NOVEMBER 19 - DECEMBER 7, 2019
ABOUT THE SHOW
$75 Premium Seating
$55 Regular Orchestra
$40 Rear Orchestra
410 West 42nd Street
New York, NY 10036
Take the 1/2/3/N/Q/R/W trains to Time Square-42nd Street
Take the A/C/E trains to 42nd Street-Port Authority Bus Terminal
The Lion Theatre at Theatre Row is Handicap Accessible.
Approximately 90 Minutes
Recommended for ages 6 and up.
CAST, CREATIVE, PRODUCTION CREDITS
CAST (in alphabetical order)
P.T. Barnum.....................PAUL AGUIRRE*
John/Newsboy...........HENRY FIN BERRY
Reverend Turk.................GREG CARTER*
Dr. Martin....YVETTE MONIQUE CLARK*
The Giant.........................DANIEL MOSER*
Emily's Mother...........ROBYNE PARRISH*
Carl Franz Otto..............KEVIN RIDDAGH
Dr. Boynton/Judge.........BEN TOSTADO*
"Stub" Newell...........FOREST VANDYKE*
& Lyrics by.........KIT GOLDSTEIN GRANT
Music Director/Arranger......JONATHON LYNCH
Scenic Design.......THERON WINEINGER
Costume Design..........TYLER CARLTON
Lighting Design.............CONOR MARTIN
Puppet Design................NOEL WILLIAMS
Prop Design...MICHAEL HENRY GRANT
Music Assistant...................GABY MANKS
Casting...........HELENE GALEK CASTING
Casting Director..............HELENE GALEK
Casting Assts.......MASIEL HERNANDEZ,
DONNA LEE MICHAELS,
TIM OSGOOD, TRISTAN J. SHULER
Asst. Choreographer.......KATIE HARDIN
Production Stage Mgr...........KATHERINE
Production Manager......DREW FRANCIS
Press Representative...........OFF OFF PR
Press Agent.......................PAUL SIEBOLD
Social Media...................KEVIN RIDDAGH
Photographer...................BRIAN E. LONG
MICHAEL CHASE GOSSELIN,
Associate Producer.....LIZ ARMSTRONG
(*) Denotes members of Actors Equity Association
The Giant Hoax is an Equity-Approved Showcase.
THE GIANT HOAX was funded in part through Kickstarter.com and we couldn't have done it without the generosity and support from those listed below!
Jenna Urgero, Alina Gatrell, Shannon Connelly, Barbara Bellman, Kimberly Vaughn, Luke Edward Powers, Mohamad Hesham, Tim Osgood, Chris DiMauro, Fernando de Messentier Silva & Erica Ribeiro, Adam Gregory,
Mitchell Sparks, Dee and Bob Mulford,
Rodrigo Canaan & Bruna Oliveria, Ahmed Khalifa, Brian Long, Tom Gavin,
Matt SanGiovanni, and Liz Armstrong
Step back in time with us to 1869! Emily, a bright young girl with an overactive imagination, has run away from home to prove that there are wonderful things in the world out there! Before long, she finds herself in the employ of a shady showman, William "Stub" Newell, the owner of a prehistoric, petrified giant! She and the Giant become instant “imaginary friends,” but all is not well. When the unscrupulous circus impresario, P.T. Barnum, offers a hefty sum to buy Newell’s profitable, prehistoric attraction and is refused, he comes up with a scheme to steal Stub's business right out from under his nose forcing Emily to sort through what is fact, what is fiction, and what's all in her imagination.
Kit Goldstein Grant’s new musical, based on the true story of New York's famed Cardiff Giant, features a catchy score packed with wonderfully whimsical music and clever lyrics making for a fun, family musical that bursts with excitement – and even a bit of history – as a cast of colorful characters takes you on a journey to the past by way of a young girl’s imagination.
"Kit Goldstein Grant's musicals have been lauded for not writing down to children, instead being kid-friendly shows that are fun for adults!" –BroadwayWorld
2019 THEATRE ROW PRODUCTION - (Photo credit: Brian E. Long)
WHAT DID THE CRITICS SAY?
