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LET TER FROM THE ARTISTIC DIRECTOR

DEAR FRIENDS,

 ROBERT HUPP. PHOTO: BRENNA MERRITT.

Welcome back! It’s hard to believe another season is underway at Syracuse Stage. Trust me, we don’t take for granted how fortunate we are to create theatre right now. And we don’t take for granted that folks like you will join us here in the Archbold Theatre. Thank you for making live theatre a part of your life in these continually unpredictable times. How to Dance in Ohio celebrates everything that’s wonderful about our craft. When Sammy Lopez and Ben Holtzman first brought this script to our attention, we knew we wanted to be a part of its creation. From the developmental workshops in New York City, to the run throughs in our upstairs rehearsal room, we’ve had the good fortune to watch a brand new musical come to life. Featuring an amazing cast and a visionary creative team, How to Dance in Ohio, in our opinion, has a great future in store. This world premiere is an excellent example of how non-profit theatres often serve as the birthplace of work that helps shape the future of our field. Like you, we look forward to

the day when we can say, “Syracuse saw it first!” Thanks for joining us and enjoy the show! With warmest regards,

Bob Hupp Artistic Director

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P R E S E N TS

B O O K A N D LY R I C S B Y

MUSIC BY

Rebekah Greer Melocik

Jacob Yandura

A N E W M U S I C A L B A S E D O N T H E D O C U M E N TA RY F I L M BY

Alexandra Shiva DIRECTED BY

Sammi Cannold In loving memory of Harold Prince.

MUSIC DIRECTOR

M U S I C S U P E R V I S O R / O R C H E S T R AT O R

CHOREOGRAPHER

Lily Ling

Matt Gallagher

Mayte Natalio

P R O D U C E D I N A S S O C I AT I O N W I T H

Ben Holtzman, Sammy Lopez, and Fiona Howe Rudin SCENIC DESIGN

COSTUME DESIGN

LIGHTING DESIGN

SOUND DESIGN

Robert Brill

Sarafina Bush

Bradley King

Connor Wang

PRODUCTION STAGE MANAGER

ASSISTANT STAGE MANAGER

CASTING

ARRANGEMENTS

Scott Rowen*

Laura Jane Collins*

Stewart/Whitley

Matt Gallagher and Jacob Yandura

Robert Hupp

Jill A. Anderson

Melissa Crespo

Kyle Bass

Artistic Director

Managing Director

Associate Artistic Director

Resident Playwright

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2022 World Premiere Produced by Syracuse Stage, Robert M. Hupp, Artistic Director Jill A. Anderson, Managing Director. This production was rehearsed at The Pershing Square Signature Center, 480 West 42nd Street, NY, NY 10036, www.signaturetheatre.org September 21 – October 9, 2022

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TA K I N G P H O T O S I N T H E T H E AT R E Audience members may take photos in the theatre before and after the performance and during intermission. If you post photos on social media or elsewhere, you must credit the production's designers by including the names below. Please note: Photos are strictly prohibited during the performance. Photos of the stage are not permitted if an actor is present. Video and audio recording is not permitted at any time in the theatre.

SCENIC DESIGN

COSTUME DESIGN

Robert Brill

Sarafina Bush

LIGHTING DESIGN

SOUND DESIGN

Bradley King

Connor Wang

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CAST (in alphabetical order)

Haven Burton*..................................................Terry, Hawkins Darlesia Cearcy*............................................................Johanna Desmond Edwards............................................................Remy Carlos L. Encinias*....................................................Kurt, Rick Amelia Fei*...................................................................Caroline Nick Gaswirth*...............................................Michael, Derrick Wilson Jermaine Heredia*.............................Dr. Emilio Amigo Melina Kalomas*...................................................Amy, Shauna Madison Kopec...........................................................Marideth Liam Pearce*.....................................................................Drew Marina Pires*.......................................................Ashley Amigo Imani Russell*.....................................................................Mel Conor Tague..................................................................Tommy Ashley Wool*...................................................................Jessica UNDERSTUDIES Understudies never substitute for the listed players unless a specific announcement is made at the time of performance. For Amy/Shauna, Johanna, Terry/Hawkins–Elana Babbitt† For Dr. Emilio Amigo–Carlos L. Encinias* For Jessica, Caroline, Mel, Marideth–Nicole Fazia For Ashley Amigo–Corinne Ferrer† For Drew, Tommy, Remy–Imri Leshed For Kurt/Rick, Michael/Derrick–Zach Simpson† SETTING Ohio, present day. SPECIAL THANKS Special Thanks to Alexandra Shiva, Amigo Family Counseling, The Prince Fellowship, The Shubert Organization Artistic Circle, CO/LAB Theater Group, Marianne Mills, The Fisher Center, Goodspeed Opera House, SPACE on Ryder Farm, Luv Michael, EPIC Players, Michael Ryan Andolsek, Marathon Digital, Ralph Zito, and the individuals & families from the original documentary film of How to Dance in Ohio.

*Member of Actors’ Equity Association, the Union of Professional Actors and Stage Managers in the United States. The director of this production is a member of the Stage Directors and Choreographers Society, a national theatrical labor union. The scenic, costume, lighting, and sound designers are represented by United Scenic Artists Local 829, IATSE. How to Dance in Ohio is made possible by the New York State Council on the Arts with the support of Governor Kathy Hochul and the New York State Legislature. † Student, Syracuse University Department of Drama. 15


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ADDITIONAL CREDITS Associate Director: Mary McGowan Associate Choreographer: Sarah Parker Dance Captain: Imani Russell* Associate Scenic Designer: Justin Humphres Assistant Scenic Designer: Miranda Friel Associate Costume Designer: Martín Lara Avila Associate Lighting Designer: Kat C. Zhou Lighting Programmer: Harrison Freni Production Assistant: Em Piraino Community Engagement Intern: Alexis Wilner Associate Producer: Jeremy Wein Illustrator for Remy's Designs: Desmond Edwards CONSULTANTS

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Deck Crew: Dennis “Butch” Boss, Joseph Carter, Lexi Frizzell, Caitlin Radziewski Wardrobe Supervisor: Dylinn Andrew Wardrobe Crew: Megan Berner, Elissa Martin, Leah Moore Electrician: Brian Jordan Spotlight Operators: Chris Green, Jakob Sanchez Audio Engineer: Kevin O’Connor Assistant Audio Engineer: Shane Wright STUDENTS

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SONG LIST ACT I Today Is................................................................................Company Under Control................................................................Drew, Group A Recipe for Disaster.....................................................Amigo, Ashley How to Dance in Ohio.................................................Amigo, Group Unlikely Animals...................................................................Marideth Butterflies.........................................................Group, Amigo, Ashley Getting Ready for the Dance........................................Johanna, Terry Coronation Qualities.................................................................Group Life Interrupts...........................................................................Ashley Moving Forward................................Amigo, Rick, Shauna, Company Slow Dancing.........................................................................Caroline Waves and Wires........................................................Drew, Company ACT II Drift......................................................................................Marideth Terminally Human....................................................................Amigo So Much in Common...............................................................Group Double Date/Chevy Silverado/Admissions........Jessica, Tommy, Drew Reincarnation....................................................................Mel, Ashley Two Steps Backwards.................................................................Group Nothing At All................................................................Remy, Group The Amigo Spring Formal...........................................Parents, Amigo Building Momentum.................................................Drew, Company Unlikely Animals (Reprise)......................................................Michael Building Momentum (Reprise).............................................Company Finale...................................................................................Company

ORCHESTRA Keyboard 1, Conductor.........................................................Lily Ling Violin 1..........................................................................Natalie Coots Percussion.......................................................................Josh Dekaney Bass..............................................................................Mike Fittipaldi Viola............................................................................Matteo Longhi Violin 2.................................................................Noemi Miloradovic Cello.........................................................................Lydia Parkington Keyboard 2.......................................................................Jacob Stebly MUSIC TEAM Music Contractor..........................................................Brian Cimmet Music Assistant..........................................................Nicole D’Angelo Music Copying........Timothy Hanson (Emily Grishman Music Preparation) Keyboard Programmer....................................................Randy Cohen

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How t o Dance in O hio

DIRECTOR'S NOTE WHEN I WAS 8 YEARS-OLD, my younger brother Noah was diagnosed with autism, but thereafter, no one ever dared to say the word “autism” around him. As is the case for so many Autistic individuals, those close to Noah knew about his diagnosis, but I sensed a certain fear that saying or acknowledging “autism” would further differentiate my brother from his peers because of something we– and so many–didn’t understand. So, while he saw specialist after specialist privately, when we were out in the world, the word “autism” and conversations around it felt off limits. And that wasn’t unique to my brother’s case; there were simply so many misconceptions about autism floating around in the early 2000s. So, nearly 20 years later, when I heard about a new musical centering 7 Autistic young adults and their coming-of-age stories, I felt deeply drawn to such a piece of art that might–following in the footsteps of its source material and building on the progress made in

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the 7 years since the documentary’s premier–help to open doors on talking about what autism really is: an integral part of what makes my brother and all other Autistic people who they are. And it did. As I began to work on Jacob Yandura and Rebekah Greer Melocik’s How to Dance in Ohio, it provided an opportunity to unpack and understand real life through storytelling as great pieces of art often do. As a result, I found myself having the conversations we never dared to have 20 years ago, understanding that autism isn’t something to avoid talking about – rather, talking about it, learning about it, and centering Autistic voices is how we understand it. And while we still have so far to go (for example, it’s still legal to pay disabled workers below minimum wage in this country), my hope is that using art to shine a spotlight on necessary change can help. So, I’m deeply grateful to my collaborators–my Autistic collaborators most of all–for creating a piece that fosters that conversation. And it is


my aim that the show you’re about to see will help foster this conversation for you and your community, whether you are currently personally connected to autism or not. For our company, that conversation has been rich and refreshing. Through a partnership with CO/ LAB Theater Group and thanks to the guidance of our ASD Creative Consultant Ava Xiao-Lin Rigelhaupt and Director of Community Engagement Becky Leifman, we’ve been fortunate to have the opportunity to reexamine our practices both in how we make art and how we make more intentionally inclusive, welcoming, and compassionate workplaces. Because as Ava often says “It’s not just being invited to the party; it’s being asked to dance.” And while this exploration was motivated by a desire to make our workplace the best that it could be for our 9 Autistic performers as well as our Autistic staff members, it turned into something bigger than that. It turned into a lesson in how we can all benefit from making our spaces more inclusive, open, and compassionate – not just for Autistic individuals, but for everyone. So, I’m excited to continue learning and developing this aspect of our work as we continue to tell this story. And while there are so many individuals who have been part of telling that story over the years, I would be remiss if I didn’t take a moment to acknowledge–singularly–the legendary Hal Prince who was the piece’s original director prior to his pass-

ing in July of 2019. His impact on the creation of this show was immense, but moreover, his impact on the American theater was indelible. When I first joined this team, one of our exceptional producers Ben Holtzman, who had been Hal’s mentee throughout the final years of his life, gave me thirteen audio recordings of meetings with Hal talking about How to Dance in Ohio and four copies of the musical’s script with Hal’s notes in the margins. These notes ranged from dramaturgical feedback for the writers to ideas for how Hal wanted to stage certain scenes. And so, these notes became my north star as the rest of the creative team and I figured out how to honor the DNA of what Hal had begun while the musical grew and evolved. It’s part of why the scenic design you’re looking at is an homage to Hal’s iconic magic black box, it’s part of why this show is structured like one of Hal’s traditional “concept musicals,” and it’s why–if you take a look in the upper house right corner of our stage, you might notice a little nod to Hal himself. I never had the privilege of talking to Hal directly about this piece, but I know that this subject matter was deeply important to him and that he saw this work as both a piece of theater and a piece of activism–and that’s what it’s all about for me. So with that, I invite you to enjoy How to Dance in Ohio. Sincerely, SAMMI CANNOLD

