia, Nine the Musical ,The Full Monty (National Tour); Hollywood Arms. TV/Film credits include Law and Order:SVU (NBC); What Would You Do? (ABC); Harold (Dir. T. Sean Shannon) and more. Many Thanks to Jim Daly and Maegan Mishico at The Bloc Agency.

Tess DeFlyer

Tess DeFlyer (Lia)

Tess is a recent graduate of Nazareth College’s BFA program in Rochester, NY. Regional credits include: The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee (Olive Ostrovsky), and A Christmas Carol (Belle, Fred’s Wife, Martha Cratchit) at Geva Theatre. Other credits include Urinetown (Little Sally), Quilters (Dana and others), The Secret Garden (Claire), and The Threepenny Opera (Dolly). She would like to thank her family for their constant love and support, as well as her theatre family.

Alex Finke

Alex Finke (Sarah)

Alex is thrilled to be making her NYMF debut with Moses Man!  Other credits include: Anything Goes 1st National Tour (Hope Harcourt), The Unsinkable Molly Brown (Kit) at the Denver Center, Footloose (Wendy Jo) at Pittsburgh CLO, Legally Blonde (Serena) and Fiddler on the Roof (Tzeitel) at MTWichita.  Love and thanks to Harden Curtis, family and friends!

Tor Hyams

Tor Hyams (Reb Hertzel)

Tor Hyams is a Grammy nominated songwriter and record producer. He wrote starred and produced in Chutzpah, This Is?, a mockumentary featuring Gary Oldman and George Segal, which premiered a the HBO Comedy Festival. He toured with the group, Chutzpah, nationally and released two commercial albums. He wrote Greenwood, which starred Andrea McArdle and premiered at NYMF 2011.

Cassie Levine

Cassie Levine (Anita)

Cassie is honored to be a part of this beautiful story. Tour: Stars of David with Daryl Roth Productions, Regional Credits include Pirates! (The Muny) and Life Could be a Dream (Ensemble Theatre of Cincinnati). She is a proud graduate of CCM for Musical Theatre. Thank you to NYMF and Lisa. For my family: BBZC.

T.J. Mannix

T.J. Mannix (Ensemble Man)

A NYMF veteran (Hurricane, The Piper, Warrior, Sasquatched, Howe and Hummel), T.J. has toured with Chicago's The Second City/NCL. He was an original cast member in BLANK! the Musical, improvising 90-minute musicals every night based solely on audience suggestions. T.J. has appeared in 85 commercials, flown 50 feet in the air in a fat suit in the Radio City Christmas Spectacular, scored the Law and Order Trifecta (Law and Order, L&O:SVU, and L&O:Criminal Intent), and recurred on most of the NYC soaps that no longer exist. He is the founder/producer of the 7th annual New York Musical Improv Festival (, and admits to spending a very dark year as a Mouseketeer.

Kevin Mcguire

Kevin Mcguire (Opa)

Broadway, National and International Tours: Les Miserables, The Phantom of the Opera, Jane Eyre, The Secret Garden. Off Broadway: Donnybrook! (Irish Repertory Theatre), Forbidden Broadway, Big Maggie, The Seagull, Hamlet (Classic Stage Company), Much Ado About Nothing, Romeo and Juliet (New York Public Theatre). Regional Theatre: Shakespeare Theatre Company DC, Hartford Stage Company, Arizona Theatre Company, Williamstown Theater Festival, & Capital Repertory Theatre. Kevin toured with the Julliard Acting Company for 3 seasons.

