Book by Bethie Fowler; Music and Lyrics by Jenna Mate


at Playwrights Horizons Rehearsal Studio

  • Tuesday, July 11, 2017 at 1:30 pm
  • Friday, July 14, 2017 at 7:30 pm
  • Sunday, July 16, 2017 at 11:30 am

Hear her call.

Many years from now, as humanity faces the ravages of climate change, the government has tried but failed to combat nature with technology. Amidst the chaos, a young woman called Eco searches for her family. With a contemporary-pop soundtrack and the intensity of a YA novel, this new musical aims to empower young people to join the fight against climate change. ECO is a musical about the courage it takes to discover your voice, and the great power that can emerge once you find it. #HearHerCall

Running time: 2 hours

Jenna Mate

Jenna Mate (Music and Lyrics)

Jenna Mate has been writing music since the age of six, and went on to study theater; earning on MA in Educational Theater from University of Houston and an MFA in Directing from Stony Brook University. She spent several years as a singer songwriter in Los Angeles, which inspired the music for ECO. Collaborating with gifted playwright Bethie Fowler has given the project wings. Recent directing credits include A Steady Rain (Guild Hall) and Body Awareness (Avram Theater).

Bethie Fowler

Bethie Fowler (Book)

Bethie Fowler is a Brooklyn-based playwright with an MFA from SUNY Stony Brook and an MA from Trinity College Dublin. She is the literary manager of Elephant Run District, an indie theater and film company in New York City. She is delighted to be working on ECO, her first ever musical with the incredibly talented Jenna Mate.

Matthew K. Macaulay (Stage Manager)

Matt is excited to be working on this production. When he is not stage managing, he is a managing attorney at a law firm and a proud MSW student at NYU. He's also a former opera singer and current musical-theater enthusiast. He is exceptionally thankful to Jenna for asking him to be involved, and he cannot wait to witness so many people "hear her call!"

Molly Brennan (Assistant Stage Manager)

Molly Brennan is 15 years old and attends Westhampton Beach High School in New York. She's an actress at the Westhampton Beach Performing Arts Center.  Recently she performed as Dorothy in "Thoroughly Modern Millie" and Vivienne in "Legally Blonde". Last March, Molly was the assistant director in the Nimbus Production of "A Steady Rain" at Guild Hall in East Hampton, NY. Molly will be performing in "Bye Bye Birdie" this fall in Westhampton.

Evan Bernardin (General Manager)

NYMF 2017 – Night Tide, Matthew McConaughey vs. The Devil, Eco, 2000 Nickels. Current Off Broadway – Afterglow, Money Talks, Endangered. Los Angeles – The Dodgers, We Are The Tigers, The Navigator. Evan’s collaborative projects include performances at Lincoln Center, The United Nations, The Harvard Club, Georgetown's Gaston Hall, The Culture Project, The Ohio Theatre, Cornell University and The Metropolitan Museum of Art. He has had the opportunity to speak at New York University, Theatre Resources Unlimited (TRU), and his alma mater, Marymount Manhattan College. Many thanks to the NYMF staff.

Celeste Rose

Celeste Rose (Eco)

Celeste Rose is a singer/actress originally from Southern California. Favorite recent credits include, Sister Mary Robert in SISTER ACT at the Ogunquit Playhouse and The Gateway Playhouse, Bernice in the world premiere of Adam Gwon and Julia Jordan’s BERNICE BOBS HER HAIR at Lyric Theatre Of Oklahoma, Kate Mullins in TITANIC at Westchester Broadway Theatre, Ali in Kerrigan and Lowdermilk’s immersive musical THE BAD YEARS, and Juliet in ROMEO AND JULIET at HSRT. She has also performed in countless concerts, readings, and workshops around NYC. She’s a proud member of Jen Jancuska’s The BringAbout. BFA Ithaca College! For more info:

Heather Bithell

Heather Bithell (Sticky Fingers)

Heather Bithell is so excited to be a part of Eco at NYMF! She originated the role of Sticky Fingers in the first reading of Eco. Other credits include an ensemble role in Boys From Syracuse at Marymount Manhattan college where she recently completed her studies. She also owns a small costume and craft business called Otherworldly Creations. Heather would like to thank her girlfriend and cat for being her constant support system and putting up with every artistic adventure that comes along.

