Ars Nova presents

Rags Parkland Sings
The Songs Of The Future

A Sci-Fi Folk Concert

Created by ANDREW R. BUTLER
Directed by JORDAN FEIN

 

September 25 – November 10, 2018

 

ABOUT THE SHOW  

You might not remember the last time Beaux Weathers and her band played, but Rags Parkland does. Back for an intimate, one-night-only gig, Rags will play the revolutionary songbook that carried us to where we are today. Meet the music that powered the change. Join The Future.

 

 

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Ars Nova presents

Rags Parkland Sings
The Songs Of The Future

A Sci-Fi Folk Concert

Created by ANDREW R. BUTLER
Directed by JORDAN FEIN

 
   

The New York Times
CRITICS PICK

“Rags Parkland Sings the Songs of the Future is a little musical with big, sad, beautiful ideas. It packs so much story into so little space that physicists will quail. This fusion of folk and science fiction is niftily sui generis. Mr. Butler’s music, a plangent folk style that broadens into roots rock, makes just about every syllable count. The show’s construction is so deft and its narrative so tantalizing that breathers — a whistled bridge, a harmonica breakdown — are almost unbearable. This hush testifies to Mr. Butler’s success in enmeshing us in his story. It also pushes us to think of other groups that have been interdicted, demonized, in America’s past and also in America’s right now. Still, the show holds out hope for a nation that tries to take care of its people.” 
 

Time Out New York

4 STARS
CRITICS PICK

“Slyly provocative, glorious & deeply felt”
 

TheaterMania

“One of the most surprisingly delightful and imaginative musicals of 2018.” 

 

TDF Stages

“Even though Rags Parkland is set centuries from now, like all insightful sci-fi, it addresses contemporary issues, asking provocative questions about what it means to be human, and how that label has been used to oppress different groups throughout history.”
 

New York Theatre Review

“If you are craving hope in these politically dark times, or simply an exciting concert story through folk and rock, run to Ars Nova.”
 

Stage Biz

“While Broadway plays it safe with jukebox musicals and movies-into-musicals Rags Parkland Sings The Songs Of The Future sings for its life – and wins.”
 

Interludes

“Since The Great Comet, Ars Nova, in its intimate black box space, has kept pushing the boundaries of what theater can be (KPOP, Small Mouth Sounds, and Underground Railroad Game being a few prime recent examples). Rest assured, that trend continues on.”
 

Theater Reviews from my Seat 

“Wholly unique and effortlessly satisfying, this new musical is a winner on any theatrical planet.”
 

Lullavie 

“A victorious, musically-gorgeous achievement”

 

American Theatre: Token Theatre Friends Podcast

“The most beautiful moment of that show for me was seeing Stacey Sargeant and she’s just singing with Debbie Christine Tjong who’s on the bass and they’re just playing together and I’m just like “Oh my God I’ve never seen this on stage. This is amazing; this is like a friggin’ Beyonce concert! I want this all time!! And I would like that cast album, now. Please.” – Diep Tran
“If someone out there wants to do the Hunger Games musical, hire Andrew R. Butler to do the score.” – Jose Solis

Ars Nova presents

Rags Parkland Sings
The Songs Of The Future

A Sci-Fi Folk Concert

Created by ANDREW R. BUTLER
Directed by JORDAN FEIN

 

 

THE TEAM

Scenic Design LAURA JELLINEK
Costume Design ANDY JEAN
Lighting Design BARBARA SAMUELS
Sound Design MIKAAL SULAIMAN
Music Director MADELINE SMITH
Casting HENRY RUSSELL BERGSTEIN
Production Stage Manager JHANAË K-C BONNICK 
Assistant Stage Manager JOHN C. MOORE 

 

ABOUT THE CAST

RICK BURKHARDT (Rick; accordion) is an Obie-award-winning composer, performer, playwright and director whose original music, theater and text pieces have been performed in over 40 U.S. cities, as well as in Europe, Canada, Mexico, Australia and Taiwan. As songwriter / accordionist, he has shared stages with artists such as Pete Seeger, the Indigo Girls, Utah Phillips, Holly Near and Peter Yarrow, and his original songs have aired nationally on NPR’s Morning Edition and Pacifica’s Democracy Now.

