The Immigrant
Bios


Cast

Jacqueline Antaramian (Leah)
New York Theatre credits include: Wrong Mountain, Pride's Crossing (Lincoln Center), and The Wild Duck (Bulldog Theatre Co.). She spent eight seasons with The Denver Center Theatre Company, and has worked at several other regional theatres including San Diego's The Old Globe. In Los Angeles, she performed in the critically acclaimed Tamara. Among her other theatrical credits: The Rose Tatoo, Arcadia, Desire under the Elms, Twelfth Night, Julius Caesar, Tartuffe, Dancing at Lughnasa, The Scarlet Letter, Life is a Dream, Company, Blood Wedding, Man of the Moment, and the title roles in Miss Julie, Candida, and Hedda Gabler. Lsst summer she performed in the sequel to The Immigrant, The Legacy. Film and TV: The Siege, Law and Order.

Walter Charles (Milton)
made his Broadway debut on Christmas Eve, 1973 in Grease. Subsequent appearances include Leonard Bernstein's 1600 Pennsylvania Avenue, Sweeney Todd, Cats, Me & My Girl and Aspects of Love. His most recent New York appearances have been as Scrooge in Alan Menken's A Christmas Carol at the Paramount Theatre at Madison Garden and co-starring with Tyne Daly in the City Center Encores production Call Me Madam. He co-starred with Angela Lansbury In Sweeney Todd, and won the Bay Area Drama Critics Circle Award for Best Actor in a Musical for his stunning performance as Albin/Zaza in the original San Francisco and Los Angeles productions of La Cage Aux Follies, a success he repeated at the Palace Theatre on Broadway for 18 months. Most recently he co-starred with Diahann Carroll in the Canadian production of Sunset Boulevard, garnering a Best Supporting Actor nomination in Vancouver. This past year he was featured in the 1998 Pulitzer Prize Winning play Wit at the Union Square Theatre. Television audiences have seen him guest star in Cagney & Lacey, Kate & Allie, the 1981 Tony Awards, the 1983 Grammy Awards, the RKO-Nederlander production of Sweeney Todd for Great Performances on PBS, and most recently, he was busy raising the dead on All My Children as Dr. Silbert.

Cass Morgan (Ima)
is an actress and writer. Pump Boys and Dinettes, which she co-wrote and starred in on Broadway, was nominated for a Tony Award in 1982. Over the last few years she has acted in Playwrights Horizons award winning productions of Violet (cast album) and Floyd Collins (cast album). Among her other many New York Acting credits are Beauty and the Beast, The Human Comedy, Hair, Merrily We Roll Along, (cast album), Inside Out (cast album), La Boheme, The Knife, Another Paradise and countless workshops and staged readings of developing projects. This past season she was featured on Broadway in Paul Simon's highly controversial Capeman (cast album). Her regional favorites include Children of Eden (American premier), Das Barbeque, 1776, Snapshots and Diamond Studs. True Home, her autobiographical three-person musical is being produced by Dodger Productions this coming season. She wrote the book and has collaborated on the score with Steven M. Alper, David Buchman, Randy Courts and Mark St. Germain, Jack Herrick, Jeannie Tesori and Stephen Schwartz. Cass is on the Board of Directors of The New Harmony Project, an annual writers conference that searches out and celebrates writers and their films, plays and musicals that explore the triumph of the human spirit.

Evan Pappas (Haskell)
Broadway: Britt Craig in the Hal Prince production of Parade, Benjy in My Favorite Year, Paul in A Chorus Line. Off-Broadway: Harry Bogen in the revival of I Can Get It for You Wholesale (Outer Critics Best Actor nomination), Brian/Cavid in Pera Palas (Lark Theatre Co.), Mason in The Wound of Love, One-Act Festivals in the Working Theatre and Dramaleague Directors Lab at EST, Manhattan Theatre Club's New Musicals Cabaret. London's West End: Young Buddy in Follies, Charley in Merrily We Roll Along, a role he later reprised at the Leicester Haymarket Theatre, Sunday with Sondheim. Regionally: Harry in Lucky Stiff (Helen Hayes Award for Best Actor), Marvin in the acclaimed Hartford Stage production of Falsettos, directed by Graciela Danielle, The Heidi Chronicles, False Admissions, Cheap Sentiment, Lend Me a Tenor, Boy Meets Girl, Promises, Promises. Tours: Durante (LA Dramalogue Award), Dreamgirls, Jesus Christ Superstar. Television: Ghost of A Chance, Another World, One Life To Live, numerous commercials.

