A Scythe of Time

Book by Alan Harris; Music and Lyrics by Mark Alan Swanson

A Scythe of Time

at June Havoc Theatre  [map]

  • Thursday, July 21, 2016 at 8:00 pm
  • Saturday, July 23, 2016 at 1:00 pm
  • Saturday, July 23, 2016 at 5:00 pm
  • Sunday, July 24, 2016 at 1:00 pm
  • Sunday, July 24, 2016 at 5:00 pm
  • Tuesday, July 26, 2016 at 9:00 pm

Time has never seemed so pressing.

Inspired by two stories from Edgar Allan Poe, A SCYTHE OF TIME takes us to London, 1881, where the public can’t get enough of the infamously sensational Blackwood Articles, in which writers take their own lives and, in the process of dying, record their experience with death. On the other side of town, our heroine Signore Zenobia embarks on a quest to unravel the mystery of the articles in an effort to save her own magazine, and finds time pressing down on her as she composes a Blackwood Article of her very own. A bizarre tale of power and love, poetic justice and bloody revenge, A SCYTHE OF TIME shows us just how far one goes for fame and recognition in an absurd world.


Running time: 1 hour, 30 minutes. 

Alan Harris

Alan Harris (Writer)

Alan Harris won a Judges’ Award at the 2015 Bruntwood Prize for How My Light Is Spent. Plays include: The Opportunity of Efficiency (New National Theatre Tokyo/National Theatre Wales), A Good Night Out in the Valleys (National Theatre Wales), This Is Not A Banksy, Wolf, The Lighthouse, A Certain Date, Take Me To Victoria Park (all BBC Radio 4), The Gold Farmer (BBC Radio 3), The Future For Beginners (liveartshow / Wales Millennium Centre), The Magic Toyshop (Invisible Ink / Theatr Iolo), Re-Set (Mess Up The Mess), Marsha (Capital Fringe, Washington DC), Cardboard Dad (Sherman Cymru), Miss Brown To You (Hijinx Theatre), Orange (Sgript Cymru), Come To Where I’m From (Paines Plough). He has won a prestigious Creative Wales Award from the Arts Council of Wale and is a Koestler Trust platinum award winner. He is currently under commission to the Royal Exchange Theatre in Manchester and also Paines Plough with Love, Lies and Taxidermy which will premiere at the Edinburgh Festival this year before a national tour. 

Libretti include: Marsha: A Girl Who Does Bad Things (liveartshow / Arcola Grimeborn Festival), The Hidden Valley (Birdsong Opera / Welsh National Opera/Tête à Tête Opera Festival), The Journey (Welsh National Opera), Rhinegold,Manga Sister (both liveartshow/The Yard, London).

Mark Swanson

Mark Swanson (Composer/Lyricist)

Mark Swanson is a 2016 Presidential Distinguished Alumni Award recipient from Augusta University, where he received his Bachelor of Music degree. Mark’s musical/rock opera MISCONCEPTION: THE LOST GOSPEL OF CHRISTMAS (Le Chat Noir, Augusta, Ga) debuted in 2011 and was remounted in 2012 before traveling to 2013 CapitalFringe Festival in Washington, DC. While in DC, Mark met writer Alan Harris and the two began an international collaboration on A SCYTHE OF TIME. Selected incidental music includes TORCH SONG TRILOGY II (Le Chat Noir) and THE LION, THE WITCH, AND THE WARDROBE (The Augusta Players Youth Theatre). His film work includes HONEST INJUN and MONSTER (Showtime Entertainment), and the upcoming THE GREAT KENTUCKY GOBLIN SPREE (currently in production). Mark currently resides in Augusta, GA with his wife and three daughters. When not composing, Mark can be found assisting developmentally disabled adults live fuller lives through family business, Accent, Inc.