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How t o Dance in O hio

A BRIDGE TO UNDERSTANDING AN INTERVIEW WITH FILMMAKER ALEXANDRA SHIVA INTERVIEWED BY JOSEPH WHELAN The inspiration for the Alexandra Shiva’s Peabody Award-winning documentary, How to Dance in Ohio, came from a very personal place. The filmmaker has a friend whose daughter is autistic, and when the girl turned 18, Shiva wondered what coming into adulthood, coming of age, would be like for her. With two successful documentaries behind her, Shiva thought trying to answer this question could be the subject for her next project. A recommendation from a colleague led her to Columbus, Ohio, and Dr. Emilio Amigo and Amigo Family Counseling, a center for people living with autism. On her first visit, Dr. Amigo told her he was working with some of his clients on a play called Law & Order: Fairytale Unit. He then explained that the next project would be a spring formal dance and that the group would spend three months in therapy preparing. The filmmaker found her film. Shiva spent three months with Dr. Amigo and his clients and some of their family members filming what would become How to Dance in Ohio, which in turn is the inspiration and the source for this musical. Joseph Whelan: How did the idea for adapting the documentary into a musical first come to you? Who proposed it to you? Alexandra Shiva: Jacob (composer Jacob Yandura) and Rebekah (book writer and lyricist Rebekah Greer Melocik)* reached

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out to me years ago and wanted to talk about making a musical. We had a wonderful meeting and I heard all about where the idea came from for them, Jacob’s connection to the subject matter, and why they wanted to do it. Right around the same time, I remember Hal Prince,


 ALEXANDRA SHIVA.

who was a dear friend and someone I greatly admired, calling me and saying that he decided he wanted to do his next musical and it was How to Dance in Ohio. He had talked to Ben (producer Ben Holtzman) and Ben knew a young composer and lyricist team who were also interested and would I like him to direct it. JW: Wow. AS: I was like, I mean, I’d just fall over right now. I mean sure, “whatever you want, whatever you want, Hal.” And so that was what I

knew, and I just said, “Please go forth, do whatever you want.” That was the beginning. And now, of course, Sammi Cannold who came on as the director after Hal passed away has done such a beautiful job interpreting the work Jacob and Rebekah did with Hal, and continuing to bring the musical to life with her own fresh and brilliant perspective. JW: What was your involvement after that? AS: A couple of times Hal would ask me for outtakes or for interviews, transcripts,

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and things like that. We’d send those over and it was amazing. I did not hear anything until they’d been at it for like, I think, a year already. The other thing that happened was that I brought the musical team to Ohio. We all went together to Ohio so that I could introduce them to Amigo (Dr. Emilio Amigo) and the group. We went and had a similar kind of experience to what I had when I started making the documentary, which was really important for this group of people (the documentary participants). We


had a sort of Town Hall, where they could ask tons of questions, feel part of the process and understand what it was, and the musical team could get to know them better and understand more about what happens (at the counseling center) firsthand. JW: How did that go? AS: We had this incredible meeting where Jacob and Rebekah met the whole group of people from the documentary, and that experience became a scene in the musical. The picking your brain scene in the musical comes from that meeting. Amigo had this Styrofoam head with lots of ques-

tions sticking out of it. Everyone had asked their questions and different people had to read those questions, not the people who had written them. It was really wonderful. It was an amazing experience. A lot of people from the counseling center had an issue with the fact that we had filmed for so long and yet the movie became about three people, and they felt a little left out. They expressed they were hoping the musical was going to be more ensemble and they were also hoping that they could play themselves. That’s what I remember from that evening. It was quite something. So that’s my involvement. My involve24

ment is source material and sending as much as I could to help. There are scenes in the musical, not a lot, that are from our outtakes that didn’t end up in the movie, which is fascinating, that inspired either songs or scenes in the musical. I went to the reading a year and a half ago, and I went to an open rehearsal in New York recently, and it was extraordinary because it is its own. It takes the best of the documentary, the essence and the spirit of the documentary, and then it is its own incredible work of art that is separate from that. I think this is a very unusual thing to happen, where you have taken a work of art and you’ve


 JESSICA SULLIVAN AND CAROLINE MCKENZIE. © COURTESY OF SUNDANCE INSTITUTE

expanded on it and made it entirely its own separate work of art. JW: From your perspective, what do you think the musical theatre adaptation can do for the audience that’s different than what the documentary can do? AS: That is an interesting question. I mean the documentary has a limit, which is documenting real life. There is only so much you can actually do with the material. I always say that it is a combination of what happened, what happened when you happened to be there, what happened when you happened to be there when the camera was on, what

you really wish had happened and then what you can make out of that. But with the musical, you have that plus whatever you wish to make out of it. And so, a lot of what I would have wished was possible in the edit but wasn’t because you have the limitation of fixed material, can happen in the musical. It was sort of a magical thing to see that you could take a character and explore “what it would be like if . . .” What it would be like if this person went in this direction, what it would be like if the essence of this person could bend in this arch and arrive at this place – start here and end here instead of working with 25

fixed material. They are not working with fixed material, so I actually feel like there is a limitlessness, there is a limitless quality to what is there, what they can create, and I do think it gives the audience more to engage with, more to relate to, a fuller experience actually. JW: In one interview, you called the documentary “a bridge to understanding.” Is there something about the immediacy and visceral connection with the stage that transcends understanding, hits you a different way? Do you think that’s a part of what the musical can accomplish? AS: Oh, absolutely. I think


that I was trying to say the musical can do that and then some. I think the musical can do what the documentary does, which creates that bridge and allows people to walk in the shoes of other people for that period of time. But I do think that because its musical, it can get into your head, and it can get into your heart in a different way, which I think is extraordinary. I mean it did feel transcendent watching the rehearsal and the music sort of takes you into places that are very emotionally resonant beyond what the documentary can do. I think it’s so beautiful. I love, love the musical and I think that it’s so beautifully done. And I think it’s very special and really extraordinary work of art all by itself, separate from any of the source material. It really is the dream of what you can make of it. JW: In a way there may be two audiences for this. There are neurotypical people and there are people who have experience with non-neurotypical, either directly or through family or friends. What’s been your experience of the difference in reactions to the documentary for those

groups of people, those people who can personally relate to it and those who are perhaps at some remove? AS: It’s been very important to us that the autism community feels seen and heard. When we were doing screenings, we showed it to a lot of people and had a lot of feedback and I know that’s been the same with the musical. I think that is wildly important. But I think that what was wonderful in the documentary—that is going to be true even more so in the musical—is that these are feelings everybody has. Everyone gets nervous, and everyone has had the experience of going to their first dance or being scared to talk to someone or having a human experience. So, it’s taking a human experience that maybe is more exaggerated in the nonneurotypical person but is absolutely a part of everyone’s life. The documentary and the musical are about connecting and about showing the ways we are similar, not the ways we are different. It’s not highlighting difference; it is highlighting similarity. To me it feels like it is really going to play beautifully to both audiences for different rea-

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sons. The audiences who have no understanding of autism are going to enjoy it because it’s a part of humanity, and the people who are part of the autism community or who have been touched some way by non-neurotypical are going to experience it as being seen and relate on a whole different level. JW: The young people who are in the film, they must be in their mid-tolate 20’s now, and some of them are going to come and see the show and see themselves represented on stage. What do you think that experience will be like for them? ​ AS: They were so great. They came to Sundance when we premiered there and we had a big screening in Ohio, and they’re old hands at this. I think they are used to this. We had conversations and I think Dr. Amigo is very good at prepping the group. He takes their questions and concerns so seriously, and so we had calls with him, and I often participated when the musical team would interact with the subjects. I think that was helpful. But they get it, they get that this isn’t them, that some of this has happened to someone


 DR. EMILIO AMIGO. © COURTESY OF SUNDANCE INSTITUTE

else, that some of it is made up, but it never feels negative. It’s not like anyone is made to look bad. I don’t think they’ll have a bad reaction. I think that they’re going to think it’s fun and sort of bizarre. And it does feel true to the request that Jacob and Rebekah got when they got to Ohio, which was “we wish we were more in it. We wish it was more ensemble.” And I do feel like they took that and went with it, so I really think the whole community in Columbus is going to feel good about it. JW: So, in creating this project and letting it move

to the stage, you created an opportunity for seven extraordinary autistic actors to have a great opportunity to practice their craft, to practice their art and work. How do you feel about your part is creating this opportunity? AS: Nothing makes me happier. Really. Absolutely nothing makes me happier than how they’ve chosen to cast the show and these extraordinary young people. It just feels so right and so beautiful and literally nothing makes me happier about this than that.

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*For a conversation with Jacob Yandura and Rebekah Greer Melocik check out the podcast Syracuse (On) Stage.


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THE AUTISTIC SELF ADVOCACY NETWORK The Autistic Self Advocacy Network is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization run by and for autistic people. ASAN is a national grassroots disability rights organization for the autistic community. We fight for disability rights. We work to make sure autistic people are included in policy-making, so that laws and policies meet our community’s needs. We work to support all forms of self-advocacy and to change the way people think about autism. Our members and supporters include autistic adults and youth, cross-disability advocates, and non-autistic family members, professionals, educators, and friends. https://autisticadvocacy.org/ SYRACUSE UNIVERSITY CENTER FOR DISABILITY RESOURCES The Center for Disability Resources works with the campus community to reduce environmental barriers that impact student learning and encourage universal design and inclusion. CDR provides individualized accommodations for the classroom, testing, and living environments when necessary to ensure access. Additionally, our Academic Support staff meets with students one-on-one throughout the school year and, assists them to develop time-management, and organizational skills, note-taking strategies, and provides referrals for other campus resources. CDR offers opportunities for engagement beyond accommodations such as Workforce Recruitment program and the Delta Alpha Pi International honor society. https://disabilityresources.syr.edu/ THE SELF ADVOCACY ASSOCIATION OF NEW YORK STATE The Self-Advocacy Association of New York State, Inc., is an organization founded, and led, by people with developmental disabilities for people with developmental disabilities. We promote the awareness and recognition of the civil rights and responsibilities which include the opportunities and choices of equal citizenship. We speak up for ourselves and others. https://sanys.org/

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CAST Haven Burton (she/her) (Terry, Hawkins) is thrilled a to be a part of this truly remarkable show and back on stage for the first time since the shutdown. I want to thank you, the audience, for coming back to the theatre. Sharing stories makes the world a better, more empathetic place. Thank you for sharing this story with us. Representation matters. I want to dedicate this performance to my son, Hudson, who is brave and kind and courageous. He has taught me to challenge my thinking and the world that was not designed for him. He was designed to change it. I hope you take our story with you and leave our theatre curious, kind, and willing to challenge the world around you. Beyond that, if you are interested in what my theatre credits are, you can google me. I have had the pleasure of performing in many wonderful shows, with the cream of the crop on Broadway.

Purple, Sarah in Ragtime for which she received a Helen Hayes nomination, and The Goodbye Girl. She won the BTF award for Outstanding Supporting Actress in a Musical for Nina Simone: Four Women at The Berkshire Theatre Group. Her television credits include: guest star on High Fidelity, Madame Secretary, FBI, House of Cards, Elementary, Law & Order: SVU and Nurse Jackie. Upcoming: the episodic The Watcher (Netflix). Urvisionhousse.com Desmond Edwards (he/ him) (Remy) is a recent graduate of Lyman High School in Longwood, Florida. He joined theatre his sophomore year of high school as sound designer, composing orchestral pieces for his school’s plays before becoming an actor his junior year. His favorite roles include Audrey Two from his school’s production of Little Shop of Horrors. Desmond is ecstatic to be a part of How to Dance in Ohio as his first professional production. He is grateful for the Ohio team for welcoming him with open arms and helping him grow into a young adult. He gives a special thanks to his family for supporting him as he begins his career as an actor and musician. @dedwards0502

Darlesia Cearcy (she/ her) (Johanna). Award nominee recently appeared as Diana in Next to Normal at Westport Country Playhouse for which she is nominated as Best Actress in a Musical by Connecticut Critics Circle Awards. She was last seen on Broadway as Erzulie: Goddess of Love in the Tony Award winning revival of Once on this Island. She appeared as an original cast member and performed as Lottie Gee in Audra McDonald’s stead in the amazing Broadway musical Shuffle Along. She has performed on Broadway as Nettie in The Color

Carlos L. Encinias (he/ him) (Kurt, Rick, u/s Dr. Emilio Amigo) is originally from Albuquerque, New Mexico, and a proud New Yorker since 2000. Broadway: Les Misera-

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CAST bles (Fueilly), Mamma Mia! (u/s Eddie/Father A), Good Vibrations (u/s Jan/Class President), and Scandalous (Ramon) starring Carolee Carmello. Off-Broadway: Altar Boyz (Juan/ Abe/Mark). Regional: Barrington Stage world-premiere, A Crossing (Arturo); Olney, Miss You Like Hell (Manuel); Papermill Playhouse, A Christmas Story (u/s Santa); Phoenix Theatre, Evita (Che); Westport Playhouse, Man of La Mancha (Padre); Sundance, Cinderella (Prince). Thank you BLOC! Para mi familia, amigos y mis queridos: Joe, Luca and Marco! For more info, www.carlosLencinias.com.

