Legendale

Sponsored by

  • New Works Fund
  • The Mary H. Kittredge Fund
  • Beth and Alan Schaeffer

Legendale

music by Andrea Daly
words by Jeff Bienstock
story by Jeff Bienstock and Andrea Daly
directed by John Simpkins
music direction by Scot Woolley

AMERICAN PREMIERE
September 7 – October 1, 2017

Andy’s favorite way to escape his miserable job and humdrum life is the online game “Legendale.” He dreams of victory in its new tournament and winning the grand prize to become “the Lord of Legendale,” but is stuck competing as a lowly milkmaid. When things in the online world suddenly take a strange turn, Andy and his avatar must both discover their inner warrior. A blend of romance, adventure and virtual reality with a pop-infused score, it’s an inspiring tale like no other that’s sure to delight.

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Sponsored by

  • New Works Fund
  • The Mary H. Kittredge Fund
  • Beth and Alan Schaeffer

Performance Schedule

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Special Performance Legend

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Thursday night Preview Performance

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Inside Track pre-show discussion, begins in the Loft lobby at 7:15 pm

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Opening Night with post-show cast party in the Loft Lobby

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Sawbuck Sunday, all available seats just $10 at the door starting 2 hours prior to performance

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Sep 11 - Cosplay Contest Night, presented by Through the Ages Fabric
Registration starts at 6:15 pm in the Loft lobby with judging at 7:00 pm.
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Lite Fare food and drink available for sale in the Loft lobby starting at 5:30 pm

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Sep 16 - Young Professionals Night
with pre-show board game party with food and drinks starting at 5:00 pm
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Audio Described / Sign Interpreted performance (available with two weeks notice)

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Talk Back: “While We’re on the Subject” post-show discussion (following the matinee performance)

Creative Team

Andrea Daly • Music and Story

Andrea Daly • Music and Story

Andrea is a composer, songwriter and singer based in Brooklyn, NY. Her multi-genre output covers pop, soul, singer-songwriter, musical theatre, and classical work. Andrea is the 2016 recipient of The ASCAP Foundation Harold Arlen Musical Theater Award. She is a member of The Dramatists Guild of America and an alumna of the Johnny Mercer Songwriters Project workshop in Chicago (2012), the Goodspeed Musicals Writers’ Colony in Connecticut (2014), the NAMT Festival of New Musicals (2015), the ASCAP Musical Theatre Workshop in L.A. (2016) and the ASCAP Workshop in New York (2016), with mentors and panelists including Stephen Schwartz, Dick Scanlon, Irene Mecchi, Craig Carnelia, Andrew Lippa, and Lari White. Her work is published by Warner/Chappell Music. Andrea received a PhD in Composition from Stony Brook University in New York, where she was awarded its prestigious Graduate Council Fellowship, the Ackerman Prize in Music, and the President’s Award for Excellence in Teaching. She received her B.A. in Music from Kenyon College in Ohio, along with the David B. Perry Prize in Music, and her department’s Highest Honors. A Michigan native, Andrea has lived elementary school in southern France, and backpacked or traveled in Turkey, China, Peru, Denmark, Japan, Germany, Italy, Switzerland, Monaco, Honduras, Belize, England, Spain, Mexico, Belgium, the Netherlands, Austria, St. Maarten, Ireland, the Czech Republic, Indonesia, and Fiji. www.AndreaDalyMusic.com

Jeff Bienstock • Words and Story

Jeff Bienstock • Words and Story

Jeff is a lyricist, bookwriter, and composer who was born in Los Angeles and raised in nearby Santa Monica. After receiving a Bachelor of Arts from Occidental College, Jeff travelled east to earn a Masters in Composition from NYU Steinhardt in 2008. His first full-length musical, The Morning After/The Night Before, was produced in the 2010 NYC Fringe Festival and enjoyed a sold-out run at the Lucille Lortel Theatre, also winning a Best-of-Fest Award for Outstanding Music and Lyrics. In 2011, Jeff received a Sloan Foundation Grant to co-create The Bone Wars, an original musical that premiered at The Ensemble Studio Theatre in 2012. That same year, Jeff was invited to participate in the Johnny Mercer Songwriters Project at Northwestern University, where he met future collaborator Andrea Daly. “Dorks, Drunks, and Dinosaurs: The Songs of Jeff Bienstock,” a showcase for Jeff’s talents, was presented at the Laurie Beechman Theatre in 2013. Since 2015, Jeff’s book and lyrics for Legendale have been featured everywhere from New World Stages in New York City, to the Wallis Annenberg Center in Beverly Hills, California, to the Fredericia Teater in Fredericia, Denmark. Jeff is an alumnus of the BMI Lehman Engel Musical Theatre Workshop. He currently lives in Brooklyn and would be hard pressed to leave.
www.jbienstock.com

