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Wearing Black

Book, Music, and Lyrics by Riley Thomas

Wearing Black

at Theater 3  [map]

  • Thursday, July 9, 2015 at 8:00 pm
  • Friday, July 10, 2015 at 9:00 pm
  • Saturday, July 11, 2015 at 1:00 pm
  • Monday, July 13, 2015 at 5:00 pm
  • Monday, July 13, 2015 at 9:00 pm
  • Wednesday, July 15, 2015 at 1:00 pm

Death ends a life, not a relationship.

When his twin brother Charlie suddenly passes away, all Evan wants to do is forget their complicated relationship and move on, but the tangled relationships Charlie left behind keep Evan from truly letting go. As he slips into a spiral of self-destruction, Evan must make a stark decision: either accept and forgive his dead twin brother, or become him.

Running Time: 2 hours, including an intermission.

Riley Thomas

Riley Thomas (Book, Music, Lyrics)

Riley Thomas is a NYC based playwright/composer, a member of ASCAP and recipient of the Johnny Mercer Songwriter's Certificate and Anna Sosenko Assist Trust Grant. His 2012 musical Stuck received four NYMF awards and has gone on to be made into a full-length feature film starring Giancarlo Esposito, Amy Madigan and Ashanti. www.RileyThomasWriter.com, @MindPlusMusic



J. Scott Lapp

J. Scott Lapp (Director)

Associate/Assistant Bonnie & Clyde; Off-Broadway: Murder For Two (New World & Second Stage); Regional: The Hunchback of Notre Dame (La Jolla, Paper Mill), Into the Woods (Fiasco/Old Globe), Secondhand Lions (5th Ave), Somewhere in Time (PCS), Good People (Old Globe), A Room With A View (Old Globe), Somewhere (Old Globe), Bonnie & Clyde (La Jolla, Asolo Rep), Xanadu (La Jolla, Nat’l Tour). Artistic Director of The Barn Stage Company. www.jscottlapp.com



Devin Ilaw

Devin Ilaw (Evan)

Devin is best known for his performances as Marius in LES MISERABLES (25th Anniversary National Tour, final cast) and Thuy in MISS SAIGON (2010 Toronto Revival). Devin recently made his debut as Soloist in Bernstein’s MASS with the Philadelphia Orchestra, conducted by Maestro Yannick Nezet-Seguin. Other favorites include CAROUSEL (Billy Bigelow), M. BUTTERFLY (Song Liling), Peter Mills’ THE ROCKAE (Dionysus), and THE KING AND I (Lun Tha). Readings include leading man Liu Mengmei in Maury Yeston’s THE PEONY PAVILION, and Frank Wildhorn’s TEARS OF HEAVEN. Devin’s voice can be heard on the recording of GUILIN: A SPECIAL JOURNEY, and as Graham in the musical GAY CARD (demo). BFA Carnegie Mellon. Devin own and operates a private singing studio in NYC and is the co-founder of GET, U. IN, a college coaching company. Mabuhay!



Erin Maya

Erin Maya (Kristin)

Erin Maya is thrilled to return to NYMF again! She has been with Wearing Black since its workshop at the FRIGID Festival, and again when it was featured in the concert Riley Thomas: Looking Forward at NYMF 2013. "To spare oneself from grief at all cost can be achieved only at the price of total detachment, which excludes the ability to experience happiness." -Erich Fromm. Thank you to Riley, for everything. Beginning July 20th, she will be a proud Member of Actors Equity. www.erinmaya.com



Hayley Anna Norris

Hayley Anna Norris (Alyssa)

Hayley Anna Norris was born and raised in Madison, MS. She is currently pursuing medical school and hopes to one day combine her love of theatre and love of medicine to serve the City of New York. Credits Include: Anyone Can Whistle (Pace), Dogfight (Pace), Hairspray (New Stage Theatre) Concerts Include: RSO PRESENTS: MT-17, RSO PRESENTS: The Rehearsal Room, Part of It All (NYMF), 52 Songs Part 2: Make It Happen. To my Z, my family, and PACE MT ’15. Joshua 1:9



BJ Gruber

BJ Gruber (Nate)

BJ Gruber is super stoked to work with the cast and crew of Wearing Black again. BJ was born and raised in Virginia, studied Musical Theatre at James Madison University, and recently learned to play the mandolin. National Tour: 50 Shades! - The Musical. Off-Broadway: That Bachelorette Show, Sex Tips for Straight Women from a Gay Man, My Big Gay Italian Wedding, My Big Gay Italian Funeral, Awesome 80s Prom. NYC: Gods and Kings, Wearing Black. He'd like to thank Lisa Price, Katie Sheldon, Mom and Dad, Allison Ann Kelly, and Riley Thomas for being so crazy talented, loyal, and loving. www.BJGruber.com



Mark Coffin

Mark Coffin (Hugh)

Theater: “My Fair Lady” (Pittsburgh Public), “Transport” (The Irish Repertory Theatre) directed by Tony Walton and Joe Pintauro’s “Men’s Lives,” directed by Harris Yulin (Bay Street Theatre, Sag Harbor).Film: “Confession”, directed by Angelique Capozzi (Starr Films, Ltd), “R & J,” the Web Series (Capulet) and “By Jingo,” by Ryan Caraway. Mr.Coffin has performed internationally from Vancouver, B.C. to St. Petersburg, Russia (The Hermitage), and throughout the United States (Carnegie Hall).