Hutchinson (Lincoln Center/Strathmore), Secondhand Lions (Seattle 5th Ave), James and the Giant Peach (Goodspeed), Yeast Nation (FringeNYC), The Gig (NYMF), Minnie’s Boys (York Theatre), The Full Monty (Westchester Broadway), Candide (Arden), A Year With Frog and Toad (Arden). Nick has a B.F.A. from the University of Michigan (Go Blue!) and is a proud member of AEA. Hi Jammers, hi Bumbles. www.nickgaswirth.com. Wilson Jermaine Heredia (he/him) (Dr. Emilio Amigo) is excited and thankful to be in the wonderful cast of How to Dance in Ohio and celebrates the experience of live theatre again. He is best known for winning the 1996 Tony Award for the role of Angel, Drama Desk and Obie, for best featured actor in the musical RENT. He also garnered an Olivier nomination when he reprised the role in London. He reprised the role again in the 2005 film. He returned to Broadway in La Cage Aux Folles opposite Harvey Fierstein. He recently played the role of Dan in Next to Normal at the Westport Country Playhouse directed by Marcos Santana. Films include Flawless, with Robert De Niro and Philip Seymour Hoffman and Rainbow Bridge Motel. He’s featured in Lin-Manuel Miranda’s film adaptation of Jonathan Larson’s Tick Tick Boom for Netflix. TV: he has guest starred in Banshee, Blind Spot, Without a Trace, and Law & Order:

Amelia Fei (she/her) (Caroline) is an actress and voice over artist from Taiwan, who is having butterflies to rejoin the dance party with her Ohio family! Some of her credits include The King and I (u/s Lady Thiang), Julius Caesar (Cassius, Cinna), and Avenue Q (Christmas Eve). So much love for my parents, and beyond grateful for my HTDIO family for listening and taking care of everyone while telling this beautiful and important story. ameliafei.com @amelia_bedeliafei Nick Gaswirth (he/him) (Michael, Derrick). Broadway: Natasha, Pierre, and the Great Comet of 1812; A Christmas Story: The Musical. Tour: Wicked, A Christmas Story. Regional: I Am Harvey Milk/I Am Anne

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CAST SVU. He thanks his wife, family, and extended family for their undying support. Instagram@wilsonjermaineheredia Twitter@wilsonjheredia_Facebook Wilson J. Heredia

Liam Pearce (he/him) (Drew) is thrilled to be in this beautiful production of How to Dance in Ohio. Prior to his arrival in Syracuse, he spent the summer at the Muny in St. Louis performing in their production of Legally Blonde! Other credits include If/ Then, Amelie, and Spring Awakening. How to Dance in Ohio is extremely important for representation amongst the ASD community and has helped Liam find parts of himself and his own unique traits of his autism that he had not uncovered before. B.F.A. in musical theatre from Pace University. Special thanks to all of his closest friends for their unwavering support and their ability to make him feel anything is possible. @liam.pearce

Melina Kalomas (Amy, Shauna). Theatre: Madame Giry in Phantom of the Opera (World Tour); Les Miserables, Mel Brooks’ Young Frankenstein, Camelot (US National Tours); Little Edie - alternate in Grey Gardens (The Ahmanson, Los Angeles), Mary Zimmerman’s Arabian Nights (Berkeley Rep/Kansas City Rep), Franca Naccarelli in The Light In The Piazza (South Coast Repertory), Zhivago (LaJolla Playhouse), Nice Work If You Can Get It (Musical Theatre West), Beauty and the Beast (3D Theatricals), A Man of No Importance (Lillian Theatre).Television/Film: As The World Turns (CBS), Grimm (NBC); The Last Man. Training: Carnegie Mellon School of Drama (B.F.A. acting and musical theatre). My love and thanks always to my Family, Edward Sayegh and HT.

Marina Pires (she/her) (Ashley Amigo) is a Brazilian-born singer, actor, and songwriter based in New York’s Hudson Valley. Syracuse Stage debut! It’s been a dream come true to originate a role alongside such a progressive and nurturing team. Past credits include: Conchita Anna in the Tropics (Barrington Stage) Gloria Estefan On Your Feet! (Broadway First National Tour and The MUNY), Vanessa In The Heights (Dallas Theatre Center), Evita (Asolo Rep), PHISH (Madison Square Garden), The Witch Into The Woods (Holy City Light Opera). As a songwriter, Marina’s lyrics have been featured in the Off-Broadway musical A NeverEnding Line and on Broadway Re-

Madison Kopec (she/ her) (Marideth) is so grateful to be working with this incredible group of people on this project. She would like to thank the team, her family, friends, and her green-cheeked conure, Buddy, for their love and support.

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CAST cords’ Songs by an Immigrant with Jaime Lozano. She performs her music across the country with her folk band The Heartstrings Project, and throughout NYC at 54 Below, Rockwood Music Hall, Joe’s Pub, and Lincoln Center. Love to Lev, Dave, and the family. IG: @marinampires

credits include his television role as Cody Hill on Law & Order: SVU, William Barfée in The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee, Freddy Benson in Dirty Rotten Scoundrels, King Charles in Pippin, Underling in The Drowsy Chaperone, as well as multiple fundraising concerts and cabarets with EPIC Players and ActionPlay organizations. Conor credits his success to the creative, nurturing, and talented people he has had the opportunity to learn from, and wishes to thank his friends and family for their loving support in helping him chase his dream. https://www.conortague.com

Imani Russell (they/them) (Mel, Dance Captain) is a Black+Boricua queer+ trans+disabled multihyphenate artist from Crown Heights (unceded Lenape land). Trained in classical music, musical theatre, and acting, Imani has a B.A. in drama from Vassar College and an M.A. in musical theatre from the Royal Conservatoire of Scotland. Imani has performed off-Broadway, most recently in the Trans Entertainment Guild’s production of The Civility of Albert Cashier (The Player’s Theatre) and has also performed at the Edinburgh Festival Fringe. In addition to the stage, Imani is an emerging voice actor. They also write music under the name NANí and recently released a two-song EP titled “sweetbitter creature.” Imani believes in and creates in pursuit of Black queer+trans power and safety, indigenous sovereignty, and art as an act of love and community. //www.imanirussell.com

Ashley Wool (she/her) (Jessica) is a New York native and a graduate of SUNY Geneseo. Favorite regional credits include: Company (Amy), Xanadu (Kira/Clio), The Addams Family (Wednesday; OnStage Critics Award nominee). Like her character, Ashley is a huge fan of anything cinnamon raisin; she also loves writing, baking, and everything rose gold. Love and thanks to the cast, crew, and creative team, and everyone who appreciates diverse perspectives, human connections, authentic representation, and compelling storytelling. #HoldMySword www.ashleywool.com

Conor Tague (he/him) (Tommy) is extremely excited to be part of How to Dance in Ohio, a world premiere musical. A graduate of the Professional Conservatory of Musical Theatre at New York Film Academy,

Elana Babbitt (she/her) (u/s Amy/Johanna/Terry) is a senior musical theatre major from Malvern, PA. Recent Syracuse University Department of Drama credits include Announcer/Referee in As You Like It

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CAST (mainstage), Maggie/Danica understudy in Miss Havisham’s Wedding (workshop), Mary-Ann understudy in The Bridge (workshop), female swing in Songs for a New World (studio project), and Tamsin in Antigone: As Presented by the Girls of St Catherine’s (sophomore project). She also had the opportunity to study at Shakespeare’s Globe last year with Syracuse University’s study abroad program. She is thrilled to be working on her first professional production telling this incredibly important story!

wonderful talented people involved in this project for welcoming her into this special piece! Imri Leshed (they/them) (u/s Drew/Tommy/Remy) is a recent graduate of Syracuse University’s B.F.A. musical theatre program, from Ithaca, NY. As an autistic theatre artist, Imri could not be more proud and grateful to be a part of this unprecedented production and to be telling this story at Syracuse Stage. Credits include: A Christmas Carol (Hangar Theatre), Death of a Salesman (Barackentheater Wust in Germany), Next to Normal, A Grand Night for Singing, A Chorus Line (Syracuse University Department of Drama). So much love and gratitude for this phenomenal team and cast, my family, friends, and P3! @imrileshed | imrileshed.com

Nicole Fazia (they/she) (u/s Jessica/Caroline/Mel/ Marideth) Grateful to be a part of this production. New York: FIAF, FringeNYC, Theater for the New City, NYU. Regional: Playhouse on Park, Shakesperience Productions, Synecdoche Works. Film/TV: CNN, Project Girl series, Travel Channel.

Zach Simpson (he/ him) (u/s Kurt/Michael) is thrilled to be making his Syracuse Stage debut with How to Dance in Ohio! Zach has performed with the Syracuse University Department of Drama in last year’s studio production of Miss Havishams Wedding (Matthew) and the mainstage production of As You Like It (Adam). He would like to thank his family and friends for their continued support.

Corinne Ferrer (u/s Ashley Amigo) is so excited to be making her Syracuse Stage debut. Corinne, originally from Miami, FL, is a senior B.F.A. acting major at Syracuse University. Corinne has recently been in As You Like It (Bronco’s Agent/Martext), She Kills Monsters (Lilith), and Shout! The Mod Musical (Red Girl). You can catch her as Nelly Fail in Failure: A Love Story this fall on the Department of Drama Mainstage. Corinne would like to thank all the

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A R T I S T I C S TA F F Robert Brill (Scenic Designer). For Syracuse Stage: Thoughts of A Colored Man. Broadway credits include Ain’t Too Proud: The Life and Times of The Temptations (Tony nomination), Thoughts of A Colored Man, Summer: The Donna Summer Musical, Assassins (Tony nomination), set and club design for the critically acclaimed revival of Cabaret, Jesus Christ Superstar, Guys and Dolls (Tony nomination), Design for Living, A Streetcar Named Desire, One Flew Over The Cuckoo’s Nest, Buried Child, and many others. Brill’s credits include the upcoming Broadway revival of Fosse’s Dancin’, Frozen (Disney California), as well as numerous opera world-premieres, including Moby-Dick, Cold Mountain, Everest, Doubt, and The Manchurian Candidate. He has designed for the Whitney Museum of American Art, Brooklyn Academy of Music, Radio City Music Hall, The Metropolitan Opera, English National Opera, Minnesota Opera, Dallas Opera, Houston Grand Opera, Stratford Shakespeare Festival, Old Globe, the Guthrie Theater, Center Theatre Group, McCarter Theatre, Goodman Theatre, Steppenwolf Theatre, Oregon Shakespeare Festival, American Conservatory Theater, Berkeley Repertory Theatre and La Jolla Playhouse where he has served as an artist in residence. Brill is a founding member of Sledgehammer Theatre, a recipient of the Michael Merritt Award for Excellence in Design and Collaboration, and professor of scenic design at University of California San Diego. robertbrilldesign.com

Sarafina Bush (she/her) (Costume Designer) Broadway: For Colored Girls… (Tony Award nominee), Pass Over. Off-Broadway: To My Girls (2nd Stage), Heroes of the Fourth Turning (Obie Award: Playwrights Horizons), Broadway Bounty Hunter (Greenwich House), Plot Points, Pass Over (LCT3). Regional: Afterwords (5th Avenue), Life After (Goodman Theatre), Nina Simone: Four Women (Berkshire Theatre Group), Slow Food (Geva Theatre), Cry It Out and The Royale (Kitchen Theatre Company). Education: B.A., Adelphi University. Bradley King (he/him) (Lighting Designer) is a lighting designer based in NYC. On Broadway: Flying Over Sunset (Tony nomination, Drama Desk Award), Hadestown (Tony, Drama Desk Awards), Natasha, Pierre, and the Great Comet of 1812 (Tony, Drama Desk Awards), Bernhardt/ Hamlet. Recent Off-Broadway: Little Shop of Horrors (West Side Theater), Endlings (NYTW), Evita (Encores!), Alice By Heart (MCC), Apologia (Roundabout). Regional: shows for ART, Berkeley Rep, The Old Globe, The Guthrie, and many others. Upcoming: new musicals The Karate Kid, Goddess, Lempicka, Water For Elephants. Proud USA 829 member. On the web at bradleykingld.com Connor Wang (he/him) (Sound Designer) is an Asian American sound designer and audio engineer based in Chicago. His recent work includes the launch event for Disney+ in the Middle East (Dubai Opera), Daniel Tiger’s Neighborhood Live (Natio-

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A R T I S T I C S TA F F nal Tour), An Evening with Amber Iman & An Evening with Ali Stroker (Minetta Lane), and Singing In The Train (McCarter Theatre Center). Broadway assistant design credits: Hadestown (2019 Tony Award for Sound Design of a Musical) and The Cher Show. Regional/Touring assistant design credits: Hamilton (US Touring Companies), Hadestown (National Tour and Korea), The Devil Wears Prada (Chicago), and Tina-The Tina Turner Musical (National Tour). Connor is currently a mix engineer for Disney’s premier A Cappella group, DCappella, and The Disney Princess Concert.

