THE GOLD

Book by Philip Yosowitz & Andrea Lepcio; Music & Lyrics by Philip Yosowitz

THE GOLD

at The Pearl Theatre  [map]

  • Monday, August 1, 2016 at 8:00 pm
  • Tuesday, August 2, 2016 at 1:00 pm
  • Thursday, August 4, 2016 at 9:00 pm
  • Saturday, August 6, 2016 at 5:00 pm
  • Saturday, August 6, 2016 at 9:00 pm

One man fights for love, family and country....

Joseph Cohen, a Jewish-German boxer, finds his 1936 Olympic ambitions crushed as the Nazi’s rise to power. He soon learns that his toughest fight lies outside the ring, as he is separated from the woman he loves and their young son. Set against the backdrop of the Holocaust and the creation of Israel, THE GOLD is a testament to the resilience of the human spirit and the journey of self-discovery that each of us takes as we search for purpose in our lives.

 

Running time: 2 hours, 30 minutes.

Dr. Philip Yosowitz

Dr. Philip Yosowitz (Book, Music, Lyrics)

Dr. Philip Yosowitz is a plastic surgeon by profession who has always composed music. Phil grew up with his Czech-born immigrant father and Hungarian-Romanian mother in Cleveland, Ohio. He completed his medical training at UCLA and at Walter Reed Army Hospital in Washington, D.C., and began his private practice in Houston, TX where he now resides. While Dr. Yosowitz's love for composing began in childhood, The Gold is his first completed musical theatre work. The story of The Gold was inspired by his love of athletics and his childhood memories of living with family members who were Holocaust survivors that had recently immigrated to the United States. He completed The Gold over a decade ago, which in its first incarnation was a four hundred and fifty page handwritten score. He has been thrilled to see the development of the work over many years, including numerous readings and two successful productions in Houston. Dr. Yosowitz is extremely proud to debut the work in New York City at NYMF this summer. He is a lover of history and is currently writing a musical based on Joan of Arc.



ANDREA LEPCIO (Book, Music, Lyrics)

is best known for Looking for the Pony, a finalist for the Dramatists Guild Hull-Warriner Award and for the NEA Outstanding New American Play Award. It was presented in a "Rolling World Premiere" Off-Broadway at Vital Theatre Company in New York and Synchronicity Performance Group in Atlanta and subsequent productions. Recent productions include Tunnel Vision at Off the Wall in Pittsburgh and Dinner at Home between Deaths at Odyssey Theatre in Los Angeles. She is currently working on a EST/Sloan commissioned play about climate change and a new musical Somebody Please Tell Me Who I Am with songwriter Tina DeVaron. Additional Plays and musicals under development include Strait of Gibraltar (Geva Theatre Center), Central Avenue Breakdown (FwdTheatre) and Lf&Tms (Music Theatre Factory). Andrea is a member of the Dramatists Guild, was a Dramatists Guild Fellow and served as the Dramatists Guild Fellows Program Director for ten years. M.F.A. in Dramatic Writing, Carnegie Mellon University. B.A. Human Ecology, College of the Atlantic. She lives in Maine, which means she travels often.


SPIRO VELOUDOS (Director)

is a resident of Boston, Massachusetts and a proud graduate of Emerson College, from where he holds a BFA in Acting/Directing. After a career as an actor, freelance director and Artistic Director of Boston’s Publick Theatre, he is now in his 19th season as the Producing Artistic Director of The Lyric Stage Company of Boston. Since becoming the Lyric’s artistic leader, the theatre has been honored with numerous awards and honors including 23 Elliot Norton Awards and 47 Independent Reviews of New England Awards. In addition to four Elliot Norton and Six IRNE Awards for Outstanding Direction he has been honored with the 2006 Elliot Norton Prize for Sustained Excellence, Stage Source’s 2002 Theatre Hero Award and was cited as the city’s Best Artistic Director by Boston Magazine’s Best of Boston program in 1999. He was recently called "The Area’s finest interpreter of Sondheim," by Ed Siegel of WBUR. He has directed over 100 productions throughout New England. His directing credits include: Sondhiem on Sondheim, Peter and the Starcatcher, Sweeney Todd, Into The Woods, City of Angels, One man, Two Guvnors On the Town, 33 Variations, The Mikado, Avenue Q, Big River, Animal Crackers, The Life and Adventures of Nicholas Nickleby, Kiss Me, Kate, Grey Gardens, The Mystery of Irma Vep, Follies, Man of LaMancha, Three Tall Women, 1776, Souvenir, Urinetown: the Musical, A Number, The Goat or, Who is Sylvia?, A Little Night Music, Noises Off!, Dirty Blonde, Side Man, No Way To Treat A Lady, Sunday in the Park with George, Assassins (Outstanding Production of 1998 and one of 5 most memorable productions in the last 15 years: Boston Globe), Anything Goes. He is adjunct faculty in Performing Arts at Emerson College and coaches acting and musical performance privately.


