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The critics are talking...

"The story is so well crafted by Jason Jacobs and the storytelling by Brian Charles Rooney is so pristine that to give much detail would require a spoiler alert"

"a fine tuned, superbly crafted piece of theatre"

"Jason Jacobs and Matthew C. Pritchard have developed a masterful story"

"Brian Charles Rooney delivers a bravura performance"

- DAVID ROBERTS, THEATRE REVIEWS UNLIMITED

"an intelligent and timely piece"

"Brian Charles Rooney is mesmerizing"

"the band is hot"

"Jason Jacobs book is heartbreaking and touching. The music by Matthew C. Pritchard, and lyrics by the duo, is worth a CD so that it does not get lost in the shuffle. I can not wait to see what these two do next"

- SUZANNA BOWLING, TIMES SQUARE CHRONICLES

"a nuanced story and a tour de force performance by a consummate professional"

"Kudos also to Jacobs & Pritchard for writing a piece that both looks back but resonates today, and has layers of interest and meaning to keep us interested and focused"

"jaw-dropping performance by the mega-talented Brian Charles Rooney"

- DONNA HERMAN, FRONT ROW CENTER

You never know a person 'til you walk in her heels.

1969 New Orleans
It’s standing room only at The Golden Lantern. The band strikes up and begins to play the opening number for Miss Blanche, the hottest act in the Quarter — but Miss Blanche is missing in action. Instead, a fiery young man takes the stage. Relaying tales from his brutal childhood, he reveals a mysterious trunk, filled with clues about his past and the key to his future.

Inspired by the imagination of Tennessee Williams, this intimate and seductive musical takes us on one man’s journey of desire, self-expression and liberation.



Where Miss Blanche
Has Been

  • Fall 2015: Development on the show began as a collaborative project in a laboratory for Columbia MFA theatre alumni. Drawing upon situations from Streetcar Named Desire as the leaping point for an original play, we began exploring the implications of performing gender - on stage and in life.

  • Fall 2016: Next, we decided to expand it into a full-length musical. We workshopped the piece once in June 2016 and then again at the HOT! Festival at Dixon Place in July 2016, showing half the show to an enthusiastic audience.

  • Where She is Now: We have been invited as a full production to NYMF 2017 (New York Musical Festival) in July.


Thank You

Miss Blanche owes a tremendous debt to the actors who have walked in heels in our workshops: Sara Buffamanti, Robbie Tann, Jamie Boswell, and Cameron Clay.  She also thanks Isam Rum, Jessica Rieken, Kyle Picone, Columbia Collaboration (Coco) Lab, and her friends at Dixon Place, for helping her get where she is today!

 

 

 

 

 

 

Miss Blanche &

The Elysian Fields

Brian Charles Rooney

LEE/BLANCHE

Brian was recently lauded by both The New York Times and Time Out NY for his performance as Dionne Salon in the hit Off-Broadway musical, Bedbugs!!! In a performance that Entertainment Weekly said "ignited the stage," he made his Broadway debut as Lucy Brown in The Threepenny Opera for The Roundabout Theatre Co., co-starring Alan Cumming, Cyndi Lauper, Jim Dale, Nellie McKay, and Ana Gasteyer.  He won the Connecticut Critics Circle Award for "Best Actor in a Musical" as Candy Darling in Anna Jacobs & Maggie Kate Coleman's musical POP! at Yale Repertory Theatre, directed by Mark Brokaw. He has won two NY Musical Theatre Festival Outstanding Performance Awards for Bedbugs!!! (2008) & Bayonets of Angst (2014); as well as the FringeNYC Award for Outstanding Performance as Satan in the new rock musical, Winner Take All. Brian appeared with Kristin Chenoweth and composer Andrew Lippa, at Lincoln Center's Avery Fisher Hall in I Am Harvey Milk, an oratorio celebrating the life of the famous activist. He has appeared as a soloist in Martin Charnin's theatrical revue, Rodgers &..., a retrospective of Richard Rodgers' monumental body of work at the Emelin Theatre; and in the Carnegie Hall Concert Production of Guys & Dolls starring Nathan Lane & Megan Mullally.  He was a featured soloist with UK Pop legend Petula Clark on the North American Tour of The Music of Andrew Lloyd Webber.  He received a Carbonell Award Nomination for his performance in Floyd Collins at The Actors' Playhouse (Coral Gables, FL;), a Metro-Carolina Award Nomination as Jinx in Forever Plaid at The Blumenthal Performing Arts Center (Charlotte, NC).  He played the title role in Bat Boy! The Musical at Charleston Stage Co., in Charleston, SC. His Television credits include Camelot, Live from Lincoln Center and Sondheim! The Birthday Concert, both directed by Lonny Price for PBS at Lincoln Center.   In 2007, Brian won The Kurt Weill Foundation's Lys Symonette Award for Dramatic Excellence. He has appeared in concert at 54 Below & Joe's Pub, and as a soloist with the Oregon & Seattle Symphony Orchestras.  www.BrianCharlesRooney.com

The Elysian Fields

ROBERT FROST "PETE" MUSIC DIRECTOR/PIANO & KEYS Select MD credits include Lisa and Leonardo (NYMF); We Live In Cairo and Cardboard Piano (O’Neill Theater Center); baby no more times(The Lark), Miss Blanche Tells It All (Dixon Place) James Joyce is Dead… and Cradle Will Rock (Connecticut College); Jonah and the Whale and Little Shop of Horrors (7th House); and project élan (Arkansas Rep), which he also co-wrote. As a pianist and music director, Robert has also worked with Berkshire Theater Group, New York University, New Dramatists, and Lincoln Center (Future Songbook Series). Adjunct Faculty: NYU Tisch New Studio on Broadway and Connecticut College. Former Resident MD: O’Neill Theater Center’s NMTI. Graduate of Southwestern University and the National Theater Institute.

