DEATH FOR FIVE VOICES! Prospect’s International Debut and New Musical Theatre Exchange!

October 31, 2015

Hi readers! Ryan Bauer-Walsh here!

I’m one of the cast members of Prospect Theatre Company’s show DEATH FOR FIVE VOICES– and we are heading to ITALY to work on the show. I’ll be blogging about our adventures, and hopefully showing you some cool photos of this exciting process and project!

This trip is an incredible opportunity not only to further develop the show (which Prospect hopes to produce in NYC in 2016), but for first hand research and international artistic dialogue, and for Prospect’s work to be shared internationally for the first time.

So lets start by introducing the company!

Who is… who?

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RYAN BAUER-WALSH (Pietro Marziale) This New York based actor’s credits include Zorro, Billy Elliot, Miss Saigon, Les Miserablès, Measure for Measure & Love’s Labours Lost with performances throughout Europe, Asia and North America. Ryan is also a visual artist. His work can be found in children’s literature and his paintings are in homes around the world. RyanBauer-Walsh.com
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WILSON BRIDGES (Carlo Gesualdo) is thrilled to revisit Death for Five Voices. Most recently, he played Perchik in Fiddler on the Roof
at Pioneer Theater. Previous credits include: US national tours of La Cage Aux Folles & My Fair Lady, The Silver Cord (Peccadillo Theatre Co), Napoleon (NYMF), A Christmas Carol (Triad Stage).

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SARAH COREY (Sylvia Albana) Off-Broadway: Illyria, Souvenir Stories, Map Quest, Museum Pieces (all with Prospect), Love and Real Estate. NYMF: A Letter to Harvey Milk. Selected Regional: Midsummer Night’s Dream, A Little Night Music (Prospect), In the Book Of (Alabama Shakespeare Festival), Love/Sick, Beau Jest (Public Theatre), Twelfth Night (Mountain Playhouse), Around the World in 80 Days (Oldcastle Theatre Company), Evita (Worcester Foothills), Lippa’s Wild Party (New Repertory Theatre, Best Supporting Actress IRNE), Caroline, or Change (Speakeasy Stage).

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MAX MAMON (Music Director) is a music director, pianist, and composer living in Brooklyn. His recent music direction credits include See What I Wanna See (Pace Performing Arts), Christopher Staskel and Lisa Burns’ The Firebird (People of Interest), Kiss Me, Kate (Hartford Stage, The Old Globe), and Ben Bonnema’s Boys Who Tricked Me (Musical Theater Factory). Max is a graduate of Princeton University and the Graduate Musical Theater Writing Program at NYU’s Tisch School of the Arts.

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MEGHAN MCGEARY (Girolama Gesualdo) Prospect Theater Company: Girolama, Death for Five Voices (lab production), Hannah,
The Blue Flower (Second Stage, A.R.T, Prospect), Agave, The Rockae (Prospect). Many new projects with vibrant writers at the New York Public Theater, New York Stage & Film, Yale Rep and New York Theater Workshop. Meghan also performs as song stylist and singer-songwriter Amity Rose. meghanmcgeary.com, amityrosemusic.com

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PETER SAIDE (Fabrizio Carafa) is thrilled to be reunited with Prospect for this beautiful work. Peter appeared as Fabrizio Carafa in the 2013 workshop of Death for Five Voices. He was seen as Tom in Skin Tight (59E59). Favorites include: Berger in Hair (Sacramento Music Circus), Bob in Jersey Boys (Las Vegas), The Prince opposite Lea Salonga in Cinderella (Int’l Tour), Jud in Oklahoma! (Paramount), Willoughby in Paul Gordon’s Sense and Sensibility (Chicago Shakespeare Theater), Don Jose in Moises Kaufman’s Carmen (Tectonic).

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TINA SCARIANO (Maria D’Avalos) is thrilled to be making her Prospect Theater Company debut! Tina is from Billings, MT and graduated with a B.F.A. in Musical Theatre from Otterbein College. She spent 2 years sailing the Caribbean with Disney Cruise Line and many summers at the Utah Shakespeare Festival. Favorite Credits include: Into the Woods (Cinderella), Les Miserablès (Cosette),
King Henry IV Part One (Lady Mortimer). Proud member of AEA.

