Normativity

Book, Music, and Lyrics by Jaime Jarrett

Normativity

at The Pearl Theatre  [map]

  • Monday, July 18, 2016 at 7:00 pm
  • Thursday, July 21, 2016 at 5:00 pm
  • Friday, July 22, 2016 at 9:00 pm
  • Saturday, July 23, 2016 at 1:00 pm
  • Sunday, July 24, 2016 at 5:00 pm

She's rewriting her story. Literally. 

NORMATIVITY tells the story of Taylor, a teenage lesbian, who’s sick of seeing LGBTQ+ people killed off in media with tragic endings (the phenomenon known as “Bury Your Gays”). When Taylor meets Emily, a book character who’s willed herself to life in order to confront the author who wrote her story, they force him to rewrite Emily’s story, giving her a happy ending and proving why positive LGBTQ+ storytelling is so important.
 
NORMATIVITY aims to explore our ideas about sexuality, the world we live in, the people we’re surrounded by, and the way these factors influence the lives of LGBTQ+ teens.
 
Running time: 1 hour, 40 minutes. 
Jaime Jarrett

Jaime Jarrett (Book, Music, Lyrics)

Jaime Jarrett (Book, Music and Lyrics​) is a Philadelphia-based playwright, composer, and lyricist who is currently studying Directing, Playwriting, and Production at the University of the Arts. Writing credits include Normativity, Aubade, The Cabin Play, and Brief Connection(s). They were the associate music director of Sometimes in Prague and will music direct and orchestrate the upcoming Hear Me War. Dramaturgy credits include She Keeps Me Warm and Michael Friedman's American Pop. They are the recipient of the NVOT Outstanding Original Score Award for their work on the film From Me To You. Projects currently in development include Hearts, Brains, and Other Organs: A Song Collection in Progress and Fair Woman. They are particularly enthusiastic about bringing queer stories to the stage.



Mia Walker

Mia Walker (Director)

Mia (she/her) is thrilled to be making her NYMF debut. Assistant Director on the A.R.T./Broadway productions of WaitressFinding Neverland, PippinPorgy and Bess. Off-Broadway: The Flea (Resident Dir.); Ensemble Studio Theatre (Dir., various Youngblood works); Zoe Sarnak's The Years Between (Dir., 54 Below); Invisible Thread (Asst. Dir., Second Stage). B.A. Harvard. Proud to be part of the beautiful Normativity family! 



Izzy Castaldi

Izzy Castaldi (Taylor)

Izzy Castaldi (she/her) is a Philadelphia-based actor currently studying Acting at the University of the Arts. Her recent Philadelphia credits include Finn the Fearless (Polyphone Festival 2016), Places of Pilgrimage (Heather Raffo w/ UArts), and another Jaime Jarrett musical, Aubade (UArts). She is originally from Santa Rosa, California, where she performed with Roustabout Theater and in Gigolo at Francis Ford Coppola Winery. Izzy is beyond grateful and excited to be a part of the Normativity team!



Christopher Livingston

Christopher Livingston (Mike)

Christopher Livingston (he/him): New York Theater: Peerless (Cherry Lane Theater), The Urban Retreat (The Public), The Architecture Of Becoming (Women's Project). Regional: The Unfortunates (American Conservatory Theater), peerless (Yale Repertory), Party People, The White Snake (Berkeley Repertory Theatre/Oregon Shakespeare Festival), The Whipping Man (Portland Center Stage), The Imaginary Invalid, The Pirates of Penzance, Hamlet, Henry IV pt. 1 (Oregon Shakespeare Festival), Romeo & Juliet (Virginia Stage Company). Film: Service To Man. Television: Unforgettable. Education: B.F.A. Rutgers University



Soph Menas

Soph Menas (Dev)

Soph Menas (they/them, he/him), a well-rounded artist and constant seeker of knowledge, is incredibly grateful for this opportunity to share such a profound piece of art with the NY community. Along with their creative endeavors, Soph has an unending passion for mind, body, and spirit wellness. They are truly humbled to work with such an open hearted team of artists and creators. Instagram: e_soph_m