"Memorably staged... Outstanding... Superb... Stunning... An incredible combination of American chutzpah and American gullibility." - BroadwayWorld
"The Giant Hoax will empower current and future generations of children." - Theatre Review NYC
"This show is destined for Broadway... Every family should see this performance." - The Front Row Center
"The expert hands of director Christopher Michaels and choreographer Molly Model are clearly at work in all aspects of this production, bringing a touching story with affable songs and clever lyrics to life with a cast of first-rate actors, a fine ensemble, and inventive and humorous choreography." - TheatreScene.net
"Beautifully orchestrated and realized, the music is first-rate, the lyrics extraordinarily clever. Director Christopher Michaels and Musical Director Jonathon Lynch have done a fine job turning Ms. Grant’s excellent musical into a mainstage production. She is obviously a rising talent. I don’t doubt we’ll be hearing more from her very soon." - Hi Drama!
"The Giant Hoax is the first main stage production for IndieWorks Theatre Company and I look forward to seeing more of what they produce!" - Time Square Chronicles
BEHIND THE SCENES 2019 - (Photo credit: Brian E. Long)
2017 INDIEWORKS/GALLERY PLAYERS STAGED READING - (Photo credit: Brian E. Long)
CAST PHOTOS & BIOGRAPHIES
Paul Aguirre is thrilled to be a part of The Giant Hoax! National Tours: Billy Elliot, Seussical w/Cathy Rigby and Grinch (cast recording) at MSG. Regional: In The Heights, Evita, Guys & Dolls, Joseph..., Jesus Christ Superstar, The Wiz, Young Frankenstein, Music Man and Twist: An American Musical directed/choreographed by Debbie Allen. For more, please visit PaulAguirre.com. Paul is also the creator/owner of Broadway Dolls & Guys, custom crocheted dolls.
Mary is thrilled to be joining the IndieWorks family! As a recent AMDA Alum, Mary has participated in Object Movement’s Puppetry Festival as a Puppeteer, 54 Below’s Futurefest and Prospect Theater Company's Rave Revue Concert at the NY Times Center. She has also performed in several productions with the Poppyseed Players at Merkin Hall.
Henry is a 12 year old dancer, singer, actor and musician. Most recently he was on the Broadway National Tour of The Sound of Music as a swing. Henry is a competitive dancer with Kick Performing Arts and holds 3 national titles. Last fall he originated the role of Pidge in the Off Broadway show “Suddenly”. Favorite roles include Les in “Newsies”, Michael in “Billy Elliot and Troy in “High School Musical”.
Greg is excited to be working with IndieWorks Theatre Company, Visceral Entertainment, and the entire company of THE GIANT HOAX. He has played Billy Flynn in CHICAGO, Vice Principal Panch in SPELLING BEE, Mr. Zero in ADDING MACHINE, William Carney in A MAN OF NO IMPORTANCE, Gold in La Chiusa's THE WILD PARTY and Michael Wells in TWO ROOMS. Greg is a member of Actors' Equity and SAG/AFTRA. www.thegregcarter.com
Sarah enjoys doing theatre, film/TV, commercial, and voiceover. She joins the cast of The Giant Hoax after playing Beth in the industry reading in 2017. She originated the role of Irma in the Off-Off Broadway production of Kit Goldstein Grant's Where Angels Fear to Tread. Off-broadway: Oliver! (Fagin's Gang Member), Carousel (roughian).
Yvette has performed regionally, nationally and internationally in shows like AIN’T MISBEHAVIN’ (Nell), CHICAGO (Mama Morton), HAIRSPRAY(Motormouth Maybelle), THOROUGHLY MODERN MILLIE (Muzzy Von Hossmere), THE WIZ(Aunt Em, Evilene and Glinda), just to name a few. She has recently debuted her own cabaret at The Duplex in NYC. She also appeared in Netflix’s ORANGE IS THE NEW BLACK.
Jianzi, born in Puerto Rico and raised in Florida, is a graduate of the Molloy College CAP21 BFA Program. Recent credits: The Waitress and the Robber (Concrete Temple Theatre & Playfactory Mabangzen [Seoul, SK]), Lady Capulet (Barefoot Shakespeare Co), West Side Story in Concert (The Madison Theatre), The Wrong Box (Visceral Entertainment). All the love in her heart to Mom, Li'l Bro, Papi, Apt 52, and Micah for their undying faith and support. | jianzicolonsoto.com | @jiancoso
Daniel, originally from Turlock, California, has been curiously creative all his life; exploring and discovering all sorts of artistic expression and performing in numerous theatrical productions. Education: California Institute of the Arts, School of Theater (BFA in Theatrcial Production and Design) Royal Conservatoire of Scotland (MA in Musical Theatre Performance) Currently lives and creates in New York City. www.dannydomore.com, @dannydomore
In 2019: Mrs. Wormwood/Matilda at Virginia Stage, Glinda/The Next Fairy Tale at Pittsburgh CLO and Woman/I Love You, You’re Perfect… Sierra Rep. Off B’way/NYC: The York, Mint, Musicals Tonight, NYMF. Regional/Tours: The Arden, Pittsburgh City Theatre, Theatre Raleigh, Public Theatre Maine, WV Public, CFRT, Arts Power… Film/TV: “Help Me Help You”, Onion News, Best Actress in a Short Film at PCIFF. Graduate of UNCSA. AEA/SAG-AFTRA. RobyneParrish.com.
