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Curses!

Book and Lyrics by Harriet Belkin, Music by Sandy Shanin
Based on a short story by Norman Belkin


Gittel curses everyone who irritates her - and her curses come true!

“Curses” is a hilarious musical fable about the shocking things that befall the residents of Retchitza, a Russian Shtetl in 1900 when Gittle arrives in town and curses everyone who irritates her. She was imported to marry an uneducated slob of a wagon driver. You might curse too if you had to marry him. But she’s no bargain either.

Morgan Aiken

Ron Barnett

Harriet Belkin

Toni-Lynn Chaco

Emily Cohn

Kelly Coughlin

Elise Dewsberry

Patrick Geringer

Orlando Perez

Lia Peros

Sandy Shanin

Tedd Szeto

at the HOLLYWOOD FRINGE FESTIVAL
1001 Minutes of New Musicals

SACRED FOOLS THEATER BLACK BOX
6322 Santa Monica Blvd., LA, CA 90038

FIVE PERFORMANCES ONLY!


" PRODUCTION C"
Sat, Jun 10 at 7:00 pm
Wed, Jun 14 at 9:00 pm
Thu, Jun 15 at 7:30 pm
Sun, Jun 18 at 3:00 pm
Fri, Jun 23 at 9:00 pm

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Creative Team

Director
Elise Dewsberry

Music Director
Ron Barnett
Emily Cohn

Stage Manager
Morgan Aiken

Cast
Toni-Lynn Chaco
Kelly Coughlin
Patrick Geringer
Orlando Perez
Lia Peros
Tedd Szeto


CREATIVE TEAM - BIOGRAPHIES


Morgan Aiken (Stage Manager) was born and raised in Los Angeles, California.  She graduated from St. Bernard High School in Playa Del Rey in 2006 on the Deans Honor Roll and earning the Alfano Award. At 20, after studying psychology at West Los Angeles Community College, Morgan joined the Army as a Military Police Officer.  There she served in several duty stations, such as Colorado, South Korea, and Iraq.  After 5 years, she earned an honorable discharge as a Corporal and used the GI Bill to attend the New York Film Academy in Los Angeles, CA earning a Bachelor of Fine Arts degree in 2017.

Ron Barnett (Music Director) is a composer living in Los Angeles, CA where he is Director of Music and Sacred Arts at Saint Mark’s Episcopal Church, Glendale. Full length musicals, as composer: Around the World in 80 Days with book and lyrics by Julianne Homokay, A Christmas Carol with book by Barry Kornhauser, published in 2013 by Dramatic Publishing Company, Woodstock, IL and When Butter Churns to Gold, which premiered in 2015 at Northern Sky Theatre in Door County, WI. Choral music published by MorningStar, GIA, and Lorenz. He is currently a member of New Musicals Inc. in North Hollywood, and was, with lyricist Greg Edwards, a finalist for the 2010 and 2012 Fred Ebb Prize.  

Harriet Belkin (Book & Lyrics) Harriet and Norman Belkin were a writing team whose TV credits include All in the Family, Maude, Good Times, Mary Hartman Mary Hartman, The Sandy Duncan Show and The Smurfs.  They joined Lehman Engel’s musical theater workshop which evolved into New Musicals, Inc. and wrote the book and lyrics for April Fools, Mercy Beaucoup, No More Mr. Nice Guy, Judge Knott (which was a semi-finalist in the Rochester Playwright Festival and won Honorable Mention in the Beverly Hills Theatre Guild competition) and The Money Tree, winner of the Beverly Hills Theatre Guild’s Irma and Louis Colen Musical Theatre award.  Harriet is currently working on Phenomenal Woman, the life of Helena Blavatsky, founder of the Theosophical Society, with music by Lauri Allen.

Toni-Lynn Chaco (Fanatic/Kvetch) is originally from Orange County, California and has been performing since the tender age of 6. She has attended Orange County High School of the Arts and has been involved with the Performing Arts in various capacities for the last 29 years. Toni-Lynn is currently a Vocal Coach/Piano Teacher with Westwood Music in L.A. and is honored to work with NMI and the talented cast of Curses. Toni-Lynn can be seen on stage, in film, commercials and be heard on voice-overs nationwide.

Emily Cohn (Music Director) hails from the land of piano where she has had the privilege to work with many Broadway stars and notable directors. She’s very grateful for NMI where she grew her skills and learned from her colleagues during the productions of: NYSSV, Bagels, and Belle Barth.  Some of her other favorite works have been with the award winning Alien Vs Musical, world premier of We Are The Tigers,  Hairspray for the Celerity Gala at the Orpehum Theatre.,  Das Barbecu at The Barnstormers in New Hampshire. An accomplished and multi-faceted musician, Emily is trained in classical and jazz piano and was the featured pianist with the Hollywood Film Orchestra on their most recent China Tour in December. For more info visit www.emilycohnmusic.com When not at the keys Emily is traveling the world!

Kelly Coughlin (Gittel) is thrilled to be making her NMI debut in Curses! She is an actor/writer/singer that has been performing since she was 10. She has been been the music conductor for several school musical productions, and has had roles in Working, The Secret Garden, Cinderella, and the Chicago 24 Hour Plays: Man Made Weapon. She is working on producing a web-series she has written, which will be filming this summer. She enjoys baking, performing with her all-female indie sketch team Small Dinosaurs, as well as her indie improv teams Bean, Tea Time, and Yawkey.

