Cole Road Media/Tim Hurley
presents a staged reading of the new musical comedy

Take One

by Jeff Ward

Directed by Michael Schiralli


Please join us on
Monday, June 5th

presentations at 2:00pm & 7:00pm 

Manhattan Theatre Club Studios, Studio 1
311 West 43rd Street - 8th Floor

Take One runs a hilarious, intermissionless 90 minutes!


RSVP TO by May 31



ROB BRINKMANN (Adam, Raphael, Larry).  Rob is a New York based actor, born and raised in Pennsylvania, graduate of NYU's Tisch School of the Arts. Regional: Black Stache in Peter and the Starcatcher (Jenny Wiley), Cliff in Cabaret (Dir. Joey Murray) NYC: The Red Room (The Shelter), Take One: A New Musical (NYC Fringe), The Witch of St. Elmora Street (Dixon Place), Baby Hubris (NYC Fringe Festival), Hot Summer in the City (Nylon Fusion). Boston: Searching for Signal, Generation Y, Sexyback: or what you will (Workshop Productions at American Repertory Theater's Oberon with ToUch Performance Art).


CARL HOWELL (Abel, Ludovico, Dick).  Theatre work includes Peter and the Starcatcher (1st National Tour), Twelfth Night (The Pearl), Bible Stories! (Atlantic Theater Co Farm Team); SleeplessCity (PipelineTheatre), Take One (FringeNYC).   Regional: Deathtrap (Syracuse Stage), A Midsummer Night’s Dream (Rep. Theatre of St. Louis), Romeo and Juliet, Twelfth Night, Love’s Labour’s Lost (Hudson Valley Shakespeare Festival.)   London: Halo/Titanic (Old Vic New Voices.)  Carl has read new and classic plays with Atlantic Theatre Co and The Acting Company.   He earned his BFA at NYU Tisch - Atlantic Acting School, where he now serves on faculty.


LACRETTA (Serpent, Savonarola, Celeste).  Broadway: Disaster, The Book of Mon.  Regional: Unexpected Joy, Legally Blond, Avenue Q, Hairspray, Ragtime, All Shook Up, This One Girl’s Story, The 101 Dalmatians, Xanadu, A Wrinkle In Time, Disaster, The Seven Dwarfs.  TV: “Broad City,” “Believe,” “Law & Order: SVU,” “30 Rock.”





​​​​​CLAIRE SAUNDERS (Eve, Sec’y-Chamberlain, Dorothy).  Off-Broadway: Marry Harry (York Theatre), The Taming of the Shrew (NY Classical Theatre).  Regional: The Pirates of Penzance (Barrington Stage), In The Heights (Gallery Players and Carrnivale Theatrics), Aida (Village Theatre, Porgy And Bess (Seattle Opera House).  Film/TV: The Intern, That Night The Night (short), Halloween Basics (short), Those Tiny Pieces (short).  Training: BFA in Acting/Musical Theatre, Carnegie Mellon University.


KEITH VARNEY (Michelangelo, Oscar) has written Book, Music and Lyrics in various combinations for I GOT FIRED (NYMF, DIMF - Best American Musical), BLOODY, BLOODY ANGELA LANSBURY: MURDER SHE WROTE LIVE, ELWAY: THE MUSICAL, THE OTHER SEX, JOSHUA: THE MUSICAL, PIE EATER & SCOOBY DOOSICAL. He has written songs for Submissions Only, Hot Mess in Manhattan, See You Lighter, My Mother is a Sex Therapist & Dystopia Gardens. As an actor he has performed professionally in musicals including Les Miserables, The Producers, The Full Monty, Titanic and I Got Fired (Best Actor in a Musical - DIMF). He has a degree in classical voice from the Eastman School of Music. He is also a horror novelist (The Dead Circle, Beneath The Snow).