Time, Next to Normal, The Magic Play, Stupid F***ing Bird, Chinglish, Scorched, and The Boys Next Door. Regional credits include: Footloose, 42nd Street, Grease, South Pacific, Anne of Green Gables: A New Folk Rock Musical, Ghost (The Rev, formerly Finger Lakes Musical Theatre Festival); The Foreigner, Third, The Hound of the Baskervilles, Around the World in 80 Days (Hangar Theatre). LJ is a graduate of the stage management program in the Syracuse University Department of Drama. Stewart/Whitley (Casting). Duncan Stewart CSA and Benton Whitley CSA. Broadway/NY: Paradise Square, Hadestown (Artios Award), Chicago the Musical, Rock of Ages, Lightning Thief, Great Comet of 1812, Elf, On the Town, Pippin, La Cage aux Folles, Radio City Christmas Spectacular. TV/Film: Netflix, 20th Century Fox, NBC, Lionsgate, Disney Channel. West End/U.K.: Hadestown, Thriller Live, Menier Chocolate Factory. Tours: Hadestown, Hairspray, Waitress, Charlie & the Chocolate Factory, Finding Neverland, Into the Woods, We Will Rock You. Regional: A.R.T., Berkeley Rep, Alley, Bay Street, For The Record, TUTS, Hollywood Bowl, McCarter, Signature, RCCL. Follow: @stewartwhitley and stewartwhitley.com.

Scott Rowen (Production Stage Manager). Broadway: Hamilton (original company), On The Town, Annie, The Velocity of Autumn, Nice Work If You Can Get It, Billy Elliot, Legally Blonde, The Wedding Singer, Lestat. Los Angeles: Hamilton. Chicago: Hamilton, Gotta Dance. Off-Broadway: Joan of Arc: Into the Fire, Dry Powder, Here Lies Love, Manahatta, See What I Wanna See (The Public); The Night Alive (Atlantic). Scott holds a B.A. in History from Harvard University. Laura Jane Collins (she/her) (Assistant Stage Manager). Syracuse Stage credits include: Matilda The Musical, Somewhere Over the Border, The Play That Goes Wrong, I and You, Twilight: Los Angeles, 1992, Talley’s Folly, Amadeus, Disney’s Beauty and the Beast, Elf The Musical, The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-

Rebecca Leifman (she/her) (Director of Community Engagement, CO/ LAB) is thrilled to be on the Ohio team! She is a co-founder and the executive director of CO/LAB Theater Group - a nonprofit organization that

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A R T I S T I C S TA F F offers individuals with developmental disabilities a creative and social outlet through theatre arts. In addition, she is a teaching artist for CO/LAB, the treasurer and a steering committee member for the Museum, Arts, and Culture Access Consortium, and was a TEDxBroadway speaker in 2020. She has previously worked at The Keswell School and was a direct service provider for two individuals with disabilities. Becky has a variety of professional experience at arts organizations; she founded Two Lights Theatre Company (Chicago) in 2007 and worked for The Acting Company and The Play Company in their respective development departments. She has independently consulted with SUMMERTIME Gallery, the Broadway Advocacy Coalition, and multiple budding nonprofits. Becky has a B.F.A. from Syracuse University and is currently pursuing a Graduate Certificate in Philanthropic Studies at Indiana University’s Lilly Family School of Philanthropy.

and Netflix on authentic onscreen portrayals of disability. Ava reviews scripts, discusses disability tropes, and writes casting calls. As a public speaker, Ava shares her lived experiences as a Chinese, Jewish, transracial adoptee with a single mom. Fun fact: She grew up in Columbus, Ohio! During her senior year at Sarah Lawrence College (class of 2020), Ava was chosen to be a Ruderman Family Foundation Inclusion Ambassador. During that time, she brought her passion for accessibility in the arts, creating the college’s first sensory friendly performance of Head Over Heels. Additionally, she organized and moderated a panel of NYC professionals (how she met Becky Leifman) to discuss entertainment inclusion practices with students and faculty. (Sensory friendly performances are accessible to people with sensory sensitivities such as those with autism or PTSD). Ava is determined to educate and influence the entertainment industry, creating stories at the intersections of DEIA (diversity, equity, inclusion, accessibility).

Ava Xiao-Lin Rigelhaupt (she/her) (ASD Creative Consultant) is honored to be part of the team as the ASD (Autism Spectrum Disorder) Creative Consultant! She is a writer, actress, public speaker, and advocate for disability/autism representation in the entertainment industry. Currently, she’s a freelance writer on a popular children’s TV show. In May, she finished a year-long internship with the Nickelodeon Live Action Casting team. Ava became immersed in the entertainment industry through consulting with studios such as Disney

Mary McGowan (she/her) (Associate Director) is a freelance producer, director, actor, and arts administrator based in Brooklyn, NY. Mary currently serves as the seasonal ticketing manager for the Tony Awards and company manager for the American Modern Opera Company (AMOC). Other credits include: NY PopsUp (artistic coordinator), American Repertory Theater at Harvard University (special assistant to artistic director Diane Paulus and assistant director, ExtraOrdinary,

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A R T I S T I C S TA F F 1776), Broadway Podcast Network (line producer, Rolling Calls), Chautauqua Theatre Company (teaching artist, Young Playwrights’ Project), Little Island (associate director, Eastman), New York City Center (assistant director, Evita), MasterVoices (associate director, Icarus). B.F.A. from Syracuse University.

revival). Dance: Camille A. Brown and Dancers. TV: Jesus Christ Superstar LIVE on NBC, Harlem, Mozart in the Jungle, Modern Love, Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade, Late Night with Stephen Colbert, the Tony Awards. Movement creator, improvisation teacher, and writer. Thanks to Mayte for bringing me into this beautiful production! @sfp9589

Nicole D’Angelo (they/she) (Music Assistant) is a music director, actor, and multi-instrumentalist. Nicole is a music director on staff at French Woods Festival and the Professional Performing Arts School in Manhattan. She also freelances at schools and theatres across New Jersey and New York City. A recovering classical musician, they majored in piano and bass clarinet at Montclair State University before pursuing musical theatre full time. Recently Nicole had the honor of music directing/supervising the offBroadway premiere of The Civility of Albert Cashier, which was one of the first all-trans productions ever performed in NYC, and is thrilled to be back with the Ohio team after music assisting their June workshop! Nicole is proudly Autistic and a passionate advocate for authentic representation and equitable hiring of disabled performers on stage and screen. She lives in Montclair, NJ, with her kitten Whizzer. IG: @nicole.m.dangelo

Kat C. Zhou (Associate Lighting Designer) is an NYC-based lighting designer with a passion for new work. Her designs have been seen at theatres such as Irish Repertory Theatre, WP Pipeline Festival, Gloucester Stage Company, Odyssey Opera, Speakeasy Stage, and Company ONE. Recent projects as an assistant/associate include As You Like It (Shakespeare in the Park), The Karate Kid (STAGE St. Louis), Mr. Saturday Night (Broadway), and Clue (Paper Mill Playhouse). She holds an M.F.A. in lighting design from Boston University and an A.B. in mathematics from Harvard College. More info: katzhoudesign.com Martín Lara Avila (Associate Costume Designer) is a New York based stylist and designer. Credits include: Little Shop of Horrors (Off-Broadway), We’re Here (HBO - Emmy), Spongebob: The Musical (Nickelodeon/Broadway/ Chicago), Heroes of the Fourth Turning (Playwrights Horizons), Be More Chill (Broadway/Signature Theatre), among others. @martinlara

Sarah Parker (she/her) (Associate Choreographer) was most recently seen as Mob Leader in the 50th Anniversary National Tour of Jesus Christ Superstar. Broadway: Fiddler on the Roof (2015

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C R E AT I V E T E A M Jacob Yandura (he/him) (Music) and Rebekah Greer Melocik (she/ her) (Book and Lyrics) are a New York City-based songwriting team. Jacob and Rebekah are thrilled to debut their musical adaptation of the 2015 Peabody Award-winning documentary How to Dance in Ohio at Syracuse Stage (supported by the Prince Fellowship and the Shubert Organization’s Artistic Circle). Their other projects include The Last Queen of Canaan (book by Harrison David Rivers), The Coup, and Wringer, a commission by New York City Children’s Theater, based on the novel by Jerry Spinelli (Off-Broadway; New York City Center Stage II; directed by Stephen Brackett). Recognitions include: SPACE on Ryder Farm resi-

dency, Jonathan Larson Grant finalists, NAMT Festival of New Musicals (The Last Queen of Canaan), Ars Nova’s UNCHARTED residency (The Coup), the Johnny Mercer Writers Grove at Goodspeed Musicals, the York Theatre’s NEO residency, the Yale Institute for Music Theatre (The Last Queen of Canaan), the Dramatists Guild fellowship, the Johnny Mercer Songwriters Project, Rhinebeck Writers Retreat, Cap21’s Writers Residency, and Ars Nova’s ANT Fest. Jacob holds a B.A. in music composition from Kenyon College. Rebekah holds a B.A. in poetry from University of Southern California. They each earned an M.F.A from New York University’s Graduate Musical Theatre Writing Program in 2011.

DIRECTOR Sammi Cannold (she/ her) is a director who is one of Forbes Magazine’s 30 Under 30 in Hollywood & Entertainment, class of 2019, and has worked on and off Broadway as well as for CBS, ABC, Nickelodeon, Paramount+, Cirque du Soleil, and TikTok -- and at venues such as The Kennedy Center, Radio City Music Hall, and Lincoln Center. Recent theatre credits include Evita (New York City Center), Endlings (NYTW, A.R.T.), Ragtime on Ellis Island, Violet on a moving bus (A.R.T.), and Allegory (La Jolla Playhouse WOW). Recently,

Sammi’s first documentary feature film premiered at Broadway’s Majestic Theatre and was released worldwide on AppleTV. Upcoming projects include several musicals, feature films, and an opera. Sammi has also served as an artistic fellow at the A.R.T., a member of Cirque du Soleil’s Creative Cognoscenti, and a Sundance Institute fellow. Outside of her work in the arts, Sammi serves as chief of staff for Human First Coalition, an organization dedicated to providing humanitarian aid in Afghanistan. Sammi holds a B. A. from Stanford University and an M.A. from Harvard University. www.sammicannold.com. @sammi.cannold

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MUSIC DIRECTOR Lily Ling is a Chinese Canadian music director, conductor, pianist, and educator. She was the first female music director for Hamilton and also the first person of East Asian descent to conduct the production on Broadway. Most recently, Lily served as music director and conductor for the world premiere of Bruce (Seattle Rep) and as the vocal music coordinator for the Netflix movie adaptation of 13: The Musical. Other theatrical credits include music director and conductor for the 20th anniver-

sary Off-Broadway revival of john & jen, associate music director and vocal coach for the Chinese language premiere of The Lion King, music supervisor for the Chinese premiere of A Gentleman’s Guide To Love And Murder, along with numerous productions in Toronto including the Canadian premieres of Kinky Boots, The Light In The Piazza, Parade, High Fidelity, Jerry Springer: The Opera, and Reefer Madness. Lily is currently pursuing an EdD in music and music education at Teachers College, Columbia University.

