The (Virtual) Wildness

 

Text by KYLE JARROW & LAUREN WORSHAM 
Songs by
KYLE JARROW
Incidental Music by KEVIN WUNDERLICH
Directed by ASHLEY TATA
Associate Producer ALEXA SPIEGEL
Video Design
EAMONN FARRELL 
Featuring DAVID BLASHER, LILLI COOPER, JEFF FERNANDES, LINDSEY FORD, KYLE JARROW,
SHARONE SAYEGH, LAUREN WORSHAM, JAMIE MOHAMDEIN & KEVIN WUNDERLICH
Stage Manager KATIE KAVETT
Captions KAREN O’HARA at CAPTION ACCESS

 

Originally Premiered: MAY 26, 2021
RUN TIME: 75 MINUTES

 

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Photo by Ben Arons

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ABOUT THE ARTISTS

LAUREN WORSHAM (Creator / Performer) fronts for Sky-Pony. She’s also a Tony-nominated actress and singer. She was nominated for a Tony and won Drama Desk and Theatre World awards for the role of ‘Phoebe’ in A Gentleman’s Guide to Love and Murder (2014 Tony winner for Best Musical). Favorite roles include ‘Lisa’ in Dog Days at Montclair Peak Performances, Fort Worth Opera and LA Opera for director Robert Woodruff; ‘Flora’ in Turn of the Screw at New York City Opera for Sam Buntrock; ‘Amy’ in Where’s Charley? at Encores! for John Doyle; and ‘Cunegonde’ in New York City Opera’s Candide. Lauren performs frequently in concert at Carnegie Hall, 54 Below, Joe’s Pub, Caramoor, Merkin Hall, Oregon Bach Festival, Galapagos Art Space and New York City Opera’s VOX. More at laurenworsham.com.

KYLE JARROW (Creator / Performer) plays keyboards and writes the songs for Sky-Pony. He’s also a writer for stage, film and television. His work includes the Broadway musical SpongeBob SquarePants (Tony, Drama Desk and Outer Critics Circle Award nominations), A Very Merry Unauthorized Children’s Scientology Pageant (Obie Award), The Wildness (Lortel Award nomination), Whisper House and the upcoming Noir. Kyle created and executive-produced the television series Valor (CW/Netflix) and is currently a writer for Star Trek Discovery. More info at kylejarrow.com.

ASHLEY TATA (Director) makes multimedia works of theater, contemporary opera, performance, cyberformance, live music and immersive experiences. These have been presented in venues and festivals throughout the US and internationally and have been called “fervently inventive,” by Ben Brantley in The New York Times, “extraordinarily powerful” by the LA Times and in The New Yorker, Alex Ross named Tata’s production of Kate Soper’s Ipsa Dixit a notable production of the decade. Currently in residence at 153 Coffey, a multi-disciplinary warehouse space in Red Hook, Brooklyn and one of the inaugural members of the Brooklyn Academy of Music’s residency cohort. tatatime.live | IG/Twitter/Twitch @tatatime_

DAVID BLASHER (Cello) is an early Sky-Pony member, loving every gloriously theatrical performance. He cellos with the West Village Chorale and in chamber music soirées, and regularly directs theater for Writopia Lab’s Worldwide Plays Festival. David also advises artistic nonprofits, including as Board Chair to Drama Club (improv for incarcerated youth in NYC), and as operations consultant to the MAP Fund (supporting Jerome Foundation artists). Yale, BA, Theater Studies. IG @dblasher

LILLI COOPER (Performer) Broadway: Tootsie (Julie) TONY Nomination, Spongebob Squarepants (Sandy), Wicked (Elphaba) SpringAwakening (original cast). Theater favorites: Mack & Mabel (Encores) Tick, Tick…Boom! (Keen Company) Sundown, Yellow Moon (The WP), The Wildness (Ars Nova), Natasha, Pierre & The Great Comet of 1812 (American Repertory Theater), The Threepenny Opera (Atlantic Theater). Television: NCIS New Orleans, Dynasty, Bull, Instinct, Elementary, The Code, The Good Fight. LaGuardia Arts High School and Vassar alum. lillicooper.com @lilcoopz

