Play Like A Winner

Book and Lyrics by Erik Johnke; Music by David Wolfson

Play Like A Winner

at Peter Jay Sharp Theater

  • Tuesday, July 25, 2017 at 8:00 pm
  • Thursday, July 27, 2017 at 10:30 am
  • Saturday, July 29, 2017 at 1:00 pm
  • Sunday, July 30, 2017 at 5:30 pm
  • Sunday, July 30, 2017 at 9:00 pm

How far would you go for your child?

In the fiercely competitive world of girls’ soccer, how far would you go for your child? PLAY LIKE A WINNER is a satire of the soccer mom world based upon the award-winning play All About the Kids by Caytha Jentis. At curtain, Coach Nick lies dead on center stage, impaled by a corner flag, while a chorus of soccer players sings in his honor. Kathy, a soccer mom, steps forward to tell us the story of how all this began…

Recommended for ages 16+

Running time: 2 hours

Erik Johnke

Erik Johnke (Book & Lyrics)

Erik Johnke is a playwright, lyricist, and poet. Plays and musicals include GOD'S COUNTRY (music by Elaine Chelton), produced at NYMF in 2013, CAT: ADVENTURES OF A CATERPILLAR (music by David Wolfson), a finalist in the National Children’s Theater Festival, THE BODY POLITIC produced at manhattantheatresource, PARTITION, a semifinalist for the Princess Grace Award, REBOOT, a finalist for the National Ten-Minute Play Contest, and produced at The Heartland Theatre Company. MFA Goddard College. Member, BMI Librettist Workshop.  

David Wolfson

David Wolfson (Music)

David Wolfson is enjoying an eclectic career, having composed opera, musical theatre, touring children’s musicals, and incidental music for plays; choral music, band music, orchestral music, chamber music, art songs, and music for solo piano; comedy songs, cabaret songs and one memorable score for an amusement park big-headed-costumed-character show. His CD Seventeen Windows is available from Albany Records, iTunes and For more information:

Caytha Jentis

Caytha Jentis (Playwright)

Caytha Jentis is an independent filmmaker. Her current project is a comedic series called THE OTHER F WORD. The cast includes Steve Guttenberg and Judy Gold. Jentis' features include BAD PARENTS starring Janeane Garofalo and Cheri Oteri, based on her award-winning stage play, IT 'S ALL ABOUT THE KIDS, and AND THEN CAME LOVE starring Vanessa Williams and Eartha Kitt. She has an MFA from UCLA in screenwriting and a BS in TV/Film from Syracuse University.

Kevin Connors

Kevin Connors (Director)

Kevin Connors (Director) - Off-Broadway - PRIME TIME PROPHET, JUKEBOX SATURDAY NIGHT, THE ABANDONED LOVES OF FREDERICK R., LIFE ANONYMOUS, LOVER, BABES OFF BROADWAY, and MOTHERS AND SONS. Composer/ Lyricist for numerous musicals, including A CHRISTMAS CAROL: A LIVE RADIO PLAY published by Co-Founder/Artistic Director of Music Theatre of Connecticut where he has directed more than 60 award-winning AEA MainStage productions including NEXT TO NORMAL, THE FANTASTICKS, EDGES, JOHN & JEN, DOUBT, EVITA, MASTER CLASS, and LITTLE SHOP OF HORRORS.

Pim Van Amerongen

Pim Van Amerongen (Choreographer)

Pim Van Amerongen is thrilled to be joining the ’team’ of Play Like A Winner at NYMF this summer! Previous works include 10 NIGHTS IN A BARROOM and FIDDLER ON THE ROOF. As a performer, Pim has been seen in national tours, regional theaters, and cruise ships around the world. He holds a BFA in Musical Theatre from The Boston Conservatory. @pimvanam

Starlet Jacobs

Starlet Jacobs (Scenic Designer)

Previous credits include WHITE CHRISTMAS (Arts Center-Coastal Carolina), BELL, BOOK, & CANDLE (Naples Players), A SCYTHE OF TIME (NYMF), DISASTER! (Associate, Broadway), BRIGHT STAR (Associate, Old Globe), and SECONDHAND LION (Associate, 5th Avenue). Scarlet has art directed on Saturday Night Live!, The Tonight Show, Huffington Post Live, on several web series and commercials, and on comedy specials for Netflix and EPIX. She received an MFA in Scenic Design from UCLA, and a BA in Music and Art from the University of Washington.

