Michael Yates Crowley (Playwright): Michael’s works for theater include The Rape of the Sabine Women, by Grace B Matthias (Playwrights Realm at The Duke on 42nd Street); Gunplay: A Love Story (developed at NYTW and Ars Nova); Song of a Convalescent Ayn Rand Giving Thanks to the Godhead (American Repertory Theater, Joe’s Pub); temping (premiered at the 53rd New York Film Festival, A.R.T.); Evanston: A Rare Comedy (2013 O’Neill NPC selection); and The Ted Haggard Monologues (published by S. Fischer Verlag; filmed by HBO). He is a member of Ars Nova’s Play Group, a former NYFA Playwriting fellow and member of the Soho Rep Writer/Director Lab, and a graduate of the Lila Acheson Wallace Playwrights Program at Juilliard. Together with the director Michael Rau, he founded the narrative technology company Wolf 359.
Michael Rau (Director): Michael is a director specializing in new plays, opera, and digital media projects. He has worked internationally in Germany, Brazil, the UK, Ireland, and the Czech Republic. He has created work at Lincoln Center, The Public Theater, and Ars Nova. Regionally, his work has been performed at A.R.T. in Cambridge MA and he has developed new plays at the O’Neill National Playwrights Conference and the Kennedy Center. He has served an assistant director for Anne Bogart, Les Waters, and Ivo Van Hove. He is a New York Theater Workshop Usual Suspect and a professor of directing at Stanford University.
Sara C. Walsh
Sound & Video Designer
Katherine Kovner & Chelsea Fryer
Kara Kaufman (Stage Manager)*: Playwrights Realm: The Revolving Cycles Truly and Steadily Roll'd, Hello, From the Children of Planet Earth; Sojourners. Selected Off-Broadway: Sojourners and Her Portmanteau (NYTW); Kingdom Come (Roundabout); Today Is My Birthday (P73); Travels With My Aunt; John & Jen (Keen Company); SeaWife (Naked Angels); I See You; The Mysteries; Restoration Comedy; These Seven Sicknesses; Kaspar Hauser (Flea); Dani Girl (EPBB); The Opponent (A Red Orchid); Neva (Public); Really Really (MCC); Lush Valley (HERE Arts Center); Paternity (Cherry Lane) and Hold Music (Living Theatre). Proud AEA member and Harvard grad.
Andrea Jess Berkey (Assistant Stage Manager)*: Off Broadway: Gloria, The Saintliness of Margery Kempe, O Earth, Maurice Hines’ Tappin Thru Life, Charles Francis Chan Jr’s Exotic Oriental Murder Mystery, Consent, The Last Starfighter, The Fabulous Life of a Size Zero, joy, Fame on 42nd Street. Potomac Theatre Project, Soho Rep, MCC, Cherry Lane, Manhattan Theatre Club. Festivals: NYMF, FringeNYC, NAMT, MITF. Regional: Flat Rock Playhouse, North Carolina Stage Company, Williamstown Theatre Festival, Actors Theatre of Louisville. Touring: Blue’s Clues Live!, TheatreworksUSA. Numerous readings and BC/EFA events. Proud member of Actor’s Equity Association.
Heidi Armbruster (Rachel)*: Heidi has extensive New York and regional theater credits, including “Time Stands Still” on Broadway, Lincoln Center’s production of Ayad Akhtar’s Pulitzer Prize winning play “Disgraced,” the New York premiere of Theresa Rebeck’s “Poor Behavior” at Primary Stages, the world premieres of Rachel Bonds’ play “At The Old Place” at La Jolla Playhouse, Sam Hunter’s play “Clarkston” at Dallas Theater Center, Anna Ziegler’s play “Boy” at Keen Company, and T.D. Mitchell’s play “Queens for a Year” at Hartford Stage. Heidi was recently seen in the New York premiere of Tracy Letts’s play “Man from Nebraska.” Heidi was awarded a Drama League Nomination for her work in the Keen Company’s revival of “Tea and Sympathy.” Heidi’s Film and TV credits include “Poor Behavior,” “My Man Is A Loser,” “Michael Clayton,” “Revolutionary Road,” “The Northern Kingdom,” “Louie,” “The Blacklist,” “Blue Bloods,” “30 Rock,” “House of Cards,” “Daredevil,” “Divorce,” and Michelle on Darren Star’s TV Land hit “Younger.” Heidi received her Master of Fine Arts in Acting from American Conservatory Theater in San Francisco.
