ARS NOVA in collaboration with The Play Company presents
Sky-Pony’s Rock Fairy Tale
Text by Kyle Jarrow & Lauren Worsham
Songs by Kyle Jarrow
Directed by Sam Buntrock
Choreography by Chase Brock
February 15 – March 26, 2016
ABOUT THE SHOW
Indie-pop band Sky-Pony’s lush sound and cheeky style will surround and seduce you into a world of prophecies and forbidden temptations. Release your inner dragon on a raucous ride exploring faith, doubt and the wild space in between.
Songs | KYLE JARROW
Director | SAM BUNTROCK
Choreography | CHASE BROCK
Set Design | KRIS STONE
Costume Design | TILLY GRIMES
Lighting Design | BRIAN TOVAR
Projection Design | ALEX BASCO KOCH
Prop Design | SARA MORGAN
Music Director | WILEY DeWEESE
Production Stage Manager | LIZZIE LEE
Graphic Design | STUDIO USHER
Illustration | ULLA PUGGAARD
KYLE JARROW (Text/Songs) is a writer and musician who creates work for the stage, film and television. He won an OBIE Award for his play A Very Merry Unauthorized Children’s Scientology Pageant. Other plays include Noir and Whisper House (both written with Duncan Sheik), Love Kills, Gorilla Man and Hostage Song (written with Clay McLeod Chapman). Kyle penned the film Armless, which was an official selection of the Sundance Film Festival. He’s developed television projects for FOX, USA, FX and MTV networks. Current projects include Broadway-bound The SpongeBob Musical (with director Tina Landau) and The Drop for the CW network (with director RJ Cutler and DJ Steve Angello). More info on Kyle at landoftrust.com.
LAUREN WORSHAM (Text) is a Drama Desk Award-winning and Tony Award-nominated actress and singer. She originated the role of Phoebe in A Gentleman’s Guide to Love and Murder (2014 Tony Award winner for Best Musical). Other favorite roles include Lisa in Dog Days at Montclair Peak Performances, Fort Worth Opera and LA Opera (dir. Robert Woodruff), Flora in Turn of the Screw at New York City Opera (dir. Sam Buntrock), Amy in Where’s Charley at New York City Center (dir. John Doyle), Cunegonde in New York City Opera’s Candide and Olive in the first National tour of The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee. In addition to her work in theater and opera, Lauren performs in concert frequently, including shows at Carnegie Hall, Caramoor, Merkin Hall, Oregon Bach Festival, Joe’s Pub, Galapagos Art Space and New York City Opera’s VOX Program. Lauren was second-place award winner of the Kurt Weill Foundation’s Lotte Lenya competition. She is the co-founder and executive director of the downtown opera company, The Coterie. More info on Lauren at laurenworsham.com.
SKY-PONY serves up lush, lyrical, often cheeky indie-pop with a healthy dose of theatrics. Formed in 2012, they’ve established a cult following for their raucous live shows incorporating costumes, choreography and projections: a performance aesthetic that blurs the line between concert, theater and carnival. The Wall Street Journal calls them “tight, fierce, hilarious and out of their minds.” Pop Dose calls them “Adventurous, melodic, weird and absolutely brilliant.” The Brooklyn-based collective is fronted by singer/actress Lauren Worsham (Drama Desk Award winner and Tony Award nominee), and the songs are penned by her musician/writer husband Kyle Jarrow (Obie Award winner). The lineup is rounded out by six other musician-performers. Sky-Pony’s debut LP Beautiful Monster will be released by Knitting Factory Records on 12/4/15. More info at sky-pony.com.
SAM BUNTROCK (Director) Directing credits include; Sunday in the Park With George – Broadway, West End, Menier and 5th Avenue Seattle (Tony, Olivier and Drama Desk Nominations for Best Director), Turn of the Screw at BAM (New York City Opera), the current European tour of The Rocky Horror Show (since 2008), the World Premiere of John Guare’s Are You There, McPhee? and Travesties (both McCarter, as Director in Residence), Ed, Downloaded by Michael Mitnick (Denver Center), The A to Z of Mrs P (Southwark Playhouse), Much Ado About Nothing (Two River), A Maze (New York Stage & Film), Cradle and All (MTC), McReele (Juilliard) Lenny Henry’s Cradle to Rave (UK & Australian National Tours), God Collar (Edinburgh, UK National Tour and West End), the World and American Premieres of Take Flight (Menier and McCarter), the first London revival of Assassins (New End), Get a Life and Help Yourself (both Edinburgh and UK tour). He has also worked as an Animation Director on numerous projects, including the feature film Stuart, A Life Backwards for Neal Street Productions, HBO and the BBC. His multi-award winning live action short Recursion (Director, Editor & Producer) screened at 24 international film festivals throughout 2014 (including 2 Oscar qualifiers). His second live action short, Fetch, is currently in post-production. Sam trained at Bristol University and as Resident Assistant Director at the Donmar Warehouse. He is Creative Director at IONIC Design Group.
