CAST BIOGRAPHIES

 

Glenn Seven Allen (Avery Dick)

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Hailed by the New York Times for his “strong voice and presence,” Glenn Seven Allen has appeared on Broadway and at major theatre, concert and opera venues throughout the United States. His 2012 credits include the world premier of A Room with a View as the Italiano with the Old Globe Theater.  Upcoming roles include Peter Quint in The Turn of the Screw staged with orchestra at the Peter Jay Sharp Theater.  Broadway and N.Y. credits include The Light in the Piazza/Lincoln Center Theatre, Girl Crazy/City Center Encores, Casino Paradise/Lincoln Center-American Songbook and A Fine and Private Place/York Theater. Other highlights include Alexius in The Chocolate Soldier at Bard Summerscape, for which Opera News praised him as “an Edwardian matinee idol, giving by far the most detailed dramatic performance”; Rutledge in 1776/Goodspeed, Frederic in The Pirates of Penzance/Utah Shakespeare Festival, Pilate in Jesus Christ Superstar/N.C. Theatre, Cliff in Cabaret/Arena Stage (Helen Hayes Nominee-Best Actor), and Giuseppe in The Light in the Piazza/Intiman and Goodman Theatres.  Performed operatic roles include Il Duca in Rigoletto, Alfredo in La Traviata, Roméo in Roméo et Juliette, Don José in Carmen, Almaviva in Il Barbiere di Siviglia, Tamino in Die Zauberflote, Rodolfo in La Boheme, Ernesto in Don Pasquale, and Rodolpho in William Bolcom’s A View from the Bridge under the supervision of the composer.  Mr. Allen trained at the University of Washington (MFA/Acting) and the University of Michigan (BFA/Musical Theatre).

 

Marcy Richardson (Ani King George)

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Hailed by Opera News for her “best all-around performance” in Handel’s Ariodante (Princeton Festival), soprano MarcyRichardson recently made her Alice Tully and Avery Fisher Hall debut as the soprano soloist in the Faure Requiem and Mozart Vesperae Solennes de Confessore. Other highlights of the 2011/2012 season include Diana/Giove as Diana in La Calisto with Vertical Player Repertory, The Arianna Project with Musica Nuova, John Eaton’s The Greeks at Symphony Space for the New Composers Alliance Summer Festival, Monica in The Medium with St. Petersburg Opera, and gala concerts with the Princeton Symphony and Toledo Opera.

She has performed with Baltimore Opera, Central City Opera, Orlando Opera, Lyrique-en-Mer in Belle-Île, France, the Lucerne Festival, The Mimesis Ensemble, and has won awards from the Kurt Weill Foundation, Gerda Lissner Foundation, and the Metropolitan Opera National Council.

No stranger to musical theater, Ms. Richardson has a passion for the music of Kurt Weill, and starred in Berlin to Broadway with Opera Columbus, as well as Operamission’s Kurt Weill Uncovered: A Cabaret Chronology. She is originally from Grosse Pointe, MI and is a graduate of the Indiana University Jacobs School of Music. Please visit www.marcyrichardson.com

 

Matthew Curran (Helmut Langeschlange)

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Matthew Curran, bass, is a singer of opera, concert, and loves the challenge and uncharted waters of works.  In Helmut Langeschlange, he is thrilled and excited to take on a role for which he is practically type cast; an aging German porn star.  Recent appearances include: Beethoven’s 9th Symphony with the Jacksonville Symphony, Sarastro in The Magic Flute with St. Louis Symphony, Colline in La Bohème with Atlanta Opera, Opera Grand Rapids and Jacksonville Symphony, Raimondo in Lucia di Lammermoor with Baltimore Concert Opera, Brahms’ Requiem with Symphony Silicon Valley, Inspector Watts (cover) in Séance on a Wet Afternoon at New York City Opera, Bérénice with American Symphony Orchestra at Carnegie Hall, Messiah with the Garden State Philharmonic, Edwin Cheney in Shining Brow (by Daron Hagen) with the Buffalo Philharmonic.  He has also performed with Zürich Opera, Seattle Opera, Opera New Jersey, New Orleans Opera, Chautauqua Opera, Central City Opera, and Center City Opera Theater among others. Future engagements include: Daland in Der Fliegender Holländer with Opera Roanoke, Angelotti in Tosca with Hawaii Opera.  http://www.matthewcurran.net