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JAIME VALLÉS (Alfonso Gesualdo) Favorite past roles include Black Stache (Peter and the Starcatcher), Alan (Baby), Carl Magnus
(A Little Night Music), Kodaly (She Loves Me). As a twelve year member of the NYC Opera chorus, he performed in such works as Carmen, Turandot, Tosca, L’etoile, La Perichole, Esther, Cendrillon, The Flying Dutchman, and many others. Jaime co-founded the video production company AJV Media and directed the film Casi casi (distributed by HBO).

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KAT WEST (Stage Manager) USA National Tours: Murder For Two, Divorce Party The Musical – Snug Harbor Productions USA.
Off Broadway: Murder For Two for Jayson Raitt Productions, Altar Boyz, My Big Gay Italian Wedding for Davenport Theatricals, Toast, Little Flower of East Orange for The Public, Unlock’d, Iron Curtain, The Flood, Illyria, Golden Boy of the Blue Ridge and MANY others for Prospect Theater Company. Opera: La Boheme, Cavaleria Rusticana New York City Opera. Proud Member of Actors Equity Association. http://www.katwestcoaching.com

And let us not forget the authors of this fantastic piece of theatre:

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Peter Mills (Music, Lyrics, Co-Bookwriter) received the 2010 Kleban Prize for lyrics, the 2011 Cole Porter Award from ASCAP, and the 2007 Fred Ebb Award, in recognition of his excellence as an emerging musical theater writer. In 2014 he was awarded the Donna Perret Rosen Award from Second Stage Theatre. He received 2006 Drama Desk nominations for his score and orchestrations of The Pursuit of Persephone. He has received grants from the ASCAP Foundation (The 2003 Richard Rodgers’ New Horizons Award) and from the Jonathan Larson Performing Arts Foundation (2002). In 2000, he completed an M.F.A. degree in Musical Theater Writing at NYU’s Tisch School for the Arts, where he has since returned to teach lyric and book-writing. He was a Dramatist’s Guild Fellow for 2000-2001. He graduated from Princeton in 1995 with a degree in English/Dramatic Literature. His musicals currently number 14, and include The Taxi Cabaret (published by Samuel French); Illyria, based on Twelfth Night, (licensed by Theatrical Rights Worldwide); and Golden Boy of the Blue Ridge, a bluegrass adaptation of Playboy of the Western World (cast album and multiple regional productions). He is currently writing lyrics for the Broadway-aimed musical of The Honeymooners. http://www.pcmills.com

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Cara Reichel (Director, Co-Bookwriter) is the founding Producing Artistic Director of NYC’s critically-acclaimed Prospect Theater Company, and a leader in the field of new musical theater development. She has collaborated frequently with Peter Mills, creating 12 new musicals including Golden Boy of the Blue Ridge, The Underclassman, and Illyria. Cara also collaborated on Iron Curtain, which she directed at the O’Neill Theatre Center, the NAMT Festival of New Musicals, and to critical acclaim Off-Broadway. Outside of NYC, Cara recently directed at the Village Theatre’s Festival of New Musicals (WA), the Surflight Summer Theatre (NJ), and the Goodwill Theatre (Binghamton, NY). She participated in the 2014 Goodspeed / Johnny Mercer Writers Colony, the Weston Playhouse Writing Retreat, the Rhinebeck Writers’ Retreat, and received a 2015 Bogliasco Fellowship in Genoa, Italy. Cara received the “Lucille Lortel Award” for Emerging Women Artists from the League of Professional Theatre Women, an organization which she has served as a board member. She received 2004 and 2007 “New Directors / New Works” Grants from the Drama League. Cara was educated at Princeton (A.B. in Anthropology) and in the M.F.A. Program for Directing at Brooklyn College, where she was named 2006 “Alumna of the Year.” Member: SDC. http://www.carareichel.com

So this is where it begins! I hope you will bookmark this page to follow our adventures as this process continues.

We will be flying to Italy this coming Thursday and I can’t wait to tell you all about our journey!

So keep up with us, and feel free to send me questions in the comments!

Also- Follow us on Instagram @prospecttheaterco  — thats ‘ER’ not ‘RE’!

You’ll see Italy in a whole new way as we explore the countryside surrounding Gesualdo, the town where our story takes place. Gesualdo is a town of about 5,000 residents that sits surrounding Carlo Gesualdo’s hilltop castle.

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I hope they are ready for us, and by ready I mean I hope there is an endless pasta bowl with my name on it!

For more info check out the website for our show at: http://www.deathforfivevoices.com

Happy Halloween everyone, and check back with us again soon!

-Ryan

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