Black Hole Wedding

Words by Katherine Brann Fredricks; Music by Paul E. Nelson

A green new musical.

Lying, stealing, forging, kidnapping, government-manipulating oil baron Dean captures and warehouses renewable energy discoveries.  Shy uber-geek Raymond fights back with a black hole trash compactor.  Will Dean feed Raymond’s fiancé to the black hole, in his campaign to promote capitalism by crushing competition? Will true love prevail in the face of ultimate greed, a chicken-bone fuel generator, and booth babes doing a strip tease where the black hole sucks their clothes off?  Find out in this zany satire of energy politics, Black Hole Wedding: a love story with a pure heart, wrapped in a warped universe where truth doesn’t matter, integrity doesn’t matter, but golf is essential.


Runtime: 2 hours including a 10-minute intermission.

Paul Edward Nelson

Paul Edward Nelson (Writer, Book and Music)

Paul Nelson is a conservatory trained composer of musical theater and art music. Music compositions include four full length musicals spanning diverse genres from Pop/Rock (Black Hole Wedding) and R&B (Hair Wars) to 1920’s farce (Dinner at Precisely 8:13) as well as works for piano, string quartet, symphony orchestra, and chamber orchestra. Paul has composition degrees from the Peabody Conservatory (where he studied opera with Nicholas Maw) and NYU/Tisch (Graduate Musical Theater Writing). Awards include the Frederick Loewe/ASCAP Musical Theater Award, 1st place in the Virginia Carty deLillo Composition Competition, and others.

Katherine Brann Fredricks

Katherine Brann Fredricks (Writer, Book & Lyrics)

Writer/Producer/Director Katherine Brann Fredricks has had 6 shows in New York City festivals in the last 7 years, winning or nominated for 28 awards. Black Hole Wedding NYMF 2019. TRU Workshop, 2018. Planet Connections 2015, winning Outstanding Music & Lyrics. (10 Awards &/or nominations). Arizona Justice, Dream Up Festival, Theater for the New City, 2018. Occasion for Sin, Planet Connections 2017, winning Outstanding Music & Lyrics. (9 Awards &/or nominations). NIX, Planet Connections 2016. (8 Awards &/or nominations). Walden Planet Connections 2013. Katherine has written, produced and directed 2 feature documentaries. The Yavapai Story aired on Cinemax, won a Bronze Apple at the National Educational Video & Film Festival, & screened at New York’s Museum of Modern Art.

Craig George

Craig George (Director)

Craig J. George has directed over a dozen world premieres, including The Calico Buffalo (NYMF 2015 Best of Fest winner). Other credits include: Titus: A Grand and Gory Rock Musical, The Family Claxon, The Aperture, and Measure for Measure (Cleveland Public Theatre), Taming of the Shrew (Off-Broadway, The Duke on 42nd Street) God's Country and Lighter (New York Musical Festival), Cursing Macbeth (Harold Clurman Theater), Kiss Your Brutal Hands (United Solo Festival/FringeNYC), Twelfth Night, Much Ado About Nothing, Taming of the Shrew (Hamptons Shakespeare Festival), The 39 Steps, The Complete Works of William Shakespeare, abridged (Via Brooklyn/Southampton Cultural Center), and Billy and the Killers, Heartless Bastard (HERE Arts). Additional theaters worked at include South Coast Repertory, George Street Playhouse, The New Group, West Side Theatre, York Theatre Company, New Jersey Repertory and Penguin Repertory. Member of AEA and

SL Theatricals (General Manager)

SL Theatricals – a boutique theatrical firm comprised of partners Benjamin Simpson and Joseph Longthorne, and associate Jessie Muni. As General Managers -  OSCAR at The Crown (3 Dollar Bill), Thicker Than Water (Joe's Pub @ The Public Theater), Blank! The Musical  (The Green Room 42), Stu For Silverton, The Apple Boys (Ars Nova); HERE ARTS: Heartless Bastard, and Billy And The Killers; NYMF: Mother Jones and The Children’s Crusade, The Calico Buffalo, Icon, Numbers  Nerds, The Goree All-Girl String Band, Play Like A Winner, Generation Me, What’s Your Wish?, If Sand Were Stone, and Sonata 1962. As Co-Producers - OFF-BROADWAY: OSCAR at The Crown, Be More Chill, BROADWAY: Be More Chill,  Waitress,  Oh Hello; On Broadway,  The Glass Menagerie,  A Doll’s House Part 2,  Hello Dolly  (2017 Tony Award), Meteor Shower, and The Band's Visit (2018 Tony Award). UPCOMING: Our Dear Dead Drug Lord by Alexis Scheer (Women's Project & Second Stage Theater),  In Development:  Generation

