Pedro Pan

Book by Rebecca Aparicio; Music & Lyrics by Stephen Anthony Elkins

What does it mean to be a displaced immigrant in America?

Based on the real-life events of Operación Pedro Pan, a young boy is sent to the U.S. to escape the growing dangers of post-revolutionary Cuba. To survive, Pedro must learn a new language and a new culture – while hoping to one day be reunited with his parents. With a score featuring the percussive rhythms of Havana to '60s New York soul, PEDRO PAN examines what it means to be a displaced immigrant in America. Winner 2017 NYMF Developmental Reading Award, Top 10 Off-Off B'way Shows 2015 (MWAT) and Theatre Is Easy's Best Bet 2015.

Age Recommendation: Ages 8+

Running Time: 75 minutes

The Acorn Theatre @ Theatre Row

Rebecca Aparicio

Rebecca Aparicio (Book, Music, Lyrics)

Rebecca Aparicio is a writer/director/producer. Writing Credits: LEGACY (Prospect Theatre Co. Lab 2018), PEDRO PAN (MTF Writing Group 17-18, NYMF Developmental Reading Award, 2015 FringeNYC, commissioned by The TRUF in 2014), SWEET TEA AND JESUS (Best Musical SASF 2010), and ACCEPTANCE (EAT'S Illuminating Artists 2010/SASF 2009). As a director, Rebecca was accepted in SDCF’s Observership Class 2017-18 and recently awarded an SDC Observership. www.RebeccaAparicio.com


Stephen Anthony Elkins

Stephen Anthony Elkins (Book, Music, Lyrics)

Stephen Anthony Elkins is a composer/lyricist from Athens, Alabama. Writing Credits: LEGACY (Prospect Theatre Co. Lab 2018), PEDRO PAN (MTF Writing Group 17-18, NYMF Developmental Reading Award, 2015 FringeNYC, commissioned by The TRUF in 2014), SWEET TEA AND JESUS (Best Musical SASF 2010), and ACCEPTANCE (EAT'S Illuminating Artists 2010/SASF 2009). In 2015, the Oregon All-State Choir featured his choral piece “MAY WE ALL FIND HOME” leading to performances by choirs all over the US.


Melissa Crespo

Melissa Crespo (Director)

Melissa Crespo’s recent credits include: Brother Toad (Kansas City Repertory Theatre);The Review (WP Theatre); ¡Figaro! (90210) (The Duke on 42nd Street & LA Opera); Destiny of Desire (Garden Theatre).Upcoming: In the Blue Hour (Lil’ Explosions); Native Gardens (Syracuse Stage, Geva Theatre Center & Portland Stage). She is a current Lab Member of WP Theatre and has an MFA in Directing from The New School for Drama. http://www.melissacrespo.com


Sidney Erik Wright

Sidney Erik Wright (Choreographer)

Previous NYMF: Manuel vs. The Statue of Liberty and Ben, Virginia, & Me (The Liberace Musical).  Other notable projects include Until She Claws Her Way Out (EST Marathon), the immersive nightlife tour of Dos Equis Luna Rising, and multiple strips for Broadway Bares.  SDC Observer on Stephen King and John Mellencamp's Ghost Brothers of Darkland County.  Regional credits include Hair at Woodstock (dir/choreo) and Camelot (Engeman Theatre).  BA English Literature, Harvard University.  SDC.  www.sidneyerik.com



Wilson Jermaine Heredia

Wilson Jermaine Heredia (Papi)

Wilson Jermaine Heredia is honored to be part of Pedro Pan. He is a Brooklyn born native to Dominican parents, Epa!! Theater credits include: 1996 Tony Award, Obie, and Drama Desk Award for his role as Angel in Rent; La Cage Aux Folles; and Camelot. TV Credits include: Blind Spot, Banshee on Cinemax, and Medium. Film Credits include: Rent, Flawless, Red Butterfly and Rainbow Bridge Motel. Love to wife and family for being there no matter what.