ANDREW R. BUTLER (Rags Parkland; guitar) — see bio below.

TONY JARVIS (Gill; Saxophone) is a multi-instrumentalist (sax, guitar, bass clarinet) singer, composer, songwriter, producer and music director. Originally from Madison, Wisconsin, he was a member of punk/funk band Tar Babies (sst records). In addition to various original projects, Tony has toured with Sharon Jones, Charles Bradley and many others. Theater credits include: Fela! (Broadway, London), Miss You Like Hell (Public Theater) and Sleep No More. Television credits include HBO’s Treme, The Deuce and Vinyl.

JESSIE LINDEN (Devo; drums) is a drummer, percussionist and singer originally from Cleveland, OH. She frequently performs On and Off-Broadway and in her duo The Hi Marks. Ithaca College grad. IG: @jessielinden1 and @the_hi_marks. jessielinden.com.

STACEY SARGEANT (Beaux Weathers) can currently be seen in Netflix’s Come Sunday. Credits include: Wild Goose Dreams (Public Theater Studio), Homos, Or Everyone in America (Labyrinth), Two Gentlemen of Verona and the all-female The Taming of the Shrew (Delacorte Theatre), Eclipsed (Public Theater, Curran, Yale Rep, McCarter Theatre (workshop)),Our Lady of Kibeho and Big Love (Signature Theatre), Legally Blonde (1st Nat’l Tour); Film: Top Five, Obvious Child; TV: Elementary, The Blacklist, Gossip Girl, Glee, Law & Order: SVU. staceysargeant.com.

DEBBIE CHRISTINE TJONG (Ess Pinvint; bass) is a singer, multi-instrumentalist and actress. Off-Broadway: Red Roses, Green Gold (Minetta Lane Theater), Missed Connections: A Craigslist Musical (New Ohio Theater). International: A Labor of Love (p.L.a.Y Prod.), Les Misérables (Victoria Theater). Others: Cowboy Bob (New York Stage and Film), Agent 355 (LPR), Bran Castle (Signature Theater), Time Bomb (Lenfest Center @ Columbia University), Eastbound (Lab/MTF). Featured in Billboard Magazine and Rolling Stone. Currently lead singer and bassist of Imperial Cities at Haswell Green’s.

 

ABOUT THE TEAM

ANDREW R. BUTLER (Book, Music, Lyrics & Performer) is a composer, writer and performer based in Brooklyn, NY and hailing from the Florida Panhandle. He received the 2018 Jonathan Larson Grant for emerging musical theater writers with his frequent collaborator, playwright Andrew Farmer. They began writing together through Ars Nova’s Uncharted music/theater writers’ group. Their musicals include: Finn the Fearless, developed at Ars Nova, Rhinebeck Writers Retreat, Theatre Aspen, The Polyphone Festival at University of the Arts, and upcoming at The American Music Theatre Project at Northwestern; BLESSING a new musical, commissioned by Playwrights Horizons Downtown and developed at Rhinebeck Writers Retreat, Yale Institute for Music Theatre and JDT Lab at Guild Hall; a musical adaptation of Kate DiCamillo’s The Miraculous Journey of Edward Tulane, commissioned by TheaterWorksUSA; and the episodic musical travelogue American Cryptids, developed in The Civilians’ R&D Group. Andrew’s other work includes music/lyrics for Anna Kerrigan’s The Dixon Family Album (Williamstown Theater Festival Sagal Fellowship), co-music/lyrics for Jaclyn Backhaus’ Folk Wandering (Pipeline Theatre Co., Ars Nova’s ANT Fest), musical-sketch comedy group Political Subversities (Joe’s Pub, Ars Nova) and co-founder/performer in experimental theater company harunalee (Ars Nova’s Makers Lab, The Public Theater’s Under The Radar Festival, Bushwick Starr). Recent performance credits include The Skin Of Our Teeth (TFANA); FUTURITY (Ars Nova/Soho Rep); Memory Retrograde (harunalee); Andrew holds a BFA in Drama from NYU’s Experimental Theater Wing. andrewrbutler.com.