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Production

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Albert Ahronheim (musical director/pianist)
arranged and/or conducted the Off-Broadway productions of The Big Bang, Eating Raoul, Pets!, The Fertilization Opera, Kiss Me Quick Before the Lava Reaches the Village, Love In Two Countries, and Doctor! Doctor!; and regionally: Young Rube at the Repertory Theatre of St. Louis, Eleanor: An American Love Story at Ford's Theatre, Doctors & Diseases at The Barter Theatre, The Molly Maguires at the Media Center for the Arts, and Peter Pan at Actors Theatre of Louisville. He has orchestrated and produced music for Martha Stewart: Living and for several productions of Shakespeare and Charles Ludlam at Actors Theatre of Louisville. He wrote the music for Voices In the Dark at Seattle's A Contemporary Theatre and at The George Street Playhouse in New Brunswick, NJ, and, while performing as the Drum Major of the University of Michigan Marching Band in the early-to-mid '70s, co-wrote "Let's Go Blue!," a musical cheer used in the films The Big Chill and Primary Colors and now played in arenas and stadiums nationwide. His arrangements are published by Warner Brothers, United Artists, Hal Leonard, Chappell Music, Samuel French and Theodore Presser.

Beowulf Borrit (scenic designer)

Cromarty & Co. (press agent)           [website]
An entertainment public relations firm which currently represents the Broadway show Swing, the North American Tour of Fame - The Musical and the International Festival of Puppet Theater. Last season, clients included the award-winning Broadway production of The Sound of Music, An Evening With Jerry Herman, More to Love, Jolson and Continental Airlines presents "My Favorite Broadway --- the Leading Ladies" at Carnegie Hall. Recent productions include the record-breaking Broadway production of Victor/Victoria starring Julie Andrews, Liza Minnelli and Raquel Welch; the Broadway/National Tour production of Damn Yankees starring Jerry Lewis; the 20th Anniversary production of Annie starring Nell Carter; the National Tour of Steve Martin's hit play Picasso at the Lapin Agile; and Joseph and the Technicolor Dreamcoat starring the 2nd Generation of the Osmonds. Other recent clients include the productions of Busker Alley starring Tommy Tune, On the Waterfront starring Penelope Anne Miller, The Only Thing Worse... starring Dan Butler and Greg Louganis and the London production of Jerry Herman's Mack and Mabel. Former music clients include Kenny Loggins on Broadway and Linda Ronstadt on Broadway, in addition to numerous artists who have appeared at such venues as Rainbow and Stars, The Oak Room, Eighty Eights, The Ballroom and Don't Tell Mama, as well as on the Polygram, Philips Classics and Mercury record labels.

Jane Cox (lighting designer)
Favourite recent projects include lighting design for In the Blood at the the Public Theatre / N.Y.S.F; for Enter the Night at the Signature Theatre; Hypatia at Soho Rep; The Beard at LaMama Etc; for 13 new plays at the Eugene O'Neill Playwrights Conference this summer; and production design for House and Cowboys and Indians for Richard Maxwell in New York and Europe. Dance lighting includes Agora for Doug Varone and Dancers; Subverse for David Dorfman and Grey Study and A Thin Frost for Gus Solomons Jr. Upcoming exciting projects include A Lesson Before Dying, Romulus Linney's new play at the Signature Theatre; Eliot Ness in Cleveland at Cleveland Playhouse, directed by David Esbjornson; and David Dorfman's To Lie Tenderly at B.A.M.'s Harvey Theatre.

Mitch Ely (hair & make-up designer)
Broadway: Present Laughter. Off-Broadway/ tour: Ashes to Ashes (Roundabout), The Waiting Room (Vineyard), Forbidden Broadway Strikes Back, Dreamgirls ('98 revival). Film: Razor's Edge, Pollock (soon-to-be-released).

