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A FIERY NEW MUSICAL

World Premiere October 2016

 

About SCORCHED

In an impossibly perfect kingdom, Princess and Prince encounter something wholly unfamiliar on the eve of their wedding: doubt. When the world as they know it goes up in smoke, Princess and Prince, King and Queen, dragons and witches are left to struggle with how and what to rebuild from the ashes.

Created by Benji Goldsmith, Molly Houlahan, and Yuvika Tolani, SCORCHED is a whimsical examination of the stories we tell and how they shape us.

 

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LISTEN

Demo vocals: Christian Probst


PERFORMANCES

Earlier this year, our team secured the support of the Araca Group's new work initiative, The Araca Project. Presented alongside six other new theater pieces, SCORCHED will have a limited run in New York City in early October at the American Theatre of Actors.


BOX OFFICE

Get your tickets here: bit.ly/scorchedtix

WHEN

Thu. 10/6, 8pm
Fri. 10/7, 8pm
Sat. 10/8, 2pm & 8pm
Sun. 10/9, 12:30pm

WHERE

American Theatre of Actors
314 W. 54th Street
New York, NY 10019

 

MEET THE CAST

Full cast bios here.

SAM BOLEN Edward

SAM BOLEN
Edward

MARY BOLT Ensemble

MARY BOLT
Ensemble

JENELLE CHU Agatha

JENELLE CHU
Agatha

NATHANIEL DOLQUIST Ensemble

NATHANIEL DOLQUIST
Ensemble

ZINA ELLIS Ensemble

ZINA ELLIS
Ensemble

KRISTIAN ESPIRITU Margaret

KRISTIAN ESPIRITU
Margaret

LINDSAY GARBER Alanna

LINDSAY GARBER
Alanna

PAUL HINKES Ensemble

PAUL HINKES
Ensemble

BRIAN DEMAR JONES Robert

BRIAN DEMAR JONES
Robert

CONNOR LOUNSBURY Baz

CONNOR LOUNSBURY
Baz

STEPHANIE ROCÍO Ensemble

STEPHANIE ROCÍO
Ensemble

CHANDLER ROSENTHAL Ensemble

CHANDLER ROSENTHAL
Ensemble

CHRISTINE OCTAVIA SHAW Barnie

CHRISTINE OCTAVIA SHAW
Barnie

THOMAS STILWELL Ensemble

THOMAS STILWELL
Ensemble

 
 

Meet the team

MOLLY HOULAHAN Director, Writer/Lyricist Molly Houlahan just finished the year as the Bret C. Harte Directing Fellow and the assistant to the Artistic Director at Berkeley Repertory Theatre. She has assisted Kate Whoriskey on Sweat by Lynn Nottage at both Oregon Shakespeare Festival and at Arena Stage. She previously worked with The Public and at Steppenwolf Theatre Company. Molly won the Louis Sudler Prize for Excellence in the Performing and Creative Arts upon graduating from Yale University. Molly’s favorite fairy tale is the myth of Mulan.

MOLLY HOULAHAN
Director, Writer/Lyricist

Molly Houlahan just finished the year as the Bret C. Harte Directing Fellow and the assistant to the Artistic Director at Berkeley Repertory Theatre. She has assisted Kate Whoriskey on Sweat by Lynn Nottage at both Oregon Shakespeare Festival and at Arena Stage. She previously worked with The Public and at Steppenwolf Theatre Company. Molly won the Louis Sudler Prize for Excellence in the Performing and Creative Arts upon graduating from Yale University.

Molly’s favorite fairy tale is the myth of Mulan.

BENJI GOLDSMITH Composer/Lyricist Benji writes music and sometimes words too. Benji holds a BA in Music from Yale, and is currently an MFA student in NYU's Graduate Musical Theatre Writing Program. He's so scorching excited this is happening!  Benji’s favorite fairy tale character is Aladdin; "One Jump Ahead (Reprise)" gets him every time. www.benjigoldsmith.com

BENJI GOLDSMITH
Composer/Lyricist

Benji writes music and sometimes words too. Benji holds a BA in Music from Yale, and is currently an MFA student in NYU's Graduate Musical Theatre Writing Program. He's so scorching excited this is happening! 