Genny Lis Padilla

Genny Lis Padilla (Mami)

Genny Lis Padilla’s credits include: Broadway: On Your Feet! (Original Broadway Cast); Off-Broadway: RENT and Frida Liberada; Broadway Tours: In The Heights (1st National), RENT and Junie B. Jones. Regional: In The Heights (PCLO);Television: The Blacklist: Redemption. She is an AMDA alumna. She sends love and gratitude to her husband and family, and a special thanks to her team at Judy Boals Inc. For more info visit www.gennylispadilla.com or on social @GennyLisPadilla



Natalie Toro

Natalie Toro (Tia Lily)

Natalie Toro’s credits include: Broadway: A Tale of Two Cities, A Christmas Carol, Les Miserables. Tours: Evita - Jeff Award Nomination, Jesus Christ Superstar, CATS,In The Heights. Off-Broadway: The Yellow Brick Road, Zombie Prom, The Audience. Regionally: Snow Child, Benny & Joon, The Bikinis, Blood Brothers, Everything’s Ducky, Fame, The Fix.Television: SVU, Law and Order, Elementary, Person of Interest, Black Box, PBS.  Carnegie Hall, Cruises, Recording Artist. www.natalietoro.com



Gregory Diaz IV

Gregory Diaz IV (Pedro)

Gregory Diaz IV is honored to play the role of Pedro! Credits include: Broadway: Matilda as Bruce cover, Matilda, US Tour as Tommy. Off Broadway: Zurich as Boy, You’re a Good Man, Charlie Brown as Schroeder. Film: Carrie Pilby. TV: Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt, Broadway at the White House. @gregdiaz4.



Julian Silva

Julian Silva (Roger)

Julian Silva is no stranger to theatre; he played the role of Young Simba in Disney’s The Lion King on Broadway and toured with the Les Misérables 25th Anniversary North American National Tour as Gavroche.  Julian thanks God for where he is and his parents for their love and support. He is represented by Stagecoach Ent., Abrams LA & NY, and DDO. He is a SAG/AEA member. Keep up with Julian in Facebook, on Twitter & Instagram / @iamjuliansilva



Taylor Caldwell

Taylor Caldwell (Wendy)

Taylor Caldwell just finished the Public Theater Gala performances of Runaways at the Delacorte Theatre. Last summer (2017) she starred as Rosie in Really Rosie after making her Encores debut in Runaways Summer of 2016. Other credits include: School of Rock: original cast and workshop; and Strokes of Genius reading. She thanks God for giving her the ability and opportunity to perform on this great stage. She is so grateful for the support of her family, Lisa Calli, Eddie Rabon/Take 3, Rock Church, FBWCM, and Dancers Edge.



Cherry Torres

Cherry Torres (Ensemble)

Cherry Torres is beyond excited to join the cast of Pedro Pan. Recent credits: In The Heights (Nina) John W. Engeman Theater, Rock of Ages (Sherrie) Drury Lane Theater, Trav’lin: A 1930s Harlem Musical (Ella) Seven Angels Theater, Smokey Joe’s Cafe (Brenda) The Palace Theater. Many thanks to her family and friends for their unwavering love and support.

IG: @cherrytorres



Rodrigo Ignacio Cruz

Rodrigo Ignacio Cruz (Ensemble)

Rodrigo Ignacio’s credits include: National Tour: Cats (25th Anniversary.)  Favorite Credits: Beast-Disney's Beauty and the Beast, Baker- Into the Woods, Man #3 (Waiter)- First Date, Judge- Hello Dolly!  Regional: Chicago Shakespeare Theatre, Drury Lane Oakbrook, Royal George Theatre, Utah Shakespearean Festival. BFA in Musical Theatre from Millikin University.  Gracias a mi mamá, papá, y Mateo por todo. Proud AEA member! www.RodrigoIgnacioCruz.com



Diego Lucano

Diego Lucano (José/John Paul)

Diego Lucano is thrilled to have been invited to NYMF 2018’s Pedro Pan. The reason he’s so serious in his headshot is because he’s a teenager and his parents asked him to smile. Broadway: School Of Rock (Laurence), NYMF: Peace Love and Cupcakes (Jason), Film: Characterz; TV: Big Dogs. Thanks: Mom, Dad, Nancy, Shana, Leigh, Robin and Kate for all your love and support.