EAMONN FARRELL (Video Designer) investigates how live performance and the realtime manipulation of media can create memorable experiences for performers and audiences alike. For nearly 20 years, Eamonn worked closely with the late Lee Breuer of Mabou Mines on projects including: Mabou Mines Dollhouse (world tour), Pataphysics Pennyeach (Under the Radar Fest.), La Divina Caricatura (La Mama ETC) and Glass Guignol (Mabou Mines Theater).  Eamonn also collaborates extensively with choreographer Sarah Michelson. Other credits include: The LA Phil, Beth Morrison Productions, Theater for a New Audience, LA Dance, Parsons Dance, Jazz at Lincoln Center, Portland Center Stage, Ensemble Studio Theater, Pregones Theater, Found Sound Nation, Bridge Rep. (Irne nomination for projection design) and B3W Dance (Bessie nomination for visual design). Eamonn has taught devising and projection design at the City College of New York, JMU, Princeton and UVA. eamonnsgarden.com

JEFF FERNANDES (Drums) From coming off of an incredible run drumming for the Lightning Thief: The Percy Jackson Musical (U.S. National Tour, Broadway) to being literal minutes from the first preview of Whisper House (Off-Broadway) before the world came to a halt, Jeff is THRILLED to dust off the ol’ antlers and get back behind the kit with Sky-Pony for TheWildness redux! A huge Thank You to Lauren and Kyle for trusting me with their beautiful music and vision in 2016 and again 5 years later… The Wildness will forever hold a special place in my heart.

LINDSEY FORD is so excited to get to join in on this rad journey into The Wildness! One of her favorite things to do over the past 20 years is to sing with Lauren and to kinduv get to do that over the internet in front of all of you in these times is well…RAD! Lindsey lives in Los Angeles and frequently sings in the streets in Crosswalk Musicals ON The Late Late Show with James Corden. She’s currently turning her one-woman show, Letters to the Boys I’ve Never Kissed, into a podcast. When it happens, you should totally tune in! I heard one of the letters was to you!

KATIE KAVETT (Stage Manager) has stage managed nearly every Sky-Pony show and concert since 2012, including RapturedThe Four Humours and The Wildness. Other stage management credits include Off-Broadway, events, and most of the major NYC festivals. She currently spends her days as the Senior Operations Manager at Flatiron School. katiekavett.com

JAMIE MOHAMDEIN is an actor, music producer and multi-instrumentalist.  He is endorsed by Warwick Basses and Aguilar Amplification. Off-Broadway: Bob & Carol & Ted & Alice (The New Group), The Wildness (Ars Nova), Excerpts From Moby Dick in Concert Under The Whale (Dave Malloy and Rachel Chavkin). Regional: Pump Boys and Dinettes (Flat Rock Playhouse). TV: Blue Bloods (CBS), FriendZone (MTV). Jamie has performed with Cecily Strong (SNL), Chris Redd (SNL), Melissa Villaseñor (SNL), Eliot Glazer (Broad City), Peter Yarrow (Peter, Paul, and Mary), Tom “Bones” Malone (The Blues Brothers) and Tony Winner Katrina Lenk (The Band’s Visit) Bands: Youth in a Roman Field youthinaromanfield.com, Viperiwantviper.com. Instagram: @JMBrooklyn

SHARONE SAYEGH (Performer) most recently played Bonnie on the 1st National Tour of Come From Away. Before that, she originated the role of Anna in The Band’s Visit on Broadway (OBC). Other Broadway: Mamma Mia!. Off-Broadway: Mrs. Trumbauer in Road Show (City Center Encores), Anna in The Band’s Visit (Atlantic Theater Co, World Premiere), Sharone in The Wildness (Ars Nova, World Premiere), and Scheherazade in Scheherazade (Prospect Theater Co). Regional: La Jolla Playhouse, Muny, Florida Rep, San Jose Rep. TV: Instinct (CBS), Limitless (CBS). Syracuse University Alum, sharonesayegh.com. @sharonesayegh

 

The Wildness was originally produced in collaboration with the Play Company

and featured the following creative team:

TEXT KYLE JARROW & LAUREN WORSHAM | SONGS KYLE JARROW
DIRECTOR SAM BUNTROCK | CHOREOGRAPHY CHASE BROCK
SET DESIGN KRIS STONE | COSTUME DESIGN TILLY GRIMES
LIGHTING DESIGN BRIAN TOVAR | SOUND DESIGN TIM O’HEIR
PROJECTION DESIGN ALEX BASCO KOCH | PROP DESIGN SARA MORGAN
MUSIC DIRECTOR WILEY DEWEESE | PRODUCTION STAGE MANAGER LIZZIE LEE

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