STEVEN JAMAIL (Musical Supervisor)

is an award-winning composer, arranger, pianist, percussionist and music director based in New York City. His original music, orchestrations and arrangements have been performed on Broadway, at the White House, The Public Theater, Theater Under The Stars, The Alliance Theater and most recently, in sold out solo debut at Lincoln Center’s Performing Arts Library. Television work includes original music and lyrics for Rachel Ray’s 40th Birthday Special, and arrangement and lyrics for Howard Stern’s 60th Birthday Show, music direction for episodes of The Martha Stewart Show and The Apprentice, arrangements for The Rosie Show on OWN and a holiday arrangement for NBC’s Tree-Lighting at Rockefeller Center, which he also conducted. Currently conducting and orchestrating Born for This at Arena Stage for Grammy winner Bebe Winans. Proud Rice University/Shepherd School of Music alumni.


Jesse Lozano (Musical Director)

is delighted to make his New York debut with the NYMF production of The Gold! Music directing/piano credits include: Godspell, Company, Next to Normal and Avenue Q (MJR Theatricals); Little Women (A.D. Players); and Orfeo ed Euridice, La tragédie de Carmen and La clemenza di Tito (Opera in the Heights). Jesse also wrote the book, music and lyrics to Hot Diggity!, a musical comedy about the competitive eating world, which was recently workshopped by the Music Box Theater in Houston, Texas.


Cindi Rush (Casting Director)

NY: Promising, Ruthless, Disenchanted, Drop Dead Perfect, Under My Skin, Silence!, Rooms, Jacques Brel, Urinetown. The Thing About Men, Home Street Home, Regional Theaters including Triad Stage, Hudson Stage, Penguin Rep, Pittsburgh Public, Charleston Stage Co. Film: The Grief of Others (SXSW/Cannes), Runoff (L.A Film Fest), Policy of Truth (SOHO Film Fest), The Woman (Sundance), Funeral Kings (SXSW), Ghoul, Theresa is a Mother, Jugface (Slamdance), In The Family (Independent Spirit) Consultant for NYU Graduate Musical Theatre Writing Program (1999-Present).


LAUREN MORIAH STERN (Stage Manager)

Past stage management credits include productions at New York Stage and Film, Ensemble Studio Theatre, Public Theater/Under the Radar Festival, BAM Next Wave Festival, Williamstown Theatre Festival, Primary Stages, Naked Angels, Bay Street Theatre, Goodman Theatre, Westport Country Playhouse, Bucks County Playhouse, York Theatre, Sanguine Theatre Company, HERE Center’s CULTUREMENT, The Brick, and Theatre Three. Upcoming: Sweat at The Public.


SHANNON SLATON (Sound Design)

has been the NYMF Sound System Designer for ten years and has designed many national tours including: Shrek, Hairspray, Bullets Over Broadway, Sweeney Todd, and Elf.  On Broadway he has mixed: Man of La Mancha, Sweet Charity, Jersey Boys, Spring Awakening, Anything Goes, Annie, Legally Blonde, and Cabaret.


ADAM CRINSON (Scenic Design)

is a Scenic Designer from Detroit, MI currently based in NYC. Recent designs include Galileo Galilei with Des Moines Metro Opera, Cosi Fan Tutti with Land of Enchantment Opera, and Florencia en al Amazonas with Tulsa Opera. Upcoming projects include The Rakes Progress, The Nutcracker, and Gypsy. 


JOE BEUMER (Lighting Design)

is a New York based Designer for Theatre, Opera, and Dance. Recent projects include La Bohème at Crested Butte Music Festival (Scenic/Lighting Design) and Broadway Bares 26 (Assistant Lighting Design). Upcoming work includes Lighting Design for the world premiere of Dracula: Bloodlines with Dayton Ballet.


