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New York, NY 100xx

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BMI Short Musical Production

What Won't We Do For Love?
Music by Glenn Gordon
Lyrics by William Squier

A Small Reception
Book and Lyrics by Mark O'Donnell
Music by Art Yelton
Directed by Art Yelton
Time: The Present. Place: A superlative Park Avenue penthouse.

RORY (A Cute Young Caterer) Brian-Mark Conover
ANGELA (The Bride) Lisa Asher*
TROY (The Groom) Michael Marra
MYRA (Troy's Mother) Diana Salyer*
BEN (Troy's Powerful Father) Chuck Pooler
ISABEL (An Icy Young Woman) Nancy Slusser*

An Upper West Side Story
Music by Shelly Gartner
Book & Lyrics by Chan Chandler
Directed by Rod Caspers

Place: Ricco's Italian/American Café and various other locations around Manhattan.

MERK BAZZINI: Saverio Guerra*
RUDY HEDGECOCK: Shelly Gartner*
THE WOMAN: Catherine Maranto*
THE MAN: John Bransdorf*

Another Opening
Based on a short story by David K. Arthur
Book & Lyrics by David K. Arthur
Music by Jeffrey Lodin
Directed by David K. Arthur
Stage Manager: Joanna M. Allen

Time: December 23, 1988; Opening Night of
Maggie DeMayo's new musical Flyin' High!
Place: Joe's Bar, a West 53rd Street Dump and a street corner just outside.

3RD BUZZARD/EDNA VEAZY: Adinah Alexander*
JOE: Steve Routman*
ARCHIE: William McCauley*

The Composer and the Lyricist
Lyrics by David K. Arthur
Music by Brian Lasser
Performed by Mana Allen*

Reel Life
Book & Lyrics by Marc Castle
Music by Scott Zesch
Directed by Marc Castle

Time: The Present
Place: A revival movie house in New York

MARY: Lisa Asher*
JOHN: Ray Wills*

Hopefully Ever After
Book & Lyrics by David K. Arthur
Music by Glenn Gordon
Directed by David K. Arthur

Time: Saturday April 27, 1991, the day of Sarah's marriage to George.
Place: The Manhattan townhouse of Sarah Whithall's parents; the action takes place in adjoining upstairs bedrooms and in the hall outside. Unbeknownst to Sarah and George, several small disasters have already occurred downstairs.

JACK (The Best Man): Bill Newhall*
LIZ (The Maid of Honor): Adinah Alexander*
SARAH The Bride): Cheryl Stern*
GEORGE (The Groom): Steve Routman*

* Member of Actor's Equity Association
Co-Producers Sean Burke & William Squier
Set Design Margie O'Shea
Assistant Designer Adam Frank

Aboutface Staff
Artistic Director: Sean Burke
Managing Director: Allison Jones
General Manager: Michael Herz
Resident Director: Marty Fluger
Intern Coordinator: Michael Mejias
Financial Administrator: April Cowin
Audience Development: Ron O'Connor
Fundraising: Ralph Lewis

Special Thanks: Beth Levine, Frank Fighera, Kim Chandler, Frank Pelly and CGR Ace Proofers, A. Heather Doughty, Esq. and the BMI Lehman-Engel Musical Theatre Workshop.

Adinah Alexander has worked extensively regionally and Off-B'way at The Cherry Lane, Promenade, St. Peter's GeVa and Goodspeed Opera House (to name a few).

Mana Allen appeared on Broadway in Merrily We Roll Along and Smile. She has also been seen Off-B'way, regionally, nationally, internationally, on television and heard on radio. She has never been in a movie.

David K. Arthur has worked as an actor, director and choreographer on numerous musicals throughout the U.S. In addition to the BMI workshop, David is working on two new musical with composers Jeff Lodin and Skip Kennon, and a third with Brian Lasser, who he has collaborated with on "special material" for such singers as Jeff Harner and Karen Mason.

Lisa Asher hails form Butler, KY (Pop. 500 - salute!) and is quite happy to be a new resident in the Big Apple. Prior to arriving here she was working in Chicago and regional theatres around the country. Lisa is very excited to be working with the BMI writers and hopes they become the much needed fresh new talents in the theatre.

John Bransdorf was last seen in Schmidt and Jones' new production Collette Collage. He can be seen in many television commercials and programs. John's extensive credits range from Beat to Charlotte's Web.

Rod Caspers has staged many musicals both regionally and in NYC. Among them are: Carousel, Merrily We Roll Along, Working and Lies and Legends. Plays include Foxfire, 'Night Mother and Close Ties. Rod has written several plays and musicals. Broken Hearts, three Oscar Wilde stories he adapted for the stage, was recently published. Rod currently lives in Austin, TX, where he teaches at the University of Texas.

Marc Castle is a proud member of The Dramatist Guild, Equity, SAG, AFTRA, the BMI Musical Theatre Workshop, Village Playwrights, The Center, ARTS, The Actors Fund, Channel 13, The Democratic Party, Public Citizen, Blue Cross/Blue Shield and Staples Office Supplies.

