Mythos: The Crimson Chorus

Book & Lyrics by Heather Jopling; Music by David Velarde

The Rock Opera with Bite
 
An arrogant vampire is cursed to love and lose the same human for all eternity. Will they find redemption or be forever cursed? Vanity, vengeance and vampires reign supreme in this original dramatic rock opera. With a powerful rock orchestral score, Mýthos weaves an atypical fable. Through diverse casting & fluid character portrayals, Mýthos challenges conventional expectations of attraction. Each performance will be cast uniquely - abandoning the traditional to embrace the alternative. Come out and enjoy a little bite with us!

Mythos: The Crimson Chorus - TRADITIONAL casting
Thursday, Aug 2 @ 6:00 p.m.
 
Mythos: The Crimson Chorus - ALTERNATIVE casting
Friday, Aug 3 @ 7:00 p.m.
 
Mythos: The Crimson Chorus - LGBTQ+ casting
Saturday, Aug 4 @ 3:00 p.m.
 
Running Time: 90 minutes
 
The Green Room 42
Heather Jopling

Heather Jopling (Writer (Book, Music, Lyrics))

Heather Jopling (Librettist) has written screenplays, children books, and short stories. An actor from the age of 11, Heather has also written and performed four autobiographical one-woman shows. Heather was also part of the creative team for Project Girl: Congo (Girl Be Heard), which has since gone on to perform at the United Nations and The White House. A traditional surrogate for a gay couple, Heather frequently speaks to the LGBTQ+ community about her experiences.
 


David Velarde

David Velarde (Writer (Book, Music, Lyrics))

David Velarde (Composer) graduated from Carnegie Mellon University, earning a Bachelor of Fine Arts degree in music. David toured fourteen different countries, for fifteen years, performing lead roles in National Broadway and European Tours. David, an award-winning poet and songwriter, co-wrote Aloha Miles Away with international recording artist Scott Katsura and won the 2005 Hawaiian Music Award for "Best Pop Album of the Year." His werewolf rock musical Autumn Moon premiered Off-Broadway in 2006.
 


Benjamin Weiss

Benjamin Weiss (Musical Director)

Benjamin Weiss (Musical Director) is a music director, pianist, and composer who has conducted numerous shows in off-Broadway, regional, educational, and summer-stock theatre. He studied music education and composition at New York University where he was a student of Dr. Joseph Church. During his time at NYU, Benjamin wrote the music, lyrics, and orchestrations for his song cycle entitled “Point of View” and a musical adaptation of “Where The Wild Things Are.” He currently resides in Manhattan and is a member of the BMI Lehman Engel Musical Theatre Writing Workshop. benjaminweiss.webs.com


Cathy Ang

Cathy Ang (Ensemble)

Cathy Ang (Ensemble) is so happy to be a part of another 2018 NYMF project! NY Theatre: KPOP (Jin Hee), Riot Antigone (Ismene), Architecture of Rain – Reading (All Grown-Up), Far From Canterbury – Reading (Candita), Toe Pick (Connie Chung/Kwan/Yamaguchi/Lu), Madame Pascal – Reading (Kim), OSCAR @ the Crown (Lillie), Spring Awakening (Wendla), The Secret Garden (Mary Lennox), A Little Night Music (Fredrika). Follow @cathyang3 for rare sightings of her pupper!


Rachel Caron

Rachel Caron (Ensemble)

Rachel Caron (Ensemble) is from Maine, but most recently lived in Chicago, working as the resident Choreographer for “BRAVO! Performing Arts Academy”, a program that pilots shows through iTheatrics here in NYC. Prior to that, she traveled the world with a California based touring troupe "The Young Americans", where she spent 4 years educating & performing in 14 different countries! She currently works as the Master of Ceremonies at “Ellen’s Stardust Diner” in Times Square & makes goofy rap videos with her friends & brother, who’s a real-life videographer living in LA! She’d like to thank her mom & Spongebob for making her the person she is today. Check her out on IG @lilrachypants or on YouTube at www.youtube.com/rachelcaron


Janine DiVita

Janine DiVita (Human)

Janine DiVita (Human): Broadway: Grease (Rizzo), The Mystery of Edwin DroodAnything Goes. National Tour: If/Thenwith Idina Menzel (Anne), Young Frankenstein (Elizabeth), Finding Neverland (Mary). Select Regional: Evita (Eva Peron, John Engeman Theatre), Candide (Paquette, Alliance Theatre/Atlanta Symphony), Oliver! (Nancy, Walnut Street Theatre, Barrymore Award Nom), Grey Gardens (Young Little Edie, Portland Center Stage), Sophisticated Ladies (Terri, Arena Stage). Concert work includes Edmonton Symphony, Omaha Symphony, Atlanta Symphony, Lincoln Center, Studio 54 (solo cabarets: LIT: Modern Broad and Blonde Ammunition), Broadway Rox (international tour). Television/Film: The Deuce, Elementary, The Americans, Hear My Song (feature film), This is the Moment. Co-founder of Empowered Voices. University of Michigan Alum. www.janinedivita.com


