Firefly in the Light

TEMPLE of the SOULS

Book by Anita Velez-Mitchell, Lorca Peress & Anika Paris; Music by Dean Landon & Anika Paris; Lyrics by Anita Velez-Mitchell & Anika Paris; Additional Lyrics by Dean Landon

A tale of forbidden love where nightmares and dreams come true.

TEMPLE OF THE SOULS is an award-winning contemporary pop musical of secrets, lies, and forbidden love. Two worlds collide in this mythical tale when Amada, the beautiful daughter of a Conquistador, and Guario, a young Taíno, meet in the magical rain forest of Puerto Rico. To escape the intolerant world below, our young lovers run away to the Temple of the Souls where nightmares and dreams come true.

Running time: 1 hour 50 minutes

Anita Velez-Mitchell

Anita Velez-Mitchell (Book, Story, Lyrics)

Anita Velez-Mitchell (1916-2015) Poet, Writer, and Performer born in Vieques, Puerto Rico. Recipient of Proclamations from Governor of Puerto Rico, City of NY; 2013 ACE Extraordinary Award for Distinction and Merit (Association of Latin Entertainment Critics of NY); 2012 Lifetime Achievement Award from League of Puerto Rican Women; Julia de Burgos Poetry Award, etc. Subject of award-winning documentary “Anita Velez: Dancing Through Life” by her daughter and TV Journalist, Jane Velez-Mitchell); and upcoming “Light Years” by Claire Panke.



Anika Paris

Anika Paris (Book, Music, Lyrics)

Anika Paris released 3 solo CD’s; toured the U.S., Canada, and Asia; sang with Stevie Wonder, John Mayer, and John Legend. Author: Making Your Mark in Music; Five Star Music Makeover (Hal Leonard). Songs: feature films, TV, theatre. Faculty: UCLA Adjunct Professor, Musicians Institute, the Grammy. Awards: CRIA double Platinum, Gold award-winner, International Latin Book Award - Poetry, ASCAP’s Abe Oleman Scholarship, ASCAP Pop Plus Awards, Nashville Music City Songfest, HOLA Outstanding Music, NYIT Outstanding Original Music, Script Nominations.



Lorca Peress

Lorca Peress (Book, Director, Producer)

Lorca Peress specializes in multicultural and multidisciplinary new works, including dance, musicals, and opera. Founder/Artistic Director of MultiStages. Directing Credits: Public Theatre, HERE, Signature, Theatre for the New City, et al. Awards: HOLA Zaldivar Award (Outstanding Production), NYIT Nominations (Outstanding Script; Production), National Opera Competitions, Taino Areito Drama. Faculty: NYU Tisch, Strasberg Inst. Memberships: SDC, NTC, AEA, LPTW (Co-President 2011-14), Creative Network of Governor’s Office of Puerto Rico (PRFAA). Bennington College and NTI graduate. multistages.org



Dean Landon

Dean Landon (Music, Lyrics, Orchestrator)

Dean Landon is a Composer/Orchestrator for Warner Bros. Credits: American Idol, HBO's Sex in the City, Desperate Housewives, Saturday Night Live, Lifetime, MTV, CNN, Extra, Ellen DeGeneres, The Bachelor, The Bachelorette, TMZ, et al. Awards: HOLA Award for Outstanding Music, NYIT Nomination for Outstanding Original Music, CRIA double Platinum, Gold award-winner. Landon/Paris (LPMG) music catalog published by Warner Chappell, Universal Polygram, and Sony/BMG. New EP “Make the World More Beautiful” (Sonoton Music).



Bruce Baumer

Bruce Baumer (Musical Director)

Bruce Baumer - Credits: URINETOWN, KISS ME KATE, INTO THE WOODS, AN EPIC THEATRE WORKSHOP with Three Penny Opera, and MERRILY WE ROLL ALONG (Lee Strasberg Institute). THE JUDAS TREE, TEMPLE OF THE SOULS, and THE ISLAND OF NO TOMORROWS (MultiStages); cabaret shows, and Co-Lyricist on a recording project. Faculty: Lee Strasberg Theatre & Film Institute. Bruce has sung with over 20 opera companies including NYC Opera, San Francisco, and Kennedy Center. He is a Yale University graduate.



Enrique Brown

Enrique Brown (Choreographer)

Enrique Brown is thrilled to be a part of Temple of the Souls. Direction/Choreography: In The Heights (NYU TISCH), Oklahoma! (Associate/1st National Tour & MUNY), Merrily Mannerly (STONC Workshop & NY/CT Readings), Petunia: A New Musical (FRINGE/NY),The Awakening of Angel DeLuna (NY Reading), Fat Camp-The Musical (Associate/NYMF), The Music Man, Song and Dance.