IZZY FIELDS (Costume Design)

is a New York based costume designer for stage and film and a proud member of United Scenic Artists. She is the resident costume designer for both Fault Line Theatre and The National Yiddish Theatre-Folkbiene here in NYC. She has designed shows for Roundabout Black Box, Atlantic Theatre Company, Joyce Theatre and Secret Theatre to name a few.


JOSH DAVIS

JOSH DAVIS (Joseph)

Broadway: OCM Beautiful: The Carole King Musical; Off-Broadway: White’s Lies, My First Time. Regional: Les Misérables; Guys and Dolls; Beauty and the Beast. TV/Film: “Law & Order,” “As the World Turns,” The Graduates. VO: Papa John's, Chase Sapphire, Milk, Vizio Smart Cast, 3M, Royal Canine, Sharkweek. Next Up: Bella: An American Tall Tale at the Dallas Theater Center this fall. AEA & SAG/AFTRA. 


STEVEN GRANT DOUGLAS

STEVEN GRANT DOUGLAS (Karl)

is thrilled to be making his NYMF debut! Previous credits include the 1st National Tour of Ghost and New York readings of Loch Lomond & Madame Infamy. Special thanks to CLA, Cindi, and the entire team for this wonderful opportunity. Proud Equity.


Jenn Malenke

Jenn Malenke (Gabrielle)

BROADWAY: Into The Woods (revival). MOST RECENT: The Last Five Years (Cathy, MT CT); The Act, (54 Below); The Power of Music, (w/ Josh Groban). REGIONAL: I Love You, You’re Perfect.., Ionescopade, Girl Crazy, Little Women, Little Me; FTR: Coen Brothers, Hotel C’est L’amour, Pirates of Penzance, Cats, Kiss Me, Kate. TV: “The Neighbors,” “The Voice,” “High School Musical: GITP,” “The Game,” “Cold Case,” “Dr. Phil.” Her company, Broadway Babysitters, launched this spring.


EMILY KRON

EMILY KRON (Julie)

Regional: Mary Poppins, Into the Woods (Northern Stage), As You Like It (DCPA), Trouble Tales (WTF), South Pacific (Mac-Haydn), Spelling Bee (POP) NY: The Europeans (Atlantic Theater), Sweet Tooth (Cherry Lane), Love in a Tub (LaMaMa). Emily’s band Em & The Fates has performed venues like 54 Below, BB King & more.  


KEVIN B. McGLYNN

KEVIN B. McGLYNN (Max)

a native of Medford Ma and graduate of The Boston Conservatory. NYMF credits: Isabel and the Pretty Ugly Spell and Flambe Dreams (Outstanding Performer Award). Film: Annabelle Hooper and the Ghosts of Nantucket (Argyle). National Tours: Kiss Me Kate, All Shook Up, Forbidden Broadway. Regional: Chasing Rainbows, The Miracle Worker, Les Miserables, Titanic.  


KARIS DANISH

KARIS DANISH (Sarah)

Off Broadway: Hit-Lit, World Premier (Dir Robert Wuhl). Regional: One Man, Two Guvnors at St Louis Rep (Dir. Ed Stern); Tale of Two Cities, World Premier (Dir Warren Carlyle); Doubt at Asolo Repertory Theater (Dir Anne Kauffman); Crimes of The Heart at Triad Stage (Jane Unger); Cowgirls at Pioneer Theater Company (Karen Azenberg); #MormonInChief, World Premier (Dir Austin Regan).  


STEPHANIE TICAS

STEPHANIE TICAS (Young Julie)

is thrilled for her NYMF debut. National tour: How The Grinch Stole Christmas (Annie Who, u/s Cindy Lou Who). Les Miserables (Young Cosette) at MPAC, Paper Mill Playhouse Concert. Thankful to Cindi Rush Casting and team at The Gold.  


GRAYDON PETER YOSOWITZ

GRAYDON PETER YOSOWITZ (Young Aaron)

is thrilled to reprise the role of Young Aaron at 2016 NYMF, hot on the heels of the York Theatre’s young stars off Broadway production of You’re A Good, Man Charlie Brown. Other credits: Wall to Wall Stephen Schwartz, NY Pops Holiday Concert (Carnegie Hall), The Odyssey (Delacorte Theater). TV: “The Jim Gaffigan Show.” Proud member of TADA! Ensemble.  
 