Kevin is happy to be back with the IndieWorks family! Going on five years in NYC as an actor/writer/director, he has been off-Broadway: REEFER MADNESS, SPICE WORLD, GAYBRAHAM LINCOLN: THE MUSICAL (Ulysses S. Grant), TRUFFLES as Carlo Olivegarden. Regionally: URINETOWN as Bobby Strong, COMEDY OF ERRORS as Antipholus of Syracuse with plenty of tv/film to fill the days between shows, including IndieWorks' recent film, VALLEY HIGH. IG: Kevinriddagh
Staci is stoked to be back in Emily’s shoes! Recently, Stout was seen as Helene in ‘Significant Other’ with The Actors Gym Theatre co., You can currently catch her surfing or skating, in preparation to go to Hawaii to work a farm and begin implementing cleanup/micro-plastics projects. Thanks to Kit, Christopher, and the rest of the crew for letting me play again. Love to Isaac, Mom, Zeno, Grandma & Randy, Sharlee & Thom. #take3forthesea
Off-Bway: Seussical (OCR). Other credits: Brecht’s Life of Galileo (Tectonic Theatre Project); Joseph… (Hangar Theatre); Slut (American Theatre of Actors); Hair (Gallery Players); “General Hospital” (ABC-TV). As Playwright: The Great Pie Robbery (Off-Broadway); numerous children’s musicals. As Director: Spike (The Secret Theatre); Vashti! (Merkin Hall); Kiss Me Kate (Bay Street /Asst. Dir). Artistic Director of Playlight Theatre Company. www.bentostado.com
Off-Broadway: Dog Man: The Musical (Lucille Lortel Theatre), NY Theatre & Regional: 2019 AMAS Muscial Theatre “Dare To Be Different Series” production of Keaton and the Whale, 2018 AMAS MT Production of Bread and Roses, the 2017 NYMF production Cadaver Synod at Playwrights Horizon, the Lincoln Center New Writers Series, and the West Coast premiere of Tarell Alvin McCraney’s Choirboy (Dir. Kent Gash).
CREATIVE TEAM Photos & BIOGRAPHIES
Shows Include: THE NOSE (Midtown Int’l Theatre Fest. [nom: Best Musical]; Master Theatre; AnexTheatre Prod. in South Africa), THE WRONG BOX (Theater for the New City), WHERE ANGELS FEAR TO TREAD (Player’s Theatre), IN THE HORSE (Emerging Artists Theatre), EMPTY FRAMES (Hudson Guild Theatre), THE COMMUTERS (Strawberry Theatre Fest. [nom: Best Musical]), IT’S RAINING TAMALES!(Schenectady Theatre for Children; publ. YouthPLAYS). Julliard & BMI Workshop Alum. Member of The Dramatists Guild & ASCAP.
Founder/Artistic Director of IndieWorks Theatre Co. Select directing credits: CASPER, THE NOT-SO-FRIENDLY GHOST, SONGS FROM A HAT, EMPTY FRAMES, THE GIANT HOAX, THE COMMUTERS... (nom: Best Musical; Winner: Best Director, Strawberry Theatre Fest), CLOSER THAN EVER, LITTLE SHOP OF HORRORS, YOU'RE A GOOD MAN, CHARLIE BROWN, VANITIES, OKLAHOMA!, INTO THE WOODS, TWO BOYS IN A BED ON A COLD WINTER'S NIGHT, SAXE AND THE CITY. Film: VALLEY HIGH (based on the song by Drew Gasparini).
