Marrying Meg (2009)
A rollicking Scottish folktale of feuds, faeries and unlikely love.
Based on the play The Lass wi the Muckle Mou by Alexander Reid
The locals in a Scottish pub take us back to 1603 where renowned minstrel Thomas The Rhymer has set out to write his masterpiece: a heroic ballad of mortal derring-do. But when he is cursed by the Queen of Elfland with a tongue (and a quill) that cannot lie, and confronted with a world that refuses to play by storybook rules, Thomas's heroic masterpiece seems determined to remain unwritten in this rollicking Scottish musical comedy.
Marrying Meg follows Thomas as he chronicles the fate of 22-year-old Meg, still unmarried due to one of his rhymes about her admittedly large mouth. Meg's father, Sir Gideon, finds a solution in a young 16-year-old captured in battle. Will he marry Meg? Or be hanged for treason? All ingredients for the kind of true story Thomas The Rhymer has been looking for.
Approximate Running Time: 2h:15m with interval; no intermission
Mark began his career as an actor, working throughout the UK, including West End stints in From a Jack to a King (Ambassador’s Theatre), Crazy For You (Prince Edward) and The Buddy Holly Story (Strand Theatre). Since turning to writing full time, Mark has scripted many UK children’s television shows, among them Thomas the Tank Engine, My Spy Family, Dennis the Menace, Bear Behaving Badly and Chop Socky Chooks, the last of which began his ongoing association with Aardman Animation. In 2003 Mark wrote and directed the children’s musical Auntie Janet Saves the Planet for Scottish Opera. The show was revived for a 2005 tour, and is to be revived again and further expanded in 2009. This year, Mark made the move into writing for adults with his comedy-drama Sky Devils which is currently in development. And Mark’s association with Aardman Animation continues as he is now developing his own series with them - a musical sitcom for the BBC.
Mark can be contacted at firstname.lastname@example.org
Dave has worked on five Broadway shows as an Assistant or Associate Director to Joe Mantello (9 to 5, Pal Joey, The Ritz), Scott Ellis (Curtains) and Sam Buntrock (Sunday in the Park with George). He also worked on the Broadway productions of Assassins and Mario Cantone: Laugh Whore, was the Associate Director on the Roundabout’s Gala performance of A Little Night Music as well as the regional productions of Curtains (CTG), 9 to 5 (CTG) and 13 the Musical (Goodspeed). He assisted Bill Condon on the revival workshop of Side Show and recently directed Mario Cantone and Veanne Cox in a reading of his own play, Margaret and Craig, at New York Theatre Workshop. As a writer, his play, Margaret and Craig, also had a reading at the Roundabout directed by Scott Ellis. He wrote the script for The Sexless Years, which was performed by Kate Pazakis at Ars Nova, and Free Donuts for Developing Artists at Center Stage, NY. He has worked as an instructor for Broadway Classroom and also as a preliminary judge for the Fred Ebb Foundation’s annual Fred Ebb Award. He is a graduate of Vassar College, where he directed productions of Stephen Sondheim’s Assassins and Company, wrote and directed a number of short films, and acted in productions of Our Country’s Good, Merrily We Roll Along, and A Bright Room Called Day.
Broadway: The Pajama Game, Into The Woods, The Dinner Party, True West, Laughter On The 21st. Floor, Little Me. Off Broadway: Beau Jest, Isn't It Romantic?' That's Life, Nite Club Confidential, Hello Muddah, Hello Fadduh. National Tours: Annie, Rumors and Ken Hill's Phantom Of The Opera.
Broadway: Chess, Cats
Broadway: Curtains (Niki u/s); National Tour: Mamma Mia! (Sophie u/s). Regional credits: Dirty Rotten Scoundrels (Christine Colgate, Cape Playhouse), Singin' in the Rain (Lina Lamont, St. Louis MUNY), Putting it Together (Woman 2, Syracuse Stage), Aida (Amneris, Westchester Broadway), Smokey Joes Cafe (DeLee, Cape Playhouse), Cats (Jellylorum, Houston TUTS), The Hot Mikado (Pitti-Sing, Fulton Opera and Westchester Broadway), Oklahoma! (Laurey, Fulton Opera), Fiddler on the Roof (Fruma Sarah, Pittsburgh CLO). Founding member of the Active Theater in New York City. She has been a soloist with the Tokyo, Cincinnati, Seattle, and Portland symphonies. TV: “Late Night with Conan O'Brien”; PBS “Pops.”
