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The Road to Where

Apr 23 – May 10

BUY

World Premiere
With the help of three talented musicians, Broadway veteran and writer Cass Morgan searches for her roots in The Road to Where. A trip to the West of Ireland sparks memories of her childhood in Rochester, her growing up in a Florida trailer park, and a need to reconcile with her parents in an enchanting evening of story and song.

By Cass Morgan
Directed by Mark Cuddy
Musical Direction and Orchestrations by Steven M. Alper
Scenic Design by Matthew Reinert
Costume Design by Christina Selian
Wig Design by Gerard Kelly
Lighting Design by Derek Madonia
Sound Design by Ian Hildreth
Associate Music Director Eli Zoller 
Dramaturgy by Jenni Werner

Run Time: 1 hour, 15 minutes without intermission.

CASS MORGAN

CASS MORGAN is thrilled to be back at Geva, this time as both actor and writer. Broadway credits include The Bridges of Madison County, Memphis, Mary Poppins, Ring Of Fire, Beauty and the Beast, The Capeman, The Human Comedy, Pump Boys and Dinettes (co-creator) and Hair. Off-Broadway credits include The Immigrant, Floyd  Collins and Violet. Regionally, Ms. Morgan has appeared in 1776, Picnic, The Bridges of Madison County (Williamstown), Uncle Vanya, Saint- Ex (Weston Playhouse), The Music Man (Geva),Emmet Otter’s Jug Band Christmas (Goodspeed), Cabaret, Best Little Whorehouse in Texas, Das Barbecue (Baltimore Centre Stage) and Children Of Eden (Mill Mountain Playhouse). But her favorite role is Mom to Collin and Jocelyn, and Nana to Magdalena and Abigail.

MEGAN LOOMIS

Ensemble/Violin

MEGAN LOOMIS, a Rochester native, was most recently was seen in NYC as Beulah in John Doyle’s production of Allegro at Classic Stage Company.  She has toured North America and Asia in War Horse (Paulette), Cabaret (Helga) and Sweeney Todd.  Favorites include Woody Sez, the words and music of Woody Guthrie, at Lyric Theatre Oklahoma, Artsgarage and the Edinburgh Fringe, and also Ring of Fire at Flat Rock, Merry-Go-Round and Ivoryton Playhouses.  Ms. Loomis is a proud graduate of the Eastman School of Music and will head off next fall on the 1st National Tour of A Gentleman’s Guide to Love and Murder. None of this could have happened without the endless love and support of Lee and Marci Loomis. www.meganloomis.com 

BEN MEIXELL

Piano

BEN MEIXELL is a collaborative pianist equally dedicated to the fields of chamber music, symphonic music, opera, and musical theatre. For six seasons he served as Music Director for the Tully Council for the Arts. Past engagements include work with organizations such as the Syracuse Symphony Orchestra, Syracuse Opera, Blackdog Studios, Rochester Lyric Opera, Onondaga Civic Symphony, Steinway & Sons, Auditorium Theatre, Eastman Community Music Program, Eastman School of Music, Nazareth College, Rochester Philharmonic Orchestra, and Geva Theatre Center as well as individuals including Daniel Hege, Theodore Bikel, Nikki Snelson, Nicolette Hart, Joseph Irrera, Joshua Bell, Lara Downes, Emmanuel Ax, Dan Saunders, and Alan Menken.  Recently he has worked on the RPO’s production of La Traviata, Geva Theatre’s production of The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee, and RAPAs production of Mary Poppins. Ben is currently Adjunct Faculty at Nazareth College.  Upcoming projects include being Musical Director for OFC Creations production of Avenue Q.