 

James Jackson, Jr. (Lady Honeysuckle)

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Deposited in New York City over a decade ago, James has done it all.  Hit the road with some angry Brits (Whistle Down The Wind Nat’l Tour), sung his little heart out for a few years with the Rockettes (Radio City Christmas Spectacular), maybe won an award for some work back in his native Boston (Dreamgirls Massasoit Theater), had inappropriate relations on a piano bench a few times (The Wild Party, Columbia Stages & SpeakEasy Stage Company [regional premiere]), played a few women (Henri Gabler Exigent Theater), and possibly spent some time dressed as a poinsettia tree, allegedly in Branson, Missouri (Christmas Dreams), all before embarking on a solo-concert career, where he’s been playing all over NYC (Other Lies and I Love Myself When I’m Laughing both at Joe’s Pub). www.JJacksonJr.com

 

Joe Damon Chappel (Jared Rothko, Porno Kingpin)

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Joe Chappel is the longtime principal Bass soloist of Bach Vespers at Holy Trinity, the oldest continuous vespers series of its kind in the United States.  In addition, he is currently on world tour with Philip Glass and Robert Wilson’s Einstein on the Beach.  He enjoys an active vocal career in and outside NYC, as well as abroad.  Mr. Chappel is single and currently interviewing temporary and long-term applicants for further casting couch “character study”.

 

 

Jonathan Wood Vincent (Ole King Smegma & Porn Addict)

JonathanJonathan Wood Vincent does not believe in porn addiction but he believes in the beauty of shame and its kind encouragement to the human herd towards the blissful oneness of death.  He is a composer, songwriter, singer, and performer who has honed his body and his expressions of thought to create spontaneous, yet crafted articulations of meaning and gesture. He is known both for his wide ranging songs, piano improvisations, semi- improvised epic story-pieces, and associative “rants” deriving from long studies and assorted collaborations and prostrations with various long forgotten deities and demigods.He has had long, long collaborations with post-Mortem neolicious scary dancer Zack Fuller, the exquisite violinist and composer Katt Hernandez, and has recorded and performed with post-Torah folk rockers Girls in Trouble, alt country singer songwriter Eileen Rose, and a multilingual stripper rap band called Un Cuerpo Exquisito, and inventor/microtonalist Adam James Wilson, improvisors Jeff Arnal, John Dierker and Will Redman, in addition to countless other folks.He runs a performance series called Papacookie in his living room and throughout New York.His compositions have been commissioned and performed by Anti- Social Music and members of the Seattle Percussion Collective.He has recordings on Emanem, Sony, Kimchee, J-Dub, Stone Quarry, Generate Records, etc.

 

Sarah Mostov (Soprano Fluffer, Zombina, Andie King George)

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Sarah is your leading alternative-opera-burlesque performer, taking NYC by storm.  Since she graduated with a degree in Voice Performance from the Indiana University Jacobs school of music, she has scored numerous gigs all around the Big Apple, including the opportunity to perform with the MET Opera as a Nibelung in Wagner’s Das Rheingold. She has also become more interested in finding other alternative styles that could incorporate the classical genre with contemporary theater. With that in mind, she has arranged classic art songs and arias into Pop-Rock burlesque variety acts and has performed these acts at multiple venues around town, including NYC’s Highline Ballroom, The Slipper Room, Webster Hall, ‘KITTY NIGHTS’ at Bar on A, ‘Shaken & Stirred’ at The Delancey, ‘Bushwick Burlesque’ at The Morgan, and more!  She is absolutely PUMPED to be involved with premiere of The Enchanted Organ and can’t wait to take part in showing the world what Pornopolis is made of!!

