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Into the Sun

Book, Music, and Lyrics by Michael Gubser & Paolo Prandoni

Into the Sun

at The Studio Theatre at Theatre Row  [map]

  • Wednesday, July 15, 2015 at 4:00 pm
  • Wednesday, July 15, 2015 at 7:30 pm
  • Sunday, July 19, 2015 at 1:00 pm

Beyond war, love endures.

INTO THE SUN follows the saga of three young English friends who go off to the trenches of World War I. It’s the story of the soldiers, their families, and their lovers – and of the way war changes each person and a generation. The show is loosely based on the lives of the British War Poets and the lyrics of some of the songs come from poems by Wilfred Owen, Rupert Brooke, Siegfried Sassoon, and others. INTO THE SUN includes a score that blends the styles of pop, rock, and contemporary folk.

Running Time: 1 hour and 45 minutes, with no intermission.

Drew Arisco

Drew Arisco (Robert/Doctor)

Drew Arisco is a recent graduate from The Boston Conservatory and is thrilled to be a part of Into the Sun! Some favorite credits include: Berger (Hair), Will Parker (Oklahoma), Pirate King (Penzance), Audrey II (Little Shop), and Cole Younger (Outlaws) seen at BoCo, Summer Repertory Theatre, and Godspeed Opera House. He would like to thank his family, friends, Dave/Zane, Gil, and the team of Into the Sun for their constant support and love!

Parker Drown

Parker Drown (Willy)

NYC: The Lightning Thief (TheatreWorksUSA), Let Me Ascertain You (The Civilians) DC: Signature Theatre: Kid Victory (World Premier), Hairspray, Keegan Theatre: RENT (Helen Hayes Award), Olney Theatre Center: Spring Awakening, A Chorus Line, Studio Theatre: Bloody Bloody Andrew Jackson, Rep Stage: Speech and Debate, Forum Theatre: Holly Down in Heaven, NYC Workshops: Rimbaud’s Illustrations (BAM, The Civilians),The Wolves of Paris, Over My Dead Body, Education: Syracuse University, National Theatre Institute, Matthew Corozine Studio

Patrick Dunn

Patrick Dunn (Rupe)

Recently seen in Now and Forever: The Music of ALW as the youngest Phantom in production history. NY Credits include A Christmas Carol/MSG, Goodbye Barcelona/The York Theatre, Parade/Gallery Players, Where the Lilies Bloom/Minetta Lane. Regionally at Goodspeed Opera House, BRT, The Bushnell, Ivoryton Playhouse. Graduate of The Hartt School of Music, with the student loans to prove it. Thanks to Joe, Michael, and wife Emma. Patrick is the recipient of 0 Tonys and 0 Emmys.

Lora Lee Gayer

Lora Lee Gayer (Marie)

Broadway: Doctor Zhivago as Tonia, Follies as Young Sally. Off-Broadway: Pipe Dream at Encores!, and These Seven Sicknesses at EPBB. Regional: Millie in Bull Durham (Alliance); Philia in A Funny Thing Happened on the Way to the Forum (Shakespeare Theater-Helen Hayes nomination); Young Sally in Follies (Kennedy Center, Ahmanson); Gloria Thorpe in Damn Yankees (Goodspeed); Carrie in Carousel (Virginia Opera); Barrington; MUNY; KC Starlight; and Bay Street. Graduate of Interlochen Arts Academy and Carnegie Mellon University. @LoraLee_Gayer

Charlie Levy

Charlie Levy (Billy)

Charlie is thrilled to be returning to NYMF for the third time. A student of the Jen Waldman Studio and a graduate of AMDA. A proud AEA member. Theatre: Les Miserables (Enjolras), Ragtime (Younger Brother), Call Me Madam (Kenneth), Sweeney Todd (Tobias), The Fantasticks (Matt). It's with gratitude that he dedicates this show to Mom & Dad, Melynda, Paul & Jen.

Kelly McIntyre

Kelly McIntyre (Ensemble)

Coming Up: Beyond Words (NYMF). Regional: (Songs For A New World, Last Five Years, Rent) Dream Out Loud Productions; For Tonight (Goodspeed Festival of New Musicals). Entertainment: Pattie & The Peppermints (Hersheypark). BFA: The Hartt School. Big thank you to Joe Barros and the ITS team, and much love to MD&S!

