Newton's Cradle

Music and Lyrics by Heath Saunders; Book and Additional Lyrics by Kim Saunders


at The Duke  [map]

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

Everyone is born with special needs.

What happens when the rules you live by no longer apply? When Evan Newton brings his girlfriend to the family’s Alaskan cabin to propose, her response sets him on an adventure to connect his past to their present. Evan's journey takes us into his unique world of autism, where events aren't sequential, labels get in the way, and well-defined family relationships are anything but constant.
Newton's Cradle challenges our own expectations about connection, integrating a fast-moving story with a hypnotic electronic score to create a musical unlike anything you've ever seen before: a melodic picture of a very special brain.
Running time: 1 hour 45 minutes

Heath Saunders (Music & Lyrics, Evan)

Heath Saunders (Music & Lyrics): Heath Saunders is a young composer, actor, and multi-instrumentalist. He is an alumni of the 2015 Johnny Mercer Songwriter’s Workshop and an active member of Andrew Lippa’s Writer’s Bloc. Heath is a proud member of Actor’s Equity and makes his Broadway debut this fall with Natasha, Pierre and the Great Comet of 1812.  

Kim Saunders (Book & Additional Lyrics)

Kim Saunders (Book): Kim has been a lifelong storyteller. She is a music director, arranger, and accompanist and also tells digital stories in software, marketing, and social media. Kim thanks her five amazing artist progeny and her very special wife Michelle. Newton's Cradle is her first musical. Namaste.  

Victoria Clark (Director)

Twelve Broadway plays and musicals, Tony Award (The Light in the Piazza), three Tony nominations (Sister Act, Cinderella, Gigi.) Television and film include: Homeland, The Good Wife, The Happening, Cradle Will Rock. Ms. Clark directed for Texas Opera Theater, Philadelphia Opera, Chautauqua Opera, 92nd Street Y, John Drew Theater, NAMT, and Pace University where she was Artist-in Residence (The Light in the Piazza.) Avid Master Teacher,Victoria served on the faculty of Yale University and teaches at conservatories and universities worldwide.  

Jesse Kissel (Musical Director)

Jesse Kissel: Broadway: The Visit, Leap Of Faith, Spiderman: Turn Off the Dark, Bright Star, Ragtime (Avery Fisher Hall 15th Anniversary Concert). National Tour: Chicago. Regional: Kid Victory (Signature Theatre, DC), The Visit (Williamstown Theatre Festival), The Scottsboro Boys (Center Theatre Group, LA), Titanic, Cats (MUNY). Cabaret: TOVAH: Out Of Her Mind (Tovah Feldshuh), Look For Me In The Songs with Aaron Lazar (The Kennedy Center,Birdland, 54 Below, and Joe’s Pub) Symphonic work: The Boston Pops; Naples Philharmonic. BFA Boston Conservatory, MM Cincinnati Conservatory of Music in Orchestral Conducting.

Sara Brians (Choreographer)

SARA BRIANS Resident Choreographer: Matilda Broadway. Broadway: Billy Elliot, White Christmas, After the Night and the Music 42nd Street. Choreographed: Big Fish, Chicago, Ring of Fire, Merrily We Roll Along, Anyone Can Whistle, Pippin, It Could Be. Sara is a choreographer, teacher, and performer and has worked on Broadway, at The Kennedy Center, City Center Encores!, The Alpine Theatre Project, The Alley Theatre, Goodspeed Opera House, Asolo Rep Theatre, and the Banff Centre, among many other places.

Zach Blane (Lighting Design)

Zach Blane (Lighting Designer) - Selected credits: Too Much, Too Much, Too Many, Suicide Incorporated (Roundabout Theatre Company); Would You Still Love Me If (Off-Broadway, New World Stages, dir. Kathleen Turner); Charles Busch’s Cleopatra (Off-Broadway, TFANC); Wringer (Off Broadway, City Center); The Eternal Space (Off-Broadway, Theatre Row); Soul Doctor (Off-Broadway, Actors Temple); The Good Girl (Off-Broadway, 59E59); Sommerfugl (4th Street Theatre); LUNGS, Zero Hour (Barrington Stage Company); The Diary of Anne Frank (Olney Theatre); Ain't Misbehavin', Vanya...Spike, Deathtrap, Chapter 2 (Bucks County Playhouse); Ragtime, The Little Mermaid, RENT, Showboat (Fiddlehead Theatre Company); The UnCivil War (Adirondack Theatre Company); CONNED (City Theatre); West Side Story, Evita, Plaza Suite (Engeman Theater); Thoroughly Modern Millie (Will Rogers Center); Norwegian Cruise Lines (Fleet-wide Lighting Designer). Named "Designer to Watch" by Live Design Magazine 2011. Adjunct Professor: PACE UNIVERSITY.

Luke Cantarella (Scenic Design)

Luke Cantarella is a designer of scenery and an associate professor at Pace University. He has designed scenery for over 130 productions around the United States such as the American Repertory Theater, Yale Repertory Theater, Repertory Theater of St. Louis, and many others. Internationally, his work has been seen at the Arts Theater (London-West End), and with the Transversal Theater Company in Amsterdam, Romania and many other locales. Additionally, Luke creates projects in design ethnography, a hybrid form that uses design thinking as a tool for social-science research. Projects include 214 Sq. Ft (2012), Trade is Sublime (2013), and Yes, We’re Open (2016).

