New City, New Blood Reading Series: BLACK HOLE WEDDING

By Katherine Brann Fredricks
Directed by Dennis Corsi
March 9 – March 9
Monday, 7PM


Theater for the New City, Crystal Field, Executive Director presents


Monday, March 9th at 7pm

$5 suggested donation

Lying, stealing, kidnapping, government-manipulating oil ogre Dean captures and moth-balls renewable energy discoveries. Corporate masseuse Summer knows exactly who has skin in the game. When Summer befriends Raymond (a shy uber-geek who can burn sea water) the energy escalates. Will Dean feed Summer to a black hole, in his campaign to promote capitalism by crushing the competition? Will true love prevail in the face of ultimate greed, a chicken-bone fuel generator, and booth babes doing a strip tease where the black hole sucks their clothes off? Find out in this zany satire of energy politics, Black Hole Wedding: a love story with a pure heart, wrapped in a warped world where truth doesn’t matter, integrity doesn’t matter, but golf is essential.

Words by Katherine Brann Fredricks

Music by Paul Nelson

Director Dennis Corsi

Music Director Dominic Frigo

Paul Edward Nelson (Music) is a conservatory trained composer of musical theater and art music. Music compositions include four full length musicals spanning diverse genres from Pop/Rock (Black Hole Wedding) and R&B (Hair Wars) to 1920’s farce (Dinner at Precisely 8:13) as well as works for piano, string quartet, symphony orchestra, and chamber or- chestra. Paul has composition degrees from the Peabody Conservatory (where he studied opera with Nicholas Maw) and NYU/Tisch (Graduate Musical Theater Writing). Awards include the Frederick Loewe/ASCAP Musical Theater Award, 1st place in the Virginia Carty deLillo Com- position Competition, and others.

Katherine Brann Fredricks (Words) is a writer/producer/director who has had six shows in New York City festivals in the last seven years, winning or nominated for 28 awards. Black Hole Wedding NYMF 2019. TRU Workshop, 2018. Planet Connections 2015, winning Outstanding Music & Lyrics. (10 Awards &/or nominations). Arizona Justice, Dream Up Festival, Theater for the New City, 2018. Occasion for Sin, Planet Connections 2017, winning Outstanding Music & Lyrics. (9 Awards &/or nominations). NIX, Planet Connections 2016. (8 Awards &/or nominations). Walden Planet Connections 2013. Katherine has written, produced and directed 2 feature documentaries. The Yavapai Story aired on Cinemax, won a Bronze Apple at the National Educational Video & Film Festival, & screened at New York’s Museum of Modern Art. Current project: Dances with Shadows, based on the life of choreographer Anandha Ray.

Dennis Corsi (Director) is the Artistic Director of the Fresh Fruit Festival and the Director of New Works at Live & In Color. Select directing credits: The Commedia Cinderella (Theatre Row – winner of Off Broadway Alliance Award), The Phillie Trilogy (Fresh Fruit Festival – winner Outstanding Production 2018), The Fierce Urgency of Now (Fresh Fruit Festival – winner Outstanding Production 2017), Gruesomely Merry Adventures (Winterfest – winner Best Director), The Turing Test (Gallery Players), Siren’s Den (Gene Frankel), Junie B. Jones (Theatreworks USA), Dust and Ash (Samuel French OOB), and bare(Michigan State University).

Dominic Frigo (Music Director) is a freelance multi-instrumentalist in New York City. Born and raised in Chicago, he studied music composition, double bass, and piano at Roosevelt University. Having a rich variety of genres and instruments at his disposal, he has enjoyed a career as a performing and recording artist in Chicago and New York. As a singer/songwriter/composer, Dominic was bandleader for avante-garde pop/rock projects Two Aglets Jazzing and Kid, and the MD for the new series Green Room 42 Sings.

Jay Ellis (Eugene) is honored to participate NYMF. credits: Stew (Narrator), Passing Strange(Regional Premier); Theatrical Rights Worldwide’s Saturday Night Fever (Monty); na- tional tour: Charlotte’s Web (Templeton). Screen: Poncho (London Independent Film Festival winner); SJC Films’ Interrogation (Dir. Stephen Caple Jr.). @jellis14

Judith Ingber (Olivia) was most recently seen in The Day Before Spring at The York’s Musicals in Mufti Series. Regional credits include: Life Sucks (world premiere), Jill Sobule’s Yentl, and Bus Stop.