John Simpkins • Director/Choreographer

John Simpkins • Director/Choreographer

John directed the three-time Drama Desk-nominated Bloodsong of Love: The Rock and Roll Spaghetti Western (Joe Iconis) at Ars Nova and Iconis’ The Black Suits in LA (Kirk Douglas Theatre – starring Annie Golden, Will Roland, Veronica Dunne). Other credits: Off-Broadway’s The Bus (59E59 Theatre); ReWrite (Urban Stages); The Plant That Ate Dirty Socks (Lucille Lortel); Things to Ruin (co-conceived and directed at Ars Nova, Second Stage). International: World Premiere of Legendale at Fredericia Teater in Denmark. Regional: Raging Skillet (Theaterworks Hartford); Quartet (starring Elizabeth Franz); The Black Suits (Barrington Stage – starring Ben Platt); Damn Yankees (Engeman Theatre – starring André De Shields, Felicia Finley); Hairspray (NC Theatre); A Wonderful Life (Engeman Theatre); Annie and Cabaret (Sacramento Music Circus); Evita (Lyric Theatre Oklahoma). John is the former Artistic Director at Sharon Playhouse – where his directing included Georgie (written by and starring Ed Dixon); Judge Jackie (starring Klea Blackhurst); Merrily We Roll Along (starring Jason Tam, A.J. Shively); Big River; Falsettos. John is Head of Musical Theatre at Penn State University. Upcoming projects include Love in Hate Nation (Iconis) – which he commissioned for Penn State. www.john-simpkins.com

Scot Woolley+ • Music Director/Conductor

Scot Woolley+ • Music Director/Conductor

In his 6th year as Music Director for the Department of Theatre,Dance and Motion Pictures at Wright State University, Mr. Woolley brings nearly 40 years of professional music direction to this production of Legendale, happily joining a great team of artists. From the concert halls of Europe, Asia and the United States, to Dayton’s official professional theatre, The Human Race Theatre Company (where he is a Resident Artist), Scot enthusiastically plumbs the depths of the work and art before him. May Legendale bring a smile to your face, put a melody in your heart, and spark the imagination.

Michael Schweikardt • Scenic Designer

Selected Off-Broadway productions include: The Bus and the American Premier of Frank McGuinness’ Gates Of Gold (59E59), Bloodsong of Love (Ars Nova), The Black Suits (The Public Theater). Selected Regional Credits include productions at Portland Center Stage, Ford’s Theatre, The Old Globe, Cleveland Playhouse, Cincinnati Playhouse in the Park, Maltz Jupiter Theatre, Sarasota Opera, The MUNY, Paper Mill Playhouse and Goodspeed Musicals including the upcoming Rags. Tours: James Taylor’s One Man Band, ELLA, Motherhood the Musical. Michael recently designed productions of Marie Antoinette The Musical and Phantom for EMK International in Seoul, South, Korea. www.msportfolio.com

Ayn Kaethchen Wood • Costume Designer

Ayn hitchhiked to Dayton, OH in 1999 when her electronica band broke up at SxSW in Austin, TX. She is best known on the Dayton music scene as singer/songwriter for the band Knock as well as the vocalist for Next One Up Jazz Sextet. Ayn has formerly been the Company Manager for the Dayton Contemporary Dance Company, the Resident Teaching Artist for the Zoot Theatre Company, and has taught art and fashion design and construction at the Dayton Art Institute and the Rosewood Arts Center. She has her BFA in Theater from Ohio University’s Honors Tutorial College, thus ensuring a life in the arts as she has no other serviceable skills. She is thrilled(!) to be designing again for the lovely folks at The Human Race Theatre Company. In her sparse time, Ayn assistant manages the fine fabrics and Cosplay store Through the Ages Fabric and is a freelance costume designer. Yes, she will probably hem your pants if you ask nicely. Please don’t ask her to hem your pants.

