The Demise

Book and Additional Lyrics by Doug Kreeger & Elizabeth Yng-Wong; Book, Music, and Lyrics by Joel Henry Stein

The Demise

at Peter Jay Sharp Theater

  • Thursday, August 3, 2017 at 8:30 pm
  • Friday, August 4, 2017 at 10:30 am
  • Saturday, August 5, 2017 at 1:00 pm

A new rock opera.

A rock-opera experience, THE DEMISE is a cross between Alice in Wonderland, The Wiz, and Dante's Inferno. The show pushes the boundaries between reality and theater, making an audience member the star of the show. Exploring themes of isolation and the quest for inspiration in the midst of personal despair, THE DEMISE ultimately celebrates the beautiful, complex nature of our world.

*Part of the Beta Musical series

Running time: 1 hour 30 minutes

*This show has no intermission

Joel Henry Stein (Book, Music, Lyrics)

JOEL HENRY STEIN has composed and directed music for productions at the Alley Theatre, the Ensemble Theatre, and Manhattan Theatre Club. Stein co-wrote Election Day which ran Off-Broadway at the American Theater of Actors in 2005. He has composed music for the Discovery Channel, the Atlanta Symphony, and the Three Cantors. Stein has received seven ASCAP awards for his songwriting. He holds a PhD in music composition from UCLA.

Doug Kreeger (Book and Additional Lyrics)

Doug Kreeger has performed lead roles on Broadway, Off-Broadway, on National and International Tours, at Carnegie Hall, and at Disney Concert Hall. Doug’s regional credits include Signature Theatre, Yale Rep, The Wallis, Pittsburgh CLO, The Old Globe and many others. He is a two-time NY Fringe Award Winner, a two-time Helen Hayes Award Nominee, and a Po'okela Award Winner. Doug received a B.F.A. from Tisch School of the Arts at NYU and RADA in London.

Elizabeth Yng-Wong (Book and Additional Lyrics)

Elizabeth Yng-Wong is an award-winning filmmaker whose recent producing credits include Never Here, Beauty Mark, The Chair, and The Longest Game. She has directed a number of short films and videos intended for a broad range of distribution. Theater producing credits include multiple site-specific projects and the acclaimed one woman show Stanley Ann. Elizabeth received a BA from Wesleyan University and an MFA from the Stark Producing Program at the USC School of Cinematic Arts.

Shaun Peknic (Director)

Associate Director Once. Select directing credits: Fireflies (Musical Theatre Factory); Manifest Pussy (Joe’s Pub/A.R.T.); I’m A Lot Like You (Spectacular Living Record Collection); Pulp Vérité (Lee Strasberg Directing Fellow); Sherlock Holmes & The West End Horror (Cortland Repertory Theatre, nominated Best Director 2015 SALT Awards); A Snowfall in Berlin (Nylon Fusion); Must Be The Music (ArsNova); A Streetcar Named Desire (NYU). BFA: NYU; Lincoln Center Directors Lab; member of SDC and MTF; teacher at PHTS/NYU.

Christopher Lloyd Bratten (Musical Director & Arranger)

Christopher Lloyd Bratten is the co-creator and former music supervisor of the live concert series For The Record.  He has served as MD/arranger for numerous stars from Broadway, film and TV, including Rumer Willis, Billy Porter, Tiffany, Megan Hilty, Evan Rachel Wood, Leslie Odom Jr., and many more.  Currently he's working as a freelance music director/arranger/pianist and faculty member at Relativity School in Downtown Los Angeles.

Jennifer Jancuska (Choreographer)

In 2017, Jennifer joined the Broadway company of HAMILTON as Resident Choreographer.  Current projects as choreographer include: the new off-Broadway play, FMK by James Presson, directed by Sash Bischoff; DIVA!, by Alex Sage Oyen and S.P. Monahan, directed by Daniel Goldstein; JOHNNY AND THE DEVIL'S BOX by Douglas Waterbury-Tieman's; the new musical ANNE OF GREEN GABLES, by Matte O’Brien and Matt Vinson; One Hit Wonder by Jermey Desmond, directed by Hunter Foster; and residencies with The Drama League and Barn Arts.  A graduate of Cornell University, Jennifer is the founding director of BC Beat, co-founding Artistic Director of Broadway Connection, and creative director of ASTIR. @jencuska

Brandon Baruch (Lighting Designer)

Brandon Baruch is a Los Angeles based lighting designer specializing in experimental theater, opera, and dance. Design highlights include the West Coast Tour of BataréQueenie Pie (Long Beach Opera and Chicago Opera Theater); The Temptation of St. Antony (Four Larks - Ovation Award Nomination, Stage Raw Award Nomination); The Second City's Twist Your Dickens (Kirk Douglas Theater); and Dana Foglia Dance's VATIC (LA, Long Beach, and NYC.) Brandon is also a playwright, and his original works Me Love Me and NO HOMO have been staged in Los Angeles and New York.

