Dust Can't Kill Me

Book by Abigail Carney; Music and Lyrics by Elliah Heifetz

Dust Can

at June Havoc Theatre  [map]

  • Monday, August 1, 2016 at 8:00 pm
  • Tuesday, August 2, 2016 at 5:00 pm
  • Wednesday, August 3, 2016 at 5:00 pm
  • Wednesday, August 3, 2016 at 9:00 pm
  • Thursday, August 4, 2016 at 9:00 pm
  • Saturday, August 6, 2016 at 1:00 pm
  • Sunday, August 7, 2016 at 12:00 pm

The kind of dust that goes down best with whiskey.

Drought, desperation, and a prophet’s promise of Paradise set a ragtag group of wayward souls on a Dust Bowl journey into the desert. When they arrive, their promised land is unlike anything they ever imagined, or anything they ever desired. Driven by a spirited band of actor-musicians and directed by Spring Awakening’s Srda Vasiljevic, the new folk musical DUST CAN’T KILL ME asks what’s worth fighting for when all you've got is dust.


Running time: 1 hour, 45 minutes. No intermission.

Abigail Carney

Abigail Carney (Book, Music, Lyrics)

ABIGAIL CARNEY is a writer from Ohio whose plays have been produced at NYC Fringe, The Secret Theatre, The Lucille Lortel Theatre (the Young Playwrights Festival), The New School for Drama, The Yale Playwrights Festival, The Kraine Theatre, and in Sitka, Alaska. As a spoken word poet, she has competed at the Rustbelt Midwest Regional Poetry Slam, the College Unions Poetry Slam Invitational (CUPSI), and Brave New Voices (BNV). 

Elliah Heifetz

Elliah Heifetz (Book, Music, Lyrics)

Elliah Heifetz is a pop songwriter and composer from Philadelphia whose works have appeared both on major label releases and New York stages. His first musical, DUST CAN'T KILL ME, won the Fringe NYC Overall Excellence Award for Best Music & Lyrics. His pop writing is published by The Brain Music. A recent graduate of Yale, Elliah has studied with Jeanine Tesori and Michael Korie. Member of the 2015 Yale Whiffenpoofs.

Srda Vasiljevic

Srda Vasiljevic (Director)

SRDA VASILJEVIC is a Bosnian-Iowan theatre director recently named “Who’s Next” by NEXT Magazine and described as “theater wunderkind already making his mark on Broadway.” Recent credits include: NEW YORK SPECTACULAR (AD/Radio City), SPRING AWAKENING (AD/Brooks Atkinson), WHAT’S THE DEAL WITH OLIVIA LEE (#serials@theflea), and WHEN I STARTED DATING MEN (Dixon Place). Srda is a member of the ENCORES! Off-Center Artists’ Board and Lincoln Center Director’s Lab. www.sr-da.com

Max Gordon (Musical Director)

MAX GORDON (music director, sound design) is a songwriter, music director, and music producer. He has worked as a recording engineer for Wynton Marsalis and Jazz at Lincoln Center, and his band, Nero, My Panda, has opened for Diplo, Macklemore & Ryan Lewis, and Betty Who. His songwriting and production recently appeared on Charles Perry's debut album (Verve Records). He graduated from Yale University in May 2016.

Jennifer Jancuska (Choreographer)

Jennifer Jancuska’s work as a choreographer has been seen at The Public Theater, City Center, Skirball Center, Dallas Theater Center, The Royal George, Flat Rock Playhouse, Trinity Rep, Madison Square Garden. Current/upcoming projects include collaborators, Adam Gwon, Kerrigan + Lowdermilk, Zack Zadek, Matte O’Brien, Keith Varney and the amazing DUST team. Cornell University graduate, Jennifer’s the founder/creative director of BC Beat (BCBeat.net), Broadway Connection (BroadwayConnection.net), and ASTIR Lab. She has lectured at NYU, Syracuse, PACE, UofArts, College of Charleston, Shanghai Theater Academy. www.JenniferJancuska.com

Michael Cassara Casting

Michael Cassara Casting (Casting Director)

Michael Cassara Casting (Casting) is Michael Cassara, CSA and Jamie Anderson. Recent credits include Gigantic (dir. Scott Schwartz/Vineyard Theatre), Forbidden Broadway (last two editions/cast albums), I Love Lucy® Live On Stage (2014-15 Equity national tour), The 12 (Denver Center/world premiere). Film credits include The Hyperglot (dir. Michael Urie, Artios nomination for excellence in casting), Paper Dreams, Contest, and Grantham & Rose (dir. Kristin Hanggi, starring Marla Gibbs and Jake T. Austin). Resident Casting Director for the New York Musical Festival (NYMF) since 2007 and the National Alliance for Musical Theatre (NAMT) since 2013. Michael is a native Clevelander and a member of the Casting Society of America. BFA, Otterbein University. MichaelCassara.net/ @michaelcassara  

Evan Bernardin (General Manager)

