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Tock Tick, a new musical fantasy

Tuesday, November 4th, 2014

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Story by Tim Nevits & Gihieh Lee
Book & Lyrics by Tim Nevits
Music by Gihieh Lee
Directed by Jackson Gay

 

12-year-old Chelsea Tickerman’s mother has cancer. As the clock in the front hall steadily marks each passing moment, Chelsea can see the dragon of her mother’s death, hovering. In a bold move, she embarks on a fantastical quest to slay this dragon and save her mother. Along the way, encounters with scientists, interstellar gondoliers, and finally the locksmith at the center of the universe bring her to a new understanding of life and death, and the nature of time. With its innovative voice, this whimsical tale of a child coming to terms with the loss of a parent will both move and delight.

 

Featuring:

David Abeles*, Jennifer Blood*, Maria Couch*, David Foley, Jr.*, Christopher Graves*, Melissa Hart*, Joshua Landay*, Mark Mozingo, Robby Sharpe*, and Laura Beth Wells*

Music Director Matt Vinson TOCKdragon
Choreographer Stephanie Fittro                       
Set Designer Aleksandra Maslik
Lighting Designer Cat Tate
Costume Designer Kate Cusack
Sound Designer Daniel Erdberg
Production Manager Mary Leach
Dramaturg Erika Rundle
Stage Manager CJ LaRoche*

*members of Actors’ Equity Association

Performed at the West End Theatre
263 West 86th Street

THE UNDERCLASSMAN: November 9 – 30, 2014

Saturday, October 11th, 2014

UNDERCLASSMAN postcard 575wTICKETS: Dukeon42.org or 646.223.3010

at The Duke on 42nd Street
a NEW 42ND STREET® project

229 W 42nd Street
(between 7th & 8th Avenues)

Music & Lyrics by PETER MILLS
Book by Peter Mills & Cara Reichel
inspired by F. Scott Fitzgerald‘s
This Side of Paradise

Directed by CARA REICHEL
Choreography by CHRISTINE O’GRADY
Music Direction & Orchestrations
by DANIEL FEYER

1915.  Brilliantly talented, young F. Scott Fitzgerald is swept into the hierarchy of Ivy League society and the antics of the Princeton Triangle Club, in pursuit of the beautiful and elusive debutante Ginevra King. Their romance inspired one of the greatest novels of the 20th century . . .

IN PERSON:
The Duke on 42nd Street Box Office (229 W 42nd Street)
Regular box office hours are Tues. – Fri. 4pm – 7pm; Sat. 12pm – 6pm.
Box office hours are extended on performance days.

Featuring: Matt Dengler, Piper Goodeve, Jessica Grové, Billy Hepfinger, and Marrick Smith
with Jordan Bondurant, Elizabeth Burton, Jason Edward Cook, Ian Fairlee, Matt Gibson, Holland Grossman, Christopher Herr, Adam Machart, Jeremy Morse, CJ Pawlikowski, Davey Rosenberg, Michael Romeo Ruocco, Liz Shivener, and Whitney Winfield

Stage Manager – Taylor Alyssa Marun
Assistant Stage Manager – Mackenzie Meeks

Scenic Design – Ann Bartek
Costume Design – Sidney Shannon
Lighting Design – Brian Tovar
Sound Design – Kevin Heard

Production Manager – Pope Jackson / Actuator, Inc.

Associate Producers – Charles Cohen and Brian Rosenblum
Assistant Director – Sara Stevens
Assistant Choreographer - JP Qualters

TAMAR OF THE RIVER – Cast Recording Release Event Sept 22nd!

Friday, August 29th, 2014

tamar CD imageWe’re thrilled to share news of the upcoming TAMAR OF THE RIVER cast recording, which will be released on September 22nd!

Click here (or above) and order tickets to attend the Sept 22nd CD release party at the Musical Theatre Factory, to benefit Seeds of Peace.  A $35 ticket includes admission to the event and a specially signed CD!