Sisley Carretas

Sisley Carretas (Ana/Roberta)

Sisley Carretas, a 12-year-old from New Jersey, is making her Off-Broadway debut. The soprano has been in productions of The Little Mermaid (Ariel),The Wizard of Oz (Dorothy), Grease (Frenchy), and The Secret Garden (Mary Lennox). She is also a part of her school and church choir. Last summer, Sisley sang America the Beautiful at the U.S. Open 2017 at the Arthur Ashe Stadium.



Rachel Dozier-Ezell (Costume Design)

Rachel Dozier-Ezell is the costume director/resident designer at The New School for Drama. She has taught at UIUC, USD, The New School, Pace University, and Marymount College. She has worked for CTH, Trisha Brown, Papermill, NBT, MTW, EST, The Black Hills Playhouse, APT, and Elisa Monte. She holds a BFA from the University of Montevallo & MFA from UIUC. Mad love to Jon and Keats. Design portfolio:www.racheldozierezell.com


Lisa Renkel (Projection Designer)

Lisa is a projection designer based in New York City. Select designs: Learn to Speak Doll (Peppercorn Theatre), Broadway Bares 28 (Broadway Cares), Merrily We Roll Along (Cape Rep Theatre), She Persisted (Drama League), Village Orpheus (Fresh Fruit Festival). Select associate designs: JUNK (Broadway), The Stone Witch (Off-Broadway), How to Succeed… (Kennedy Center). Check out her work at: lisarenkel.com


Ben Bauer (Lighting Design)

Ben Bauer is a NYC based lighting designer who has worked on Broadway, national tours, concerts, feature films, and advertising campaigns. Ben is the Resident Lighting Designer at the Kings Theatre in Brooklyn, NY. Ben served as the Assistant Project Director on the renovation of the Lyric Theatre for Harry Potter and the Cursed Child. Select Credits: Jersey Boys (National Tour & Las Vegas), Gazillion Bubble Show (National Tour), The American Play (FringeNYC Encore Series).


Jason Styres CSA (Casting)

Jason Styres CSA was recently named one of the "industry players you need to know" by Backstage and appointed to the NY Board for the Casting Society of America. Credits include: Tony Award-Winning A Gentleman’s Guide to Love & Murder (Broadway & 1st National Tour, 2nd National), Puffs (Off-Broadway), Josh Prince’s Broadway Dance LabMagic Mike Live (alongside Channing Tatum & Alison Faulk), The Lion King (Broadway & National Tour), and more!



Katie Kennedy (Stage Manager)

Katie Kennedy is a proud West Virginia native. Since moving to New York she has consistently worked as a stage manager on a variety of shows, including Urinetown, Latin History for Morons, and The Review. Katie is beyond excited to return to the Pedro Pan team! She would like to thank Rebecca, Stephen, Suzanne, the cast and crew, her friends, and her family.



Suzanne K Milton (Assistant Stage Manager)

Suzanne K Milton is thrilled to be working on this amazing project again! Previous shows include "The Review or How to Eat your Opposition," "Rent," and "Le Nozze di Figaro." She's also been seen on stage in "Chicago," "Sister Act, the Musical," and "The Laramie Project."



Natalie Dixon (Producer/Producer’s Representative)

Natalie is so proud to again be working with this creative team, having worked on the 2015 FringeNYC production and last year’s NYMF Reading. She serves as the Audience and Customer Services Associate at the Chamber Music Society of Lincoln Center. Natalie is also a voice teacher and opera singer having performed roles in the US, Italy, Brazil, and more!



Kaitlyn Gaffney (Literary/Producing Intern)

Kaitlyn Gaffney is a senior Writing Arts major at Rowan University. Her theater credits there include: Unusuals Anonymous (2015), Will You Murder Me (2016; Book, Casting, Producing), Gen-Dead (2017; Book, Casting, Producing). She is a published poet, appearing in journals like Avant Literary Magazine and The Rising Phoenix Review, and has a self-published chapbook entitled Four Eulogies. She thanks Rebecca, Stephen, and the Pedro Pan team for the amazing opportunity!