 

Melissa Unkel (Mezzo Fluffer)

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Melissa Unkel, mezzo-soprano, has performed numerous operatic roles including the title role in Carmen, Dorabella, Dido, Cherubino, Blanche (Dialogues of the Carmelites),Stephano (Romeo et Juliette), and Orlovsky (Die Fledermaus) Solo concert engagements include Handel’s Messiah, Israel in Egypt, Judas Maccabeus, Haydn Lord Nelson Mass, Bach’s Mass in B Minor, St John Passion, St. Matthew Passion Mozart’s Requiem and Mass in C Minor, and the Monteverdi Vespers.  She has appeared with the New York Philharmonic (Carnegie Hall) as Rosalia in West Side Story Concert Suites, and as “Cherubino” in an all Mozart program (Avery Fisher Hall).

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Andrew Catalano (Tenor Fluffer)

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Andrew was born in Roslyn Heights, NY. He attended the Manhattan School of Music Pre-College program as a voice student and continued on to the University of Michigan where he earned a dual degree inVocal Performance and Communications. He performed the role of Gary in
the world premiere of “The Rat Land,” another Beeferman, Jackson, and Greenberg collaboration. At 12 years old, Andrew appeared on SaturdayNight Live with Adam Sandler as one of the Drei Dels during the debut
of the Third Hannukah Song. Andrew currently resides in New York City and is thrilled to be working again with Gordon, Charlotte, and Beth. Go Blue!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Steven Hrycelak (Bass Fluffer)

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Steven Hrycelak, bass, is in demand as an operatic, concert, and ensemble performer. He has performed with the NY Virtuoso Singers, Toby Twining Music, ekmeles, Early Music New York, Vox, TENET, Meridionalis, Seraphic Fire, and a vocal jazz quintet, West Side 5. He has also been a frequent soloist at Trinity Church Wall Street, as well as with NYS Baroque, Pegasus, Musica Sacra, 4×4, the Waverly Consort, the American Symphony Orchestra, Sacred Music in a Sacred Space, Union Avenue Opera, and the Collegiate Chorale. His performance of Monteverdi’s Seneca with Opera Omnia was hailed by the NY Times as having “a graceful bearing and depth.” He has also traveled the US, Canada, and Europe performing in Frank London’s Klezmer musical, A Night in the Old Marketplace. Mr. Hrycelak has degrees from Indiana University and Yale University, where he sang with the world-renowned Yale Whiffenpoofs. Additionally, he is a coach/accompanist.

 

Mark Byrne (actor, various roles)

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Credits include Only Beauty with Paul Giamatti at the Public Theatre; Ulysses on Broadway with Stephen Colbert, Symphony Space; Dancing with Demons at The National Black Theatre Festival, L.A. Premiere of Howie The Rookie; Ferdinand in The Tempest at Manitoba Theatre Centre. Movie credits include Carla and The Politics of Conflict, directed by Minos Papas. Mark Byrne trained with Wynn Handman. Please visit www.themarkbyrne.com

 

Rachel Farrar (various roles)

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Rachel Farrar is a native of Lexington, Kentucky where she earned her Bachelor’s Degree in Vocal Performance from the University of Kentucky. Now based in NYC, she works primarily in Film and Television as both actor and singer. She recently appeared alongside Michael Fassbender in the award-winning 2012 feature film Shame. Ms. Farrar is delighted to be frequently cast in projects about sex addicts and porn stars!  RachelFarrar.com

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Brian Thompson (various roles)

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As a freelance violist exploring everything from opera to new music and everything in between, Brian is normally busy adjusting a different sort of G string but what a thrill this is!  Thank you Gordon for inviting me to be part of this romping good time.  It’s a privilege to work with such an enormous…talent.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Randy Holden (various roles)

Randy Holden headshotNew York-born, -bred and now -based, actor and writer Randall Holden nevertheless spent four formative years in Indiana and 30 years in Paris, France. Holden is known for his work on Demonlover (2002), Les patriotes (1994) and L’équilibre de la terreur (2006). Holden recently appeared in the leading role in Lev Pakman’s short film, “Side Effected,” which featured as an official selection at Cannes and elsewhere and won multiple awards including Audience Favorite/Best of the Fest Award at the 2013 Palm Springs ShortFest. As a writer, he authored DELETIONS, Winner of the Writer’s Digest Playwriting Award; film version adapted and directed by Sandra Gallippi. He is now adapting a first novel into a screenplay, while at work on a second novel.