Jason Fok

Jason Fok (Lighting Designer)

Jason Fok is an NYC-based theatre and dance Lighting Designer. Selected: HERE Arts Center, Portland Stage Co., Company One, Intar, TerraNova Collective, Strindberg Rep, Todd Henry Movement, Curet Performance Project Teatro SEA, Stella Adler, Cre·Art, Museum Of Jewish Heritage, Hudson Theatre Works, Dixon Place, Met Breuer, Ars Nova, Red Caravan, Theatre 167, Wild Project, Secret Theatre, Stella Adler, Access Theatre, Target Margin, Theatre Lab, Martha Graham Studio, Planet Connections Theatre Festivity, NYC Fringe Fest, and Universities.  



Jennifer Varbalow

Jennifer Varbalow (Scenic Design)

Jennifer Varbalow has been designing and teaching for the past 20 years. Credits: Bryant Park, Drilling Company/Shakespeare in the Parking Lot, Resonance Ensemble,The Artful Conspirators, The Workshop Theater, Ensemble Studio Theatre, Theatre Garden, City Lights Youth Theater, Pulse Ensemble Theatre, DR2 Theatre, Queens Theatre in the Park. Faculty: Teaching Artist with Roundabout Theatre Company, The Metropolitan Opera Guild, Vital Theatre, Town Hall and others. She holds an MFA from Brandeis and BFA from Rutgers University.



Jan Harley (Projection Designer)

“Temple of the Souls” is Jan Hartley's fourth production with MultiStages, and sixth collaboration with director Lorca Peress. Credits: Ring Cycle directed by Francesca Zambello (San Francisco Opera in June 2011); the West End in London, Broadway, Off-Broadway, and Regional theaters. Awards: two Drama Desk awards for Bunny, Bunny and Orphans’ Home Cycle, a Henry Hewes Design Award for Orphans’ Home Cycle, and an OBIE for sustained excellence in Projection Design.



Ken Goodwin (Sound Designer)

Broadway: Groundhog Day (Assistant Sound Designer) On The Town (Assistant Sound Designer), Hedwig and the Angry Inch (Assistant Sound Designer). Off-Broadway: The Total Bent (Assistant Sound Designer, Public Theatre), The Wildness Sky-Pony’s Rock Fairy Tale (Associate Sound Designer, Ars Nova), Dry Powder (Associate Sound Designer, Public Theatre). Regional: Engagements (Barrington Stage Co), A Doctor In Spite of Himself (Yale Repertory Theatre & Berkeley Repertory Theatre), The Realistic Joneses (Yale Repertory Theatre).



Mark-Eugene Garcia (Dramaturg)

Mark-Eugene is excited to work with TEMPLE OF THE SOULS! He is proud member of the Dramatists Guild and A.S.C.A.P. He is a graduate of the City College of New York and studied book and lyric writing with the Academy of New Musical Theatre. His musicals include STANDBY ( NYMF 13, NYCFRINGE),  THE HOLY COWS OF CREDENCE SOUTH DAKOTA, FACING EAST, WHAT FRIENDS ARE FOR, and THE JOURNEY. His plays include (UN)MISSED CONNECTIONS, ONE NIGHT AT THE GOLDEN BOOT, INSCRIPTIONS, and KEYS. He also contributed material to BROADWAY'S EPIC FAIL.(NYMF 14)  STANDBY is currently making it’s Midwest Premiere in Hammond, Indiana. www.markeugenegarcia.com



Ari Aaron

Ari Aaron (Ensemble)

NYC/NYMF Debut! Regional Credits: TJ in Sister Act, Disney’s When You Wish, and Beauty and the Beast (Tuacahn Center for the Arts) Mamma Mia (Marriott Theatre); Oklahoma! and South Pacific (Musical Theatre West); Sonny in Grease and Ali Hakim in Oklahoma! (Welk Resort Theatre). Love and thanks to Mom, Dad, ATB, Michael Cassara, and the creative team. Instagram: actorari



Jorge Barranco

Jorge Barranco (Ensemble)

Jorge Barranco is ecstatic to be making his NY debut. Favorite credits: In the Heights (IRNE Nominee), Urinetown, Carrie, and Click Clack Moo National Tour. Jorge recently returned from traveling Western Europe aboard AIDAprima as a lead soloist. For: Mom, Dad, Abuelo/a, Tio/a, Primo/a, and James. @jorgebeamm.



Danny Bolero

Danny Bolero (Don Severo)

Thrilled to be part of NYMF and “TEMPLE.”  Bolero has appeared on Broadway and in 1st National companies of JOSEPH, and the Tony winner, IN THE HEIGHTS, as Kevin Rosario, which he will reprise this fall at THE OLNEY THEATER.   Off Broadway work included critics pick for both ROUGHLY SPEAKING and BEDBUGS the MUSICAL. This brings the release of his film,  RAPID EYE MOVEMENT, and his season finale work on POWER, BODEGA SERIES.  Other projects currently under construction, his solo show SHADOWBOXING, PUPPY CHULO, a children's story, and co-producing the documentary, CLOSETED ANCESTRY.  www.dannyboleroactor.com, @dannybolero



Theresa Burns

Theresa Burns (Ensemble)

Theresa Burns has been a part of Temple of the Souls since its first reading, and she is thrilled to be back! Performance credits include: the Off-Broadway production of My Big, Gay, Italian Wedding (Maria), national tours of The Wizard of Oz (Glinda) and Cinderella (Step Sister), Enlightened Theatrics' Songs for a New World (Woman 2), and workshops of new plays and musicals. For more info and directing/choreography credits, go to www.TheresaBurns.net. Proud member of AEA and SDC. Lots of love and gratitude to the cast and team!