Is currently playing Freddy Benson in Dirty Rotten Scoundrels opposite Joe Piscopo at The Gateway Playhouse. He was seen last year in the NYMF as Jerry in Love Jerry for which he received the NYMF Outstanding Individual Performance Award and the Talkin' Broadway Summer Theatre Festival Citation for Outstanding Actor. Other theatre credits include: Hair (Claude, Actors Fund Concert, Cast Recording available on Sh-K-Boom Records), Amadeus (Mozart, Pittsburgh Public Theatre), Cabaret (Emcee, Pittsburgh Public Theatre), Harry Connick Jr's The Happy Elf (dir, John Rando, Fist Stage, World Premiere), Brighton Beach Memoirs (Pioneer Theatre), Oliver (dir. Jeff Calhoun, Deaf West Theatre, Ovation Award Nomination), Americamisfit (dir. Trip Cullman, Baltimore Center Stage), The Compleat Works of Wllm Shkspr (abridged) (Globe Playhouse), joy, Waiting for Godot, Exit the King, The Seagull. Readings/Workshops: Red Eye of Love (dir Ted Sperling), Opposite of Sex (dir Robert Jess Roth), High Fidelity (Dick), Slut, Caraboo, The Eugene O'Neill, The Public, Second Stage, The Lark, Rattlestick. Film/TV: The Order of the Serpentine, 2+1, Who the F^¢k? (dir Kristin Hanggi), "The Black Donnellys," "Malcolm in the Middle," "Any Day Now." Harris is also a writer, currently in development for the new rock musical Higher. Upcoming: A Midsummer Night's Dream (Puck, Pittsburgh Public Theatre). Training: The Juilliard School. www.harrisdoran.com
Broadway: 9 to 5, Roz OCC nomination. The Producers, Shirley Markowitz,. Swinging on a Star, Drama Desk Nomination. Damn Yankees, City Center Encores. Off-Broadway: Secrets Every Smart Traveler Should Know, Richard Cory, Mating Habits, Lyrics & Lyricist at the 92nd St. Y. Los Angeles Credits: Nite Club Confidential with Scott Bakula and Edie Adams, Rizzo in Grease with Eddie Mecca and Andrea McArdle (Drama Logue Award). Regional: Sheldon Harnick’s Good Company (Berkshire Theatre Festival), All In The Timing (Cincinnati Playhouse in the Park). Quitlers - School for Wives, Minor Demons, (Arizona Theatre Company) Ariel in The Tempest, Mariah in Twelfth Night (Grand Canyon Shakespeare) Shakespeare Abridged, Psedulous in A Funny Thing Happened on the way to the Forum (Shakespeare Sedona), Kathy and Moe Show, the one woman play, The Search for Signs of Intelligent Life in The Universe (Actors Theatre of Phoenix), Governors Art Award Nomination, and Arizona Entertainer of the Year. Television and Film: Curb Your Enthusiasm, Rosie O’Donnell Show, Late Night with David Letterman, The Young Riders, Beekman’s Place, Stalking Back, Four Eyes, Family Plan, Electric Company and The Producers.
Most recently appeared as Missy Hart in the new Broadway musical 9 TO 5. Other Broadway credits include: Lincoln Center’s revival of South Pacific and the 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee, for which she won a Drama Desk Award for Outstanding Ensemble Performance. She toured the US in the national company of Les Miserables, where she played many performances as Madame Thenardier. She has played leading roles regionally at St. Louis MUNY, Olney Theater Center, Human Race Theater and Kansas City Starlight. Lisa has appeared in numerous workshops, readings and concerts in NYC. She is a graduate of the Cincinnati College Conservatory of Music. www.lisahowardnyc.com.
Broadway: Curtains (Oscar Shapiro); How the Grinch Stole Christmas; The Pajama Game; Kiss Me Kate (1st Gangster); 1776 (John Adams); Sam Mendes' Gypsy; Marie Christine; Kiss of the Spider Woman; La Bete. Recent Off-B'way: Tin Pan Alley Rag (Roundabout); A Man of No Importance (LTC). Nat'l Tours: The Producers (Franz Leibkind); Les Miserables (Thenardier). Recent TV: all three of the "Law & Order" series; "Candide". Film: The Producers; A Very Serious Person. Member of AWA since his 1965 Broadway Debut in Oliver! Love to wife Alison and son Dylan.
