Firefly in the Light

Dorian Gray

Book and Lyrics by Christopher Dayett; Music by Christopher Dayett & Kevin Mucchetti

Give in to temptation.

With found objects and big imaginations, an outcast troupe of players re-invents Oscar Wilde’s 1890 gothic tale of the young and mysterious Dorian Gray. His dashing looks are captured in a single portrait that allows him to remain young and untouched as he spirals into a lifestyle of dark secrets and dangerous indulgences. Featuring a haunting and romantic score, DORIAN GRAY begs the question: Do our sins define our true nature or are we damned by ignorance and mediocrity?

*Part of the Beta Musical series

Recommended for ages 13+

Running time: 2 hours

Christopher Dayett

Christopher Dayett (Book, Music, Lyrics)

A native Delawarean, Chris has written FOLLOW YOUR DREAMS, A CHRISTMAS CAROL: SLIGHTLY ABRIDGED, and CHECK, PLEASE!: A TEN MINUTE MUSICAL. DORIAN GRAY was his graduate thesis project in playwriting, for which he was granted "passed with distinction." B.A in Theatre and B.S. in Marine Biology from UNC-Wilmington. M.A. in Theatre from Villanova University. Chris resides in Naples, Florida, and runs the Performing Arts Department at Marco Island Academy. Member ASCAP and DGA. www.christopherdayett.com



Kevin Mucchetti

Kevin Mucchetti (Book, Music, Lyrics)

Kevin is a Philadelphia based music director, pianist, and composer. He serves as Director of Music for Church of the Holy Child in Wilmington, Delaware, an accompanist for the School of Pennsylvania Ballet, and as music director for PHIT Comedy's musical improv team, "Thank You, Places." Recent projects include original music for Deep Blue Theatre Collective's A STREETCAR NAMED DESIRE and music direction for Upper Darby Summer Stage's THE FANTASTICKS. B.A. in Music, University of Pennsylvania.



Christen Mandracchia (Director/Set Designer/Lighting Designer)

Christen teaches theatre and serves as Production Manager and Technical Director at Penn State Abington and Delaware County Community. She also works as a PM and TD at Harriton High School. Last summer, Christen directed VENUS IN FUR with Starving Artist Prevention, and served as general manager for I WILL SPEAK FOR MYSELF at the Edinburgh Fringe Festival. M.A. in Theatre from Villanova University. She is currently enrolled in the Theatre Ph.D. program at the University of Maryland.



Caitlyn Colgan (Choreographer)

Caitlyn is a recent graduate from York College of Pennsylvania where she earned her degree in Public Relations. Throughout the last five years, she has choreographed numerous shows for both her college theatre department and Firebird Theatre. Choreography credits include: YOU'RE A GOOD MAN, CHARLIE BROWN, and MR. BURN, A POST ELECTRIC PLAY among others. Previous roles include THE DROWSY CHAPERONE (Kitty), HAIRSPRAY (Amber) and TAPE (Amy).



Andrew Vitovitch (Fight Choreographer)



Courtney Boches (Costume Designer)

Courtney has a Masters in Theatre from Villanova University and a B.S. in TV production and scriptwriting from Ithaca College. She works as a freelance costume designer, director, and teacher in suburban Philadelphia at both professional and educational theatres. www.courtneyboches.com



Lauren Davenport (Stage Manager)

Lauren is a Philadelphia-area actor, soloist, playwright, member of the DGA, and stage manager. Her writing credits include: VOTIVE, and Irish one act (Chicago premiere, 2015); WAKING DREAMS, and original solo performance about Mary Shelley and the inception of her infamous novel, Frankenstein (Philadelphia premiere, 2016); SNIPER, a protest play monologue (San Diego premiere, "Vets at Home" Showcase, 2017). M.A. in Theatre from Villanova University and undergraduate degree in Drama, English, and Creative Writing from Washington College.



Laura Butchy (Dramaturg)



Brad DeLeone

Brad DeLeone (Dorian Gray)

Theatre credits include: SWEENEY TODD: THE DEMON BARBER OF FLEET STREET (Anthony), DISNEY'S BEAUTY AND THE BEAST (Gaston), NEXT TO NORMAL (Henry), THE LION, THE WITCH, AND THE WARDROBE (Edmund Pevensie), DISNEY'S THE LITTLE MERMAID (Prince Eric), FOOTLOOSE (Ren McCormack), SNYDER V. PHELPS: A NEW MUSICAL (Lance Cpl. Matthew Snyder), YOU'RE A GOOD MAN, CHARLIE BROWN (Schroeder), and GUYS AND DOLLS (Nicely-Nicely Johnson).



