Cast & Crew

CORRADO ALICATA (Cain, Julius, Howard) was most recently seen in I’ll Say She Is: The Lost Marx Brothers Musical (NY Times Critics' Pick), and has performed all over the country. Musical highlights have been Urinetown, A Year With Frog and Toad, The Boy in the Bathroom, and [Title of Show]. He’s also been onstage in plays, such as Love’s Labours Lost, Lend me a Tenor, and The Emperor’s New Clothes. He lives out in Astoria, grew up in Connecticut, he’s Sicilian-American, and he can make a ridiculously good Limoncello cake.

ROB BRINKMANN (Adam, Raphael, Larry) was born and raised in Pennsylvania and graduated from NYU's Tisch School of the Arts. NYC: The Red Room (The Shelter), The Witch of St. Elmora Street (Dixon Place), Baby Hubris (NYC Fringe Festival),  Hot Summer in the City (Nylon Fusion), Acoustica Electronica (Drom), Cygnus ISA Summer Constellation  (Paradise Factory). Boston: Searching for Signal, Generation Y, Sexyback: or what you will (Workshop Production at American Repertory Theater's Oberon). www.RobBrinkmann.com

L.R. DAVIDSON (Eve, Papal Secretary-Chamberlain, Stage Manager, Dorothy): Off-B’way: Death for 5 Voices (Prospect Theater), Skippyjon Jones' Snow What (Lucille Lortel), National Pastime (Playwrights Horizons), Wedding Vows (Algonquin Theatre) Regional: Follies (Chicago Shakespeare Theatre), The Ordinary Yearning… (Steppenwolf), Soul Doctor (Le Petit), Secret Garden (Weston Playhouse), Reel Music (Florida Studio Theatre), Spelling Bee (Northern Stage), The Last Five Years (Greenfield), To Kill a Mockingbird (Fulton Theatre), Paper Moon (Goodspeed Opera House and Walnut Street), Meet Me in St. Louis (South Bay CLO), among others. L.R. is a graduate of The Juilliard School and Manhattan School of Music. www.LRDavidson.com

 

CARL HOWELL (Abel, Ludovico, Dick): Theatre work includes the first national tour of Peter and the Starcatcher, directed by the late Roger Rees. New York: Twelfth Night (Pearl Theatre Co), Sleepless City (Pipeline Theatre Co.).  Regional: A Midsummer Night’s Dream (Repertory Theatre of St. Louis); Romeo and Juliet, Twelfth Night, Cymbeline (Hudson Valley Shakespeare Festival).  London: Halo/Titanic (The Old Vic/Old Vic New Voices). Carl has appeared alongside physicist Brian Greene in productions of Spooky Action and Light Falls in the World Science Festival in New York, Princeton, and Brisbane, Australia. He received his BFA at NYU Tisch at the Atlantic Acting School, where he now teaches in their Part Time and NYU programs. www.carlhowell.com

TOM ALAN ROBBINS (God, Leonardo, Rouben): Broadway: Original casts of The Lion King (Pumbaa), Is He Dead? (Dutchy), Sunset Boulevard, Jerome Robbins' BroadwayThreepenny Opera, Once Upon a Mattress. Off-Broadway: Brooklynite, On the Verge (New York Premiere), Isn’t It Romantic (World Premiere), The Rise and Rise of Daniel Rocket (World Premiere), The Cradle Will RockHenry V (Public Theatre), King Lear (Cornwall). Tours: Les Miserables (Thénardier). Other Theatres: Denver Center: The Whale (Charlie, World Premiere), Shakespeare Theatre Company: Midsummer Night's Dream (Bottom), Fiddler on the Roof (Tevye), Man of La Mancha (Sancho), The Producers (Franz). Encores: 1776, Music in the Air, Pardon My English, Tenderloin. Cleveland Playhouse: My Name is Asher Lev. Training: The Juilliard School, The Acting Company.

 

CAROLINE SCHMIDT (Serpent, Savonarola, Celeste) is thrilled to be a part of Take One. Theatre credits include: Annette in Saturday Night Fever (Royal Caribbean Productions) and Mona in Prom Queen (Samuel French OOB Festival). TV credits include: Chelsea in Redrum (Investigation Discovery) and two promos for Subway sandwiches on on Comedy Central. She received her bachelor's degree in Theatre from the University of Alabama, and most recently completed the two-year acting program at The Maggie Flanagan Studio.

KEITH VARNEY (Michelangelo, Oscar) has performed in musicals including Les Miserables, The Producers, The Full Monty, Titanic and I Got Fired (Best Actor in a Musical - DIMF). He has written book, music & lyrics in various combinations for I Got Fired; Bloody, Bloody Angela Lansbury: Murder She Wrote Live; Elway: The Musical; The Other Sex; Joshua: The Musical; Pie Eater and Scooby Doosical. He has written songs for Submissions Only, Hot Mess in Manhattan, See You Lighter, My Mother is a Sex Therapist and Dystopia Gardens. He has a degree in classical voice from the Eastman School of Music. He wrote the horror novel THE DEAD CIRCLE, and its sequel to be published this fall. Much love to his wife Jillian Louis. www.keithvarneywriter.com.