ELI ZOLLER

Ensemble/Guitar/Associate Music Director

ELI ZOLLER makes his Geva Theatre Center debut in The Road to Where. As a professional musician, he most recently played on Broadway for Violet and First Date: The Musical, as well as Violet at City Center Encores! His Off-Broadway Music Director/Arranger credits include: F#%King Up Everything (Elektra), Golden Boy of the Blue Ridge (available on iTunes) and  his Regional credits include The Fantasticks at Virginia Stage; Bloody, Bloody Andrew Jackson for Ridgefield Theatre Barn; Mrs. Jones and the Man from Dixieland, a  play by Tony Award Winners Steven Sater; Duncan Sheik at E.S.T.  Mr. Zoller received his B.F.A. in Musical Theatre from the University of Michigan.  Undying love to my family, friends, and teachers.  “All for Maggie Magpie!”  www.elizoller.com

MARK CUDDY

Director

MARK CUDDY is in his twentieth season as Artistic Director of Geva Theatre Center. This season, in addition to The Road to Where, he directed Good People and A Christmas Carol (which he also adapted).  Last season he directed Clybourne Park, Pump Boys and Dinettes and A Christmas Carol. Mr. Cuddy is well known for his staging of premieres, contemporary comedies and musical theatre. Among his Geva Theatre Center productions have been A Midsummer Night’s Dream; The Agony and Ecstasy of Steve Jobs; You Can’t Take It With You; Company; Superior Donuts; The Music ManFive Course Love; Fences; Sweeney Todd; A Christmas Story; Pride and Prejudice (which he also co-adapted); Bad Dates; Our Town; Tuesdays With Morrie; Urinetown; Splitting Infinity; Vigil; A Chorus Line; Hamlet; That Was Then (American premiere); Convenience (world premiere musical); 1776; Proof; the world premiere of Thornton Wilder’s Theophilus North which was also seen at Arena Stage in Washington, D.C.; The Miser; the East Coast premieres of both House and Garden; Quilters; Art; Famous Orpheus (world premiere musical) with Garth Fagan Dance; Every Good Boy Deserves Favor with the RPO; Golf With Alan Shepard; Picasso at the Lapin Agile and State of the Union. In 2013, he was also appointed the Producer and Chief Executive of The Cape Playhouse in Dennis, MA. Prior to his tenure at Geva Theatre Center, Mr. Cuddy directed a number of world and American classics while Artistic Director of the Idaho Shakespeare Festival and Sacramento Theatre Company.

STEVEN M. ALPER

Music Director and Orchestrator

STEVEN M. ALPER composed and orchestrated the score of The Immigrant, for which he received a Drama Desk nomination (cast recording on Ghostlight Records). Other musicals include Chamberlain, which received a National Alliance of Musical Theatre Producers grant, was developed at the New Harmony Project, and premiered at Maine State Music Theatre. The Library, which received an NEA grant, was developed at the New Harmony Project, and was produced at Stamford Theatre Works; Rappaccini’s Daughter; C’est la vie; and The Audition (which premiered at Manhattan Class Company). He has composed for the theatre, film, commercials, and award-winning educational musicals (with Karen DeMauro). He is the author of Next! Auditioning for the Musical Theatre (Girandole Books) and has worked in theatres around the country as conductor, music director, vocal arranger and orchestrator on numerous theatrical projects. See more at knappalper.com.

MATTHEW REINERT

Scenic Designer

MATTHEW REINERT has served as Director of Production at Geva Theatre Center since 2007 where his lighting design credits include The Odd Couple, Venus in Fur, The Agony and the Ecstasy of Steve Jobs, Superior Donuts and The House in Hydesville.  Design credits include The Home Place, Jane Eyre, Boats on a River, The Merchant of Venice, Hamlet, Freezing Paradise, The Constant Wife, A Body of Water, As You Like It, The Sex Habits of American Women, Death of a Salesman, Three Sisters, Boston Marriage, Othello, Good Boys, All My Sons, Who’s Afraid of Virginia Woolf?, Side Man, Twelfth Night, Misalliance, Sweeney Todd, Gross Indecency and Simpatico at the Guthrie Theater where he was Resident Lighting Department Supervisor from 1994 – 2007; Death of a Salesman at the Dublin Theatre Festival and national tours of Othello and A Midsummer Night’s Dream. Other credits include designs for more than fifteen productions, many in the Humana Festival of New American Plays and Flying Solo Festivals at the Actors Theatre of Louisville where he was Lighting Department Supervisor for more than 100 productions; History Theatre; Florida Stage; Missouri Repertory Theatre; Pepsico Summerfaire; Kentucky Shakespeare Festival; Glimmerglass Opera; Chautauqua Opera; Ragamala Music and Dance Theatre; Purdue University/Indiana Public Television; University of Minnesota; Western Michigan University; University of Missouri, Kansas City; Iowa State University.  Mr. Reinert holds an M.F.A. from the University of Missouri, Kansas City; and his B.A. from Iowa State University.

