2000 Nickels: A Vietnam Legacy

Book by Margaret Brochu; Music and Lyrics by John Brochu

2000 Nickels: A Vietnam Legacy

at Playwrights Horizons Rehearsal Studio

  • Thursday, July 13, 2017 at 7:30 pm
  • Monday, July 17, 2017 at 3:30 pm
  • Thursday, July 20, 2017 at 7:30 pm

Ill-conceived war. Who pays? For how long?

2000 NICKLES: A VIETNAM LEGACY is an original drama about medevac pilot Joe Rego’s quest to reconcile with the enemy he fought and the country that betrayed him. Dying of Agent Orange leukemia, Joe’s last mission is to recover the self he lost in war, and to leave his children the legacy of the man they never knew. The original folk ballads and rock songs reflect the music and lyrics that raised the conscience of a nation, and influenced the Vietnam Era.

Recommended for ages 13+

Running time: 2 hours

*This show has no intermission

Margaret Brochu (Playwright, Peg)

BA English, Rhode Island College.

John Brochu (Music & Lyrics)

BA Philosophy, Rhode Island College. Owner: Life in the Desert Music Publishing, BMI

Richard Sabellico (Director)

In New York City Richard directed Wonderful Town (New York State Theatre), The Cocoanuts (American Place Theatre), A Majority of One (Drama Desk Nomination), The Home of The Brave, (Playhouse 91), I Can Get It For You Wholesale (Drama Desk Award), Rags, Milk and Honey (American Jewish Theatre), Leonard Bernstein; A Helluva Town (Rainbow and Stars) and was associate director to Arthur Laurents on the BROADWAY revival of GYPSY starring Tyne Daly. National Tours include State Fair w/John Davidson, The Music Man (35th Anniversary Tour) and Dial M for Murder with Juliet Mills and Maxwell Caulfield. Richard has worked at most major theatres throughout the country with a host of extremely talented and interesting actors. In addition, he has written and/or doctored a sizable amount of produced properties as well as teaching a long running audition class; Audition Therapy for the Musical Theatre…companion book to follow. He can be seen, as himself, in the film Pittsburgh starring Jeff Goldblum, available on Netflix.

Ben Krauss (Musical Director)

Ben Krauss is a composer, music director, and arranger. As a music director/pianist, Ben has worked at regional theaters around the country, such as Westport Country Playhouse, North Shore Music Theater, Merry-Go-Round Playhouse.  He has also served on the music teams of two Broadway musicals, THE ADDAMS FAMILY,and THE MYSTERY OF EDWIN DROOD. Ben is also a proud alumnus of the BMI Lehman Engel Musical Theater Workshop.

Cindi Rush (Casting Director)

Cindi is known for working on new and monumental works. Her Broadway/off-Broadway casting credits include: Ruthless, Disenchanted, Drop Dead Perfect,Under My Skin, Silence!, Anthem, Academia Nuts, Mr Confidential, Homo, Legacy Falls, Mother Wife, God's Country, Bonnie and Clyde, Foreverman , My Mother's Jewish Lesbian Wiccan Wedding, Rooms, Jacques Brel, Urinetown. Many Regional Theaters including Triad Stage, Hudson Stage Company,Penguin Rep, Pittsburgh Public, Charleston Stage Co., and Cape Fear Regional. Film: The Grief of Others (South by Southwest Cannes Festival), Runoff (LA Film Fest), The Policy of Truth,The Woman (Sundance 2012), Ghoul, Theresa is a Mother, Jugface (Slamdance 2013), In The Family (Independent Spirit 2012) Consultant for NYU Graduate Musical Theatre Writing Program (1999-Present).

Evan Bernardin (General Manager)

Evan Bernardin is a General Manager and Producer. He has supported the development of new pices working regularly in New York City and Los Angeles. Evan has worked with the New York Musical Theatre Festival (NYMF), Broadway Cares Equity Fights AIDS (BCEFA), Fringe (NY & LA), The Workshop Theatre Company, The Broadway Youth Ensemble (BYE), and The Make A Wish Foundation; his collaborative projects include performances at Lincoln Center, The United Nations, The Harvard Club, Georgetown's Gaston Hall, The Culture Project, The Ohio Theatre, 54 Below, and The Metropolitan Museum of Art. His alma mater, Marymount Manhattan College. www.evanbernardinproductions.com

Wren Sutterfield (Stage Manager)

NYU. Production Office Assistant/NYU Tisch Drama.

