DANIEL GOLDSTEIN won the 2016 Kleban Prize for Most Promising Musical Theater Librettist. He received an inaugural Calderwood Commission from the Huntington Theatre Company, for which he wrote an original musical with Michael Friedman titled Unknown Soldier, which was developed at the Manhattan Theatre Club, O’Neill National Music Theater Conference and The McCarter Theatre and had its World Premiere at The Williamstown Theater Festival in 2015, and had its New York premiere in February 2020 at Playwrights Horizons. An Original Cast Recording will be released by Ghostlight Records later this summer. With Friedman, he is also the author of The Song of Songs, an adaptation of the Sholem Aleichem novella. Goldstein’s plays include Orange Crush, commissioned by Roundabout Theatre Company. dannygoldsteincreative.com
Music & Lyrics
DAWN LANDES is a Nashville based singer-songwriter whose music you might have heard if you watch The Good Wife, House or Gossip Girl. As a musical theater artist, she is the composer and lyricist of ROW, with bookwriter Daniel Goldstein. About Tori Murden-McClure, it’s the true story of the first woman to row solo across the Atlantic Ocean. Originally commissioned by Joe’s Pub, it has been developed at The Public Theater, Goodspeed Opera, the Rhinebeck Writers Retreat, the Kimmel Center for the Performing Arts and Playwrights Horizons. Dawn received a 2019 Lilly Award for her work on the show, bestowed by Williamstown Theater Festival; the prize included a finishing commission and an additional developmental workshop with Williamstown. After being scheduled for production in Williamstown’s 2020 season which was cancelled due to Covid, ROW was recorded by Audible and will be available this spring.
Along with releasing six albums since 2005 (and an EP inspired by yé-yé, ‘60s French pop music), she’s a frequent collaborator with contemporaries such as Sufjan Stevens, Norah Jones and composer Nico Muhly. She has appeared with the Boston Pops, the NYC Ballet and on the TED main stage talking about her musical. You can watch that here. Dawn's LP "Meet Me at the River" (Yep Roc) was recorded with legendary producer Fred Foster (Roy Orbison, Dolly Parton) and features Bobby Bare, Charlie McCoy and other A-list players. You can learn more about Dawn at dawnlandes.com.
TYNE RAFAELI is a Drama Desk Nominated director whose work spans theatre, TV, film and audio. Recent directing includes The Good Fight (Paramount+), Retreat (Team Coco & Audible), ROW (Audible), Usual Girls by Ming Peiffer (Roundabout Theatre, NYT Critic’s Pick), I Was Most Alive With You by Craig Lucas (Playwright’s Horizons, NYT Critic’s Pick), In a Word by Lauren Yee (Cherry Lane, NYT Critics Pick), Powerstrip by Sylvia Khoury (Lincoln Center Theatre). Tyne is currently co-producing and directing a new scripted series for Gimlet/Spotify and will be directing Selling Kabul by Sylvia Khoury at Playwright's Horizons in the fall of 2021.
Broadway: Girl From The North Country (Mrs. Neilson), Hair (Dionne), The Color Purple (Celie). Off-Broadway: Rock of Ages (Justice), Girl From The North Country (Mrs. Neilson), Shida (All Characters). National Tours: The Color Purple (Celie), Deaf West’s Big River (Alice), Rent (Season Soloist). Regional: Mamma Mia (Rosie), Company (Sarah), Freaky Friday (Ms. Meyers), Sister Act (Deloris), The 12 (Mother Mary). Film: Disney’s Little Mermaid III.
