Ars Nova

piece by piece productions and Z Space


The Lucky Ones

Music & Lyrics by THE BENGSONS
Choreographed by SONYA TAYEH


March 19 – April 28, 2018



Indie-music duo The Bengsons spin a memory-tale of teenaged passion, ideals lived to the limits, family shattered and faith lost — all in hope of finding a way home again. Through soulful electro-folk songs, this driving, semi-autobiographical story grabs joy and grief with the same hand and holds them tightly, in a radical affirmation of being alive.




Ars Nova

piece by piece productions and Z Space


The Lucky Ones

Music & Lyrics by THE BENGSONS
Choreographed by SONYA TAYEH


Time Out New York


“The lucky ones, the show suggests, are those who, born into damage, can still ‘open up.’ Abigail Bengson, with her extraordinarily expressive musical and authorial voice, does so magnificently.”


The New York Times

The Bengsons offer luminous hope that a new generation of talent in American theater is taking up Stephen Sondheim’s mantle.”


It has the power to take your breath away.”


“Sometimes theater is so groundbreaking that you feel lucky enough to witness it in its early stages. The Lucky Ones is one of those shows.

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“Call it whatever you want, this world premiere musical is abundantly surprising, deeply intimate, and simply gorgeous.


stage buddy

“Seamless, deep, and artistically inspiring, The Lucky Ones is theatre at its very best.


the theatre times

The Lucky Ones is unusual and necessary. It doesn’t announce itself, and won’t justify itself for anyone. It IS; and as such invites you to experience its truest and most authentic self; with the promise that in the end, you will understand. It is a prime example of what happens when the whole team believes in the vision of the work; and evidence that there is truly a place in the canon for everything. If nothing else, The Lucky Ones delivers on its promise with a fire and energy that is well worth a trip downtown.


2018 lucille lortel awards

Outstanding Choreography – Sonya Tayeh
Outstanding Lead Actor in a Musical – Damon Daunno
Outstanding Featured Actress in a Musical – Maryann Plunkett
Outstanding Featured Actress in a Musical – Myra Lucretia Taylor
Outstanding Featured Actress in a Musical – Adina Verson

Ars Nova

piece by piece productions and Z Space


The Lucky Ones

Music & Lyrics by THE BENGSONS
Choreographed by SONYA TAYEH



Scenic Design RACHEL HAUCK
Prop Design NOAH MEASE
Music Director WILEY DEWEESE 
Production Stage Manager AMANDA SPOONER



ANNE KAUFFMAN (Director) Sundown, Yellow Moon (Ars Nova/Women’s Project), Hundred Days (NYTW, Z Space, The Know Theater), Mary Jane (NYTW, Yale Rep), Marvin’s Room (Roundabout Theatre Company), Assassins (Encores Off-Center), A Life (Lortel nomination, Drama League Nomination), Marjorie Prime (Lortel Nomination, Drama League Nomination); Detroit (Playwrights Horizons); The Nether, Smokefall (MCC); Buzzer (The Public); Belleville (Lortel Nomination, NYTW, Yale Rep); You Got Older (Drama Desk Nomination, P73 Productions) Co-Artistic Director of Encores Off-Center, Resident Director Roundabout Theater, Artistic Associate and Founding Member of The Civilians, Sundance Program Associate, Clubbed Thumb Associate Artist and co-creator of the CT Directing Fellowship, New Georges Associate Artist, Artistic Council of Soho Rep, SDC Executive Board Member. OBIES (Directing and Sustained Excellence), the Joan and Joseph Cullman Award for Exceptional Creativity from Lincoln Center, the Alan Schneider Director Award and two Barrymore Awards.

THE BENGSONS (Book, Music & Lyrics) Married duo The Bengsons have appeared across the country and around the globe.  Their compositions were featured in Sonya Tayeh’s you’ll still call me by name (New York Live Arts), The National Theater of Scotland and The Team’s Anything That Gives Off Light (Edinburgh Theater Festival), Sarah Gancher’s The Place We Built (The Flea), Rachel Bonds’ Sundown, Yellow Moon (WP Theatre/Ars Nova) and Anne Washburn’s Iphigenia in Aulis (Classic Stage Company) in which they also starred. Currently their musical Hundred Days is playing at New York Theatre Workshop following a much lauded production at Public Theater’s Under the Radar festival. They have had three singles featured on So You Think You Can Dance (FOX). Abigail Bengson has toured as a member of tUnE-yArDs, including an appearance on Late Night with Jimmy Fallon. Upcoming: Untitled Lincoln Center Theater commission.

SARAH GANCHER’s (Book) writing has been seen internationally, including London’s National Theatre, Edinburgh’s Traverse Theatre, Steppenwolf, The Public Theater, Seattle Rep, Hartford Stage and Ars Nova. Honors include the NYSAF Founder’s Award, the Clifford Odets Commission, a Time Warner Fellowship, and a Drama League Nomination. A member/alum of Interstate 73, The Playwrights Realm Writing Fellows program and Ars Nova’s Play Group. Sarah was a co-writer of The TEAM’s Mission Drift (Drama League nom, Edinburgh International Festival Fringe Prize) Current: I’ll Get You Back Again at Round House Theater, directed by Rachel Chavkin; Seder at Hartford Stage, directed by Elizabeth Williamson. Upcoming: Hundred Days at NYTW and The Lucky Ones at Ars Nova. She is under commission by Asolo Repertory Theater and Second City Theatricals. MFA: NYU.

