Book and Lyrics by Jae Antoinette Broderick; Music by Matthew A.C. Cohen & Jae Antoinette Broderick


at Playwrights Horizons Rehearsal Studio

  • Tuesday, July 18, 2017 at 7:30 pm
  • Saturday, July 22, 2017 at 3:30 pm
  • Saturday, July 22, 2017 at 7:30 pm

When you fall in love, you'll remember...

FORA is a brand new musical about love, history, family, and country set on the island of Forafu – a place of vibrant people, rich ancestry, soulful music, and lost magic from another time. We meet Forafu in the time of its Great Migration as the island is losing its citizens and traditions to the harsh realities of a changing world. Told through the eyes of 17-year-old Gigi, the fate of a nation rests on the choice between unraveling the mysteries of the past or succumbing to the struggles of the present.

Running time: 1 hour 50 minutes

Jae Antoinette Broderick

Jae Antoinette Broderick (Book, Music, Lyrics)

Jae Antoinette Broderick (Book, Lyrics, Music) is a writer, director, composer, actress, dancer, singer, tennis lover and avid traveler hailing from St. Catherine, Jamaica. In addition to a career on stage, television and various avenues of the the arts, Jae spent seven amazing years working with the Obama administration. FORA is her first musical.

Dale Heinen

Dale Heinen (Director)

Dale Heinen is a director/dramaturge focused on new work who has directed and workshopped plays in Chicago, New York, Dublin, Tokyo and Brazil. Her previous experience includes seven years as a dramaturge and Artistic Associate at Soho Theatre in London’s West End and serving on literary panels for the Gate Theatre, Sonia Friedman Productions, Theatre 503 and the Old Vic.  Dale is the co-founder of BorderLight: the Festival of International Theatre, Cleveland.

Matthew A.C. Cohen

Matthew A.C. Cohen (Book, Music, Lyrics)

Born in Merrick, New York, Matt’s musical tastes range from rock/ska to indie/alternative and opera. He holds a B.S. in Music Composition and Theory, with a special interest in film scoring, arranging, and jazz saxophone from Hofstra University, as well as an M.F.A in Music Composition for Media from Columbia College Chicago.

Dionne McClain-Freeney

Dionne McClain-Freeney (Musical Director)

Dionne McClain-Freeney is an award-winning pianist, composer, singer, choral and musical director, arranger, and teaching artist who has appeared on numerous national and international stages, played in some of New York City’s most beloved churches, and accompanied many artists from Broadway, television, and the recording industry. Dionne was a headliner at Joe’s Pub in 2016, and is currently a member of the BMI Lehman Engel Musical Theater Workshop.

Amanda Bailey

Amanda Bailey (Auntie)

Amanda Bailey is excited to be in Fora. Credits: Super Fly (Workshop); All Shook Up (NSMT); The Color Purple (National Tour); Taming of the Shrew (Shakespeare Theatre of NJ). She thanks God; her family; her manager, Susan Campochiaro-Confrey, CBU Management and her agent, JC William Agency for all their love and support.

Tamala Baldwin

Tamala Baldwin (Marley)

Tamala Baldwin is making her NYMF debut! Favorite recent credits include PRISCILLA QUEEN OF THE DESERT, LITTLE SHOP OF HORRORS, HAIRSPRAY, RENT, SUNSHINE BOYS, and BEEHIVE. She is so excited to be bringing a new musical to life in NYC. Love and gratitude to her Creator, family and friends.

Patrice Bell

Patrice Bell (Francine)

Off-Broadway: Office Politics. New York: New Shoes, A Midsummer Night's Dream. Regional: Smokey Joe's Cafe, Little Shop of Horrors, The Mikado. Film/TV: Gabriel, "Feed The Beast." Patrice is a University of Central Florida BFA Musical Theatre graduate and a recipient of the Mary Louise Rockwell Scholarship at Primary Stages/ESPA. "Success through Longevity!"

TJ Bolden

TJ Bolden (George)

TJ is thrilled to be apart of the FORA family! TJ Bolden is a Singer-Actor, originally from Memphis,TN . Favorite credits include Audrey II (Little Shop of Horrors) Caiaphas (Jesus Christ Superstar) Frenchy (Men with Money) Training includes Columbia College Chicago, HB Studio, and Cap21.


