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Book by Tom Paitson Kelly; Music by Tom Kenaston; Lyrics by Tom Paitson Kelly & Tom Kenaston


at The Studio Theatre at Theatre Row  [map]

  • Friday, July 17, 2015 at 4:00 pm
  • Friday, July 17, 2015 at 7:30 pm
  • Monday, July 20, 2015 at 1:00 pm

Sometimes to move forward, you have to backtrack a little.

Memories fade, days disappear, and dreams get shelved. But none of that matters…if you have the right storyteller. Hours before her move to a senior home, Maggie's grandson conducts her on one last fantastical journey through the stories of her own life. Brimming with humor, heart, and soaring melodies, RAILS is at once a sweeping tale of four generations of an American family, and an intimate portrait of two people trying to remember who they are.

Running Time: 2 hours, with one intermission.

Tom Paitson Kelly

Tom Paitson Kelly (Book, Lyrics)

Tom Paitson Kelly has been active in theatre for over 30 years. He has performed off- and off-off-Broadway in New York, in addition to his work regionally. With the Lexington Group, he co-wrote and acted in Step In and Stand Clear and Ballad of Larry the Flyer, both workshopped at Ensemble Studio Theatre. Tom and his writing partner, Tom Kenaston, have collaborated on several short musicals as part of the York Theatre’s 4@15 festival, as well as the National Asian Artists Project’s Discover: New Musicals series. Their musical, Rails received its first public reading at the York Theatre's Developmental Reading series in December 2013.

Tom Kenaston

Tom Kenaston (Music, Lyrics)

Tom is an actor, composer/lyricist and musical director. Acting: Kansas City Rep, Virginia Stage, Capital Repertory Theatre, The Riverside Theatre, Florida Stage (3 Carbonell Awards for Best Supporting Actor), Emcee in a national tour of Cabaret. Music directing/pianist: the Juilliard School, Atlanta Theatre of the Stars, Wolf Trap, and various regional productions around the country. Composer/lyricist: York Theatre Company (NEO Concert series, "4@15" festival, and Developmental Reading series), BMI's Musical Mondays, NYMF, National Asian Artists Project's Discover: New Musicals. Graduate of Cincinnati College-Conservatory of Music, BMI-Lehman Engel Musical Theatre Workshop, member Actors’ Equity Association, the Dramatists Guild and the American Federation of Musicians.

D.C. Anderson

D.C. Anderson (Earl & Others)

D.C. Anderson's regional credits include work with the Steppenwolf and Northlight Theater Companies of Chicago, Rep Theater of St Louis, the Guthrie in Minneapolis and the Great Lakes Shakespeare Festival. He toured in THE PHANTOM OF THE OPERA, MARTIN GUERRE, NICHOLAS NICKLEBY and PIPPIN. Broadway on PHANTOM, Off B'way in Transport Theater's QUEEN OF THE MIST, and the York's STORYVILLE. Film: OPPENHEIMER STRATEGIES (2015), MILES (2016) and FAIR MARKET VALUE (2016). TV: LADY BLUE, THE MYSTERIES OF LAURA. Also a singer/songwriter, he has nine CD's commercially available.

Joe Cassidy

Joe Cassidy (Jerry)

Broadway/NYC: If/Then, Catch Me If You Can, Next To Normal; Dirty Rotten Scoundrels; Les Miserables; 1776; Show Boat; A Christmas Carol(MSG); Working(Drama Desk Award); Joe Cassidy, Rockstar at Joe’s Pub, 54 Below, Ars Nova, and the Triad; Grind (York Theatre); Listen To My Heart(Upstairs at Studio 54). TV/Film: Blue Bloods, Elementary, Law & Order, Brando, Freefall. Concert Soloist under Maestros Lorin Maazel, Jack Everly, Steven Reineke, Robert Moody, and Stuart Chafetz with dozens of symphonies across the US and Canada. Regional: Coast to coast! Please visit, and follow me on Twitter: @JoeCassidyNYC

David R. Gordon

David R. Gordon (Jackson & Others)

David R. Gordon is an NYC-based actor originally from LA. Favorite credits include: originating Jimmy in the 1st national tour of Flashdance the musical. Roger (International tour, Grease), Abraham (Altar Boyz). Regional: Bobby Strong (Urinetown), Jamie (The Last 5 Years), and Lefou (Beauty and the Beast). David's gearing up to release his first solo EP of original tunes. Thanks to David, Tom, and Tom. Endless love to Momma, Pops, my big ol' family, friends and my Kristin.

Madeleine Doherty

Madeleine Doherty (Lillian & Others)

Broadway: The Producers: (original cast) Hold-Me-Touch-Me A, Christmas Carol: (original cast), Sister Act (original cast) Sister Mary Theresa, Les Miserable: Mme. Thenadier, Dance Captain. Gigi: (original cast revival) u/s Mamita/Alicia. Regional: The Guthrie Theater, Goodspeed Opera House, Pittsburg Civic Light Opera, Sacramento Music Circus, Kansas City Starlight, North Shore Music Theater, Hollywood Bowl, The York Theater and more. National Tours Flashdance: Hannah, The Pirates Of Penzance: Edith, 25th Anniversary of Stop The World starring Anthony Newley, 101 Dalmatians and 9 to 5. Madeleine will be on Broadway next in a musical called Gotta Dance, directed by Jerry Mitchell and written by the late Marvin Hamlisch.

