Bread and Roses

Book and Lyrics by Jill Abramovitz; Music by Brad Alexander

Bread and Roses

at 416 West 42nd Street, Playwrights Horizons Rehearsal Studios  [map]

  • Friday, July 22, 2016 at 11:30 am
  • Friday, July 22, 2016 at 3:30 pm

What would you sacrifice for your American dream?

Maya is a young woman who illegally crosses the U.S. border from Mexico to work with her sister Rosa cleaning Office Building 646 in downtown LA. Witnessing firsthand the corruption and abusive working conditions, Maya joins Sam from Justice for Janitors in an attempt to unionize the workers. Alliances are formed, backs are stabbed, and the sisters’ relationship is brought to the brink. Inspired by true events and based on the film by Paul Laverty and Ken Loach, BREAD AND ROSES asks: must the American dream come at the cost of human dignity?
Running time: 2 hours.
Jill Abramovitz

Jill Abramovitz (Book, Lyrics)

Jill Abramovitz (lyrics/book) is a contributing lyricist on Broadway’s IT SHOULDA BEEN YOU and the lyricist/co-bookwriter of THE DOGS OF PRIPYAT which garnered the Weston Playhouse New Musical Award, the Jerry Bock Award, was a NAMT selectee and part of Goodspeed’s Festival of New Artists. She’s the lyricist of TheatreworksUSA’s MARTHA SPEAKS and a past Dramatist Guild Fellow and member of the BMI Workshop, where she won the Harrington Award for excellence.

Brad Alexander

Brad Alexander (Music)

Brad Alexander (music) Composer of SEE ROCK CITY & OTHER DESTINATIONS (Drama Desk Award for Outstanding Book of a Musical, Richard Rodgers Award, Jerry Bock Award). Music and orchestrations for TheatreworksUSA's CLICK CLACK MOO (Drama Desk and Lortel noms), JUST SO STORIES, MARTHA SPEAKS; songs for DUCK FOR PRESIDENT, FLY GUY, WE THE PEOPLE (Lortel nom). TV scoring: VH1’s “Celebreality” campaign, PBS’s PEG + CAT. Member of NAMT, Dramatists Guild and BMI Workshop.

Melissa Crespo

Melissa Crespo (Director)

Melissa Crespo is a NYC based director. Most recent: Vid Guerrero’s ¡FIGARO! (90210) (The Duke on 42nd Street & LA Opera), Desiree Burch & Dan Kitrosser’s TAR BABY—Scotsman Fringe First at the Edinburgh Fringe Festival & Pick of the Week at the Vault Festival in London, Suzan Lori-Parks’ VENUS (LIU Post), 2015 ABC Talent Showcase and 2014 Drama League Fellow. She received her MFA in Directing from The New School for Drama.

Alex Gemignani

Alex Gemignani (Musical Director)

Recent MD credits include MERRILY WE ROLL ALONG for Fiasco Theatre Company (workshop) and RAGTIME for StageWorks/NYU Tisch MainStage (original orchestration as well). As a composer/lyricist, he is developing four new musicals and has composed the incidental music for several plays. His newest musical, DIAMOND ALICE (w/ book writer Ben Steinfeld) was featured in Roundabout Underground’s recent reading series. As an actor, multiple Broadway and Off credits. Graduate, University of Michigan.

Nick Blaemire

Nick Blaemire (Sam)

NICK BLAEMIRE is a Brooklyn-based actor and writer. Currently playing Plankton in the World Premiere of THE SPONGEBOB MUSICAL at the Oriental Theatre in Chicago. Broadway: GLORY DAYS (Music & Lyrics), GODSPELL and CRY-BABY (Original Casts). Other credits: FOUND (Atlantic), DOGFIGHT (2ndstage). National Tour: ALTAR BOYZ. FILM/TV: Whit Stillman’s film DAMSELS IN DISTRESS, recurring roles on THE BIG C, CROSSBONES and THE GOOD WIFE. Proud University of Michigan graduate. Love to Ana and Leo! @nickblaemire

Danny Bolero

Danny Bolero (Mr. Perez)

BROADWAY & 1st National: Kevin – IN THE HEIGHTS, Naphtali – JOSEPH. OFFBWAY/Workshop: Dexter – BEDBUGS, Disney Theatricals’ FREAKY FRIDAY (with Sergio Trujillo, Tom Kitt, Brian Yorky), Manual – MISS YOU LIKE HELL (La Jolla), Diego Rivera – FRIDA (AMAS). REGIONAL: Adolpho – DROWSY CHAPERONE, Che – EVITA, Lt. Munoz – CITY OF ANGELS (Goodspeed). FILM: Det. Murdoch – RAPID EYE MOVEMENT (2017), TOP FIVE, THE HITCHER. TV: ONE BAD CHOICE, LAW & ORDER, BORED TO DEATH, THE BODEGA SERIES webisode., Insta/Twit @dannybolero

Blanca Camacho

Blanca Camacho (Berta, ER Doctor)

BLANCA CAMACHO is a native New Yorker, NYU graduate, original Broadway cast member of IN THE HEIGHTS and lucky enough to have worked with the late Marvin Hamlisch. Third time at NYMF: ZAPATA & workshop of MANUEL VS THE STATUE OF LIBERTY. TV: CHICAGO FIRE, LAW & ORDER, UNFORGETTABLE, BLUE BLOODS, ROYAL PAINS. Web series: ALTERNATINO. Heard on TV and radio commercials, films, TV series, animation, audiobooks and was even the voice of Chiquita Banana!