ROBERT FROST

"PETE"

MUSIC DIRECTOR/PIANO & KEYS

Select MD credits include Lisa and Leonardo (NYMF); We Live In Cairo and Cardboard Piano (O’Neill Theater Center); baby no more times(The Lark), Miss Blanche Tells It All (Dixon Place) James Joyce is Dead… and Cradle Will Rock (Connecticut College); Jonah and the Whale and Little Shop of Horrors (7th House); and project élan (Arkansas Rep), which he also co-wrote. As a pianist and music director, Robert has also worked with Berkshire Theater Group, New York University, New Dramatists, and Lincoln Center (Future Songbook Series). Adjunct Faculty: NYU Tisch New Studio on Broadway and Connecticut College. Former Resident MD: O’Neill Theater Center’s NMTI. Graduate of Southwestern University and the National Theater Institute.

KYLIE ANDREWS "KYLIE" DRUMS/PERCUSSION Kylie hails from a family of a drummers that she grew up idolizing, so it was only natural that she gravitated toward joining them on the drums.. She began playing at four years old and started drum lessons at seven. By the time she was seventeen, she was playing professionally. While in college, she was playing 4-5 nights a week at regional clubs covering anything from metal and funk to pop and country. Shortly after college, Kylie relocated to New York City where she quickly immersed herself into the NYC music scene, playing many of the legendary New York music venues. While playing clubs at night, she became sought after as a session player during the day. She has played on dozens of recordings spanning many different genres of music. Kylie can be seen touring the US with a multitude of tribute acts.

KYLIE ANDREWS

"KYLIE"

DRUMS/PERCUSSION

Kylie hails from a family of a drummers that she grew up idolizing, so it was only natural that she gravitated toward joining them on the drums.. She began playing at four years old and started drum lessons at seven. By the time she was seventeen, she was playing professionally. While in college, she was playing 4-5 nights a week at regional clubs covering anything from metal and funk to pop and country. Shortly after college, Kylie relocated to New York City where she quickly immersed herself into the NYC music scene, playing many of the legendary New York music venues. While playing clubs at night, she became sought after as a session player during the day. She has played on dozens of recordings spanning many different genres of music. Kylie can be seen touring the US with a multitude of tribute acts.

MARK VAN ZIEGLER  "ZIGGY" BASSIST Mark is a bassist experienced throughout the spectrum of modern music: from improvised music to contemporary classical and original rock. He has over a decade of professional experience with performances in 19 countries on 5 continents and 45 states in the U.S. When he's in New York City - his home when off the road since 2011 - he keeps busy with a varied freelance schedule of jazz, rock, orchestral and musical theater performances. 

MARK VAN ZIEGLER 

"ZIGGY"

BASSIST

Mark is a bassist experienced throughout the spectrum of modern music: from improvised music to contemporary classical and original rock. He has over a decade of professional experience with performances in 19 countries on 5 continents and 45 states in the U.S. When he's in New York City - his home when off the road since 2011 - he keeps busy with a varied freelance schedule of jazz, rock, orchestral and musical theater performances. 

Creative Team

JASON JACOBS BOOK & LYRICS Jason has been named as a NYTheatre.com ‘‘Person of the Year.’’ He was formerly the co-artistic director of Theatre Askew, where he co-created and directed Bald Diva! and devised numerous projects with LGBTQA youth. He directed Lavender Songs (TOSOS II, Bistro Award), After the Chairs (2014 Fresh Fruit Festival, Best Direction Award) and Richard Sheinmel and Clay Zambo’s Modern Living series (LaMama Club). His play Another Horatio Alger Story was recently seen at Chicago’s Pride Film and Players Gay Play Fest. Regional productions at Vermont Stage Company and Kitchen Theatre. Member of Lincoln Center Theatre Directors Lab. www.Jason-Jacobs.com

JASON JACOBS

BOOK & LYRICS

Jason has been named as a NYTheatre.com ‘‘Person of the Year.’’ He was formerly the co-artistic director of Theatre Askew, where he co-created and directed Bald Diva! and devised numerous projects with LGBTQA youth. He directed Lavender Songs (TOSOS II, Bistro Award), After the Chairs (2014 Fresh Fruit Festival, Best Direction Award) and Richard Sheinmel and Clay Zambo’s Modern Living series (LaMama Club). His play Another Horatio Alger Story was recently seen at Chicago’s Pride Film and Players Gay Play Fest. Regional productions at Vermont Stage Company and Kitchen Theatre. Member of Lincoln Center Theatre Directors Lab. www.Jason-Jacobs.com