Benji’s favorite fairy tale character is Aladdin; "One Jump Ahead (Reprise)" gets him every time.

www.benjigoldsmith.com

MARISA KAUGARS Production Designer Lover of crispy baguettes, neon green impact drivers, and heavy duty sewing machines; an avid baker who will make use of any excuse to craft a new cake-y creation. Marisa currently works with residential architecture firm Studio MM, designs things sometimes, and is eager to singe the edges of fairy tales with the team of SCORCHED! If Madeline fell into the Alice's Wonderland and met The Caterpillar, Marisa would like to be there as a witness. www.mzkaugars.com

MARISA KAUGARS
Production Designer

Lover of crispy baguettes, neon green impact drivers, and heavy duty sewing machines; an avid baker who will make use of any excuse to craft a new cake-y creation. Marisa currently works with residential architecture firm Studio MM, designs things sometimes, and is eager to singe the edges of fairy tales with the team of SCORCHED!

If Madeline fell into the Alice's Wonderland and met The Caterpillar, Marisa would like to be there as a witness.

www.mzkaugars.com

HILLARY LUONG Lighting Designer A theatre maker and whiskey drinker, fueled by milkshakes, giggles, and lots and lots of coffee. Hillary is a lighting designer and electrician currently working on a performing arts park on the Hudson River, and she cannot wait to set the world on fire with SCORCHED! Does The Very Hungry Caterpillar count as a fairy tale? 

HILLARY LUONG
Lighting Designer

A theatre maker and whiskey drinker, fueled by milkshakes, giggles, and lots and lots of coffee. Hillary is a lighting designer and electrician currently working on a performing arts park on the Hudson River, and she cannot wait to set the world on fire with SCORCHED!

Does The Very Hungry Caterpillar count as a fairy tale? 

IAN WEHRLE Sound Designer Ian Wehrle is a composer and collaborator for various music direction and sound design for theater. Recent credits include: Charles Messina's A Room Of My Own and Cut Throat (Abingdon Theatre Co.); A Dream of Red Pavilions, Sayonara and No No Boy (Pan Asian Repertory Theatre Co.);  Gilgamesh - A Musical Epic (Columbia Stages); Carousel, Cabaret and Chess(New York Film Academy); Regular work with Blogologues: The Internet Performed, Sarah Lawrence College, Mill Mountain Theatre; and is a professor of Sound Design at CUNY's KCC. He is credited at the Food Network, MTV, and PBS. www.soundaffectsdesign.com

IAN WEHRLE
Sound Designer

Ian Wehrle is a composer and collaborator for various music direction and sound design for theater.
Recent credits include: Charles Messina's A Room Of My Own and Cut Throat (Abingdon Theatre Co.); A Dream of Red Pavilions, Sayonara and No No Boy (Pan Asian Repertory Theatre Co.);  Gilgamesh - A Musical Epic (Columbia Stages); Carousel, Cabaret and Chess(New York Film Academy); Regular work with Blogologues: The Internet Performed, Sarah Lawrence College, Mill Mountain Theatre; and is a professor of Sound Design at CUNY's KCC. He is credited at the Food Network, MTV, and PBS.

www.soundaffectsdesign.com

YUVIKA TOLANI Dramaturg, Producer Rarely uncaffeinated, often conflicted on matters of cultural identity, forever a believer in the universal impact of a powerful story. Yuvika was a Theater Studies major at Yale, is the Assistant Line Producer at The Public Theater, and will be a part of the 2016-18 Women's Project Lab, (in addition of course to working on SCORCHED with this dream team!). Yuvika’s favorite fairy tale character is the magic carpet in Aladdin. 

YUVIKA TOLANI
Dramaturg, Producer

Rarely uncaffeinated, often conflicted on matters of cultural identity, forever a believer in the universal impact of a powerful story. Yuvika was a Theater Studies major at Yale, is the Assistant Line Producer at The Public Theater, and will be a part of the 2016-18 Women's Project Lab, (in addition of course to working on SCORCHED with this dream team!).

Yuvika’s favorite fairy tale character is the magic carpet in Aladdin. 

ANGELINE WANG Producer A recent Yale grad with experience managing stages, marketing campaigns, and pop-up restaurants, Angeline is currently exploring what you do with a B.A. in Literature. She works at WME by day and spends the rest of her time figuring out what other people on the subway are reading, finding new things to color code, and helping the SCORCHED team kindle an inventive narrative into a full-scale production. Angeline hates picking favorites; her ideal fairy tale would be A Series of Unfortunate Adventures in Wonderland by Beedle the Bard.

