After he became the second man to walk on the moon, reporters asked Buzz Aldrin if he wished he had been the first. “I really didn’t want that,” Buzz claimed, “because of the added heartache.” Why is it so hard to believe him?
A folk-rock fable for the runner-up in all of us, 1969: The Second Man explores competition and collective achievement through the story of one small man who became one giant myth. Jacob Brandt’s rueful, raucous song cycle comes to theatrical life with playwright Dan Giles, director Jaki Bradley, and a seven-piece band. www.1969thesecondman.com
Jacob Brandt is a New York-based theatre-maker and musician. As an actor, he has performed regionally at Weston Playhouse, Williamstown Theatre Festival, The Huntington, Company One, New Reper- tory Theatre, Speakeasy Stage Company, and Wheelock Family Theatre. He has been a featured composer at New York Musical Festival, and his work as a composer/performer has been developed at Ars Nova, Chinatown Soup, Fresh Ground Pepper, the Exponential Festival, The Tank, and the Motor Company. As a director, he has developed and presented work at Frigid Festival, Dixon Place, JACK, The Flea, and TinyRhino with playwrights Dan Giles, Will Arbery, Sofya Weitz, Cary Gitter, Phoebe Kreutz, Brett Epstein, and others. He is a graduate of Harvard College, where he studied acting and playwriting. www.jacobbrandt.com
An extremely versatile actor and musician, Paris Ellsworth has played roles from Sondheim to Harold Pinter to Shakespeare and everything in between. Recent credits include URINETOWN (Off-Broadway), ASSASSINS (Oberon at the American Repertory Theater), GO! GO! GILGAMESH, and BOOM by Peter Sinn Nachtrieb. He trained with Anya Saffir and Cynthia Silver, and Scott Zigler from the Atlantic Theater School, and has worked with directors such as Stafford Arima, Sammi Cannold and Jaki Bradley. Classically trained in violin, viola and Shakespeare, Paris is thrilled to be making his Next Door@NYTW debut.
Lizzie is an actor/singer/musician/composer. Credits include the national tour of Sweeney Todd, Southern Comfort (Public Theatre, Barrington Stage and CAP21), playing bass for Sweet Charity (New Group), The Black Crook (Abrons Arts Center), The Goree All-Girl String Band (NYMF), Taming of the Shrew (Virginia Stage), and A Marvelous Party (American Stage). She is presently writing on, give or take, four musicals. www.lizziehagstedt.com
Angel Lin is anything synonymous to the word “geek.” Most recently seen at NYMF in Interstate (Adrian Yee). National Tour: Once (Emcee, u/s Girl), Kansas City Choir Boy (by Todd Almond, starring Courtney Love, A.R.T/C.T.G). Regional/NYC: Once (Paramount Theatre, Dir. Jim Corti), Other Josh Cohen (Geva Theatre, Dir. Hunter Foster), Stinky Cheese Man… (Atlantic Theater, Dir. Liz Swados). Workshops/Readings/Concerts: Interstate (MTF), Kpop! (Ars Nova), Burn All Night (TBD Theatrical), York Theater, Cherry Lane, The Civilians, McKittrick Hotel, among others. BFA: NYU Tisch. Love and gratitude to the friend and fam (you know who you are). www.angeldoesthings.com
Musician. Actor. Filmmaker. Maya Sharpe is a multi-disciplinary artist based in New York and Los Angeles. Maya’s passion lies in exploring simplicity in humanity and composition as a means to demonstrate that there is more of a connection and love between everything than the politically derived disconnect and hatred.