Or, simply click here to pre-order the CD through Amazon.com for $16.99!

THE UNDERCLASSMAN – Casting Notice

Monday, June 16th, 2014

Title of Show: The Underclassman
Agreement: AEA Transition Agreement (Year 2 – Approval Pending)
Producer: Prospect Theater Company
Music / Lyrics: Peter Mills
Book:  Peter Mills and Cara Reichel
Director: Cara Reichel
Choreographer: Christine O’Grady
Producing Artistic Director / Casting Contact: Cara Reichel
Casting Assistant: Sara Stevens

Schedule/Compensation:
Rehearsals
will begin Monday Oct. 13, 2014.
Performances will be Nov. 9 – Dec. 6, 2014 at The Duke on 42nd Street.
Salary: $8/hr, minimum 30 hrs/wk ($240/week), plus pension and health

Synopsis:  THE UNDERCLASSMAN is an original musical inspired by F. Scott Fitzgerald’s college years and his debut novel This Side of Paradise.  Set in 1915, the brilliantly talented young writer F. Scott Fitzgerald is swept into the hierarchy of Ivy League society and the antics of the Princeton Triangle Club, in pursuit of the beautiful and elusive debutante Ginevra King.

Auditions:  Actors should prepare a brief musical theater selection from the legit musical theater repertoire that shows off their voice and acting ability, and should bring their book in case we want to hear additional material.  (No pop or rock, please.)  If you cannot attend, please submit your headshot/resume to casting@prospecttheater.org.

Seeking strong actor-singers with good movement ability for the following roles:

F. SCOTT FITZGERALD  (20s, tenor).  A sophomore at Princeton University.  Brilliant, ambitious, in search of the path to greatness that he will one day achieve.  A self-described “romantic egotist,” he is clever and charming, and therefore considers himself something of a ladies’ man.  He is also deeply insecure, treated as an outsider by many of his classmates because of his humble middle-class background.

EDMUND WILSON (20’s, baritone).  A junior at Princeton.  Scott’s friend (nicknamed “Bunny”).  Serious-minded, cerebral.  He is in the Triangle Club with Scott, and is also the editor of the campus literary magazine.  An editor by temperament, he can be prickly and critical—especially on the subject of romance. He recognizes Scott’s genius, but also believes that Scott is lazy and undisciplined as a writer, and as a student.

JOHN PEALE BISHOP (20’s, baritenor).  A sophomore at Princeton. Scott’s best friend.  An aspiring poet.  Shy, awkward.  He is much less socially adept than Scott, but the two share a deep love of writing.  Like Edmund, he wants to see his friend use his talents for something more serious than writing Triangle Club lyrics and charming young women.

GINEVRA KING (20’s, soprano).  From a very wealthy family, one of the “top four debutantes” of her generation.  She is smart, sophisticated, and articulate—more than a match for Scott when it comes to romantic game-playing.  She rebels against her background, and has cultivated her reputation as a “speed”—a bad girl.  But underneath, she is a more vulnerable and conventional soul than she would like to admit.

MARIE HERSEY (20’s, mezzo).  Scott’s high school sweetheart from St. Paul, nicknamed “Bug.”  She is also Ginevra’s best friend and roommate at the Westover School for Girls.  She is down-to-earth, with a wry sense of humor.  Despite her initial anger when Scott pursues her friend, Marie is still very fond of Scott and is concerned that he will ultimately get hurt in what she views as an impossible romance with Ginevra.  Actor must have spot-on comic timing.

TRIP EVERETT (20’s, baritenor).  A Princeton upperclassman in the Triangle Club.  Big Man On Campus.  Scott’s idol.  Effortlessly cool.

A. HAMILTON SAMUELS (20’s, tenor).  A Princeton upperclassman – the Triangle Club President. Goofily charismatic.

WILTON DARBY  (20’s, baritone.)  A Princeton  upperclassman – one of Trip’s sidekicks.  Haughty, sarcastic.  Strong dance ability a plus.

