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Feet First

Book by Chris Smith, Music by Ross Plotkin, Lyrics by Brad Beaver

A Musical with Heart...and Sole

NYC roommates, Jace and Parkie, are planning a foot orgy with a few sailors in town on Fleet Week. Unfortunately, the footsteps at their door belong to Jace's mother and his ex-boyfriend, whose unexpected arrival threatens to stomp on all their fun.


Morgan Aiken

Brad Beaver

Elise Dewsberry

Kevin Mathie

Denis McCourt

Anthon Michael Meyer

Ross Plotkin

Frankie Rodriguez

Christopher A Smith

Matt Valle

1001 Minutes of New Musicals

6322 Santa Monica Blvd., LA, CA 90038


Sat, Jun 10 at 8:30 pm
Wed, Jun 14 at 11:00 pm
Thu, Jun 15 at 6:00 pm
Sun, Jun 18 at 4:30 pm
Fri, Jun 23 at 11:00 pm

To buy tickets for this show, make a note of the DATE and TIME you want, and then click the link below to go to the Hollywood Fringe Festival site. NOTE that all performances at that site will be listed as 1001 MINUTES OF MUSICAL THEATRE so you need to know the date and time of the show you want to see.


Creative Team

Denis McCourt

Music Director
Kevin Mathie

Stage Manager
Morgan Aiken

Elise Dewsberry
Anthon Michael Meyer
Frankie Rodriguez
Matt Valle


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.

Brad Beaver (Lyrics) has been writing book and lyrics for the musical theater since his college days at the University of Minnesota.  Brad had a brief career as an actor before succumbing to the universally-held opinion that his acting time would be better spent writing.  He is a long-term member of New Musicals, Inc. where he has studied under Lehman Engel and John Sparks, has also studied lyric writing at UCLA and is a member of the Dramatists Guild.  Brad is currently working maniacally on Feet First.

Elise Dewsberry (Marjorie Culpepper) 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!

Kevin Mathie (Music Director) has more than 25 years’ experience working as a music director, composer, and pianist. During his career he has been the music director more than 150 musical productions for theaters. He has also written the music for five musicals which have been produced on stage, and created a dozen incidental scores for non-musicals. Moreover, Kevin is a music composer for film and television. His music has been featured on CBS, The Young and the Restless, Showtime, and others. He is a member of ASCAP, the Dramatists Guild of America, and the Society of Composers and Lyricists.

Denis McCourt (Director) 

Originally from New York City, Denis McCourt and his husband of 20+ years moved to California from Florida in 2008 where he became of the co-Artistic Director of the Long Beach Shakespeare Company and worked with that theatre for three years. He then created the Public Theatre of Southern California and then also became the Associate Chair of the Acting Department at the Los Angeles Campus of the New York Film Academy in North Hollywood. He served there for 9 years. During that tenure Denis shared his love of the craft of acting and the development of the skills needed for both film and live performance to thousands of students from every corner of the world. A proud member of both the Actors Equity Association (AEA) and Screen Actors Guild (SAG/AFTRA) unions, Denis holds a both a Bachelor of Arts Degree in Theatre and a Master of Fine Arts Degree in Acting.

Denis has directed hundreds of theatrical productions throughout the greater Los Angeles area with a certain love for new works and their development. He worked with NMI as a Lyricist & Book Writer and Directed for their musicals F**ked Up Fairy Tales, Feet First & Chaturbate: The Musical at Sacred Fools Theatre (LA Fringe 2017). Some other directing projects include: The Ghosts of Lote Bravo by Hillary Bettis, 8 The Play by Dustin Lance Black, Bent by Martin Sherman, Metamorphoses by Mary Zimmerman and Anna in the Tropics by Nilo Cruz. Denis is excited to be back for LA Fringe 2019 with NMI & Nicholas Tana & Hell’s Kitty: The Musical.

As a Theatre Artist & Director; my true calling and mission is to empower the individual through their own uniqueness and diversity as a person. No two persons’ experiences are the same. And through that level of self awareness, we begin to understand and respect the lives of others. If we can try to bring our unique experience to the story, the audience may open their hearts as well…that’s when the magic can happen.” Denis McCourt

Anthon Michael Meyer (Alan Walker Richmond) is a South African native who spent his formative years in Vancouver, where he discovered his love of theater in his high school drama club. He moved to Los Angeles in 2012, where he received a BFA in acting for film at New York Film Academy. There, he appeared in The Complete Works of William Shakespeare (Abridged), and originated the role of Richard in the original play, The Stranger In Yourself. He has co-produced and appeared in numerous short films, and currently works in television and home video production.

Ross Plotkin (Music) is a New York based songwriter, composer, and pianist. He has performed his original material, once memorably described (by Ross) as “shaped by Tom Lehrer, Randy Newman, and Billy Joel, but more elitist” at venues including the New York Funny Songs Fest, the Laughingstock Comedy Music Festival, and South by Southwest. He has also written for string quartet, solo piano, choir, wind quintet and soprano, and other instrumental/vocal permutations. Ross loves long after-dinner walks, crossword puzzles, and all manner of subversive thoughts and behavior.

Frankie Rodriguez (Parkie Albright) was last seen in the Anchorage Concert Association’s production of Peter Pan (Twin #2). Other theatre: Sweeney Todd (Johanna), She Loves Me (Arpad), and Legally Blonde: The Musical (Sundeep/Carlos). TV/Film include: That’s The Gag, Raymond and Lane, and a few commercials you should see popping up this summer. Frankie also performs with the frog choir at The Wizarding World of Harry Potter. BFA Musical Theatre from the American Academy.

Christopher A Smith (Book) is a member of New Musicals, Inc. and a writer of guilty pleasure-type TV pilots and theatre.  He published the novel The Unfortunates by C.A. Smythe, and is the book writer of The Good People of Sodom and Gomorrah: The Musical!  He appears as Father Finnegan on the comedy web soap Roads to Keystone, and hosts The YNTAAY Minis, both seen on YouTube.  Thanks to his dramaturg George Barr for the invaluable advice.  And thanks to Wayne Hammett for the foot-tastic logo for Feet First.

Matt Valle (Jace Culpepper) was most recently seen as Puddles in Michael Shaw Fisher‘s world premiere musical Skullduggery at Sacred Fools Theater Company  You can watch him as Justin in a new television comedy series, Over the Counter, starring Shar Jackson and Jennifer Elise Cox.  Devoting energy to new works has been his motivation in Los Angeles.  Matt is a company member at Sacred Fools Theater and is excited to be playing on home ground in Feet First.