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Jan 9, 2018 - Feb 4, 2018

The Other Josh Cohen

Josh Cohen just can’t get a break (or a girlfriend). He’s overweight, broke and underemployed. To top it all off, his apartment is robbed of everything but a single Neil Diamond CD. But then a mysterious letter arrives that could change his life forever. This hilarious and ingenious musical comedy by David Rossmer and Pittsford native Steve Rosen was nominated for six Drama Desk Awards and the Lortel Award for Outstanding Musical.

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 Suitable for ages 13 and up

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Sarah Bishop | Woman 1

SARAH BISHOP is excited to be making her Geva Theatre Center debut! Credits include: Roundabout Theatre Company’s Cabaret National Tour (Helga) and Pittsburgh CLO’s 42nd Street. Other favorite roles include Legally Blonde (Elle), Singin’ in the Rain (Lina) and The Sound of Music (Maria). CCM grad. Sarahbishop.net

Allison Kelly | Woman 4

ALLISON KELLY is thrilled to be making her Geva Theatre Center debut! Favorite previous credits include American Idiot (Heather), Almost Heaven: John Denver’s AmericaStriking 12 with NYC’s Prospect Theatre Company, and workshopping the musical Red Blooded All American Man at The Human Race Theatre Company. Allison is a nationally touring musician, both with original music and tribute concerts – most notably Not Fade Away: The Ultimate Buddy Holly Experience. She is a Wright State Grad and Ohio native. Special thanks to Abby and Alice at CKOAF, and her awesome family.  www.allisonannkelly.com

James David Larson | Man 2

JAMES DAVID LARSON makes his Geva Theatre Center debut in The Other Josh Cohen. He appeared on Broadway in Roundabout’s production of Into the Woods. Off-Broadway include Atomic (Acorn Theatre) and Illyria (Prospect Theatre Company). National Tours include Monty Python’s Spamalot, The Buddy Holly Story and A Band Called Honalee. Regional credits include The Buddy Holly Story (Bucks County Playhouse), Luck Be a Lady (Asolo Rep), Hound of the Baskervilles (Gulfshore Playhouse), Too Marvelous for Words (Florida Rep) and 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee (Oregon Cabaret Theatre). Other NYC credits include Pope: An Epic Musical (NYMF) and Gary Goldfarb: Master Escapist (NYMF). Film/TV credits include “Emmy and the Breakfast Club” (Guy Guido Productions) and “I’d Kill For You” (ID). www.JamesDavidLarson.com

Angel Lin | Woman 3

ANGEL LIN is anything synonymous to the word geek. National Tours include Once (Emcee, u/s Girl), Kansas City Choir Boy (by Todd Almond, starring Courtney Love). Select NYC Venues include Jerry Orbach Theatre, Atlantic Theater, Cherry Lane Theatre, Mckittrick Hotel, Madison Square Garden. She received her B.F.A. from NYU Tisch. Thank you Geva, Lisa & Apex, cast & creative, and friends & family (you know who you are). www.angeldoesthings.com

Megan Loomis | Woman 4

MEGAN LOOMIS last appeared at Geva’s Fielding Stage in the world premiere of The Road to Where with Cass Morgan.   A native of Rochester, she’s toured North America and Asia with War Horse, Cabaret, Sweeney Todd and recently, A Gentleman’s Guide to Love and Murder.   Off Broadway credits include The Dead: 1904 (Irish Rep), Allegro (Classic Stage Company), Woody Sez (Irish Rep, Edinburgh Fringe and Vienna’s English Theatre).  A graduate of Eastman, Megan is pleased as punch to be reunited with Steve Rosen after a successful run in Cinderella at Pittsford Middle School many moons ago. www.megloomis.com @megsthelooms

Steve Rosen | Josh Cohen

STEVE ROSEN returns to Geva after appearing as Pseudolus last season in A Funny Thing Happened on the Way to the Forum. Other Rochester theatre credits include Anything Goes; Fiddler on the Roof; Our Town; Kiss Me, Kate and his unforgettable turn as Drunk Bar Patron #2 in Showdown at Deadwood (all at Pittsford Sutherland High School in the 1990s). More recently he has been seen acting on Broadway, Off-Broadway, on network television and in motion pictures. He would like to thank Mark Cuddy and Geva for their love and friendship, as well as the audience (you!) for supporting live theatre in Rochester. For my parents. Happy 50th Anniversary!

