Thicket & Thistle's WHAT'S YOUR WISH?

Book by Thicket & Thistle, Music by Kyle Acheson, Sam De Roest & Corley Pillsbury; Lyrics by Kyle Acheson, Sam De Roest & Corley Pillsbury

Thicket & Thistle

at The Acorn Theatre at Theatre Row

  • Monday, July 16, 2018 at 8:00 pm
  • Thursday, July 19, 2018 at 1:00 pm
  • Friday, July 20, 2018 at 5:00 pm
  • Friday, July 20, 2018 at 9:00 pm
  • Saturday, July 21, 2018 at 1:00 pm

Two Best Friends. One Cursed Storybook. No Turning Back.
When two teenage best friends get sucked into a magic storybook, they discover that getting home will take more than just a wish. With time running out, will Nicholas and Brian’s friendship survive their perilous journey through Death Forest? Turn the page with Thicket & Thistle’s WHAT'S YOUR WISH? and join an exuberant cast of actor-musicians for an evening of music, humor and imagination.
Age Recommendation: Ages 8+
Running Time: 90 minutes
The Acorn Theatre @ Theatre Row
Kyle Acheson

Kyle Acheson (Performer (Nicholas), Music Director, Head Writer - Music & Lyrics, Co-Creator)

Kyle is a composer, lyricist, and actor from Cincinnati, OH. He serves as music director for Thicket & Thistle. His work has appeared at Ars Nova, Playwrights Horizons, and at the NY Int’l Fringe Festival. He earned a BFA from the Webster Conservatory of Theatre Arts, trained at Double-Edge Theatre in Ashfield, MA and with the San Francisco Mime Troupe. In 2014, he released his debut album, Sun River.

Sam De Roest

Sam De Roest (Performer (Brian), Head Book Writer, Writer - Music & Lyrics, Co-Creator)

Sam is an actor, improviser, and playwright. His recent acting/writing credits include What’s Your Wish?, Crusical! The Murder Mystery Musical, and The Waterman. Sam won “Best Actor” at Theatre Now New York’s Sound Bites 10-Minute Musical Festival for his performance in What’s Your Wish? He graduated from Portland Actors Conservatory and the Curious Comedy Training Center in Portland, OR. Sam is a founding member of Thicket & Thistle and the improv duo RaeRoest.

Joshua Stenseth

Joshua Stenseth (Performer (Donald, Old Vern, Rufus), Co-Creator)

Joshua is an actor, improviser, and especially gifted napper. He is a graduate of Minnesota State University in Moorhead, The UCB Theater in NY, and The Curious Comedy Training Center in Portland, OR. He has worked in many regional theaters, on television, web, and in film. NY credits include Allegro, Scarlet, and Zombie Strippers. Joshua is a company member of Thicket & Thistle and tries very hard to fill his role as the resident 3-point shooter.

Juliana Wheeler

Juliana Wheeler (The Enchantress/Diana)

Juliana is an actress, singer, musician, and writer from Ashland, OR. A graduate of Portland Actors Conservatory, she recently moved to NYC to join Thicket & Thistle. Since graduating, she has performed in musicals, Shakespeare, sketch comedy, new works festivals, television, film, and more. Last summer, she spent a month at the Edinburgh Fringe Festival, playing the titular character in The Alien Chicken Remembers Galatea. She's excited to be part of this magical team!

Lindsay Zaroogian

Lindsay Zaroogian (The Fairy/McKenzie)

Lindsay is a graduate of the BFA musical theatre program at SUNY Fredonia. Credits include: Cowgirls (Rita), Let’s Misbehave: The Music and Lyrics of Cole Porter (Alice), Rent (Mimi), Fiddler on the Roof (Tzeitel), Marvelous Wonderettes (Missy), I Love You Because (Diana). She performed as McKenzie/The Fairy in T&T’s What’s Your Wish? at Fringe al Fresco and at the Access Theater.

Jonathan Eric Foster (Co-Creator, Director)

Jonathan is originally from Houston, Texas. Before creating Thicket & Thistle, Jonathan was a member of The Flea Theatre and The Drilling Company. Favorite NY productions include: The Waterman (Ars Nova), Romeo and Juliet, Twelfth Night (Drilling Company), and The Honest Whore (The Flea). Jonathan has been proud to direct What’s Your Wish? from its first iteration as a ten minute musical, through Fringe Festival, Chekhov Festival, Access Theatre, and the West End Theatre!

