Play Like a Winner

Book and Lyrics by Erik Johnke; Music by David Wolfson

Play Like a Winner

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

  • Wednesday, July 13, 2016 at 1:30 pm
  • Saturday, July 16, 2016 at 11:30 am
  • Thursday, July 21, 2016 at 7:30 pm

How far would you go for your child?

In the fiercely competitive world of girls’ soccer, how far would you go for your child? PLAY LIKE A WINNER is a satire of the soccer mom world based upon the award-winning play, “All About the Kids” by Caytha Jentis. At curtain, Coach Nick lies dead on center stage, impaled by a corner flag, while a chorus of soccer players sings in his honor. Kathy, a soccer mom, steps forward to tell us the story of how all this began…

Running time: 1 hour, 40 minutes. 

Erik Johnke

Erik Johnke (Book, Music, Lyrics)

Erik Johnke is a playwright, lyricist, and poet. Plays and musicals include God’s Country (music by Elaine Chelton), produced at NYMF in 2013, Cat: Adventures of a Caterpillar (music by David Wolfson), finalist in National Children’s Theater Festival, The Body Politic, produced at manhattantheatresource, Partition, semifinalist for the Princess Grace Award, Reboot, finalist for the National Ten Minute Play Contest, and produced at The Heartland Theatre Company. MFA Goddard College. Member, BMI Librettist Workshop.  

David Wolfson

David Wolfson (Book, Music, Lyrics)

David Wolfson is enjoying an eclectic career, having composed opera, musical theatre, touring children’s musicals, and incidental music for plays; choral music, band music, orchestral music, chamber music, art songs, and music for solo piano; comedy songs, cabaret songs and one memorable score for an amusement park big-headed-costumed-character show. His CD Seventeen Windows is available from Albany Records, iTunes and For more information:

Caytha Jentis

Caytha Jentis (Playwright)

Caytha Jentis is an independent filmmaker. Her current project is a comedic series called "The Other F Word.” The cast includes: Steve Guttenberg & Judy Gold. Jentis' features include “Bad Parents” starring Janeane Garofalo & Cheri Oteri based on her award-winning stage play “It’s All About the Kids” and “And Then Came Love” starring Vanessa Williams and Eartha Kitt. She has an MFA from UCLA in screenwriting and a BS in TV/film from Syracuse University.

Kevin Connors

Kevin Connors (Director)

Kevin Connors has been a professional musical theatre composer and director for over 35 years. Off-Broadway credits include PRIME TIME PROPHET, JUKEBOX SATURDAY NIGHT, THE ABANDONED LOVES OF FREDERICK R., LIFE ANONYMOUS, LOVER - THE VALENTINO MUSICAL, BABES OFF BROADWAY (finalist for the Michael Stewart Production Award), SALOON and MOTHERS AND SONS. Regional credits include THE FANTASTICKS, IT’S A WONDERFUL LIFE: A LIVE RADIO PLAY, BABES IN TOYLAND, A CHRISTMAS CAROL, BABY. He has been composer and/or lyricist for more than 10 children’s musicals, as well as A CHRISTMAS CAROL: A LIVE RADIO PLAY published by He is currently Executive Artistic Director of Music Theatre of Connecticut which he co-founded 30 years ago. He has directed more than 60 of the AEA MainStage productions including YOURS, ANNE; NEXT TO NORMAL (Connecticut Critics Circle award winners), numerous productions of IT’S A WONDERFUL LIFE: A LIVE RADIO PLAY (Moss Hart Award Winner), A LITTLE NIGHT MUSIC, EDGES, JOHN & JEN, DOUBT, EVITA, THE LAST 5 YEARS, MASTER CLASS and LITTLE SHOP OF HORRORS. He has served on the faculties of The Hartt School of Music/University of Hartford, Sacred Heart University, the University of Bridgeport, and at Musical Theatre Works in NYC.

Erin Cronican

Erin Cronican (Kathy)

Erin Cronican is a professional actor and member of AEA & SAG-AFTRA. She starred in the first (and only) revival of the Styne/Comden/Greene musical, "Subways Are For Sleeping” and completed the demo recording of the new musical, “Mr Confidential” with Howard McGillin and Christine Ebersole. Other musical credits: "The Last Five Years," "Evita,” "My Fair Lady," "Camelot," and "South Pacific.”Erin is the Managing Director of The Seeing Place Theater in NYC.