Derek Ferguson

Derek Ferguson (Ensemble, Human, Ringmaster)

Derek Ferguson (Ensemble, Human, Ringmaster) is quite enjoying his time working on this fascinating show! He spends his time mainly bouncing between NYC and Los Angeles. A few credits include; Film: No Strings Attached (Benji), Behind the Candelabra. Television: Trueblood, Golden Globe award winning The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel and 13 episodes of NBC’s Emmy award winning SMASH. Broadway: Wonderland. Vegas: Baz and We Will Rock You. He has worked as a back up Dancer for Ne-Yo, Miley Cyrus, Paula Abdul, The Pussycat Dolls, Jordan Sparks and Betty White!


Nichole Forde

Nichole Forde (Ensemble)

Nichole Forde (Ensemble) has been guided through her travels across the world by this: “Love the art in yourself, not yourself in the art.”  Born and raised in Brooklyn, Nichole honed her skills studying Shakespeare, vocal techniques, and Musical Theatre. While attending Vanderbilt University, she continued to perform and was awarded Best New Actress for her role as Lil Inez in Circle Player's production of Hairspray. After graduating college, Nichole went on to train in Israel and perform in Germany. Nichole currently shares her performing arts passion with middle school students on the Upper West Side while also dancing with Katharine Pettit Creative. Nichole is thrilled to have this opportunity with the 2018 NYMF Concert Series and hopes to touch, move, and inspire those attending.


Leo Grinberg

Leo Grinberg (Ringmaster, Lover, Ensemble)

Leo Grinberg (Ringmaster, Lover, Ensemble) is thrilled to make his debut at NYMF! Leo received his education in Anchorage Alaska, then moved to New York City for additional training at The Acting Studio and Matt Farnsworth Voice studio. Regional: Oklahoma! (Curly), Jesus Christ Superstar (Jesus, Judas), Hedwig And The Angry Inch (Hedwig), Rocky Horror Show (Frankenfurter, Riff Raff, Rocky), Goldrush Girls (School boy). Off Broadway:  The Final Days of Vincent Van Gogh (Theo Van Gogh), Pentecost (Grigory).  Film: Big Miracle, The Frozen Ground, Wildlike. Follow Leo @leonid.grinberg on insta. Babyrachas, this performance is dedicated to you! I love you more than you'll ever know.


David LaMarr

David LaMarr (Ringmaster/Deity/Vampire)

David LaMarr (Ringmaster/Deity/Vampire) is always thirsty for some fresh material to sink his teeth into. National Tour—Jersey Boys (2nd National). Regional—McCoy Rigby Entertainment: Dreamgirls (James “Thunder” Early, Ovation Award Nominee); Tuacahn Amphitheatre: Disney’s When You Wish (Sebastian/Terk, world premiere), Disney’s The Little Mermaid (Sebastian, US regional premiere), Disney’s Mulan (Mushu, professional premiere), Sister Act (TJ), Grease (Jonny Casino), Beauty and the Beast (u/sLumiere); MaltzJupiter Theatre: The Wiz (Scarecrow); Cape Fear Regional Theatre: Ain’t Misbehavin’ (Andre); Sierra Rep: Hairspray (Seaweed); SDMT: Smokey Joe’s Café(Ken), Ain’t Misbehavin’ (Andre).  LaMarr has also worked overseas as an international headliner for Universal Studios Japan, Carnival Cruise Lines, Princess Cruises and Disney Cruise Lines; world premiere cast of Disney’s Villains Tonight! (originating the roles of Dr. Facilier/Jafar). IG: @davidlamarr; Twitter: @david_lamarr!


Glen Llanes

Glen Llanes (Ensemble)

Glen Llanes is thrilled to be part of NYMF with Mythos.  Tours/International: Miss Saigon, King and I, Legally Blonde, Xanadu, Little Night Music. Regional: Rent, Evita, Miss Saigon, King and I. He has had the pleasure of performing at the Kennedy Center, Carnegie Hall and Joe’s Pub. Much love and thanks to David and Heather and the constant support of my friends and family.


