The Commuters or A Cautionary Tale About The Port Authority
Written by Gil Varod, Directed by Christopher Michaels
Written by Gil Varod, Directed by Christopher Michaels
Time: Just Before Midnight. Place: Port Authority Bus Terminal, New York, New York.
Characters in order of appearance
Terry ANTHONY CASTELLANO
Ernie ADAM BREAUX
Carol JO WALKER
George RAUL ANDRES
Helen LIZZY MILLER
Who’s Who . . .
ANTHONY CASTELLANO (Terry) is a NYC based singer/actor/director. Some of his favorite credits include; Sister Hubert in Nunsense Amen!, Harry in Company, Moose in Crazy For You and Helmuth Rode in Taking Sides. Anthony would like to thank Christopher, Kit, Matthew, Caleb, Gil and the cast for an amazing experience and his parent for their love and support to follow his passion. Visit his site; http://anthonycastellano.weebly.com
ADAM BREAUX (Ernie) has a BA in Theatre from Northwestern State University of Louisiana. He is a lifetime member of The Actor’s Project NYC and was featured in two seasons of Off-Broadway industry showcases this year. Regionally, Adam has worked as a vagabond at Flat Rock Playhouse, Great Plains Theater, and Tecumseh!, an Ohio tradition. The New Orleans native was heavily involved onstage at the historic Le Petit Theatre aux Vieux Carre and offstage at the National WWII Museum’s Stage Door Canteen. Adam is represented by The Talent Express and Emerging Talent, LLC.
JO WALKER (Carol) is a singer, actor, and designer. She has studied acting at T. Schreiber Studios and William Esper Studios and is a founding member of Four Quarter Theater in New York City (www.fourquartertheater.com). Favorite roles include Dr. Brookner (The Normal Heart), Ensemble (Evita), Heidi Von Sturm (Nine), Reggie Flutie (The Laramie Project), and a member of the ensemble choir in the award-winning production of The Christians at Playwrights Horizons. Visit Jo on the web at www.jowalkeractor.com. Big thanks to Peter Jensen and David Dabbon.
RAUL ANDRES (George) was born in Miami, Florida where he was raised by both of his immigrant parents. He is very happy to be a part of The Commuters as well as the Strawberry One Act Festival. Recent Productions include Spring Awakening (Melchior Gabor) Yosef (Reuven) and Say Goodbye (Jamie) at the Manhattan Rep. Film credits include TAU TAU featuring Corbin Bleu. Raul would love to thank all of his family and friends for their endless support. www.Rah0118.wix.com/actor
LIZZY MILLER (Helen) is a proud graduate of Wright State University where she earned her BFA in acting with an emphasis in musical theatre. Previous credits include Camelot (National Tour), Disney Cruise Line Productions (mainstage performer), The Fantasticks (Luisa), Anything Goes (Hope Harcourt), All Shook Up (Natalie Haller), Measure for Measure (Juliet). Endless thanks to Mom and Dad for their constant love and support! http://lizzy-miller.com
CHRISTOPHER MICHAELS (Producer/Director) is the founder and resident director of Calendar Boys Productions and starred in the 2015 Strawberry One Act Festival’s winning play, Casper, the Not-So-Friendly Ghost. Directing credits include Two Boys In A Bed On A Cold Winter’s Night (Rising Action Theatre), Little Shop Of Horrors and You’re A Good Man, Charlie Brown (Muchadu Productions), Let’s Hear It For The Boys (Calendar Boys Productions/Jeremy Terry Productions) and The Broadway Theatre Cafe. He is also producing/directing the new short musical film Valley High set to film late this summer.
MATTHEW BENNIS (Music Director) is a self-taught musician, singer, music director, and accompanist and currently serves as resident music director for Calendar Boys Productions. Off-Broadway music direction credits include We Are Monsters and #LoveStory (voted FringeFAVE for the NY Fringe Festival 2015). Other recent music direction credits include Thoroughly Modern Millie, Grease, Tick, Tick…Boom!, Let’s Hear It For The Boys and Legally Blonde and as music supervisor for Calendar Boys Productions’ film, Valley High.