SONYA TAYEH (Choreographer) is a NYC based choreographer and director. Selected credits: you’ll still call me by name, a dance-symphony commissioned by New York Live Arts; Martha Graham Dance Company/Lamentation Variation; Hundred Days (Public Theater/Dir. Anne Kauffman); The Skin of Our Teeth (TFANA/Dir. Arin Arbus); Andrew Lippas’ The Wild Party (City Center Encores!/Dir. Leigh Silverman); Iphigenia in Aulis (CCS/Dir. Rachel Chavkin), Kung Fu (Signature Theatre/Dir. Leigh Silverman), The Last Goodbye (Old Globe/Dir. Alex Timbers). She has gleaned accolades for her versatile work, including two Emmy noms for Fox’s So You Think You Can Dance, and the Lucille Lortel and Obie Awards for “Outstanding Choreography.” Upcoming projects include: Hundred Days (Winter 2018/New York Theatre Workshop/Dir. Anne Kauffman); Moulin Rouge! (Spring 2018/Dir. Alex Timbers)



DAMON DAUNNO has toured throughout Russia and Europe on behalf of the US State Dept.. Acting Credits: Kneehigh Theater Co.’s The Tin Drum (International Tour), Brief Encounter (B’way, International Tour); Tristan and Yeseult (US Tour); Wild Bride (St. Ann’s Warehouse, Berkeley Rep); BEARDO (Pipeline); HADESTOWN (NYTW). TV: The Following (Fox). He is a multi-instrumentalist and has composed scores for films, and co-conceived and starred in his own original short film Steve and Dave: Storm Chasers.

MIA DeWEESE received her BFA in dance from Marymount Manhattan College. She is the Associate Choreographer for the upcoming musical, Moulin Rouge!. She was a performer in Sonya Tayeh’s dance symphony you’ll still call me by name. Mia is a member of the collective FreeMove Dance directed by Jenn Freeman. She participated in The Lucky Ones lab at Vineyard Arts Project and is thrilled to be involved in the Off-Broadway production.

TILLY EVANS-KRUEGER was raised in Madison, WI. She graduated Magna Cum Laude with a BFA in dance from Wright State University. Tilly was most recently with Company XIV’s production of Nutcracker Rouge. She has toured nationally and internationally with BODYTRAFFIC. Other companies include Spectrum Dance Theater + Donald Byrd, The Dayton Contemporary Dance Company and DCDC II. Last winter, Tilly was gratified to work with Sonya Tayeh’s you’ll still call me by name residency at NYLA.

LENIN FERNANDEZ is an LA-based performance artist, working with LA Contemporary Dance Company, Heidi Duckler Dance Theater, Sarah Elgart, Erica Sobol, Becca Lemme, The Assembly, and has additionally worked with Twyla Tharp and Cindy Salgado. In 2016 he performed with Rome based Company Esklan Arts Factory for 3 months and closed that year working with Sonya Tayeh on her NYLA commission you’ll still call me by name.

LINDSEY HAILES is so grateful and excited to make her NYC debut in The Lucky Ones. Previous credits include the national tours of The Wizard of Oz and Dirty Dancing, The Classic Story on Stage. A special thank you to the entire creative team for the opportunity to be a part of this project. Love always to my incredible and supportive family.

DANI MARKHAM‘s recent collaborators include Tune-Yards, Sonya Tayeh and Grammy nominee, Childish Gambino. She has appeared on The Tonight Show with Jimmy Fallon, Conan, Jools Holland and alongside Dave Chapelle. Markham appeared on the judges panel for the international Hit Like A Girl drum competition and actively engages in programs that inspire the youth and women through drumming and creative expression. Markham is an official LP (Latin Percussion) Artist and Endorsee.

ZACH MCNALLY most recently originated the role of ‘Captain George Grove’ in Randy Weiner and Ryan Heffington’s Seeing You. He made his Broadway debut in the recent revival of Fiddler on The Roof, directed by Bartlett Sher and choreographed by Hofesh Shecter. Other credits include ‘MacDuff’ in the off-Broadway hit show Sleep No More and ‘William The Hustler’ in Third Rail Projects’ The Grand Paradise.

JENNIFER MORRIS is a founding associate artist of the OBIE award-winning company, The Civilians. Work with Civilians includes: Mr. Burns, Gone Missing and YOU BETTER SIT DOWN (which she conceived and co-wrote). YBSD ran off-Broadway and was then expanded online through partnerships with Huffington Post and NPR/WNYC. Jennifer produced the documentary Mentor (Amazon/iTunes); the short films Buzzer, Tiffany (PBS) and Unknown Seven. She has written/hosted shows on Food Network and WE and created digital series for ABC/Disney and Fremantle Media. Additional work at Soho Rep, P.S. 122, Cherry Lane, Barrow Street, Williamstown, The Public and A.R.T.  

