The Cadaver Synod: A Pope Musical

Book, Music, and Lyrics by Robbie Florian

The Cadaver Synod: A Pope Musical

at The Acorn Theatre at Theatre Row

  • Monday, July 17, 2017 at 8:00 pm
  • Thursday, July 20, 2017 at 1:00 pm
  • Friday, July 21, 2017 at 9:00 pm
  • Saturday, July 22, 2017 at 5:00 pm
  • Sunday, July 23, 2017 at 1:00 pm

A carcass farce of most pope-y proportions.

In the year 897 A.D., Pope Stephen VII dug up the rotting corpse of his predecessor, Pope Formosus, and placed it on trial in front of the entire Roman Clergy, Senate, and Aristocracy. After screaming at it for hours, Stephen had the body dismembered, disrobed, and thrown in the Tiber River. Why would he do this? Your guess is as good as ours. But, here's our guess. Brought to life with a sensuous mix of pope-punk, Catholic pop, and inarguably melodic ecclesiastical mandible-flappings, we invite YOU to the trial of the 9th century.

Running time: 1 hour 50 minutes

Robbie Florian (Book, Music, Lyrics)

Robbie Florian is certainly a person.  Oh boy, is he.  Robbie hails from Illinois, but sails on the high seas with quite an assemblage of characters.  Since graduating from Duke University, Robbie has worked on combating botulism, unionizing disparate famuli, and shelling nuts for sick frippers.  He is me and me is pleased to meet you!

Ryan Emmons (Director)

Ryan Emmons is a founding member and Co-Artistic Director of No.11 Productions. Directing credits include Groundhog Day (Assistant Director), Matilda the Musical (Resident Director) and Ghost the Musical (SDC Observer). He was also the Resident Director for the First National tour of Matilda the Musical. Ryan has directed many shows with No.11 (including Quest for the West, Coosje, A Christmas Carol, Medea, Jet of Blood) as well as projects for Home Made Theatre, Kentucky Repertory Theatre, The Stella Adler Studio of Acting and Columbia University. Ryan holds a BS in Theatre from Skidmore College.

Steven Conroy (Assistant Director)

Steven Conroy is thrilled to make his NYMF debut! He just finished working on Xander Xyst, Dragon: 1 (Ars Nova); additional NYC credits include The Public Theater's Under the Radar Festival, La MaMa, Abrons Arts Center, and Theater 80. He can be seen as Elias Appleby on AMC's "Turn: Washington's Spies." Upcoming projects: Friends Call Me Albert (New Light Theater Project), and "18 Grand." Thanks to Ryan and the whole team for this experience!

Gina Duci (Choreographer)

Gina Duci is a NY based performer (TOUR - A Chorus Line; Diana Morales) and Choreographer. She recently was the assistant choreographer on the 2017 Roundabout Theatre Gala and the James M. Nederlander Tribute. She is also the associate Director/Choreographer for Broadway’s After Midnight on board the Norwegian Escape. A proud PSU grad. Thank You to Ryan for having me on your team! Love to Mom, Dad, Vic, Mike and Jason.

Dan Garmon (Musical Director)

Dan Germon is a Brooklyn-based MD, multi-instrumentalist, and educator. Upcoming: Goddess: A Cleopatra Remix (Theater for the New City), Kerrigan-Lowdermilk’s fully immersive musical The Bad Years. NYC MD credits: The Other Side of Paradise (Ars Nova), Oliver Houser's XY (ASCAP), The Bad Years (2016 workshop), an immersive production of Cabaret (Secret Theatre). Additional non-MD credits: Finding Neverland, Mira Nair’s musical Monsoon Wedding, and the new John Denver jukebox musical Back Home Again.

Nate Bertone (Scenic Design)

Nate Bertone works as a producer, director, designer, and playwright. Nate creates work in each discipline that questions the viewer’s level of vulnerability, and in turn, his creative work is often referred to as theatrical/artistic therapy. Recent/Upcoming credits – A Bronx Tale (B’way), Crazy For You (Lincoln Center), Polkadots (TCT), Letters From War (TNC), and Gypsy (Engeman). He is the founder/leader of the Art Therapy group DiscoverHERE. CMU Drama and CSM (London).