David Alpert

David Alpert (Director)

DAVID ALPERT (Director) BROADWAY: IF/THEN, The Trip to Bountiful, The Best Man, Guys & Dolls. NYC: Talley's Folly (Roundabout), Old Friends (Signature), Death Note by Frank Wildhorn, A Little Night Music (NYU), Tonya & Nancy (NYMF), The Moon & the Sea, Rails (NYMF), The Wonderful Mr. & Mrs. O’Leary, Do Me a Little (Fringe). OTHER: Kushner’s The Intelligent Homosexual's Guide (Guthrie), Flashdance (National Tour), Vanya & Sonia…, Urinetown, Joseph…, Little Shop of Horrors. Every year David proudly presents the Living for Today Concert which benefits Gilana’s Fund (gilanasfund.com). David is the Artistic Director of MainStage Programing for BroadwayCon. BA: Western Michigan University. www.david-alpert.com

Ryan Cantwell (Musical Director)

1st National Tours: FINDING NEVERLAND, PIPPIN, LA CAGE AUX FOLLES. New Works: A HELLUVA LIFE (George Hamilton). THE GOLDEN TOAD (Talking Band, La Mama), MARK (Liz Swados). Workshops: THE NOMAD (Liz Swados), TABLE (David Shire). TV/Film: CBS Jim Henson Christmas Special, RACE (Sundance, Gloria Allred). Music Production: SO GOOD (Alexa Green), A BRASS ACT (Michelle Dowdy), MIRDEN (Minni Jo Mazzola - PARKS AND RECREATION). Awards: ASCAP/Grammy Foundation Singer/Songwriter Grant (2005, 2006), Robert Preston Award. Ryan also composes and performs music with his sister, Dawn (WICKED, THE LAST SHIP), visit DawnandRyan.com for more.

Starlet Jacobs (Scenic Design)

Starlet Jacobs was the associate set designer on DISASTER! on Broadway. Previous theater credits include: Tonya & Nancy: The Rock Opera (set designer), Bright Star (associate set designer), Soul Doctor (Prop Master), and Fortress of Solitude (associate set designer). She currently works as an art director on Saturday Night Live!, and has also worked on The Tonight Show with Jimmy Fallon, Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt (assistant), on several web series and commercials, and on two recent comedy specials for Netflix and EPIX. She received her MFA in Scenic Design from UCLA, and a Double BA in Music and Painting from University of Washington.

Dan Scully (Projection Design)

Dan Scully is a freelance projection and lighting designer. Recent work includes If/Then (National Tour), Rocky (Broadway), Jedermann (Salzburger Festspeile), Untitled America (Alvin Ailey/ADT), A Charlie Brown Christmas (NY Pops), The Orchestra Moves! (Carnegie Hall), and When The Wolves Came In (Kyle Abraham/Abraham.In.Motion). NYU/Tisch MFA.

Nick Solyom (Lighting Design)

Nick Solyom (Lighting Design) Past NYMF Productions include I Got Fired, and Our Country. Other recent designs include Triple Threat(EST), L'Amant Anonyme, Slow Dusk & Markheim and The Reformed Drunkard (LOTNY/59e59), Ragtime (FSU), The Way We Get By & Crossing Swords (American Theater Group), Blue Sky (Burning Coal), The Recommendation (The Flea), On the Other Side of the River (Here Arts Center), Failure a Love Story, Or, Tango Palace and Anon(Ymous) (New School). SolyomDesign.com

David M. Lawson (Sound Design)

David Margolin Lawson is a New York based sound designer and recording engineer. Previously for NYMF: A Letter to Harvey Milk, Swing State, My History of Marriage, Hurricane (voted Outstanding Overall Design 2009), Tut, Villa Diodati, To Paint The Earth, Warrior, Behind the Limelight. Recent NY credits include: The Queen Bees (Queens Theatre in the Park), A Happy End (Abingdon Theatre Co.),The Seagull (dir. Max Stafford-Clark, Culture Project), Barcelo Con Hielo (Repertorio Espanol), The Last Will (dir. Austin Pendleton, Abingdon Theatre Co.), Bronte: A Portrait Of Charlotte (Ars Nova), The Sphinx Winx (Beckett), La Barberia (New World Stages), The First Breeze Of Summer (dir. Ruben Santiago-Hudson, Signature Theatre Co.). David teaches Sound Design at Pace University, NYC. www.dmlsoundny.com

