The Goree All-Girl String Band

Book and Lyrics by Michael Bradley; Music by Artie Sievers

The Goree All-Girl String Band

at The Acorn Theatre at Theatre Row

  • Monday, July 24, 2017 at 8:00 pm
  • Wednesday, July 26, 2017 at 1:00 pm
  • Wednesday, July 26, 2017 at 5:00 pm
  • Friday, July 28, 2017 at 9:00 pm
  • Saturday, July 29, 2017 at 9:00 pm

From behind bars to country music stars.

The year is 1938 and The Goree All-Girl String Band is the biggest new radio sensation in Texas. They also happen to be convicted criminals. The six band members teach themselves music from behind bars and earn a slot on a prison-based radio program. Through sisterhood, determination, and a little bit of luck, these women work (and play) together to fiddle their way to freedom. Inspired by a true story, THE GOREE ALL-GIRL STRING BAND is a tale of redemption that features an ensemble of actor-musicians performing a brand new country score.

We are pleased to announce The Goree All-Girl String Band as an Artists of Choice recipient for the 2017 USA Kevin Spacey Foundation award.

Running time: 1 hour 50 minutes

Michael Bradley (Book and Lyrics)

MICHAEL BRADLEY is a playwright, director, producer, and theater critic. As a writer, his recent credits includes The Illusory Adventures of a Dreamer (New York International Fringe Festival 2016, Fringe Excellence in Acting), Our Dark Dark Place (Exquisite Corpse Company), again (Rhapsody Collective), and Go On Forever (Venus/Adonis Festival). His work has also been seen with Dream Up Festival, Feinstein's/54 Below, Less Than Rent, Lunar Energy Productions, Manhattan Repertory Theater, PTP/NYC, TinyRhino, among many others. He is also the founder and lead critic for Theater in the Now ( Member of Drama Desk.

Artie Sievers (Music)

ARTIE SIEVERS has been writing musicals since he was eight, though most were exclusively produced in his backyard. After working as an actor for several years in Philadelphia, he made his way to New York to write fiction. He has also narrated a number of audiobooks, to include the epic Plague Wars Series, available on This show marks his return to the world of composing.

Ashley Brooke Monroe (Director)

ASHLEY BROOKE MONROE is a New York-based theatre director whose primary interest is in developing new plays and musicals. She has developed work with New York Theatre Workshop, Soho Rep, The Flea, Musical Theater Factory, The Culture Project, IRT and Special Sauce Company. Her assistant directing credits include the Tony-winning musical Fun Home, The Glass Menagerie featuring Sally Field and Joe Mantello, and the current Broadway production of Indecent. Originally from Austin, TX, Ashley holds a BFA in Dramaturgy from the University of Oklahoma.

Wayward Creatives Entertainment (Producer)

WAYWARD CREATIVES ENTERTAINMENT is a creative incubator and marketing consultancy, focused on the theatre arts. Founded by Susan Casserly Griffin, Wayward Creatives helps emerging playwrights, composer/lyricists and companies find their footing and navigate the complex landscape of getting early work developed, produced and funded, as well as positioned to build awareness in a pre-commercial stages of a piece.

Brandon Powers (Choreographer)

BRANDON POWERS is a director + choreographer from New York City creating new experiences at the intersection of technology, immersive dance, and musical theatre. Most recently, he choreographed the world premiere of Riot Grrrl musical Riot Antigone (La MaMa) and worked alongside Andy Blankenbuehler for Bandstand (Broadway/Paper Mill Playhouse). Additional directing + choreography credits include: And It Felt Like A Kiss (HERE, chashama, Dixon Place), Pink Milk (Oracle Productions, Jeff Nomination: Best Choreography). Instagram: @bpow33

Max Gordon (Musical Director and Orchestration)

MAX GORDON is a music director, orchestrator, and music producer. Recent credits include The Skin of Our Teeth (Theater for a New Audience) and Dust Can't Kill Me (NYMF 2016, Best Orchestrations, Best Music, Best Ensemble). He has worked as an audio engineer for Wynton Marsalis, and as a vocal producer for artists on Universal Music Group and Capitol Records. His pop band, Nero, My Panda, has opened for Diplo, Macklemore, and Grouplove. Education: BA in American Studies, Yale University.

Armelle Harper (Stage Manager)

Armelle is celebrating the close of her first year in the city with her 6th new work since arriving. Broadway: On Your Feet!. NYC New Works: Benjamin & O’Keefe’s Life of the Party, My Heart is in the East, Forward (Reading), Fairy Tale Christmas. Armelle holds a BFA in stage management from UIUC, having studied theatre, opera, dance, and events. Special thanks to my family and to Jody, who I can’t wait to marry.