Ryan Hauenstein (Lighting Design)

Ryan Hauenstein is currently serving as Technical Director at The Shadow Box and has recently designed lights for Aida, Our Lady of 121st St., Soul Samurai, She Kills Monsters (York College), I Hope They Serve Beer on Broadway By: Tucker Max, Woyzeck Musical Deathmetal (Gorilla Rep), Quest for the West: Adventures on the Oregon Trail, and A Christmas Carol (No. 11), and the U.S. premiere of Scandalous! The Musical: The Life and Times of D.H. Lawrence (JPAS).  Ryan holds a B.F.A. in Technical Theatre from Western Kentucky University.

Daryl A. Stone (Costume Design)

Daryl A. Stone has worked as the Associate Costume Designer on numerous Broadway productions including Groundhog Day, Matilda, Ghost, Mary Stewart, God of Carnage and Les Liaisons Dangereuses. Her original designs can be seen at . She is also the founder of Genesius Costumes.

Matt Otto (Sound Design)

Nollywood Dreams, Esai’s Table – Cherry Lane (NYC), Empathitrax - Colt Couer (NYC), Abigail’s Party and Enemy of the People - Barrow Group (NYC). Our Town and Love’s Labor’s Lost - Hudson Valley Shakespeare Festival (NY) Timon of Athens, Folger Theater, (DC), Stones in His Pockets - Yale Rep (CT), Johnny Meister and the Stitch - Solas Nua (DC and Helen Hayes Award nomination.) MFA - Yale School of Drama.

Kevan Loney (Projection Design)

Recent works include: Phases: A Lunar Fantasy (Peabody Essex Museum), Tosca (Fort Wayne Philharmonic), The Trial of an American President (The Lion), Icon (NYMF), Show Boat (CITI Shubert Theatre), Gertrude Stein Saints! (Abrons Arts Center), Mack and Mabel (Stages Repertory Theatre), Altar Boyz (Pittsburgh CLO Cabaret), Chang(e) (HERE Arts Center). Graduate of Carnegie Mellon University School of Drama - M.F.A. in Video and Media Design.

Jessica Mendenbach (Assistant Projection Designer)

Jessica Mendenbach is a video and media designer, filmmaker, editor and producer. She is currently a Video and Media Design MFA candidate at Carnegie Mellon University in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. Originally from the Hudson Valley in Upstate New York, Jessica received her BFA in Film and Electronic Arts from Bard College. She has worked on feature and short narrative and documentary films, music videos, installations, and media for theater & opera.

Marte Johanne Ekhougen (Puppet Designer)

Marte Johanne Ekhougen aka Doctor Superhelga is a set, costume and puppet designer who's most notable design credit is the puppet design for Robert Askins Hand To God on Broadway and West End, London. Marte is also a sculptor and visual artist and the propietor of Doctor Superhelgas Petting Semetary and Cabinet of Curious Creautures as well as Doctor Superhelgas Theater of Failed Operations. Marte holds an MFA in set design from NYU and various art and theater degrees from Norway. Marte lives with her family in Washington Heights in a dungeon full of benign monsters

Joy Deweing Casting (Casting Director)

Broadway, Off-Broadway, regional theatre, dance companies, and tours. Current tours: Kinky Boots, Rent, Cinderella, Mamma Mia!. Past tours: The Wizard of Oz, 42nd Street, Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat (starring Diana DeGarmo and Ace Young), In the Heights, Cats, Legally Blonde, Jesus Christ Superstar (starring Ted Neeley), Movin’ Out, West Side Story, Catch Me If You Can, Bring It On. Popes!

Jenny Ainsworth (Stage Manager)

NYMF: Jack Perry is Alive (and Dating), Housewarming, Meeting Our Heroes: A Tribute. Broadway: Charlie and The Chocolate Factory, It’s Only A Play. Off-Broadway: A Midsummer Night’s Dream (CSC Young Company); Absolution, Olympics Uber Alles, 702 Punchlines and Pregnant, They Call Me Q (All at St Luke’s Theatre); Much Ado About Nothing (NYSF/Public Theater); Inner Voices 3 (Premieres NYC). National Tour: Rodgers and Hammerstein’s Cinderella. Education: MFA Theatre Arts, Columbia University.