Broadway: Original companies of Curtains as Parson Tuck/Randy (cast album), Minnelli on Minnelli (cast album) and Happy in Steel Pier (cast album), also Sunset Boulevard and The Who's Tommy, as well as the workshops of Footloose and Urban Cowboy. 1st National Tours: Originated the starring roles of Bill Calhoun in Kiss Me Kate and Josh Baskin in Big! Also Levi in Joseph...Dreamcoat with Donny Osmond. Off-Broadway: John Denver in Almost Heaven: Songs of John Denver, George Bush/Osama Bin Laden in Newsical!, Millard in On a Clear Day You Can See Forever (Encores), Destry in Destry Rides Again (York) as well as A Good Swift Kick and Up Against It (NYSF/Public). Regionally: Back Home Again (Rubicon Theatre), Jeff in The Pavillion (The Penguin Rep), Jerry Lukowski in The Full Monty ([AMTSJ and Arvada Center), the Leading Player in Pippin (Papermill Playhouse) and Henry in Kander and Ebb's Over and Over (Signature Theatre), Billy Crocker in Anything Goes (Cape Playhouse) as well as Cole! (San Jose Rep-Dramalogue award for best actor). Television: Guest appearances on “Celebrity Apprentice”, “Hope and Faith”, “All My Children”, “One Life to Live”, “The View”, “The Rosie O'Donnell Show”, and “The Magic of Music” on NBC, “The Name Game” on Nickelodeon. Film: Out of Sync with L.L. Cool J and soon to be released The Big Gay Musical.
Tory is currently appearing as the uber-depressed secretary Daphne in the new Broadway musical 9 to 5. She made her Broadway debut last season as Hatchet-Face in the John Waters’ musical Cry-Baby. Her favorite credits include 10 roles in The Producers National Tour, one of those roles in the new film version of the show (misfit showgirl!), Jerry Springer the Opera at Carnegie Hall (Jerry-Cam stripper), Cousin Fan in Mame at the Kennedy Center, and Gussie in Merrily We Roll Along at the Signature Theater. She is also a proud Equity member, CCM graduate, ASTEP volunteer and homeowner.
Broadway: Guys and Dolls, Dr. Seuss’ How The Grinch Stole Christmas!, Chitty Chitty Bang Bang, Chess, How to Succeed In Business Without Trying
Dale was the Musical Supervisor and Director for the Broadway production of Les Misérables from the Tenth Anniversary until its closing. He also supervised the third national tour and music directed the First National and International tours of Les Misérables. Also on Broadway, he music directed Miss Saigon and is currently the associate conductor of Mary Poppins. Other productions: Hairspray, The Three Musketeers, The Full Monty, Thoroughly Modern Mille, Nine, West Side Story, Dracula: A Chamber Musical, The Will Rogers Follies. Married Alive, Into The Woods The Mystery of Edwin Drood, Footloose, Evita, Jesus Christ Superstar, She Loves Me, A Wonderful Life, The Secret Garden, Cinderella, Gypsy, My One and Only, Sweet Charity, Peter Pan, and Hello, Dolly starring Michele Lee. Mr. Rieling has conducted the Kansas City Symphony and Bob McGrath in Concert with the Louisiana Philharmonic and Syracuse Symphony. He received his Master's degree in conducting from Northwestern University where he first dated his wife of four years, Victoria Bussert.
Bethany has worked with Christopher Gattelli on numerous projects including Martin Short, Fame Becomes Me on Broadway, The Baker’s Wife at Paper Mill Playhouse, All About Us at Westport Country Playhouse, and Silence! The Musical (Best Musical Fringe ‘05) She performed in the Broadway and national touring companies of CATS, has studied acting with Joan Rosenfels and holds an MS in dance from Indiana University.