Michael Blagys

Michael Blagys (Lighting Designer)

Michael is truly excited to be joining Director, Kevin Connors, at the 2107 New York Musical Festival. Michael is a Connecticut-based Lighting Designer who has created designs for over 45 productions (straight plays to large-scale musicals) in 18 venues and 7 different states. Michael holds an MFA degree from UMASS Amherst and a B.A. in Theater Arts from Le Moyne College.

Molly Seidel

Molly Seidel (Costume Design)

Molly Seidel is a NYC based designer and artist. Recent credits include: Off- Broadway: The Dressmaker’s Secret (59E59), The Woodsman (New World Stages, 59E59, Theater Close-Up PBS/ BroadwayHD); Regional: Heathers: The Musical (White Plains Performing Arts Center, NY Regional Premiere), In The Heights (White Plains Performing Arts Center, BroadwayWorld Award for Best Costume Design); Other Credits: Buddhas are Screaming in China (Planet Connections Theatre Festivity, Outstanding Use of Special Effects Award), and A Midsummer Night’s Dream (New Place Players). The Juilliard School’s Professional Intern Program in Costume Design. BFA in Fine Art, Ithaca College.

Willie Porter

Willie Porter (Stage Manager)

Willie Porter is so excited to be a part of the Play Like A Winner team. Recent credits include Jesus Christ Superstar (The Muny), Ring Twice for Miranda (Off-Broadway), First Date (Blumenthal Performing Arts Center), Fiddler on the Roof, Young Frankenstein, 42nd Street, Beauty and the Beast, Buddy: The Buddy Holly Story, and Hairspray (The Muny).

Simpson & Longthorne Theatricals (General Manager)

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.

Sean McCain

Sean McCain (Assistant Stage Manager)

Sean McCain is an Artistic Ensemble member of Resonance Ensemble and has worked with the following companies, among others: Axial Theatre Company, Abingdon Theatre Company, Rachel Reiner Productions, Miranda Theatre Company, York Theatre Company, Theatre 167, Hoi Polloi, Castillo Theatre, Summer Theatre of New Canaan, White Plains PAC, MultiStages, Theatreworks USA, Black Hills Playhouse, Capital Repertory Theatre, Second Stage, Washington Pavilion of Arts & Science, League of Professional Theatre Women, Penguin Random House, and Naked Angels.

Jessica Tyler Wright

Jessica Tyler Wright (Kathy)

JESSICA TYLER WRIGHT most recently starred as Pacquette in NYCO’s critically acclaimed production of Candide, directed by Hal Prince. Featured credits include - Broadway: Sweeney Todd, Company, Love Musik and War Horse. Off Broadway/NY: Allegro, (Lortel Nomination), Candide (NYCO ’08). Regional: Marian in Music Man and Lili in Kiss Me Kate (MTWichita), KT in Merrily We Roll Along (Cincinnati Playhouse), Grace in Annie (North Shore MT), Irene in Crazy For You (MTWichita and CA Music Circus), Mary Jane in Big River (Papermill), and Kost in Cabaret (CA Music Circus). Television: “Blue Bloods” and a national commercial for Nexium.

Zoe Wilson

Zoe Wilson (Jenna)

ZOE WILSON appears as White Effie in the upcoming season of “Orange is the New Black,” is a proud member of the award-winning Transport Group Theatre Company (Wendy in Peter Pan at The Signature, Helen Keller in Three Days to See at NYTW), plays ukulele, writes music and will release her single this year. Thank you Kevin Connors, Michael Cassara (for this incredible opportunity), Lauren Singer Talent, Innovative Artists, her parents, and the entire cast and crew! Her NYMF debut is dedicated to her beloved dog Archie. 

Frank Viveros

Frank Viveros (Gary)

Frank is thrilled to be part of this year's NYMF with this hilarious piece. Favorites include: UBALDO PIANGI- 25th Anniversary The Phantom of the Opera tour; AGWE-Once on this island; ADOLFO PIRELLI- Sweeney Todd; KEN- Ain't Misbehavin; BLOAT-Finding Nemo, The Musical. Gracias to Cassara, the Creatives, Family, Friends and Matt! @frrankly

Kristian Espiritu

Kristian Espiritu (Alison)

KRISTIAN ESPIRITU (Allison). Recent credits include: Lysistrata at Two Headed Rep (Kinesias), Scorched at American Theater of Actors (Margaret), The Last Word at NYMF ’16 (Ensemble), and Here Lies Love at The Public Theater (Soloist/Ensemble). Kristian is also the head-banging front woman of Over The Pass - EP available now.