Ellisha Marie

Ellisha Marie (Deity/Lover/Ensemble)

Ellisha Marie (Deity/Lover/Ensemble) is ecstatic to be performing for NYMF, a festival she’s always envisioned being a part of. She’s a New York native and alumni of The American Musical & Dramatic Academy. Ellisha Marie has played notable characters such as “Oda Mae” in Ghost the Musical (WPPAC), “Church Lady” in The Color Purple (WPPAC), “Dotty Moffett” in Caroline or Change (The Gallery Players), “MotorMouth Maybelle” in Hairspray (The Millbrook Playhouse & RCCL) and “Trio/Soloist” in After Midnight (NCL Escape Inaugural Cast). Thankful to God, family and friends for their love & support! www.ellishamarie.com, IG: @ellishamarie


Eddie Rodriguez Jr

Eddie Rodriguez Jr (Ensemble)

Eddie Rodriguez Jr is a recent graduate of New York University with a BFA in acting and a minor in dance. Recent productions: Jabez and the P.P. Gang (Miguel), The Signature Theatre’s Sound Bites 5.0Blueprint Specials (Eduardo), The Public Theatre’s Under the Radar; Thomas Paine in Violence (Manchorus), HERE Arts Center; Letters from the Ghetto(Andres), Broadway Comedy Club. @eddie.rodriguez.jr www.eddierodriguezjr.com


Emily Seibert

Emily Seibert (Ensemble)

Emily Seibert is thrilled to be joining the Mythos team! She received her BA in theater and broadcast journalism from Quinnipiac University. Recently moved to NYC, she plays in covershow Macwood Fleet and The History of Rock with her band JT & Mongoose. Favorite roles include Godspell (Morgan), Blithe Spirit (Elvira), Much Ado About Nothing (Beatrice), The Trojan Women (Helen), Ernest in Love (Gwendolen), and Coastal Disturbances (Holly Dancer). She’s featured in many New Sponge Film Company promotions and films. When she’s not acting, she’s probably light designing, music directing, choreographing, or stage managing, and definitely not sleeping! emilyseibert.com


Damien DeShaun Smith

Damien DeShaun Smith (Ensemble)

Damien DeShaun Smith hails from the city of Chesapeake, Virginia. After graduating in 2001 from his Alma Mater Shenandoah Conservatory, having received a BFA in Musical Theatre, he began his career as a professional actor. Mr. Smith has been featured in productions seen across the entire globe. Some of Damien’s favorite credits include: International and National Tours of Rent, Mamma Mia and Thriller- Live. The DDS is elated to be making his NYMF debut with this production and is so very thankful for all that made such possible. MUCH LOVE d


Jenn Susi

Jenn Susi (Vampire/Deity)

Jenn Susi (Vampire/Deity): Jenn is thrilled to be rejoining Mythos: The Crimson Chorus for the New York Musical Festival, a show which she has been a part of since its inception (Demo Recordings, Toronto workshop, New York New Works Festival). Some additional favorite roles have been Pat Jones from Four Old Broads (Cherry Lane Theatre), Satin fromBiblical Bitches (The Kraine Theatre, NYC), The Queen from Alice Unraveled (Theatre Row, NYC). B.F.A in Theatre from Adelphi University; MSED in Theatre Education from Lehman College. Much thanks to the creative team of Mythos for this always incredible opportunity. www.jennsusi.com


Ethan Hack-Chabot

Ethan Hack-Chabot (Guitar)

Ethan Hack-Chabot (guitar) is thrilled to be part of Mythos! Originally from Western Massachusetts, he graduated from New York University in Spring 2017 and spent the last year touring with Dirty Dancing: The Classic Story on Stage. Other favorite credits include Dogfight, Hairspray, and Violet. He thanks all of his friends and family for their continued support!


Will Hack

Will Hack (Bass)

Will Hack (bass) is an upright and electric bass player; excited to be making his NYMF debut! He is a graduate of the University of Michigan and has spent the past few years music directing and playing on national tours and cruise ships, most recently with Post Modern Jukebox. In the summer he can be found as musician in residence at Barrington Stage Company. Follow his adventures on instagram @basestbassist


Derek Stoltenberg

Derek Stoltenberg (Drums)

Derek Stoltenberg (drummer) is a freelance drummer/percussionist from Pittsburgh, PA, currently residing in Washington Heights, NYC.  His touring experience includes Mamma Mia (2016/2017 Farewell Tour) and Nice Work If You Can Get It (2014/2015 First National). He has also done extensive work with Princess Cruises playing on ships throughout the world. Fluent in all styles and genres, Derek has found work playing for pop, rock, and R&B singer/songwriters, big bands, DJ’s, salsa groups, and many more. He holds a M.M. in Jazz Studies from Florida State University as well as a B.M. in Percussion Performance from Slippery Rock University.