Leaving Eden

Book and Lyrics by Jenny Waxman; Music by Ben Page; Additional Music by Ada Westfall

Man and Woman will never be the same.

In the beginning God created man and woman; Adam and Lilith. Lilith has some questions, Adam has some rules, and in a modern metropolis, Eve must deal with a mess of her own creation. Leaving Eden is a musical that asks: Is there wisdom in the Garden? And will we have to leave Eden to really know?

 

Runtime: 1 hour and 55 minutes including a 10 minute intermission.

Gabrielle McClinton

Gabrielle McClinton (Eve)

Gabrielle recently originated the role of Angelina Baker in the premiere of Paradise Square at Berkeley Repertory Theatre. Broadway: Pippin, Chicago. 1st National Tour: Pippin “Leading Player” and American Idiot “Whatsername.” Numerous roles at South Coast Repertory, Alliance Theater, MUNY, Pittsburgh Civic Light Opera, and Oregon Shakespeare Festival. TV/Film: The Mentalist, Wonʼt Back Down, Fun Size. Graduate of Carnegie Mellon School of Drama.



Janet Krupin

Janet Krupin (Modern Lilly)

Broadway: Bring It On: The Musical (Kylar), Hands on A Hardbody, If/Then. She Loves Me (Ilona) at PlayMakers Rep. Rent (Maureen) at the Edinburgh Fringe Festival 2015 Scotland and 2017 Aruba with On The Quays. Netflix: GIRLBOSS, David Cross' "Hits". Spotify: Hipster Pinup. Winner of LA's Next Great Stage Star 2010 and StageScene LA's Breakout Star of the Year. BA in Cinematic Arts from USC with a double minor in musical theatre and philosophy.



Sarah-Anne Martinez

Sarah-Anne Martinez (Ancient Lillith)

Sarah-Anne Martinez (Ancient Lilith) New York debut! Regional theatre: Peter and the Starcatcher, A Midsummer Night’s Dream, The Addams Family (Festival 56) Hello Dolly! (Tulane Summer Lyric). New Orleans born and raised! Proud alum of Ball State University. Much love to My family, friends, Brent & Lina for their support!



Azudi Onyejekwe

Azudi Onyejekwe (Modern Adam)

Broadway: The Great Comet (Original Broadway Cast), Violet (Flick standby, Original Broadway Cast). Off-Broadway/NYC: Sincerely Oscar (Theatre Row), The Great Comet (Kazino), Central Avenue Breakdown (NYMF). Select Regional: Guthrie Theater, Williamstown Theatre Festival, American Repertory Theater, Carnegie Hall, Los Angeles Philharmonic. Film/TV: HairBrained, "Madam Secretary" BFA: NYU Tisch. Acting Faculty: Molloy College-CAP21. Foremost thanks to my Savior; my incredible family, the Leaving Eden team, and my manager Tony. Always for my father. www.azudi.net Twitter/IG: @iamazudi



Ian Ward

Ian Ward (Ancient Adam)

Ian is so excited for his debut at NYMF, and to be a part of “Leaving Eden”! He recently was seen on Broadway in “Gettin’ the Band Back Together”. Ian has starred in “Rock Of Ages”, “Footloose”, “BAZ”, “Spring Awakening” and much more. His television and film credits include Lifetime Channel’s “Bad Tutor”, “Veronica Mars”, and others. Ian is also a songwriter and producer. Find more information and content on his socials and website ianwardoutward.com!



Jenny Waxman

Jenny Waxman (Writer (Book, Music, Lyrics))

Jenny is a Canadian-born artist who held an O-1 Visa for Individuals of Extraordinary Ability or Achievement under the title of “collaborative theater artist" before trading it in for a student visa in pursuit of her MFA and JD. Like a crazy person, Jenny is currently enrolled at both Columbia University and Georgetown University Law Center. She has produced workshops and productions in the United States and Canada, including workshops and concert readings of Leaving Eden. Jenny’s project, Scrap Mettle Arts, advocates for emerging artists, helping them gain resources through their work rather than their resume (www.scrapmettlearts.com). Jenny was the founding Managing Director of the Hess Collective under the artistic direction of Elizabeth Hess and was Hess' teaching assistant at Barnard College. Jenny earned her honors BFA in drama from NYU's Tisch School of the Arts.



Ben Page

Ben Page (Writer (Book, Music, Lyrics))

Ben Page is an emerging composer/actor from Toronto, Canada and the fastest shawarma eater east of the Don Valley. Ben has played piano for virtually his entire life but refused to practice until he ambitiously butchered the score of “Into the Woods” at age 13. He has worked as an actor and music director to develop new works; performing in The Preposterous Predicament of Polly Peel, The Crack of Doom, Going Under and numerous others. He has also attended Bravo Academy’s writing workshop and The Performing Arts Project. He is currently studying musical theatre performance at Sheridan College.



JoAnne Harris

JoAnne Harris (Musical Director)

JoAnne Harris has conducted and recorded film scores at Abbey Road, East West, The Village, and Avatar with artists such as grammy winning Kurt Elling and members of the Hungarian Radio Symphony Orchestra. Her television work includes score for: Mal de Ojo (HBO), 20/20,Primetime, and Dateline. She has orchestrated scores for feature films City of Lies and The Infiltrator. Other highlights include: conducting ensembles for the Shinnyo-En Lantern Lighting Festival at Lincoln Center, writing string arrangements for Chris Cester (of the band Jet), working on the music team of Sylvia (Broadway), and a summer in Shenzhen, China, writing music for an aerial circus show called Evolution. Recently, she was music director and keyboard at Joe’s Pub for a 6 night run of Triplight (a new musical by Greta Gertler - Gold and Ally Collier). She is a 2015 ASCAP Composer to Watch, and her concert music includes a winning entry of the Dallas Winds brass fanfare competition as well as symphonic band performances by Ball State, University of Minnesota and Manhattan Wind Ensemble. A graduate of Concordia College, JoAnne studied choral composition and conducting with René Clausen. She currently teaches orchestration for cinema at CUNY Brooklyn College, sings with Cantori New York, and is a steering committee member of the Society of Composers and Lyricists in New York. She is thankful that her formative years were spent in the company of her father’s eclectic (some might even say bananas) cd collection.