JORDAN FEIN (Director) is a Brooklyn-based theater and opera director. His work has been produced and developed at numerous companies including Williamstown Theatre Festival (2014 Boris Sagal Fellow), Opera Philadelphia, Santa Fe Opera, Ars Nova, Dixon Place, Here Arts Center, Baryshnikov Art Center, Joe’s Pub at The Public Theater, American Repertory Theater, Philly Fringe Arts, Bard College and Incubator Arts Project. Select work includes Singlet (The Bushwick Starr), The Skin of our Teeth (Bard College), Benjamin Britten’s The Rape Of Lucretia (Curtis Opera Theater), A Ride on The Irish Cream (Abrons Arts Center, American Repertory Theater, Philly Fringe Arts), War Lesbian (Harunalee/Dixon Place), Dialogues of the Carmelites (Opera Philadelphia), The Dixon Family Album (Williamstown Theatre Festival). jordanfein.net.

MADELINE SMITH (Music Director) Favorite recent endeavors include conducting Waitress and Ragtime on Ellis Island, developing the EDM musical Nikola Tesla Drops The Beat and adapting and orchestrating Disney’s FROZEN JR. Other Broadway: War Paint (Key 1 sub). Off-Broadway: Skin Of Our Teeth (Theatre for a New Audience), 1001 Nights (Atlantic Theater Company), The Light Princess (ART/New Victory Theater), FUTURITY (Soho Rep/Ars Nova) and An Octoroon (Theatre for a New Audience). B.A. from Harvard University.

LAURA JELLINEK (Scenic Designer) Ars Nova: Small Mouth Sounds (Signature Center & National Tour), JACUZZI. Broadway: Marvin’s Room. Off-Broadway: Mary Page Marlowe (2ST); Mary Jane (NYTW, Lortel nomination); The Wolves, Queens (Lincoln Center); A Life (Playwrights Horizons, Lortel Award, Hewes Design Award, Drama Desk Nomination), The Antipodes, Everybody (Signature). Regional: Williamstown, Yale Rep, Oregon Shakespeare Festival. Opera: Opera Theatre of St. Louis, Boston Lyric Opera, Opera Philadelphia, Atlanta Opera. OBIE for Sustained Excellence in Design. Education: MFA, NYU.

ANDY JEAN (Costume Designer) is a NY-based Costume Designer and is thrilled to be working at Ars Nova. Recently he’s worked at Trinity Repertory Company, Santa Fe Opera, The Public Theater and PlayMakers Repertory. Latest works include: Othello, Wig Out!, Vanya & Sonia & Masha & Spike, Playboy of the West Indies, A Doll’s House and A Raisin in the Sun. Andy has an MFA in Stage Costume Design from Tisch/NYU. More at andyjean.com.

BARBARA SAMUELS (Lighting Designer) Select New York: Dance Nation (Playwrights Horizons), Singlet (Bushwick Starr), Acquanetta (Prototype), The Rape of The Sabine Women (Playwrights Realm), Orange Julius (Rattlestick/P73, Hewes Design Nom.), Don’t Look Back (Coil), Caught (PlayCo), O, Earth (Foundry Theatre, Hewes Design Nom.), Great Lakes (New Georges/WP Theater), A Ride on the Irish Cream (Erin Markey). Regional: Cincinnati Playhouse, Trinity Rep. Dance: Vim Vigor Dance, LA Dance Project. BA, Fordham; MFA, NYU. Member USA829. barbarasamuels.com.