MUSIC SUPERVISOR Matt Gallagher Broadway: High Fidelity, Legally Blonde, Pal Joey, 9 to 5, Jesus Christ Superstar, Newsies, Hands on a Hardbody, Doctor Zhivago, Hamilton (Associate Music Supervisor, North American companies). With Yandura & Me-

locik: The Last Queen of Canaan (Northern Stage), Feral (York), The Coup (Ars Nova), Wringer (City Center), We Believe in Love. Syracuse: The House on Mango Street (composer). Much love to my fellow collaborators and to my greatest sources of strength, Alexis and Nora. mattgallaghermd.com

CHOREOGRAPHER Mayte Natalio (she/her) is from Queens, New York, by way of Dominican parents. She attended the LaGuardia High School for the Performing Arts and received her B.F.A. from SUNY Purchase. As a movement-based performer, she has had an eclectic and genre crossing career. Theatre choreography credits include The Winter’s Tale (DTC/ Pub-

lic Works), Runaways (NYU) Into The Woods (Barrington Stage Company), Measure for Measure (The Public Theater/Mobile Unit), Love in Hate Nation (Two River Theater), Hair (The Old Globe), La Hora Santa written, directed, and choreographed by Mayte for Ars Nova’s Vision Residency and Kiss My Aztec (Hartford Stage). Mayte is a cofounder of the immersive events production company MinuteZero. 40


P3 PRODUCTIONS P3 Productions is a Tony Awardwinning producing team led by Ben Holtzman (he/him), Sammy Lopez (he/him), and Fiona Howe Rudin (she/her). P3 is dedicated to building productions from the ground level to uplift new voices and communities. Current projects in development include How to Dance in Ohio (World Premiere: Syracuse Stage 2022), Gun & Powder (World Premiere: Signature Theatre 2020), Midsummer, Bradical, and two additional projects in development with award-winning artists John Leguizamo and Shakina Nayfack. Other Co-Producer/Investor credits include Hamilton, Moulin Rouge!, A Christmas Carol, Be More Chill, The Kite Runner, A Strange Loop (with A Choir Full Productions) on Broadway and Orlando in London’s West End. Holtzman and Lopez are proud graduates of Syracuse University.

Jeremy Wein (Associate Producer) is based in New York City. Jeremy’s producing credits include Venus In Fur (Pico Playhouse), AJ Holmes: Yeah, But Not Right Now (SoHo Playhouse), Open Mike Eagle: Anime, Trauma, Divorce (Live-Stream) (Dynasty Typewriter) Kevin McDonald: ALIVE (Theatre Row, Dynasty Typewriter), Godspell (2011 Broadway revival) Faux Snow (Thespis Theater Festival), Take Me Home (Incubator Arts Project) and the 2012 documentary The Bitter Buddha. Jeremy is the artistic director of Play-PerView, a digital initiative founded to raise money for COVID-19 impacted organizations during the lockdown, which raised over half a million dollars through 60 play readings and television reunion events. He also founded and ran the New York City Podcast Festival, from 2013-2018. He is a proud autistic producer and thanks the team for their support and love during this process.

ARTISTIC DIRECTOR Robert Hupp is in his seventh season as artistic director of Syracuse Stage. He recently directed The Play That Goes Wrong, Eureka Day, Annapurna, Talley’s Folly, Amadeus, Noises Off, Next to Normal, and The Three Musketeers for Stage. Prior to coming to central New York, Robert spent seventeen seasons as the producing artistic director of Arkansas Repertory Theatre in Little Rock. He directed over 30 productions for Arkansas Rep ranging from Hamlet to Les Miserables to The Grapes of

Wrath. In New York City, Robert directed the American premieres of Glyn Maxwell’s The Lifeblood and Wolfpit for the Phoenix Theatre Ensemble. He also served for nine seasons as the artistic director of the Obie Award-winning Jean Cocteau Repertory. At the Cocteau, Robert’s directing credits include works by Buchner, Wilder, Cocteau, Shaw, Wedekind and the premieres of the Bentley/Milhaud version of Brecht’s Mother Courage and Her Children, Seamus Heaney’s The Cure at Troy, and Eduardo de Filippo’s Napoli Millionaria. He has

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ARTISTIC DIRECTOR held faculty positions at Pennsylvania’s Dickinson College and, in Arkansas, at the University of Arkansas at Little Rock and Hendrix College. Robert served as vice president of the Board of Directors of the Theatre Communications Group and has served on funding panels for the New York State Council on the Arts, National Endowment for the Arts, the Theatre Communications

Group, the New Jersey State Council of the Arts, and the New York City Department of Cultural Affairs. While in Arkansas, Robert was named both Non-Profit Executive of the Year by the Arkansas Business Publishing Group, and Individual Artist of the Year by the Arkansas Arts Council. He and his wife Clea ride herd over a blended family of five children, one dog, and two cats.

MANAGING DIRECTOR Jill A. Anderson has served as managing director of Syracuse Stage since 2016. Jill is responsible for Stage’s $7.5 million operating budget and has oversight of fundraising, marketing, and operational matters within the organization. Prior to joining Stage, Jill spent a decade as general manager at the Eugene O’Neill Theater Center in Waterford, CT. During her tenure, the O’Neill completed a $7 million capital campaign and campus expansion, doubled its operating budget, and was honored with a 2015 National Medal of Arts and the 2010 Regional Theatre Tony Award. Under the O’Neill’s aegis, Jill also developed the Baltic Playwrights Conference, an annual international new play development retreat held

in Hiiumaa, Estonia. Previously, Jill spent five years in the production office at Washington, D.C.’s Arena Stage, after working as a stage manager in Minnesota, New Mexico, and Massachusetts. In addition to her work at Stage, Jill is an instructor in the Theater Management program of the Syracuse University Department of Drama, building on her work with high school and college students elsewhere, including at the Kennedy Center American College Theater Festival. Jill was recognized as part of the Central New York Business Journal’s “40 Under Forty” awards in 2017 and has served on numerous municipal and non-profit boards. Jill is delighted to call Central New York home, but will always be a proud cheesehead, originally hailing from Marshfield, Wisconsin.

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A S S O C I AT E A R T I S T I C D I R E C T O R Melissa Crespo is a director of new plays, musicals, and opera. She can’t wait to direct this season’s co-production with Hartford Stage of Espejos: Clean by Christine Quintana, followed by the Off-Broadway world premiere of Bees and Honey by Guadalís del Carmen at MCC Theater. As a playwright, her play Egress, cowritten with Sarah Saltwick, received the Roe Green Award at Cleveland Playhouse and has since been produced by Amphibian Stage, Salt

Lake Acting Company, and Theatreworks Hartford. Fellowships and residencies include: Time Warner Fellow (WP Theatre), Usual Suspect (NYTW), The Director’s Project (Drama League), Van Lier Directing Fellow (Second Stage Theatre), and the Allen Lee Hughes Directing Fellow (Arena Stage). Melissa received her M.F.A. in directing from The New School for Drama. She is a founding editor of 3Views on Theater and was featured in the 2020 Broadway Women’s Fund “Women to Watch on Broadway”.

R E S I D E N T P L AY W R I G H T Kyle Bass is the author of Possessing Harriet, commissioned by the Onondaga Historical Association, which premiered at Syracuse Stage in 2018, was subsequently produced at Franklin Stage Company, and will be produced at the East Lynne Theater Company later this year. Possessing Harriet will be published this month by Standing Stone Books. Citizen James, or The Young Man Without a Country, is a one-man show on James Baldwin, commissioned by Syracuse Stage, which streamed nationally in 2021. His libretto for Libba Cotten: Here This Day, a new opera based on the life of American folk music legend Libba Cotten, was commissioned by The Society for New Music and premiered in 2021. Through a NYSCA Individual Artist Grant, Kyle is currently under commission by Franklin Stage company for a new play titled Wake-

man & Toliver. His drama Tender Rain (selected by Edward Albee for the Great Plains Theater Conference) will receive its world premiere in Syracuse Stage’s 22/23 season. His other full-length plays include Bleecker Street, Baldwin vs. Buckley: The Faith of Our Fathers, which has been presented at Cornell University, Colgate University, the University of Delaware, and at Syracuse University, and Separated, a documentary theatre piece about the student military veterans at Syracuse University, which was presented at Syracuse Stage and the Paley Center in New York City. With National Medal of Arts recipient Ping Chong, Kyle is the co-author of Cry for Peace: Voices from the Congo, which premiered at Syracuse Stage and was subsequently produced at La MaMa Experimental Theatre in New York City. He has also written for Noh theatre under commission by Theatre Nohgaku. He is the co-author of the original screen43


R E S I D E N T P L AY W R I G H T play for the film Day of Days (Broad Green Pictures, 2017), which stars award-winning veteran actor Tom Skerritt. Kyle was the script consultant on Thoughts of a Colored Man, which premiered at Syracuse Stage in 2019 and opened on Broadway in 2021. He worked as dramaturg with acclaimed visual artist and MacArthur Fellow Carrie Mae Weems on her theatre piece Grace Notes: Reflections for Now, which premiered at the 2016 Spoleto Festival USA. Other plays, screenplays, and writings have appeared in the journals Callaloo and Stone Canoe, among others, and in the essay anthology Alchemy of the Word: Writers Talk about Writing. Kyle was the founding curator of Syracuse Stage’s annual Cold Read Festival of New Plays. After five seasons as associate artistic director at Syracuse Stage, in 2021, Kyle was announced as the theatre’s first-ever

resident playwright. He is currently assistant professor in the Department of Theater at Colgate University, where he previously served as the Burke Endowed Chair for Regional Studies. Previously, Kyle was faculty in the M.F.A. Creative Writing program at Goddard College, taught playwriting in Syracuse University’s Department of Drama and at Hobart & William Smith Colleges and was the 2019/20 Susan P. Stroman Visiting Playwright at the University of Delaware. A twotime recipient of the New York Foundation for the Arts (NYFA) Fellowship (for fiction in 1998, for playwriting in 2010), a finalist for the Princess Grace Playwriting Award, and Pushcart Prize nominee, Kyle holds an M.F.A. in playwriting from Goddard College, is a proud member of the Dramatists Guild of America and is represented by The Barbara Hogenson Agency.

WHO WE ARE Syracuse Stage is the non-profit, professional theatre company in residence at Syracuse University. We are nationally recognized for creating stimulating theatrical work that engages Central New York, and for our significant contribution to the artistic life of Syracuse University, where we are a vital partner in achieving the educational mission of the University’s Department of Drama.

OUR MISSION Syracuse Stage tells stories that engage, entertain, and inspire us to see life beyond our own experience.

OUR VISION Reimagining what's possible for regional theatre–through active inclusion, innovative outreach, and bold productions–Syracuse Stage shapes the culture and social vitality of Central New York, enriches the Syracuse University student experience, and fosters change in ourselves, our communities, and our world.

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O U R C O R E VA L U E S People - Actively including diverse individuals, communities, ideas, and perspectives. Passion - Commitment to integrity, excellence, and enthusiasm in our work. Curiosity - Fostering an innovative and adaptive environment that elicits wonder.

A B O U T S Y R A C U S E S TA G E Originally constructed as the Regent Movie House in 1914, the physical space of Syracuse Stage has seen many films, musicians, actors, and artists pass through its doors over the course of the past century. The Syracuse Stage that exists today is a nonfor-profit professional theatre company founded in 1974, and a longstanding League of Resident Theatres (LORT) member. Since its inception, Stage has produced over 300 shows, both plays and musicals, within its walls. Now, Stage produces six to seven shows per season, while also offering educational programs to students, various pre- and post-show events, and fundraising events each year. Stage is Central New York’s only LORT theatre and one of the largest performing arts organizations in the area. Stage has a strong commitment to giving the community access to a range of high-quality productions; it is equally committed to bringing in actors, designers, and directors who are among the leading theatre professionals, both locally and across the nation.

ANTI-RACISM PLEDGE Syracuse Stage stands firmly against racism and discrimination. We pledge to stand with under-represented and oppressed communities and to advance antiracism in all aspects of our work, including the outward facing, public dimension of our creative endeavors and the less visible internal practices of the organization.

LAND ACKNOWLEDGEMENT Syracuse Stage respectfully acknowledges the Onondaga Nation, Firekeepers of the Haudenosaunee, the Indigenous people on whose ancestral lands we now stand.

IN THE COMMUNITY Stage has collaborated with a myriad of institutions in the Syracuse area. Community partners include 100 Black Men of Syracuse, AccessCNY, ARC of Onondaga, ARISE, ArtRage, CNY Reads, Interfaith Works of Central New York, La Casita, McMahon / Ryan Child Advocacy Center, Onondaga Historical Association, Rosamond Gifford Zoo at Burnet Park, SUNY Upstate Medical University, the VA Medical Center, and Vera House. Additionally, the educational department collaborates with many CNY schools.

