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Pope! An Epic Musical

Book and Lyrics by Justin Moran; Music by Christopher Pappas

Pope! An Epic Musical

  • Wednesday, July 15, 2015 at 8:00 pm
  • Thursday, July 16, 2015 at 9:00 pm
  • Sunday, July 19, 2015 at 4:00 pm
  • Sunday, July 19, 2015 at 8:00 pm
  • Tuesday, July 21, 2015 at 5:00 pm

Kicking mass and taking confessions.

POPE! AN EPIC MUSICAL is an award-winning musical comedy of heroic proportions. It tells the tale of a young, idealistic, rock-star Pope, and his ambitious nemesis, the Archbishop, who will stop at nothing to wear Pope's mitre. In this comic book world, the papal masses are charmed at first, but Pope soon learns that a few well-placed enemies can overpower a few million fans. When the tyrannical Archbishop sweeps in and seizes power, the world cries out for a hero…and only Pope can answer the call! Good and evil collide in this rambunctious, Shakespearean power struggle where lines must be drawn, sides must be taken, and confrontations must be musical!

Running Time: 1 hour and 30 minutes, with no intermission.

Sam Bolen

Sam Bolen (Pope)

New York: Irma La Douce, Gentlemen Prefer Blondes, It's a's Superman (Encores!); Twelfth Night, Hamlet (Old Hat Theatre Co.); Brenda (NYFF); STREEPSHOW (Ars Nova). Regional: Forever Plaid, The Mousetrap, Forum, Drowsy Chaperone (New London Barn); john & jen (Red House Arts Center). Yale University: Whiffenpoofs of 2010, Spizzwinks(?). TBIYTB.

Ken Land

Ken Land (Archbishop)

Broadway/Off-Broadway/Tours: Promises, Promises, The Grinch, Scarlet Pimpernel, Victor/Victoria,, Legally Blonde, The Gig, Little Shop of Horrors, Sweet Charity, Secret Garden, Evita. Regional: Pittsburgh CLO, MUNY, Portland Center Stage, Old Globe, Goodspeed. TV: “Good Wife”, “Boston Legal”, “Six Feet Under”,“Law & Order(s)”,”Malcolm in the Middle”, “Judging Amy”, “The District”, “Judging Amy”, “The District”, “Star Trek: Voyager."

Britney Coleman

Britney Coleman (Mary Elizabeth)

NYMF debut! A native of Ann Arbor, MI, she recently finished a successful run of Dreamgirls(Deena Jones) at North Shore Music Theater. Other recent favorites include St. Anne’s Warehouse, The Old Globe, Two River Theater and Westport Country Playhouse. BFA, University of Michigan. Immense gratitude to Michael and Peter, my HCA family and “Sister” Phyllis, Dad and Al.

Jason Edward Cook

Jason Edward Cook (Duncan)

BM Musical Theatre, University Of Southern Maine. Theatre: Grinch (Old Globe), Drop Dead Perfect (Off Bway), With Glee & The Underclassman (Prospect), Big River (PlayMakers Rep), Academy (NYMF, Maltz Jupiter), HSM 2 (NCT), Hello, Dolly! (Arkansas Rep), Oliver! (WPPAC), A Little Night Music & Grand Hotel (MSMT), The Producers (Surflight). Film: Hits (Sundance 2014) & Rising Stars.

James David Larson

James David Larson (Cardinal Archie/Jimmy/Others)

James David Larson was recently seen in Roundabout Theatre Company's Into the Woods. Other credits: Luck Be a Lady (Asolo Rep,) Atomic (Off-Broadway,) Gary Goldfarb: Master Escapist (NYMF, 2013,) and the national tours of Spamalot and The Buddy Holly Story. Thanks to Michael Cassara and Pope cast/crew!

Dylan S. Wallach

Dylan S. Wallach (Dexter)

Dylan S. Wallach is thrilled to be making his NYMF debut! Dylan is a recent graduate from the Acting Program at Carnegie Mellon University. You can see Dylan later this summer in Aziz Ansari's New Netflix Original Series. Dylan would like to thank the entire creative team of Pope and send his love to Lee, his friends, and his family! Enjoy the show!

Vasthy Mompoint

Vasthy Mompoint (Mary Katherine/Others/Dance Captain)

Vasthy is excited to do her first NYMF show!! Favorite memories include: Taming of the Shrew (Pertrucio), Rocky,Origianl Broadway Cast, (Linda Mckenna), Ghost, OOB(Orticia), Soul Doctor(Blind Gutarist) My One and Only(New Rhythm), 42nd St(Gladys). Vasthy Gas voiced the character Layla on Fox Kids Tv for 2 seasons and can be seen in the upcoming film Stereotypically You. You can also Check out her designs at Love to family, Catskill Crew, Mason and God.