ANGELINE WANG
Producer

A recent Yale grad with experience managing stages, marketing campaigns, and pop-up restaurants, Angeline is currently exploring what you do with a B.A. in Literature. She works at WME by day and spends the rest of her time figuring out what other people on the subway are reading, finding new things to color code, and helping the SCORCHED team kindle an inventive narrative into a full-scale production.

Angeline hates picking favorites; her ideal fairy tale would be A Series of Unfortunate Adventures in Wonderland by Beedle the Bard.

HENRY TISCH Producer As a professional Type A couch potato, Henry has a love/hate relationship with calendars, emails, and spreadsheets. He was an American Studies major at Yale, where he was President of the Yale Dramatic Association, in addition to producing The Rocky Horror Show and Heathers, among others. He is fired up to be part of the team that is bringing this fairy tale to the big city. Henry’s favorite fairy tale is Beauty and the Beast.  

HENRY TISCH
Producer

As a professional Type A couch potato, Henry has a love/hate relationship with calendars, emails, and spreadsheets. He was an American Studies major at Yale, where he was President of the Yale Dramatic Association, in addition to producing The Rocky Horror Show and Heathers, among others. He is fired up to be part of the team that is bringing this fairy tale to the big city.

Henry’s favorite fairy tale is Beauty and the Beast.

 

CHRIS HOMBURGER Producer Chris sings along to Wicked, geeks out over Star Wars, and still cries when—spoiler—Mufasa dies. When he's not doing those, he works on the Operations team at Via Transportation. He recently graduated from Yale after studying computer science. Chris’s favorite fairy tale is Squids Will Be Squids by Jon Scieszka.

CHRIS HOMBURGER
Producer

Chris sings along to Wicked, geeks out over Star Wars, and still cries when—spoiler—Mufasa dies. When he's not doing those, he works on the Operations team at Via Transportation. He recently graduated from Yale after studying computer science.

Chris’s favorite fairy tale is Squids Will Be Squids by Jon Scieszka.

IAN MILLER Musical Director Ian is a musician, theater artist, and polyglot from St. Louis, MO. He is a recent graduate of Yale College, and is excited to reunite with several old friends on SCORCHED. Favorite fairy tale character: The stinky cheese man.

IAN MILLER
Musical Director

Ian is a musician, theater artist, and polyglot from St. Louis, MO. He is a recent graduate of Yale College, and is excited to reunite with several old friends on SCORCHED.

Favorite fairy tale character: The stinky cheese man.

TIM LACIANO Orchestrator Tim enjoys stories, sushi, industrial-sized photocopiers, and video games about psychic summer camps, among other things. He attended Yale University, pursued graduate studies in conducting at the University of Michigan, and carried out musical duties at Williamstown, the Eugene O’Neill Theater Center, the Yale Institute for Music Theatre, and the College Light Opera Company. He is glowing with excitement to be reuniting with his favorite fiery theater-makers! Tim’s favorite fairy tales are those with adaptations for which Howard Ashman wrote lyrics.

TIM LACIANO
Orchestrator

Tim enjoys stories, sushi, industrial-sized photocopiers, and video games about psychic summer camps, among other things. He attended Yale University, pursued graduate studies in conducting at the University of Michigan, and carried out musical duties at Williamstown, the Eugene O’Neill Theater Center, the Yale Institute for Music Theatre, and the College Light Opera Company. He is glowing with excitement to be reuniting with his favorite fiery theater-makers!

Tim’s favorite fairy tales are those with adaptations for which Howard Ashman wrote lyrics.

SHANNON CSORNY Production Design Assistant A retired championship Irish dancer, a recent graduate from frappuccinos to iced coffee, and perpetually shouting about hockey, music, and whatever she's currently reading. Shannon spends weekdays and also some nights at Playwrights Horizons, and was way too excited about being back in town to stay away from this team and SCORCHED. The Princess Bride might be Shannon's favorite fairy tale.