Heather McDevitt Barton (Costume Designer)

Heather McDevitt Barton is a Brooklyn-based artist, textile maker, and people lover. Her work has been seen with Atlantic Theatre Company, Clubbed Thumb, Cape Rep Theatre, Columbia University, Repertorio Español, The Shelter, Pipeline Theatre Company, Clarence Brown Theatre, Theatre in Asylum, Playwrights Horizon Theatre School, New York University, St. John's University, IRT, The Lee Strasberg Institute, 5th Floor Theatre Company, and Ars Nova. Heather currently works as resident costume designer for Salty Brine’s Spectacular Living Record Collection (TimeOut NY Critic’s Pick). BA: University of Tennessee, English Literature and Theatre. 

Bryce Cutler (Set Designer)

Previous designs include premieres by John Patrick Shanley, Dael Orlandersmith, and Grammy award winner Steve Mackey. He was selected as USITT’s 2017 Rising Star, his design for The Lady In Red... was selected for international exhibition at the 2015 Prague Quadrennial, and his work has been published in the Contemporary Performance Almanac. He is co-founder of Third Space, a political theater collective. Education: Carnegie Mellon University.

Matthew Fischer (Sound Designer)

Matthew Fischer is a Sound Designer and Audio Engineer based in NYC. Recent credits include the Sound Design for Vanity Fair (The Pearl Theatre Company), Anne Frank in the Gaza Strip (Planet Connections Theatre Festivity) Martin Denton, Martin Denton (Horse Trade Theatre Co), Sister Act (AfterWork Theater) and Visionary Voices (American Bard Theatre Co). Received his Bachelors from University of Northern Colorado and his Certificate in Audio Engineering from The Yale School of Drama.

Vincent Donato (Assistant Director)

Vincent Donato is over the moon to be making his NYMF directorial debut. Recent credits include Directing/Choreographing Thoroughly Modern Millie for which he won Best Director (Dallas Summer Musicals). A huge thanks to Shaun and the entire Demise team for having me along on this incredible journey. BFA from NYU Playwrights Horizons Theatre School.

Adam Kendrick (Production Stage Manager)

Adam Kendrick has been stage managing with Cirque du Soleil for the past 7 years on several shows including Luzia, Corteo, Quidam, Criss Angel: BeLIEve, and Saltimbanco. Selected credits include various NYC events (Stars in the Alley, Broadway Bares: Strip U…) as well as regionally Nutcracker (Pittsburgh Ballet Theatre), Two Bits:The Musical and Over the River and Through the Woods(Swift Creek Mill Theatre) among others. +Keep Moving Forward+

Amy C. Ashton (General Manager)

Amy is a producer, director, and dramaturg with experience working in theatre regionally, as well as on- and off- Broadway. She is in her fifth season as Managing Director of Colt Coeur Theatre Company, producing 1-2 World Premieres per season. She is a resident director of Hero Theatre and Producer with Woodshed Collective, specializing in site-specific immersive work. She was Artistic Associate at Roundabout Theatre Company for 5 years.

Saori Yokoo (Assistant Stage Manager)

"CEL"  NYC/Tour/Other Credits: DreamgirlsWest Side StoryGhost the MusicalA Bed and A Chair (Encores!), Queen of the NightBring It On The Musical!Oliver!, Aladdin (Shiki  Theatrical), Seeing You, An American in Paris, 42nd Street, Phish New Year’s Gag at Madison Square Garden, Dirty Dancing U.S. Tour!

Sammy Ross (Light Board Operator)

Sammy Ross is pleased to be joining The Demise.  Sammy is a lighting designer, photographer, and project manager.  Previous select LA design credits include: Chicanas Cholas y Chisme (2014-2016), A Force to be Reckoned With (world premiere), Locked Up (world premiere), The Fantasticks, Driving Miss Daisy, Incident at Vichy, Woman in Mind, and To Kill A Mockingbird.  Previous project management credits include managing Universal Studio’s Halloween Horror Nights (2015-2016). To see more of Sammy’s work, visit

Sam Cieri (Harry)

Starting out as a songwriter spending years playing for rent in the NYC subways. Sam has gone from busker to mechanic to Vegas pianist to motorcycle salesman and everything in between. After only joining the theatre world a few short years ago, he is thrilled to be involved in this beautiful and creative world of "The Demise" for this incredible year at NYMF. Previous credits include: Rock Of Ages (Drew), Once National Tour (Guy), Million Dollar Quartet (Elvis).

Richard Crandle (Bucket)

Richard Crandle is pumped to be back on the NYMF stage after appearing in last season's Dust Can't Kill Me! His recent credits include: Lola Cover - Kinky Boots Australia, C.C. White - Dreamgirls (Milwaukee Rep.), Victor - Smokey Joe's Cafe (STAGES, Saint Louis). Other credits: NBC's The Sing-Off, Black Nativity (Film) Love to family, friends, and agents over at Harden-Curtis. Instagram/Twitter: @RichardCrandle

Brian Flores (Jesús)

National Tours: Pippin (Pippin, dir. Diane Paulus). Off-Broadway/Regional: Othello (New York Theatre Workshop, dir. Sam Gold), Hadestown (New York Theatre Workshop, dir. Rachel Chavkin) The New Yorkers (Encores! City Center, Dir. John Rando) The Ballad of Little Jo (Two River Theater, dir. John Dias). Readings/Workshops: The Sting (dir. John Rando), Prince of Egypt (dir. Scott Schwartz), Secondhand Lions (dir. Scott Schwartz) Pedro Pan (dir. Rachel M Stevens). Education: BFA Musical Theatre, University of Michigan, RADA.