Abbie Betts (Assistant Stage Manager)

New York: Motherland (The Brick); Sister Act (NYU Tisch).  Regional: Cry It Out, Wondrous Strange, This Random World, Residence, Luna Gale (Actors Theatre of Louisville); Don't Dress for Dinner, The 39 Steps, How to Succeed... (New London Barn Playhouse).  Graduate of The Theatre School at DePaul University.

Lisa Dozier King (General Manager)

Lisa Dozier King has general managed more than 100 theatrical productions in New York and Miami. Upcoming Off Bdwy: A Letter to Harvey Milk, Unlikely Heroes. Recent Off Bdwy: Vincent, Promising, Bedbugs the Musical, The Erlkings, Breakfast with Mugabe, Final Analysis, F#%king Up Everything, Sistas the Musical, Bronte, Ten Chimneys, The Duchess of Malfi, How to be a Good Italian Daughter, Milk, The Diary of a Teenage Girl.

Red Rising Marketing (Marketing)

Current clients include The Crusade of Connor Stephens, A Bronx Tale, Cherry Lane Theatre’s The Traveling Lady, National Black Theatre’s Kill Move Paradise, Ensemble for the Romantic Century’s 2017/2018 Season and  For the past 11 years, Michael Redman (founder) oversaw promotional campaigns for Jersey Boys on Broadway.  For more information, visit

Charnette Batey

Charnette Batey (Bishop Liutprand/Ensemble)

National Tours: The Book Of Mormon, Seussical, Hair’titage. Credits: The Gallery Players’, Tarzan (The Muny), Damn Yankees (Lola), Cardinal Stage Company’s The Wiz (Dorothy), Little Shop of Horrors.

John Paul Cardenas

John Paul Cardenas (Bishop Williams/Ensemble)

John Paul Cardenas is ecstatic to make his NYMF debut! Tour: Fiddler on the Roof (Fiddler) Regional: Sondheim’s 80th Birthday Celebration (Tenor - Carnegie Hall), Hello Dolly! (Barnaby), Seven Brides (Frankincense), Little Mermaid (Jetsam), and Shrek (Pinocchio). Eternal gratitude to: the Creative team, Joy Dewing Casting, and ATB! Wagner College Grad. “Mom, you have the best seat in the house.” IG: johnnie_321

Kate Ferber

Kate Ferber (Marozia)

Kate Ferber recently released her debut album The Great Thaw, and performed her second run at the A.R.T.'s OBERON of her one-woman show, One Child Born: The Music of Laura Nyro. Credits include Ghost Brothers of Darkland County, written by John Mellencamp and Stephen King, with musical direction by T Bone Burnett, both on tour nationally and at the Alliance Theatre, Little Shop of Horrors (Cleveland Playhouse), Sleep No More (Off-Broadway), The Daughters by Shaina Taub (CAP21), and Our Aneid with music by Duncan Sheik (Dixon Place). Kate is a recipient of ASCAP’s Desmond Child Anthem Award for songwriting, and she has performed on such New York City stages as Lincoln Center, The Beacon Theater, 54 Below, Joe's Pub and Rockwood Music Hall.

Brad Greer

Brad Greer (Sergius/Ensemble)

The Bridges of Madison County (National Tour). Off-Broadway/NY: The Orion Experience, I Am Harvey Milk (Lincoln Center). Regional: Les Misérables (Marius), Legally Blonde (Emmett), Grease (Johnny Casino, Danny u/s), Joseph…Dreamcoat (Simeon). Brad is also a proud member of The Broadway Boys, Broadway Inspirational Voices, and AEA. BFA Musical Theatre, University of the Arts. Follow him @bagreer

Richard Jarrett

Richard Jarrett (Bishop Laz/Reverend Bolan/Ensemble)

Richard Jarrett is #blessed to rock out with the Popes, his first NYMF experience. Previous credits include Legally Blonde National Tour, Rock of Ages (NCL), Theatre Aspen, Human Race Theatre Co, Arts Center of Coastal Carolina, West Virginia Public Theatre, and Holland America Line. Member of Boy Band Review NY, and Shades of Bublé. Thanks to the Cadaver team, JDC, Todd & ATB, and my beautiful wife. 