Eric Meyers

Eric Meyers (Freddy)

Off Broadway: Lightening Thief (Lucille Lortel Theatre). Regional: 1776 (Pittsburgh Public Theater) Lord of the Flies (Barrington Stage) RENT (Syracuse Stage). Film: Law and Order SVU, Billions (Pilot), Redrum. BFA from Syracuse University.

Kate Moore

Kate Moore (Liza)

Kate Moore is thrilled to be participating in her third NYMF reading with such an incredible creative team. Past credits include The Rocky Horror Show, Spring Awakening, Into the Woods, and Legally Blonde. Kate is a proud graduate of Oklahoma City University.

Johnnie Moore Hawkins

Johnnie Moore Hawkins (Old Freddy/General)

Johnnie Moore Hawkins has performed in cathedrals, living rooms, barns, storefronts, art galleries, and theaters throughout the world. Some of the co-theatrists along the way have included Basil Twist, Yehuda Duenyas, Liam Forde, Wayne Barker, Michael Portnoy, Gail Gilbert, and David Grenke, among many others. Johnnie toured the US singing the songs of Irving Berlin in I Love A Piano. He was a soloist with the Harvard Glee Club and the Harvard Din and Tonics. He was the Narrator in Amoveo, a dance-work choreographed by Benjamin Millepied at the Palais Garnier in Paris with Nico Muhly as conductor.

Ruby Rakos

Ruby Rakos (Mary)

Ruby Rakos is thrilled to make her NYMF debut with Into the Sun! A graduate of the Professional Performing Arts School in Manhattan, Ruby recently starred as Judy Garland in the NYC staged reading of Chasing Rainbows: the Road to Oz. Broadway: Billy Elliot (Tracey Atkinson). Thanks to the creative team, her family, and great grandad Joseph Kearns, who served with the US Cavalry in the Argonne Forest in World War I.

Noah Zachary

Noah Zachary (Henry)

Select New York credits include Dear Edwina (DR2 Theatre), Poster Boy (Roundabout Theatre Company), Clown Bar (Pipeline Theatre Company), Save the Date (New York International Fringe Festival) and Once Upon a Time in New Jersey (Prospect Theater Company). Regional: Peter And The Starcatcher (Cincinnati Playhouse, Milwaulkee Rep), Amazing Grace (Goodspeed Opera House), Next to Normal, Avenue Q (Adirondack Theater Festival), Spring Awakening (Revision Theatre), and Hair, Tommy and Rent (Connecticut Repertory Theatre). Thank You Joe! @noahzachary6

Michael Gubser and Paolo Prandoni

Michael Gubser and Paolo Prandoni (Book, Music, Lyrics)

Mike Gubser and Paolo Prandoni make up the award-winning rock/pop band Chico Motel, which has released two albums, Cheesemaker and Transatlantic. Mike is a composer and writer, and a tenured professor of European history at James Madison University in Virginia. His play Comfort Zone was performed in Massachusetts, he has published two volumes of poetry, and he had modern classical music compositions performed in California and DC. Paolo is a composer, engineer and entrepreneur in Paris. He runs a tech startup, teaches Digital Signal Processing at the Ecole Polytechnique Fédérale in Lausanne, and has created a free online class on Coursera which has been attended by over 100,000 students.

Joe Barros

Joe Barros (Director)

Broadway: Gigi (directed by Eric Schaeffer). Off-Broadway/Tours: I Married Wyatt Earp (59E59 Theatres), Charlotte’s Web (Theatreworks USA), Hard Times (NY Innovative Theatre Award Nominee, Best Choreography). Regional: Beaches at Drury Lane starring Shoshana Bean and Whitney Bashor, Goodspeed Musicals, Signature Theatre, Cardinal Stage. Upcoming: directing/choreographing the new musicals Small Town Story at The Hartt School (also conceived) and For Tonight at MSU. BFA: Hartt. Artistic Director: NY Theatre Barn. Recipient of SDCF’s Guest Artist Initiative Program.

Robert Phillip Smith (Assistant Director)

Robert Phillip Smith is a New York City based freelance director and producer. Recent projects include Rails (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 serves as the Artistic Assistant at New York Theatre Barn and holds a degree in Directing, Playwriting, and Production from the University of the Arts in Philadelphia.