Matthew Rodin

Matthew Rodin (Zvi)

Regional: Baltimore Center Stage: Next to Normal (Henry); Off The Grid: Romeo & Juliet (Tybalt); New York: NYMF 2014: Guilin. Creator and host of “SCHOOL’D” on Education: BFA The Boston Conservatory. Much thanks to Harden-Curtis, Stephanie Klapper, NYMF and the entire Moses Man cast and team. Love to Mom, Dad, JoRo, Mickbett and all the teachers, family and friends for the unconditional support! Twitter/Instagram: @MrMattRodin 

Lisa Rothauser

Lisa Rothauser (Mama)

Lisa was in the Broadway company and the 2nd National Tour of The Producers playing the roles of Hold Me Touch Me and Lick Me Bite Me. Other New York credits include originating the role of Marie Tovesky in O Pioneers! (The Producers’ Club), Mock Your World (Ars Nova, The Zipper Theatre, The Laurie Beechman), Maya in Stealing Time (debuting at NYMF 2011)

Scott Scaffidi

Scott Scaffidi (Efra)

Scott is thrilled to be appearing in his first NYMF show. He originated the role of Freddie in the first workshop of Moses Man 3 years ago and continued with the show as Efra in the Geva Theatre workshop in May.  Scott has enjoyed working regionally and in NYC as an actor and director. Some of his favorite roles include: John in John and Jen, The Baker in Into the Woods, Chip in 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee, Gabe in Breaking up is Hard to Do and directing productions of Merrily We Roll Along, Rocky Horror Picture Show, and And The World Goes Round.  Scott would like to thank the entire Moses Man team for bringing him on this crazy ride for the past few years especially Debbie, Casey, Michael, and Don.  

Ryan Speakman

Ryan Speakman (S.S. Oberstrumfuhrer)

Ryan is thrilled to be returning to NYMF this year!  Previous NYMF credits include: Boys Will Be Boys, Madame: The Musical, and With Glee. Ryan can also be seen this season in Napoleon. Ryan was last seen on Broadway in Camelotstarring Jeremy Irons. Off BroadwayPinkalicious:the Musical, Little Mary Sunshine, Noel Coward’s Bittersweet (starring Sian Phillips) Regional Favorites: Curly in Oklahoma!, Bobby in Company, and Lancelot in Camelot. Much thanks to the Moses Man team for letting me join the revolution!

Oliver Thornton

Oliver Thornton (Avi)

Oliver Thornton has a fourteen-year career in the West End, creating the role of Adam/Felicia in the West End's Olivier award winning production of Priscilla Queen of the Desert – The Musical. Other West End credits include: Adam in Children Of Eden, Mark in William Bakers revival of Rent, Raoul in The Phantom Of The Opera, Enjolras in Les Miserables, Harrison in Chicago, and Frank-N-Furter in the 40th Anniversary production of The Rocky Horror Show. 

Deborah Haber

Deborah Haber (Book and Lyrics)

Deborah Haber is the Executive Artistic Director of DEEP Arts, a non-profit now focused on developing new work. Ms. Haber served as Producing Artistic Director of Rochester Children’s Theatre for 23 years where she directed over 75 productions. Ms. Haber partnership with collaborator Casey Filiaci began with Sweet House, an original musical that updates the fairy tale “Hansel and Gretel” and highlights making healthy choices. This successful partnership continues for their second project, Moses Man. Ms. Haber served as a theatre panelist for New York State Council on the Arts and the New York Regional Economic Development Council and along with her writing partner, received an appointment to Indiana University in March 2014 to further the development of Moses Man

Casey Filiaci

Casey Filiaci (Music)

Casey Filiaci is a widely respected professional with over three decades of experience in the business of music production. As well as being an Atlantic Records recording artist, he is a two-time Emmy nominee for his work with HBO and has earned many industry awards. His credits also include arrangements, composition and production of music for the NBC Olympics, Disney, PBS, ABC, NFL, NHL, The Baseball Hall of Fame, many film scores, commercials, and more. After completing two other musical scores, Sweet House (2010 – present), and Plagued… a love story (NYMF 2009), Moses Man continues it’s own musical journey. Receiving an appointment to Indiana University to develop the musical, Casey continues with Deborah Haber updating and writing new material.