Geena Quintos

Geena Quintos (Kara)

Geena Quintos (she/her) is so excited to be a part of the Normativity fam! Broadway/Nat'l Tour: Miss Saigon, A Chorus Line. Off-Broadway: Held Momentarily. NYC/Regional: Godspell, Carrie, A Midsummer Night's Dream, Seascape with Sharks and Dancer also One Thrilling Combination at The Delacorte Theatre and What Women Do (And Men Too): A Romantic Farce. A proud graduate of LaGuardia Arts at Lincoln Center and AMDA. “The pen that writes your story must be held in your own hand.” #lovewins



Aneesh Sheth

Aneesh Sheth (Anne/Danielle)

Aneesh Sheth (she/her): NYMF debut! Previous credits include: Carly in Southern Comfort (Public Theater), Sweetie in Bombay Dreams (National Tour), Kami Sutra on Outsourced! (NBC/Universal), Aouda in Around the World in 80 Days (Village Theatre), Suraiya in Samsara (Thick House) and Valerie DeRasport in the indie feature Semi-Secret (summer 2016). Other credits include LaMama, PlayGround SF, Bay Area Playwrights Foundation and the Asian American Theatre Company (SF). Creator/Producer of CRAVE: an Original Series. Training: BFA NYU/TISCH. Proud AEA member.aneeshsheth.com



Mitchell Winter

Mitchell Winter (Charlie)

Mitchell Winter (he/him): Born in Australia, Mitchell’s career began in the Australian production of Joseph and the Amazing Technicolour Dreamcoat. He earned his BA in Music Theatre at the Western Australian Academy of Performing Arts before working professionally in Australia and Asia. Moving to the US, he obtained his MFA in Acting from Yale School of Drama. Theater credits include: Cameron Mackintosh’s Miss Saigon, Thoroughly Modern Millie, Crazy For You, Boyband, and Road. TV credits include: Mr Robot.



Madeline Wolf

Madeline Wolf (Emily)

Madeline Wolf (she/her) is thrilled to be making her NYMF debut with Normativity! Broadway: Fun Home. TV: “Outsiders” (WGN). Other theatre credits: Twelfth Night (BADA), Passion Play (Circuit Theatre Co.), Trojan Women: A Love Story (Carnegie Mellon). BFA: Carnegie Mellon University. Thanks to the Wolf/Schulman clan, Matt, and the wonderful cast and crew!



Jesse James Keitel (U/S Dev/Mike/Kara)

Jesse James Keitel (they/them) feels very lucky to make their NYMF debut with Normativity. Selected credits: Beautiful Province (LCT3, Yale Drama Series Winner), Dora The Explorer: Live! (Gateway Playhouse), What Would You Do? (ABC), Celebrity Ghost Stories (BIO), Anything Else. Pace University, BFA Acting 2015. All the love to Jaime, Mia, Katie, cast/creatives & crew for making me feel at home. Xoxo AJ, Mom, Dad, Sam, Brooke, Wayne & Rebecca Feldman! www.pondproject.org @myfriendjjesse

 



Katie Kavett (Stage Manager)

Katie Kavett (she/her) has been stage managing NYMF shows since 2010: Spot on the Wall, Into the Sun, Women of Note, Propaganda!, Volleygirls, Zapata!, Flambe Dreams, Date of a Lifetime, Show Choir!, and two Galas. Katie is also NYMF’s Graphic Designer. Other SM credits include The Wildness (Ars Nova), Blank! The Musical (New World Stages), Handle With Care (Westside), and most of the other major NYC festivals. Katie won the 2012 NY Innovative Theatre Award for Outstanding Stage Manager. www.katiekavett.com



Jessica Fleischman (Assistant Stage Manager)

Jessica Fleischman (she/her) is originally from Westchester County, NY, and is a current Senior at Penn State University double majoring in Stage Management and Telecommunications. She is thrilled to be a part of the Normativity team and her first NYMF show! Recent credits include: Broadway - Wicked; Off-Broadway - King Liz, The Other Thing, Red Eye of Love; Regional - Seminar, A Funny Thing..., ID, Avenue Q, Spring Awakening. www.Jessica-Fleischman.com