Alexis Field

Alexis Field (Swing)

PERFORMING AS "ALYSSA" on JULY 11th at 1PM. A true fan of Riley Thomas, Alexis is thrilled to make her NYMF debut in his masterpiece. Off-Broadway credits include 50 Shades the Musical and Angelina Ballerina. Other favorite roles include Percy in "The Spitfire Grill", Diwata in "Speech & Debate", Dorine in "Tartuffe", and Heidi in "[Title of Show]". She is currently producing her sophomore cabaret endeavor, "Tindering Across America" which will be presented at 54 Below on September 18th. BFA Webster University @LexInTheCity1



Kevin Schuering

Kevin Schuering (Swing)

PERFORMING AS EVAN on July 11th at 1PM. Kevin is ecstatic to be back at NYMF with Wearing Black with the perfect team and family! NYMF: Requiem for a Lost Girl, Riley Thomas: Looking Forward. Select NYC/Regional: Carousel (NAAP), Miss Saigon (Ogunquit Playhouse), Aladdin (Chicago Shakespeare) , King and I (Arrow Rock Lyceum). This show, these people are every artist's dream! Thanks to Smalls, the three amigos, fam, and Riley! For more: www.kevinschuering.com



Sophie Quist (Stage Manager)

Recent Credits Include, Broadway: First Date, The Heiress (with Jessica Chastain & Dan Stevens). Off-Broadway: Under My Skin, Final Analysis, Passion (with Director John Doyle), Touring/Regional: Thoroughly Modern Millie (The Paper Mill Playhouse), The Acting Company 2014/2015 Tour. Sophie is a Eugene O’Neill Theater Center and Point Park University Alum. Thank you everyone on team Wearing Black for this incredible experience.



Madison DeCoske (Assistant Stage Manager)

Madison DeCoske is honored to be working on this brilliant and gorgeous new show. Some favorite productions included In Your Arms directed, conceived and choreographed by Tony winner Christopher Gattelli (Newsies), Home Street Home, written by Fat Mike (NOFX), Soma Snakeoil and Jeff Marx (Avenue Q), featuring Matt Skiba (Alkaline Trio) at the Eugene O’Neill Theater Center where she is the PSM, Sleep No More (Punchdrunk), SCarrie (Bricolage) and the Drama Desk nominated production of Character Man featuring Jim Brochu. Proud member of AEA and Point Park University graduate. Love to friends, family and Fof. Instagram: lilsonny8



Ben Caplan (Musical Director)

Ben Caplan (Music Director/Arrangements) is thrilled to be a part of the WEARING BLACK family! An actor and music director, Ben most recently performed in the Off-Broadway production of 50 SHADES! THE MUSICAL as Christian Grey, having previously performed the role on the National Tour. Other favorite credits include RAGTIME (Willie Conklin) and A MIDSUMMER NIGHT'S DREAM (Puck). Thank you to Riley for this wonderful opportunity and much love to all of his friends and family.



David Goldstein (Scenic Designer)

David Goldstein is very happy to be collaborating with the wonderful Riley Thomas! Off Bwy: I Know What Boys Want (opening July 15), Soul Doctor, Stalking the Bogeyman, Fabulous The Musical, Sweet, Sweet Spirit. 12 NYMF productions including DEEP LOVE, Cloned!, Stuck, The Water Dream with Anthony Rapp and Ghostlight with Rachel York and Daisy Egan. Los Angeles: Around the World in 80 Days, Elevator, Playground, Rocky Horror, Boomermania, Its Top Secret! Regional: NC Stage, WV Public Theatre, Allenberry Playhouse, PA, Cohoes Music Hall, NY. RLYcore4. www.davidgoldsteindesigns.com



Chad Murnane (Casting Director)

Murnane Casting, a New York-based office that provides casting services for theatre, film and television locally, nationally and internationally. Chad Murnane has been casting for several years having worked for many New York City casting offices. Currently, he serves as the casting associate for Lisa Fields Casting and for Paramount Pictures in Los Angeles. A graduate of the CAP21 Musical Theatre Conservatory and of Interlochen Arts Academy, Chad remains active in the theatrical community and is currently involved in the development of several new musicals. Originally from Florida, he now collaborates with producers and creative teams on theatrical and film ventures in New York, London, and Los Angeles.



Andrew Kenneth Moss (Fight Director)

A resident of Boston, Andrew’s work will be featured in Boston Lyric Opera’s 2015 production of Don Giovanni. Other Boston credits include: I Puritani (Boston Lyric Opera), Don Giovanni (The Huntington Theater), La Tragédie de Carmen (Boston University Opera Institute). In NYC Andrew’s work has been featured on stage at The Metropolitan Opera in their production of Armida staring Renee Fleming and Lawrence Brownlee. Directed by Mary Zimmerman. Off-Broadway at New World Stages, 59E59, Theater for a New City, CAP 21, and Theatre54. His international work includes the 75th Anniversary Tour of Porgy and Bess which toured North America and Europe. Andrew created the violence and sexuality for the inaugural production of West Side Story at the Adger Teater Kilden in Kristiansand Norway. Andrew’s work was also featured at the Edinburgh Fringe Festival in SAFE. From 2008 to 2014 Andrew was the Resident Fight Choreographer for Central City Opera . His work was featured in numerous productions including: West Side Story, Carmen, Dead Man Walking, Seven Deadly Sins, Gianni Schicci, Oklahoma!, Show Boat, and Rinaldo.