Ta'Rea Campbell (Ella, Myrna, Woman at Gas Station)

Ta'Rea Campbell was last seen in Sister Act the Musical- National Tour (Deloris Van Cartier) , The Lion King- Broadway (Nala), Aida- Broadway (Aida). Other Broadway shows include The Book of Mormon, Leap of Faith, and Little Shop of Horrors. Proud member of Actor's Equity and the Broadway Inspirational Voices. She resides in Harlem with her violinist husband Jonathan Dinklage, their chihuahua-beagle and a TON of shoes. 

Wally Dunn

Wally Dunn (Ernest, Bert, Coyote 2, Officer 1, Griffin, Hendricks)

WALLY DUNN - Broadway credits include Spamalot, Gypsy (w/ Bernadette Peters), One Mo’ Time and Master Class. Off-Broadway he has performed in A Flea In Her Ear at The Roundabout, The Comedy of Errors at Theatre for a New Audience and True History and Real Adventures at The Vineyard. Additionally, he has performed in the national tours of Broadway’s West Side Story, Spamalot, All Shook Up and Master Class. His regional credits include The Fabulous Lipitones at Goodspeed, W.H.A.T. and George Street Playhouse; November at Hangar Theatre; Of Thee I Sing at Papermill Playhouse; Inspecting Carol at Pittsburgh Public and The Misanthrope at McCarter Theatre. Some of his film credits include School of Rock; In & Out; In Dreams; The Good Shepard and Herman, USA; TV: Red Oaks, Good Girls Revolt, The Carrie Diaries; 30 Rock; The Big C; Law & Order and Law & Order SVU.

Mandy Gonzalez

Mandy Gonzalez (Rosa)

MANDY GONZALEZ is best known for her emotional portrayal of Nina Rosario in the Tony Award winning Broadway musical In the Heights, a role she originally created Off Broadway at 37 Arts and which received a Drama Desk Award for Best Ensemble. Most recently, she starred as Elphaba in the Broadway production of Wicked. Other Broadway roles include Princess Amneris in the musical Aida, Lennon, and Dance of the Vampires. Mandy received an OBIE Award for her performance in the production of Eli’s Comin’. Equally at home on the big and small screen, she has appeared in Across the Universe, After, Man on a Ledge, White Collar, The Good Wife, Park Avenue, One Life to Live, and Third Watch. Mandy can currently be seen as the character Lucy Knox in Madam Secretary on CBS and Susan Coombs on Quantico on ABC.

Díomargy Nuñez

Díomargy Nuñez (Simona, Cocktail Party Guest)

Diomargy is a New York based actress, who's recent credits include: Law & Order: SVU, Money Monster, and I Love You But I Lied. She earned her theatre degree at CUNY's City College Of New York and she recently originated the role of Prima in Idris Goodwin's break-beat play The Realness, directed by Wendy Goldberg that had a world premier at the Merrimack Repertory Theater. Diomargy believes that theatre is a transformative and emotional force and she is super excited to be a part this wonderful project!

Gerianne Pérez

Gerianne Pérez (Maya)

Favorite credits include: Vanessa in In the Heights (Hangar Theatre), Vocalosity (First National Tour), Rizzo in Grease (North Shore Music Theatre), Chelsea in Fable (NYMF), Chloe in Bubble Boy (American Theatre Group), Marisol in Volleygirls (NYMF), and various concerts at Joe’s Pub, Town Hall, and 54 Below. Thanks to the entire Bread And Roses team for this incredible opportunity! Much love to BRS/Gage and wonderful family and friends, without whom this would not be possible.

Mary Testa

Mary Testa (Marina)

Two Tony nominations, two Lortel nominations, five Drama Desk nominations, two Drama League nominations, an Obie, and a special Drama Desk celebrating ‘Three Decades of Outstanding Work.’ Broadway: Wicked, Guys and Dolls, Xanadu, Chicago, 42nd St, On the Town, …Forum, The Rink. Off-Broadway: First Daughter Suite, Caucasian Chalk Circle, Queen of the Mist, Love Loss.., First Lady Suite, A New Brain, Tartuffe, On the Town. Twelve cast albums including “Have Faith” available now online.