Emily Marshall (Musical Director)

Emily Marshall (she/her): Credits include - BROADWAY: Elf (MSG); Beautiful, Hamilton, School of Rock (keyboard sub); Annie (asst. kbd programmer). NATIONAL TOURS: We Will Rock You, A Chorus Line, Beauty and the Beast (sub), Flashdance (music asst). OFF BWAY: Preludes (LCT3). Regional: Merry-Go-Round Playhouse, Surflight Theatre, Hangar Theatre. She freelances as an accompanist, vocal coach, arranger, and orchestrator working with with The American Pops Orchestra, Elaine Paige, Christine Ebersole, Judith Light, John Kander, and many more. Emily is thrilled to make her NYMF debut with the fantastic team of Normativity.



Adin Walker (Choreographer)

Adin Walker (he/his) graduated from Princeton where he directed/co-choreographed reimaginings of Rent and Singin' in the Rain (inaugural recipient of Music Theater Award). Adin has assistant directed at CalShakes and the Guthrie, and has trained with Joffrey, CityDance, Complexions, among others. From Sappho on love, friendship, and freedom – “come to me now, then, free me / from aching care, and win me / All my heart longs to win. You, / Be my friend.” www.adinwalker.com



Zach Blane (Lighting Design)

Zach Blane (he/him): Selected Off-Broadway: Too Much, Too Much, Too Many, Suicide Incorporated (Roundabout Theatre Company); Would You Still Love Me If (New World Stages, dir. Kathleen Turner); Charles Busch’s Cleopatra (TFANC); Wringer (City Center); The Eternal Space (Theatre Row); Soul Doctor (Actors Temple); The Good Girl (59E59); Sommerfugl (4th Street Theatre); Regional: Barrington Stage Company, Olney Theatre, Bucks County Playhouse, Fiddlehead Theatre Company, Shubert Theatre, Adirondack Theatre Company, City Theatre, Engeman Theater, Will Rogers Center. Norwegian Cruise Lines (Fleet-wide Lighting Designer). Named "Designer to Watch" by Live Design Magazine 2011. Adjunct Professor: PACE UNIVERSITY. www.ZachBlane.com



Kristen Robinson (Scenic Design)

Kristen Robinson (she/her) is a NYC based set designer; her work ranges from site-specific installations to outdoor Shakespeare. Her design for Westport Country Playhouse’s Nora has been featured in Chance Magazine issue 4, and her design for Rapture Blister Burn won the 2015 Barrymore Award for Best Set Design. A Princess Grace Fellow, she holds her MFA from Yale. www.kristenrobinsondesign.com



Shannon Slaton (Sound Design)

Shannon Slaton (he/him) has been the NYMF Sound System Designer for ten years and has designed many national tours including: Shrek, Hairspray, The Producers, The Full Monty, Bullets Over Broadway, Sweeney Todd, The Drowsy Chaperone, and Elf. He was the Advance Sound on Wicked and Production Sound for The Phantom of the Opera. On Broadway he has mixed: Man of La Mancha, Sweet Charity, Jersey Boys, Spring Awakening, Fela!, Anything Goes, Annie, Legally Blonde, and Cabaret.



Tristan Raines (Costume Design)

OFF BROADWAY/NEW YORK: Would You Still Love Me If (New World Stages), Men are From Mars-Women Are From Venus (New World Stages/National Tour), Soul Doctor (Actor’s Temple) Stalking the Bogeyman (New World Stages), Bare (New World Stages), Tribes (Barrow Street Theatre), Murder in the First (59E59), Falling (Minetta Lane), AZAK, A Fable, Yosemite, Scarcity (Rattlestick Playwrights Theater), The Bilbao Effect (Center for Architecture), Plaza Suite, Memphis, Mamma Mia, A Christmas Story (John W. Engeman Theater), Body of Words (Theater For A New City), HeartbrokenGoldor and Mythyka (New Georges Theatre), Carnival Kids (Lesser America), Gormanzee (Flea Theater). Henry Hewes Design Award and IT Award Nominee 2013 for House of Von Macraméwww.tristanraines.com 