John Behlmann (Ryan Lee)*: Appearing next in the upcoming Broadway musical Tootsie. BROADWAY: Significant Other, Journey’s End. OFF-BWAY: Gone Missing, 1776 (Encores), Pretty Filthy (Civilians), Important Hats (MTC), 39 Steps (NWS), Eager to Lose (Ars Nova), SignificantOther (Roundabout), Wild Animals… (MCC), This Is Not J.A.W.S. (Dixon Place). REGIONAL: Nuke in Bull Durham (Alliance). FILM: Wolf of Wall Street, Revolutionary Road, Dead Sound, Standing Up, Falling Down (upcoming) TV: Agent Adams in “Riverdale”, “Good Behavior”, “Madam Secretary”, “Instinct”, “Odd Mom Out”, “Blue Bloods”, “Good Wife”. TRAINING: Wesleyan, Denver Center.
Keilly McQuail (Aneta)*: Off-Broadway: Her Requiem (LCT3/Lincoln Center), You Got Older (Page 73). Regional: Significant Other at the Geffen, Bad Jews at Long Wharf. Other Recent Theatre: Of Government (Clubbed Thumb), Half Moon Bay (Cherry Lane, Lesser America), Heartbreak (Bushwick Starr/New Georges), Preston Sturges' Strictly Dishonorable (The Flea). Upcoming Film/TV: ‘Orange is the New Black’ and Armistead Maupin’s Tales of the City on Netflix. Proud member of the Ensemble Studio Theatre. Education: NYU Tisch and the Atlantic Theatre Company.
Genesis Oliver (Dani San Luis)*: Broadway: Angels In America. Off-Bway: Empathitrax, How To Live On Earth (Colt Coeur); Primal Play (New Georges). Regional: We Are Proud To Present... (Playmaker's Rep), One Night In Miami... (Baltimore CS) & various others. TV: NOS4A2. Commercials: KIA, AT&T & various others. National Theatre Conservatory (MFA)
Alexandra Silber (Elena)*: BROADWAY/NEW YORK: Fiddler on the Roof, Master Class, Arlington, Hello Again, Song of Norway, She Loves Me. REGIONAL: A Midsummer Night’s Dream (Chicago Shakespeare), Camelot (STC), My Fair Lady (Muny), Carousel (Reprise), Love Story, Murder on the Orient Express (McCarter). LONDON’s WEST END: Kiss Me, Kate (BBC Proms at Royal Albert Hall), Carousel, Fiddler on The Roof, and The Woman In White. FILM: 1408. TV: Elementary (CBS), Mysteries Of Laura (NBC); all three Law & Orders (NBC). TRAINING: Royal Conservatoire of Scotland. AWARDS: TMA Award, Drama League Award, NOMINATIONS: Grammy, Ovation, Outer Critics Circle. CONCERTS: Grammy® nominee for Maria in West Side Story with San Francisco Symphony. I Am Harvey Milk (Los Angeles), Trouble in Tahiti at Tanglewood, Symphony Space, Orchestra of St Luke's, Carnegie Hall, Caramoor, Detroit Symphony, American Symphony, John Wilson Orchestra for the BBC Proms. BOOKS: Alexandra’s novel After Anatevka and memoir, White Hot Grief Parade are published by Pegasus Books and also available at Audible.com
Myra Lucretia Taylor (Beth)*: Broadway: NINE (Tony Award/Best Revival), MACBETH, ELECTRA, CHRONICLE OF A DEATH FORETOLD, MuleBone, and A STREETCAR NAMED DESIRE. Off Broadway: THE LUCKY ONES (Ars Nova; Lortel nom., Best Featured Actress in a Musical), SCHOOLGIRLS; OR, THE AFRICAN MEAN GIRLS PLAY (MCC; Special Drama Desk Award, Best Ensemble), FAMILIAR (Playwrights Horizons;( Lortel and OCC noms. for Best Featured Actress in a Play). Regional credits include: Williamstown Theatre Festival, The Goodman, The Long Wharf, and The McCarter.TV: UNBREAKABLE KIMMY SCHMIDT (NetFlix), ATLANTA(FX), MADAME SECRETARY, ELEMENTARY, INSTINCT (CBS). Film: BEN IS BACK, THE BIG SICK, CATFIGHT, UNSANE, BUSHWICK, MADELINE’S MADELINE. Web: BEST THING YOU’LL EVER DO (Indie Web nom. best supporting actress). Ms. Taylor is a Fox Fellow.
Liesel Allen Yeager (Emma)*: Liesel loves working with writers on new plays and is excited to be working with Playwrights Realm. She has been part of developmental workshops at Eugene O’Neill, Ojai Playwrights Festival, The Public Studio and in living rooms all over New York and Los Angeles. Other credits include Broadway: Vanya and Sonia and Masha And Spike. Off-Broadway: Plenty (The Public), Teenage Dick (The Public), Too Much Too Soon (Lesser America), The Sporting life (Studio 42). Regional: Amadeus (South Coast Rep, CA), Cock (Studio Theatre, DC), Vanya and Sonia and Masha and Spike (Center Theatre Group, CA). Film: A Picture of You, All the Little Things We Kill. TV: "Daredevil", “Madam Secretary”, “The Goodwife”, "Rizzoli & Isles", "How to Make it in America"