LISA BESCIA has starred on Broadway as Heidi Hansen in Dear Evan Hansen, Donna Sheridan in Mamma Mia!, Elphaba in Wicked, Cleo in Twyla Tharp’s The Times They Are A-Changin’, Amneris in Aida, and Marion Halcolmbe in The Woman in White. Additional New York credits include the role of Helena in All’s Well That Ends Well at the Public Theater’s Shakespeare Lab and Claire in Roundabout’s Ordinary Days. Regional credits include Tatiana Racon in the world premiere of A Comedy of Tenors (McCarter/Cleveland Play House), The Winter’s Tale (Hermione), Hamlet (Gertrude), August: Osage County (Ivy), Sister Play (Anna), Victor Victoria (Victoria), Cabaret (Sally), Kennedy Center’s Broadway: Three Generations – Side Show (Violet), Evita (Eva), The Last 5 Years (Cathy), and A Little Night Music (Petra). Lisa is on the Acting faculty at Missouri State University’s acclaimed Department of Theater and Dance in Springfield, MO, where she lives with her husband, Broadway composer/lyricist, Craig Carnelia.
Young Tori/Amelia Earhart
Just after graduating high school, she played “Babe”, the youngest Cher, in The Cher Show on Broadway. She then went on to perform in A Play is a Poem, written by Ethan Coen in LA. TV: “Jesus Christ Superstar Live in Concert” (NBC). Love and profound gratitude to Mama Diamond, The Telsey Office, and her team of bright women at CESD and Viking Ent. @micaela_diamond
Broadway: Tootsie (Tony Nomination), Cyrano de Bergerac. Fiasco Theater's Into the Woods, Cymbeline, Imaginary Invalid, Two Gentlemen of Verona, Measure for Measure, and Twelfth Night. NY/Regional: Public/Delacorte, TFANA, Clubbed Thumb, 13P, Ars Nova, The Glass Contraption, New Vic, McCarter, Guthrie, Old Globe, Trinity Rep, Yale Rep, the Acting Company. Film: "Here Today", "Coin Heist", "Ordinary World", "Still on the Road", "Tumorhead". TV: "Lincoln Rhyme," “Elementary," "The Good Wife," "The Good Cop," "The Knick." MFA Brown/Trinity, Fiasco Theater core company.
Broadway: All My Sons, School of Rock, Threepenny Opera, Gettin' the Band Back Together, Les Misérables (Original Revival Cast). Off-Broadway: Cyrano, Falling for Eve, Working (2008 revision, Drama Desk Award), Grand Hotel (Encores!). Select Regional credits include: Disgraced (Arena Stage), Peter & the Starcatcher (Actor Theatre of Louisville), Oklahoma! (Arena Stage), Fly (La Jolla Playhouse), Mister Roberts (Kennedy Center), Les Miserables (Dallas Theatre Center), Recent Tragic Events (Woolly Mammoth), Disney’s The Jungle Book (Goodman Theater/Huntington Theater). Film/TV credits include: "The Wire" (HBO), Blackout (BET), "Law & Order: SVU" (NBC), "Search Party" (TBS). His voice can be heard in the video game: World of Warcraft: Cataclysm. Twitter: @nehalpjoshi. IG: @nehaljoshi
Broadway: Children of a Lesser God, King Lear. New York: Fêtes de la Nuit, World Premiere of Samuel D. Hunter’s The Healing, Veritas, Movement of the Soul. Regional: Block Association (Actors Theatre of Louisville), Levity (Warren Miller PAC), The Hunchback of Notre Dame (Sacramento Music Circus and La Mirada Theatre), Tribes (Guthrie Theater, Steppenwolf Theatre, Everyman Theatre), Pippin (Center Theatre Group / Deaf West). Film: "Wonderstruck", "Sign", "The First Purge". TV: "New Amsterdam", "Faces", "Lisey's Story", "Zoey’s Extraordinary Playlist", "This Close", "High Maintenance", "Don’t Shoot the Messenger", "Able". @TheJohnMcGinty
WTF: The Last Goodbye (‘10); Caravan Man, Help Yourself (‘07). Broadway: Natasha, Pierre & the Great Comet of 1812 (also Off-Broadway, ART). Off-Broadway: Cyrano (New Group), In The Green (LCT3), Alice by Heart (MCC), Brooklynite (Vineyard), Bedbugs!!! (Arclight), The World is Round (BAM), Sleep No More (McKittrick), Twelve Ophelias (Woodshed Collective). TV: "The First Lady" (Showtime), "The Other Two" (HBO Max). Her original musical In The Green earned her a Richard Rodgers Award for her writing and a Lortel for her performance. Grace McLean & Them Apples performed in the 2015 and 2016 seasons of Lincoln Center’s American Songbook, and Grace toured Pakistan and Russia as an artistic ambassador with the US State Department. Writer-in-residence at Lincoln Center, one of Broadway Women’s Fund’s Women to Watch (‘21), Civilians R&D Group (‘19-’20), MacDowell Fellow (‘18), Lincoln Center Emerging Artist Award (‘17). EPs "Make Me Breakfast" and "Natural Disaster" available now. gracemclean.com
