Director: Dane CT Leasure^
Music Director: Anthony Trifiletti
Stage Manager: Patrick Lee Johnson*
Sound Designer: Hazen Tobar
Composers and Writers: Amy Burgess and Rachel Dean
Orchestration: Emily Chiu and Lucy O'Brien
Intimacy Director: Julia Fisher
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It is May, 1945, and the G.S. Good Rubber Factory in Akron, OH, is in the throes of rubber production for World War II. With most of the men overseas, it is no time to be frail for the female workers as they navigate the new, harsh work environment of factory life, and discover the freedom and agency that come with it. In this adaptation of Shakespeare's A Midsummer Night's Dream, Helen, the factory forewoman, Billie, the factory machinist, Ellie, the factory owner's daughter, and Sandra, a female Naval Lieutenant turned filmmaker comprise a lovers' quartet on a collision course with their burgeoning feelings for each other and the uncertainty of a changing world. With the announcement of V-E Day, their newfound freedoms are in danger, and all four must decide how to chart their futures. Mix in Robert and Clarence (long-time partners and proprietors of the local Ritz Theatre longing for the old days of sumptuous revelry and passion), Buck (their mischievous assistant), Nick (the exceptionally handsome lead singer of the band "The 4 Fs”), and a mad-cap masked party in the woods, and the end of the war is sure to only be the beginning.
Conductor/Piano: Anthony Trifiletti
Percussion: Richard Moore+
Cello: Gregory Fiocca+
Violin: Eunho Kim+
Guitar: Jeremy Poparad+
Lt. Sandra O'Hare
Eleanor "Ellie" Good
Clarence "Clary" Ryan
Mr. GS Good
Jack D. Riter
Amy Burgess is a composer, writer, and performer from New York City. Recent Theatre: ELEVATOR HEART, NYC premiere production with THML Theatre Co. and Access Theater (Spring 2019), University of San Francisco production (Fall 2018), NYC concert reading @ the Tank (Fall 2017), NYU Tisch New Musicals Workshop (Fall 2016), Queens Council on the Arts Grant (2016); STIR (music) with Basin Arts (Summer 2017) filmed for PBS; Under My Skin (words and music) with collaborator Joel Waggoner, choreography by Clare Cook, Dance Now NYC @ Joe's Pub (2014); SHOW ME REAL (words and music) with Clare Cook Dance Theatre at the New York Musical Festival (2012) and Tada! Theater (2012). Amy’s musical theatre work has been seen at Lincoln Center, 54 Below, Joe’s Pub, The Tank, Dixon Place, Berkshire Playwright’s Lab, Goodspeed Musicals, and many other NYC venues.
Choral and symphonic commissions (selection): for the Portland Symphonic Girlchoir: Upcoming Moon Dance: A Choral Fantasia (Spring 2019); We Will Speak (2017) international premiere @ St. Giles Church, Edinburgh, Scotland (Summer 2017); Look To This Day (2016); Dreamer of Dreams (2014) international premiere Beijing, China (Summer 2014). Other commissions: A Day In The Life for the Marian Singers, Portland, OR (2013); She Holds Fire in Her Hands and I Have Come To Cast Fire (for choir and orchestra) commissioned for Oregon's 150th Anniversary Celebration, Arlene Schnitzer Concert Hall, Portland, OR (2009). Composer-in-Residence, Portland Symphonic Girlchoir (2014, 2016, 2017, 2019). Amy received her BM in Composition from Pacific Lutheran University and MFA from NYU's Graduate Musical Theatre Writing Program.
Amy plays and sings in the indie folk band Two Sheets to the Wind with Joel Waggoner and works at NYU’s Tisch School of the Arts.
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RACHEL DEAN is a composer, pianist, and music director originally from Cedar Rapids, Iowa. Now New York City-based, she serves as a rehearsal pianist for Hamilton and Moulin Rouge as well as a staff pianist for NYU Steinhardt. An ASCAP award recipient, Rachel’s work has been performed in New York, Tokyo, Miami, Ohio, Phoenix, and New Jersey. Musicals in development include Medusa (with Wes Braver), The Anxiety Project and Amelia (with David Brush), On the Line (with Amy Burgess) and The Ballad of Janis Matthews and the Dodo Scouts (with Giancarlo Rodaz). Rachel is a member of ASCAP and Local 802.
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