Leah Horowitz

Leah Horowitz (Christine & Others)

Broadway: Follies (Young Heidi - also at the Kennedy Ctr and the Ahmanson); Les Miserables (Cosette); White Christmas; Woman in White; Fiddler on the Roof; La Cage Aux Folles; Thoroughly Modern Millie. NYC: The Most Happy Fella, Merrily We Roll Along (Evelyn) and Where’s Charley? with City Center Encores! Regional: Bright Star at the Old Globe; Guys and Dolls (Sarah) at the Great Lakes Theatre, OH; Showboat (Magnolia - Kevin Kline nom) at the Muny; Les Miz (Cosette) at TUTS, the Marriott Lincolnshire, and the Muny. TV: The Sound of Music Live (NBC); Live from Lincoln Center: Carousel (PBS)

Robb Sapp

Robb Sapp (Patrick & Others)

Broadway: Wicked (Boq), Shrek (Pinocchio); National Tours/Las Vegas: The Lion King (Ed), Saturday Night Fever; Off-Broadway: Happiness (Lincoln Center, dir/chor. Susan Stroman), Disaster!, Zanna, Don't!, Johnny Guitar, Enter Laughing; Regional: Paper Mill Playhouse, The MUNY, Goodspeed Opera House, Center Theatre Group/Mark Taper Forum, Syracuse Stage, Barrington Stage Company, Music Theater Wichita, Indiana Rep, Capital Rep. Robb holds a BFA from Syracuse University and co-founded the Brooklyn-based creative studio dirty sugar.

Lynne Wintersteller

Lynne Wintersteller (Maggie)

Broadway: A Grand Night For Singing (Roundabout); Annie (Uris); National Tours: Sister Act (Mother Superior); Company (Sarah); Annie (Grace). Off-Broadway: Closer Than Ever (Drama Desk “Best Actress” Nomination); Mother Jones & The Children’s Crusade (2014 NYMF “Outstanding Performance”); Castlewalk (2013 NYMF “Outstanding Performance”); Richard Cory (2005 NYMF “Best Actress”). Regionals: The Glass Menagerie, Clybourne Park (Pittsburgh Public); Circle Mirror Transformation (St. Louis Rep – “Kevin Kline Award”); Dinner With Friends (Alley); Sunset Boulevard; The Light In The Piazza; Ghost & Mrs. Muir (LA Ovation “Best Actress” Nomination). Television: “Violet – ABC Marvel Series”; “Madam Secretary”; “Law & Order: CI”; “Total Security”; “Big Brother Jake”; “Chappelle’s Show.”

David Alpert (Director)

Broadway: IF/THENThe Trip to Bountiful, Best Man, Guys & Dolls.  ALSO: Roundabout, Signature, Tonya & Nancy (NYMF), Flashdance, Death Note, The Moon & the Sea, Little Shop of Horrors, Urinetown, The Wonderful...O’Leary, Do Me a Little (NY Fringe). Proudly produces the Living for Today Broadway Concert Series, benefiting  BA Directing: Western Michigan University.  Many thanks to Tom & Tom for this opportunity.

Jason Wetzel (Musical Director)

Jason Wetzel is a NYC based music director, pianist, and arranger. Broadway: After Midnight (assistant conductor). NYC: Radio City Christmas Spectacular, A Bed and a Chair (City Center Encores!). National Tours: Young Frankenstein (music supervisor), The Drowsy Chaperone (music director), How The Grinch Stole Christmas (music director), Jersey Boys, Wicked, Hairspray, Spamalot, and The Producers. Regional: Maine State Music Theatre (nine seasons), Northern Stage, Fulton Theatre, Ogunquit Playhouse, and Gateway Playhouse. Jason is currently working on the pre-Broadway workshops of Shuffle Along, debuting in 2016 starring Audra McDonald.

Robert Phillip Smith (Assistant Director)

Robert Phillip Smith is thrilled to be a part of NYMF 2015! Recent projects include The Calico Buffalo (NYMF), I Am Harvey Milk, The Haunted Hotel (New York Theatre Barn), Tribes (Philadelphia Theatre Company and City Theatre Company), and Carrie (The University of the Arts). Robert holds a degree in Directing, Playwriting, and Production from the University of the Arts in Philadelphia.

Jereme Kyle Lewis (Stage Manager)

Broadway: Hand to God (Sub SM), The Trip to Bountiful (ASM). Off-Broadway: The City of Conversation at Lincoln Center Theater (SUB SM), The Madrid at MTC (PA). Tours: The Trip To Bountiful (ASM), Macbeth (PSM), A Connecticut Yankee…(PSM) Regional: Goodman Theatre, Arena Stage, About Face Theatre, and The Eugene O’Neill Theater Center. Jereme Kyle is from Sweet Home Alabama and graduated with Honors from the University of Alabama at Birmingham.