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S Y R A C U S E S TA G E B O A R D O F T R U S T E E S CHAIR

Rocco Mangano Partner Mangano Law Office, PLLC PRESIDENT

Herman R. Frazier* Senior Deputy Athletics Director Syracuse University PAST CHAIR/VICE CHAIR

Nancy Green Managing Member Edward S. Green & Associates TREASURER

Gwenn Judge* Interim Senior Vice President and Chief Financial Officer Syracuse University SECRETARY

Sharon Sullivan Community Volunteer AT-LARGE EXECUTIVE COMMITTEE MEMBER

Phil Turner Pastor Bethany Baptist Church Jill A. Anderson** Managing Director Syracuse Stage Janet Audunson Assistant General Counsel National Grid George S. Bain Freelance Editor and Writer Barbara Beckos Retired - Syracuse Stage

Denise Dyce* Director of Labor Relations Syracuse University Helene Gold Private Voice & Piano Instructor Jacki Goldberg Community Volunteer Bea González Retired - Vice President for Community Engagement Syracuse University Larry Harris EVP and CFO Saab, Inc. John Huhtala Relationship Manager Middle Market Commercial Banking Chase Robert Hupp** Artistic Director Syracuse Stage Cydney Johnson* Vice President for Community Engagement and Government Relations Syracuse University Rebecca Karpoff* Professor of Practice, Musical Theater/Coordinator of Vocal Instruction, Musical Theater Syracuse University Department of Drama Kathy Kelly Retired - Health Educator, PNP

Nancy Byrne Community Volunteer

Larry Leatherman Retired - Bristol-Myers Squibb, MOST

Dr. Ruth Chen* Professor of Practice Syracuse University College of Engineering and Computer Science

Dan Lent Vice President Citizens Bank

Robin Curtis NYS Lic. RE Asso. Broker Hunt Real Estate ERA Zellar Homes Rep. Richard Driscoll Sr. Commercial Banking Relationship Manager Commercial Banking Division NBT Bank

Anthony Malavenda Retired - Duke’s Root Control Julia Martin Partner Bousquet Holstein Kevin R. McAuliffe Partner Barclay Damon

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Suzanne McAuliffe Retired - Educator Rod McDonald Bond, Schoeneck & King Molly Mulvihill Sr. Relationship Manager Global Commercial Banking Bank of America Fran Nichols Retired - Mower, Inc. Mona Paradis Stadium International Trucks Virginia Parker Retired - Educator Molly Ryan Partner, Goldberg Segalla LLP Robert Sarason Retired - Lawyer, Organizer, Fundraiser L. John Steigerwald IV Marketing and Sales Representative Cathedral Candle Company Melvin T. Stith Dean Emeritus, Whitman School of Management Syracuse University Cora Thomas Radio Host and Office Manager, WAER Michael S. Tick* Dean, College of Visual and Performing Arts Syracuse University Dr. Amy Tucker Chief Medical Officer SUNY Upstate Medical University Ralph Zito** Chair Syracuse University Department of Drama Michael Zoanetti VP Senior Wealth Advisor Tompkins Financial Advisors *University Trustee **Ex-Officio


S Y R A C U S E S TA G E E M E R I T U S C I R C L E We are grateful to the following individuals who have served as Members of the Stage Board of Trustees and continue to support Syracuse Stage at the Circle level. Jim Breuer Mary Beth Carmen Joan Green

Elizabeth Hartnett Margaret Martin Eric Mower

Judy Mower Michael Shende Jack Webb

SYRACUSE STAGE EDUCATION ADVOCACY BOARD Sara Bambino

Elizabeth Defurio

Linda Ponza

CICERO-NORTH SYRACUSE

NOTTINGHAM HIGH SCHOOL

SOLVAY HIGH SCHOOL

David Fisselbrand

Jennifer Sabatino

AUBURN HIGH SCHOOL

CATO-MERIDIAN MIDDLE SCHOOL

HIGH SCHOOL

Todd Benware CHRISTIAN BROTHERS ACADEMY

Melissa Morgan

Jordan Berger

BAKER HIGH SCHOOL

JAMESVILLE-DEWITT HIGH SCHOOL

Matthew Phillips

Rhiannon Berry

JAMESVILLE-DEWITT HIGH SCHOOL

LIVERPOOL HIGH SCHOOL

Y O U N G A D U LT C O U N C I L Emily Ball

Brianna Hall

Sofiia Matiivuk

CHRISTIAN BROTHERS ACADEMY

CORCORAN HIGH SCHOOL

BISHOP GRIMES

Lily Beckman

Maresa Helu

Nicole Meskos

ESM CENTRAL HIGH SCHOOL

CORCORAN HIGH SCHOOL

JAMESVILLE DEWITT HIGH SCHOOL

Sadie Broderick

Gracie Henning

Zinat Mohammadi

ESM CENTRAL HIGH SCHOOL

LIVERPOOL HIGH SCHOOL

ESM CENTRAL HIGH SCHOOL

Anka Chiorini

Stephanie Kelly

Sariyah Richards

JAMESVILLE DEWITT HIGH SCHOOL

CHRISTIAN BROTHERS ACADEMY

SYRACUSE ACADEMY OF SCIENCES

Rachel Colucci

Margot Klein

Rachael Rowe

WESTHILL HIGH SCHOOL

CW BAKER HIGH SCHOOL

NORTH SYRACUSE JUNIOR HIGH SCHOOL

Ella Culligan

Evan Kulczynski

LIVERPOOL HIGH SCHOOL

INSTITUTE OF TECHNOLOGY AT SYRACUSE CENTRAL (ITC)

Graziella Cullipher

Ava Schneider LIVERPOOL HIGH SCHOOL

Kayla Lee

Francesca Smith

LIVERPOOL

BISHOP GRIMES

CHRISTIAN BROTHERS ACADEMY

Tibério Augusto Saldanha Oliveira Lima

Sydney Wright

Jacob Garofalo

BISHOP GRIMES HIGH SCHOOL

BAKER HIGH SCHOOL

Luke V. DeLorenzo

CICERO NORTH SYRACUSE

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SYRACUSE STAGE ANNUAL GIFTS Syracuse Stage depends on the generosity of contributions from individuals, corporations, businesses, foundations, and government agencies. It is with much gratitude that we recognize the following donors to our annual campaign. For information regarding levels of contribution and benefits of each please contact the Development office at 315-443-3931 or visit syracusestage.org.

CORPORATE, FOUNDATION, AND GOVERNMENT SPONSORS

Richard Mather Fund

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CORPORATE, FOUNDATION, AND GOVERNMENT SPONSORS

Contributions listed above are current as of August 30, 2022 and reflect operating support of $5,000+ and in-kind donations of $10,000+.

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SPONSOR

The Dorothy and Marshall M. Reisman Foundation is proud to be a sponsor of the arts in Central New York. We recognize the deep importance live theatre plays in shaping the cultural and social vitality of our community. In these challenging times, theatre brings us together to be inspired and celebrate the richness of the human experience. We are delighted to continue to support Syracuse Stage and this very special production of How to Dance in Ohio.

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INDIVIDUAL, CORPORATE, FOUNDATION, & GOVERNMENT GIFTS New and increased gifts this season will be matched by The Richard Mather Fund. $100,000+ Syracuse University The Dorothy and Marshall M. Reisman Foundation $50,000 - $99,999 Advance Media New York Steven & Marianne Mills The Shubert Foundation $20,000 - $49,999 George Bain Nancy & William Byrne CNY Arts, Inc. iHeart Radio Richard Mather Fund National Endowment for the Arts NYSCA $10,000 - $19,999 Bank of America Equitable M&T Bank News Channel 9 The John Ben Snow Foundation & Memorial Trust Sharon Sullivan & Paul Phillips John & Jamie Sutphen WRVO $5,000 - $9,999 Dan Bingham & Gail Hamner Jim & Juli Boeheim Foundation Richard Bunce Cathedral Candle Company Cumulus Radio Lisa Desnoyers Charitable Fund Peggy & Dana Dudarchik The Estate of Mary Louise Dunn Neil & Helene Gold Jacki & Michael Goldberg Larry & Mary Leatherman Rocco & Roberta Mangano Lockheed Martin Employees' Federated Fund

Kevin & Suzanne McAuliffe Eric & Judy Mower NBT Bank Fran & Sally Lou Nichols Virginia Parker Raymour & Flanigan Furniture Joel Potash & Sandra Hurd Theatre Development Fund, Inc. Tompkins Trust Company Urban CNY WAER $3,500 - $4,999 Bristol-Myers Squibb Foundation Sandra Brown Pete & Mary Beth Carmen Gladys Krieble Delmas Foundation Desnoyers Family Charitable Fund Nancy Green & Tony Marschall Julia & Lee Martin Melvin & Patricia Stith Syracuse Children's Chorus Inc. Michael & Cathy Tick Dr. Amy Tucker Darvin Varon & Elinor Spring-Mills Wegmans $1,800 - $3,499 Janet Audunson & David Youlen Barbara Beckos & Art McDonald Constance Bull Craig & Kathy Byrum Peter Cannavo & Helen Jacoby JP Morgan Chase & Co. The Estate of William Clark Jr. James Clark & Sharon Gordon CNY Latino Bob & Bobbie Constable as of as of August 30, 2022 55

Robin Curtis Roger & Naomi DeMuth Edward & Susan Downing Dick & Therese Driscoll Melvin & Mildred Eggers Family Charitable Foundation Excellus Blue Cross Blue Shield Exelon Employee Engagement Program Michael & Barbara Flintrop Herman Frazier & Caroline Beal Bea Gonzalez & Michael Leonard Joan Green Deborah & Samuel Haines Larry & Ann Harris Betsy Hartnett David & Sally Hootnick John & Kimberly Huhtala Robert & Clea Hupp Steven & Elaine Jacobs Cydney M. Johnson Randy & Elizabeth Kalish Kathy Kelly & Len Weiner Leslie Kohman & Jeffrey Smith Dan & Ann Lent Tony Malavenda & Martine Burat J.M. McDonald Foundation Walter & Elizabeth Merriam Molly & Kevin Mulvihill Claire Myers-Usiatynski Mona & John Paradis Rosemary Pooler Michael & Rissa Ratner Molly Ryan & Tim Byrnes Robert Sarason & Jane Burkhead Joe Silberlicht & Sandra Fenske Sharye Skinner Sam & Carolyn Spalding David & Deirdre Stam Richard & Margaret Shirtz Douglas Sutherland & Nancy Kramer


Cynthia Sutton Joshua & Andrea Waldman Jack & Linda Webb $1,200 - $1,799 James & Nancy Asher Donald Blair & Nancy Dock Jim & Cathy Breuer Joan Christy Barbara Davis Ana Diaz-Diez & Javier Maymi-Perez Fox 68 Dorothy & Lawrence Gordon Heritage Masonry Restoration, Inc. Brigitte Herzog Andrew London & Alan E. Curle Rod & Jana McDonald National Philanthropic Trust YiWei Qi & Julie Yu David Rankert Frank and Frances Revoir Foundation Michael & Elaine Shende James Shults John Steigerwald IV Larry & Glenda Wetzel Michael & Laurie Zoanetti $600 - $1,199 Patricia Arcana & Thomas Dorr Marlene Blumin Francine Boutet Thomas & Susan Brett Angel & Walter Broadnax Kevin & Jackie Bryans Citizens Charitable Foundation Amy & Tom Clark Ed & Carole Farfaglia Allen & Anita Frank Andrea Graham Dennis & Judi Hebert Joyce Day Homan ImpactAssets Richard & Margaret Ingraham John & Maren King Douglas Kinnetz & Laura Livingston

John & Elizabeth McKinnell John & Joan Nicholson Sally O'Herin David & Janice Panasci Kathy & Dan Rabuzzi Edward & Lois Schroeder Jon Selzer & Thelma Trotty-Selzer Nancy Shepard Rita Soufleris Cora Thomas Joseph & Carole Valesky Angela Winfield & Lance Lyons John & Mitzi Wolf James MacKillop $300 - $599 David & Cheryl Abrams Karen & Kal Alston Anheuser-Busch Timothy Atseff & Margaret Ogden Jackie Bays Angela Bernat Eric & Carol Boyer Mary Brady Jovita Casanova Craig & Susan Cobb Paul & Linda Cohen Robert & Joan Conine Jerilyn Costich Bruce & Kathy Coville Sharon & James Crosier Linda Czerkies Stephen & Emily DiMarco Barbara DiPasquale David & Robin Drucker Lewis & Elaine Dubroff Denise Dyce Clay & Dora Elliott Richard Ernst Linda Fabian & Dennis Goodrich Mary Ann Finn Carole Fitzpatrick Jeffrey & Teresa Freedman Paul Frymoyer Elijah Gebers Ernest & Lynne Giraud Karen Goldman Golub Foundation Travis Graham & Patrick Riley Ben & Renee Hagadorn Daniel & Julia Harris Peter & Mary Huntington Marjorie T. Julian

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In Honor of Contributions have been made to Syracuse Stage to honor someone, celebrate a special occasion, or offer an expression of sympathy in memory of a loved one.