Kirsten deLohr Helland (The Guide)

Kirsten deLohr Helland makes her NYC debut with The Demise. Favorite regional credits include Seattle Repertory Theatre: Siren (Lizard Boy - World Premiere). The 5th Avenue Theatre: Maria (The Sound of Music), Rizzo (Grease), Ado Annie (Oklahoma!), Jovie (Elf), Penny Pingleton (Hairspray in Concert). Diversionary Theatre: Siren (Lizard Boy). Village Theatre: Eponine (Les Miserables), Amy (Trails), Lachesis (String). Film: Danielle in Laggies. Many thanks to her agents at Dulcina Eisen. IG:@kiki_dela

Esco Jouléy (Ensemble)

Esco Jouléy is thrilled to be a part of the NYMF production of The Demise. NY/Regional: The Marvelous Wonderettes (Betty Jean), Curtains (Bambi), Man of LaMancha (Sancho Panza), The Three Musketeers (Porthos), The Turing Test (PSI), Spoolie Girl (Frankie Frank), Unnecessary Farce (Billie Dwyer), Legally Blonde (Pilar), Avenue Q (Nicky, Trekkie Monster). Love to ze's wife and family for all their love and support. Many thanks to Michael Cassara and the whole Demise family.

Hannah Rose DeFlumeri (DeeDee)

Hannah Rose DeFlumeri is stoked to be a part of this show. Most recently seen in Prospect Theater's Lab 'World Views' and in NYTB's reading of 'The Belle Of Tombstone' (Young Josie). Other favorite credits; 'Bullets over Broadway' 1st National (Ellen), and the North American Tour of 'Legally Blonde' (Vivienne). She is represented by Whole Artist Management and Clear Talent. Love and light to her family and Nicasio for being a forever scene partner.

Alessandra Marconi (Ensemble)

Alessandra Marconi calls Harlem ‘home’ but is originally from Trenton, Ohio. She has a BA from Marymount Manhattan in Communications and Journalism and travels often as a dancer and teacher. She is a new leader in the Hustle dance community; teaching weekly and producing a monthly party called Hustle Social ( Theatrically, she enjoys collaborating with Andy Blankenbuehler and Cindy Salgado and is grateful to be saying “yes, and..” in Jennifer Jancuska’s The BringAbout. @ali_marco,

Jackie Nguyen (Ensemble)

Jackie Nguyen is thrilled to be part of this show! A few favorite credits - International Tours: Miss Saigon (Kim), My Fair Lady (Swing), Hair (Crissy US). National Tour -  How The Grinch Stole Christmas!  (Swing/Dance Captain/Asst. Choreographer) and has played at Flat Rock Playhouse, East West Players, Pasadena Playhouse, and La Mirada Theatre. Thank you to the entire Demise team, Jen Jancuska, Avalon Artists, and her handsome fiancé Nate.

Jackie Sanders (Karen)

Recent: “The Blacklist” (NBC); The Taming of the Shrew (Shakespeare in the Park/The Public, Dir. Phyllida Lloyd); Remember Me (NY Int’l Fringe Fest); Off-Broadway: Kicking A Dead Horse (The Public, Dir. Sam Shepard), Measure for Measure (Mobile Shakespeare Unit/The Public), Cowgirls (Original Cast), Swingtime Canteen (Original Cast).  Tours: A Chorus Line42nd Street. Film: Mona Lisa SmileA Pinch of SaltShe Lights Up Well.   TV: “Pan Am” (ABC), “Live from Queens” (Lifetime Network).

Basit Shittu (Ensemble)

Basit Shittu is a Brooklyn based artist from Dallas, Texas. Basit was most recently seen as Queeg in the punk-rock opera Baby Fat performed at LaMama Experimental Theatre, and Anthony in Next Faggot Nation performed at HERE Arts. Other credits include: Cats: Rum Tum Tugger, and The Wiz: Tin Man. Basit is beyond thrilled to be a part of The Demise, and is grateful for the opportunity to create art. IG and twitter @basitshittu and his drag persona @dionneslay. Honestly, truly.

Kalyn West (Natalie)

Kalyn West is psyched to join The Demise! Recently appeared as Kat Johnson in "Nikola Tesla Drops The Beat" (ATF). Other credits - NY: Marlie "Gigantic" (Off Broadway); Katie "PopStar" (Alchemy Theater Productions). Regional: Vanessa "In The Heights" (Fulton Opera House); Mimi Marquez "RENT" (Casa Mañana); Aggie "Back Home Again" (Lesher Center); Zaneeta "The Music Man" (Flatrock Playhouse). TV/Film: Rachel "Blue Bloods, Season 6" (CBS); Gabby "Imitation Girl" (Ilium Pictures). @misskurlykay