ELLIS GRIFFIN (20’s, baritenor.)  A Princeton  upperclassman – one of Trip’s sidekicks.  Snide, snarky.  Strong dance ability a plus.

FREDDY FORGAN  (20’s, baritone.)  A Princeton underclassman.  The Triangle Club’s resident composer.  Passionately, comedically, intense about music.  Scared of girls.

CLIVE BAGBY  (20’s, tenor.)  A Princeton underclassman in the Triangle Club.  Ambitious, opportunistic.  Takes over for Scott when he is kicked out of the show.

TYLER PIERCE (20’s, baritenor.)  A senior at Yale.  Scott’s rival for the affections of Ginevra.  He comes from a wealthy family and has elitist attitudes to match.   May also double in other small roles.

MALE ENSEMBLE (20’s, various voice parts)
Two additional male singer-actors with strong dance ability are needed to play Princeton students and Triangle Club performers.

FEMALE ENSEMBLE (20’s, various voice parts)
Four young women to play Westover girls, debutantes at various dances, lower class “Jersey girls” at the seaside, rich ladies in Lake Forest, and Blue Slipperettes in a fantasy sequence.  Strong dance ability a plus.

GOLDEN BOY OF THE BLUE RIDGE Returns!

Monday, June 2nd, 2014

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July 14th

Le Poisson Rouge (158 Bleecker St, NYC)

GOLDEN BOY OF THE BLUE RIDGE– In Concert

a new bluegrass musical

A special event reuniting the entire original cast of Prospect’s 2009 world premiere production for one night only!

book by Peter Mills and Cara Reichel
based on J. M. Synge’s
The Playboy of the Western World
music and lyrics by Peter Mills

directed by Cara Reichel
music directed by Eli Zoller

Featuring Melody Allegra Berger, Matthew Dure, Jeff Edgerton, Carol Hickey, Victoria Huston-Elem, Dennis Michael Keefe, Mark Mozingo, Mike Rosengarten, Dan Sharkey, and Scott Wakefield – plus more!

Buy the album now on iTunes!

Peter Mills and Cara Reichel’s highly entertaining morality comedy transports J.M. Synge’s 1907 Playboy of the Western World to Depression-era hillbilly country, with an unlikely blend of smart, dark comedy and foot-stomping country music.” — The New York Times

Joyous, tuneful, and a barrel of fun. The accents may be hillbilly but don’t be fooled; this is cleverly crafted, sophisticated fare… The songs are delivered by a truly talented cast with not one weak link… This small, delicious musical deserves a longer life. Catch the mirth and music while you can.” — Back Stage

Unique, irresistible… Composer Peter Mills has created an enigmatic, evocative score that tells the story better than any dialogue could… there’s something immediately engaging about the shivering guitar chords and casual camaraderie of this music.” — CurtainUp.com

A smart combination of bluegrass and musical theatre… Mills’ skill with musical storytelling makes these bluegrass songs particularly engaging and exciting… a fun and utterly enjoyable study of the difference between gallous stories and dirty deeds, and the people who walk the line that seperates the two.” — BroadwayWorld.com

 

JASPER IN DEADLAND

Tuesday, February 18th, 2014

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JASPER IN DEADLAND

Book by Hunter Foster and Ryan Scott Oliver
Music and Lyrics by Ryan Scott Oliver

Directed by Brandon Ivie
Choreographed by Lorin Latarro

Boy meets girl.  Boy loses girl.
Boy goes through hell to get her back…

Take a mythological thrill-ride through a hybrid underworld with 17-year-old Jasper, as he faces down demons, gods, and monsters in search of his best friend Agnes.  With a high-octane score from Jonathan Larson Award-winning songwriter Ryan Scott Oliver, in collaboration with Tony Award nominee Hunter Foster, this exhilarating new musical questions what it means to die, and what it means to be truly alive.