Simpson & Longthorne Theatricals (General Manager)

(General Management) – A boutique theatrical firm founded by partners Benjamin Simpson and Joseph Longthorne. As General Managers: Blank! The Musical (Broadway Comedy Club); Select NYMF: MotherJones and The Children’s Crusade, The Calico Buffalo, Icon, and Single; NYMF 2017: Numbers Nerds, The Goree All-Girl String Band, Play Like A Winner, and Generation Me. As Producers: Waitress, Oh Hell; On Broadway, The Glass Menagerie, A Doll’s House Part 2, and Hello Dolly! In development: Cookies: A New Musical.

Gillian Curry (Assistant Producer & Social Media Representative)

Gillian Curry is a rising junior at Marymount Manhattan College in New York City. She is studying Theatre Producing & Management along with Drama Therapy and Communications. She has worked on Wonderland (York Theatre Company), 'Tis Pity She's a Whore (MMC), Directing and Playwriting Projects (MMC). She has served as an intern with Davenport Theatrical Enterprises, TADA! Youth Theatre, The 52nd Street Project, and is currently with RPM Agency. This is her first NYMF show.

Isabella Sirota (Assistant Producer)

Isabella Sirota is thrilled to be working on this powerful musical as a first-time assistant producer. A drama alumna of Fiorello H. LaGuardia High School, Isabella has performed in various regional theatre productions and will be attending Pace University for Entertainment Management in the Fall. Many thanks to the wonderful Susan Griffin, and the Goree All-Girl String Band creative team.

Brenden Silverman (Assistant Stage Manager)

Brenden is a 16 year old rising junior in high school and is thrilled to make his professional NYC debut with the Goree All-Girl String Band. Most recently, Brenden could be found as the stage management intern at the Tony Award winning regional theater, The Paper Mill Playhouse in Millburn, NJ. Notable high school credits include Peter Pan, The Drowsy Chaperone, Alice in Wonderland, and Pippin.

Lauren Patten (Reable Childs)

Broadway: Fun Home. Off-Broadway: The Wolves (Drama Desk and Obie Awards for Outstanding Ensemble). Selecte Regional: Spring Awakening (Deaf West); Home Street Home (Davenport Theatricals); Wait Until Dark (Geffen Playhouse); Our Town, Doubt, Bus Stop, Diary of Anne Frank (Rubicon Theatre); The Burnt Part Boys (Third Street Theatre). Developmental: Jagged Little Pill (ART) and Stilyagi (NYSAF). TV/Film: “Shelter,” “Switched at Birth,” “Arrested Development,” The Big Sick. @pattenlauren

Lauren J. Thomas (Georgia)

Lauren J. Thomas is excited to make her NYMF debut with such a talented cast and crew! BFA Acting: Boston University, LAMDA. She was most recently seen as Reza in the national tour of Once. On August 7th, she'll reunite with Once cast members from both the Broadway and touring productions at Rockwood Music Hall in the "Once Reunion Jam" to raise money for the Save the Music Foundation.

Tamra Hayden (Clyde Heath)

Broadway: Cosette in Les Miserables and Texas in Cabaret (Studio 54). Off-Broadway: Jacques Brel is Alive and Well... (Zipper Theater). National Tours: Cosette in Les Miserables (a role she has performed over 1800 times!), Christine in Phantom of the Opera, and Hodel in Fiddler On The Roof (opposite Theodore Bikel). A versatile singer, Tamra has performed with symphonies including Nashville, New Jersey, and The Palm Beach Pops, to name a few. Tamra has 5 solo CD's, 15 iOS apps and 2 patents in her name.

Lizzie Hagstedt (Bonnie)

Lizzie Hagstedt is an actor/singer/musician/composer. Credits include: Sweet Charity starring Sutton Foster (New Group – bass), Southern Comfort (Public Theater, Barrington Stage, & CAP21 – Storyteller, bass), Sweeney Todd (National tour – standby for Lovett & Pirelli), The Black Crook (Abrons Arts – Count Wolfenstein, et al.), and Taming of the Shrew (Virginia Stage – Gremio & Tranio). As a composer, she is a member of the BMI Workshop and is presently writing, give or take, four musicals.

Robert Ariza (Paul)

Robert Ariza is a native New Yorker from Queens. He is a proud alum of The University of Michigan Musical Theatre program, as well as LaGuardia Arts High School. Broadway: Spring Awakening (Revival). NYC: Spamilton, I Am Harvey Milk, Soot and Spit (World Premiere). Regional: Olney Theatre Center, Hangar Theatre, Goodspeed Musicals, Maltz Jupiter Theatre, Music Theatre Wichita. Robert is also featured on the Original Cast Recording of Neil Bartram & Brian Hill's The Theory of Relativity.