D'Ambrose Boyd (Clyde)

D’Ambrose Boyd is an Actor, Singer, Photographer, VOA and Designer. He has shared stages with luminaries as Eartha Kitt, Mickey Rooney, Ken Page, Dee Dee Bridgewater and Frank Langella . He is very excited to work with this incredible cast and creative team of FORA. AEA, Local 764. #ForMOM&BABYBROTHER

Jason Brown

Jason Brown (Sola)

Jason C. Brown was last seen as Fuad in Bashar Murkus' Parallel Time at Nuyorican Poets Cafe. Morgan Freeman (Wikimusical, NYMF ’14), Abernathy/et. al. (The Musical Rosa Parks - Richard Rodgers Award) Off-B'way: The Misanthrope (NYTW), The Given (Studio Dante), MFA in acting: ART/Harvard BA English Lit: Skidmore College.

Andrea Fleming

Andrea Fleming (Gigi)

Andrea Fleming very excited to be contributing to this amazing new work. Favorite credits include Narrator in Beef and Boards Dinner Theatre's production of Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat, Princess Tiana in Hong Kong Disneyland's Mickey and the Wondrous Book, and Ronette in Little Shop of Horrors.

Jennifer Fouché

Jennifer Fouché (Grandmother)

Jennifer Fouché is a member of New York’s critically acclaimed Amoralists Theatre Company and former member of The Bats at the Flea Theatre. Some credits: Sistas The Musical (Off Broadway), Babes In Toyland (Lincoln Center), Rock Of Ages (Palace Theatre), Ain't Misbehavin' (Syracuse Stage), Television: Quantico (ABC), SMASH (NBC), The Mysteries of Laura (NBC), Person of Interest (CBS)

Tamar Greene

Tamar Greene (The Man)

Tamar Greene is excited to make his NYMF debut! New York credits include The Golden Apple (City Center Encores), Show Boat (Lincoln Center). National tour: Porgy and Bess, Quartet Leader in After Midnight (NCL). Regional: Curtis in Sister Act, Booker T. Washington in Ragtime, the title role in The Wiz, and Audrey II in Little Shop of Horrors.

Darwin Harris

Darwin Harris (Pilot/Gimpy Charlie)

Darwin is excited to make his New York performance debut in Fora. Some of Darwin's stage credits include Other World Lovers, The Buddy Holly Story, Ugly and Dreamgirls. Recent TV credits are Dexter, NCIS-LA, and The Bay. Darwin has a BA in Theatre from Truman State University.

Marsha Lawson

Marsha Lawson (Syren 1)

Proud to be making her NYMF debut in FORA! Credits: Little Shop of Horrors (1st National Tour), If This Hat Could Talk (Tour). Regional: Caroline or Change (Theatre Works Palo Alto and Arden Theater), Hairspray (Maine State Music Theatre and Ogunquit Playhouse), Godspell (Walnut Street Theater) and Fame (ArtPark).

Kayla Leacock

Kayla Leacock (Syren/Gully Gale)

Kayla Leacock is thrilled to be making her NYMF debut in FORA! Kayla is a former Walnut Street Theatre Acting Apprentice, alum of the Young People’s Chorus of NYC and NYC Opera Children's Chorus. Recent credits: Ragtime (The Gallery Players), Hairspray (Candlelight Theatre), Zombie in Love (Walnut Street Theatre).

Chris Okawa

Chris Okawa (DJ)

Chris is honored to be a part of this year’s NYMF. When he’s not onstage, he’s in studio doing voiceover for stage, film, and literature projects. He thanks his wife for seeing him through, and the Fora team for inviting him along for the ride.

Nakiya Peterkin

Nakiya Peterkin (Syren 3)

Nakiya Peterkin is excited for her debut with NYMF in FORA the Musical. Most recently, Nakiya played Gary Coleman in Avenue Q, Ursula and Rafiki on DCL, JoAnne in RENT and Berniece in The Piano Lesson. She is thankful for this opportunity and excited to share in this beautiful story.