Michael Bush (Director)

Michael Bush most recently directed the Off-Broadway productions of Bikeman, Psycho Therapy, Cactus Flower, and Based On A Totally True Story.  Regional Productions include:  Other Desert Cities (Capital Repertory Theatre) Stormy Weather (Pasadena Playhouse, Prince Music Theatre), Himself and Nora (American Theatre Group), The Sisters Rosensweig (Capital Repertory Theatre), Murderers (Philadelphia Theatre Company, City Theatre), etc.  He is the co-author and director of Leslie Uggam’s Uptown Downtown (Pasadena Playhouse, Capital Repertory Theatre) which won the Los Angeles Drama Critics Circle Award for best solo performance.  He won the 2009 New York Musical Theatre Festival Award for Excellence in Direction for the world premiere musical Hurricane. He is the former director of artistic production and associate artistic director for the Manhattan Theatre Club in New York City. He was associated with MTC for over 25 years and helped artistically guide more than 150 new plays and musicals, including the Tony® Award and Pulitzer Prize-winning Proof and Doubt,  the Tony®  Award winning Love! Valour! Compassion!  He was instrumental in the rebirth of the Eugene O’Neill Theater Center’s Cabaret & Performance Conference, and served as its artistic director from 2005 to 2012.  He currently serves as the Director/Dramaturg of the Johnny Mercer Writer's Colony each winter at the Goodspeed Opera House in East Haddam, CT.

Lisa Dozier King (General Manager)

Lisa has been general managing productions and special events in New York City for more than a decade. Select Off Broadway: Bedbugs the Musical, The Erlkings, Breakfast with Mugabe, Final Analysis, F#%king Up Everything, Sistas the Musical, Bronte: A Portrait of Charlotte, Ten Chimneys, The Duchess of Malfi (Red Bull), How to be a Good Italian Daughter, Milk (New Georges), The Diary of a Teenage Girl (3LD),  Stormy Weather (Pasadena Playhouse), The Rise and Fall of Annie Hall. Previously, she has been on staff at Manhattan Theatre Club (Doubt, Reckless), Symphony Space (Surface to Air), The New 42nd Street and American Repertory Theatre. Lisa is the general manager for the National Alliance for Musical Theatre’s Festival of New Musicals and is the director of the bfa theatre management program at the University of Miami.

Don Kot (Musical Director)

Don is Resident Music Director and Affiliate Artist at Geva Theatre Center where he celebrates his fourteenth season! Don has performed Off-Broadway at the 45 Bleecker Street Theatre, Laurie Beechman Theatre, and at the Toronto Fringe Festival. He has played for the national touring productions of Fosse, Footloose, Fiddler on the Roof, The King and I, Mamma Mia and Hairspray. Don is the Coordinator of the Musical Theatre degree program at the State University of New York at Geneseo.

Cory Pattak (Lighting Designer)

Stalking the Bogeyman (New World Stages), Revolution in the Elbow…(Minetta Lane), Handle with Care (Westside Downstairs), Skippyjon Jones (Theatreworks USA), This Side of Paradise (St. Clements), UnlockedNymph ErrantWith GleeThe Blue Flower (Prospect Theatre) Regional: Dog and Pony (Old Globe), The Fabulous Lipitones (Goodspeed), A Little More Alive (KC Rep), Other Desert Cities (Maltz Jupiter), Always Patsy Cline (Bristol Riverside), The Other Place, The Road to Where (Weston Playhouse)Single Girls Guide (Cap Rep), Shipwrecked! (Penguin Rep), A Chorus Line (Engeman Theatre), Les Miserables (Northern Stage) Associate/Assistant: NewsiesPeter and the StarcatcherA Time to KillAn Evening with Patti Lupone & Mandy PatinkinThe Story of My LifeIrena’s Vow (Broadway), Heathers (NWS), Band GeeksHow to Succeed… (Goodspeed), Daddy Long Legs (Off-Bway/Regional/London), Side Effects (MCC), Paint Your Wagon, Lost in the Stars, Where’s Charley (Encores!), Rapture Blister Burn (Playwrights Horizons) BFA: Syracuse University. Host and creator of “in 1: the podcast”, featuring interviews with theatrical designers.

Wendy Seyb (Choreographer)

Career highlights include choreographing The Pee Wee Herman Show for Broadway and HBO, working with Sting, Kevin Spacey, Oscar Isaac, James Taylor, and Renee Fleming at Carnegie Hall, developing the next musical from the Tony Award-winning team Greg Kotis and Mark Hollmann, directing/writing/choreographing an original Dance Comedy short, and creating an original Dance Comedy for The Sacramento Ballet.