Susanna Wolk

Susanna Wolk (Director)

Susanna Wolk is a New York based director whose work has been seen at New York Fringe Festival, 54 Below, Access Theatre, Dixon Place, the PIT, The Flea, Williamstown, and more. As an Associate / Assistant Director, she has worked on the Broadway productions of Choir Boy, Waitress, Lobby Hero, Significant Other, and Finding Neverland. She is a MTC Directing Fellow, Access Theater Resident Artist and has assistant directed productions at MTC, Second Stage, Atlantic Theater Company, MCC, A.R.T., and more. Susanna graduated with honors from Harvard University where she studied English and Dramatic Arts. Upcoming: directing 2nd National Tour of the hit musical Waitress.



Whitney Locher (Costume Design)

Tours: Into The Woods (NETworks); Love Never Dies (Troika). London: Into The Woods (Menier Chocolate Factory). NYC: Roundabout, Barrow Street, TFANA, Prospect, NYMF, Partial Comfort Productions, Irish Rep, Pearl, 59E59. Regional: Gulfshore Playhouse, Long Wharf, Folger, Cleveland Play House, Old Globe, McCarter, Kansas City Rep, Ohio Light Opera. Adjunct Professor at Pace. www.whitneylocher.com



Alayna Klein (Scenic Design)

Alayna Klein (Set Design) is a NYC based set designer who previously designed To Kill a Mockingbird (6th St. Playhouse) and Driving MissDaisy(Jean’s Playhouse). She graduated from SUNY New Paltz in May 2018, and is currently working as a studio assistant for David Korins. www.alaynaklein.com. Instagram @alayna.klein



Veronica Burt (Intimacy Director)

Veronica Sofia Burt has done intimacy direction for print, including the novel “3: All for Love”. New York choreography credits include Luna Fest (NYNW Theatre Festival Top 5 Finalist) and HEDDA (The Bridge Production Group). Veronica has performed at the Lyric Opera of Chicago, The Kennedy Center, Hopkins Center for the Arts and with the Shakespeare Theatre Company in D.C. She is an alumna of Dartmouth College. @veronbee



James Monaghan

James Monaghan (Dramaturg)

James is a theatrical collaborator currently completing his MFA in dramaturgy at Columbia University. With a background in acting, directing, and teaching, he believes that theater able to reach an audience results from the connections between people and ideas, regardless of traditional disciplines or identities. Originally from Texas, James holds a BFA from New York University and works backstage frequently in carpentry and electrics. Recent collaborations include Antidote, a project co-developed as part of a Fellowship with the National Theater of Croatia in Rijeka, [Blank] a work in verse inspired by Shakespeare’s Gravediggers, his first full length play, A shot and a Beer, set in a storage unit just outside nowhere, and of course Leaving Eden.



Talia Feldberg (Assistant Director, Producer)

Talia Feldberg is a New York-based director and theatre maker. Credits include The Tank; La MaMa; Columbia University School of the Arts; Long Wharf Theatre; ANT Fest; Dixon Place; the O’Neill Center; NY Madness; the Dirty Blondes. SDCF Observership Class 2018-2020. Graduate of Vassar College and the National Theatre Institute. taliafeldberg.com.



Taeuk Kang

Taeuk Kang (Assistant Stage Manager)

Originally from South Korea, Taeuk is currently pursuing an MFA in Stage Management at Columbia University. Most recently, he was the PSM for DOG (Signature Theatre) and has worked many other shows at Columbia. Other credits include: Hamlet Machine (Solo Theatre Festival), Mary V (NY International Fringe Festival), Special 5: A New Musical (AEA 29-Hour Staged Reading). Taeuk’s main interest is enriching the arts through international cultural exchange.



Alexis Nalbandian

Alexis Nalbandian (Stage Manager)

Alexis Nalbandian, born and raised in New Jersey, is an NYC based stage manager and a recent graduate of Columbia University’s Masters of Fine Arts Stage Management program. Some of her favorite stage management credits include: The Cher Show, Egg; or Anythin’ Dipped in Egg Gone Soften, The Outposters, and Romeo and Juliet.



Talia Feldberg (Associate Director)

Talia Feldberg is a New York-based director and theatre maker. Credits include The Tank; La MaMa; Columbia University School of the Arts; Long Wharf Theatre; ANT Fest; Dixon Place; the O’Neill Center; NY Madness; the Dirty Blondes. SDCF Observership Class 2018-2020. Graduate of Vassar College and the National Theatre Institute. taliafeldberg.com.



Amanda Clegg Lyon (Lighting Design)

Previous designs include Catch Me If You Can (Tent Theatre); Heisenberg (Company of Fools); Twelfth Night (Queens College); Rock Citizen (The Seldoms); Empire Travel Agency (Woodshed Collective); 1984 (Steppenwolf Theatre); Melancholy Play (Atlantic Acting School). Graduate of Northwestern University and NYU’s Tisch School of the Arts. amandaclegglyon.com.