Elise Dewsberry (Director) is currently the Artistic Director of NMI, and has been involved in the development of new works as an actor, director, and dramaturge for over 40 years. Most recent performances: Singing Sixty (a one-woman birthday celebration at Rockwell Table & Stage); Domina in Forum… (Cabrillo Music Theatre); Forks in the Road (NMI’s 2015 Fifteen  Minute Musicals); Aline Barnsdall in Frogs in the Living Room; Mary Marie; The Angel of Painted Post; Now and Then a Hero at the 2011 Stages Festival; Red v. Blue (NMI’s 2008 Fifteen Minute Musicals); Spellcasters at the Secret Rose; and Queen Mab’s Alarmingly Mandatory Bridal Shower at the Noho Arts Center. Most recent directing: Invisible at the Colony and 3-D Theatricals; City of Light at the Colony Theatre; Bloodline and Mad Bomber (for the 2013 Stages Festival); Mary Marie; Love Bytes; NMI’s 2006, 2009, 2011, 2012, and 2016 Fifteen Minute Musicals; At Home In Mitford; and The Water. Elise has been ecstatically married to cellist Stephen Green for 36 years. They are the proud parents of community organizer Rebecca Rose; and are absolutely thrilled to welcome Rebecca’s significant other Carl Emerlbauer into the family! www.elisedewsberry.com

Patrick Geringer (Shloime) is a 12 year old actor, singer, dancer, and overall showoff. He is thankful to John Sparks and New Musicals Inc. for giving him the opportunity to perform in the Hollywood Fringe Festival for the first time. He is most proud of his leading role as young Truman Capote in the musical, A Christmas Memory, at the Sierra Madre Playhouse, based on the short story and childhood of Truman Capote. He was involved in a preview performance of Hans Brinker, by Philip Seward and John Sparks, a musical adaptation of the novel Hans Brinker and the Silver Skates. His film debut was in A Doggone Hollywood, directed by Jim Wynorski, which was released this month. He just finished taping a children’s educational series called Q-Wunder. He recently recorded a song called That’s What I Remember, by David Wheatley and Deanne Davis, from the Christmas musical, Star of Wonder. He played a leading role in the musical, Legally Blonde Jr., by Laurence O’Keefe and Nell Benjamin, at his middle school and received rave reviews. In September, he will begin his first year at the California School of the Arts in their Musical Theater Conservatory. He enjoys video games, surfing, dancing, roller skating, and pop music. He is thankful to director Alison Kalmus, writer/director John Sparks, and voice coach Diane Harmel who have brought out the best in his talents and afforded him many opportunities to showcase these talents. He is grateful for his parents, grandparents, and actress-engineer big sister, for their love and support and putting up with his singing, very loudly, in the car, and never missing a performance.

Orlando Perez (Herschel) a native of Mexico, began his performance training at the age of 18 in Sacramento, CA, where he was featured in musicals and choral concerts with the Sacramento City Choir. In the spring of 2015 he received his Bachelors of Fine Arts Degree in Music Theater from AMDA College and Conservatory for the Performing arts. He is thrilled to be starting his journey as a performing artist in the City of Los Angeles, and proud to be doing so in this production of Invisible.

Lia Peros (Miriam/Gossip) is a singer/actress that graduated summa cum laude from NYU, where she received her Bachelors of Music in Musical Theatre Vocal Performance. Her favorite NYC credits include: The Secret Garden (Ayah), The Marvelous Wonderettes (Missy), Smile (Maria), Candide (Ensemble), Quilters (Lisa) and If It Only Even Runs a Minute 8 at Joe’s Pub. Favorite L.A. credits include: How to Succeed in Business without Really Trying (Smitty), My Fair Lady, and A Christmas Carol at the Glendale Centre Theatre. Other SoCal credits include: Parade (Mrs. Phagan), South Pacific and A Welk Family Christmas at the Lawrence Welk Resort Theater, and The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee (Rona Lisa). Lia is also a member of the Yuletide Carolers by Michetti-Knowles Entertainment, and has worked in various shows at LEGOLAND California. Lia can be heard as Petra on the popular sci-fi podcast Ars Paradoxica and she enjoys teaching, choreographing, and directing for youth theatre.

Sandy Shanin (Music) has composed music for four musicals, including Women in Love (with Meredith Stiehm), The Spark: Hannah Senesh and Shahrazad: Heads or Tales (both with Noelle Donfeld) and Ohio ( with Ken Gardner and Sara B. Ware).   Some of these works have been finalist or semi-finalist in the O’Neill National Theatre Conference, Chicago Stages Festival.  Her musicals have had staged readings in Los Angeles Chicago and London.  Shanin has released an album of affirmation songs, I Live in This Moment.  Her lyrics (Jocheved) were included in the oratorio entitled Women of Valor by composer Andrea Clearfield. It was recently recorded and released on Albany Records (performed by the Los Angeles Jewish Symphony).  Shanin is a two-time winner of the Jewish Music Commission’s composer competition.  Her passion is writing songs for causes, including SongsOfLove.com.  Sandy is married to Bill Lasarow, publisher of Visual Art Source online and ArtScene visual art digest.  They are proud parents of Eliana Lasarow.

Tedd Szeto (Doctor/Bigot) just completed his sixth year as a member of NMI’s Academy Repertory Company. LA theater credits include Mame (Ito), You’re a Good Man, Charlie Brown (Linus), Little Shop of Horrors (Seymour), Chang and Eng (Eng), Pacific Overtures, Sweeney Todd, Cabaret. TV: Nip/Tuck, Parks and Recreation, and national spots for Microsoft Bing and UPS. But the “productions” he is most proud of are his kids: JP (9), Tabitha (8), and Deacon (6).