March 16 – April 13, 2014
at the West End Theatre
in the Church of St. Paul and St. Andrew
(263 West 86th St., NYC)

starring Matt Doyle and Allison Scagliotti
and featuring Ben Crawford with Andi Alhadeff, Leo Ash Evens, Danyel Fulton,
F. Michael Haynie, John-Michael Lyles,
and Bonnie Milligan

Music Director Ryan Fielding Garrett
Associate Music Director Brad Gardner

Scenic Design Patrick Rizzotti
Costume Design Bobby Pearce
Lighting Design Herrick Goldman
Sound Design Ed Chapman

Stage Manager Brian R. Sekinger 

Associate Producer Jason Najjoum
Production Manager Pope Jackson

Jasper in Deadland poster artwork designed by Stephanie Layton.

March 29 – April 7, 2014: STREET SEEN, Annual Musical Theater Lab

Saturday, January 25th, 2014

2014 STREET SEEN image RevisedProspect’s 7th Annual Music Theater Lab:
a presentation of original musical shorts!

Explore a new landscape. Travel at lightning speed. Connect the past to the present.  There are billions of images from the Google Street View car available online, and each one is a door to an untold story.  Join Prospect for an evening of eight short, original musicals inspired by images captured by the Google Street View car, and created by the sixteen writers in this year’s musical theater lab.

at the West End Theatre
in the Church of
St. Paul and St. Andrew (263 West 86th St.)
The performance schedule is:  Sat. March. 29 @ 3pm, Sun. March 30 @ 7:30pm, Mon. March 31 @ 7:30pm, Sat. April 5 @ 3pm, Sun. April 6 @ 7:30pm, and Mon. April 7 @ 7:30pm.

Written by:
Nathan Brisby & Lizzie Hagstedt; Ty Defoe & Tidtaya Sinutoke; Julia Gytri & Avi Amon; Anna Marquardt & Britt Bonney; Jason Purdy & Yan Li; Christina Quintana & Brett Macias; Sharyn Rothstein & Cody Owen Stine; and Jenny Stafford & Willem Oosthuysen

Performed by:
Karl Josef Co*, Greg Horton*, Victoria Huston-Elem*, David Perlman*, Diane Phelan*,
Barry Shafrin*, Laura Beth Wells*,
and Anthony Wills, Jr.*

Directed by: Dev Bondarin
Musical Director: Jeffrey Campos
Stage Manager: Mackenzie Meeks
Curated by: Cara Reichel & Dev Bondarin

*Member of Actors’ Equity AssociationEquity Approved Showcase.

STREET SEEN BIOS

Avi Amon is a Brooklyn-based composer trying to figure all the things out.  Other projects with pal/collaborator, Julia Gytri, include: The White City, Salonika, and Tickets to the Gun Show.  He recently graduated from the Graduate Musical Theater Writing Program at NYU and currently works at the JCC in Manhattan as a Program Associate for Arts+Ideas.

Britt Bonney is a New York-based composer, music director, and vocal coach.  Her arrangements and orchestrations have been heard throughout the city in such venues as Lincoln Center, 54 Below, and Broadway’s Palace Theatre and Bernard B. Jacobs Theatre.  She currently works as the assistant musical director at Rosie’s Theater Kids while developing new musicals with lyricist Anna Marquardt, whom she met in the BMI Workshop.  BA in Music: William & Mary; MA in Music Education: Columbia University.

Nathan Brisby is a lyricist/playwright/composer living in Astoria.  Produced musical works include I Am (with collaborator Jason Livesay), Jealous Husband Returns in Form of Parrot (with collaborator Matt Patrick Walsh), and Camo Girl (with collaborator Lizzie Hagstedt.)  In addition to being a member of the Advanced BMI Workshop, he is a union actor, a published poet and playwright, and the President and Founder of Broadway Gives Back.