ADAM MAGGIO

ADAM MAGGIO (Aaron/ Ensemble)

is thrilled to be in this production of The Gold! Hailing from San Francisco, Adam has worked regionally at theatres such as Berkeley Repertory Theatre, Mile Square Theatre, Connecticut Repertory Theatre, and The Adrienne Arsht Center. BFA: University of Miami.  


HOWARD PINHASIK

HOWARD PINHASIK (Mr. Aaronson)

NYC: Little Shop of Horrors, Spring Awakening, A Doll’s Life, Frankie directed by George Abbott. Regional: Syracuse Stage, Dallas Theater Center, Indiana Rep, Delaware Theater Company, Merrimack Rep, North Shore Music Theater. TV/Film: Angels in America, Do Not Harm, “Law & Order,” “The Job,” Miss Rose White. Upcoming films: Trivia Night and The Hudson Tribes.  


VICTORIA CASTLE

VICTORIA CASTLE (Mrs. Aaronson)

is thrilled to be a part of this production of The Gold. Recent credits: TV — “Daredevil,” Season 2 (Susanna). Netflix; Staged Reading — Women of Ararat (Hermine); Off-Broadway — The Invention of the Living Room (Bessie), Metropolitan Playhouse; Regional — The Most Happy Fella (Marie us), Goodspeed Opera House; Concert Soloist — Pittsburgh, Portland and Jacksonville Symphony Orchestras.  


DAVID ROSENBERG

DAVID ROSENBERG (Ensemble)

Regional: June Moon, Mad Forest, Song for a Future Generation, The Dixon Family Album (Williamstown Theatre Festival), and Bad Jews (GableStage). Currently a second year MFA actor at Juilliard, where credits include Pericles and Our Lady of 121st Street.  


RYAN SPEAKMAN

RYAN SPEAKMAN (Nazi CMDR/Ensemble)

NYMF: With Glee, Madame: The Musical, Boys Will Be Boys, Napoleon, and Moses Man. Broadway Concerts: Oliver! w/ Brian Stokes Mitchell, Camelot w/ Jeremy Irons. Off-Broadway: Noel Coward’s Bitter Sweet w/ Sian Phillips, Pinkalicious the Musical. On CBS in fall in Bull!   
 


KALLI SIRINGAS

KALLI SIRINGAS (Relief Worker/Ensemble)

is a theater maker living in NYC who is happy to return to The Gold! Favorite credits include: Developing Daisy (Daisy, Theater For a New City), Les Mis (Eponine, Sharon Playhouse). Concert halls around the city: Carnegie Hall, Birdland Jazz Club, 92Y, 54 Below, 42 West, CAP21 Theater.  


MICK BLEYER

MICK BLEYER (Fritz/Ensemble)

Credits include Off and Off-Off Broadway, tours, Goodspeed, North Shore, Classical Theatre of Harlem, Avery Fisher Hall, and a summer season at the Virginia Shakespeare Festival. He is a founding member of the vocal jazz quintet, Marquee Five, who have appearances on both coasts this upcoming Fall.  


ANGELA SCLAFANI

ANGELA SCLAFANI (Ensemble)

earned her BFA in Drama at NYU Tisch. Favorite projects include touring with Courtney Love and Todd Almond in the rock opera Kansas City Choir Boy and backup singing for the band Years and Years. She will soon release her first EP of original music.  


COLEMAN HEMSATH

COLEMAN HEMSATH (Ensemble)

NYMF debut! NY: Far From Canterbury (Soho Playhouse), Popstar (Luka/reading), Danny K. Bernstein at 54 Below. Favorite regional credits include Melchior in Spring Awakening and Eddie in Fool For Love. Proud Ohio native and graduate of Ithaca College.  


DOUGLAS McDONNELL

DOUGLAS McDONNELL (German Referee)

Nicholas Nickleby (Nicholas Nickleby), Tom Jones (Tom Jones), Beauty and the Beast (Beast), The Death of Don Juan (Don Juan), Salome (King Herod), Beggar's Opera (Macheath), Rappaccini's Daughter (Giovanni), Garden of Eden (Adam), The Perfect Man (The Perfect Man), Vine of the Soul (Howard), Dido and Aeneas (Sailor), Iolanthe (Strephon).  
 


McKAY KJAR

McKAY KJAR (Toddler Aaron)

The Gold marks McKay Kjar's theatre debut! He attends West Side Montessori School and studies piano with Desirae Brown. He enjoys scooting, playing with his friends at the park and building train tracks with his little brother. When he grows up he wants to be a fireman and if that doesn't work out, a baseball player.