Danielle Joseph (Dramaturg)

Dani Joseph is a new play dramaturg in her third year of her Dramaturgy BFA at Carnegie Mellon University. She has worked on many new plays and musicals, including the award-winning new musical The Trouble With Dead Boyfriends and The Three Musketeers by Megan Monaghan Rivas. Dani has worked with the New York Musical Festival and The Public. Dani's upcoming projects include a devised piece about toxic masculinity and a new work by Gillian Beth Durkee. danijoseph.com

William Paul Michals

William Paul Michals (Joe Rego)

William Paul Michals starred on Broadway as Emile de Becque in South Pacific at Lincoln Center. He made his B’way debut as The Beast in Beauty and the Beast, and appeared most recently in Steve Martin and Edie Brickell's Bright Star. Across the globe, William has been seen as the Man of La Mancha, Sweeney Todd, Most Happy Fella, Music Man, Phantom, Javert, Billy Flynn, Fred/Petruchio, Captain von Trapp, Lancelot, Chauvelin, and many more. Symphonies: NYC, Cleveland, San Francisco, Taipei, Hong Kong – and everywhere in between. Love my Baby!

Jeanne Lehman

Jeanne Lehman (Liz Rego)

Broadway: Beauty and the Beast (Mrs. Potts); Sound of Music (Mother Abbess) Irene. Off-Broadway: Putting It Together (Julie Andrews’ standby); Company; Steel Magnolias; Milk and Honey; Ancestral Voices; Grass Harp. Stratford Shakespeare Festival, 2001 acting company. Dozens of national tour/regional roles: TV: numerous daytime/primetime/commercial credits. National/international concerts soloist/recordings. Favorite role: wife of the late Larry French. For a detailed 45 year exciting career bio, visit www.jeanne-lehman.com.

Joe Chisholm (Tom Rego)

Joe Chisholm is thrilled to join the cast of 2000 Nickels. He recently finished starring in the Off-Broadway premiere of Andrew Kooman's play "She Has A Name.” Other recent credits include Jesus in the new musical “The Last Adam” and Guido in "The Astonishing Times of Timothy Cratchit" at the WorkShop Theatre. Joe graduated with a BFA in Musical Theatre from CCM, and received his MFA in Acting from the famed Drama Centre London. Proud member of AEA. Thanks to Avalon, family and friends! www.joechisholm.net

Mackie Saylor (Jennifer Rego)

NYMF Debut. Select credits include South Pacific (St. Louis Muny), Seussical (TheatreworksUSA), Into the Woods (OSTC). She also recently debuted her cabaret Now You Know in her hometown of Des Moines, IA. Mackie serves as a teaching artist and director with Broadway Bound Kids (NYC) and is the cofounder of Ashworth Theatre Company (IA). Love & thanks to her NYC family, Mom, Dad, V, P, and Valerie. www.mackiesaylor.com

Brian Shappard (Skip Rego)

Brian Shappard is thrilled to join 2000 Nickels! His credits include: Hamlet (Tennessee ShakespeareCompany), Les Liaisons Dangerueses (Palm Beach Dramaworks) The Liar (Centenary Stage Company), The Tempest (Perchance to Dream) and Twelfth Night (Plimoth Players). International: Babele (European Live Arts Network, Fuccechio, Italy). TV: BULL (CBS) Vetted (pilot). Film: Beautiful Something, The Hunted, Salem Witch Hunt. He would like to dedicate his performance to his team at Avalon Artists for their constant support & faith. 

Cole Burden (Steve Goodman)

National Tour: Bridges of Madison County (Robert u/s Performed), 25th Anniversary Les Miserables. Off-Broadway: Priest/Giorgio in Himself and Nora (Minetta Lane), Applause (Encores!), Bonnie and Clyde (NYMF). Regional: Sky Masterson in Guys and Dolls (Asolo Repertory Theatre), Roy/Buddy in Honeymoon in Vegas (Marriott Linconshire), Percy/Travers in The Ballad of Little Jo (Two River Theater), Tom in Murder Ballad (Studio Theatre), Archibald Craven in The Secret Garden (Capital Repertory Theatre), Joe Kennedy/Jerry in Grey Gardens (Philadelphia Theatre Company), Slaughterhouse Five, The War Department (Eugene O’Neill Theater Center). Film and TV: Beautiful Creature, The Rainbow Bridge Motel, “30 Rock,” “As the World Turns,” One Life to Live.” Baldwin-Wallace University. @coleburden.

