Gods & Kings
GODS & KINGS
Music by Neil Douglas Reilly, Book and Lyrics by Austin Ruffer
Directed by Katherine M. Carter
Music Producer/Supervisor: James Dobinson
Workshop Production performed at The Sheen Center, 2014
Set in "Ancient Greece," the piece uses an original alt-rock score to boldly bring to life the conflict between two young men, the unyielding king Pentheus and the anarchic god Dionysus, who each are desperately trying to establish themselves and their power. This struggle leaves Agave, the king's strong-willed mother, and the nation’s people caught in the crossfire of this epic battle. With music by Neil Douglas Reilly (Rocky, The Gershwin's Porgy & Bess) and book and lyrics by Austin Ruffer, the musical asks: Do people really have to live a life stuck between gods and kings?
Featuring: Ben Garrett* (King Pentheus), Jonathan Grunert (Dionysus), Elizabeth Ann Gray* (Agave), BJ Gruber* (Acoetes), Damian Norfleet* (Cadmus), Kyle Axman* (Ensemble), Paige Berkovitz (Ensemble), Anissa Felix (Ensemble), Emily Iaquinta* (Ensemble), Billy Joe Kiessling* (Ensemble), Heath Saunders* (Ensemble), Kim Vogels (Ensemble), Sam Weber* (Ensemble), Jessica Zambrotta (Ensemble), Wes Zurick (Ensemble)
*These Actors Appearing Courtesy of Actors’ Equity Association
The Creative Team: Taylor Shubert (Chorography), Ben Williams (Lighting Design), John Emmett O’Brien (Sound Design), Caitlin Cisek and Matthew Maloke (Costume Design), Katie Kennedy (Production Stage Manager), Tom Kodenbrock (Assistant Stage Manager), Diana Zambrotta (Producer), Nick Ronan (Marketing and Photographer), Chelsea Ignagni (Casting Director), Victoria Casillo (Associate Choreographer), Erin Reilly (Press Assistant), Kyle Largent (Production Assistant), Photos by Lindsay Rootare
All Photography by Nick Ronan
NEIL DOUGLAS REILLY (Music) Neil Douglas Reilly has had the great pleasure of working with Ahrens & Flaherty as the orchestrator of their 54 Below Concert (and the accompanying album) Nice Fighting You, the music supervisor and co-orchestrator of a NY Pops gala in their honor, the assistant music supervisor of Ragtime at Avery Fisher Hall, the orchestration associate of Rocky on Broadway, the associate orchestrator of In Your Arms, and as an assistant on many other projects. Other work in New York includes Stars of David Off-Broadway, Porgy and Bess on Broadway, and orchestrations for concerts including New Voices Concerts, Gypsy of the Year, and Broadway Backwards. Neil is a proud member of Local 802 and the Dramatists Guild of America. Thanks, Taylor, Jack & Ally, and Austin! www.NeilDouglasReilly.com
AUSTIN RUFFER (Book & Lyrics) This is Austin's first collaboration with Neil Douglas Reilly; more will follow. His other plays include Domestic Drama, Hamilton & Burr, & Under the Sun. As a performer, he has appeared in Rough Approximations: A Devil Tale (Tenement Street Workshop), The Good Soul of Szechwan, The Bald Soprano, Time & the Conways, and at Upright Citizens Brigade. Sincere thanks to The Other Mirror for their boundless support. BFA: Marymount Manhattan College.
KATHERINE M. CARTER (Director, TOM Artistic Director) Katherine is a Michigan born, New York based director. She is the founding Artistic Director of The Other Mirror, the co-founding Artistic Director of The MITTEN Lab, the 2011-12 Playwrights Horizons Directing Resident, and a guest director at The Atlantic Theatre School and Stella Adler at NYU. Katherine is a two-time director in the Directors Company Adaptations for the Stage Workshop. Her pieces Madame Bovary, adapted by Katherine from the Flaubert novel; and Bite the Apple by Linda Manning culminated in full productions with The Other Mirror. Selected Directing Credits: Albert Herring (Boston Opera Collaborative, MA); Uncommon Women and Others (Stella Adler, NYU); Going Away (The Other Mirror, NY); La Cenrentola (BOC, MA-Winner Best Director); Les Miserables (MI: Meadow Brook Theatre‘13, Avondale Arts Center ‘14); Stories on Five Stories (Playwrights Horizons, NY). Proud member of The League of Professional Theatre Women and SDC (associate). Upcoming: Phaedra’s Cabaret at The Slipper Room, and Mirror Alchemy in October. www.KatherineMCarter.com
JAMES DOBINSON (Music Producer/Music Supervisor) James’s work as MD, composer, orchestrator and performer has been featured in theatre, film and TV around the US and in his original homeland, Australia. Super stoked to be (finally) working with former roomie/composer, Neil, and the whole company. New York: Clinton, MD; Fancy Nancy, MD; 'Til Divorce Do Us Part, Keys; Son Of A Gun, AMD. Regional (MD); Hairspray, Spring Awakening, Shrek, White Christmas. Australia: Moonshadow (Associate Conductor, Original Company); MD: Often I Find That I Am Naked (First National Tour); Assassins; Parade and so many more. Orchestrator/Arranger: Carols In The City (National Broadcast - Network 10, Australia), Tales Of An Eternal Optimist, Nobody Does It Like Me, First World White Girls, plus commissions for orchestras, film & TV. Thanks to Jake, Family, JBS & Stephen Amos for all being formative.
Dionysus and the Bacchae
"The mask is a holy sign of Dionysus"
We march against the Bacchae
Between Gods and Kings
The Bacchae and Dionysus
It's Not in Me at All
You wanna know
Traveling to see The Bacchae
Sparagmos Part One
Sparagmos Part Two