Lindsey Lake (Georgina) earned a BFA from The Hartt School of Music, Dance & Theatre. Favorite roles include Mrs. Cohen/Maureen in the National Tour of RENT, Factory Girl/Fantine in Les Miserables (North Shore Music Theatre) and Faith in the Boston production of Respect: A Musical Journey of Women (Stuart Street Playhouse). Thank you to About Artists Agency and a shout out to my MNSTR crew! Love to John for his endless support and encouragement. Every single show is for Zoë & Ethan. Never give up on your dreams. Stalk me: @llake

Sean McDermott (Dean). Broadway: Miss Saigon (Chris), Falsettos (Whizzer), Starlight Ex- press (Rusty), Grease (Danny). Also: Chicago (Billy Flynn), Mamma Mia (Sam), Dirty Rotten Scoundrels (Lawrence), title roles in Jeckyll and Hyde and Jesus Christ Superstar, Carousel (Bil- ly), Hannibal Lecter in Silence! the Musical, Larry in Boys in the Band. TV: “Law & Order SVU,” “Desperate Housewives,” “Medium,” “Charmed.” Sean sang with Barbra Streisand on her European tour.

CHRISTOPHER MICHAELS (Trevor) – NYC: The Christians (Ensemble Choir), Casper the Not-So- Friendly Ghost (Casper), The Wrong Box (Porter), The Nose (Cheif Crookakoff); REGIONAL: Beauty and the Beast (LeFou), My Fair Lady (Zoltan Karpathy/Quartet), Little Shop of Horrors (Seymour), Thrill Me: The Leopold & Loeb Story (Nathan Leopold), The Boys In The Band (Emory), Damn Yankees (Rocky), H2$ (Gatch, Bud Frump U/S), Webb’s City: The Musical (Jimmy Webb, Jr.), Bare: A Pop Opera (Alan), Songs for a New World, and Closer Than Ever. Christopher is also the Founder and Artistic Director of IndieWorks Theatre Company.

Jonathan Miller (Raymond) is so excited to be a part of this show! Credits include: Little Women (Laurie) and Thoroughly Modern Millie (Jimmy). BFA Musical Theatre, Pace University. @jonathantmiller

Lukas Poost (Sam). National Tour: Shrek the Musical (Shrek). Off-Broadway: That Bache- lorette Show, Prospect Theater Company’s Unlock’d. Regional: Dirty Rotten Scoundrels (Freddy), Hairspray (Corny Collins).

Mimi Robinson (Summer) is delighted to perform in this zany new show! Favorite credits in- clude national tours: Grinch (Mama Who), Cinderella (Gabrielle), and Disney Cruise Line’s mu- sicals (Cruella/Rapunzel behind a screen).

Connor Saccal (John Wayne/Ambassador). NYMF debut! National Tour/Regional: West Side Story (Chino), Pete the Cat (Jimmy), Hairspray (Sketch), Peter Pan (Lost Boy). Other: Tokyo Disneyland. BFA, Syracuse University. The Luedtke Agency. @connor_saccal

Kelsey Schergen (Booth Babe Lucy) is excited to participate in this original work! National Tours: Fame the Musical, Wizard of Oz. Regional: Theatre Aspen, Weathervane Theatre, ABT, Axelrod. BFA NYU Tisch @schergen

Mandy Striph (Calista) is a Midwest transplant, dog lover, and crossword puzzle enthusiast. Tours: Memphis, Beauty and the Beast. Other credits: Mamma Mia (Tanya), 9 to 5 (Violet), Thoroughly Modern Millie (Millie).

Laura Butchy (Dramaturg) is a New York dramaturg, educator, and writer. She has been a dramaturg for numerous NYMF productions, including The Gunfighter Meets His Match, Dorian Gray, Pope!, Somewhere with You, Foreverman, Date of a Lifetime, The Incredibly Deaf Musical, My Illustrious Wasteland, The Hatpin, and The Yellow Wood. Other credits include The Vagina Monologues [Queens Theatre], Welcome to the Friendly Tripbox and In Praise of Folly: The Don Quixote Project [Peculiar Works Project]; West Pier [Ohio Theater], and Herakles [Chashama]. She is a professor at Plaza College and has written for American Theatre and other publications.