Olivia O'Brien (Production Stage Manager)

NYMF: Associate Production Manager 2011, PSM- The Water Dream 2013. Olivia is a company member of three time Drama Desk nominee Parallel Exit and an associate artist of Target Margin Theater. Select New York credits also include, Lincoln Center Institute, APAC, Jennifer Muller/The Works, resident PSM at LaGuardia H.S. (The Fame School). Regional: the Spoleto Festival, Arena Stage, Barrington Stage Company, The Asolo Theater Company, The Pittsburgh Irish and Classical Theater.

Suzi Bonnot (Assistant Stage Manager)

Recent: Fun Home, DirectorFest (Drama League), Turning the Glass Around (Workspace Collective), Next to Normal (Gallery Players), Romeo n Juliet (Classical Theatre of Harlem). Regional: Paper Mill Playhouse, six seasons at The MUNY, Syracuse Stage, The Hippodrome Theatre, Shakespeare Festival St. Louis. OCU Dance & Arts Management Grad. 

Adriana Sosa (Production Assistant)

Adriana Sosa is a recent graduate from the University of Miami with a BFA in Stage Management. At the university, she stage managed and worked in the box office at the Jerry Herman Ring Theatre. UM Credits include:  She Loves Me, Floyd Collins, Slaughterhouse Five: The Musical, 25th Annual Putnam a County Spelling Bee, and The Women. Last summer, she was a technical apprentice at Planet Connections Theatre Festivity in New York City.

Shannon Kissane (Directing Production Assistant)

Shannon Kissane holds a Undergraduate Masters in Directing from The University of Kent, UK as well as spending a year abroad at The University of Miami. This is her first time working on a musical as her training is in classical plays and dance and has loved working with the Moses Man family!

Brad Berridge (Sound Design)

Brad Berridge, Sound Designer- Off-Broadway: Loot, 13 Things About Ed Carpalotti (premiere), Cactus Flower, Himself and Nora (premiere), Nightmare Alley. Regionally, over a dozen shows at Barrington Stage Company including The Best of Enemies (premiere), The Crucible, Pool Boy (premiere), To Kill A Mockingbird; Capital Repertory Theatre including A Christmas Carol, Gypsy, The Secret Garden, Other Desert Cites (and others). Other regionals: Utah Shakespeare Festival, George Street Playhouse, Gulfshore Playhouse, The Sharon Playhouse, Hope Summer Repertory. Associate Artist with WAM Theatre. With WAM, In Darfur, Emilie, Holy Laughter (premiere), and others.

Tristan Raines (Costume Design)

OFF BROADWAY/NEW YORK: Soul Doctor(Actor’s Temple), Stalking the Bogeyman(New World Stages), Bare(New World Stages), Tribes(Barrow Street Theatre), Murder in the First(59E59), Falling(Minetta Lane), ZAK, A Fable, Yosemite, Scarcity(Rattlestick Playwrights Theater), The Bilbao Effect(Center for Architecture), Plaza Suite, A Christmas Story(John W. Engeman Theater), Body of Words(Theater For A New City), Heartbroken, Goldor and Mythyka(New Georges Theatre), Carnival Kids(Lesser America), Gormanzee(Flea Theater). Henry Hewes Design Award and IT Award Nominee 2013 for House of Von Macramé.

Stephen Cardona (Associate Choreographer)

Steven Cardona is a Teaching Artist for Disney Theatrical, teaching choreography from all of the Disney on Broadway shows. International; The Wiz ( Scotland), Click Clack Moo (Canada). Regional; "The Untitled John Mayer Project" (The Merc) Altar Boyz (Theater Barn), Strike Up The Band (Boston Conservatory), Ragtime (Dr. Phillips), Guys and Dolls (Act III Pro.) Money$hot: a new musical (Rush Theatrical productions) Asst. Choreographer: Murder For Two (Second Stage/ New World Stages/ 1st National Tour) Yeast Nation , ZM: Zombie Musical, BFA: musical Theater Boston