 


Rebecca Feldman (Casting Director)

Rebecca Feldman (any pronouns): Casting Assistant at The Public Theater/Freelance Casting Director. In addition to work at the Public: Broadway (as Casting Assistant): Shuffle Along, A Delicate Balance, A Raisin in the Sun, Lucky Guy. Film (as Casting Assistant): Lady Bird (upcoming). Select Casting Director credits: reading series for The LGBT Center & Tom Kirdahy Productions, The View Upstairs, Drama League DirectorFest, The Gray Man, Kid Friendly*, Feeling, Junk: A Rock Opera.



Adam Kaufman (Music Supervisor)

Adam Kaufman (he/him): Broadway: Waitress (Associate Music Supervisor/keyboards), 13 (keyboards), Pippin (rehearsal pianist/sub musician), Book Of Mormon (rehearsal pianist), BC/EFA Gypsy Of The Year/Easter Bonnet (Orchestrations). TV/Film: The Last Five Years (rehearsal pianist), From Broadway With Love PBS (co-orchestrator). Off-Broadway: Piece Of My Heart (Associate Music Director), Hamilton (rehearsal pianist). NYMF: Foreverman (co-orchestrator, 2012 Outstanding Orchestrations).



Madeleine Moran (Music Intern)

Madeleine Moran (she/her) is so excited and thankful to have had the opportunity to help out with Normativity this summer. She is a student of music composition at Lawrence University’s Conservatory of Music with an interest in composing for musical theatre and songwriting. Thank you to her mom, her dad, her friends, teachers and mentors who have helped her this far. Check out her music at madeleinemoran.bandcamp.com!



Esther Cohen (Assistant Director)

Esther Cohen (she/her) loves rescue pitbulls, iced coffee, and of course, theatre. Recent directing credits include Liz Flahive's From Up Here, Post-Its: Notes On A Marriage as part of Penn's annual one-act festival, and The Last Five Years. She is thrilled to be working on Normativity, an incredibly important show, and to be a part of NYMF. Huge thank you to Mia Walker for opening the door to this opportunity.



Mark Dundas Wood (Dramaturg)

Mark Dundas Wood (he/him) has previously worked as dramaturg for NYMF on Marrying Meg, The Great Unknown, Man of Rock, Living with Henry, Sasquatched, Mother Jones and the Children's Crusade, and Single Wide. His adaptation of Henry James’s novel The Tragic Muse was produced as part of the Gilded Stage Festival at The Metropolitan Playhouse in 2014. He writes about theatre for StageBuddy.com and about cabaret for BistroAwards.com.



Dylan Jarrett (Producer)

Dylan Jarrett is a lifelong theatregoer and fan. Normativity is her first credit as a producer. She is the former Theater and Books Editor of the Washington Square News, an NYU grad (BA in Dramatic Literature and Creative Writing), and a proud member of the LGBTQIA community. @dylan_jarrett



Natalie Wagner (Production Assistant)

Natalie Wagner (she/her) is currently a student at the University of Chicago, focusing on stage management. Her credits include two NYMF productions last summer: the Beyond Words concert (SM) and Spot on the Wall (PA); she has also worked on various festivals in NYC. Through UChicago, her SM credits include Noises Off, By the Bog of Cats, Suburbia, and Endgame. As a queer woman, she is delighted to be a part of this show!



DAILEY-MONDA MANAGEMENT | Frankie Dailey & Joey Monda (General Manager)

DAILEY-MONDA MANAGEMENT – General Managers Frankie Dailey and Joey Monda founded DMM to bring a fresh, new perspective and expertise to theatrical productions, readings, showcases and events. Management and Producing credits include: Broadway: Allegiance. Off-Broadway: Disaster!, The Bullpen, Unbroken Circle, That Physics Show, C.O.A.L. (Confessions of a Liar), Masterworks Theater Company, The Playroom Theater. Current/Upcoming: Musical Theatre Factory, NORMATIVITY (NYMF), Don’t You F***ing Say A Word (59E59). Info@DMMNYC.com