Vienna Hagen (production stage manager)

Randy Hansen (sound designer)
For the past fifteen years, Randy Hansen has designing sound for performing artists in prominent New York City and international venues. He is married to the actress and teacher Alix Korey and has a Bichon Frise named Zoe who rules. Oops! (The Big AppleCircus Stage Show), Yuletide with the Indianapolis Symphony Orchestra, Holiday Magic with the Alabama Symphony Orchestra, Broadway on Broadway in Times Square, Macy*s Thanksgiving Day Parade, Golden Books National Read-In at US Tennis Center, and fashion shows in New York for Ralph Lauren, Calvin Klein, Donna Karan, Vera Wang, Victoria's Secret, et. al. Design and Consultation Clients include: Missing Footage (Helen Hayes Performing Arts Center), Macy*s Fourth of July Fireworks with UPN, Jesus Christ Superstar (Helen Hayes Performing Arts Center), The Paul Winter Consort, Kurt Masur and the New York Philharmonic, The Brooklyn Philharmonic (Lukas Foss), Jim Henson Productions. Record albums produced and engineered for the following artists: Nancy LaMott, Laurie Beechman, Jon Bocchino, David Friedman, Alix Korey, Judy Collins, Michael Feinstein, Hudson Shad, Brian Lane Green, Eric Michael Gillette, Lilius White, Cathedral Saint John the Divine Choirs, The Paul Winter Consort. Many thanks to all my associates whose commitment makes my life as a sound designer very enjoyable.

Bradford Olson (technical director)

C. David Russell (costume designer)

Abbie M. Strassler (general manager)
Her Broadway and national tours include Side Show, Neil Simon's Proposals, 2 Pianos, 4 Hands, Sunset Boulevard, Crazy for You, Zorba with Anthony Quinn, Cats, Smile, The King and I with Yul Brynner, Dreamgirls, Sleuth, and Chu Chem. She began her career as the treasurer of the Warner Theatre in Washington, D.C. working with Sam L'Hommedieu.


Randal Myler (director)
was nominated for the 1999 Tony Award for co-writing It Ain't Nothing But the Blues, which received 4 Tony nominations and 3 Drama Desk nominations including Best Musical following its Broadway opening directed by Mr. Myler at Lincoln Center's Vivian Beaumont Theatre and subsequently at The Ambassador. His newest musical Love, Janis (which he both wrote and directed) is based on the letters of Janis Joplin and is now playing to standing ovations at the Royale George Theatre in Chicago. Upcoming projects include Touch The Names: Letters to the Vietnam Memorial (which he co-created with songwriter Chic Street Man), set to receive its world premiere this spring at the Cleveland Playhouse (also directed by Mr. Myler). He has guest directed throughout the country, including The Mark Taper Forum in Los Angeles, The Actor's Theatre of Louisville, the Arena Stage in Washington D.C., the Old Globe Theatre in San Diego, the Cincinnati Playhouse, the Virginia Stage Company, the Missouri Repertory and many others. A 16-season veteran of the Denver Center Theatre Company, Mr. Myler has also served as an advisor to the Grand Ol' Opry's production of Lost Highway (which he co-authored with Mark Harelik) and originally co-conceived (also with Mr. Harelik) the play, The Immigrant.