Zachary Noah Piser*
ZACHARY NOAH PISER is thrilled to make his Williamstown Theatre Festival debut with ROW. He is currently the Evan Hansen alternate on Broadway, after originating Dear Evan Hansen’s premiere international production in Toronto. Broadway: Wicked (Boq). Off-Broadway: Barrow Street Theatre’s West End transfer of Sweeney Todd (Tobias), Adventurephile (Keen Company), Mad Libs Live! (New World Stages). Regional: The Heart of Rock & Roll (world premiere, The Old Globe), Godspell (Marriott Theatre). TV: Host of PBS's "Camp TV" series. He is a Bay Area native and a proud Northwestern grad. @zach_piser
Horace V. Rogers*
Joe Curran/Muhammad Ali
Broadway: Brooklyn: The Musical, Disney’s Tarzan. Off-Broadway: Party People (Public Theater, Solias). Toronto: The Lion King (Mufasa). Tours: Rent (Thom Collins), The Color Purple (Grady), Memphis: The Musical (Delray), Kinky Boots (Simon Sr.). National Black Theater Festival: Don't Bother Me I Can't Cope. TV/Film: American Masters: "August Wilson's the Ground on Which I Stand", "Gotham", " Orange Is The New Black", "Boardwalk Empire", Showtime’s “Soul Food”, “Star Search". Recording: "Disney's Tarzan" (Son of Man Soloist), "BeBe and CeCe Winans' Greatest Hits" and Willie Nelson's hit song "$1000.00 Wedding". He is also a hologram at The Legacy Museum: From Enslavement to Mass Incarceration located in Montgomery, Alabama where enslaved people were once housed.
Originally from Albuquerque, New Mexico, Jennifer’s Broadway credits include: West Side Story, Women on the Verge of a Nervous Breakdown, Ghost, Sunday in the Park with George, Spider-Man, On Your Feet, Pretty Woman and The Rose Tattoo. She is also a writer. Her song “Heartbeat” won the Times Square Alliance audience choice award and can be found on all streaming platforms. Follow @hennihennisanchez for performance updates.
GABRIEL HAINER EVANSOHN
GABRIEL HAINER EVANSOHN is a production and experience designer, visual artist and production manager. He specializes in creating immersive physical landscapes, large-scale site-specific installations, and cohesive worlds for performers and audiences to inhabit. He is a founder of Woodshed Collective, one of America's leading immersive theater companies, and has been their Director of Production and Resident Production Designer since 2006. He is also a Partner and Co-Founder of Iron Bloom Creative Production, a design and production firm based in Brooklyn specializing in immersive and non-traditional design and production.
Selected credits Include: Nevermore Park (Hebru Brantley / MWM), KPOP (Winner- Lucille Lortel Award for Outstanding Musical 2018), Sweeny Todd at Barrow Street Theater (Winner- Lucille Lortel Award for Outstanding Revival 2017), Empire Travel Agency (Woodshed Collective), Queen of the Night (VWW), The Tenant (Woodshed Collective), The Confidence Man (Woodshed Collective), 12 Ophelias (Woodshed Collective). Additionally, his work has been seen at festivals including Electric Forest, Firefly, Outside Lands, Bonnaroo, Clusterfest, and Lost Lake, museums including the ICA Boston and Oklahoma Contemporary and theaters and schools throughout NYC including The Public, HERE Arts Center, 3LD, 59E59, Incubator Arts Project, Ars Nova, Theater Row, Playwrights Horizons Theater School, Barnard College and the Atlantic Acting School where he worked as the Stage 2 Production Manager and Resident Designer for 5 years.