SHANNON CSORNY
Production Design Assistant

A retired championship Irish dancer, a recent graduate from frappuccinos to iced coffee, and perpetually shouting about hockey, music, and whatever she's currently reading. Shannon spends weekdays and also some nights at Playwrights Horizons, and was way too excited about being back in town to stay away from this team and SCORCHED.

The Princess Bride might be Shannon's favorite fairy tale.

DAVID IMANI Digital Marketing Manager A daydreamer, adventurer, and talker who will fearlessly ask anyone where they bought a great pair of shoes. David studied Public Relations at Boston University, does social media at Situation Interactive, and is thrilled to ignite the digital marketing efforts on SCORCHED! David’s favorite fairy tale character is Jack from Jack & the Beanstalk.

DAVID IMANI
Digital Marketing Manager

A daydreamer, adventurer, and talker who will fearlessly ask anyone where they bought a great pair of shoes. David studied Public Relations at Boston University, does social media at Situation Interactive, and is thrilled to ignite the digital marketing efforts on SCORCHED!

David’s favorite fairy tale character is Jack from Jack & the Beanstalk.

ALLYSON ARNONE Props Coordinator Allyson recently graduated with an English degree from Tufts University where she was on the props team for several amazing shows, and now works for a charter school network. She spends her free time cooking gnocchi, reading, and acting out every character in the opening number of In The Heights. Allyson is very excited to get back into theater production as the props coordinator for SCORCHED! Allyson's favorite fairy tale is The Adventures of Pinocchio.

ALLYSON ARNONE
Props Coordinator
Allyson recently graduated with an English degree from Tufts University where she was on the props team for several amazing shows, and now works for a charter school network. She spends her free time cooking gnocchi, reading, and acting out every character in the opening number of In The Heights. Allyson is very excited to get back into theater production as the props coordinator for SCORCHED!

Allyson's favorite fairy tale is The Adventures of Pinocchio.

 
 

Supporters

The SCORCHED team is incredibly grateful to the individuals who supported via our Fractured Atlas page and Indiegogo campaign, and whose contributions made this production possible.

Alix Bickson
Andrew Bezek
Andrew Garrett
Anonymous (6)
Arshna and Rohet Tolani
Aru Suppiah
Ashley Suan
Carly Houlahan
Caroline Gart
Caroline Kitchener
Catherine Belt
Charles Tisch
Daisygreen Stenhouse
Daniel Berthold
Daniel Egan and Kate Glasner
Daniel Erburu Reardon
Darcy Troy-Pollack
Denis and Mary Sutterlin
Eleanor Regan
Elizabeth B. and J. Scott Shaw
Emily Bosisio
Emily Clementson
Emmanuel Quartey
Ethan Karetsky
Fern Toomey
Fiona Vella
G&G
Hannah Pilkington
Helen and Danny Miller
Henry Wang
Jamie Lim
Jay Coen Gilbert
Jeff and Bonnie Turner
Jivesh Tolani
Joan and Frank Forman
Jodi Mandel and Chris Doherty
Jonathan Holloway and Aisling Colón
Jordi Gasso
Katherine Ortmeyer
Kathryn and Vahid Imani
Kathy and Dave Gibbons
Kenny and Amy Luong
Kimio and Tomoko Akiyoshi
Kristen Nehls

Kushal Sacheti
Laila and Valdis Kalnins
Laura and Stafford Broumand
Laurel Lehman
Lee Warshavsky and Susan Bargman
Lily Bond
Lily Lamb-Atkinson
Linda & Blair Lounsbury
Linda Shell
Lizzie and Jonathan Tisch
Loretta Terranova and Nick Pelliccione
Lynne Maguire and Will Miller
Maia McCormick
Margaret Coons
Margot Brandenburg and Andrew Kassoy
Mariana Benjamin
Mei Liu Li
Meredith Cheney
Monica Awin
Nadia Ahmad
Natasha Bhandari
Pamela and Eric Suan
Pamela Farkas
Paul Kalb, Susan Ascher and Audrey Kalb
Peter Lee
Richard Goldsmith
Sally Lindel
Scott Clementson
Seth Berger
Sheila Feerick
Siu Vichkulwrapan
Sophie Faris
Steve and Emily Yee
Susan Goldberg
The Fox Family
The Houlahan Family
The Kingston Family
The VanDusen Family
The Wolfe Family
Tom Dec
Tori Mayernick
Tracey Garber
William Esher
Yari Bond