Casey Erin Clark

Casey Erin Clark (Melissa)

Casey Erin Clark is thrilled to be back on the NYMF playground! National Tour: Les Mis (Factory Girl/us Fantine), Off-Broadway: Frankenstein(Agatha, original cast album) Shout! the mod musical (Red Girl), The Hatpin, The Incredibly Deaf Musical, many readings and concerts. Regional favorites: Sound of Music (Maria, STL Post Dispatch Best Actress Award) and Little Women (Jo, Kevin Kline Award Nominee), album “The Song Begins” on itunes. Always for family and Chris.

Christopher DeRosa

Christopher DeRosa (Gary)

Christopher DeRosa is a proud alumni of Wagner College! Regional: The Light in the Piazza (Fabrizio), Vanya and Sonia and Masha and Spike (Spike), Evita (Magaldi), The Who's Tommy (Captain Walker) and (Joseph) Joseph... Dreamcoat (Nominated for a Connecticut Critics Circle Award for Best Lead Actor in a Musical). Many thanks to John Jamiel, Craig D'Amico, John Zupan, my crazy family and my beautiful fiancé Carissa ;) Proud member of AEA and SAG-AFTRA.

Bob Gaynor

Bob Gaynor (Nick)

Broadway: Leap of Faith, Catch Me If You Can, Sweet Charity, Taboo, Aida. NY City Center: Bye Bye Birdie, Applause, Stairway to Paradise. Regional: An Audience with Meow Meow, Next to Normal (Broadway World nominee), Leap of Faith, First Wives Club, Smokey Joe's Café, A Chorus Line. Film: Broadway 4D, Across the Universe, The Mask. Television: "The Sound of Music Live", "Blue Bloods," "Law & Order," "All My Children" (Mitch Morrison), "One Life to Live," "As the World Turns", American Music, Emmy and Academy Award shows

Megan Kane

Megan Kane (Tracy)

Megan Kane- Was last seen In The Marvelous Wonderettes as Betty Jean (Brickhouse Theatre). Previously at NYMF she played Sarah in God’s Country (Signature Theatre). Other credits: Gay Bride of Frankenstein (Joe’s Pub/Seacoast Repertory Theatre) Regional: Tracy Turnblad in Hairspray (The Arvada Center), A Little Night Music (Houston Grand Opera), A Christmas Carol (Alley Theatre), Kiss Me Kate (St. Louis Repertory Theatre). Megan will make her solo debut at Feinstein’s/54 Below this summer. Graduate of Webster Conservatory.

Carissa Massaro

Carissa Massaro (Jenna & Ensemble)

Broadway: Jane Eyre the Musical (Young Jane u/s) Regional: The Fantasticks (Luisa)/ CT Circle Nominee for Best Leading Actress in a Musical, Vanya Sonia Masha and Spike (Nina) , Evita (The Mistress) all at the Music Theatre of CT. She was also recently seen in Fiddler on the Roof (Chava) at STAGES St. Louis. Thanks to friends and family for all your support and love - especially Mom, Dad, Brandon and Chris. Proud member of AEA.

Larry Daggett

Larry Daggett (Announcer)

LARRY DAGGETT (Announcer, Ensemble). NY: Ragtime (original Broadway cast), Candide (NYC Opera). Regional: My Fair Lady(Doolittle/Pickering), Man of La Mancha (Quixote/Carrasco), Sweeney Todd (Judge Turpin), Follies (Ben), A Little Night Music(Fredrik), The Full Monty (Harold), This Wonderful Life (36 characters), multiple TV credits, and more, at Actors Theatre of Louisville, Arkansas Rep, Asolo, Capital Rep, Cleveland PH, Fulton, Goodspeed, Lyric Stage Boston, North Shore, Orlando Shakes, Pittsburgh Public, Portland Stage, etc. More at

Mae Frankeberger (Stage Manager)

NYC credits: Empire Travel Agency (Woodshed Collective), Screenwriter Dies of His Own Freewill (Fringe) Romeo & Juliet (Under St Marks), Everybody Gets Cake (59E59) Kiss Your Brutal Hands (Fringe & USF), God’s Country (NYMF), I-Pod (Theater Row-USF). London Credits: Hamlet (Young Vic Theatre), Much Ado About Nothing (Globe Theatre). Mae has a BFA in stage management from Rutgers University - MGSA. Love to Dad, Mom, Keith, Lynn, Jon, and Jim for all their love and support!