Megan Lewis

Megan Lewis (Mary Frances/Others)

Broadway: If/Then, Spider Man: Turn Off the Dark, Grey Gardens; Off Broadway: BARE, Forbidden Broadway, The 60's Project. Many thanks for being included in this hilarity. Equity since 2004; Nani-Saperstein Management; FAMEly for life. Biz Markie rules.

Jarid Faubel

Jarid Faubel (Cardinal Mitch/God/Others)

NYC: Perfect Harmony, Breaking Through, Yank!, I Come For Love!. Regional: Vanya…Spike, Deathtrap, …Forum, Seven Brides, Oklahoma!, Roundelay,Camelot, History Boys. TV/Film: X-Men: First Class, Jack Reacher (with Tom Cruise), Mysteries of Pittsburgh (with Nick Nolte), Kings. Education: Carnegie Mellon. Other: Website:

Gilbert L. Bailey II

Gilbert L. Bailey II (Cardinal Chuck/Jesus/Others)

Broadway: The Book of Mormon. NYC: How The Grinch Stole Christmas (Young Max) Madison Square Garden. National Tours: The Book of Mormon. Regional: The Scottsboro Boys (Ozie Powell/Ruby Bates), High School Musical 2 (Chad), Parade (Jim). Much love to my family, HCA, and to my Love, Jessie. MTX!

Justin Moran (Book & Lyrics)

Justin Moran is a playwright and comedian based out of NY. In addition to POPE! Justin wrote and directed The Spidey Project, the $0 budget Spider-Man musical that ran VERY briefly Off-Broadway in 2011, as well as the Fringe classic Nightfall on Miranga Island. Together Justin and Christopher are working on a new musical called Sarah Strange, which will have its premiere in LA later in the year. Justin is also working with the amazing Podd brothers to bring his musical How to Survive an Apocalypse Without Really Trying to life. Often you can see him performing improv at the Magnet Theater on 29th Street.

Christopher Pappas (Music)

Christopher Pappas is an award-winning composer, performer, and multi-instrumentalist who splits his time fronting his critically acclaimed rock group The Everyday Visuals, releasing solo work under the moniker Elle Belle, and writing music for T.V., commercials, and movies. He has toured nationally and his music has appeared on NBC, ABC, FX and more. He currently lives in Los Angeles.

Peter Flynn (Director)

New York: Our Town with BD Wong, & S. Epatha Merkerson; On the 20th Century with Douglas Sills & Marin Mazzie; Chess with Josh Groban & Adam Pascal; and Funny Girl with Whoopi Goldberg, Andrea Martin, & Jane Krakowski; Lee Blessing’s Two Rooms; Junie B. Jones (nominated: Lucille Lortel Award, Best Musical); and Rhapsody in Seth starring Seth Rudetsky. Regional: The Mountaintop, Pittsburgh’s City Theatre; Other Desert Cities, Maltz Jupiter Theatre; 1776, Ford’s Theater, D.C; the Guthrie Theater, Kennedy Center, etc; Artistic Director of the Hangar Theatre: five seasons. Director - Musical Theatre Program, Stella Adler Studio; on faculty at N.Y.U.

Wendy Seyb (Choreographer)

Carnegie Hall with Sting, Kevin Spacey, James Taylor, Oscar Isaac, and Renee Fleming, The Pee-Wee Herman Show - Broadway/HBO, The Toxic Avenger Musical - Off-Broadway/International (Lortel, Dora, Callaway nominations), Click Clack Moo - Off-Broadway (Lortel nomination), Murder For Two - Off-Broadway/Geffen/National Tour. Director/Choreographer: How You Look At It - The Sacramento Ballet, Oniriqueo cirque-style show (Big E Award), Birthday Sax - Ars Nova, “That Reminds Me… “ new comedy web series. Worked with Disney, Cartoon Network and Nickelodeon. Narrative Dance Comedies seen on film, spec commercials, music videos, Dance Theater Workshop, Joyce SoHo, Baryshnikov Arts Center.