Broadway: South Pacific (Tony, Outer Critics Circle nominations), Sunday In The Park With George, The Ritz, 13, Martin Short: Fame Becomes Me, High Fidelity. West End: Sunday In The Park With George. Off-Broadway: Altar Boyz (Lortel, Callaway Awards, Drama Desk nomination), Bat Boy: The Musical! (Lortel Award), tick,tick… BOOM!, 10 Million Miles, Adrift In Macao. Favorites: directed the World Premiere of Jim Henson’s Emmet Otter’s Jug-Band Christmas, Silence! The Musical (Best Musical Fringe ‘05), Hair with Jennifer Hudson, Chess with Josh Groban. TV: “Rosie O’Donnell Show”, TONY Awards 2000.
Recent Work: 1888 Dial India (Ace Productions, Mumbai), Shining City (Nevada Conservatory Theater) The Bombitty of Errors (Syracuse Stage), Save the World (Roundtable Rep), Pulling the Lever (Rising Circle Collective), Heliantha (Berkshire Theater Festival), FATWA (Alter Ego Productions). For NYMF: Love Sucks, NERDS:// A Musical Software Satire, Like You Like It. Resident Designer at Lake George Theater Lab. MFA from NYU Tisch School of the Arts.
New York: Rooms, Grace starring Lynn Redgrave for MCC, William Finn’s Make Me a Song, Tryst, Roulette starring Anna Paquin, The Last Sunday in June, 16 Wounded, 2 X Tennessee, The Wau Wau Sisters, Servicemen directed by Sean Mathias, Five Flights, Love's Labour's Lost, Measure for Measure, Of a White Christmas. Regional: Alley Theatre Houston, Arena Stage, Arizona Theatre Company, Asolo Repertory Theatre, Barrington Stage Company, Cincinnati Playhouse, Cleveland Playhouse, Colorado Ballet, Columbia University, Florida Stage, Ford’s Theatre Washington DC, Goodspeed Opera, Guthrie Theatre, Hangar Theatre, Hartford Stage, Longwharf Theatre, Metrostage, New York Stage and Film, Northlight Theatre, Pasadena Playhouse, Philadelphia Theatre Company, Pittsburgh Public Theater, Rockland Opera, San Diego Repertory Theater, Saint Louis Repertory Theatre, Signature Theatre Washington, Theatreworks Hartford, Westport Country Plahouse, Williamstown Theatre Festival. The Edinburgh Festival Fringe and the Donetsk Opera in the Ukraine. Ringling Brothers Barnum & Bailey Gold Unit 08/09. Upcoming 2009 projects include the world premiere of Stephen Schwartz’s opera Séance On a Wet Afternoon, A Christmas Carol at Ford’s Theatre in Washingto n DC and Nightingale with Lynn Redgrave for Manhattan Theatre Club among others.
Costume Designer: The Little Mermaid at the Hilton starring Mayor Bloomgerg, Utopia,:Where East Meets West at the Javitz Center, Animals out of Paper at Second Stage, Winter Belly at 37 Arts, All this Intimacy at Second Stage, Jayson with a Y at the Lion, Baby by Tere O’conner at DTW, In Case You Forget; New York Stage and Film, Dangerous Beauty; New York Stage and Film, Choke by Tere O’conner, Cinderella, a new musical; Lyric Stage, Dallas TX. An American Band; Park City Utah, 2002 Winter Olympic Awards Ceremony; Salt Lake City UT. Associate/ and or assistant designer on Broadway’s Fela, All My Sons, The Little Mermaid, Wicked, Lestat, Fiddler on the Roof, several Ringling Bros. Barnum and Bailey Circus’, Shakespeare in the park, and designs several television commercials. Member of United Scenic Artists local 829 and has an MFA from NYU Tisch School for the Arts.
Recent: A Streetcar Named Desire, The Winter's Tale (Berlind Theatre), Kaboom (Cherry Lane), The Epic of Sunjata (Loft), Lend me a Tenor, Other People's Money (Engeman), As Far As We Know (Flamboyan), Primetime (Lion). For NYMF: Having It Almost. Upcoming Design: An Evening Without Monty Python (Town Hall), Hairspray (Oasis of the Seas), Pearl Fishers (ENO). Associate Design - Broadway: Joe Turner’s Come and Gone, You’re Welcome America, American Buffalo, 13 - A New Musical, A Catered Affair, Cymbeline, The Vertical Hour, The Color Purple, The Threepenny Opera. Opera: Dr. Atomic (ENO). Off-Broadway: Emmet Otters Jugband Christmas (at Goodspeed with Christopher Gattelli), In The Heights (37 Arts) , Evil Dead The Musical (NWS Theatre 1), The Prime of Miss Jean Brodie (New Group), The House in Town (Lincoln Center).