Quentin Chiappetta (Sound Design)

Quentin Chiappetta’s collaborations span from work with artist Christian Marclay (“The Clock”, winner 2012 Venice Biennale) to Broadway and Off-Broadway (Irena’s Vow, Murder In The First, Son Of Dracula, The Navigator), Television (“The First 48”, “Dallas SWAT”), film (over 50 feature films) and dance. In theatre, he has received Drama Desk and Lucille Lortel Award nominations and has won two New York Innovative Theatre Awards. He has received grants from Meet the Composer and the American Music Center. He recently completed the score for the Roosevelt exhibit at the Museum of Natural History and a multi-channel score for the BioMuseo in Panama.  

Melanie T. Morgan (Stage Manager)

MELANIE T. MORGAN (Production Stage Manager) - Broadway: It Shoulda Been You; ONCE; HIGH; Looped; The Story of My Life; Curtains; Martin Short: Fame Becomes Me; The Light…Piazza; Little Women; Jumpers. Off-Broadway: Tappin’ Thru Life; Da; My Name is Asher Lev; Love, Loss & What I Wore; Last Easter. Tours: Andrea Martin’s Final Days… Wishful Drinking; Little Women (1st NT); Reefer Madness (Edinburgh Festival Fringe) Film/TV: Loserville, Handel’s Messiah Rocks w/ the Boston Pops. Other: Williamstown, Kennedy Center, Westport Country Playhouse.

Robb Nanus (Producer)

Robb is a New York based producer. His most recent projects includes the production of the critically acclaimed THE WOODSMAN at New World Stages; the world premiere of I AM ANNE HUTCHINSON / I AM HARVEY MILK with Kristin Chenoweth and the National Philharmonic; and the Drama Desk award winning musical THE LION, now touring the country. Robb is also a founding partner of Spruce Lake Theatrical alongside David Bloch and Broadway composer Andrew Lippa.

Tara Rubin Casting (Casting Director)

TARA RUBIN CASTING (Casting) Selected Broadway: Falsettos (upcoming), School of Rock, Dr Zhivago, It Shoulda Been You, Gigi, Bullets Over Broadway, Aladdin, Les Misérables, How to Succeed.., A Little Night Music, Billy Elliot, Shrek, Guys and Dolls, Young Frankenstein, The Little Mermaid, Mary Poppins, Spamalot, …Spelling Bee, The Producers, Mamma Mia!, Jersey Boys, The Phantom of the Opera. Off-Broadway: Here Lies Love, Old Jews Telling Jokes, Love, Loss, and What I Wore. Regional: Sundance Theatre Lab, Yale Repertory Theatre.

David DeWitt

David DeWitt (Nate)

David played Monsieur Reyer in the Broadway National Tour of The Phantom of the Opera. Regionally: Javert in Les Miserables and Adam/Noah u/s in the American Premier of Children of Eden. Other credits include the Broadway National Tour of CATS (Gus u/s) and Weber in The Last Empress (Lincoln Center). David is also a painter and author. He writes a monthly column for Country Wisdom News (Upstate NY).

Rose Hemingway

Rose Hemingway (Chelsea)

Rose Hemingway is overjoyed to play a part in bringing this beautiful show to life! She is best known for making her Broadway debut as Rosemary Pilkington opposite Daniel Radcliffe in the most recent revival of How to Succeed in Business Without Really Trying. Other favorite past roles include (National Tour) Sophie Sheridan, Mamma Mia!; (Regional) Misty Mae, Moonshine, That Hee Haw Musical; Molly, Peter and the Starcatcher; Hazel Conway, Time and the Conways; Mary Phagan, Parade. Television credits include Blue Bloods, The Mob Doctor. Love always to Geoffrey!

Andrea Jones-Sojola

Andrea Jones-Sojola (Audrey)

Broadway: Porgy and Bess (Strawberry Woman). NYC: (City Center Encores!) Cabin in the Sky, Annie Get Your Gun, Most Happy Fella. (New York Philharmonic Live from Lincoln Center) Showboat, Sweeney Todd. (Manhattan Concert Productions) Parade (Minnie). (MasterVoices) Pirates of Penzance. Regional: (Celebration of the Arts) Ragtime (Sarah).Three Mo’ Divas. Film/ TV:Tyler Perry’s For Colored Girls, The Sound of Music Live! Opera: Carmen, Don Giovanni, Die Zauberflöte, Die Fledermaus, Treemonisha.  

Rachel Kara Perez

Rachel Kara Perez (Charlie)

Rachel Kara Perez is a singer and actress with a repertoire ranging from operetta to musical theatre to Afro-Cuban Jazz. Appearances include Carnegie Hall, Lincoln Center Out of Doors, Brooklyn Academy of Music, and Jazz at Lincoln Center. Select regional theatre: Rosie (Bye Bye Birdie), Hester Smith (Fucking A), and Angry Vagina/Assistant Director in The Vagina Monologues. A member of Actors’ Equity and a Latin Grammy-nominated musician, she was a Lys Symonette Award recipient from The Kurt Weill Foundation’s Lotte Lenya Competition. Recent projects include workshopping Art of Memory, a new opera by Kitty Brazelton through American Opera Projects and performing as a vocalist for choreographer Beth Gill’s Catacomb.

Trent Saunders

Trent Saunders (Michael)

Trent Saunders (Michael) - Could not be more excited to be making his NYMF debut playing opposite his brother Heath. He can currently be seen across the street in Aladdin the Musical (u/s Aladdin/Babkak), and was previously seen in American Idiot (St Jimmy). Love to everyone who helped make this incredible piece a reality: Mom, Heath, and the rest of the family. Also love to the brothers and Merle.