TOM NELIS Broadway: INDECENT, The Visit, Enron, The Caine Mutiny Court Martial, Aida. Off-Broadway: The Vineyard, The Public Theater, NYTW, MTC, TFANA, Playwrights Horizons, Signature Theater, The Talking Band, Ripe Time, BAM, En Garde Arts. International: The Royal Shakespeare Company, The Suzuki Company of Toga, SITI Company, Laurie Anderson, Richard Foreman. Awards: Eliot Norton Outstanding Performer (The Tempest), OBIE (THE MEDIUM), San Diego Critics Ensemble Award (WINTERTIME). Founding member of SITI Company, MFA, UC San Diego.

ASHLEY PÉREZ FLANAGAN is thrilled to be working with this team! Broadway: Natasha, Pierre & The Great Comet of 1812 (u/s Sonya, Princess Mary) NY: Hadestown (NYTW), Orpheus and Eurydice Are…In Love (Ars Nova), In Love With Jobim (York Theatre) Regional: Natasha, Pierre & The Great Comet of 1812 (A.R.T), Prometheus Bound (A.R.T), Evita, West Side Story, Sound of Music, Footloose. Concerts: Carnegie Hall, Jazz at Lincoln Center, Joe’s Pub, 54 Below. She is a member of the indie folk hop trio, @moondrunkband. Endless gratitude and love to my amazing family, friends and teachers.

MARYANN PLUNKETT is a Tony, Obie & Drama Desk Award winning actress who most recently performed in the ensemble of Richard Nelson’s three Gabriel Plays and his four Apple Plays which played The Public Theater, the Kennedy Center and toured the world and were, all seven, filmed and broadcast in the US on PBS/WNET television. She has starred on Broadway in Me and My Girl, The Crucible, Saint Joan, Sunday In The Park With George, Agnes Of God and many others. Recent TV and Film credits include Mad, Youth In Oregon, Family Fang, Squid And The Whale to name just a few.

PEARL RHEIN is an actor, musician and songwriter. Broadway: Natasha, Pierre & The Great Comet of 1812. New York: Shakespeare in the Park, Irish Rep, Red Bull. Regional: A.R.T., Arena Stage, La Jolla Playhouse, Alabama Shakespeare Festival. Pearl teaches music and is writing a musical about historical women in S.T.E.M. MFA: UC San Diego. BA: Ball State University. Proud member Actors Equity, SAG-AFTRA & Local 802. @pearlrhein,

IDA SAKI trained at Booker T. Washington HSPVA and Tisch School of the Arts at NYU. She has received national honors including one of Dance Magazine’s Top 25 to Watch in 2013 and modern dance winner by NFAA YoungArts where she was named a Presidential Scholar of the Arts. Saki was a closing member of Cedar Lake Contemporary Ballet after dancing with them from 2012-2015. She is a co-founder of Dancer’s Give Back Dallas and a Mind Body Dancer Yoga® Teacher. Saki is currently performing as Lady Macbeth in the immersive show, Sleep No More, in New York City.

MYRA LUCRETIA TAYLOR Broadway: NINE (Tony Award, Best Revival), Macbeth, Electra, Chronicle of a Death Foretold, Mule Bone, A Streetcar Named Desire. Off-Broadway: School Girls; Or, The African Mean Girls Play (MCC), Familiar (Playwrights Horizons), Lucille Lortel and Outer Critics Circle nominations, Best Featured Actress. Regional: Where Storms Are Born (Williamstown Theatre Festival). TV: Atlanta (FX), GIRLS (HBO). Film: The Big Sick, Catfight. Web Series: The Best Thing You’ll Ever Do (Indie Web, Best Featured Actress nomination). Ms. Taylor is a Fox Fellow.

ADINA VERSON most recently originated the role of Rifkele in the Broadway production of Indecent. Previous credits include The Servant of Two Masters (TFANA, Seattle Rep, Guthrie, ArtsEmerson), Indecent (Vineyard, La Jolla, Yale Rep), As You Like It (Shakespeare Theatre Company, DC), The Winter’s Tale (Yale Rep), 4000 Miles (Cincinnati Playhouse), peerless (Barrington Stage) and Machine Makes Man (OldSoundRoom), which she co-created with Michael McQuilken. TV: Mozart in the Jungle, The Strain, Wormwood. MFA, Yale School of Drama.

AMELIA WORKMAN Company member of The New Museum’s pop up repertory company X-ID; Simon Stephenson’s On The Shore of the Wide World (Atlantic); Susan Lori Parks’s The Death Of The Last Black Man In The Whole Entire World (Signature); Leslye Headland’s The Layover (Second Stage); Laura Jacqumin’s Residence (Humana Festival); By The Way Meet Vera Stark (Goodman Theatre); Natasha, Pierre and the Great Comet of 1812 (Ars Nova). Original company and international touring company of Young Jean Lee’s The Shipment.