Anonymous, In support of our niece Rebecca Schuetz and her vital employer. Anonymous, In memory of Cat Hennessy. Anonymous, In loving memory of Cat Hennessy, may we all remember her joy. Anonymous, In memory of Cat Hennessy. Anonymous, In memory of Cat Hennessy. George Bain, In memory of Cat Hennessy. Rachel Bass, Dedicated to Syracuse Stage staff and the cast and crew of Matilda the Musical, whose 2021 performances were cut short by the Omicron variant. Debbie & Candido Bermudez, In memory of my mother Mary Tolassi Watson. Carrie Berse & Chris Skeval, In memory of Terry D. Wheat. Chris Carbone, In memory of Cat Hennessy. Chris Chin, In loving memory of Cat Hennessy. James Clark & Sharon Gordon, In loving memory of Cat Hennessy.


Allan & Rita Kanter David & Noel Keith Norma Kelley Jeffrey Knox & Susan Maxwell Claudia Kosty Robert & Lauren Lalley Carrie Lantzy Bob & Pat Lebel Mark & Jeannette Levinsohn Rashonda Lewis George & Roseann Lorefice Donald & Patricia MacLaughlin John & Candace Marsellus Albert Marshall Dr. Charles Frederick Martin & Johanna Keller Margaret Martin Susan Martineau Mary Ellen McDonald Michael & Patricia McGrath James & Elizabeth Megna Melvin & Melvin, PLLC Metis Consulting Group Gail Mitchell David & Beth Mitchell TeNesha Murphy Bart Natoli & Janet Scully Network for Good Doren Norfleet Cathy Palm Marilyn Pinsky Mickey & Pat Piscitelli Howard & Ann Port Jennifer Roberts Anne Russ Peter Scheibe & Margaret Gelfuso Gracia Sears Robert & Cheryl Shallish Charles Tremper Laurence Volan & Sara Warner Robert & Anita Wagner JoAnn Wallace Mark Watkins & Brenda Silverman Tina Winter Women's Project Theatre $150 - $299 Ellen Agnew James Aiello John McAllister & Laurel Moranz Robert & Jeanne Anderson

Dianne Apter Chris Arnold Marina Artuso James Atkinson Holmes & Sarah M. Bailey Rosemary Baker & Stuart Spiegel Casey Baker Nancy Barnum Sylvia Betcher Diana Biro & Eric Rogers Melody Blake Thomas & Susan Blanchard Dennis & Mary Anne Brady Carmelita Britton & Richard Probert Gary & Kathleen Bruno Ellen Butler Andrea Calarco Ronald Capone Pamela Caraccioli Lexi Carlson & Sebastian Karcher Delores Carney Dannielle Carr Joseph Cerroni & Linda Tassa Maureen Clark Sam & Carolyn Clemence George Alan Clugston Raymond Colton Shelley Conture Anita Cottrell Elizabeth Cowan Richard Cross & Kathryn Davis James Cusack Peter & Margaret Darby Christine Dascher Matthew & Elizabeth Daurio Joseph Deyo & Antoinette Kulak Alan Dolmatch Amy Doyle Charley & Kim Driscoll Forrest & Sara Earl Wynn Egginton Ron Ehrenreich & Sondra Roth Greg & Linda Ellstrom Stanley & Penny Emerick John & Margaret Feldmeier William & Sarah Fergerson

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Sharon & James Crosier, In memory of our talented cousin Cathy "Cat" Hennessy. Barbara DiPasquale, In honor of board member Molly Ryan. Adam Ganderson, In memory of Catherine Mary "Cat" Hennessy. Erica Girouard, In memory of Catherine "Cat" Hennessy. Carmen Giunta, In memory of Cat Hennessy. Bernice Gottschalk, In memory of Michael J Sarette. Andrea Graham, In honor of Ana Díaz and her new adventure with Syracuse Stage. Donald Hughes, In memory of Cat Hennessy. In memory of Drs. Lawrence & Betty Jane Myers from their family. Shane & Cheryl Kurowski, In memory of Cat Hennessy. Gelene Lewis, In memory of Ann Melvin. Marcia Locke, In memory of Cat Hennessy. Lily Lok & David Nocilly, In honor of Joseph Whelan. Leonard Lu, In memory of Catherine "Cat" Hennessy. Melvin & Melvin, PLLC, In memory of Ann Melvin. Rose Ann & Gerlad Napierski, In memory of Cat Hennessy.


Gerard Flynn Leonard Fonte Judith Fox Kenneth & Kathleen Freer Dan Gaffney William & Jean Gamble Gasparini Sales, Inc. Norma Gawlowicz Kathryn Glynn Neil Gold Ellen Golden Bernice Gottschalk Rosanna Grassi Roger & Vicki Greenberg John & Patty Grossmann Charlotte Haas & Gary Quirk Harold Hackney & Janine Bernard Beth Hansen Mary Haven & John Zasada Lionel Lee Hector Alan & Dorothy Heller Pamela & James Helmer Christopher Henke & Carolyn Hsu Joseph & Paula Himmelsbach Donna & Joseph Hipius Kathleen J. Howard Marie & James Jewson Emily Johnson & Vijay Ramachandran Gwenn Judge Philip & Judith Kaplan James & Jan Kaplan Pieter & Sandra Keese Mary Kelly Marlene Kelly Amy Kemp John & Gloria Kennedy Tim & Susan Kennedy Diane King Russell & Joan King Richard & Sally Kinsey Marieke Kuiper Eric & Susan Lambert Bruce & Marilyn Laubacher Melinda Leising David & Cindy Lewis John Limbeson Edward & Carol Lipson Martha Holly Loew Linda Loomis John & Marian Loosmann Donald & Patricia MacLaughlin

John & Janet Mallan Julie March Frederick & Virginia Marty Elizabeth Mascia Douglas & Randi Matousek Donald & Norene McCrimmon John & Mary McCulley Philip & Martha McDowell Medical Quality Audits, Inc. Andreas & Margaret Meier Clifford & Marjorie Mellor Lois Meyer David Michel & Peggy Liuzzi Dr Merrill L Miller Daniel & Terry Miller Jeffrey Minnerly Leslie Molldrem Andrew H. Moore Janet Moore Susan Moskal Nancy Mudrick David & Janet Muir Charles & Judith Muniak Janet Munro Alan & Rosalind Napier William & Jane Neer Martin & Mildred Newshan Aaron & Cosmina Nolan Margaret O'Brien Loraine Odonnell Jane Ondich Marjorie Ostrander John & Elizabeth O'Sullivan Joan & Lawrence Page Robert & Teresa Parke Karen Parsons Richard & Ann Pearson Sam & Cynthia Pendergrast Edith Pennington & Lawrence Lardy James Perry Michael & Susan Petrosillo Meghan Pils Hugh & Jane Pinchin Eileen Ponto John Przepiora Elizabeth Quilter Scott Reinhart

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Judy Oplinger, In honor of Tracey White. Patty Pack, In memory of Cat Hennessy. Patricia A Parker, In honor of Virginia Parker. Virginia Potter, In memory of Cat Hennessy. Elizabeth Quilter, In honor of Kyle Bass. William & Sarah Fergerson, In memory of Terry Wheat. Kristina Starowitz, In memory of Cat Hennessy. Sharon Sullivan & Paul Phillips, In honor of the costume shop. Kevin & Suzanne McAuliffe, In honor of my mother, Anna Head. Philip Syphrit, In memory of Cat Hennessy. Holly Thuma, In memory of Genevieve & Theodore Thuma. Orelí Uzdavinis & Juan De Leon, In honor of Ana Díaz. Mark & Gay Yonkers, In honor of our daughter Kate who works her wonderful magic in the costume shop each day. We are so proud of you Kate! Betty Zulauf, In memory of Ann Melvin.

Steve Reiter & Annegret Schubert Jacqueline Rich Gerald & Monica Richmond Maryann Roefaro & Tom


Carranti Sue Ellen & Paul Romanowski Elaine Rubenstein Robert & Linda Ryan Richard & Jill Sargent George & Sharon Schmit Vito & Janet Sciscioli Ruth Seaman Katherine Sgarlata Roger & Nancy Sharp Geraldine Sheehan Walter & Beverly Short Martha Sichta Beth & Tobias Sienel Dr. Craig A Simmons Judith Smith Jeffrey Sneider & Gwen Kay George & Helene Starr John Steinburg Philip Syphrit Saul & Roselyn Teukolsky Holly Thuma James & Deborah Tifft Peter Vanable & Anne Jamison Christopher Vecsey & Carol Ann Lorenz Celesia Ventura Anthony & Martha Viglietta TJ & Meghan Vitale Nancy Wadopian Judith Waite Marc & Marcy Waldauer Francis & Elaine Walter Donald & Mrs Washburn Diane D. Webb Ruth Weinstock Lynda Wheat David & Daryll Wheeler Fred & Karen Whitney George & Mrs Whitton Christopher & Renee Wiles Thomas & Carol Wolff Deborah Wood Steve & Denise Wrinn Mark & Gay Yonkers Loretta Zolkowski $100 - $149 Jerrold & Harriet Abraham Arlon & Judith Adams Sarah Alden Peter & Sherry Allen Eric Allyn & Meg O'Connell

Kristi Andersen Maxine & Keyhan Arjomand Al & Jane Arras Mary Roberts Bailey F. David & Sally Bailey Rosanne Barbaglia Michael & Susan Barbour Marjory Baruch Julie Bauer Marianna Baum Jean Beers Peter & Kathy Belyea Debbie & Candido Bermudez Carrie Berse & Chris Skeval Peter & Elizabeth Bilinski Dr. William A Billingham Susan Boettger Leslee Boissy-Weatherup Bond, Schoeneck & King Attorneys Jon & Patricia Booth Carl & Alice Borning John & Lynn Branagan Bernard & Ona Cohn Bregman James & Joyce Bresnahan Charles & Janet Brooks Robert & Helene Brophy Donna L. Johnson Brown Paul Brown & Susan Loevenguth Christopher Brown C Howard Brown Sheera Buckley Patricia Bush Stephen Butler Joseph & Patricia Cambareri John & Cynthia Cambareri Larry & Fran Campbell Chris Carbone Susan Carney Judith Carr Gary & Alexa Carter Emanuel & Cynthia Carter Susan Chappuis Joseph & Janice Charles David & Judy Chesney Chris Chin Karen Clarke Barbara Clary Martha Cole Donna Coloton Pamela A Cook Crawford Advertising, Inc.

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Tim & Margaret Creamer Stephanie Cross Raymond Cummings Paula Dendis Peggy & Paul Dennis Lance Denno Robert Desimone Eileen Deuell Kate DiDonato Dario DiMare Elizabeth Drew & Joe Marusa Elizabeth & Evan Dreyfuss Jeffrey & Linda Drimer Philip Dunham Dupli Graphics Corp. Diane Dwire Sam & Nancy Ebersole Betsy Eble Kathy Effler William & Elizabeth Elkins Brian G. Fay Ronald Ferguson Asa & Catherine Forbes Lois & Jill Fowler Georgia Frank Cyril & Elinor Freeman Judy Friedman John Friedman & Polly Ann Heavenrich Dave Frizzell Adam Ganderson Jennifer & Carols Gavilondo David & Sharon Gerber Iraina Gerchman Erica Girouard Carmen Giunta Douglas Goldschmidt & David Jacobs Michael & Wendy Gordon William & Judy Grabau William Gray Mark & Cynthia Dowd Greene Seth & Lisa Greenky Richard & Mary Greninger Chip & Kate Grosso Patricia Haggerty James Hahn Dana Hall Gregory & Elaine Hallett Judith Hand Peggy K Harper Ann & Richard Harris David & Elizabeth Hayes Elizabeth Hebert Mary Hershberger


Kathleen Hinchman Barbara & Ronald Hoffman Jeffrey Hollman Susan Hoover David Hopper Clyde & Diane Howard Jacqueline Hudgston Donald Hughes Marilyn Husted Matthew & Bridgett Jacob Roger & June Jesmain Jewish Community Foundation of Central New York Nicholas Kent Kadick Randy Karcher Mara Kaszubinski Robert & Christina Keim Paul Kessler Jean & Michael Kimber Peter Knoblock & Joy Casey Barry & Kathy Kogut Kevin & Jessica Kopko Sheldon & Karen Kruth Shane and Cheryl Kurowski Michael Labulis Lorraine LaDuke Sylvia & George Langford James LeGro Patricia Lehmann Bonnie Levy James Light Peter Lindabury Kristen Link-Logan Michael & Jean Loftus Lily Lok & David Nocilly Susan & Gerald Lotierzo Leonard Lu Gerald Mager Jon Maloff Mimi Mark Jefferies LLC Charitable Matching Patrick & Lois Mather Michael & Marilyn McCabe Donyce & Kenneth McCluskey