John Rensel+ • Lighting Designer

John is the long-term Resident Lighting Designer for The Human Race Theatre Company, Muse Machine, the Dayton Philharmonic Orchestra Pops series and Dayton Opera Association. He also serves as the long-time Technical Director for the Fraze Pavilion and has provided technical advance production coordination, lighting designs, automation programming and performance operation services for many artists and productions that have visited that venue. John also has a diverse dance lighting background, having provided lighting designs and technical production services for many years to The Dayton Ballet and Dayton Contemporary Dance Co. John’s national credits included a lighting design package for a National Touring Production of the Elton John/Tim Rice collaboration Aida. Some of his most recent local credits include all the designs for The Human Race Theatre Company’s season at the Loft Theatre; Muse Machine’s productions at the Victoria Theatre and the Dayton Opera Association’s 2016-17 season at the Schuster Center. John freely admits that he often loses his copies of the shows’ scripts.

David Bengali • Projections Designer

David is a projections and lighting designer based in New York. Recent design credits: The Temple Bombing (Alliance Theatre); Uncommon Sense (Tectonic Theater Project); Anna Akhmatova, Jules Verne from the Earth to the Moon (BAM); Ring of Fire (Endstation Theatre); The Tempest (Classic Stage Company); Kill Me Like You Mean It (Stolen Chair); Two Point Oh (59E59); I Forgive You Ronald Reagan, The Sensational Josephine Baker (Theatre Row); Cav/Pag (Tri Cities Opera); The New Victory; Soho Rep; Jamal Jackson Dance. Recent associate design credits include: The Last Ship, Dear Evan Hansen, Amélie (Broadway); La Donna Del Lago (Met Opera). MFA: NYU.

Jay Brunner+ • Sound Designer

Jay Brunner+ • Sound Designer

Jay has designed sound, music directed, performed and composed music for countless theatrical events and is proud to call The Human Race his artistic home. He has composed music and recorded audio projects for many musical groups, voiceovers, regional commercials, radio spots, training videos, collegiate theatre projects, marching bands, clubs, and organizations. Jay owns and operates a professional recording studio (Audio Forest) with his wife, fellow HRTC Resident Artist Christine Brunner.

Lexi Muller* • Production Stage Manager

Lexi is ecstatic to be returning to the Loft Theatre, where her previous productions include Family Ties, On Golden Pond, 26 Pebbles, The Santaland Diaries, Hail Mary!, Sweeney Todd: The Demon Barber of Fleet Street and One Slight Hitch. Other regional credits include Dayton Philharmonic’s Best of Broadway II concert at the Schuster Center. She is a proud member of Actors’ Equity Association and also a recent graduate of Wright State University, where she received her BFA in Stage Management.

Cast

Max Crumm* • Andy

Max Crumm* • Andy

Broadway: Scott, Disaster! (The Nederlander); Danny, Grease (Brooks Atkinson). Off-Broadway: Matt, The Fantasticks (Jerry Orbach Theater); Scott, Disaster! (St. Luke’s Theatre); Christian Mohammed Shwartzelberg, Brooklyn Crush (formerly F#%king Up Everything, Elektra Theatre); Woody Harrelson, Matthew McConaughey vs. the Devil (NYMF 2017); The Situation, Jersey Shoresical (NY Fringe Festival). Walter Paisley, Beatsville (Asolo Rep). Film: Easy A, Killing Diaz and Echoboom.

Abby Church* • Zelayna

Abby Church* • Zelayna

Abby is excited to be a part of this fantastic adventure! Broadway: How to Succeed… (Rosemary u/s), White Christmas. Tours/NY: Billy Elliot (1st National Tour), 42nd Street (Asia), City Center Encores, Irish Rep. Regional favorites: Cinderella in Into the Woods (North Carolina Theatre), Polly in Crazy for You (Riverside Theatre), Janet in The Drowsy Chaperone (Cider Mill Playhouse), Maggie in A Chorus Line (Engeman Theatre), and shows at Goodspeed, Kennedy Center, Muny, NSMT, Hangar, Atlanta TOTS. Numerous commercials for everything from Dunkin’ Donuts to Chase Bank. BFA in Acting, Ithaca College. Cheers to Bloc and the Church–Phillips clan! All my love to my fiancé, Shaun.