Nevada Lozano

Nevada Lozano (Musical Director)

NEVADA LOZANO is thrilled to return to NYMF with Black Hole Wedding! Music assistant credits include: Oklahoma! (Circle in the Square), By the Way, Meet Vera Stark (Signature) and Miller, Mississippi (Long Wharf), among others. Music directing credits include: Calamity Jane (Musicals Tonight!); Owen and Mzee (Vital Theatre Company); Little Women, Godspell (A.D. Players); Next to Normal, Company, Avenue Q, and Little Shop of Horrors (MJR Theatricals). Nevada is a member of the BMI Musical Theatre Workshop and received their Jerry Harrington Award for Outstanding Creative Achievement in 2018.

Wesley Cornwell

Wesley Cornwell (Scenic Design)

Wesley Cornwell is a New York based scenic designer. Select scenic credits include Dog (Columbia U, Signature Theatre Center), Sonata 1962 (NYMF, Acorn Theatre), As You Like It (The Brick Theater), A Funny Thing Happened...Forum (Princeton Festival), Basement (Shetler Studios), The White Dress (Araca Project, American Theater of Actors), Lost and Guided (UNDER St. Marks), Man of La Mancha (Princeton Festival), Gruesome Playground Injuries (Theaterlab), and Cyrano (FringeNYC). Other work includes an ongoing relationship with Princeton University Concerts as the scenic and lighting designer for a series of intimate chamber music concerts.

Shelly Hutchinson

Shelly Hutchinson (Choreographer)

Shelly Hutchinson is a choreographer, dancer, actress and producer in New York City. Choreographer for “So You Think You Can Dance” Ukraine, on creative teams in operas such as Candide, Samson and Delilah and Aida, NYC Fashion Week and Disney's High School Musical.
Television appearances include MTV, CBS, ABC, Saturday Night Live, Law & Order, HBO. Performing credits Radio City Music Hall, Warner Brothers Films, Off-Broadway/ Regional Theatre, National/European Tours. On faculty at Broadway Dance Center, Joffrey Ballet School and Peridance. Nominated for “Outstanding Choreography” for “Occasion For Sin” as part of Planet Connections Theater Festivity.

Connor Saccal

Connor Saccal (John Wayne/Ambassador)

NYMF debut! National Tour/Regional: West Side Story (Chino), Pete the Cat (Jimmy), Hairspray (Sketch), Peter Pan (Lost Boy). Other: Tokyo Disneyland. BFA, Syracuse University. The Luedtke Agency. @connor_saccal

Kelsey Schergen

Kelsey Schergen (Booth Babe Lucy/Edna)

Kelsey Schergen is excited to participate in this original work! National Tours: Fame the Musical, Wizard of Oz. Regional: Theatre Aspen, Weathervane Theatre, ABT, Axelrod. BFA NYU Tisch @schergen

Judith Ingber

Judith Ingber (Olivia)

NYMF Debut! Off-Broadway: The Day Before Spring (Musicals in Mufti Series at The York), The Seagull (New York Classical Theatre). Regional: Life Sucks world premiere (Theatre J), Yentl music and lyrics by Jill Sobule (Theatre J), Bus Stop (Olney Theatre, Austin Pendleton dir.) Man of La Mancha (The Shakespeare Theatre), Call of the Wild, the musical (Olney Theatre), Lump of Coal (Adventure Theatre), Swampoodle (Solas Nua). Judith is also proud to be a part of numerous readings and workshops in DC and New York.

Mandy Striph

Mandy Striph (Calista)

Mandy Striph is a Midwest transplant, dog lover, and crossword puzzle enthusiast. Tours: Memphis, Beauty and the Beast. Other credits: Mamma Mia (Tanya), 9 to 5 (Violet), Thoroughly Modern Millie (Millie).

Justin Michael Duval

Justin Michael Duval (Morton)

National Tours: Happy Days, Jekyll and Hyde, Dream Girls. Regional: How the Grinch Stole Christmas, Chaplin, Accomplice, A Years with Frog and Toad, Lucky Duck and A Brand New Kid. Film: Valentines Day (Directed by Garry Marshall).