DAVID BLASHER started cello in fourth grade because his friend Seth chose it, even though David didn’t yet know how to spell cello. It has since ushered him into many adventures, including Eversion (Ars Nova), chamber music soirées, and being an early member of Sky-Pony. David’s vocations include eDiscovery project management at Epiq Systems, theater teaching/development coaching at the All Stars Project, and board membership in Drama Club NYC. Yale, B.A.; University of Oregon, J.D.
LILLI COOPER Broadway: Spring Awakening (Original Broadway Cast), Wicked (Elphaba: Broadway, Australia & 2nd National Tour). New York and regional: Natasha, Pierre, and the Great Comet of 1812 (American Repertory Theater), Noir (New York Stage and Film & NAMT), The Threepenny Opera (Atlantic Theater), LMNOP (Goodspeed), Independents (NY Times’ Critic’s Pick). Lilli is the creator of Glamour.com’s web-series It’s Not Okay, Cupid. She is a proud LaGuardia Arts High School Graduate, and Vassar alum. Lillicooper.com
JEFF FERNANDES is a full time music educator and performer with a number of bands and ensembles in the New York/New Jersey area. A New Jersey native and Rutgers University graduate, Jeff is excited to be hitting the stage with Sky-Pony in The Wildness; a truly unique experience and change of pace in his day-to-day life as a working musician. Jeff is incredibly grateful for all the opportunities and professional relationships he’s made that have led him to this production!
KATIE LEE HILL Recent: On The Eve (NAMT, dir. Sam Buntrock); Claudio Quest (NYMF, dir. John Tartaglia). Other cool projects: Annie Golden: Bounty Hunter, Yo! (new Joe Iconis); Poster Boy (new Craig Carnelia, dir. Stafford Arima); Tiananmen (new Fornarola/ Elmegreen, dir. Stafford Arima); Behind the Painting (new Maltby/ Shire). Thanks to Lauren, Kyle, Sam, HRB, Ars Nova, PlayCo, Lizzy, and team! Love to my family, friends, and Travis. For sexy pizza and band stuff, see katieleehill.com.
JAMIE MOHAMDEIN is thrilled to be making his debut at Ars Nova!! Bassist – Off-Broadway: 50 Shades! The Musical Parody, Spidermusical, Mr. Irresistible, The Full Monty. NYC: Rockwood Music Hall, Yankee Stadium, The Bitter End, Gramercy Theatre, 54 Below, The Shrine Bar, Arlene’s Grocery. Youth in a Roman Field, Matt Wolpe and the Bedside Romeos, Brother Joscephus and the Love Revolution and Viper –viperplaysthegreatestsoundtrackofourtime.com Actor – Gravedigger/Lead Player in Hamlet, Satine in The Lower Depths, Audrey II in Little Shop of Horrors. B.A. Theatre and Music from Kutztown University.
SHARONE SAYEGH most recently played Maria Elena in The Buddy Holly Story at The Muny. Broadway: Mamma Mia! Regional: Around…in 80 Days (Florida Rep), Disconnect (San Jose Rep, BACC Nom.), Bengal Tiger… (The Lark), Damn Yankees (Reprise!). Workshops: Jimmy Buffet Project (Dir. Christopher Ashley), Hazel (Dir. Lucie Arnaz), Sheila Levine (Dir. Susan Stroman), Hooray For Iceboy (Dir. John Rando), War is F*cking Awesome (Dir. Leisl Tommy), Bring it On (Dir. Andy Blankenbuehler). BFA Syracuse University. For the past 5 years she has produced Artists For World Peace on Broadway. sharonesayegh.com @sharonesayegh.
KEVIN WUNDERLICH is a guitarist, bassist and composer living in New York City. In addition to playing with Sky-Pony, he spends most of his time living within the sordid hellscape of confrontational noise rock band Couch Slut (Handshake Inc. Records), the ethereal realm of avant-rock band Voice Coils (Shatter Your Leaves Records) and also co-leads the experimental black metal band Epistasis (Crucial Blast Records).