BRIAN CEDRIC JONES (Choreographer) is a native Texan-turned-New Yorker who has traveled the world through theatre and dance having choreographed over 20 musicals for university and civic theatre in Texas and working for the cultural diplomacy agency, American Voices, teaching underprivileged children in war-torn countries. Credits include Grease, West Side Story, Little Shop of Horrors, Jesus Christ Superstar, Hairspray, Seussical, Chicago, Guys and Dolls and the new rock musical, Lovington. This season he will be teaching, and choreographing for M.O.V.E. www.ProudToBeAMover.com
KAYLA FRIEND (Stage Manager) is an actress/director/stage manager with a B.A. in Theatre and Cultural Anthropology from California Baptist University and has used the arts and research together in the U.S., Oman, the UAE, and Turkey. Prior to NYC, Kayla worked as the director of the fine arts program for the Department of Defense in Turkey. She has stage managed for Yosef the Musical (Zvika Bornstein/Torah L'Kulanu) and The Adonis (In Our Words Productions) locally. She would like to thank her friends and family for their constant support of the arts.
JACOB MCINTYRE (Costume Designer) is a New York-based costume designer, fashion designer and artist with a BFA in Costume Technology from Youngstown State University and an AAS in Fashion Design from F.I.T. Currently Jacob is an Assistant Designer at a private label fashion company. Jacob has worked in theatre for the past five years, helping construct and wardrobe over 25 shows and designed for several shows such as Dark Matters and RENT in theatres in Ohio, California, and NYC as well as Calendar Boys Productions’ film, Valley High.
JEREMY TERRY (Scenic Design) is the Founder/Executive Producer of Jeremy Terry Productions whose career began at Liberty University with work on productions of The Phantom of the Opera and Ragtime, an internship with Wolfbane Productions for Bloody, Bloody, Andrew Jackson, and as a member of Alluvion Stage Company's inaugural crew for Peter Pan. Jeremy worked as a carpenter and stagehand for Jenny Wiley Theatre in 2012 and with Proof Productions, Inc., where he collaborated with designers and producers behind the Broadway productions of Annie, A Christmas Story, Motown the Musical, and more.
GIL VAROD (Book) has written lyrics and/or book for Oedipus For Kids (NYMF; publ. Samuel French), A Jury Line and The Zegend of Lelda (West Village Musical Theatre Festival; 4 awards incl. Best Musical), Time, Et Al (FringeNYC), The Complete Works of Walt Disney, Abridged (Walt Disney Imagineering) and the website www.BroadwayAbridged.com, and is a member of the BMI Musical Theatre Writing Workshop.
CALEB DAMSCHRODER (Music) is a NYC based composer/lyricist and actor. Other projects include a musical adaptation of Brian Friel’s Molly Sweeney and a residency at CAP21 where he is at work on a bluegrass musical about the women of the Hatfield and McCoy family feud. Caleb is a member of the BMI Musical Theatre Workshop and The Dramatist Guild. As an actor, Caleb has recently been seen in the Broadway revival of Cabaret and Paint Your Wagon at NY City Center Encores.
KIT GOLDSTEIN GRANT (Lyrics) studied at Juilliard and the BMI Musical Theatre Writing Workshop and is the composer/lyricist/librettist of It’s Raining Tamales! (publ. YouthPLAYS), The Nose (Midtown International Theatre Festival, Summer 2016; second prize winner in the Jackie White Memorial National Children's Play Writing Contest), In The Horse (Emerging Artists Theatre New Work Series), and The Wrong Box (Musical Theatre Factory 4x15). www.kitgoldstein.com
CALENDAR BOYS PRODUCTIONS (Production Company) is a brand new production company based in New York City founded by a small team of writers, directors, and actors interested in creating work for themselves and other up-and-coming artists. With a focus on developing and presenting new original works, the small company has begun to produce projects for the stage and screen including plays/musicals, readings, cabarets, short films, music videos, and viral/parody videos. www.calendarboysproductions.com
THE COMMUTERS, or A CAUTIONARY TALE OF THE PORT AUTHORITY
A musical by Gil Varod, Caleb Damschroder and Kit Goldstein Grant
When a recently-sacked MTA executive wanders the Port Authority Bus Terminal after midnight, the “Commuters” sculpture comes alive to call him on his subway-related sins. The piece was read to uproarious laughter at Lincoln Center’s “Across A Crowded Room” festival.
Friday, July 15th at 7pmMonday, July 18th at 7pm
Wednesday, July 20th at 7pm
For tickets go to https://www.therianttheatre.com/item.php?id=258At the Theatre at St. Clement’s, 423 West 46th Street, NYC
The Riant Theatre’s Strawberry One-Act Festival