CHRISTINA SELIAN

Costume Designer

CHRISTINA SELIAN has designed costumes for Superior Donuts, Evie’s Waltz, Tuesdays with Morrie, Below the Belt and Art at Geva Theatre Center and served as assistant director for Beast on the Moon.  She graduated from Emerson College and began her professional career in New York City working for the Riverside Shakespeare Company, Theatre for the Open Eye and The Actor’s Outlet.   Ms. Selian later became an artist-in residence with the Boston-based TheatreWorks, where she met her husband Mark Cuddy.  For three seasons, she was associate producer of the Idaho Shakespeare Festival, where she established and directed the apprentice program and was assistant director for Othello, The Comedy of Errors and Sherlock Holmes.  When not designing, Ms. Selian teaches craft sewing classes to children out of her Highland Park home.

GERARD KELLY

Wig Designer

GERARD KELLY makes his Geva Theatre Center debut with The Road to Where. Broadway credits include Hair and the national tours of Ain’t Misbehavin’; Hello, Dolly; How the Grinch Stole Christmas and My Fair Lady. On the West End, he designed the wigs for Hair.  In New York, his designs have appeared at the Public Theater, the Mint Theater Company, Playwrights Horizons, the York Theatre Company, the Pearl Theatre Company and the Classic Stage Company. Regionally, he has designed for Westchester Broadway Theatre, Walnut Street Theatre, North Shore Music Theatre, Maltz Jupiter Theatre, Dallas Theater Center, Maine State Music Theatre, Carousel Dinner Theatre, Phoenix Theatre,  Sierra Repertory Theatre, San Francisco TheatreWorks, Cape Playhouse,  the Ahmanson Theatre, Sacramento Music Theatre, Down Town Cabaret, West-Port Country Playhouse, George Street Playhouse, and Shakespeare Festivals in New York, Lake Tahoo, New Jersey, Idaho, San Francisco. Film credits include The Conjuring, Transamerica, Girls Will Be Girls, Notorious, The Ten, The Savages and The Other Women. TV credits include Law & Order,” “Law & Order: SVU,” “The Ru Paul Show” and “Are We There Yet?”  Mr. Kelly has designed wigs for The B-52’s, Ru Paul, Charles Busch, Jennifer Holiday, Laura Linney.  Felicity Huffman,  Marlo Thomas,  Whoopie Goldburg,  Lesley Mann  and  William Hurt.

DEREK MADONIA

Lighting Designer

DEREK MADONIA has designed numerous shows at Geva Theatre Center including  The Mountaintop, Stranded on Earth, Freud’s Last Session, The Tribute to Sir Elton John and Billy Joel, Perfect Wedding, Underneath the Lintel, Evie’s Waltz, The Underpants, Shear Madness, That was Then, All is Well in the Kingdom of Nice, And Then They Came for Me: Remembering the World of Anne Frank, Meet Me Incognito, Tomato Plant Girl, the Portrait the Wind the Chair, This is Not a Pipe Dream and Women Who Steal. He received his B.A. from the University at Albany. Mr. Madonia came to Geva in 1992 as a lighting apprentice and he is currently in his 22nd season as Master Electrician. He would like to thank his family and his talented band of electricians for all their help and support.

IAN HILDRETH

Sound Designer

IAN HILDRETH has been designing and audio engineering at Geva Theatre Center for seven years. Past designs include The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee, Pump Boys and Dinettes, MoM: A Rock Concert Musical, Next to Normal, Avenue Q, Fences, 3 Mo’ Divas and Carry It On. Associate designs include The Whipping Man, Dracula, Two Jews Walk Into a War and Radio Golf. Mr. Hildreth is a graduate of SUNY Brockport.