He was born and raised in New York City and is a graduate of Vassar College.
ARNULFO MALDONADO is a New York City based set and costume designer. Previously at WTF: Selling Kabul, Artney Jackson, Where Storms Are Born. Arnulfo is a recipient of a Princess Grace Fabergé Theater Award and a multiple Henry Hewes Design nominee. He recently received the 2020 Obie for Sustained Excellence in Set Design, as well as a Special Citation Obie as part of the Creative Team of the Pulitzer Prize winning A Strange Loop by Michael R. Jackson. Notable design credits include the aforementioned world premiere of Michael R. Jackson's A Strange Loop (Playwrights Horizons), as well as: Clare Barron's Dance Nation (Playwrights Horizons), Jocelyn Bioh's School Girls, Or; The African Mean Girls Play (MCC Theater), Jaclyn Backhaus' Men on Boats (Clubbed Thumb/Playwrights Horizons), and Donja R. Love’s Sugar in Our Wounds (Manhattan Theater Club, Lucille Lortel Award Outstanding Scenic Design recipient), Love's One in Two (New Group) and most recently Will Eno's The Underlying Chris (Second Stage). U.S. premieres include Anne Washburn’s Shipwreck (Woolly Mammoth) and debbie tucker green's generations (Soho Rep).
Broadway: Grand Horizons, What the Constitution Means to Me (also on Amazon), The Lifespan of a Fact, Eclipsed, Ghetto Klown. Off-Broadway: Power Strip (LCT 3), A Strange Loop (Playwrights Horizons), Superhero (Second Stage), Thom Pain, Night is a Room (Signature), Collective Rage, School Girls…. (MCC), Usual Girls, Bobbie Clearly, On the Exhale (Roundabout), Dan Cody’s Yacht, In the Body of the World (Manhattan Theatre Club); The Amateurs (Vineyard); Strange Interlude (Transport Group), The Moors (Playwrights Realm), Eclipsed, ToasT, and A Second Chance (The Public). Currently on Tour: Blue Man Group National, What the Constitution Means to Me. Opera: Die Fledermaus, Pearl Fishers (Metropolitan); Faust, A Midsummer Night’s Dream, La Traviata (Mariinsky, Russia); and The Pearl Fishers (ENO). Mom: Henry. jenschriever.com
In the before times, recent designs on Broadway included Hillary and Clinton, The Waverly Gallery, The Boys In The Band and A Doll's House Part 2. Leon also designed The Nance, for which he won the Tony Award for Best Sound Design of a Play and Joe Turner’s Come and Gone for which he was nominated for a Tony. Other recent work includes sound design for Dracula/Frankenstein, Cabaret, seven seasons of the Encores: Off Center Summer Series at New York City Center and sound design for virtual reality games and experiences seen at Sundance and Tribeca Film Festivals. Regionally he has worked at theaters such as A.C.T., The Geffen Playhouse, Pasadena Playhouse, The Huntington, Portland Center Stage, Arena Stage, Seattle Rep, La Jolla Playhouse, Old Globe, McCarter and Williamstown Theater Festival. He designed sound for Cirque du Soleil’s Kooza, currently touring the world, and Wintuk, Cirque’s winter holiday show in New York City.
