If Sand Were Stone

Book & Lyrics by Carly Brooke Feinman; Music by Cassie Willson

Some love can never be forgotten.
 
If Sand Were Stone follows a remarkable poet as she and her family grapple with her early-onset Alzheimer's disease at the peak of her career. As their world unsteadies and shifts, they must learn how to hold fast to love, against all odds. Loosely based upon a true story and inspired by extensive first-hand research with Alzheimer’s patients and their families, If Sand Were Stone is a testament to the resilience of the human spirit and, most importantly, to fierce love.
 
Running Time: 90 minutes
 
The Acorn Theatre @ Theatre Row
Carly Brooke Feinman

Carly Brooke Feinman (Book, Music, Lyrics)

Carly is a playwright, poet and storyteller living and working in New York City. She is mystified by the possibilities and limitations of language, and her works often interrogate the relationship between language and meaningful human connection. In addition to her work being produced at NYMF this summer, her play Reflux will also be making its Off-Broadway debut at the Broadway Bound Theatre Festival in August. Previously, Carly has assisted Pulitzer Prize winning playwright Quiara Alegria Hudes on projects such as the screenplay adaptation of her musical In The Heights (written with Lin-Manuel Miranda).



Cassie Willson

Cassie Willson (Book, Music, Lyrics)

Cassie Willson is a composer, music director, and performer based in New York City. She has served as a copyist on Hamilton and an assistant music director at the Williamstown Theatre Festival. Cassie is interested in making accessible music that challenges listeners. She is also super into 20th-century Bulgarian folk music and would love to talk about it with you.



Tyler Thomas (Director)

Tyler Thomas is a theater director and choreographer, currently based in New York City. Her work has most recently been shown at HERE Arts Center, Paradise Factory, The Performing Garage, and at various theaters across NYU. Recent assistant credits include Miss You Like Hell (The Public Theater), Is God Is (Soho Rep), Master (The Foundry Theatre), Big River (City Center Encores!), and Tragedy in Spades: A Crime Documentary (University Settlement). This fall, she will continue development on a multimedia site specific performance, If Hands Could Speak, as well as assistant direct at The Public Theater and Atlantic Theater Company. She holds a BFA in Drama and MA in Arts Politics from NYU.



Ilana Atkins

Ilana Atkins (Music Director)

Ilana Atkins is a conductor, pianist, vocal coach, and musical director. New to NYC, her upcoming musical direction endeavors in the city include: If Sand Were Stone - NYMF,  The Addams Family - Imagine Works, "Showcase Series" - The Growing Studio, Alice In Wonderland - Out of the Box Theatrics, and Peter and the Star Catcher - The New Argyle Theatre. Some recent favorite projects: The Mystery of Edwin DroodMarvelous WonderettesOrdinary Days, and 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee. Ilana is currently an auditioin pianist in addition to accompanying/coaching for numerous musical theatre programs in the city.



Nora Thompson (Choreographer)

Nora lives and works in New York City as a dance-maker, visual artist, and arts administrator. Her work aims to pull theoretical ideas into the body, grounding them in physicality. Since arriving in New York City, she has started a seasonal outdoor improvisation class, performed a durational visual performance piece, Centipede, for multiple events, and has begun development on an evening-length solo work. Currently she serves as a grant writer for the Abrons Art Center and assists  dance artist Eiko Otake with writing and outreach. In addition to choreographing for If Sand Were Stone, she will also serve as a Movement Consultant for Carly Feinman’s Reflux, to have It’s Off-Broadway debut in August 2018.



Cynthia Tong (Producer)

As a producer and arts administrator, Cynthia Tong enjoys nothing more than to collaborate with artists and make their creative visions a reality. This summer, she is working on the festival premieres of two of Carly Feinman's works: If Sand Were Stone and Reflux. Most recently, she co-produced an independent, full-length feature film, Noah Wise. She received a B.A. in Sociology from Wesleyan University and has a background in dance. 



Jon Bauerfeld (Orchestrator)

​Jonathan Bauerfeld is a composer, orchestrator, music director, and copyist living in Manhattan. He is a proud member of the BMI Lehmen Engel Workshop. Composer: LEGACY: THE BOOK OF NAMES (Edinburgh Festival Fringe, upcoming.) Orchestrator: SINGLE RIDER (Off B’way), 2017 Actors Fund Gala, Symphony Space (various concerts). Music Copyist (Anixter Rice): Broadway: SUMMER: THE DONNA SUMMER MUSICAL, ESCAPE TO MARGARITAVILLE. Regional: SOFT POWER. Music/orchestration Assistant: Broadway: ESCAPE TO MARGARITAVILLE. Chicago: HAMILTON, WAR PAINT, THE SPONGEBOB MUSICAL. Television: A CHRISTMAS STORY, LIVE!. Nat’l Tour: HAMILTON. 



Machel Ross (Costume Designer)

Machel is a Brooklyn based creative collaborator. NYTWThe House That Will Not Stand (Assistant director), Hadestown (Assistant Costume Designer) . Signature Theatre: At Home At the Zoo (Assistant Director) The Antipodes (Assistant Director)LCTThe Wolves (Associate Director). Pipeline (Assistant Director).        
Roundabout Last Match (Associate Costume Designer). BFA: NYU-TISCH.