JENNI WERNER

Co-Dramaturg

JENNI WERNER is in her fourth season at Geva Theatre Center. Geva dramaturgy credits include Women in Jeopardy!, Good People, A Raisin in the Sun, Superior Donuts, You Can’t Take It With You, Freud’s Last Session, The Agony and the Ecstasy of Steve Jobs, A Midsummer Night’s Dream, Clybourne Park, Informed Consent and The Odd Couple. Previously, she served as the Director of Programming at Theatre Communications Group (TCG), the national organization for the non-profit theatre field.  From 2005-2011, Ms. Werner produced TCG’s annual National Conference, curating the content and organizing the logistics for the largest national gathering of professionals in the non-profit theatre field.  For six years, she was adjunct instructor in the Program in Educational Theatre at New York University, and is now an adjunct instructor at RIT.  Ms. Werner has an M.F.A. in dramaturgy from the University of Massachusetts at Amherst and a B.A. in theatre and history from Knox College in Galesburg, Illinois. She authors Geva’s blog, at gevajournal.wordpress.com.

BECCA POCCIA

Co-Dramaturg

BECCA POCCIA is in her third season at Geva Theatre Center, where she has served as dramaturg for All Your Questions Answered and Tinker to Evers to Chance; as stage manager for ‘Til Death Do Us Part, Sister’s Christmas Catechism, Late Nite Catechism 2: Sister Strikes Again!, the Plays in Progress series and the Festival of New Theatre; and as venue manager for the First Niagara Rochester Fringe Festival. Ms. Poccia holds an M.F.A. in Dramaturgy from Columbia University and also works as a freelance dramaturg; favorite credits include Goliath (Planet Connections Theatre Festivity) and the world premieres of AK-47 Sing Along (New York International Fringe Festival), Lifetime Fairytale (Columbia Stages), Dirt: Part 1 (Enthuse Theater) and Foreign Wars (Random Access Theatre).

JENNY DANIELS

Stage Manager

JENNY DANIELS is very excited to be finishing her seventh season at Geva Theatre Center in Rochester, New York.  Most recently Ms. Daniels has stage managed Freud’s Last Session  and Almost, Maine for The Cape Playhouse as well as A Body of Water, Katherine’s Colored Lieutenant, Black Pearl Sings, Stranded on Earth, and I and You in Geva Theatre Center’s Fielding Nextstage. Some favorite past credits at Geva include A Christmas Carol, A Midsummer Night’s Dream, Pump Boys and Dinettes, The Book Club Play, On Golden Pond, Almost Maine, and Sweeney Todd. Ms. Daniels currently resides in Rochester with her supportive boyfriend and their wonderful puppy.

ELISSA MYERS CASTING, Paul Fouquet, CSA

Casting Directors

ELISSA MYERS CASTING, Paul Fouquet, CSA, a Rochester native, is honored to be recognized as a Geva Affiliate Artist. This marks the 18th year of Myers’ and Fouquet’s collaboration with Geva Theatre Center. Casting credits include “Poisoner’s Handbook”, “Becoming Helen Keller”, and the mini-series “Mystery of Matter” for PBS. Other PBS projects include “The Abolitionists”, “Dolly Madison”, “Alexander Hamilton”, “John and Abigail Adams”, “Benjamin Franklin” (Emmy Award), “Liberty” (Peabody Award), “God in America”, “People vs. Leo Frank”, “Louisa May Alcott,” as well as PBS “Great Performances” (Artios Award in “Outstanding Achievement in Casting”) and most recently “Murder Of A President” for American Experience. Additionally three “Movies of the Week,” as well as five pilots. Feature films include “Hank and Asha” (Audience Award at Slamdance 2013 and five other festival awards), and “The Union.” Theatre includes seven Broadway shows, including Tony nominated Having Our Say, as well as 26 Off-Broadway shows. Regional theatre casting in the past two years includes Denver Center, Geva Theatre Center, Cleveland Play House, Alabama Shakespeare Festival, Magic Theatre, Arena Stage, Alley Theatre, George Street Playhouse, and Arizona Theatre Company. The office has so far received 16 nominations and has won three Artios Awards for “Outstanding Achievement in Casting.”

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