Catalina Gaglioti

Catalina Gaglioti (Ensemble)

Catalina is thrilled to be making her NYMF debut in Temple of the Souls. Recent credits include We Foxes (Sadie, Goodpeed Opera House), A Christmas Carol (Belle, Palace Theatre), Fallen Skies (Frieda, SoHo Playhouse) Les Mis (Eponine). BFA in Musical Theatre, the Boston Conservatory 2016. Special thanks goes to her family and CTG! @catgaglioti

 



Jacob Gutierrez

Jacob Gutierrez (Nemesio)

Jacob Gutierrez is thrilled to be part of NYMF and Temple of the Souls this year! Favorite credits: LIGHT IN THE PIAZZA (Fabrizio), ALADDIN (Aladdin), CINDERELLA (Prince Christopher), LITTLE MERMAID (Flotsam), WILD PARTY (Eddie). Oklahoma City University alum. Endless thanks to his mentors and family throughout the years. To God be the glory.



Noellia Hernandez

Noellia Hernandez (Amada)

Noellia Hernandez is so grateful for the opportunity to tell this story once again! NAT’L TOURS: Maria Elena in the 25th anniversary tour of THE BUDDY HOLLY STORY. Other Credits:  IN THE HEIGHTS (Nina), HIGH SCHOOL MUSICAL (Gabriella), Disney Cruise Line (Sophia). Thank you to my friends and family and to my husband Adam for always believing in me. Peace and love. Noelliahernandez.com

 

 



Val Nuccio

Val Nuccio (Ensemble)

Val Nuccio is thrilled to be joining the Temple family! Regional credits: Narrator in Joseph...Dreamcoat (The Showpalace), Regina in Rock of Ages (Palace theatre - NH), Rose in The Secret Garden (Roxy Regional), Magenta in Rocky Horror (Winnipesaukee Playhouse). Love to Anthony and both my amazing families.



Isabel Plana

Isabel Plana (Ensemble)

Isabel is thrilled to be making her NYMF debut with the cast of Temple of Souls. Off Broadway & Workshop credits include Hot Julie in Kerrigan & Lowdermilk’s: The Bad Years, and The Last Adam. Other favorite credits include Daniela in In the Heights, Diana in A Chorus Line, and Hattie in Follies. Proud graduate of Baldwin Wallace University Conservatory of Music. Thanks to my family, and Just Boals Inc.



Andres Quintero

Andres Quintero (Guario)

Originally from Caracas, Venezuela. National tours: Altar Boyz. Regional/NY Theatre: Independence: A Story of Revenge (La Jolla Playhouse), Rent (Gateway Playhouse), Giant (Signature Theatre, VA), Altar Boyz (Sacramento Music Circus), Temple of the Souls (MultiStages, Theatre for the New City), Greenwood Tree (NYMF). Film/TV: Law and Order SVU, Madam Secretary, Odd Mom Out, Gaymers, Romance and The Digital Age. Andres is a singer songwriter and a member of the Indie pop group Private Alien. www.andresquinteroactor.com



Miguel Angel Serra

Miguel Angel Serra (Ensemble)

Miguel Angel Serra is super thrilled to reprise his role as Pedro in Temple of the Souls! He is a graduate from Marymount Manhattan College with a BFA in Acting and Musical Theater. Off-Broadway credits include: Temple of the Souls (Theatre for a New City), Under Fire (Theater at St. Clement's) , Hamlet (The Workshop Theater) , Comedy of Terrors (IFF), Joseph...Dreamcoat as Joseph (Players Theater). Regional: Aida (Francisco Arrivi Theater) as Radames. Other favorite credits include Mr. Black in Wild Party, Toxie in TheToxic Avenger, and Dionysus in The Bacchae.Special shout out to the creative team- Lorca, Anika, Bruce, and Enrique, who are such a joy to work with. Thank you Nadiene for your patience, love, and devotion. Love you, mami.



Lorraine Velez

Lorraine Velez (Nana)

BROADWAY Mimi in Rent, Dreamgirls (revival); LONDON WEST END: FameMiss SaigonOut of the Blue, Porgy and Bess; REGIONAL: Blues in the Night, Maria de Buenos Aires, Anita inWest Side Story. OFF BROADWAY: DC7 - The Roberto Clemente Story (ACE, ATI Best Actress, Tour),There She Goes (one-woman show The One Festival). Favorite: singing for His Holiness the Dalai Lama.TV/Film: US/UK: Law and OrderElementaryPinero, Doctor Who, Casualty, Frightmares.