MICHAEL SCHIRALLI (Director) is the Artistic Director of Half Moon Theatre at the Marriott Pavilion at The Culinary Institute of America, where he has directed Vanya and Sonia and Masha and Spike, A Christmas Carol, I Loved, I Lost, I Made Spaghetti, The Fantasticks, It's A Wonderful Life, The World Goes Round, two Ten-Minute Play Festivals, and Side By Side By Sondheim. Some recent Off-Broadway credits include: Nico: Underground (NY Times Critics' Pick), the critically acclaimed A Chanukah Charol (New World Stages) and David Simpatico's Prom Queen (Playwrights Horizon).  Other notable productions: Sleepless Variations with Mary Testa & Michael Starobin (Barrington Stage), Jackie Hoffman’s solo shows, including The Kvetching Continues (Time Out Award) and The Tragic And Horrible Life of the Singing Nun (NYMF, 3 awards), Varla Jean Merman shows and videos, including Enough About Me: An Unauthorized Biography, Coco Peru shows, including Undaunted (GLAAD Award), The Vendler Television Playhouse (Guiding Light TV Cast), Bob&Carol&Ted&Alice with David Rackoff (Culture Project), Born Again Again! with Tammy Faye Starlite, Valentine’s Day Massacre (Drama Dept.), Nothin’s Easy and Nobody’s Happy with Colette Hawley, Gas, Food, Talent (West Bank), Darlene Love’s True Love (N.Y., L.A.), Songs for a New World (with Beth Leavel and Jason Robert Brown), Damaged Care (U.S. House of Congress), Everything's Coming Up Moses with Seth Rudesky, MTW’s Holiday Extravaganza with Kristin Chenowith, Free & Equal (Yip Harburg Foundation) and the feature film "Varla Jean and the Mushroomheads."
NATHAN W. PERRY (Music Director) is a pianist and conductor for Broadway and off-Broadway shows (Radio City Christmas Spectacular, School of Rock, NEWSical, The Fantasticks), national tours (We Will Rock You, ’S Wonderful, The Pajama Game, Ring of Fire), regional theaters (Gateway, Harbor Lights, Allenberry) and, when it can’t be avoided, cruise ships. Originally from Rochester, he holds a degree in Film Scoring from Berklee College of Music, which immediately landed him a job delivering pizzas. He lives in the beautiful Hudson Valley with his wife, dog, two cats, and accordion.
BETSY RUGG-HINDS (Costume Designer) is currently attending Brooklyn College, working toward her MFA in Theatrical Design. Credits include subUrbia (quiet theatre), Altar Boyz (Seattle Musical Theatre), The Fever (New Muses Theatre), The Last of the Red Hot Lovers (The  Peterborough Players), Oh, Coward! (The Peterborough Players).
LAUREN PAGE RUSSELL (Set & Prop Designer) is from Toronto, where she graduated from Ontario College of Art and Design. She works in both Canada and the U.S. as a designer and painter for various theatre productions, fine art installations and photography. Recent projects include production design for Sounds Of the Next Generation’s production of R. Murray Schafer’s opera The Spirit Garden. Other credits include The Secret Garden, Les Miserables, Annie (Northumberland Players), The Last Five Years and The Woolgatherer (Proscenium Stage, Capitol Theatre). Lauren has worked on productions for Ross Petty productions (Robinhood, Elgin Theatre) Theatrefront, (The Mill Series, Young Centre) Sudbury Theatre Centre (Cinderella, Frog and Toad) 4th Line Theatre (The Right Road to Pontypool). In New York, she often assists set designer Craig Napoliello. Recent credits include Lightning From Heaven, Protected and The Astonishing Times of Timothy Crachit (Workshop Theatre), Dorian Gray (MTA Works), Timepiece and Body Language (The Active Theatre). Other work includes Singin' in the Rain (Fulton Theater) The Bardy Bunch (Silverhair Productions, Fringe at La Mama, St. Mary's Theatre, Feinstein’s/54 Below), To Kill A Mockingbird (Queens Theatre).
 
JEFF WARD (Book, Music & Lyrics) is a member of the BMI Lehman Engel Musical Theatre Workshop and the winner of two festival prizes for short musicals. His Take One will be featured in the MID Stage Production Series of the 4th Wall Theatre in Bloomfield, NJ, next March. Jeff wrote for Saturday Night Live’s “Weekend Update” from mid-Colin Quinn through mid-Tina Fey, and writes music and comedy for National Public Radio and the comedy group Euphobia. He appeared in Nico: Underground (NY Times Critics' Pick) at Theatre for the New City and L.A.'s Bootleg Theatre and Largo, and Born Again Again! at Joe's Pub. His short stories are published in May Contain Nuts (Harper Perennial), Howl: A Collection of the Best Contemporary Dog Wit (Crown), and The Lowbrow Reader Reader.
BRIANNA POH (Production Stage Manager): Credits include Mary Poppins (UHSPAC),  La Vie Parisienne (Hofstra Opera),  Wayward (LSTFI), Brianna Poh (Production Stage Manager): Credits include Mary Poppins (UHSPAC),  La Vie Parisienne (Hofstra Opera), Wayward (LSTFI), I Loved, I Lost, I Made Spaghetti (Half Moon Theatre), The Remarkable Journey of  Prince Jen (Somerled Arts), I Wish! (YAA), Billy and Ray (101 Productions), Empire the Musical (Bespoke Theatricals), Beauty and the Beast (MSM), Aida (MSM), and many more. Other credits include CFDA Awards, American Theatre Wing Gala, and other work in dance, fashion and opera.
TIM HURLEY (Executive Producer) currently provides general management services to Groundswell Theatricals Inc., The Wooster Group and The York Theatre. Recently produced the short film "Counterpoint." With The Peccadillo Theater Company: Talk of the Town, Ladies of the Corridor, Room Service and A Tree Grows In Brooklyn.  As a member of the Dodger Management Group, Broadway: The Music Man; Blast! On Broadway; 42nd Street; Urinetown; Into The Woods; Dracula and Good Vibrations; Off-Broadway: Barbra’s Wedding; BARE (a pop opera); National Tours: Blast!; 42nd Street; Urinetown; International: 42nd Street – Stuttgart.