Broadway designs include Will Ferrell’s Your Welcome America, The Vertical Hour, Faith Healer, Bridge and Tunnel, Cat on a Hot Tin Roof, Life (x) 3, The Graduate (B’way and Tour), Jackie Mason’s Prune Danish, and Much Ado about Everything. As Associate Designer: Boeing Boeing, Rock and Roll, Thurgood, Macbeth, Frost/Nixon, Butley, Festen, Primo, The Pillowman, A Streecar Named Desire, Democracy, Jumpers, Retreat from Moscow, Frog and Toad, Ma Rainey’s Black Bottom, Def Poetry Jam, Hollywood Arms, and Noises Off. Mr. Cronin holds an M.F.A. from the Yale School of Drama.
Mark continues a long association with Hal Prince having cast SHOW BOAT, CANDIDE, PARADE, 3HREE, HOLLYWOOD ARMS, BOUNCE, LOVEMUSIK SWEENEY TODD (NYC Opera) and the upcoming PARADISE FOUND. Mark began his relationship with Jason Robert Brown on PARADE, and then cast Jason’s THE LAST FIVE YEARS, 13 and several State Farm Industrials. Other notable productions include: ITS ONLY LIFE (John Bucchino/Daisy Prince), CHITA RIVERA: THE DANCER’S LIFE (Graciela Daniele), ADRIFT IN MACAO (Chris Durang/Peter Melnick), HARLEM SONG (George C. Wolfe), SWEET SMELL OF SUCCESS (Marvin Hamlisch/Craig Carnelia/ John Guare/ Nick Hytner), ORDINARY DAYS (Adam Gwon), RAGTIME,. DIE MOMMIE DIE! (Charles Busch), THE SCARLET PIMPERNEL, THE THOMASHEVSKYS (Michael Tilson Thomas/Pat Birch) THE RADIO CITY CHRISTMAS SPECTACULAR and musical casting for seven NYC Opera productions.
Member: Casting Society of America.
Broadway: The Lion King for 8 years, Off Broadway: Love, Janis, Regional: McCarter Theater, Dance: Over 10 years of stage managing including 3 years traveling the world with The Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater also: COMPLEXIONS CONTEMPORARY BALLET, New York City Ballet, Morphoses, The Wheedon Company, The Francesca Harper Project and many others. Recent Events: World Science Festival Opening Night Gala and The 50th Anniversary Celebration of Lincoln Center Ground Breaking both At Alice Tully Hall, AGMA, AEA
Brierpatch Productions - In addition to working on Marrying Meg for NYMF 2009, Brierpatch Productions is currently managing The Toymaker, also for NYMF 2009, Rest In Pieces starring Marcia Wallace, Wallenberg, The Musical, and new musicals The Frog Kiss, and Tokio Confidential. Last year Brierpatch Productions managed the 2008-2009 run of Glimpses of the Moon at the Algonquin’s Oak Room. Prior to Brierpatch Productions, Laura Janik Cronin worked for over 10 years in theatrical management on and Off-Broadway, including The Lion King, Chicago, The Lieutenant of Inishmore, August: Osage County, November, The Look of Love, Jackie Mason: Prune Danish, Six Dance Lessons in Six Weeks, Triumph of Love, Hamlet with Ralph Fiennes, Beauty and the Beast, Jacques Brel Is Alive And Well…,Spalding Gray: Stories Left to Tell, 25 Questions For A Jewish Mother, Don’t Quit Your Night Job, and My Mother’s Italian, My Father’s Jewish and I’m in Therapy. Laura has a Bachelor of Arts degree in Music from Mount Holyoke College, and holds a Masters of Fine Arts degree in theater management from the Yale School of Drama. Previous to his forming Brierpatch Productions, Scott Newsome has worked on Off-Broadway productions for over eight years, including the shows Dinner With Friends, Menopause The Musical, Harmony (Broadway out of town), Once Around The Sun, I Love You Because, Shout! The Mod Musical, and My Mother’s Italian, My Father’s Jewish, and I’m In Therapy. Scott holds a Bachelor of Arts degree in Theatre from the University of Houston.