Sarah George (Co-Creator, Producer, Props Designer)

Sarah has produced all of Thicket & Thistle's shows since 2015 & serves as the group's managing director. She also designed the props and set pieces for What’s Your Wish? (FringeNYC, Anton Chekhov Festival, Access Theater, props- Theatre Now New York), The Waterman: A Forgotten Cascadian Myth (Ars Nova's ANT Fest), and Thicket & Thistle's newest show, Cruisical! The Murder Mystery Musical (Loading Dock, New Light Theater Project, Access Theater).

Corley Pillsbury (Co-Creator, Music, and Lyrics)

Corley is a singer, songwriter, and actor from Austin, TX. She is a founding member of Thicket & Thistle and has two albums of original music: Underworld (2013) and Simple Songs (2010), in addition to numerous theatre credits in Texas, New York, and California. Corley is a graduate of the Webster Conservatory and currently resides in Sacramento, CA.

Erin Cohen (Stage Manager)

Erin is happy to be returning to NYMF, this time with the amazing What's Your Wish? team. She is a graduate of The Pennsylvania State University's School of Theatre. She has a BFA in Theatre - Stage Management. Selected credits include Generation Me (NYMF 2017), The Video Games (Off Broadway at the Elektra Theatre), Forest Boy (NYMF 2016), The Secret Garden (Friends in Theatre Company), and The Grand Paradise (Third Rail Projects).

Kate McGee (Lighting Designer)

Kate is a trans*everything lighting designer. Recent work includes: Emily's D+ Evolution World Tour Esperanza Spalding,A Hunger Artist (Sinking Ship Productions), Aint No, Mo, Masculinity Max (The Public Theater),50/50 old school animation (Under the Radar, The Public Theater), Sound House (New Georges),My Lingerie Play (Rattlestick Playwright's Theater), Kidnap Road(La Mama), Carnival of the AnimalsandThe Bremen Town Band(The Miller Theater, Early Plays (New York City Players/Wooster Group, Henry Hewes Award Nomination, with Aaron Deyo).


SIMPSON & LONGTHORNE THEATRICALS is a boutique theatrical firm founded by partners Benjamin Simpson and Joseph Longthorne. As General Managers: Blank! The Musical (Broadway Comedy Club), Stu For Silverton, The Apple Boys (Ars Nova); Select NYMF: Mother Jones and The Children’s Crusade, The Calico Buffalo, Icon, Numbers Nerds, The Goree All-Girl String Band, Play Like A Winner, and Generation Me. As Co-Producers: Waitress, Oh Hello; On Broadway, The Glass Menagerie, A Doll’s House Part 2, Hello Dolly (2017 Tony Award), The Band's Visit, and Meteor Shower. In development: Cookies: A New Musical and Generation Me.

Rayn or Shine Public Relations (Press Representative)

Founded by Thomas Raynor, a publicist who began his career in the houses of "The Great White Way," Rayn or Shine Public Relations strives to create truly captivating and unique publicity campaigns for the various productions and artists we represent. From live theater productions to nonprofit arts organizations, musicians to cabaret artists, Rayn or Shine specializes in developing press and media campaigns for all avenues of live entertainment.

Travis George (Scenic Design)

Past include, Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater; Odetta. The Atlanta Ballet; The Great Gatsby. Live From Lincoln Center and PBS; LANG LANG ‘s New York Rhapsody, LFLC Presents: Stars in Concert, Joshua Bell Live with Dave Mathews; New Year’s Eve Live with the New York Philharmonic, Mostly Mozart Festival . Theater Harrisburg; Hairspray, BIG FISH, Velocity of Autumn, Far from Heaven (A new Musical) ,The Whipping Man. New London Barn Playhouse, The Secret Garden, and Souvenir.

Genevieve Beller (Costume Design)

A costume designer with a multi-national career, Genevieve is dedicated to the idea that art matters because people matter. Notable projects: Do This (World Premier starring Carmen Cusack), Breeders (Access Theatre), The Assignment (Rhymes Over Beats/Houses on the Moon), Into the Woods (Associate; Fiasco/Roundabout). Member, USA829.