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Featuring
Rachel Murdy as Norma Millay Ellis and
Margi Sharp Douglas Edna St. Vincent Millay

Direction………………Cynthia Croot and Joan Jubett
Musical Direction and Piano Performance…………………Peter Szep
Stage Management …………………………Whitney Dearden
Set Design …………………………………David M. Barber
Lighting Design …………………………………Isabella Byrd
Costume Design ………………………………Theresa Squire
Technical Direction………………………George Del Barrio
Bar Service………J. Stephen Brantley, Ashley Setzler
and Stephanie Cox-Willams
Box Office Manager ……………………Erika Iverson
January 23 to 31, 2016
THE GOWANUS LOFT
61 9th St C8, Brooklyn, NY 11215

CYNTHIA CROOT (Co-Director)

Cynthia Croot is an NYC-based theatre artist and activist. Her credits include Theresa Rebeck’s Seminar at Perseverance Theatre, as well as numerous New York City, regional and international productions. A 2007/2009 Fellow of the NEA/TCG Directing Program, Croot has enjoyed residencies at UCross, New Pacific Studios, the Fadjr Festival in Tehran, and in Austria, Brazil, Argentina and Syria. She earned her MFA in Directing from Columbia University. She is Resident Director of Conni’s Avant Garde Restaurant in NYC and Head of Performance at the University of Pittsburgh.

MARGI SHARP DOUGLAS (Vincent)

Margi Sharp Douglas is a founding member and trainer for Magis Theatre Company based in New York City. She has performed as a singer and actor in such NYC venues as Abingdon Theatre, La Mama, Here, PS 122 and Don’t Tell Mama.  And has been a frequent player at Opera House Arts in Maine in shows such as “The Millay Sisters,” “Taming of the Shrew,” and “Winter’s Tale.” She is currently working with Magis to develop “Calderone’s Two Dreams” slated to run at La Mama in 2017. She is a Brooklyn based artist teaching Alexander and Pilates at the Pilates Garage in the Gowanus, and an MFA graduate of Columbia University.

JOAN JUBETT (Co-Director)

Joan Jubett is an actor and director based in NYC. She directed the 2012 sold-out showing of The Millay Sisters: A Cabaret at Opera House Arts, where she also directed the original children’s opera Burt Dow, Deep Water Man. Other directing credits include: Struck (HERE, NYC), Multimedia True West (3LD, NYC), staged reading of Camino Real (Magis Theater, NYC), AD/A Midsummer Night’s Dream (Blessed Unrest at Interart Theater, NYC), AD/Oph3lia (Knife Inc. at HERE, NYC), Bollywood Cinderella, West Side Story, East Village Jekyll & Hyde, and Guys and Dolls. As an actor she has been seen at Actors Theater of Louisville, The Public Theater, P.S. 122, Classic Stage, Japan Society, La MaMa, Opera House Arts, Penobscot Theatre, Theatre at Monmouth, London’s Drill Hall, Edinburgh’s Traverse Theatre and Theatre Workshop, and Théâtre des Amandiers, France.

RACHEL MURDY (Norma)

Rachel Murdy has been seen in As You Like It, Measure for Measure, Much Ado About Nothing, Elizabeth Rex, and Welcome Home Hamlet at OHA. In New York she is a founding member of Conni’s Avant Garde Restaurant, which was created with members of OHA’s As You Like It cast and is in it’s 7th year as a company. Recently she appeared in a Conni’s production: Irina’s Name Day Party at The Motherlodge Festival in Louisville Kentucky, and The Brick, NYC. Last summer she performed in a Conni’s production of her conception; a historical walking tour version of Shakespeare’s 12th Night in NYC’s Meat Packing District entitled Little West 12th Night. Rachel was a member of Diane Paulus’ company Project 400 for ten years and is a co-creator and original cast member of The Donkey Show.

PETER SZEP (Music Director)

Peter Szep is organizing the first “New York Opera Fest,” with over 20 opera companies participating May/June 2016, as a part of the New York Opera Alliance which he helped found. Peter is also the host of the Indie Opera Podcast (on iTunes), which is recorded live at Columbia University. Peter is a champion of new works, including Harold Farberman’s Diamond Street, Ned Rorem’s Our Town (New England Premier), and Yoav Gal’s The Dwarf at Vertical Player Repertory, where he also conducted Il TabarroA View from a Bridge, Tales of Hoffman, and Milhaud’s Medée. Other engagements have included guest conducting the Kalamazoo Symphony Orchestra, Burt Dow: Deep Water Man and The Singing Bridge at Opera House Arts in the Stonington Opera House.