Drew Wutke

Drew Wutke (Music Director)

Music director/vocal coach/accomp: Fiasco's/McCarter's acclaimed revival of INTO THE WOODS; MISCAST Gala, MCC; host/MD of #TBTLive, AAF's #soblessed concerts @54Below, Ellyn Marie Marsh’s [slightly off-kilter] MD. Upcoming: Laura Bell Bundy @Birdland, B-SIDE's New Work; UK Premiere, FOR TONIGHT; Hangar Theatre. Coaching clients Bwy/tours/off-Bway. Resident MD, Jen Waldman Studio. Also proud MD: Rosie’s Theatre Kids, music supervisor: Broadway For All. Thanks to favorite Heather Botts, family, and grace of God. (MM vocal coaching, OKCU)

Gwyn Osnos

Gwyn Osnos (Development Advisor & General Manager)

Gwyn Osnos has worked with 'Into the Sun' writers Mike and Paolo to move the show forward. She is thrilled that NYMF has given them the opportunity to share the musical with a New York audience. Gwyn is a one time producer of 'Wanda’s World,' a family musical, and advisor to The Amoralists, a not for profit theatre. She provides guidance to musical theatre writers navigating the complex world of musical theatre development.

Katie Kavett

Katie Kavett (Stage Manager)

NYMF credits: Propaganda! (2014), Volleygirls (2013), Zapata! (2012), Flambe Dreams (2012), Date of a Lifetime (2011), Show Choir! (2010) and the 2015 NYMF productions of Spot on the Wall and Women of Note. Katie has also been NYMF’S Graphic Design Manager for the last three seasons. Other NYC credits: Broadway, off-Broadway, festivals, readings, award shows, and the Thanksgiving Parade.

Katie Kennedy (Stage Manager Sub)

Michael Morlani

Michael Morlani (Casting Director)

Film: NERVE Lionsgate feature. Pilots: CHEERLEADER DEATH SQUAD, TALES FROM THE DARKSIDE, HART OF DIXIE and THE SECRET CIRCLE for the CW; Series: MANHATTAN LOVE STORY on ABC; ALL MY CHILDREN; ONE LIFE TO LIVE. Previously Casting Assistant for Roundabout. Roundabout: If There Is I Haven’t Found It Yet, Big Knife, Picnic, The Mystery of Edwin Drood, Harvey, Anything Goes, Man and Boy, Road to Mecca, Look Back in Anger. Other Broadway: Once, Matilda, Peter and the Starcatcher, On a Clear Day You Can See Forever, American Idiot (Tour) and Mountaintop as well as New York casting for GLEE. Michael has worked with Stuart Howard Casting.

Caroline Kaiser (Casting Director)

Caroline Kaiser is currently the Casting Director for Theatreworks USA where she casts over two dozen touring productions a year, along with multiple workshops and Off-Broadway productions. With Michael Morlani she has cast ForTonight (NYMF), A Happy End (CCNY), and East Towards Home (Theater for a New City). Thanks to Joe Barros for the opportunity to bring new musical theater to life as a part of NYMF again this season.

Gabrielle Longmate

Gabrielle Longmate (Marketing Director)

Gabrielle Longmate is an arts administrator, curator, university lecturer and word-charmer. She will copy-write on demand, help design the yet unseen and teaches her students to appreciate the mysteries of language, both visual and written. She would love to stage 'Into the Sun' in Australia so her family could be present. She enjoys ice cream for breakfast, any time of the year.

Lynn Spector (Dramaturg)

Lynn Spector has been the dramaturg on new musical works at Pipeline Theatre Company, the Toronto Fringe Festival, and the New York Musical Theatre Festival (NYMF). She has assisted Alex Timbers on Here's Hoover! (Les Freres Corbusier) and Permission (MCC) and been published in the journal Studies in Musical Theatre. Lynn holds an MFA in Dramaturgy from Columbia University and a BA in Theater and English from Brandeis University.

Kate Amrine (Trumpet)

Elliott Klein (Guitar)

Jessica Winderweedle (Percussion)

Alyssa Marino (Production Assistant)

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