Current projects include work with MSG Ventures to bring immersive interactive experiences to The Sphere, their next-generation performance venue currently under construction in Las Vegas. klaxson.net
JULIE MCBRIDE will be the music director and conductor of Moulin Rouge upon its reopening this fall. She was also the music director and conductor for the Broadway shows SpongeBob SquarePants!, Head Over Heels, and INK (Manhattan Theatre Club.) Other Broadway credits include Pretty Woman (associate conductor), Amazing Grace (associate conductor), Finding Neverland (assistant conductor). Her favorite pandemic project was music directing An Accidental Star with John Cullum, in association with the Irish Rep, Goodspeed, and Vineyard Theatre. Off-Broadway/regional credits include: Unknown Soldier (Playwrights Horizons), Next to Normal (Second Stage), These Paper Bullets! (Yale Rep, Geffen Playhouse, Atlantic Theatre Company), Deathless (Goodspeed) , Miss You Like Hell (La Jolla Playhouse, Public Theatre), and Daddy Long Legs (11 regional productions).
GEOFFREY KO is a New York based music director and orchestrator. Broadway: Be More Chill. Off-Broadway/Regional include: Broadway Bounty Hunter, Other World (Bucks County Playhouse), Billy and the Killers, Generation Me, Renascence, Love in Hate Nation (Two River), The Honeymooners (Paper Mill Playhouse), and October Sky (Marriott Lincolnshire). Other work includes: Ratatouille: The TikTok Musical, The Remarkable Journey to Tianguo, Naamah’s Ark, Little Dancer, Becoming Nancy, The Town Hall, Lincoln Center, and orchestrations for The American Pops Orchestra. Geoffrey is a Jersey native and Northwestern University graduate. @geoffreyhko
Broadway: Oklahoma! (new arrangements & orchestrations), The Sound Inside, Seawall / A Life, the revival of Marvin’s Room, world premiere of Significant Other. Off-Broadway: premieres of I Was Most Alive With You, Animal, The Village Bike, Man From Nebraska, Tribes, and Women or Nothing. Kluger has produced scores for many Off-Broadway theaters including Lincoln Center, Roundabout, The Atlantic, Second Stage, Playwrights Horizons, Vineyard Theater. In 2021 Kluger launched the music label Archie & Fox Records. danielkluger.com
Onstage Foley Artist
MARIANA RAMIREZ was the percussionist of the First National Broadway Tour of Once on This Island. Mariana has also subbed on Broadway with the show Once on This Island, Head Over Heels and Ain’t Too Proud, The Life and Times of the Temptations. Currently she is one of just two female Mexican drummer/percussionists performing on Broadway. Off-Broadway shows include Merrily We Roll Along and Fiddler on the Roof in Yiddish, among many others.
Mariana is a NYC based freelance percussionist who began her music studies at the National Conservatory of Mexico in Mexico City. She went on to receive her Bachelors of Music in Percussion at Rutgers University. In addition to Broadway, she has performed in Europe, Asia, and Mexico playing with Mexican Traditional Music bands, Symphonic Ensembles, Chamber Orchestras and Pop Bands.
Mariana also founded the Percussion Quartet Excelsis, an all female percussion ensemble, which was praised as “one of the most innovative and exciting percussion ensembles to emerge in the golden age of chamber music that we are presently in” by Jonathan Hass, head of the New York University Percussion Department.
As a symphonic percussionist, Mariana has performed with orchestras in Mexico and the United States, including the National Symphony of Mexico, Orquesta de Minería, Dartmouth Symphony, South Florida Symphony, the first all-Women Orchestra of Mexico, New England Ensemble, among others.
As a chamber percussionist she has collaborated with many ensembles such as, The Pit Stop Players, Orquesta de Camara de Nueva York, and most recently the Orpheus Chamber Orchestra, recording a Concerto for Bandoneon and Violin by JP Jofre.
Production Stage Manager
ANITA SHASTRI is thrilled to be returning to the world of live theatre with ROW. Broadway: Waitress, Beautiful, The Crucible. Off-Broadway: Wolf Play (Soho Rep). Regional favorites: Beauty and the Beast, Les Miserables, West Side Story, Spamalot, Billy Elliot (The Muny), These Paper Bullets, Familiar (Yale Repertory Theatre). MFA: Yale School of Drama. My sincerest thanks to Williamstown and this incredible company of artists for the opportunity to row along on this adventure. And to my team, my teachers, my family, and my friends who’ve become family; thank you for all the support, patience, grace and love you’ve shown me as we navigated what has felt like an insurmountable year. What a blessing it is to feel like we are on the other side of this thing and finally creating again!