Desiree Rodriguez

Desiree Rodriguez (Dolores, Cocktail Party Guest)

Desiree Rodriguez - TV/Film: ABC Discovers Showcase, Madam Secretary (CBS), Unforgettable (CBS), Black Nativity (Singer). Off Broadway: Roberta in "Why You Beasting?," Elizabeth in "Tricks the Devil Taught Me." National tours: Kennedy Center's "Barrio Grrrl! She has recorded with the Yeah Yeah Yeah's on their album "Mosquito." She is a member of the Broadway Inspirational Voices choir directed by Michael McElroy.

Jon Rua

Jon Rua (Ruben)

Broadway: Hamilton (Hamilton u/s,Charles Lee/Ensemble), Hands on a Hardbody (Jesus Pena), In The Heights (Sonny & Grafitti Pete) Off-Broadway: Hamilton, Kung Fu, Elaborate Entrance of Chad Deity, Damn Yankees (Encores!). Regional: Old Globe’s Somewhere (Alejandro-Craig Noel Leading Actor Nom.), Bring It On The Musical (Twig), La Jolla’s Hardbody (Jesus), Muny’s West Side Story (Chino). Film: Fall to Rise (Magic) TV: Law & Order. A Choreographer, Jon’s credits include Phish, Jackson Harris, SpongeBob The Musical (Creative Consultant), ABC’s Celebrity Wife Swap, and assisted Broadway’s Hamilton & On Your Feet.

Eric B. Davis

Eric B. Davis (Guitarist)

Broadway guitar chairs: Next To Normal, Anything Goes (2011), Ghost, Matilda The Musical; Off-Broadway: Cymbeline (Shakespeare in the Park); arranger: Kristin Chenoweth, Alfie Boe, Jason Danieley as a member of The Frontier Heroes; current touring guitarist for Kristin Chenoweth; recordings: Kristin Chenoweth, Laura Osnes, Aaron Tveit, Ahrens and Flaherty, Robert Creighton, many others; cast recordings: Next To Normal, Anything Goes, Matilda The Musical; TV: Royal Pains; numerous NYC workshops and labs; MM The Juilliard School.

Forest VanDyke

Forest VanDyke (Freddy, Coyote 1, Pete)

Forest VanDyke is an actor and singer hailing from Austin, Texas. Some of his most recent performances include THE WATERMAN at Ars Nova, CHOIR BOY (Dir. Kent Gash), GODDESS (Dir. Saheem Ali – Eugene O’Neil Theater Center), and his own show BREAKING FREE at the Metropolitan Room. He is so psyched to be a part of this beautiful show and amazing cast and crew!

Martín Solá

Martín Solá (Oscar)

Martín Solá is currently on Broadway in ON YOUR FEET!. Other Broadway credits include THE KING AND I, CORAM BOY and Baz Luhrmann’s LA BOHÈME. He has been a Featured Artist with the New York Pops at Carnegie Hall and he has performed in more than a dozen productions with The New York City Opera. Martín was also a member of the distinguished Shakespeare Lab at The Public Theater in 2012.

Federico Rodriguez

Federico Rodriguez (Juan)

Most recent theater credits include Pygmalion (Williamstown Theater Festival), Hope and Gravity (Pittsburgh City Theatre), THE RECORD (The Public Theater), A Four-Letter Word (Classic Stage Company), and The Hotel Colors (The Bushwick Starr). TV/Film: Madam Secretary (CBS), Piragua Primos (Más Major), Fits and Starts (upcoming). He has a BA in Computer Science from Brown University.

7/13/16 - Playbill - Betsy Wolfe, Margo Seibert, Adriane Lenox Join NYMF Concerts

7/11/16 - TheaterInTheNow - Spotlight On...Jill Abramovitz and Brad Alexander

7/03/16 - - What to See at NYMF This Year

6/29/16 - BroadwayWorld - Mary Testa Joins Cast of BREAD AND ROSES at NYMF 

6/29/16 - TalkinBroadway - Mary Testa Joins Cast of BREAD and ROSES - NYMF - July 22

6/27/2016 - BroadwayWorld - CUTTING-EDGE COMPOSERS CORNER- Arielle Jacobs Sings Abramovitz & Alexander's 'Put Me to Work'

4/17/2016- Broadway World- BWW TV Exclusive: Arielle Jacobs, Lisa Howard, Alexander Gemignani & More Sing the Songs of Jill Abramovitz!

3/1/2016- Lineup Announced for 2016 New York Musical Festival

10/17/2014- Broadway World- BWW TV Exclusive: CUTTING-EDGE COMPOSERS CORNER- In Rehearsal with Brad Alexander for Theatreworks USA's LILLY'S BIG DAY!

6/15/16 - BroadwayWorld - St Louis' Wonderfully Funny IT SHOULDA BEEN YOU