Charles McGrail Howard McLaughlin & Mary O'Hara Timothy McLaughlin & Diane Cass Kathleen McLeod Sam & Margaret McNaughton Eckart & Mary Meisterfeld Marcia Mele Ben & Julie Merchant Hays Mershon Thomas Miller & Mary MacBlane John Molnar Joseph Moorman & Catherine Gerard Sean O'Keefe Judy Oplinger Nancy Page David & Susan Palen Cynthia Papworth Patricia A. Parker Susan S Phillips Barry & Mary Pickard Jane Pickett Susan Pieczonka Anita Pisano Virginia Potter Gordon & Judy Prosser Charles & Patricia Prutzman Tamara Quick Laura Reeder Todd Relyea Nancy Remchuk Lynn Richer William & Gretchen Roberts Nancy Rothschild Robert & Suzanne Rubino Robert Rubinstein Sally Ruby John & Judy Sabene Meara Sabin Roberta Savage Jennifer Scalione Jeffrey & Abby Scheer Kathleen Scutt Mike & Marilyn Sees

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Rory Shannon Alix Shaw Alberta & Thomas Shouldice Michael & Dotty Sills Gale Smith William Smith Carol Solomon William Stanford Michael Stanton Mark & Beth Steigerwald Lawrence Stewart & Pamela Sunshine Arnold & Lucille Stieber Jill Stratton Susan Stred & Harold Husovsky Jennifer, Bridget & Audrey Stromer-Galley Calixto & Joyce Suarez Martha Sutter & David Ross Sharon Sutter Rachel Fox Von Swearingen Brady Systems Lawrence & Alexandra Tavlarides Mary Thompson Victor & Diane Tice Andrew & Kathleen Tompkins Dennis & Debbie Trepanier John & Jean Tromans Gregory & Carolyn Trombly Earl & Karen Turner William & Carolyn Vanderhoof Nancy Virgil-Call Bob & Claudia Visalli Susan Wadley Mark & Karen Waelder Bruce Ward Howard Weinstein Susan Williams Christopher Wratney Samuel & Robin Young Steven & Judith Zdep Betty Zulauf


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Artistic Director.............................................................................................................Robert Hupp Managing Director.....................................................................................................Jill A. Anderson Associate Artistic Director............................................................................................Melissa Crespo Resident Playwright..............................................................................................................Kyle Bass P R O D U C T I O N S TA F F

Director of Production Operations...........................................................................Don Buschmann Associate Director of Production Operations..........................................................Dianna Angell Company Manager and Production Management Associate......................................Brian Crotty Events Manager and Production Management Assistant......................................Audrey Flynn Technical Director..................................................................................................Randall Steffen Assistant Technical Director............................................................................Rebecca Schuetz Scene Shop Foreman...........................................................................................Michael King Technical Assistant...................................................................................................Alex Farley Carpenters...............................................................................John Gamble, Brian McBurney Scenic Charge Artist...................................................................................................Emily Holm Scenic Artist........................................................................................................Riley Mankin Scenic Painter....................................................................................................Jessica Culligan Props Supervisor............................................................................................................Mara Rich Assistant Prop Supervisor............................................................................Christine Goldman Craftpersons....................................................................................Alexis Frizzell, Nora Galley Costume Shop Manager..........................................................................Gretchen Darrow-Crotty Assistant Costume Shop Manager.....................................................................Amanda Moore Cutter-Draper...................................................................................................Kathryn Rauch First Hand.........................................................................................................Victoria Lillich Stitchers.......................................................................................Emily King, Katelyn Yonkers Craftsperson/Shopper.........................................................................................Sandra Knapp Wardrobe Supervisor.........................................................................................Dylinn Andrew Student Assistant...................................................................................................CJ Forestiere Lighting and Projection Supervisor..................................................................David M. Bowman Assistant Master Electrician.....................................................................................Jed Daniels Electricians/Board Operators..................................................Connor Beattie, Brian C. Jordan Resident Sound Designer/Audio Engineer.....................................................Jacqueline R. Herter Audio Engineer...............................................................................................Kevin O’Connor Sound Engineer/Board Operator..........................................................................Shane Wright Production Stage Manager....................................................................................Stuart Plymesser Stage Manager..............................................................................................Laura Jane Collins Production Assistants.........................................................................Erin C Brett, Em Piraino

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General Manager....................................................................................................Michael McCurdy Comptroller..............................................................................................Mary Kennett Morreale Human Resources Manager/Business Associate.......................................................Kathy Zappala Director of Information Management & Technology...................................Garrett Diaz-Wheeler Business Office Intern......................................................................................AnaBella Kalish Box Office Manager.....................................................................................Courtney Richardson Assistant Box Office Manager.....................................................................Ahmanee Simmons Audience Services Manager/COVID-19 Safety Officer.........................................Jacob G. Ellison House Managers......................................................Pat Condello, Ella Lafontant, Adam Secor Bartenders.................................................................................Michelle Cannizzo, Meg Pusey Audience Services Interns....................................................................Jack Lin, Maya Royston Front of House Associates.......Hope Allen, Weller Dorff, Seamus Doyle, Candaycea Edwards, Ethan Harpole, Henry Herbert, Sally Jewell, Yaneeka Nichols, Magdaliz Rivera, Kevin Sene, Julia Snoonian, Wesley Tipton, Malaika Wanjiku, Ada Wennstrom, Maya Zepeda Director of Development.............................................................................................Ana Díaz-Diez Assistant Director of Development.....................................................................Stefania Ianno Development Assistant................................................................................Candice Bermudez Development Interns.................................................Donghwan Lee, Lauren Kelly Witkowski Director of Community Engagement and Education.....................................................Joann Yarrow Associate Director of Education.............................................................................Kate Laissle Community Engagement and Education Coordinator....................................Theorri London Community Engagement and Education Interns..........................Erin Keith, Ada Wennstrom Director of Marketing and Communications..............................................................Joseph Whelan Audience Development Manager.........................................................................Tracey White Assistant Director of Marketing and Communications......................................Joanna Penalva Marketing Campaign Specialist...................................................................Nori Gartner-Baca Senior Designer, Creative Content....................................................................Brenna Merritt Graphic Designer............................................................................................Jonathan Hudak Audience Development Assistant...................................................................Talia Shenandoah Marketing Interns..........................................................Jeremy Michael Lynch, Wesley Tipton Patron Services Intern....................................................................................Soumya Tadepalli Executive Assistant.........................................................................................................Cynthia Reid Sign Language Interpreters.....................................................................Brenda Brown, Sue Freeman Open Captioning............................................................................Cynthia Reid, Michael McCurdy Audio Description...................................................................................Kate Laissle, Joseph Whelan Community Services Officers.......................................................Stacey Emmons, Joseph O'Connor Custodians.........................................................................Dave Hall, Tony Rogers, Candace Velario

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DEPARTMENT OF DRAMA

22/23 SEASON

SWEET CHARITY BOOK BY NEIL SIMON | MUSIC BY CY COLEMAN | LYRICS BY DOROTHY FIELDS | BASED ON AN ORIGINAL SCREENPLAY BY FEDERICO FELLINI, TULLIO PINELLI, AND ENNIO FLAIANO | PRODUCED FOR THE BROADWAY STAGE BY FRYER, CARR, AND HARRIS CONCEIVED, STAGED, AND CHOREOGRAPHED BY BOB FOSSE DIRECTED BY DAVID LOWENSTEIN | CHOREOGRAPHED BY KIIRA SCHMIDTCARPER | MUSIC DIRECTION BY BRIAN CIMMET OCTOBER 14 - 23 | OPENING NIGHT: OCTOBER 15

FAILURE: A LOVE STORY BY PHILIP DAWKINS | DIRECTED BY THOM MILLER NOVEMBER 11 - 19 | OPENING NIGHT: NOVEMBER 12

DISNEY’S THE LITTLE MERMAID * MUSIC BY ALAN MENKEN | LYRICS BY HOWARD ASHMAN AND GLENN SLATER | BOOK BY DOUG WRIGHT | BASED ON THE HANS CHRISTIAN ANDERSEN STORY AND THE DISNEY FILM THAT WAS PRODUCED BY HOWARD ASHMAN AND JOHN MUSKER AND WRITTEN AND DIRECTED BY JOHN MUSKER AND RON CLEMENTS | ORIGINALLY PRODUCED BY DISNEY THEATRICAL PRODUCTIONS | DIRECTED BY MELISSA RAIN ANDERSON | MUSIC DIRECTION BY BRIAN CIMMET | CHOREOGRAPHY BY ADAM CATES | CO-PRODUCED WITH SYRACUSE STAGE | NOVEMBER 25 – JANUARY 8 | OPENING NIGHT: DECEMBER 2 *DRAMA SUBSCRIBERS WILL RECEIVE VOUCHERS REDEEMABLE FOR TICKETS TO DISNEY'S THE LITTLE MERMAID

BARBECUE BY ROBERT O’HARA | DIRECTED BY GILBERT McCAULEY FEBRUARY 17 - 26 | OPENING NIGHT: FEBRUARY 18

DANCE NATION BOX OFFICE 315.443.3275 Monday - Friday 10 am - 5 pm TICKETS Syracuse Stage 820 E. Genesee Street Syracuse, NY 13210 S E AS O N S PO NSOR

BY CLARE BARRON | DIRECTED BY KATHERINE McGERR MARCH 24 – APRIL 2 | OPENING NIGHT: MARCH 25

MELANCHOLY PLAY: A CHAMBER MUSICAL BOOK AND LYRICS BY SARAH RUHL | MUSIC BY TODD ALMOND | DIRECTED BY REBECCA APARICIO APRIL 28 – MAY 7 | OPENING NIGHT: APRIL 29

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HOW TO DANCE IN OHIO

DISNEY’S THE LITTLE MERMAID

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SEPT 21 – OCT 9

A new musical based on Alexandra Shiva’s documentary film | Book & Lyrics by Rebekah Greer Melocik | Music & Co-Arrangements by Jacob Yandura | Music Direction by Lily Ling Music Supervision, Co-Arrangements, Orchestration by Matt Gallagher | Choreographed by Mayte Natalio | Directed by Sammi Cannold | Produced in association with Ben Holtzman, Sammy Lopez, and Fiona Howe Rudin

A heart-filled new musical, based on the Peabody Award-winning documentary of the same name, that explores what it means to belong, the courage it takes to put yourself out in the world, and the universal need to connect. Follow seven Autistic young adults as they come of age and find their ways in the world.

MAR 29 – APR 16

OUR TOWN

By Thornton Wilder Directed by Robert Hupp

The American classic that reminds us to cherish every unimportant moment.

FEB 15 – MAR 5

By Christine Quintana | Spanish

Music by Alan Menken | Lyrics by Howard Ashman and Glenn Slater Book by Doug Wright | Based on the Hans Christian Andersen story and the Disney film that was produced by Howard Ashman & John Musker and written & directed by John Musker & Ron Clements | Originally Produced by Disney Theatrical Productions Directed by Melissa Rain Anderson Co-produced with the Syracuse University Department of Drama

translation and adaptation by Paula Zelaya Cervantes Directed by Melissa Crespo

Splashy family fun for the holiday season with added thrills courtesy of the high flying 2 Ring Circus.

JUNE 7 - 25

In this engaging new drama, two women with very different experiences meet by accident and change each other in unexpected ways. Performed in Spanish and English with supertitles.

CLUE

Based on the screenplay by Jonathan

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TENDER RAIN By Kyle Bass Directed by Rodney Hudson

A man must confront the secrets of his past in order to move forward in this world premiere of Kyle Bass’ haunting play.

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COLD READ FESTIVAL OF NEW PLAYS Curated by Melissa Crespo | Free for subscribers, tickets required, available through the Box Office.

Lynn | Written by Sandy Rustin Additional Material by Hunter Foster and Eric Price | Based on the Paramount Pictures Motion Picture Based on the Hasbro board game CLUE Original Music by Michael Holland Directed by Ben Hanna

Famous board game turned popular motion picture turned fabulously fun theatrical experience. Who did it? Where? And with what?

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