Lisa Dozier King (General Manager)

Lisa Dozier King has general managed more than seventy professional productions in New York City. Recent/Current NYC Off Broadway: Leonard Nimoy's Vincent, Promising, Bedbugs the Musical (NY Times Critics’ Pick), The Erlkings, Breakfast with Mugabe (NY Times Critics’ Pick), Final Analysis, Sistas the Musical, F#%king Up Everything (NY Times Critics’ Pick), Ten Chimneys, Bronte: A Portrait of Charlotte. Lisa has been on staff at Symphony Space, Manhattan Theatre Club, and the New 42nd Street. She is the resident general manager for the National Alliance for Musical Theatre’s Festival of New Musicals and is on faculty at the University of Miami as the BFA theatre management program director.

Michael Cassara

Michael Cassara (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

Marisa Levy (Stage Manager)

Marisa Levy (Stage Manager). Broadway: Dividing the Estate. Recent credits include Signature Plays (Signature Theatre); Kansas City Choir Boy starring Courtney Love, The Good Swimmer, (Prototype Opera & Music Theater Festival); The Christians, Bootycandy, Stage Kiss, (Playwrights Horizons); Talley's Folly (Roundabout Theatre Company); The Designated Mourner, February House (Public Theater); Him, Dividing the Estate, Adrift in Macao (Primary Stages); On The Levee (LCT3). Other: A.R.T.; CTG; The Old Globe; The Drama League; Hartford Stage Company; The Acting Company; Pennsylvania Shakespeare Festival; Barrington Stage Company.

Veronica Lee (Assistant Stage Manager)

Veronica Lee (Assistant Stage Manager) Off-Broadway: INDECENT (Vineyard Theatre), FUTURITY (Soho Rep/Ars Nova), ONCE UPON A MATTRESS (Transport Group) Regional: THE JACKSONIAN, THE EXPLORERS CLUB, THE BEST BROTHERS (B Street Theatre), NORA, THINGS WE DO FOR LOVE (Westport Country Playhouse). Training: Elon University

Max Grossman (Associate Music Director)

Max Grossman: National Tour: Peter and the Starcatcher. Regional: Weston Playhouse, Paper Mill Playhouse, Hangar Theater, Interlakes Theater. Soloist: Tampa Bay Symphony. Max serves as a Music Director and accompanist at Marymount Manhattan College. BM from Stetson University and MM from Ithaca College. maxtgrossman@gmail.com

Nicole Swanson

Nicole Swanson (Producer)

Nicole has lived most of her life in the theatre, gradually moving from actor to director to producer. Producer credits include MISCONCEPTION: THE LOST GOSPEL OF CHRISTMAS (CapitalFringe Festival, Wash, DC), and MISCONCEPTION: THE THREE KINGS VIDEO (Soulshaker Entertainment); Producer/Director of THE LION, THE WITCH, AND THE WARDROBE, THE SECRET GARDEN, and BYE BYE BIRDIE (The Augusta Jr Players). Select acting credits include PETER PAN (Peter) with The Augusta Players, THE BEAUTY QUEEN OF LEENANE (Maureen), THE CLEAN HOUSE (Matilde), AUGUST: OSAGE COUNTY (Barbara Fordham) all with Le Chat Noir, Augusta, GA. Nicole serves on the board of the Greater Augusta Youth Theatre, a non-profit organization developed and managed entirely by young performers.

Alex Guhde (Assistant Director)

Alex Guhde (Assistant Director) hails from Chicago and is a senior Vocal Performance; Musical Theatre major at NYU. She is the Co-President of the NYU Steinhardt Players Club and her NYU credits include The Drowsy Chaperone (Gangster 2), A Little Night Music (Petra), and the upcoming production of The Secret Garden (Martha). Her directing credits include a student production of Wit, and The Yellow Wallpaper adapted from the short story by Charlotte Perkins Gilman.