EVAN BERNARDIN (General Manager) NYMF 2016: Dust Can’t Kill Me, Forest Boy, Newton’s Cradle, Tink! Upcoming: Kerrigan-Lowdermilk’s The Bad Years Recent: The Dodgers (LA), We Are The Tigers (LA), Nancy & Tonya: The Rock Opera, What Do Critics Know?, The Navigator (NYC & LA). Evan’s collaborative projects include performances at Lincoln Center, The United Nations, Georgetown University, The Culture Project, 54 Below, and The MET. He has had the opportunity to speak about producing and nontraditional development at New York University, Theatre Resources Unlimited, and his alma mater, Marymount Manhattan College. www.evanbernardinproductions.com

Michael Castillejos

Michael Castillejos (Birch)

Michael Castillejos is a versatile performer who works as both an actor and musician. Off-Broadway: Son of a Gun (Theatre Row), SMILE (Arclight), NYC/Regional: La Mama Cantata (Ellen Stewart Theatre), Gentlemen Volunteers (Pig Iron Theatre), Careless Love (American Repertory Theatre), Robert Wuhl’sHit-Lit (Queens Theatre), Carnival(Musicals Tonight) . Recent onscreen work includes Inside Amy Schumer, The NBC Talent Showcase, and several voiced characters in Grand Theft Auto V and Red Dead Redemption. In addition to many national commercial and billboard campaigns, Michael has appeared in music videos for Alicia Keys, Alejandro Sanz, and Coheed & Cambria. Thanks to Mary, Percy, & Bunny. www.macastillejos.com

Richard Crandle

Richard Crandle (Everett)

Richard is a born and raised Jersey boy, living in NYC! He was recently seen as C.C. White in Milwaukee Rep’s production of DREAMGIRLS. Richard was featured on NBC’s The Sing-off in 2010; and Fox Searchlight’s BLACK NATIVITY starring Jennifer Hudson in 2013. He also starred as Seaweed J. Stubbs in the National Tour of Hairspray! Richard is very excited to be part of NYMF 2016 with the cast of A DUST CAN’T KILL ME! Twitter/Instagram: @RichardCrandle  

Elizabeth A. Davis

Elizabeth A. Davis (Angelina)

Elizabeth's a Tony & Drama Desk Award Nominated actor, & an Innovative Theatre Award Winner. She's been seen on Broadway, Off Broadway, regionally & abroad. Her TV & film work reinforce her versatility. For information on her full credits, writing & music, check out www.elizabethadavis.com. AEA, SAG-AFTRA, 802 & ASCAP. 

Adrian Blake Enscoe

Adrian Blake Enscoe (Abraham)

Adrian Blake Enscoe (a.k.a. Roy Dodger) is a Brooklyn-based actor and musical miscreant originally hailing from a small town called Earlville in the boonies of New York State. He can most often be spotted making music and mischief in the NYC subways with his trio of acoustic rock’n’roll ruffians, Bandits on the Run (who, as you read this, are in the midst of recording their first full length album). Since graduating in 2012 with a BFA in Make-Believe from Carnegie Mellon School of Drama, he has had the pleasure of working on a plethora of projects in and around the city, including the films: Hello Again, The Greens are Gone, Seeds, and Jaime Marks is Dead; T.V. shows: Orange is the New Black and Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt; and plays: Bag of Nails (reading), Servant of Two Masters (La Mama), Barbarous Nights (Invisible Dog), and the immersive theater project Lady in Red Converses with Diablo (Arts @ Renaissance).

Kathryn Gallagher

Kathryn Gallagher (Lily)

Kathryn Gallagher is an actor and a singer-songwriter. She recently made her Broadway debut in Deaf West's Spring Awakening. She has performed with The Bacon Brothers, Little Feat and Ray Manzarek and Robby Krieger of The Doors. She has had music featured in Stuart Blumberg's Thanks For Sharing and USA's Covert Affairs.

Paul Hinkes

Paul Hinkes (The Preacher)

Paul Hinkes is a Chicago born, New York based actor-musician. He is a graduate of Yale university, where he studied Theatre and Film & Media studies. Recent New York credits include The Winter’s Tale (Underling Producions),The Dispute (Everyday Inferno Theatre), and Dust Can’t Kill Me at the New York Fringe Festival.

Ethan Karetsky (Executive Producer)

Ethan is a consultant and producer, proud to be a part of the Dust team. He graduated cum laude from Yale, where he produced and directed musicals such as Spring AwakeningCabaret, and Gypsy. Grateful for familial support of this project. @EthanKaretsky

Reid Thompson (Scenic Designer)

Stephanie Levin (Costume Designer)

Oliver Wason (Lighting Designer)

Louisa Pough (Production Stage Manager)

Elizabeth Emanuel (Assistant Stage Manager) (Assistant Stage Manager)

DJ Stanfill (Assistant Music Director) (Assistant Music Director)

Avery Sobczak (Assistant Choreographer)

"The 10 best NYMF shows to see at 2016’s New York Musical Festival" - Time Out New York, July 2016

"NYMF Interview: Elliah Heifetz on His Folk Musical Dust Can’t Kill Me'" - StageBuddy, July 2016

"5 Songs From New Musicals You Should Hear Right Now- Theater Mania, June 2016

"a sound that should be heard in the theater more often." - Theater Mania, August 2016

"a powerful and delightfully complicated trope for humankind’s eternal search for the meaning of beginnings, endings, and all that comes in between.Theatre Reviews, August 2016