David Larsen

David Larsen (Pope Stephen VII)

David Larsen has performed on Broadway in Good Vibrations, Billy Elliot, American Idiot, and Hands On A Hardbody. Starred as Elder Price in the National Tour of The Book Of Mormon. 

Evan Maltby

Evan Maltby (Bishop Primus)

Evan Maltby loves this company so hard he needs confession. New York: Du Barry Was A Lady (Musicals Tonight!), A Burial Place (New Light Theater Project), Puffs, Kapow-i GoGo, Kevin!!!!! (The PIT); a cautionary tail, Job, #serials@theflea (The Flea); Born Blue (The Cutting Room, dir. Anthony Rapp). Regional: Big River, Sweet Charity (Lake Dillon Theatre). Readings & workshops w/Playwrights Horizons, The Civilians, Ma-Yi, the Lark, etc., @evanmaltby

Jeremy Pasha

Jeremy Pasha (Bishop Lorenzo/Ensemble)

Jeremy Pasha  is thrilled to return to the NYMF after previously appearing in its productions of Boys Will be Boys and Our Country. Other credits include Jesus Christ Superstar (National Tour), The Little Mermaid (ASF and NSMT), The Music Man (Ogunquit), and I Am Harvey Milk (Lincoln Center). Love always to family and friends. Rock On! @jlpasha 

Sarah Beth Pfeifer

Sarah Beth Pfeifer (Ageltrude/Ensemble)

Off Broadway: The Lightning Thief. National Tours: Legally Blonde, Cassandra's Angel. Regional: Always, Patsy Cline (Toby's Dinner Theatre), Jerry Springer the Opera (Studio Theatre), The Lion the Witch and the Wardrobe, Ferdinand the Bull (Imagination Stage). Readings: Relativity. TV: I Love You, But I Lied.

Ethan Gabriel Riordan

Ethan Gabriel Riordan (Teen Deacon)

Ethan Gabriel Riordan is a rising senior at LaGuardia Arts High School and is thrilled to be making his NYMF debut. Favorite roles: Jean Valjean (Les Misérables), Henry (Next to Normal), Pippin, Jim Hawkins (Devil and the Deep). Thanks to Chris York for his constant support and spectacular vocal coaching and John Mara Jr. for his thoughtful guidance. Thank you to the cast and production team of Cadaver for this great opportunity. Love to mom, dad and sisters!

Staci Stout

Staci Stout (Lambert/Ensemble)

Staci Stout is elated to be a part of Cadaver Synod! You can catch Stout as the Female Swing on the national tour of How the Grinch Stole Christmas, Katie in National Geographic’s short film “Before Mars”, and many strange commercials! Some past performances include; Annie Oakley in Annie Get Your Gun (Jimmy Award nominee), Peter Pan in Peter Pan, and Baby June in Gypsy. Thanks to my family and agents!

Forest VanDyke

Forest VanDyke (Pope Formosus)

Forest VanDyke is an actor and singer hailing from Austin, Texas. Some of his most recent performances include: The Waterman at Ars Nova, Choir Boy; (Dir. Kent Gash), Goddess; (Dir. Saheem Ali – Eugene O’Neil Theater Center), the short film “Up and Out”, and his own show Breaking Free at the Metropolitan Room. He is so excited to be a part of this beautiful and challenging show with this amazing Cadaver cast and crew!


Noah Zachary

Noah Zachary (Bishop Zosimus/Ensemble)

Noah Zachary is thrilled to be working on a new musical this summer. Noah has had the pleasure to workshop new musicals for Craig Carnelia, Zach Zadek, Sam Salmond, Madeline Meyers and many others. Thanks to NYMF for supporting new work. #WAMfam