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Creative

Steven M. Alper (music)           [website]
Has been a musical director and/or conductor for: Annie 2 and Arthur (Goodspeed Opera House), Pageant (The Blue Angel), Johnny Pye (George St. Playhouse and Lambs Theater), Up Against It (The Public Theater), Gifts of the Magi (Lambs Theater), Possessed - The Dracula Musical (George St. Playhouse), Tales of Tinseltown (Musical Theater Works and George St. Playhouse), Starting Here, Starting Now (Main St. Theater), among many others. Vocal arranger for many of the above. Arranger/orchestrator for many of the above as well as: Godspell (1988 off-Broadway revival, Lambs Theater -- also musical director/conductor), The "No-Frills" Revue (Musical Theater Works and The Cherry Lane), The Hits and the Ms.'s (Rainbow and Stars -- also musical director), The Summer Winds (The Naked Angels -- in which I also played the on-stage pianist), Guilt Without Sex (Marilyn Sokol's one-woman show), among many others. He has done big band arrangements, vocal group arrangements, choral arrangements, orchestral arrangements. I have coached hundreds of performers: singers and musicians. Taught piano, theory, history of music, vocal techniques, repertoire, and audition techniques around the country. Appeared as computer music consultant on many shows and several feature films. Copyist for Broadway, off-Broadway, regional theater, and film. Co-wrote manuals for music software, wrote about the joys of the Apple Macintosh computer, and wrote Next!: Auditioning for the Musical Theatre (published by Heinemann Books). Wrote dozens of incidental scores for plays, short films and TV: Action Painting (American Theater of Actors), Vatzlav (National Theater of Woodbee), The Disposal (Jan Hus Theater), Faces of God (Artpark), The Wake-up Call (Award winning short film), among others. Has written (with Karen deMauro and the students of participating schools) dozens of children's musicals. Composed a number of musicals with Sarah Knapp as bookwriter/lyricist, including The Library, The Audition, C'est la vie, Rappaccini's Daughter, Chamberlain: A Civil War Romance, and Me Again. He is a member of the Dramatist Guild.

Mark Harelik (book)                 [website]
Is a writer and actor, a native Texan who grew up in the only Jewish family in the small town of Hamilton in central Texas, where his two biographical plays The Immigrant and The Legacy take place. In 1991, The Immigrant, a telling of his Jewish grandparent's immigration to rural Texas and their first 30 years of life there, was the most widely produced play in the country. In the immediately preceding and following years, it was among the most widely produced. It has been seen at nearly every major theater in the country, among them: The Mark Taper Forum in Los Angeles, The Westwood Playhouse in Los Angeles, Theater Forty in Los Angeles, A.C.T. in San Francisco, The Denver Center Theater Co., The Alley Theater in Houston, and well over a hundred more theaters in cities and towns large and small. The Legacy, an autobiographical sequel to The Immigrant, has been produced in Seattle and San Diego and most recently by the Old Globe Theater in San Diego. Lost Highway, a biographical musical about the life of the country singer Hank Williams has been produced by the Mark Taper Forum, The Old Globe Theater , the Denver Center Theater Co., and the Grand Ol' Opry in Nashville. Mr. Harelik's producing partners have been The Mark Taper Forum in Los Angeles, Gordon Davidson, Artistic Director; The Old Globe Theater in San Diego, Jack O'Brien, Artistic Director; and The Denver Center Theater Company, Donovan Marley, Artistic Director.

Sarah Knapp (lyrics)                 [website]
Received a commissioning grant from Maine State Music Theater and the National Alliance of Musical Theatre Producers for the writing of Chamberlain, A Civil War Romance, which premiered at Maine State in the summer of 1996. Her musical, The Library, was awarded a National Endowment for the Arts production grant in 1993 and was produced at NYU-Tisch School of the Arts and at Stamford Theatre Works (Connecticut). Both Chamberlain and The Library were selected for development at the prestigious New Harmony Project (Indiana). She is currently at work on a chamber opera, Rappaccini's Daughter with music by Steven M. Alper. The Audition, a music theatre piece, was selected for performance in Manhattan Class Company's Festival of Short Works (New York City). She recently provided the lyrics for the highly successful Golden Books Read-In 1999. She has served on the Opera-Musical Theatre selection panel for the National Endowment for the Arts-New American Works.
As a performer, Ms. Knapp has been seen on Broadway in The Scarlet Pimpernel; off-Broadway: Amnesia in the original Nunsense, Smoke on the Mountain, "No-Frills" Revue, Godspell, Gifts of the Magi, Opal, The Wonderful "O". Broadway workshop: Lily in Jekyll and Hyde. Regionally: Madame Vinard in Svengali at Asolo and Alley Theatres. Mrs. Ford in Merry Wives of Windsor, Texas at Cincinnati Playhouse and The Baker's Wife in Into the Woods and Eliza Doolittle in My Fair Lady at Maine State Music Theatre. Two Annie 2's: Kennedy Center, and then as Grace at Goodspeed. European tour: Eleanor in Richard Foreman's Africanis Instructus. Recordings: Gifts of the Magi, Scarlet Pimpernel, and Harold Arlen/Vernon Duke Revisited, No. 2. She is a member of the Dramatist Guild.

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