Titus Tompkins (Terrence)

Titus Tompkins is an actor/musician hailing from Georgia. Recent credits include Peer Gynt and the Norwegian Hapa Band (Ma-Yi Theater Company), Waterman (Ars Nova), Tall Pines Lodge (NYC Fringe), and TV Land’s “Younger.” Check out his music in NYC with The Good Morning Nags, The Rusty Guns, and Jessy Tomsko. He is currently in residency at The East Village Social, where you can find him playing bluegrass from 4-7 every Sunday.

Ruby Wolf (Mozelle)

Ruby Wolf is a NYC based actor and performer who received her BFA from NYU's Tisch School of the Arts. Recent regional credits include Romeo & Juliet (Psittacus/Lincoln Center Education), Pericles (Delaware Shakespeare Festival), As You Like It (Lantern Theatre Company), and The Parade (Peregrine/Provincetown Tennessee Williams Festival). She is grateful to be a part of such an exciting, new piece of theatre.

Kendra Jo Brook (Burma)

A Montana native, Kendra is a NYC based actor, singer and fiddler. Credits include Return to Spoon River (Theatre Row), The Brightness of Heaven (Cherry Lane Theatre), Big River (Alpine Theatre Project), Woody Guthrie's This Land is Your Land (Theatreworks Hartford), Ring of Fire (Virginia Sanford Theatre) and Cowgirls (Mountain Playhouse). Kendra Jo plays in several bands including The Snowy Mountain Sisters, The East River Ramblers and a bluegrass duo with her sister Britt, The Brook Sisters.

Nattalyee Randall (Hattie Ellis)

Nattalyee Randall is super excited to make her NYMF debut with The Goree All-Girl String Band. National Tour: Vocalosity. Regional: Dreamgirls (Portland Center Stage), The Color Purple (White Plains Performing Arts Center), Joseph and the... (The Municipal Opera), Hairspray (The Little Theatre on the Square). Much love to LNT. Proud AEA Member. Check out for updates on her next projects including the musical she wrote called Miseducation. Insta/Twitter: @Nattalyee

Nick Plakias (Heath)

NYC Theater: A Class Act (New World Stages). Moby Dick-Rehearsed (Brave New World). The Waiting Room (Billie Holiday). School for Husbands (NY Classical). The Cure (Ubu Rep). Regional: Diamond Studs (Ford’s Theater). Largely/New York, The Tempest (Seattle Rep). The Grapes of Wrath, Of Mice and Men (Arkansas Rep). The Cherry Orchard, To Kill a Mockingbird, Terra Nova (Capital Rep). Floyd Collins (American Music Theater Fest). Woody Guthrie’s American Song (St. Michael’s). Utah, New Jersey and Hudson Valley Shakespeare Festivals.


Luke Darnell (Nelson Olmsted)

A fourth generation AEA performer, Luke has worked alongside his parents, brother, and two aunts. Recent credits include: Cyrano (Christian, Theatre at St. Clements), Million Dollar Quarter (Carl Perkins/Johnny Cash, Vegas), End of the Rainbow (Mickey Deans, Music Theatre of CT), MDQ (Sam Philips, FLMTF), The Understudy (Jake, Cape May Stage), Othello (Roderigo), Oliver! (Billy Sykes), Ring of Fire, Buddy. TV: “Gotham,” “Ghost Whisperer,” “General Hospital,” “Momsters.”

Chanel Karimkhani (Ruby Mae)

Chanel Karimkhani is making her NYC debut! Regional credits include: Sister Act (Arvada Center), Death Takes a Holiday (Arvada Center), Jekyll and Hyde (Aurora Fox Arts Center), Bookface (world premier, Slingshot Productions), Lady Suite (University of the Arts), and The Real Queen of Hearts Ain’t Even Pretty (University of Colorado at Boulder). Local Credits Include: First Date (Centerstage Theatre Company), Addam’s Family (Boulder’s Dinner Theatre), Grand Hotel (Broadway in Boulder), Avenue Q (Centerstage Theatre Company), and See What I Wanna See (Ignite Theatre). Europe: There’s Nothing Rougher Than Love – a cabaret (Paris, France - Broadway Au Carré). Bachelor of Fine Arts in Musical Theatre graduate from University of the Arts. To Fred Hoeppner who taught me all I know on cello.

Miche Braden (Nora)

This is Ms. Miche's second NYMF show. The first was Acappella the Musical 2015 (Best Ensemble). She has appeared in and served as musical director/arranger in many stage productions including The People's Temple, Gee's Bend, The Bluest Eye, Lady Day at Emerson's Bar & Grill, and The Tempest, an A.R.T. production, directed and conceived by Teller & Aaron Posner. She was nominated for an LA Critics Award for Musical Direction in the South Coast Repertory production of The Tempest. She added lead & co-collaborator with Joe Brancato & Angelo Parra (Director & Playwright) in The Devil's Music: The Life & Blues of Bessie Smith.

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