fringe 2017 ithaca | NewMusicalsInc


Thanksgiving in Ithaca

Book and Lyrics by Mitch Glaser, Music by Joe Blodgett


The gods work in mysterious ways.

Odysseus reappears after 15 years at war to find that something is rotten in Ithaca, New York.

Morgan Aiken

Heidi Elisabeth Appe

Ron Barnett

Joe Blodgett

Emily Cohn

Elise Dewsberry

Mitchell Glaser

Amber Hurst Martin

Robert Leh

Shannon Martinous

Kila Packett

Pamela Welky Paul

Chandler Reed

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
Heidi Elisabeth Appe
Amber Hurst Martin
Robert Leh
Shannon Martinous
Kila Packett
Pamela Welky Paul
Chandler Reed
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.

Heidi Elisabeth Appe (Precious) Favorite roles include an awful Jane Russell impersonation for The Golden Age of Radio; Gymnasia, A Funny Thing Happened on the Way to the Forum (Panic Productions); Veronica, God of Carnage (REP, Broadway World Leading Actress nomination); Mrs. Meers, Thoroughly Modern Millie(Canyon Theatre Guld); Mrs. Forrest, Psycho Beach Party (Morgan/Wixson); Mae, Pajama Game (WVP). Often finding herself undead, crazy and/or evil, Heidi has played various zombies, undead housewives & mental patients for live events/film. Recent TV/Film: Cry Wolfe, Hollywood Mouth 3, Luke Unleashed (Best Supporting Actress nomination, 168 Film Festival), Channel Surfing, Long Island: the Webseries. Check out her webshort “How You Think You Look”, and upcoming filmshort “I’m Next”.

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.  

Joe Blodgett (Music) is a San Francisco-based composer and singer. His other musicals include The Max Factor Factor (Celebration Theatre/New Musicals Inc., book by Adrian Bewley, lyrics by Chana Wise), Standing Up (book by Paul Elliot, lyrics by Larry Todd Johnson) and Marriage Counseling (with bookwriter and co-lyricist Michael Greenspun). He also contributed music to In the Mind of Olympians (2011 Stages Festival). He sings with the International Orange Chorale of San Francisco, an a cappella chamber choir with a focus on contemporary music. He is a member of the Dramatists Guild of America and The Academy for New Musical Theatre.

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!

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

Mitchell Glaser (Book and Lyrics) Long associated with New Musicals Inc. - including participating in NMI’s Fifteen Minute Musicals four times - he has written a variety of musical theater pieces including the infamous Manson’s Girls which received death threats and Thanksgiving in Ithaca which won the “Pick of the Fringe” prize at the 2017 Hollywood Fringe Festival. He also sings in the liberal art attack troop The Billionaires under the stage name of Rolan Indo, and is one of the founding producers of A Little New Music, the prestigious L.A. based cabaret.

Amber Hurst Martin (Athena) 

is so excited to be a part of Thanksgiving In Ithaca. Classically trained in music and theater at Fordham College Lincoln Center, she’s traveled the world performing with Jesus Christ Superstar and Disney Cruise Lines. As an LA-based performer, she has sung at numerous venues around the city including The Wallis Annenberg Center for the Performing Arts and Hotel Cafe. She is currently writing a solo music project and is on tour with the It Gets Better musical, a project of the Gay Men’s Chorus of LA. Favorite roles include Ronnette in Little Shop and Puck in A Midsummer Night’s Dream. Babies are babies

Robert Leh (Vinnie) has appeared in the films Rocky I & II, Raid on Entebbe and The Toolbox Murders and, on television, The Young and the Restless and General Hospital as well as other episodic roles. He was most recently seen on the Nickelodeon series Big Time Rush. He was a writer/performer in the popular improvisational sketch comedy group The Ultimate Crutch and regularly played The Comedy Store, The Improv, and The Ice House among others. Robert is also an accomplished singer/songwriter, playing many music venues and coffee houses in the L.A. area. In addition to acting, Robert is co-owner of Spontaneous Solutions, a company which does creativity training for businesses, and Gymnasium For The Mind, a program of improvisationally-based games for exercising cognitive function in seniors.

Shannon Martinous (Penny) is an actor, singer, and teacher.  She received her Masters of Music in Musical Theatre at The Boston Conservatory following a Voice Performance degree and Theatre minor from Missouri Southern State University.  Recent theatre credits include Songs for New World, Heartland Opera; Forks in the Road: 15 Minute Musicals, ANMT ;  Hi-Tech Hijack, Studio C Artists; and Minna in Fauntleroy, Santa Monica Playhouse.  Shannon was recently featured in the short films The Vigil and Changes as well as the web series Reverse Polarity.  Check out some of her work at ShannonMartinous.com.

Kila Packett (Percy) is concurrently playing the role of The Philostrate in Unspoken: Shakespeare’s Personae in Peril at the Underground Theatre for the HFF.  Kila has performed in numerous Off-Broadway and regional theatres, notably The Mark Taper Forum, BAM, Classic Stage Company, Pearl Theatre Company, LaMaMa etc., Mabou Mines, Will Geer Theatricum Botanicum, and Crossroads Theatre Company.  He has worked with acclaimed directors such as Sir Peter Hall, Liv Ullmann, Andrei Serban, Anne Bogart, Diane Paulus, and Debbie Allen. Kila is a Eugene O’Neill Theatre Center Cabaret Fellow and co-author of Unnatural Acts (Drama Desk, Lucille Lortel, and GLAAD nominations).  Television credits include recurring roles on Grey’s Anatomy, Hawaii Five-0, and the upcoming Sci-Fi series Counterpart starring J.K. Simmons.  He is a head mentor with Young Storytellers, a resident teaching artist at LA Drama Club, and co-producer of the LA-based concert series, A Little New Music.  Graduate of Columbia University’s School of the Arts.

Pamela Welky Paul (Lucy) charmed audiences in Funny Girl, Evita, Best Little Whorehouse in Texas, Music Man and They’re Playing Our Song. She wrote the musical, Song of Motherhood, premiering at the WaterTower Theater in Dallas, Tx. Her essays have been featured in the Los Angeles Times, Chicago Tribune, New York Newsday and many others. Most recently, she was “just her” in the podcast, The Dr. Kurt Show with Just Her. 

Chandler Reed (Telly) Is an actor, musician, and recent graduate of AMDA College and Conservatory. He is very happy to be making his Fringe Festival debut in multiple NMI projects this summer. When he is not on stage Chandler is outdoors with his girlfriend Madison and their dog Buddy.

Tedd Szeto (Ody) 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).