Lee Cortopassi

Lee Cortopassi (Lord Henry Wotton)

Lee was recently seen in New York, Off Broadway, in The IMBIBLE: CHRISTMAS CAROL COCKTAILS (Jake Barley). Lee is an ensemble member of Quintessence Theatre Group in Philadelphia, PA. Recent credits there include LOVE'S LABOR LOST (The King) and THE BROKEN HEART (Nearchus) in rep. He has also worked at The Tank, Cap 21 & The PIT in NYC. His original play, THE BIG: A FARCE NOIR premiered at the Sedgwick Theater in Philadelphia this past winter.



Topher Layton

Topher Layton (Basil Hallward)

Most recently, Topher was seen as Eugene Fodor in CRAZY FOR YOU at The Candlelight Theatre. Other Regional work includes: The Media Theatre in BILLY ELLIOT and A CHRISTMAS STORY, The Walnut Theatre in MARRY POPPINS, The Candlelight Theatre in YOUNG FRANKENSTEIN, HOW TO SUCCEED…, SWEENEY TODD, SECRET GARDEN, SPAMALOT, CAMELOT. Favorite roles include: Zanna (ZANNA DON'T), George (THE DROWSY CHAPERONE T), Lefou and Cogsworth (BEAUTY AND THE BEAST).



Courtney Boches

Courtney Boches (Mrs. Vane)

Courtney originated the role of Mrs. Vane last summer in the first reading of DORIAN GRAY. She has her M.A. in Theatre from Villanova University and a B.S. in TV Production and Scriptwriting from Ithaca College. Favorite stage roles include Annie Oakley (ANNIE GET YOUR GUN), Ethel Toffelmier (THE MUSIC MAN), Mazeppa (GYPSY), Mary Bailey (IT'S A WONDERFUL LIFE), and Helena (A MIDSUMMER'S NIGHT DREAM). www.courtneyboches.com



Kevin Durkin

Kevin Durkin (Isaac Feinman)

Recent credits: Cabaret singer at The Mermaid Inn in Mt. Airy, PA, and The Centre Theater in Norristown, PA , Albert Peterson in BYE BYE BIRDIE (Barn Playhouse), Gregory Gardner in A CHORUS LINE (King of Prussia Players), The Voice of Audrey II in LITTLE SHOP OF HORRORS (UMLY Players), and Chorus in LA TRAVIATA (Delaware Valley Opera Company). Kevin is the Bass Section Leader at St. Alban's Episcopal Church in Newtown Square, PA.



Carter Horton

Carter Horton (The Portrait)

Carter is a recent graduate of the acting program at the University of the Arts and proud to be making his NYMF debut. Previous credits include: THE TEMPEST, ROMEO AND JULIET (Virginia Stage Company); GOD'S EAR, TWELFTH NIGHT, WINTER'S TALE (University of the Arts).



Tyreese Kadle

Tyreese Kadle (James Vane)

Tyreese is thrilled to be making his New York debut in such an amazing project. Credits include: RAGTIME (Coalhouse) King of Prussia Players, EDGES (Man 1) Playcrafters Theater, and YOU'RE A GOOD MAN CHARLIE BROWN (Snoopy) Stars of Tomorrow Cabaret. He wants to thank his friends and family for their endless support and encouragement that has helped him flourish in his theatrical pursuits.



Brie Knight

Brie Knight (Madam Mientka)

Brie a Philadelphia-based theatre artist, playwright, and dramaturg. Her play, PANCAKE QUEEN was awarded the 2015 Sue Winge Playwriting Award and will be a part of the 2017 PlayPenn Conference. Brie is a member of the Philadelphia playwright’s collective, THE FOUNDRY. Credits: BEDLAM: SHAKESPEARE IN REHAB (Kate), BY THE WAY MEET VERA STARK (Lottie/Carmen), BEAUTIFUL CHILD (Delia), FOR COLORED GIRLS (Lady in Purple), EXTREMETIES (Marjorie) and THE WOMEN (Sylvia). M.A in Theatre, Villanova University.



Maura McColgan

Maura McColgan (SibylVane/Beth Wotton)

Maura is a recent graduate from West Chester University of PA where she studied Musical Theatre. Some recent credits include Little Red and Rapunzel in Into the Woods (Limelight Performing Arts Center), Gloria Upson In Mame (Candlelight Theatre) and as a member of the ensemble in South Pacific (Annapolis Opera). Maura would like to thank her family and friends for their endless support.



Samantha Solar

Samantha Solar (Mrs. Leaf)

Recent credits: SENSE AND SENSIBILITY (Lucy Steele/Gossip) with Pulley & Buttonhole Theatre Company, MUCH ADO ABOUT NOTHING (Verges) with Shakespeare in the Summer (Elkins Park, PA), and an original work in the Philadelphia Fringe Festival called CAT-A-STROPHE (Pussika). Samantha has also appeared in original works with Philadelphia-based Luke Allen Productions, LLC. She earned a double degree in Theatre and French from Muhlenberg College.