Brierpatch Productions - In addition to working on Marrying Meg for NYMF 2009, Brierpatch Productions is currently managing The Toymaker, also for NYMF 2009, Rest In Pieces starring Marcia Wallace, Wallenberg, The Musical, and new musicals The Frog Kiss, and Tokio Confidential. Last year Brierpatch Productions managed the 2008-2009 run of Glimpses of the Moon at the Algonquin’s Oak Room.
Prior to Brierpatch Productions, Laura Janik Cronin worked for over 10 years in theatrical management on and Off-Broadway, including The Lion King, Chicago, The Lieutenant of Inishmore, August: Osage County, November, The Look of Love, Jackie Mason: Prune Danish, Six Dance Lessons in Six Weeks, Triumph of Love, Hamlet with Ralph Fiennes, Beauty and the Beast, Jacques Brel Is Alive And Well…,Spalding Gray: Stories Left to Tell, 25 Questions For A Jewish Mother, Don’t Quit Your Night Job, and My Mother’s Italian, My Father’s Jewish and I’m in Therapy. Laura has a Bachelor of Arts degree in Music from Mount Holyoke College, and holds a Masters of Fine Arts degree in theater management from the Yale School of Drama.
Previous to his forming Brierpatch Productions, Scott Newsome has worked on Off-Broadway productions for over eight years, including the shows Dinner With Friends, Menopause The Musical, Harmony (Broadway out of town), Once Around The Sun, I Love You Because, Shout! The Mod Musical, and My Mother’s Italian, My Father’s Jewish, and I’m In Therapy. Scott holds a Bachelor of Arts degree in Theatre from the University of Houston.
Antonio Minino-Kampfire is a native of the Dominican Republic, where he studied theatre at the School of Dramatic Arts, and co-hosted/produced for FashionTV. He has been acting, producing and marketing NY theatre since he moved in 2005 to attend the Michael Howard Studios. Antonio is a founding member and Director of Marketing for MTWorks. He has been working with Katie Rosin-Kampfire PR since 2007; Kampfire PR clients include: Astoria Performing Arts Center, Ateh Theater Group, Boo-Arts Productions, Ignited States, The New York Innovative Theatre Awards, Nicu's Spoon, Oberon Theatre Ensemble, Maieutic Theatre Works, ManyTracks, Woman Seeking...A Theater Company, Wreckio, as well as, various productions at the Midtown International Theater Festival and the New York International Fringe Festival. He is also the Editor of The Fab Marquee, a theatre review site. Antonio is a proud member of the MTWorks Company Actors. You can contact Antonio at Antonio@kampfirefilmspr.com.
Broadway: The Story of My Life, Curtains, Martin Short: Fame Becomes Me, The Light in the Piazza, Little Women- The Musical, Jumpers. Off-Broadway: King David, Having It Almost, George M. Cohan, Tonight!, The Fear Project, She Stoops To Conquer, Last Easter, Berkshire Village Idiot. Tours: Little Women- The Musical (1st NT), Reefer Madness (Edinburgh Festival Fringe) Film/TV: Handel’s Messiah Rocks with the Boston Pops for PBS. Other: NAMT, NYMF, FringeNYC, HB Playwrights, Williamstown, Kennedy Center, Westport Country Playhouse, The Atlanta Symphony. Love and thanks to my family and God. Proud Equity Member.
Credit: Sung by Heather Jackson and Mark Robertson
IT'S A WONDERFUL DAY FOR A HANGING
Credit: Sung by Mark Robertson
THE LIKES O' A LAD LIKE ME
Credit: Sung by Mark Robertson
Full Cast and Creative Team Announced for MARRYING MEG
THE NEW YORK MUSICAL THEATRE FESTIVAL and BRIERPATCH PRODUCTIONS are pleased to announce the world premiere production of MARRYING MEG, directed by Dave Solomon. MARRYING MEG will play a limited engagement at Theatre at St. Clement's (423 West 46th Street, New York, NY 10036.) Performances begin Tuesday, September 29 and continue through Sunday, October 6.