Ty Defoe is from the Oneida and Ojibwe tribes of northern Wisconsin.  Ty received a BFA from California Institute of the Arts, an MFA from Goddard College, and a Grammy Award for work on Come to Me Great Mystery: Native American Healing Songs.  As a multidisciplinary artist, Ty has gained recognition in many circles around the world. Among current highlights, Ty received an Indigenous Heritage Festival Award given to artists who have made a major positive impact on indigenous people and issues of the world, an NEA award grant for work on “Drum is Thunder, Flute is the Wind,” and a 2013 Robert Rauschenberg Artist in Residence. Ty is a devoted mentor at the Alaskan Cultural Heritage Center & Pine Ridge Playwrights Initiative and the Autry National Center’s, Native Voices in Los Angeles.  As a fellowship recipient, Ty recently graduated from NYU’s Graduate Musical Theatre Writing Program at Tisch School of the Arts and was recently named TCG’s Leading the Charge: Diversity and Inclusion Fellow. A member of the Dramatist Guild. www.tdefoe.com

Julia Gytri is a Manhattan-based writer of words in multiple forms.  Projects include: The White City, Salonika, and Tickets to the Gun Show (all with Avi Amon) and Blind (with Yan Li) recently performed in concert by the National Asian Artists Project.  Julia received an MFA from NYU in May 2013 and now writes children’s music/smiles a LOT for a living.

Lizzie Hagstedt is a composer in the Advanced BMI Workshop. Current projects include Oneida with Beth Blatt (staged reading at Dartmouth College), Rose Petals with Sarah Rebell (NYMF staged reading), and Camo Girl with Nathan Brisby.  She recently scored a ballet inspired by Shel Silverstein poems for the General Mischief Dance Theatre.  Lizzie is a multi-instrumentalist and member of Actors’ Equity.  Love to family, friends, and a long list of teachers. www.lizziehagstedt.com

Yan Li is a composer, lyricist, music director, pianist, and teacher.  His work has been featured at the Signature Theatre, 54 Below, the Puerto Rican Traveling Theater, the Duplex, NYMF, and the Toronto Fringe Festival.  Yan received his BA in Composition from the University of Victoria and his MFA from NYU’s Graduate Musical Theatre Writing Program.  He is a Founding Artist of Blue Bridge Repertory Theatre and a proud member of the Asian American Composers and Lyricists Project, SOCAN, and the Dramatist Guild. www.yanlicomposer.com

Brett Macias Music featured at the Repertory Theatre of Saint Louis, Stephens College, Webster University, Encores! (NYC), Lincoln Center. Musicals: Fishing the Moon (with Caroline Murphy), The Lavatory (with Frederick Sauter), Beautiful Dreamer (with Caroline Murphy), and Beneath the Surface (with Caroline Murphy.) Gumbo (words by Christina Quintana) was selected by the Grand Jury for the 2014 New York Musical Festival Next Link Project. Featured in American Theater Magazine. BFA: Webster University. MFA: Tisch NYU. brettmacias.com

Anna Marquardt is a New York‐based performer and writer.  Most recently, she was seen in God Hates This Show at HERE Arts Center.  Her musical The BobbedHaired Bandit, written with composer Britt Bonney, was presented as part of FringeNYC in 2011.  Anna performs original musical‐theater‐flavored pop songs about love, dinosaurs and Batman at places like Rockwood Music Hall, 54 Below, and Pete’s Candy Store. More information at annamarquardt.com.

Willem Oosthuysen received his M.F.A. from the Graduate Musical Theatre Writing Program at NYU and is currently in his second year in the BMI Lehman Engel Musical Theatre Workshop. His musical, Prodigy, recently received a workshop production at Indiana University, NYU, and the Two Rivers Theatre Company. His music has been showcased at Joe’s Pub, Goodspeed, Lincoln Center, the Laurie Beechman and Barrington Stage Company.

Jason Purdy Psychological horror musical Sweet Nothings (Book & Lyrics, Music by Yan Li, NYU Reading); Godwin’s Law (Book & Lyrics, Music by Collin Martin); Blood [By the Mummers] (Music & Lyrics, NYMF 2011 Next Link Selection); Ten Reasons I Won’t Go Home With You (additional Music & Lyrics, MITF 2010, Best Original Music & Lyrics).  Concerts at 54 Below, Signature Theatre, NYMF.  Founding member of [By the Mummers].  BA Theatre, SUNY Brockport; MFA NYU Graduate Musical Theatre Writing Program.