Chan Chandler has written many plays and musicals including A Part of Me, Oh Cloris! and Simply Weill, which he directed at the Yale Cabaret. He wrote the screenplay Red Dawn for Rob Lowe. He recently wrote two music videos for Prince's upcoming album, Diamonds and Pearls. A member of the Tisch School of the Arts faculty at NYU, Chan is also happy to be a member of the BMI Musical Theatre Workshop.

Brian-Mark Conover recently played man characters in the NY classic Forbidden Broadway (in Philadelphia). Prior to that, he worked in Chicago in such favorites as Noises Off as Tim Allgood and Pacific Overtures as The Madam.

Shelly Gartner has the rare distinction of making his living as a musician. He is a perspiring songwriter in both the Pop and Musical Theatre genres. Shelly was most recently seen on Channel 2's A Schtick and a Dream accompanying Morey Alter. He is a second year member of the BMI Musical Theatre Workshop.

Saverio Guerra recently appeared in the Naked Angel's production of Summer Winds and an evening of one-acts at MCC. Saverio can be seen in the film True Love.

Jeffrey Lodin has written the music for Nice People in collaboration with Tony Tanner. He is also working on three other musicals which he hopes will appear on Broadway before the year 2000.

Catherine Maranto is a versatile performer who, when not acting, can be found behind the mike with some of NY's top bands including The Peter Duchin Orchestra and the funk band Slam! Recent stage work includes Talk Show at the Duplex. TV audiences have seen her in Story Behind the Story and A Current Affair as well as playing many roles on daytime soaps.

Michael Marra was most recently seen as Aaron/Ryan in The City Troupe's production of The Redemption of Jamie Harris at CAMI Hall. He would like to be seen in Les Miserables. Currently he studies acting with Sande Shurin.

William McCauley has worked for twenty-five years as an actor, director, musical director and lighting designer on Broadway, Off-B'way, in repertory companies, dinner theatres, stock, television and film.

Linda Miles moved from LA where she was featured on the soundtracks of various television specials, variety shows and films. She appeared in How to Succeed... with Bobby Morse and in Kismet with John Reardon. Working her way to Broadway, Linda moved to New York where she appeared at the McCarter Theater before graduating to Off-Off-B'way and Off-B'way appearing in Crimes of the Heart, Smoke On The Mountain, Miss Firecracker Contest and As You Like It. Last year she produced and co-wrote Mountain Mothers Off-B'way.

William Newhall can currently be seen as the silver-haired Victor Gadarian, Private Eye, on ABC-in-the-Square Downtown, now scheduled for the 1992 Broadway season.

Mark O'Donnell.

Chuck Pooler last appeared with AF in Just War. He has also been in the AF productions Going Homeless, The Comic Book Show and two versions of The Grand Guignol. Other NY credits include Desi Arnaz in Babalu and Bradley in Buried Child.

Steve Routman was last seen on Broadway in George Abbott's Broadway. He has also appeared in Much Ado About Nothing and Love's Labor's Lost for the New York Shakespeare Festival. Steve has also worked in regional theaters across the country.

Diana Salyer During a long and varied career (there are those who swear she was at Ford's Theatre the night Lincoln was shot), she continues her tradition of playing flamboyant, volatile ladies. Her favorite and most acclaimed was Lucille Ball in Off-B'way's Babalu by Jerold Goldstein and William Squier.

Nancy Slusser is a founding member of The Artist's Perspective Theatre in NYC. Favorite roles include Katherina in Amadeus, Tessie Tura in Gypsy, Angel in Best Little Whorehouse and Tuna in Sam Shepard's Seduced, performed at the John F. Kennedy Center.

Cheryl Stern lists among her credits, Broadway and National tours of Les Miserables, Evita, Fiddler on the Roof, I'm Getting My Act..., the West Coast premier of Closer Than Ever (San Francisco Chronicle Award - Best Actress). She has been featured in roles at the Birmingham Theatre, Pittsburgh Playhouse, CLO, Walnut Street Theatre, George Street Playhouse and KC Starlight. Cheryl is a member of "The New Group" Repertory Company. Her original one-woman show In the Cracks opens in September.

William Squier is a member of AF's Writers Unit and has written or co-written four plays produced by the company (with a fifth upcoming). Bill is also a member of the Dramatists Guild, Pen to Stage, and the BMI Workshop. Paul Bernstein thinks he looks like Oscar Wilde.

Ray Wills has appeared in NYC at ELT, MTW, AJT, JRT, EST and for a year Off-B'way, he was a "Rothschild".

Art Yelton, originally from Houston, recently conducted productions of The Sound of Music and The Music Man. He has appeared as Reno Sweeney in the notorious Fire Island production of Anything Goes, and works as a freelance pianist here in New York.

Scott Zesch wrote music and lyrics for Red Sun, in his native state of Texas. He contributed songs for several original shows at Harvard University, and is currently at work on two musicals, one set in New Mexico, the other in Shanghai.