Adam Podd (Musical Director)

Adam Podd is a Brooklyn-based music director, pianist, organist, composer and arranger. He is currently Music Director at First Unitarian Church in Brooklyn, NY. Recent projects include original works commissioned and performed by The Young People’s Chorus of New York City, (under Francisco Nuñez), as well as musical arrangements and orchestrations for theatrical productions at Carnegie Hall, New World Stages, and The York Theatre. He studied classical and jazz piano, organ, orchestration, and music production at The Hartt School of Music in West Hartford, CT where he received his Bachelors of Music. Recent credits include: Fiction in Photographs at New World Stages and The York Theatre Co. (MD/arranger), The Spidey Project (MD/composer) Swing Wings at Amy Dee Music and The York Theatre Co. (MD/arranger), and Nightfall On Miranga Island at NYC Fringe Festival & NYC Fringe Encore Series (MD/composer). More at

Rob Bissinger (Scenic Designer)

Rob Bissinger has been designing for the theatre for over 15 years. In addition to Art Directing large scale projects like the Venetian Phantom Theatre in Las Vegas, and the Opening Ceremony for the 2014 Winter Olympics in Sochi for which he received an Emmy nomination, his work has been seen all over the United States regionally in such productions as: Can-Can, Damn Yankees, Meet Me in St. Louis, The Full Monty (Paper Mill), Half A’ Sixpence, Pirates! (Goodspeed), and Dee Snider’s Rock n’ Roll Christmas Tale in Chicago. Rob’s Off Broadway credits include: Lucky Guy (The Little Schubert Theatre), City Club (The Minetta Lane), and the wildly popular Jacques Brel is Alive and Well and Living in Paris at The Zipper Theatre. He has also been a long time Associate Designer for countless Broadway productions including 42nd Street, All Shook Up, and Spider-man: Turn Off the Dark. Audiences nationally and internationally have seen his designs for such touring productions as Chitty Chitty Bang Bang, Scooby Doo in Stagefright, Disney’s Believe, Mythbusters: Behind the Myths starring Jamie Hyneman and Adam Savage, and the upcoming Disney on Ice.

Vanessa Leuck (Costume Designer)

Vanessa Leuck is currently the Costume Designer for first class regional and Off-Broadway productions of Disenchanted! Past designs include: Disney on Ice, Off-Broadway, several regional theaters, colleges, dance companies and BC/EFA Broadway Bares. Past NYMF shows: Mr. Confidential, My Mother’s Lesbian Jewish Wiccan Wedding, Like You Like It!. Associate Design: Disney on Ice: Frozen. Assistant Design: The Little Mermaid (Broadway), Ringling Brothers’ Barnum and Bailey Circus (five productions), and Disney Live! Member: USA

Michael Cassara/Michael Cassara Casting (Casting Director)

Forbidden Broadway, The 12 (Denver Center), Fat Camp, I Love Lucy® Live On Stage (2014–15 national tour), dozens of regional theatres, NAMT, NAAP, countless readings and workshops. Resident Casting Office for NYMF since 2007, casting 70+ NYMF shows since the festival's inception in 2004. Artios nominee for "The Hyperglot" (dir. Michael Urie). / @michaelcassara

Kelly Caitlin Sullivan (Stage Manager)

Kelly holds a BFA in acting and BA in psychology from the University of Central Florida. She has toured the U.S. as both an actor and stage manager. Recent projects include the HAIR National Tour, PSM with NYMF 2014, NYC Fringe, Vital Theatre Company, NYC Children’s Theater, and Blogologues.

Michael Chase Gosselin (Producer)

Michael Chase Gosselin served as the Artistic Director and Executive Producer of Act Three Theatricals from 2006 to 2012. In 2013, he co-produced and directed a developmental reading of Moby Dick- A Whale of a Tale for Cameron Mackintosh. As a Director/Choreographer, recent credits include Disney’s Tarzan (Vermont Premiere), The Wedding Singer (Brooklyn, NY), Rock Nativity (Regional Premiere), Hairspray, Chicago, a Vermont tour of The Complete History of America (Abridged), Next to Normal (Vermont Premiere), You're a Good Man, Charlie Brown and A Christmas Carol at the Helen Hayes Youth Theatre, and Legally Blonde the Musical for Clark University. Last spring, he helmed the New England Premiere of Justin Moran’s The Spidey Project. Upcoming projects include producing and directing the new musical How to Survive an Apocalypse Without Really Trying, by Justin Moran, Adam Podd and Matt Podd. He is a proud member of the Stage Directors and Choreographers Society.

Sharon Fallon (General Manager)

Sharon Fallon is an independent Theatre Producer, Executive Producer and General Manager. Her consulting service, Practical Producing, specializes in bridging the gap between art and business for early career and emerging producers. Sharon began her commercial producing career as the producing associate for Lewis Allen Productions where she was Associate Producer. Ms. Fallon has also produced a number of shows with the New York Musical Theatre Festival during its inception years, including NERDS: A Musical Software Satire, Three Sides and Like You Like It . In 2007 she joined the Board of Directors of the New York Musical Theatre Festival and served as the Chair until 2011. In addition to producing, Sharon has also managed Broadway Theatres, and was the Associate General Manager of both the Foxwoods Theatre (home of Spiderman) and the Helen Hayes Theatre in New York. Broadway credits include, Beautiful The Carole King Musical (also London & National Tour) and Lysistrata Jones.

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