Molly’s original choreography has been seen from Italy to NYC’s DTW/New York Live Arts (NYLA), The Westside Little Theatre, and 59E59 Theaters. Choreography: ALICE LOST IN WONDERLAND (Playroom Theater), world premieres of LULLABY OF BROADWAY (Narnia Festival), A MIDSUMMER NIGHT (Ziegfeld Society), York Prep School’s THE DROWSY CHAPERONE, UNDERGROUND. Assoc. Choreography: LEGALLY BLONDE, NICE WORK IF YOU CAN GET IT, Weathervane Playhouse’s 42ND STREET and Prospect Theatre Co.’s THE HELLO GIRLS.
Credits include music director and dance arranger for The City Club (Minetta Lane), assistant music director and copyist for FINDING NEVERLAND (NYC workshop), faculty music director at AMDA, and music director for several Chicago venues. He wrote words and music for THE BAROQUE CYCLE (Bruno Walter Auditorium) and THE TURING TEST (Gallery Players), and music for NEWB (webseries score), and ¡CANTA! (album). Jonathon is a Northwestern University and BMI workshop alum. jonathonlynchmusic.com.
Recent Designs: Playdate (Dixon Place), Sylvia and The 39 Steps (Summer Repertory Theatre), Carcass (Shetler Studios), Aida and Billy Elliot (Weathervane Playhouse), A Man’s World (Williamstown Theatre Festival), and The Hunchback of Notre Dame (The Carnegie). BFA in Scenic Design from University of Cincinnati, College-Conservatory of Music (CCM). Winner, USITT’s Oren Parker Undergraduate Scene Design Award. Instagram: @theron._ | theronwineinger.com
Tyler is a freelance costume designer and Broadway dresser who designed, created, and managed musicals, plays, dance pieces, children’s theatre, and theme park shows in Virginia for eight years before moving to NYC. Favorite credits: IT SHOULDA BEEN YOU, THE SECRET GARDEN, ALL MY SONS, ...SPELLING BEE, TWELFTH NIGHT. He has worked at the The Metropolitan Opera, City Ballet, Roundabout Theatre, The Public, WICKED, and THE PROM. @tiecarlton
Select Credits: NYC: JUMPING MOUSE (Museum of Jewish Heritage), Satellite Collective’s ECHO & NARCISSUS (BAM Fisher), THE COMMUTERS... (IndieWorks). Regional: OLD LOVE NEW LOVE (Luna Stage, NJ), AN ACT OF GOD, ON GOLDEN POND (Bristol Riverside Theatre), E2, THE 39 STEPS, SWEENEY TODD, (REP Stage), COLUMBINUS (1st Stage), THE EFFECTS OF GAMMA RAYS ON MAN-IN-THE-MOON MARIGOLDS [Craig Noel Award for Outstanding Lighting Design], TRUE WEST (Cygnet Theatre). Member of USA 829. conormulliganld.com
Patrick is a New York City-based sound designer. Credits include OPEN CALL Groups 1 and 3 (The Shed), INTO THE WOODS (Cleveland Musical Theatre), RETURN TO THE FORBIDDEN PLANET (Red Bull Theater), MAMMA MIA (Fulton Theatre), TREASURE ISLAND and SATURDAY NIGHT FEVER (Maine State Music Theatre), ENDANGERED! and MONEY TALKS (The Davenport), I AM, I WILL, I DO and THE TIME MACHINE (NYMF), EMERGENCY (New York Theatre Festival), and SUB-BASEMENT (Athena Theatre).
MFA from UCONN Puppet Arts Program where her final project was creating, designing/fabricating 6 episodes of a live children’s television puppet show for the Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia. She has designed/built puppets for Artstillery and Ethos Physical Theatre Co., puppeteered with Connecticut Repertory Theatre, Pinned and Sewtured, and Sesame Place, trained with the Jim Henson Company and Sesame Workshop, apprenticed with Monkey Boys Prod., and recently worked on their fabrication team.
This video preservationist-by-profession has served as prop master for his wife, Kit Goldstein Grant’s musicals including THE GIANT HOAX (Classic Theater Guild, IndieWorks/Gallery Players, IndieWorks/Theatre Row), THE NOSE (Midtown International Theater Festival), and THE WRONG BOX (Theater for the New City), EMPTY FRAMES (IndieWorks) and CASPER THE NOT-SO-FRIENDLY GHOST (IndieWorks) -- a rare non-Kit addition to his prop mastering oeuvre!