MIKAAL SULAIMAN (Sound Designer) Ars Nova (Underground Railroad Game). Soho Rep (Fairview), Play Co. (Time’s Journey Through a Room), New York Theatre Workshop (Light Shining in Buckinghamshire), Trinity Rep (Othello), Arden Theatre (The Bluest Eye; Two Trains Running), Playwrights Realm (Rape of the Sabine Women), Early Morning Opera (TIMe; Holoscenes), CalShakes (Fences), Pig Iron (Zero Cost House), among others. Upcoming project: Playwrights Horizons (Thanksgiving Play). mikaal.com.

HENRY RUSSELL BERGSTEIN, CSA (Casting Director) Ars Nova: The Lucky Ones, KPOP, Small Mouth Sounds, The Great Comet, The Wildness, Eager To Lose; Vineyard Theatre: Harry Clarke, The Lyons (and Broadway), GLORIA (and Goodman), Dot, Kid Victory (and Signature DC), Outside People, Picked, Middletown, The Metal Children, Wig Out! and others. Other theater: Cruel Intentions: The Musical (Le Poisson Rouge). Sundance Theatre Lab: 5 seasons. Television: US Casting for Black Mirror, Amazon’s Mozart in the Jungle with Douglas Aibel, USA’s The Sinner with Stephanie Holbrook, HBO’s upcoming Succession, CBS All Access’s upcoming $1. Film: It Felt Like Love, Saturday Church, Easy Living; with Douglas Aibel – Grandma, Love After Love; with Allison Estrin – Spider-Man: Homecoming (NY Casting), Dabka. As an associate, films including Manchester By The Sea, Grand Budapest Hotel, Frances Ha, Split, Two Lovers.

JHAHAË K-C BONNICK (Production Stage Manager) is so happy and grateful to be with the wonderful Ars Nova family again! Select credits include, Broadway: Six Degrees of Separation, The Cherry Orchard. Off-Broadway: Light Shining in Buckinghamshire, Hadestown (NYTW), Is God Is (Soho Rep), {my lingerie play}…(Rattlestick), Memory Retrograde (Ars Nova/Under The Radar Festival), MASTER (The Foundry), Sound House (New Georges). Concerts/Events: Primer for a Failed Superpower (The TEAM). Regional: Lempicka (Williamstown). BA SUNY New Paltz.

JOHN C. MOORE (Assistant Stage Manager) Ars Nova: KPOP, Sundown, Yellow Moon. Off-Broadway: Miles for Mary (Playwrights Horizons), A Life (Playwrights Horizons), Antlia Pneumetica (Playwrights Horizons), Marjorie Prime (Playwrights Horizons), The Christians (Playwrights Horizons).

 

 

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Join performers from Ars Nova’s sci-fi-folk-concert Rags Parkland Sings the Songs of the Future, and their special guests, after the show at the Over/Under Unplugged! These intimate, unplugged concerts will help make The Future better, with proceeds benefitting the charity of the performers’ choice! #PLAYFORCHANGE

 

10.19 @ 9:45pm

ANDREW R. BUTLER with MIKE BRUNTONY JARVISDEBBIE CHRISTINE TJONG
Benefitting The National Network of Abortion Funds. 

 

10.26 @ 9:45pm 

RICK BURKHARDT & members of the CAMPFIRE REQUIEM BAND: DENNIS KOZEE, ELIAS SPECTOR-ZABUSKY & BRAD WILSON. 
Benefitting The Trevor Project. 

 

11.2 @ 9:45pm

STACEY SARGEANT, performing a concert reading of Buh Wha’ Trouble Is Dis? (or The Exhumation of MC Spice)
Benefitting The National Eating Disorders Association.

 

11.9 @ 9:45pm 

MAYA SHARPE
Benefitting The Robin Hood Foundation.