Sharyn Rothstein’s plays include All The Days (readings by Jean Doumanian Productions and Manhattan Theatre Club) and Camp Monster (Williamstown Theatre Festival), among others.  Sharyn is a recipient of the Manhattan Theatre Club/Ars Nova Writer’s Room commission, and is a member of the Primary Stages Dorothy Strelsin New American Writer’s Group.  She is an alum of the Ars Nova Playgroup, and holds an MFA in Dramatic Writing from New York University’s Tisch School of the Arts.

Tidtaya Sinutoke is a NYC-based composer, writer, and musician. Originally from Thailand, she holds a BM from the Berklee College of Music and an MFA in Musical Theatre Writing from NYU Tisch School of the Arts. Her music has been featured at Signature Theatre, 54 Below, Tribeca Performing Arts Center, Goodspeed, Song Book at Lincoln Center, National Dramatist Guild Conference in Chicago, and Central Square Theatre.  As a musician, Tidtaya has performed at venues including Tribeca Performing Arts Center, Avery Fisher Hall, and the Thailand Cultural Arts Center (Bangkok).  She won second prize in the Thailand National Youth Music Contest.  Currently, Tidtaya is an adjunct faculty member at the Borough of Manhattan Community College.

Jenny Stafford is a graduate of NYU’s Graduate Musical Theatre Writing Program.  Her work has been featured in New York (The Lincoln Center Songbook Series—The Lyrics of Jennifer Stafford, 54 Below, Ars Nova, The Metropolitan Opera, Merkin Recital Hall, Joe’s Pub, Birdland, Don’t Tell Mama), as well as regionally across the US and Canada.  Her musical Prodigy (with Willem Oosthusyen) received workshop productions through NYU, the Two Rivers Theatre Company, and Indiana University, and her musical The Artist and the Scientist (with Brandon Anderson) is currently in development at CAP21.  Awards include finalist performances in the Ronald M. Ruble New Play Competition, second prize in the McLean Drama Company Playwriting Competition, and the Paulette Goddard Award.  Jenny has been an Artist in Residence at Goodspeed Musicals, CAP 21, and the Berkshire Playwrights Theatre, and is a member of the Dramatists Guild.

Cody Owen Stine is happy to be back at Prospect after writing for Rites Of Passage, the 2012 Musical Theater Lab. As composer/lyricist: Delilah Dix: America’s Showgirl (Ars Nova);  Nobody’s Perfect (52nd Street Project); Delilah Dix: Showin’ My Business (Ars Nova, Edinburgh Fringe, Second City LA, and others). Upcoming: The Prisoner of Vegas (Musical Mondays Theater Lab), and a new show with collaborator Sharyn Rothstein.  As Musical Director: Eager To Lose (Ars Nova), Murder Ballad (MTC, Union Square Theatre), concerts with Rebecca Naomi Jones, Caissie Levy, Daniel Breaker, and others.  Member of the Advanced BMI Musical Theatre Workshop and Dramatists Guild. www.codyowenstine.com

Christina Quintana is a New Orleans-grown playwright and lyricist with work developed with and produced by INTAR, The Movement Theatre Company, Williamstown Theatre Festival and Southern Rep Theatre. Plays include: Scissoring (Finalist 2014 Alliance/Kendeda National Graduate Playwriting Competition), Gumbo, with music by Brett Macias (Grand Jury Selection for the 2014 New York Musical Festival Next Link Project), Blank Canvas (ART/New York; DUTF) and Enter Your Sleep (Columbia Stages).  MFA Playwriting, Columbia University. cquintana.com