Lindsay McWilliams (Costume Design)

Lindsay McWilliams is a New York based Costume Designer. Previous credits include Something Rotten! on Broadway (Associate Designer), Bunny Hole web series (Costume Designer), My Fair Lady at Triad Stage (Designer), Jack London: Sex, Love & Revolution forNY Fringe (Designer), Tuck Everlasting at Alliance Theatre (Assistant Designer), Kinky Boots 1st National Tour & Canada (Assistant Designer). She is currently working as an Assistant Designer on Victoria’s Secret Fashion Show 2016. She received her B.F.A. in Costume Design from the University of North Carolina School of the Arts. www.lindsaymcwilliams.net

Bailey McClure (Assistant Scenic Designer)

Bailey McClure (Assistant Set Designer) recently debuted as a NYC Scenic Designer for the Bindlestiff Cirkus’ A Cardboard and Duct Tape Spectacular and Red Shark Production’s Wine and Spirits. Her recent work includes being David Gallo’s Assistant Designer on Sesame Street Seasons 46 & 47 and an Assistant Designer to Tobin Ost on Disaster the Musical and Bye Bye Birdie. She would like to thank Starlet Jacobs for having her on as an Assistant and hopes there is many more projects on the horizon with her.

PJ Griffith

PJ Griffith (Blackwood)

P.J. is thrilled to return to NYMF where he played “Jared” in the festival-winning musical BUT I’M A CHEERLEADER in 2005. Recent theatre credits include SLEEP NO MORE Off-Broadway, AMERICAN IDIOT on Broadway , GIANT at The Public Theater, GEORAMA at The Repertory Theater Of St. Louis, The 1st National Tours of MAMMA MIA and WE WILL ROCK YOU, The Donmar Warehouse/Taper Revival of PARADE, RENT at Musical Theater West, The LA Revival of THE WHO’s TOMMY, SETUP & PUNCH at The Blank Theater (LADCC Award), and ROMEO & JULIET at La Mama. Recent TV & Film credits include roles on Gotham, Jessica Jones, The Mysteries Of Laura, The Good Wife, The Dark Knight Rises, Without A Trace, September 12th and Easter Mysteries. P.J. has fronted several bands, sharing stages with Buckcherry, Neil Diamond and Biohazard.

Matthew Dengler

Matthew Dengler (Malachi)

Broadway: A Little Night Music (Henrik us) and The Visit staring Chita Rivera. Off-Broadway: Avenue Q (Princeton/Rod), The Underclassman (F. Scott Fitzgerald), The Fantasticks (The Mute/Matt), Harold and Maude (Harold) at The York. Regional Credits include Diner the Musical at DTC, Next to Normal (Gabe) at Pioneer Theatre, A Little Night Music (Henrik) at The Berkshire Theater Festival, Little Women (Laurie) at Theater Works Palo Alto, The Monster in the Hall (Lawrence) at The City Theater in Pittsburgh, and Drop Dead Perfect (Vivien) at Penguin Rep. Matt hails from Baldwinsville, NY and is a graduate of NYU/CAP21. 

Blair Alexis Brown

Blair Alexis Brown (Ensemble)

NYMF debut! Recent NYC: Adding Machine with B-Side Productions. Favorite regional/NYC: Master Class with Leslie Uggams (TheatreFest), Donna/Oolie in City of Angels (Gallery), Alma Hix in The Music Man (Ogunquit), Sr. Sophia in The Sound of Music (Ogunquit), Charlotte in A Little Night Music (Stage Door), COLE! (Woman 1- Merman, Linda et al) at Music Theatre of Connecticut. Pianist, coach, voice and piano teacher, teaching artist. Proud member AEA. Thanks Michael Cassara and ASOT team.

Brandon Brune

Brandon Brune (Ensemble)

This is Brandon’s New York theatre debut. A native of Augusta, GA, he was heavily involved in Scythe’s developmental process, portraying Blackwood on the concept cast recording. Favorite performance credits include MISCONCEPTION: THE LOST GOSPEL OF CHRISTMAS (Herod) at CapitalFringe Festival, Washington DC, LES MISERABLES (Javert) and SWEENEY TODD (Sweeney Todd) at Le Chat Noir, Augusta, GA, CHRISTMAS CAROL: THE MUSICAL (Ebenezer Scrooge) with The Augusta Players and CABARET (Cliff) with Ft. Gordon Dinner Theatre.