ABOUT ARS NOVA
Ars Nova is committed to developing and producing theater, comedy and music artists in the early stages of their professional careers. Its unique development programs are designed to support outside-the-box thinking and encourage innovative, genre-bending work. By providing a safe environment where risk-taking and collaboration are paramount, Ars Nova gives voice to a new generation of artists and audiences, pushing the boundaries of live entertainment by nurturing creative ideas into smart, surprising new work.
Most recently, Ars Nova was honored at the 2015 OBIE Awards with The Ross Wetzsteon Award and received a 2014-2015 Special Citation from the New York Drama Critics’ Circle “for sustained quality and commitment to the development of new work.” Past productions include: the critically-acclaimed world premiere of Small Mouth Sounds by Bess Wohl, directed by Rachel Chavkin (sold-out extended run, Spring 2015); JACUZZI by The Debate Society; By The Water by Sharyn Rothstein (Produced by Manhattan Theatre Club in association with Ars Nova as part of The Writer’s Room); Charlatan by Vinny DePonto and Josh Koenigsberg (Drama Desk nomination); Eager to Lose, created by Matthew-Lee Erlbach, Wes Grantom, Portia Krieger and Tansy; Core Values by Steven Levenson (Drama Desk nomination); the award-winning smash-hit Natasha, Pierre & The Great Comet of 1812 by Dave Malloy (Off-Broadway transfer production at Kazino); The Lapsburgh Layover by The Berserker Residents; Be a Good Little Widow by Bekah Brunstetter; Bloodsong of Love by Joe Iconis; Jollyship the Whiz-Bang by Nick Jones and Raja Azar; boom by Peter Sinn Nachtrieb; From Up Here by Liz Flahive; Dixie’s Tupperware Party by Kris Andersson; At Least It’s Pink by Bridget Everett and Kenny Mellman; and Freestyle Love Supreme by Anthony Veneziale and Lin-Manuel Miranda.
ABOUT THE PLAY COMPANY
PlayCo develops and produces adventurous new plays, from the U.S. and abroad, to engage New Yorkers in a dynamic global practice of contemporary theatre and expand the American repertoire. Its singular international programming links American theatre with world theatre, American artists with the global creative community, and American audiences with a whole world of plays. PlayCo explores the ideas, events and issues of our time through the intimate, personal, live theatre experience, and maintains affordable ticket prices to make its work accessible to the broadest possible audience.
PlayCo received a 2007 OBIE for its “unique contributions to the Off Broadway community”. Now celebrating its 15th season, its body of work to date includes 28 world, American and New York premieres of plays from Mexico, Sweden, Japan, Poland, Scotland, England, Romania, Germany, Russia, India, France, Northern Ireland and the United States. Many have subsequently been published and/or optioned for adaptation to other media. Designs from PlayCo productions have been featured in American Theatre Magazine and CHANCE. Its artistic programs provide a range of opportunities and resources to create new work at all stages of development. Notable recent productions include the world premiere of Ludic Proxy commissioned from U.S. playwright Aya Ogawa; the U.S. premiere of generations by British writer debbie tucker green co-produced with Soho Rep (The New York Times and The New Yorker “Best of 2014”); the U.S. premiere of The Sonic Life of a Giant Tortoise by Japanese writer Toshiki Okada; the Drama Desk-nominated world premiere of This Is My Office by U.S. playwright Andy Bragen; the U.S. premiere of Working on a Special Day in collaboration with the Mexican theatre Por Piedad Teatro, which has since toured to theatres and festivals around the world; and the OBIE-winning American premiere of Invasion! by Swedish writer Jonas Hassen Khemiri.
Learn more playco.org
Sky-Pony serves up lush, lyrical, often cheeky indie-pop with a healthy dose of theatrics. Formed in 2012, they’ve established a cult following for their raucous live shows incorporating costumes, choreography and projections: a performance aesthetic that blurs the line between concert, theater and carnival. The Wall Street Journal calls them “tight, fierce, hilarious and out of their minds.” Pop Dose calls them “Adventurous, melodic, weird and absolutely brilliant.” The Brooklyn-based collective is fronted by singer/actress Lauren Worsham (Drama Desk Award winner and Tony Award nominee), and the songs are penned by her musician/writer husband Kyle Jarrow (Obie Award winner). The lineup is rounded out by six other musician-performers. Sky-Pony’s debut LP Beautiful Monster was released by Knitting Factory Records on December 4, 2015. More info at sky-pony.com.