Adam Honore (Lighting Designer)

Adam Honoré (Lighting Designer) is a New York based designer for plays, musicals, dance, and concerts. Off-Broadway: Carmen Jones (Revival, featuring Anika Noni Rose), Red Scare on Sunset (TFNC), Raisin (APAC). Regional: Skeleton Crew (Huntington Theatre Company), Mamma Mia! (Engeman Theatre).  International: Haydn’s The Seasons (Austria), Kinky Boots (Manila), Fun Home (Int’l Premier, featuring Lea Salonga). Recent Associate/Assistant Credits:  Fire and Air (CSC), The View Upstairs (Off-Bway), Love Never Dies (1st National Tour). 



Esther Bermann (Stage Manager)

ESTHER BERMANN is a California native with BAs in dance and drama from UC Irvine. Select theater credits include How the Light Gets In (NYMF), An Ordinary Muslim and Light Shining in Buckinghamshire (NYTW), Master (Foundry Theatre), A Chronicle of the Madness of Small Worlds (Next Door @ NYTW) and Mr. Marmalade (UC Irvine).



Trish Lindström

Trish Lindström (Billie)

TRISH LINDSTROM is an award-winning Canadian actor, recently planted in New York.  She is best known for playing leads at the Stratford and Shaw Festivals with directors (selected): Peter Sellars, Des McAnuff, and Amanda Dehnert. Trish won Dora and Toronto Critics’ Awards as “Girl” in Once (dir: John Tiffany). @lindstromtrish



Alexis Floyd

Alexis Floyd (Margaux)

ALEXIS FLOYD is Cleveland raised and New York City based. Off-Broadway: Single Rider (The Player’s Theatre). Other recent credits include Honey Dipped Apocalypse Girls (Kraine Theatre) and Mitad Del Mundo (LaMama). Graduate of Carnegie Mellon’s BFA Musical Theatre program. Her original music is available on Spotify and Apple Music. @alexisgfloyd 



Tabatha Gayle

Tabatha Gayle (Spirit)

TABATHA GAYLE is a performer and writer based out of Harlem, NY. Off Broadway: Misogynoir (Ars Nova). Select Regional: Our Country’s Good (CRT), The Importance of Being Earnest (CRT), Shrek: The Musical (CRT). Film & TV: Redrum, Novana. Video Games: Beamer. Training: BFA, UConn. Thanks to Shirley at Carson Adler, much love to Sam Kebede and the family. TabathaGayle.com



Tracy McDowell

Tracy McDowell (Tracy)

TRACY MCDOWELL is thrilled to be a part of this new Work! Broadway/NYC Credits: MOTOWN , RENT , Tonya and Nancy the Rock Opera, Jawbreaker Regional: Snapshots, Hair, Godspell. She is currently working on a new solo show. It’s going to be so funny. Check out my band www.thebandmethod.com  www.tracy-mcdowell.com Love to CLA, My Family, James, and Oscar.



Jonathan Christopher

Jonathan Christopher (Marvin)

Thrilled to make his NYMF debut! New York: The Secret Garden (Dev. Lab), Carmen (New York Opera Exchange), Why Don’t I Have A Girlfriend? (Planet Connections Theatre Festivity). Regional: Ragtime(Great Plains Theatre), The Marriage of Figaro (ConcertIA, Iowa). International: Rent (Aruba National Theatre, Edinburgh Fringe), Mozart and Salieri (TimeZone Theatre, London), Resident singer, Seabourn EncoreWorld Cruise. Thanks to Wolf Talent Group and family. IG: @geezjawn 



Jhardon Dishon Milton

Jhardon Dishon Milton (Spirit)

JHARDON DISHON MILTON  Broadway: A Bronx Tale, Regional: Jack in the World Premiere Musical Trevor (Writers Theatre), Monty in Saturday Night Fever (Drury Lane Oakbrook), Seymour in Little Shop of Horrors (Tantrum Theatre) All thanks to God, Mom, my team at Gray Talent, and the Creative Team! Hebrews 11:6 IG: @jhardondishon



Jennifer Reed

Jennifer Reed (Spirit)

JENNIFER REED  is a NY based, Australian actor who was raised in Laos. She holds a Bachelor of Music from the Australian Institute of Music. Her theatre credits include ASSASSINS, Children of Eden, The Who's TOMMY, NINE and as Lady Gaga in the play Gaga V Assange. She is an accomplished singer/songwriter, with her debut EP Choose Soul seeing international success.



Mari Uchida

Mari Uchida (Spirit)

MARI UCHIDA (Spirit) is very excited to make her NYMF debut! New York credits include Romance of the Western Chamber (TADA! Theatre) and the Discover Series at National Asian Artists Project. Chicago credits include Side Show (Porchlight Music Theatre), Tonya and Nancy: A Rock Opera (Underscore Theatre Company). Graduate of Northwestern University. Immense gratitude to her agents at Meg Pantera the Agency, Melissa Foster, and her parents.