Darryl Reuben Hall (Marty Johnson)

Darryl Reuben Hall is very grateful to partake in 2000 Nickels: A Vietnam Legacy at NYMF! BROADWAY/ NATIONAL TOUR: CINDERELLA, LINDA EDER: THE HOLIDAY CONCERT (Palace Theatre), New York City Opera PORGY AND BESS at Lincoln Center (PBS Live from Lincoln Center); RADIO CITY MUSIC HALL CHRISTMAS SPECTACULAR, OFF-BROADWAY: THE DINNER, THE LAST ADAM, BLACK STARS of the GREAT WHITE WAY (Carnegie Hall), STORMY WEATHER (Manhattan Theatre Club, Signature Theatre, Amas Musical Theatre),; REGIONAL: Milwaukee Rep, American Stage, Ford’s Theatre; Music Theatre of Wichita; Rep of St. Louis, Cincinnati Playhouse; Geva Theatre and others. Follow on Twitter @DarrylReuben A special Thanks to Mom, Dad, Family, and God! (www.darrylreubenhall.biz).

Tony Chiroldes (Fr. Romero)

Broadway: original casts of In The Heights and Paul Simon’s The Capeman. NYMF: Sympathy Jones and Mapmaker’s Opera. Regional: Elemeno Pea (Pittsburgh’s City Theatre), Señor Discretion Himself (Arena Stage). International: Carmen, la cubana (world premiere - Chatelet Theatre, Paris). Tony is a full-time voice-over artist, often recognized for his work on Grand Theft Auto: Vice City. The rest of the bio is at www.tonychiroldes.com

Renee Claire Bergeron (Denise Goodman/Care Giver)

Winner of the 2012 New York Innovative Theatre Award for Outstanding Actress in a Lead Role for her performance as Lily in A Man of No Importance (The Gallery Players). Other credits include: Andrew Lloyd Webber’s Whistle Down the Wind (National Tour), The Guys (Davenport Theatre), The Pirates of Penzance (Boheme Opera NJ), Nunsense (Arizona Broadway Theatre). TV/Film: Onion News Network, As The World Turns, Celebrity Nightmares Decoded and Archaeology of a Woman. www.reneebergeron.com

Richard Bell (Dave Goodman/Fr. Charbonneau)

New York credits include: The Lincoln Center revival of Wonderful Town (Dir. Richard Sabellico), the first revival of Company, and the Roundabout Theatre and York Theatre. Regional Theatres include: The Barter Theatre, Syracuse Stage,The Walnut Street Theatre, Ogunquit Playhouse, Goodspeed, North Shore Music Theatre, and Theatre-by-the-Sea (RI). Favorite roles include leads in 42nd Street, Chicago, Plaza Suite, and Sugar Babies. Richard’s hometown is Brooklyn, NY.

Jackie Nguyen (Minh-Ahn)

Jackie Nguyen is a first generation Vietnamese-American, humbled to be part of this show. Some credits - Tours: MISS SAIGON (Kim), MY FAIR LADY (Swing), HAIR (Crissy US), GRINCH (Swing/Dance Captain). Flat Rock Playhouse, East West Players, Pasadena Playhouse. Upcoming: The Demise. This is dedicated to her Mom and family, who escaped the Vietnam War in 1984. Thank you Avalon Artists, and her fiancé Nate. www.jackie-nguyen.com 

Lulu Lloyd (Catherine Day)

Lulu Lloyd currently can be seen onstage at the Winter Garden Theatre in School of Rock where she serves as swing and dance captain. Some favorite credits include Bright Star at The Old Globe, Judy in 9 to 5 at Theatre by the Sea, Missy in The Marvelous Wonderettes at Merry-Go-Round Playhouse. She is excited to return to NYMF. 

David Alan Thornton (Guitar)

DAT is a singer-songwriter and playwright from Soldotna, Alaska. He's currently developing his original rock opera "Lady Monday" as Playhouse Creatures Theatre Company's Playwright Fellow. His albums "Spokedog" and "Lady Monday" can be found on iTunes, Spotify, and beyond! Check him out at www.davidalanthornton.com

Chris Clark (Bass)

Chris Clark became a Grammy-Nominated Featured Artist in 2012, appearing on Miss Amy's Fitness Rock and Roll, and attending the 54th Grammy Awards in Los Angeles. He has participated in the Midtown International Theater Festival, and performing on the soundtrack to a short film featured in the 2016 Winter Film Awards. Chris has performed in cabaret starring Haley Swindal and Charles Baran, at The Cutting Room, The Metropolitan Room, and Feinstein's 54 Below.

Joe Cosmo Cogen

Joe Cosmo Cogen (Percussion)

Joe is a multi-genre performance/recording artist based in Brooklyn, NY. After receiving his degree in Percussion Performance, Joe served as a pit musician in major regional theaters nationwide. This led to many years on the stage in the role of drummer Jerry Allison in BUDDY: The Buddy Holly Story (2013 National Tour, Ogunquit Playhouse, Pittsburgh CLO, The MUNY, etc). He performs, records, and arranges widely as a session musician.