Off-Broadway: The Great Leap (Atlantic Theater Company), SeaWife (Naked Angels, Drama Desk Nomination), NoNo Boy (Pan Asian Rep). Other NYC Credits: Frontieres sans Frontieres (The Bushwick Starr), Bareknuckle (Vertigo Theater), a cautionary tail and These Seven Sicknesses (The Flea Theater). Regional Theater: NY Stage & Film, Colorado Shakespeare Festival, White Heron Theater, and The Hangar Theater. Workshops/Readings: New York Theater Workshop, The Lincoln Center, Ensemble Studio Theater, Ma-Yi, Soho Rep, The Lark, and New Dramatists. Television: “Queen Sugar” (Ava DuVernay, Oprah Winfrey, OWN), “Alternatino” (Comedy Central). Tony is a founding member of the Drama Desk Nominated folk band/theater collective, The Lobbyists. www.tonyaidanvo.com
Jacob Brandt is a New York-based theatre-maker and musician. As an actor, he has performed regionally at Weston Playhouse, Williamstown Theatre Festival, The Huntington, Company One, New Repertory Theatre, Speakeasy Stage Company, and Wheelock Family Theatre. He has been a featured composer at New York Musical Festival, and his work as a composer/performer has been developed at Ars Nova, Chinatown Soup, Fresh Ground Pepper, the Exponential Festival, The Tank, and the Motor Company. As a director, he has developed and presented work at Frigid Festival, Dixon Place, JACK, The Flea, and TinyRhino with playwrights Dan Giles, Will Arbery, Sofya Weitz, Cary Gitter, Phoebe Kreutz, Brett Epstein, and others. He is a graduate of Harvard College, where he studied acting and playwriting. www.jacobbrandt.com
Dan Giles’ plays have been performed and developed with Ensemble Studio Theatre, New Light Theater Project, the Kennedy Center, FaultLine (San Francisco), Amanda+James, the Great Plains Theatre Conference, and others. His play Breeders was a Time Out NY critic’s pick, and received the New Light New Voices Award and the Kennedy Center ACTF Mark Twain Prize. Other awards include the ART’s Phyllis Anderson Prize and a Sloan Screenwriting Award. AB Harvard, MFA Carnegie Mellon. Member of Youngblood, the collective of playwrights under 30 at Ensemble Studio Theatre. www.dangilesplaywright.com
Jaki Bradley is a Brooklyn-based director of new plays and musicals. Recent projects: Good Men Wanted (NY Stage and Film), Breeders (NLTP, TONY Critic’s Pick), Mama Metallica (Denver Center New Play Summit), and Playing Hot (Gym at Judson/Ars Nova). She has developed and presented work with The Public, Williamstown, Soho Rep, Clubbed Thumb, Goodspeed Musicals, Arena Stage, Ars Nova, EST and The Flea. As an associate, she worked with Michael Greif, Leigh Silverman, Lisa Peterson and Daniel Aukin. She is a member of the Civilians R&D Group, and a former Artist-in-Residence at Ars Nova, Drama League Artist-in-Residence, member of the Soho Rep Writer/Director Lab, Williamstown Directing Corps, Lincoln Center Director’s Lab, and U.S. Fulbright Scholar. www.jakibradley.com
Madeleine Foster Bersin (Producer & Dramaturg) Recent: A$AP Rocky’s Lab Rat (Sotheby’s, YouTube Live), A.R.T.’s production of Matthew Aucoin’s opera Crossing, dir. Diane Paulus (2017 Next Wave Festival, BAM) the TEAM’s Primer for a Failed Superpower, dir. Rachel Chavkin (Roulette Intermedium). Other favorites: Prelude 2016 (Martin E. Segal Theater Center, CUNY), CAENIS (Pace Gallery), and Piehole’s Old Paper Houses (Irondale). Maddy has been the TEAM’s Associate Producer & Interim Producing Director and Executive Assistant to the Artistic and Managing Directors at New York Theatre Workshop. She has also worked at the American Repertory Theatre, Soho Rep., and the Gate Theatre in London. A.B. in History & Literature from Harvard University. www.fosterbersin.org
Oona Curley is a lighting and scenic designer. Recent: The Magic Flute (Indy Symphony), Tin Cat Shoes (Clubbed Thumb), Mahagonny/The Medium (Curtis Opera), ¡Bienvenidos Blancos! (Team Sunshine), Opium (Speigelworld), ms. estrada (The Flea), The Homecoming Queen (Atlantic Theater Co.), Lashed but not Leashed (The Public/UTR), The Workshop (124 Bank Street), in a word (Lesser America), Far Away (Sharon Playhouse), Underground Railroad Game (ArsNova), The Body Artist (Abrons), Ski End (Piehole), The Light Princess (Arden Theatre), Krazytown (Playwrights Downtown). Nominee: Princess Grace Award, Hewes Design Award (Underground Railroad Game). Recipient: J.S. Seidman Award for Design Excellence, Weston Award for Design. MFA NYU/Tisch. www.oonacurley.com.