Rachel Flynn* • Beth/Voiceover/Doctor Gamer

Rachel Flynn* • Beth/Voiceover/Doctor Gamer

Originated the role of Stoner Chick in Heathers: The Musical (New World Stages), once vomited fake blood onto the guitars of the Yeah Yeah Yeahs (Stop the Virgins, St. Ann’s Warehouse) and championed feminism through the art of glitter and hair jewels (Baby No More Times, Ars Nova). Rachel studied directing at the A.R.T., and is the artistic director of At The Table, a Play Reading podcast, available on iTunes, Stitchr and other podcast places. She recently directed the world premiere of Dust and Shadow at the Highline Ballroom in NYC starring Bryce Pinkham, Capathia Jenkins, Drew Gehling and Lilli Cooper. Proud AEA and Harvard grad. She has swell agents, a cool family and a rad Dustin. www.rachelflynn.net.

Jesse Sharp* • Paul Jansen/Mailman Gamer

Jesse Sharp* • Paul Jansen/Mailman Gamer

Jesse is thrilled to be making his Human Race debut! He most recently played Bill Gilmore in the Broadway-Bound Chasing Rainbows at Goodspeed Operahouse. Other recent credits include – National and International Tours: The Addams Family (Gomez), Elf (Walter Hobbs) and Grease (Vince Fontaine). Regional Theatres include The Utah Shakespeare Festival, Goodspeed Operahouse, Denver’s Lone Tree Arts Center, SRT and several top Los Angeles theaters including Antaeus, Sacred Fools, The Groundlings and many more. In addition to his theatrical work, Jesse also works extensively in commercials and voiceovers. Training: UC Irvine, MFA in Acting; UCLA, BA in Theatre. All the love to Lexie and Chip. www.JESSESHARP.net

Travis Mitchell • Steve/Tarragon/Blogger/Cop Gamer

Travis Mitchell • Steve/Tarragon/Blogger/Cop Gamer

Travis is thrilled to be making his Human Race debut with Legendale. National Tours: Rock of Ages, Catch Me If You Can, Elf. Notable Regional: Spamalot (King Arthur), Les Misérables (Thenardier), Big River (The King), The 39 Steps (Clown 1). Films: Partitioned Heart (Official Selection Chicago Film Fest 2017), The Spinning Man, The Convict. Please check out travistravistravis.com and, as always, so much love and respect to Jules.

Nathan Robert Pecchia • Sir Sarcasm/CEO/Bogster/Zombot

Nathan Robert Pecchia • Sir Sarcasm/CEO/Bogster/Zombot

Nathan is a recent graduate of Wright State’s Musical Theatre program. He enjoyed playing many parts during his time at WSU, his favorite being “Harold Hill” in The Music Man. He appeared at The Human Race last year in the ensemble of Sweeney Todd. Nathan has most recently worked with Ensemble Theatre Cincinnati (First Date) and Short North Stage (Spamalot!).

Cody Westbrook • Fanboy/Photographer/Zombot

Cody Westbrook • Fanboy/Photographer/Zombot

Cody is thrilled to be joining the cast of Legendale. Cody is a senior BFA Musical Theater major at Wright State University. Past credits include: Chicago (M. Sunshine), The Music Man, 9 to 5, Spring Awakening (Ernst), and Heathers: The Musical. “I would like to personally thank John, Andrea, Jeff, Kevin, Scott, and HRTC for this amazing opportunity. I would also like to thank WSU for all the support and love that I have received over the past four years. And finally, my family that has supported me no matter what.”

Colin Hodgkin • Newbie/Engineer/Zombot

Colin Hodgkin • Newbie/Engineer/Zombot

Colin is thrilled to be re-joining the cast of Legendale as Newbie! He is currently a junior Musical Theatre major at Wright State University, a Company 3 & Company 6 member of The Performing Arts Project, and an Equity Membership Candidate. His roles at WSU have included ensemble duties in No, No, Nanette and 9 to 5. He has also produced/directed several student shows in the Jubilee Directing Lab. He is an accomplished musician and currently owns 21 instruments. His favorites are piano, banjo and saxophone. “Many thanks to my parents and sisters for their never-ending love and support.”

*Member of Actors’ Equity Association, the union of professional actors and stage managers in the United States.
+Resident Artist of The Human Race Theatre Company.
The director is a member of the Society of Stage Directors and Choreographers, an independent national labor union.
The scenic designer and projections designer of this production are represented by United Scenic Artists, Local USA 829 of the IATSE.