Emily Claire Hughes

Emily Claire Hughes (Ensemble)

Emily Claire Hughes is thrilled to be making her NYMF debut! She is a recent (ish) graduate of the Musical Theatre Program at Pace University, where favorite credits include Merrily We Roll Along and Ryan Scott Oliver's We Foxes. When she's not in New York, Emily can be found traveling the country with the USO Show Troupe. So much gratitude to SW Artists, the entire fam bam, and the cast and creatives behind Scythe. Proud Member AEA. www.emilyclairehughes.com

Lance Olds

Lance Olds (Ensemble)

Lance Olds (Hanged Writer/Ensemble) Credits include: Carnival! (The Kennedy Center), Footloose (1st National Tour), 10 of the 13 G&S operettas (NY Gilbert & Sullivan Players), Mark Twain’s Blues (DR2 Theatre), The Bones of Giants (EST / Sloan Project), Chorus of Lost Places (Women's Project's Global Cooling: The Women Chill ), Jack's Back! (T. Schreiber Theatre), Cloaked (CAP21), Like You Like It (Gallery Players). Film/TV: MTV's Eye Candy, Far From Heaven, principal dancing in Enchanted and Mona Lisa Smile. www.lanceolds.com

Alex Syiek

Alex Syiek (Ensemble)

Alex Syiek is excited to be working on this new project! He's currently a student at NYU's Graduate Musical Theatre Writing Program (Cycle 26), where he spends his days writing (in his mind) awesome musicals. He is also a performer! Off-Broadway: Zorba! (City Center Encores!); Regional: Les Miserables, Richard III (Idaho Shakespeare Festival); Sweeney Todd, Merry Wives of WIndsor (Great Lakes Theatre Festival); White Christmas (Northern Stage) . Love to his mom, dad, and sister, Joanna.

Lesli Margherita

Lesli Margherita (Zenobia)

Lesli Margherita NYMF debut! Originated the role of Mrs. Wormwood in the Broadway company of Matilda the Musical, where she played over 1000 performances. This Bway season she was seen as Mona Kent in Dames at Sea. She won the Laurence Olivier Award for her performance in Zorro the Musical in London's West End. Fancy. Go to leslimargherita.com to see her other fancy jobs, like movies and tv. She wrote a book- Neckpunch and Carry On, and her cabaret shows continue in NY/LA. See, fancy. @queenlesli

Danny Rutigliano

Danny Rutigliano (Pompey)

Original Broadway and L.A. companies of The Lion King, (L.A. Ovation Award, Best Featured Actor). Other Broadway: Billy Elliot, Born Yesterday, The Best Little Whorehouse Goes Public and Elf, The Musical at Madison Square Garden. City Centre Encores! include: Fiorello (title role), Bells Are Ringing, Kismet, The New Moon, One Touch of Venus. Other Off-Broadway: Silk Stockings, Hollywood Pinafore, Godspell, Yiddle with a Fiddle, Topper, Daydreams: The Music & Magic of Doris Day. TV/Film includes “Blue Bloods”, “Elementary”, “Bored to Death”, “Without a Trace”, all the “Law & Orders”, “My Big Fat Greek Life” (original pilot) “The Producers”, “Goodfellas”, Disney’s “Dumbo II”. Extensive regional theatre, numerous commercials & voiceovers. Favorite role: husband to Jacqueline Monroe. dannyrutigliano.com

"...a dark and delectable little comedy." - New York Times, July 2016

"A Scythe of Time captures the essence of Poe’s stories and is sublime entertainment, too!" - Stage Buddy, July 2016

"A Scythe of Time proves to be deadly good fun." - Theatre Mania, July 2016

"Mark my words, expect to see A Scythe of Time being picked up and at a theatre near you with a much longer run. I’m only sorry I could not send you to see this show sooner." - Times Square Chronicles, July 2016

"...this macabre musical is sure to make you, if not die laughing, chuckle at the folly of trying to out-dazzle your neighbor." - CurtainUp, July 2016