Recent credits: Master Harold and the Boys (Ryan Rillet, dir), Dutch Masters (André Holland, dir), The Homecoming Queen (Awoye Timpo, dir), The Winter’s Tale (Leigh Sunday Evans, dir), On the Grounds of Belonging (David Mendizábal, dir), Wild Goose Dreams (Leigh Silverman, dir), Autumn (Walter Dallas, dir.), Scenes from Court Life (Mark Wing-Davey, dir). Film: BRAVE music video (Spike Lee, dir.) Forever Tree (Alrick Brown, dir.), Two Birds (Prashanth Kamalakanthan, dir). Visiting Assistant Professor in Theatre at Colgate University. Education: MFA in Design for Stage and Film from NYU www.fuzunina.com
Stacey Derosier is a New York City-based lighting designer who obtained her bachelor’s degree from Dartmouth College and has just received an M.F.A. in lighting from NYU Tisch School of the Arts. She is the recipient of the Daryl Roth Prize of the 2018 Lilly Awards.
Daniel Prosky is a New York-based set designer. He has designed shows in unlikely places, like Ragtime on Ellis Island, Story Bank in the former Williamsburg Savings Bank, and Little Murders in a vacant restaurant. Work in traditional spaces includes: Scenic design for The Other Kids Ran Away and Leni & Joseph (New Ohio), The Gleaming (Dixon Place), Flea Fridays (The Flea Theater) and lighting design for Wheelchair (Dixon Place), Antigone (Schapiro Studio), Houseworld Presents: The Sensitive Ear and 1969: The Second Man (ANT Fest, Ars Nova). Work in Cambridge, MA includes scenic design for The Pulitzer Centennial Celebration (Sanders Theater) and Bride*Widow*Hag (American Repertory Theater Institute). He received his B.A. from Harvard University. danielprosky.com
Madeleine Goldsmith is a New York-based producer. In the last year, since moving to New York from San Francisco, she has produced works at Abrons Arts Center, HERE Arts Center, and Target Margin Theater. In the fall she will have productions at The Bushwick Starr, SoHo Rep and Access Theater.
Megumi Lee is a theatre-maker who recently produced Glass Attic Collective’s up your aesthetic, which toured across the Northeast and played at the 2018 Capital Fringe Festival. She has previously worked with The TEAM, Rattlestick Playwrights Theater, the Bossy Collective, and New Century Theatre. She studied theatre directing and design at Smith College.
Elizabeth Emanuel is a New York based stage manager. Selected credits include Everyone’s Fine with Virginia Woolf (ERS); This is the Color Described by the Time (New Georges/Lily Whitsitt); Tania in the Getaway Van (The Pool Plays); Xander Xyst, Dragon: 1 (Ars Nova’s ANT Fest); Dust Can’t Kill Me and Peace, Love and Cupcakes (NYMF); Independence (Alchemical Theater Laboratory); It Takes a Village (Three Hares). elizabethlemanuel.com
Off-Broadway: World premieres of Samara (Soho Rep), Hungry (The Public), The Way We Get By (Second Stage), Indecent (Vineyard Theatre) and a rock ‘n roll Alice in Wonderland with Atlantic Theater Company’s Atlantic For Kids. Regional credits include productions at Bay Street Theater, Weston Playhouse, Goodspeed Musicals, and several operas. Most recently: Born For This (ArtsEmerson). Proud graduate of the University of Michigan.
Five OHM Productions is a full-service production company made up of audio/video and creative professionals across every facet of the entertainment industry. Collaborators include SoHo Rep, The New Group, Vineyard Theatre, MCC, Primary Stages, Pipeline, Playwrights Realm, TFANA, Atlantic Theatre, CSC, New World Stages, Yale Rep, Playwrights Downtown, The Van Alen Institute, Feral Audio, WorldStage, Satis&Fy, and Intel. www.fiveohm.com