Alan Schmuckler | Narrator Josh

ALAN SCHMUCKLER makes his Geva Theatre Center debut in The Other Josh Cohen. NY credits include Nikolai and the Others (LCT), Stars of David (DR2 Theatre), To Life! 50 Years of Fiddler on the Roof (Lyrics & Lyricists, 92Y); work at York Theatre Company, National Yiddish Theatre. Regional credits include The Comedy of Errors (Hartford Stage), Fiddler on the Roof (MUNY), A Christmas Carol (IRT), others. Chicago credits include Rent (American Theatre Company/About Face Theatre), Murder for Two (Chicago Shakespeare Theater – Joseph Jefferson nomination), Sugar (Drury Lane Oakbrook Terrace – Jeff nom.), A Minister’s Wife (Writers Theatre – Jeff nom.), others. Alan was the composer/lyricist for Wait Wait Don’t Kill Me (Sarah Lawrence International Audio Fiction Award; Webby Award, Best Sound Design/Original Music Score); with Michael Mahler, Diary of a Wimpy Kid and others. He has appeared in concert at the Bruno Walter Auditorium at Lincoln Center, Kennedy Center Millennium Stage, Joe’s Pub, 54 Below, Symphony Space. Graduate, Northwestern University, School at Steppenwolf. Glad you’re here! @alanschmuckler

Jonathan Spivey | (Man 1 / Music Director)

JONATHAN SPIVEY returns to Geva Theatre Center where he previously appeared as L.M. in Pump Boys and Dinettes. Broadway credits include the 2016 revival of The Front Page, and Lincoln Center Theatre’s Act One, later televised for PBS. Regional favorites include Picasso at the Lapin Agile at Long Wharf Theatre, Arcadia at Yale Repertory Theatre, His Girl Friday and Man of La Mancha at Barrington Stage Company, Baskerville at Syracuse Stage, Dogpark at Milwaukee Rep, Souvenir at Heritage Rep and Hanover Tavern, Cyrano de Bergerac and Anything Goes at Virginia Rep, Black Gold at Phoenix Theatre, The Merchant of Venice at Richmond Shakespeare, The Foreigner, Room Service, and Kiss Me Kate for Hope Summer Rep, and Death of a Salesman, Richard IIIThe Tempest, Twelfth Night, As You Like It, and Inherit the Wind at the Old Globe in San Diego where Jonathan earned his M.F.A. in Acting. He is the co-author of the musical comedy Murphy’s Law which received its professional premiere in Pittsburgh last spring.

David Rossmer and Steve Rosen | Book, Music & Lyrics

DAVID ROSSMER and STEVE ROSEN met at summer camp.  Their critically acclaimed hit The Other Josh Cohen was nominated for six Drama Desk Awards, the Lortel Award and the Off-Broadway Alliance Award. A subsequent production at the Paper Mill Playhouse garnered a second rave in the NY Times and sold out its run. An upcoming NYC production is slated for 2018. Rosen and Rossmer co-created the hit comedy Don’t Quit Your Night Job, which began at the Public Theater, moved to a successful run Off-Broadway and recently headlined BroadwayCon — writing special material for the likes of Sting, Sutton Foster, James Corden, David Hyde Pierce, etc.  Currently, they are working on two stage properties and a television pilot.

 

Rossmer co-wrote Rated P with Dan Lipton, developed for TV by Kelly Ripa and bought by ABC Studios. They are currently writing the Broadway musical of Monopoly for Hasbro, in collaboration with Tony-nominee Rick Elice (Jersey Boys). Their song “Don’t Let You in the Opera,” featured on Kelli O’Hara’s Always album, has been performed by the Tony winner across the country, including Lincoln Center and Carnegie Hall. Their comedy The Blonde Streak is being produced by Grove Entertainment, and their form-bending satire JOE! is being developed for TV with Crazy Ex-Girlfriend star Santino Fontana.

 

Rosen is currently co-adapting the Universal film The Secret of My Success for the stage with Gordon Greenberg, Michael Mahler and Alan Schmuckler. He also co-wrote (with Greenberg) a unique comic take on A Christmas Carol entitled Ebenezer Scrooge’s Big (Your Town here) Christmas Show. It premiered this past holiday season at the Bucks County Playhouse. Steve was recently commissioned to create an evening of original material for the prestigious Washington University of St. Louis Law School’s 150th anniversary celebration.