Head of WOW! ENTERTAINMENT, INC., a full service music/live theatrical production company. Clients include Disney Film Studios (wrote title song “Digga Digga Dog”, 102 Dalmatians), Six Flags Theme Parks (over 150 Live Shows), Music Theater International (Two Licensed Musicals), Pirates Voyage & Dolly Parton’s Stampede Dinner/Arena Attractions, RHINO Records (Three Best Selling Children’s CDs), Hal Leonard Print Publishers (selling over 750,000 copies of choral music annually). Markbrymer.com
HeleneGalekCasting was formed 7 years ago after serving as the casting director of Manhattan Theatre Source. Helene specializes in the indie theater, web series and films. Other credits include: THE WRONG BOX (DreamUP Fest), DANGEROUS TO DANCE WITH (Dream UP Festival), TECH BETTYS (a web series currently garnering awards on the festival circuit), and the full-length horror feature, CIRCLE OF 3’S (in pre-production). As an actor, Helene is involved with the new digital series, ADULTING WITH JANE.
Recent credits include: THE GOSPEL OF JOHN (Sheen), OF THE WOMAN… (Medicine Show), OEDIPUS (BAM), I THOUGHT I WOULD DIE... (The Tank), LIFE SUCKS (Theatre Row), VILNA (St. Clements), MY PARSIFAL CONDUCTOR (Marjorie Dean), HAPPY BIRTHDAY, WANDA JUNE (The Duke), Sehnsucht (JACKarts), CUTE ACTIVIST (Bushwick Starr). Production Manager: The Directors Company, Peccadillo Theater. Event Manager, NYU.
Katherine is a graduate of Florida State University with a BA in Theatre and International Affairs. NYC: PARTY FACE, SWEENEY TODD, SEEING YOU, SLEEP NO MORE, THE DOUBTFUL GUEST, THE MAR VISTA, NARROW DAYLIGHT, THE YELLOW WALLPAPER, and MARIE ANTOINETTE. Regional: THE MYSTERY OF IRMA VEP, ME AND MY GIRL, HAIR, PRISCILLA QUEEN OF THE DESERT, THE PRODUCERS, VENUS IN FUR, SLEUTH, and THE FANTASTICKS. www.katherinebolynn.com
Alex is currently studying Stage Management at Marymount Manhattan College. His favorite credits include BRING IT ON, THE WHO’S TOMMY, PANGAEA: A NEW MUSICAL, MATILDA, BILLY ELLIOT, ROMANCE/ROMANCE, EMOJILAND, and many more!
Paul is the Managing Director of OFF OFF PR, a firm dedicated to publicizing developing theatrical productions. A marketing, promotions and public relations executive for over twenty years, Paul has helped to achieve significant pre-production press coverage, reviews and post-production success for his clients. Paul has publicized NYIT Award-winning productions and winners of FringeNYC & NYMF Awards for Excellence. He represents a variety of theatrical genres. www.offoffpr.com
Visceral Entertainment is a theatre, film and television production company bringing together the talents of its two principals, Michael Chase Gosselin and Tim Sulka. With the launch of its multi-faceted production slate, Visceral is dedicated to creating and producing original works of comedy, musical theatre and drama that will evoke a wide-range of emotions from audiences in thrilling immersive stage productions, exhilarating, provocative television series and stimulating, cathartic films.
Broadway: GODSPELL, IT’S ONLY A PLAY, THE VISIT, GETTING THE BAND BACK TOGETHER, ONCE ON THIS ISLAND (Tony Award). Off-B’way: THAT BACHELORETTE SHOW. National Tours: ONCE ON THIS ISLAND. TV/ Media: KISS ME, KILL ME, THE BUNNY HOLE, VALLEY HIGH.
Broadway: THE GREAT SOCIETY, THE PROM (Drama Desk Award), THE LIFESPAN OF A FACT and ONCE ON THIS ISLAND (Tony Award). Off-Broadway: FERN HILL, SMART BLONDE, SMOKEY JOE’S CAFE, RRRED, GOLDSTEIN, and DR. FRANKENSTEIN.
With a Masters degree from Drexel University’s Arts Administration program, Jeremy has served as Managing Director/Executive Producer for numerous IndieWorks Theatre Co. projects. His entertainment background includes work with the Jenny Wiley Theatre, Alluvion Stage Co. Walt Disney Co., Proof Productions, and Roundabout Theatre Co. Select credits include THE NUTCRACKER AND THE MOUSE KING and THE CAMPAIGN, a long-running, episodic improv show that combined tabletop RPGs with live theatre.