Paul Hinkes

Paul Hinkes (Worker 1)

Paul Hinkes is a Chicago born, New York Based Actor and Musician. He studied film and theatre at Yale University and most recently performed in WONDERLAND at the Atlantic Theater and DUST CAN'T KILL ME, which received 5 awards including Best Ensemble, at the New York Musical Festival. He is 6'8".

Ethan Cohn

Ethan Cohn (Functionary)

Ethan Cohn is thrilled to be working with all the talented people involved in ECO, particularly his friend of over 20 years, Jenna Mate. Ethan worked opposite Sir Ben Kingsley in A BIRDER’S GUIDE TO EVERYTHING and starred along side Adrian Brody and Forrest Whitaker in THE EXPERIMENT. Other film highlights include Tim Burton’s ALICE IN WONDERLAND, M. Night Shyamalan’s LADY IN THE WATER, and THE AMAZING SPIDERMAN. Ethan recently guest starred on the all improvised BAJILLION DOLLAR PROPERTIES. Other tv guest appearances include CASTLE, CBS’ INTELLIGENCE, RIZZOLI & ISLES, HEROES, THE UNITED STATES OF TARA, MONK, CSI, and recurring roles on HUFF and THE GILMORE GIRLS. Ethan is also a writer, and currently has a pilot he co-wrote in development.

Ashton Michael Corey

Ashton Michael Corey (Hunter)

Ashton Michael Corey is a recent graduate of Marymount Manhattan College where he was seen as Ren in “Footloose,” Fabrizio in “The Light In The Piazza,” and Renfield in “Dracula.” He has since been seen as Billy in “Closer Than You Think” at The Sheen Center, Archie in a workshop of “Archie’s Final Project,” and the Chairman in a workshop of “Maverick The Musical.” Ashton has appeared in many concerts at Town Hall, 54 Below, The Metropolitan Room, and The New Jersey Performing Arts Center and was a featured vocalist in the 2016 Broadway Rising Stars showcase at Town Hall. He is thrilled to be bringing this important new musical to life with such a wonderful team.

Bethany Dellapolla

Bethany Dellapolla (Nurse/Worker 2)

Bethany Dellapolla NYMF Debut! REGIONAL CREDITS: Love, Loss, and What I Wore, (Woman E), The Graduate (Elaine Robinson), Cabaret (Frenchie), The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee (Olive), The Tempest (Iris), and Ruthless! The Musical (Lita Encore). Bethany is also a Pro-Am competitive ballroom dancer! Special thanks to Jenna, Bethie, and the entire team for the opportunity, and as always, infinite love to my friends and family. Twitter/Instagram: @bdellapolla

Lily Fryburg

Lily Fryburg (Shortie)

Lily Fryburg is thrilled to be part of Eco again! Recent NYC credits: Wonderland: Alice’s Rock & Roll Adventure (Alice; Atlantic Theater Co.); Rootless (new site-specific play in Battery Park). Regional: Hairspray, Seussical (Muhlenberg Summer Music Theater); A Charlie Brown Christmas (Jenny Wiley Theater); Grand Finale Cabaret (Eugene O’Neill Theater Cabaret Conference; original solo act). Lily is a graduate of Muhlenberg College and the Accademia dell’Arte (school of physical theater) in Italy.

Kilty Reidy

Kilty Reidy (Father)

Kilty Reidy most recently finished a run of Mamma Mia! playing Harry Bright at the Westchester Broadway Theatre. Broadway: The Drowsy Chaperone and In My Life. Other credits: Billy Elliot (National Tour); Irving Berlin's White Christmas (Original Cast); The Last Ship at The Pioneer Theatre; The Producers at KC Starlight/Music Theatre of Wichita; A Christmas Story at Capital Repertory; Crazy For You at PaperMill/PBS; A Man of No Importance for B-Side Productions. TV/Film: The Blacklist, Kelly Reichardt’s Certain Women. An alumnus of The Public Theater’s Shakespeare Lab. Proud Actor’s Equity Member.

