The Feast of Jovi Bono on 42nd Street in NYC.

[Montage video coming soon – we had a great photographer who documented the dress rehearsal]

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(Photos of rehearsals in December — basically 2 weeks to put this 2 hour show together. They poured themselves into it, and most nights I got to watch on Google Hangout).

The Feast of Jovi Bono had an INCREDIBLE 3-night run at Manhattan Rep Theatre on 42nd Street in New York City. That’s right. With an excellent New York cast, directors from Lark Play Development Center and Tres Artis Directing Society, the production was well handled. Courteney Legget provided great stage management, and we had to make a last minute casting change when the actor who was originally cast as Brock stopped returning our calls.

 

The Characters:

Tory Walters as Jovi

Tory Walters as Jovi

Tory Walters is excited to be making her NYC theater debut with this production! She graduated from the American Musical and Dramatic Academy as part of their conservatory program in June, 2013. She is grateful that her big debut has been with such a wonderful group of people and looks forward to seeing all they accomplish in the years to come.

Andrew N. Baldwin as Brock

BROCK

Regional: A Year with Frog and Toad (Frog), 12th Night (Captain), Boeing Boeing (Robert), and The Last Rehearsal (Intern). Training: BFA University of Miami. Andrew is very excited to be making his NY debut with this warm, wonderful and welcoming cast. http://www.andrewnbaldwin.com

Elizabeth Kotite as Tawny

TAWNY

A graduate of Manhattanville College, she also studied at the Neighborhood Playhouse for six years. She is very excited to play Tawny in Ash Sanborn’s The Feast of Jovi Bono. Previously Dead Man Walking (Mrs. Prejean), The Fantasticks (Bellamy), Bonechiller (Zeta the medium), Peter Pan (Lost Boy), and others. She has experience in sketch comedy/improv in her involvement with The Nat Turner Revue.

Hayley Hudson as Adrian

Hayley Hudson as Adrian

Studied acting at The American Academy of Dramatic Arts -NY and the William Esper Studio. “This is truly beautiful original work, and I am honored to bring it to the stage.”

Pooya Mohseni as Olivia

Pooya Mohseni as Olivia

A New York based Iranian-American stage and film actress, she graduated from the esteemed Maggie Flanigan Studio in 2012 and since then has portrayed a variety of characters from the doomed monarch Clytemnestra in the Envelope Ensemble’s production of Electra to the desperate Egyptian garment factory worker Samia in the Anthropologist’s Mahalla at the Berkshire Fringe Festival. Her latest screen role was a palm reader in a comedic PSA for MTV regarding STD testing. This winter, she will appear as the Devil in the web-series Coven of Fifth Avenue, directed by Brayden Hade. She feels blessed to be part of Jovi Bono’s story and be surrounded by such talented artists, all coming together to tell this story of love, forgiveness and second chances.

Lindsay Shields as the Chef-Narrator

Lindsay Shields as the Chef-Narrator

Aside from performing, Lindsay enjoys prop and costume construction. She currently teaches theater and playwriting at Flushing High School in Queens. Bon appetit!

Irene Diamond as Zara

Irene Diamond as Zara

Actor, songwriter, pop singer based in New York City. She has a Master’s degree in music and is Charmain of the National Guild of Piano Teachers Chapter at Steinway Hall. She’s a vocal coach and trains aspiring artists of many types. She did a comedic monologue off broadway presented by TAPNYC and a music video “He Gets Me” presented by Diamond Pop Music, LLC. SHe found the depth of the Zara character exhilarating and relevant.

Paula Beebee as Deb

Paula Beebee as Deb

A New York based actress with experience in film, television and theater, Paula has studied at Stella Adler Theater and privately with Patricia Maucieri. Previous credits include a supporting role in the pilot episode of “Lost and Found,” a lead role in the short film “Jane Doe” and various other projects. http://www.paulabeebee.com

Rebecca Young as Kat

Rebecca Young as Kat

A recent graduate from West Chester University with a double major in vocal performance and music education. Rebecca has performed for Barley Sheaf Players as Young Phyllis in Follies, has played Anne in Anne of Green Gables, was Musetta in South Jersey Opera Company’s production of La Boheme, and has many musical projects happening this season. She works with the Kimberly Vaughn Performance Studio and the Complete Theater Company.

Cammerron Baits as Kevin

Cammerron Baits as Kevin

Cammerron flew to New York all the way from Idaho to star in this play. A San Diego native, this was his thrilling NYC debut. He called it a “wrenchingly beautiful show.” Previously, he’s played Tumnus in Narnia the Musical, Algernon in The Importance of Being Earnest, and other roles. His goal in starring here was to grow as an actor and he certainly did that and more.

Dean Komondorea as Brock

Dean Komondorea as Brock

After raising his family, with the encouragement of and invitation from his youngest daughter to take acting lessons together, Dean started a childhood dream. He has been studying the dramatic arts for the last 3 years in New York City. His credits are mainly in television and film. The Feast of Jovi Bono is Dean’s NYC debut. “I love the story line and it comes with equal enthusiasm for everyone involved [in this play]!”

Director TJ Weaver

Director TJ Weaver

Born and raised in Charleston, SC, TJ is a director and a playwright. He is the communications associate at Lark Play Development Center. He has several theater directing and assistant directing credits. He was an inspiration to us all in keeping the enthusiasm going, communicating well and making us believe.

Director Daniela V. Hart

Director Daniela V. Hart

This multitalented woman stopped at nothing to make this show happen. Originally from Texas, she’s a director and music director. Her BFAs in Acting and Musical Theatre come from East Carolina University. She’s a member of the Tres Artis Directing Society and is part of The Lark Play Development Center’s literary wing. This explains how the final edits of the script became so well pruned, shaped, and gorgeous. She is also resident director of The Flea Theatre.

Courteney Leggett (photo coming soon) was the stage manager — or rockstar of Everything Else. It would not have happened without her. She is another Miami theater person with a BFA in Stage Management. She worked at Interlochen Center for the Arts before traveling to San Francisco and back to Miami for shows.

 

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