Dev Bondarin is the Associate Artistic Director of Prospect Theater Company, where she curates and directs the annual musical theater lab, which has produced over 40 new, short musicals by both established and emerging musical theater writers under her guidance. Other directing credits: King Lear (American Bard Theater Company, nominated for two NY Innovative Theater Awards), Jay Alan Zimmerman’s Incredibly Deaf Musical (Marjorie Deane Little Theater), Reefer Madness: The Musical (NY Innovative Theater Award nomination for Outstanding Production of a Musical) and The House of Blue Leaves (The Gallery Players), A Home Across the Ocean (MTWorks), and Raised By Lesbians (FringeNYC). MFA in Directing, Brooklyn College; BA, Brandeis University; SDCF Observership recipient; Member: Lincoln Center Directors Lab and MTWorks; Associate Member: SDC and The League of Professional Theatre Women. www.devbondarin.net.

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Wednesday, January 8th, 2014

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JASPER IN DEADLAND Audition Notice

Sunday, January 5th, 2014

Agreement: AEA Transition Agreement (Year 1)
Producer: Prospect Theater Company

Book:  Hunter Foster and Ryan Scott Oliver
Music / Lyrics: Ryan Scott Oliver

Director: Brandon Ivie
Choreographer:  Lorin Latarro
Music Director:  Ryan Fielding Garrett

Producing Artistic Director / Casting Contact: Cara Reichel
*Please do not send personal emails to Cara Reichel.  Please submit via directions below.*

Schedule/Compensation:

Rehearsals will begin Feb. 18, 2014.
Performances will be March 16 – April 13, 2014 at the West End Theatre in the Church of St. Paul and St. Andrew, 263 West 86th Street.
AEA Salary: $8/hr, minimum 25 hrs/wk ($200/week), plus pension and health.
(NonAEAs receive a project stipend paid weekly.)

Auditions will be held by appointment from Jan. 13 – 19. 

To request an audition please email your headshot and resume to casting@ProspectTheater.org.

Both AEA and nonAEA actors are encouraged to submit for an appointment.

Synopsis:  JASPER IN DEADLAND is an original rock musical from Jonathan Larson Grant and Richard Rodgers grant recipient Ryan Scott Oliver and Tony-nominee Hunter Foster, loosely inspired by the Orpheus myth.  17-year-old Jasper travels through the Afterlife on a mission to save his best friend, Agnes.  In a hybrid underworld, Jasper encounters demons, gods, mortals and monsters from Greek, Egyptian, Roman, and Norse mythology, learning what it means to die and questioning what it means to live.  For more info: www.ProspectTheater.org or www.RyanScottOliver.com.

CHARACTERS:

For all roles we are seeking adult actors (18 and over) to believably play ages 15-19 as well as other diverse characters of various ages.  Prospect seeks ethnically, physically, and vocally diverse actor-singers with excellent contemporary musical theater sensibility and versatile character acting ability, who are comfortable with musical staging and working as part of a ensemble.

[JASPER] – To play 17.  Our hero, a young man conflicted by the way the world should be and the way the world is.  He is drawn into Deadland by the loss of his best friend, Agnes.  Confident and charismatic, he is determined to succeed at whatever he puts his mind to.  Has learned to rely on himself and doesn’t easily open up or trust others.  Contemporary tenor (pop, rock, folk all acceptable).  Any ethnicity.

[GRETCHEN / AGNES] – To play 17.  Gretchen and Agnes are two faces of the same character.  Agnes is Jasper’s best friend:  a troubled and vulnerable real world teen who makes some stupid choices that lead her to Deadland.  Gretchen is her Deadland alter ego who has forgotten life: intense, wild, hiding a deep depression behind a sharply sardonic sense of humor and tough exterior.  Beltress, high.  Any ethnicity.

[MR. LETHE] – A business man and underworld god, the ”Donald Trump of Deadland,” who attempts to co-opt Jasper for his own agenda.  Powerful, scheming, evil to the point of hilarity.  Strong comedic skills a must.   Any ethnicity.