Lukas Poost

Lukas Poost (Spock)

National Tour: Shrek the Musical (Shrek). Off-Broadway: That Bachelorette Show, Prospect Theater Company’s Unlock’d. Regional: Dirty Rotten Scoundrels (Freddy), Hairspray (Corny Collins).

Sean McDermott

Sean McDermott (Dean)

On Broadway Sean starred as Chris in the original Broadway company of Miss Saigon (opposite Jonathan Price and Lea Salonga), Whizzer in Falsettos (opposite Mandy Patinkin), Rusty in Starlight Express, Danny in Grease. Also, Billy in Flynn Chicago, Sam in Mamma Mia, Lawrence in Dirty Rotten Scoundrels, the title roles in Jekyll and Hyde, Jesus in Jesus Christ Super Star, Billy in Carousel, The Pirate King in Pirates of Penzance, and Tony in West Side Story.
Off-Broadway He played Larry in the critically acclaimed 1st revival of The Boys in the Band (with David Drake and James Lecesne). Sean played famed role of Hannibal Lecter in Silence! The Musical, also he played Lucifer in Christmas in Hell (a NYMF show in 2017). On TV-Law & Order SVU, Desperate Housewives, Medium, Charmed, Guiding Light. Sean appeared twice on The Tonight Show with Jay Leno and Johnny Carson. Sean was hand-picked by Barbra Streisand to sing alongside her on her European tour and performed at Carnegie Hall with Bernadette Peters. Sean has numerous recordings all available on iTunes.

Teshomech Olenja

Teshomech Olenja (Georgina)

Teshomech Olenja is a southern Belle, native of Albany, Ga. Her favorite credits are “Claudia” from “the Bluest Eye,” “Dorothy” from “the Wiz,” and “Sour Kangaroo,” from “Seussical, the Musical.” She’s thrilled to be joining this production.

Jay Ellis

Jay Ellis (Eugene)

Jay Ellis is honored to participate NYMF. His stage credits include Stew (Narrator), Regional premier of Passing Strange; Theatrical Rights Worldwide’s Saturday Night Fever (Monty); national tour of Charlotte’s Web (Templeton). Screen credits include Poncho (London Independent Film Festival winner); SJC Films’ Interrogation (Dir. Stephen Caple Jr.). @jellis14

Jonathan Miller

Jonathan Miller (Raymond)

Jonathan Miller is so excited to be a part of this show! Credits include: Little Women (Laurie) and Thoroughly Modern Millie (Jimmy). BFA Musical Theatre, Pace University. @jonathantmiller

Mimi Robinson

Mimi Robinson (Summer)

Mimi Robinson is delighted to perform in this zany new show! Favorite credits include national tours: Grinch (Mama Who), Cinderella (Gabrielle), and Disney Cruise Line's musicals (Cruella/Rapunzel behind a screen).

Sophia Pesetti

Sophia Pesetti (Stage Manager)

Sophia Pesetti is excited to return to NYMF for the second year in a row! Select stage management credits include the LA Production Assistant for Hillary and Clinton (Broadway), Sonata 1962 (NYMF), and Lippa’s The Wild Party (University of Southern California). She has also worked at Santa Cruz Shakespeare and Sacramento Music Circus. Proud member of Actor’s Equity Association.

Dan O

Dan O'Driscoll (Fight Director)

Dan O’Driscoll has choreographed the violence in 200 theatrical/film productions on the East Coast garnering 3 OBIE awards, 2 Drama Desk nominations, 2 Drama League Award nominations, 1 Off-Broadway Alliance nomination and 3 Off-Off-Broadway Review awards in NYC. In addition, Dan has assisted another 79 productions both on Broadway and Off-Broadway. Dan is a Certified Teacher/Fight Director with the Society of American Fight Directors. See www.swordandtherose.comfor a full list of credits.

Daniel Scott Walton

Daniel Scott Walton (Ensemble)

Daniel Scott Walton is very excited to join the company of Black Hole Wedding! Favorite Regional credits include Jack Kelly in Disney's Newsies, Frank Schultz in Show Boat, Davey in Disney’s Newsies, Eddie in Mamma Mia, and Piggy in Shrek. Boston Conservatory alum. Daniel sends thanks to his team at The Mine, Mom, Dad, Michael, and Doppy for their endless support. @danielscottwalton