Hunter Foster | Director

HUNTER FOSTER made his Geva directing debut last season with Million Dollar Quartet. Hunter is an Artistic Associate at the Bucks County Playhouse where he has directed Company, Ain’t Misbehavin’, The Buddy Holly Story, National Pastime, The Rocky Horror Show (2013, 2014 and 2016), Summer of ’42,  It’s a Wonderful Life and Clue on Stage. Other directing credits include: Cabaret, My Fair Lady (Cape Playhouse), Grease (North Carolina Theatre), Monty Python’s Spamalot (Casa Mañana) and has directed productions of the Million Dollar Quartet for the Ogunquit Playhouse, Gateway Playhouse and the Westchester Broadway Theatre. He has also directed the NYC workshops of the upcoming new musicals, Far From the Madding Crowd and One Hit Wonder. As a book writer, he has written the books to the Off-Broadway musicals Jasper in Deadland and Summer of ’42 (Outer Critic Award nomination). Other book writing credits include The Circus in Winter (Goodspeed Musicals), Clyde and Bonnie: A Folktale (New York Musical Theatre Festival, Aurora Theatre), The Hollow (Signature Theatre) and Blue Ridge Sky. Hunter is a graduate of the University of Michigan (B.F.A. in Musical Theatre).

Nicole V. Moody | Costume Designer

NICOLE V. MOODY makes her Geva Theatre Center debut with The Other Josh Cohen.  Select design credits include A Connecticut Christmas Carol for Goodspeed Musicals; Clue, Guys and Dolls, Other Desert Cities, The Buddy Holly Story, Steel Magnolias, Rocky Horror Picture Show, Summer of ’42, Mame, It’s a Wonderful Life; a Radio Play, Meet Me in St. Louis, A Grand Night for Singing and Barefoot in the Park for  Bucks County Playhouse; Downrange, Arsenic and Old Lace, Legally Blonde, The 39 Steps, and Avenue Q for CFRT; Cracked (World Premiere) for American Theatre Dance Workshop; Love, Loss and What I Wore for NYC, Chicago Tour and Asolo Rep; Sleuth, Trumpery and The Glass Menagerie for Olney Theatre, What is the Cause of Thunder for Williamstown Theatre Festival. Her work has been featured in Psychology Today and Hellgate for Jeremy Bales Photography. Films include Dead Light Glory (Short Indie) and Hungry for Gold (IOC). She has been the Assistant Costume Designer for Broadway, National Operas, World Premieres, and 2012 MDNA Tour.

Ian Hildreth | Sound Designer

IAN HILDRETH has been with Geva Theatre since 2007. Past designs include Million Dollar Quartet, The Marvelous Wonderettes, Spamalot!, the world premiere of The Road to Where, 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.

Jenni Werner | Dramaturg

JENNI WERNER is in her seventh season as the Literary Director and Resident Dramaturg at Geva Theatre Center. Ms. Werner has served as the dramaturg on twenty Geva productions, including world premieres of plays by Mat Smart, Jamie Pachino, Wendy MacLeod, Deborah Zoe Laufer, Cass Morgan and Nora Cole. She also produces Geva’s Festival of New Theatre and leads the development of new plays at Geva. 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 also an adjunct instructor in the Program in Educational Theatre at New York University, and the resident dramaturg of NYU’s Looking for Shakespeare program for high school students. She is now an adjunct instructor in the English department at the Rochester Institute of Technology. She 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. Ms. Werner serves on the board of directors for ImageOut, Rochester’s LGBT Film Festival.

Jenn Lyons | Stage Manager

JENN LYONS is a Rochester native happy to be working at Geva. Previous shows at Geva include In the Heights, Private Lives, A Funny Thing Happened on the Way to the Forum, A Moon for the Misbegotten, Miracle on South Division Street, Red, The Mountaintop, Little Shop of Horrors, The Odd Couple and Clybourne Park.  National Tours include Mary Poppins, The Lion King, Beauty and the Beast, Cinderella (starring Eartha Kitt), Showboat and The Who’s Tommy. New York credits include work at Roundabout Theatre and Circle Repertory Theater as well as the Broadway production of The Little Mermaid.  Her two favorite productions are Maddie and Jack.