Assistant Stage Manager
MADOLYN FRIEDMAN is delighted to make her Williamstown debut with the cast, crew, and creatives of ROW. Credits include: Off-Broadway: A Strange Loop, Heroes of the Fourth Turning, If Pretty Hurts…, The Thanksgiving Play (Playwrights Horizons), Wolf Play (Soho Repertory Theater). Regional: The Cake, Memoirs of a Forgotten Man, We Will Not Be Silent, Welcome to Fear City, Not Medea (Contemporary American Theater Festival), Nutcracker, Sleeping Beauty, The Robbins/Concert Repertory (Boston Ballet). Education: BFA Stage & Production Management, Emerson College.
THE TELSEY OFFICE
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THE CLARK ART INSTITUTE is proud to be a partner with the Williamstown Theatre Festival in its presentation of ROW!
The Clark is one of a small number of institutions globally that is both an art museum and a center for research, critical discussion, and higher education in the visual arts. The Clark’s 140-acre campus beckons visitors to enjoy the exceptional experience of art in nature. Miles of walking trails through woodlands and meadows provide an opportunity to experience the profound natural beauty of the Berkshires.
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WILLIAMSTOWN THEATRE FESTIVAL is a professional theatre employing members of Actors’ Equity Association, the union of professional Actors and Stage Managers in the United States.
ACTORS’ EQUITY ASSOCIATION (“Equity"), founded in 1913, is the U.S. labor union that represents more than 51,000 professional Actors and Stage Managers. Equity fosters the art of live theatre as an essential component of society and advances the careers of its members by negotiating wages, improving working conditions and providing a wide range of benefits, including health and pension plans. Actors' Equity is a member of the AFL-CIO and is affiliated with FIA, an international organization of performing arts unions. #EquityWorks
Equity is governed by its own members through an elected Council, representing principal actors, chorus actors and stage managers living in three regions: Eastern, Central and Western. Members at large participate in Equity’s governance through a system of regional Boards and Committees. Equity has 28 designated area liaison cities with over 100 members each.
The Director is a member of the STAGE DIRECTORS AND CHOREOGRAPHERS SOCIETY, a national theatrical labor union.
*Appearing through an Agreement between this theatre, Williamstown Theatre Festival, and Actors' Equity Association, the Union of Professional Actors and Stage Managers in the United States.
Music Director/Conductor/Keyboard/Synthesizer Geoffrey Ko
Violin 1 Sarah Briggs
Violin 2 Kaila Graef
Viola Junah Chung
Cello Annabelle Hoffmann
Bass Rob Jost
Guitar 1 Justin Rothberg
Guitar 2/Pedal Steel Liz Faure
Drummer Andrew Beall
Onstage Foley Artist Mariana Ramirez
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PHOTOGRAPHY BY JOSEPH O’MALLEY and R. MASSEO DAVIS
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Production Consultant Iron Bloom Creative Production
Assistant Director Ryan Dobrin
Production Stage Manager Anita Shastri
Assistant Stage Manager Madolyn Friedman
Stage Management Second Assistant Julianna Holzmann
Stage Management Second Assistant Sophia Shafiuzzaman
Stage Management Second Assistant Em Rihl
Stage Management Theatre-Maker Edmond O'Neal
Associate Sound Design Josh Samuels
ASL Interpreter Laurie Benjamin
ASL Interpreter Candace Broecker-Penn
ASL Interpreter Dylan Geil
ASL Interpreter Denise Safranec
ASL Interpreter Sabrina Seeger
ASL Interpreter Alicia Youngmann
Scenic Charge Michael Hayes
Assistant Scenic Charge Kelly Daigneault