Nicolas Dromard

Nicolas Dromard (Nick)

NICOLAS DROMARD is thrilled to be part of Play Like a Winner after having just closed the production of Jersey Boys on Broadway as Tommy DeVito. Other favorite credits include: Bert in Mary Poppins, Fiyero in Wicked, Billy Lawlor in 42nd Street, Phil Davis in White Christmas, Tulsa in Gypsy, Hairspray, Mamma Mia, Oklahoma, West Side Story, The Boy from Oz. For more visit

Megan Kane

Megan Kane (Tracy)

Previous NYMF: God’s Country, the reading of The Calico Buffalo. Other recent NY credits include her sold out one-woman show Megan Kane: It’s About Time (Fienstein’s/54 Below). Regional: Hairspray (Arvada Center), A Christmas Carol (Alley Theatre), A Little Night Music (Houston Grand Opera), Gay Bride Of Frankenstein (Seacoast Repertory Theatre), Marvelous Wonderettes (Brickhouse Theatre). Film: “Welcome To New York.” Training: Webster Conservatory. Love to her family and soon-to-be husband, Ben!

Casey Erin Clark

Casey Erin Clark (Melissa)

CASEY ERIN CLARK is thrilled to be back on the soccer field! (Developing new musicals is her favorite thing.) Les Miserables tour (Factory Girl, u/s Fantine, 2013 Oscars performance), Frankenstein (Agatha) and Shout! the mod musical (Red Girl), both Off-Broadway, and four previous NYMF shows. Regional favorites: Sound of Music (Maria, STL Post Best Actress Award) and Little Women (Jo, Kevin Kline Award nomination). In addition to her acting career, Casey is a sought-after voice and public speaking coach.

Karen Burthwright

Karen Burthwright (Janet / Parent / Ensemble)

NYMF debut! Broadway/Off-Broadway: Jesus Christ Superstar (2012 Revival), Disenchanted (Westside Theatre); Chicago: Sweet Charity (Writers' Theatre), Ragtime, Hot Mikado, and Aida (Drury Lane Oakbrook). Regional/Canada/1st National Tours: Sousatzka (The Elgin Theatre), Cabaret (Cape Playhouse), Legally Blonde (Drayton Ent.), Smokey Joe's Cafe (FST), Jesus Christ Superstar (La Jolla Playhouse/Stratford Festival), Dirty Dancing, Hairspray, Mamma Mia! Rocky Horror (Canadian Stage/MTC). Love to mommy!

John D. Haggerty

John D. Haggerty (Announcer/Parent/Ensemble)

Previous NYMF: Deployed. Broadway/National Tour: Les Miserables. New York theatre includes B-Side, The Directors Company, EST, Five Senses, Mirror Rep, MultiStages, NAAP, TACT, Target Margin, Theater Masters, Theatre 167, York, et al.; regional and stock: Barnstormers, Forestburgh Playhouse, La Jolla Playhouse, Media Theatre, North Carolina Shakespeare Festival, Portland Center Stage, Red House Arts, Tuacahn Arts, Wheelock; TV: Gotham. Web: Three Trembling Cities. Special thanks to Michael Cassara!

Composer Lands Two Shows in NYC Festivals This Summer - Broadway World

Jessica Tyler Wright Leads the Soccer Mom Wolf-Pack In PLAY LIKE A WINNER at NYMF; Full Casting Announced! - Broadway World

Lortel Award-Nominee Jessica Tyler Wright Leads the Soccer Mom Wolf-Pack In PLAY LIKE A WINNER at NYMF! - Stage Buddy

Meet The Artist of NYMF: Zoe Wilson and Jessica Tyler Wright Play Like A Winner - Times Square Chronicles

Spotlight On...Jessica Tyler Wright - Theater in the Now

NYMF Names Winning Gala Shows - Playbill

NYMF Interview: Erik Johnke and David Wolfson on ‘Play Like a Winner’ - Stage Buddy

Women of NYMF 2017 - The Interval

The Cold War Meets ‘Romeo and Juliet’ at a Festival for Musicals - The New York Times