[AMMUT, and others] – An Egyptian goddess with a fierce crazy belt, a guardian of the City of the Dead.  Huge presence and attitude:  Sassy, maniacal laugh, etc.  Monstrous and hilarious.  Any ethnicity.

[PERSEPHONE, and others] – From the Greek myth, unhappily married to Pluto, but capable of compassion and love.  Supermodel beautiful and sophisticated.  Strong mix.  Any ethnicity.

[BEATRIX, and others] – From Dante.  A mortal beloved, immortalized, who leads those who are worthy to Elysium.  Strong comedic skills and timing.  Any ethnicity.

[THE CHUCKSTER, and others] – Runs Mr. Lethe’s factory in Deadland.  A truly terrifying hick, something out of The Texas Chainsaw Massacre.  Any ethnicity.

[LESTER THE LAWYER, and others] – An asshole.  Always working the deal.  Any ethnicity.

[PLUTO, and others] — The ruler of Deadland.  Comedically neurotic.  Any ethnicity.

F. Scott Fitzgerald to play 42nd Street, in the new musical THE UNDERCLASSMAN!

Saturday, November 16th, 2013

PERSEPHONEcancanFINAL WEEK!  Pledge drive extended until July 28 at 5pm!  Please help us reach our minimum funding goal to proceed with this project!

Prospect is seeking funding pledges for our original musical, THE UNDERCLASSMAN (previously titled THE PURSUIT OF PERSEPHONE), created by company founders Peter Mills and Cara Reichel.  This Drama Desk-nominated score will return to one of NYC’s premier off-Broadway venues, The Duke on 42nd Street, in November 2014 with a revised script and score, and in a brand-new production.

We’re thrilled to have received a $10,000 National Endowment for the Arts grant in support of this project, but must raise a total of $100,000 in project-specific funding to mount a 5-week run full production.  As a first phase, we need to secure $50,000 by July 28th in order to proceed with the production plans.  Our current project fund total is listed below and will be updated regularly.  We hope you will join our coalition of partners and lend your support to the campaign!  For more information, please watch the video below or click here to view our PDF info packet.

If you would like to pledge leadership support (gift levels and benefits outlined below), please click here for our online form or email Cara@ProspectTheater.org.

TOTAL PROJECT FUNDING TO DATE:  $31,205 towards $100,000 (31.205%)
Pledge amounts will be updated daily.  Pledge drive will conclude on July 28th – minimum goal of $50,000 by that date.

We are seeking donors in the following categories with the goal of raising $50,000
in pledge commitments by
July 28, 2014

  • Seniors:  Pledge $5,000 or more and you will receive a credit in the program and on our website as an Honorary Producer, a special behind-the-scenes visit with the cast and creative team including a picture signed by the creative team and cast members, 2 tickets to the opening night performance and an invitation to the opening night celebration!
  • Juniors: Pledge $1,000 or more and you will receive a credit in the program and on our website as an Honorary Associate Producer, a special behind-the-scenes visit with the cast and creative team and 2 tickets to a performance of the show.
  • Sophomores: Pledge $500 or more and you will receive a credit in the program and on our website as a Gold Level Investor, 1 ticket to a performance of the show and a program signed by members of the cast and creative team.
  • Freshmen: Pledge $250 or more and you will receive a credit in the program and on our website as a Silver Level Investor and a program signed by members of the cast and creative team.
  • Applicants: Pledge $100 or more and you will receive a credit in the program and on our website as a Bronze Level Investor.

While, as a non-profit organization, Prospect is deeply grateful to receive contributions of any amount at any time, for this special campaign, we will be pleased to accept your donation pledge now, with payment to be made by August 15th.  Should we not achieve our pledge goal to proceed with the project on the proposed timeline, we will alert all donors, and share our revised plans.  As a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization, all donations are tax-deductible to the extent allowed by law.  The actual cost of goods and services received (such as tickets and events) must be deducted from the charitable amount of your gift.  Thank you for your support!