Carla Hargrove

Carla Hargrove (Earth Mother)

Carla J. Hargrove is a graduate of Howard University and Penn State University. She has toured regionally, nationally, and internationally with various musicals and musical groups. Her first Broadway show was Little Shop of Horrors in the role of Ronnette after which she spent more than a few years in the Broadway company of Hairspray as Peaches/Dynamite. She is a voice over artist who has hosted a major award show and produced several audiobooks.

Chrysten Peddie

Chrysten Peddie (Teacher/Worker 3)

Chrysten was last seen as Pirelli in Theater 2020’s Sweeney Todd.  She played Emilie in The Game (Barrington Stage) opposite Tony winner, Sara Ramirez.  She garnered positive reviews in the NY Times for her portrayal of Joan in the Off-Broadway revival of Dames at Sea. Other roles include Tzeitel in Fiddler on the Roof (Fulton Theatre), Vienna in Johnny Guitar (Cortland Rep) and Rona in Spelling Bee (Sharon Playhouse).  Proud NYU grad and member AEA.

Valerie diLorenzo

Valerie diLorenzo (Mother)

Valerie diLorenzo, originated the role of Mother in Eco and is thrilled to be here at NYMF! Previous credits include: Rose (Gypsy), Mrs. Johnstone (Bloodbrothers), Sheila (A Chorus Line), Nancy (Oliver!), Miss Hannigan (Annie), Miss Mona (The Best Little Whorehouse in Texas), Stella Deems (Follies), Marta (Company), Bunny (The House of Blue Leaves), Felicia Dantine (I Hate Hamlet) and Belinda/Flavia (Noises Off).  An award-winning Cabaret artist, her new CD, FireSign, will release Fall 2017. Visit

Matthew Sahadi

Matthew Sahadi (Glasses)

For several years, 13-year-old Matthew Sahadi’s naturally-soaring vibrato soprano voice and talent of vocal interpretation have drawn high praise from both musical and theatrical directors. His recent performances in supporting roles in Alice in Wonderland and Shrek the Musical, along with his Paper Mill Playhouse Debut in New Voices of 2016 Concert have augmented his theatrical repertoire. Matthew continues to captivate church congregations as he is a frequent featured soloist; he can also be heard singing the national anthem at a variety of minor-league stadiums. His interests include Tae Kwon Do, golf, skiing, swimming, and baseball. Matthew is excited to be playing the role of “Glasses” in Eco, the Musical as he hopes this amazing new show will soar on the wings of this wonderful cast and crew.

Jordan Tyson

Jordan Tyson (Calla)

Jordan Tyso has just completed her sophomore year at Marymount Manhattan College! Off-Broadway: Sweetee (Ford Studio, Signature Center); Regional: Big River (Oldcastle); Educational: On Strivers Row, The Boys From Syracuse (MMC). She wants to thank everyone for their outpouring of support. This is for Jas, Noah, Miles, Mom, Aunt Liz, Poppi, and Gra— you are my rocks. BLM. Seeking representation! @curlybroad

Amanda Swickle

Amanda Swickle (Young Eco)

Amanda Swickle is excited to originate the role of Young Eco. She was most recently seen as Annie and Pepper in the Broadway National Tour of Annie. Other credits include: Suzy in Tink! at the 2016 NYMF, Flounder in Little Mermaid at the Engeman Theatre, and Amanda in the workshop production of Sapien Sapien Sapien at the New School. She was most recently awarded 1st place in the American Protégé International Vocal Competition at Carnegie Hall. Thank you to casting and Rachel Klein for this great opportunity, to Jason Bercy and to all of her teachers, coaches, family and friends for their unconditional love and support.

Morgan Siobhan Green

Morgan Siobhan Green (Radar)

Morgan Siobhan Green is happy to be apart of this NYMF project. Most recently seen in Missed Connections (New Ohio), Othello (Workshop Theatre), Outlaw (Dixon Place), and Sweetee (Signature Theatre). Proud Equity Member.  Feel free to follow along at