MAX WILCOX (Cain, Julius, Howard).  Theatre: Gigantic (Vineyard Theatre), Fat Camp (NY Reading), Calico Buffalo (NYMF), 1776 (Cape Playhouse), Strays (The Actors Gang).  TV/Film: “Extracurricular Activities,” “Glee.”  Training: Circle In The Square Conservatory, Tim Robbins’ The Actors Gang, Dance: Jeanne Slater, Justin Boccitto (Tap/Jazz).

NICK WYMAN (God, Leonardo, Rouben).  Broadway: Catch Me If You Can, Tale of Two Cities, Sly Fox, Les Miserables, The Phantom of the Opera, The Musical Comedy Murders of 1940, Doubles, My Fair Lady, On the Twentieth Century, Whoopee!, Very Good Eddie.  Off-Broadway: The Fartiste, The Misanthrope, Three in the Back, Two in the Head, Breaking Legs.  Film: Synecdoche, NY, Maid in Manhattan, Igby Goes Down, Private Parts, Die Hard With a Vengence, Mr. Chief Justice, Rude Awakening, Funny Farm, Planes, Trains & Automobiles.  Television: “Veep,” “Boardwalk Empire,” “The Good Wife,” “Law & Order,” “One Life to Live,” “The Murder of Mary Phagan.”


JEFF WARD (Book, Music & Lyrics) is a member of the BMI Lehman Engel Musical Theatre Workshop. He wrote jokes 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 as an actor in Born Again Again at Joe's Pub and Nico: Underground at Theatre for the New City. 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.


MICHAEL SCHIRALLI (Director) is Artistic Director of Half Moon Theatre at the Marriott Pavilion at The Culinary Institute of America, where he has directed:  Yours, Anne, Vanya and Sonia and Masia and Spike, A Christmas Carol, I Love, I Lost, I Made Spaghetti, The Fantasticks, It's A Wonderful Life, 2 Ten Minute Play Festivals and Side By Side By Sondheim.  Some recent Off-Broadway credits include: Jeff Ward's Take One (Fringe), Nico Underground (NY Times critic's 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 Rudetsky, MTW’s Holiday Extravaganza with Kristin Chenowith, Free & Equal (Yip Harburg Foundation) the feature film, Varla Jean And The Mushroomheads, and the new musical Hit Her With The Skates (UCPAC Hamilton Stage), and John Cariani's new play cul-de-sac.


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. Recent credits include Yours, Anne at Half Moon Theatre in Hyde Park, and the 2016 FringeNYC production of Take One (both also directed by Michael Schiralli). 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 banjo, and looks forward to the imminent arrival of a new baby boy. (Hopefully he’ll nail that masterpiece on the first take!)


BRIANNA POH (Stage Manager). Off-Broadway: The Big Broadcast on East 53rd Street (Playalinda Productions), NY THEATRE: Take One (FringeNYC), Wayward (LSTFI), The Remarkable Journey of Prince Jen (Somerled Arts), Billy and Ray (101 Productions), Empire the Musical (Bespoke Theatricals), and more. Film: The Greatest Showman (20th Century Fox). Other: Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade, CFDA Awards, American Theatre Wing Gala, and other work in dance, fashion and opera.

TIM HURLEY (Producer) has been producing and general managing in New York for the last two decades.  He has worked with numerous NYC-based organizations including the Dodgers, Groundswell Theatricals Inc., The Wooster Group, York Theatre Company and The Peccadillo Theatre Company (PTC). Tim general managed Talk of the Town, Ladies of the Corridor and A Tree Grows In Brooklyn for PTC.  As a member of the Dodger Management Group, Tim worked on the Broadway productions of The Music Man, Blast!, 42nd Street, Urinetown, Into The Woods, Dracula, and Good Vibrations, the Off-Broadway productions of Barbra’s Wedding and BARE, the National Tours of Blast!, 42nd Street and Urinetown, and the international production of 42nd Street in Stuttgart, Germany.  Tim recently produced the short film Counterpoint.