Frankie Dailey (Associate General Manager)

Frankie Dailey is the Managing Director for New York's newest Off-Broadway company, the Masterworks Theater Company, which just closed its inaugural season with the NYT Critics' Pick A Midsummer Night's Dream. Additionally, he is the General Manager for the Off-Broadway venue The Playroom Theater, home to the OCC-nominated tour de force The Bullpen. Frankie is a Line-Producer with the National Alliance for Musical Theatre Festival of New Musicals, as well as frequent managerial collaborator with Lisa Dozier King, Eric Krebs, as well as Michael Roberts and Charlie Schulman, for whom he will represent a new musical The Goldstein Variations Off-Broadway this fall. Frankie has a BA from James Madison University and is a Fred Vogel scholar and graduate of the Commercial Theatre Institute 14-week program.

Stephanie Klapper

Stephanie Klapper (Casting Director)

Stephanie Klapper is pleased to once again team up with Michael Bush. Her work is frequently seen on Broadway, Off-Broadway, regionally, internationally, on television, film, and the Internet . Select credits include: Broadway—Bronx Bombers; A Christmas Story, The Musical; Dividing the Estate; Bells Are Ringing; It Ain’t Nothin’ But the Blues. Off Broadway— The upcoming Primary Stages/Ensemble Studio Theatre production Informed Consent; The Sorrows of Young Werther; Jules Verne: From the Earth to the Moon; Rocket to the Moon; Taming of the Shrew; Gigi; Billy Porter’s While I Yet Live; Poor Behavior; The Tribute Artist; The Model Apartment; Emotional Creature; Karen O’s Stop the Virgens!. Resident Casting Director for Primary Stages, Pearl Theatre Company, Masterworks Theatre Company, NY Classical Theatre, Resonance Ensemble. Regional—Bernstein’s Mass (Street Singers) for the Philadelphia Orchestra. Many theatres including: Asolo, Cincinnati Playhouse, Capital Rep; Ford’s Theatre, Kansas City Rep; The New Theatre, Milwaukee Rep, Berkeley Rep, Chicago Shakes, Oregon Shakespeare Company, Old Globe, San Diego; Actor’s Theatre of Louisville, Westport Country Playhouse. Film/TV—Poor Behavior; Stag; Alice Jacobs is Dead, Roberta, Feast of the Goat; Sidewalk Stories. TV—Lazytown. Member—Casting Society of America and The League of Professional Theatre Women.

Paul Tate dePoo III (Scenic Designer)

PAUL TATE dePOO III is a production and scenic designer based in NYC. Recent and future productions include JOSEPHINE (Asolo Rep) GIRLSTAR (Signature Theatre); GUYS AND DOLLS (Goodspeed Opera House); ORLANDO, ALCINA (WhiteBox LES); LES MISÉRABLES, THE WIZ, ANNIE- Carbonell Award Nominee, THE MUSIC MAN, HELLO, DOLLY! (Maltz Jupiter); SWALLOWED (BAM); THE ROCKY HORROR SHOw (Yale); ONE MAN, TWO GUVNORS (Pioneer Theatre Co.); OTHER DESERT CITIES, A CHRISTMAS CAROL (Capital Rep); Thoroughly Modern Millie (Prism Theatrics); PAGENT THE MUSICAL (Off-Broadway); LOST HIGHWAY AND I DO, I DO (Infinity); LOOK UPON OUR LOWLINESS (NYC Movement Co.); HELLO, DOLLY! (Cape Playhouse); AVENUE Q (Adirondack Theatre Festival); A RAISIN IN THE SUN (Palm Beach Dramaworks); THE KITE RUNNER (Boston Rep). Associate Broadway Designer: SWEENEY TODD (Lincoln Center, English National Opera), LADY DAY, HOW TO SUCCEED IN BUSINESS, NICE WORK IF YOU CAN GET IT, BENGAL TIGER AT THE BAGHDAD ZOO, FOLLIES, AND ANYTHING GOES. Paul is a member of Lincoln Center’s Directors Lab and was recently announced as Live Design Magazine’s ‘Young Designer to Watch’

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