MATTHEW C. PRITCHARD MUSIC & LYRICS Matthew began his career as a boy soprano, studying at the Peabody Preparatory of Music and the Baltimore School for the Arts, followed by stints at Manhattan School of Music and New York University. He's performed with the Baltimore Opera Company, the Baltimore Symphony Orchestra and, for the Metropolitan Opera Guild/Kennedy Center he originated the title role in the workshop of Carly Simon's opera, Romulus Hunt. With songwriting partner Isam Rum he has provided original music and/or sound design for Bianca Leigh’s BUSTED: The Musical, I, Claudius Live and the GLAAD Award nominated productions of Bald Diva! & I Google Myself (all for Theatre Askew), The Abduction of Becky Morris & The Return of Coyote Katie (NY Fringe Festival), Home/Away & The F On My Chest (Theatre Askew Youth Performance Experience), Jason Jacobs’ Another Horatio Alger Story (The Cell). His music and sound design can also be heard on the popular podcast series Uncanny County available on iTunes. 

MATTHEW C. PRITCHARD

MUSIC & LYRICS

Matthew began his career as a boy soprano, studying at the Peabody Preparatory of Music and the Baltimore School for the Arts, followed by stints at Manhattan School of Music and New York University. He's performed with the Baltimore Opera Company, the Baltimore Symphony Orchestra and, for the Metropolitan Opera Guild/Kennedy Center he originated the title role in the workshop of Carly Simon's opera, Romulus Hunt. With songwriting partner Isam Rum he has provided original music and/or sound design for Bianca Leigh’s BUSTEDThe MusicalI, Claudius Live and the GLAAD Award nominated productions of Bald Diva! & I Google Myself (all for Theatre Askew), The Abduction of Becky Morris & The Return of Coyote Katie (NY Fringe Festival), Home/Away & The F On My Chest (Theatre Askew Youth Performance Experience), Jason Jacobs’ Another Horatio Alger Story (The Cell). His music and sound design can also be heard on the popular podcast series Uncanny County available on iTunes. 

GISELA CARDENAS DIRECTOR & DEVELOPER Gisela has directed in England, Germany, Peru, Romania, The Netherlands, Norway and USA. Awards: Princes Grace Fellowship, Phil Killian Directing Fellow (OSF), Women's Project Director’s Lab, TCG/ NEA Career Development Program, and member of SDC. She has an M.A in Performance Studies (NYU) and an M.F.A in Directing (Columbia University). Past credits: Shakespeare’s Macbeth, Garcia Lorca's Don Perlimplin (Repertorio Español); Aeschylus Agamemnon (Drama Desk Nomination); Antigone (Romania), Kander & Ebb's Kiss of The Spider Woman (Vortex Theater Company); Part 1 of An Oresteia (CSC), Euripides' Medea, Brecht's Jungle of Cities, Richard III (Norway), Weskler's The Kitchen, and Fassbinder’s Katzelmaher. With InTandem Lab: Instructions To Decode A(n In)human Transformation, adapted from Kafka's Metamorphosis; Hybrid Suite No.2, a devised electronic Opera (HERE Arts Center). Upcoming: An Isle Full of Noises, a sonic performance of the Tempest & Sonata for a Heart, a devised play about organ transplantation.

GISELA CARDENAS

DIRECTOR & DEVELOPER

Gisela has directed in England, Germany, Peru, Romania, The Netherlands, Norway and USA. Awards: Princes Grace Fellowship, Phil Killian Directing Fellow (OSF), Women's Project Director’s Lab, TCG/ NEA Career Development Program, and member of SDC. She has an M.A in Performance Studies (NYU) and an M.F.A in Directing (Columbia University). Past credits: Shakespeare’s Macbeth, Garcia Lorca's Don Perlimplin (Repertorio Español); Aeschylus Agamemnon (Drama Desk Nomination); Antigone (Romania), Kander & Ebb's Kiss of The Spider Woman (Vortex Theater Company); Part 1 of An Oresteia (CSC), Euripides' Medea, Brecht's Jungle of CitiesRichard III (Norway), Weskler's The Kitchen, and Fassbinder’s Katzelmaher. With InTandem Lab: Instructions To Decode A(n In)human Transformation, adapted from Kafka's Metamorphosis; Hybrid Suite No.2, a devised electronic Opera (HERE Arts Center). Upcoming: An Isle Full of Noises, a sonic performance of the Tempest & Sonata for a Heart, a devised play about organ transplantation.

PHILIP HECKMAN COSTUME DESIGNER Philip is an Emmy-nominated costume designer for daytime television's As the World Turns. He recently completed the Off-Broadway production of Bedbugs!!! It's a Musical. Other credits include Forbidden Broadway: Alive and Kicking!, My Big Gay Italian Wedding, SHOUT! The Mod Musical directed by Phillip George, the American Premiere of Go-Go Beach, We're Still Hot! The Musical, Are You There God? It's Me, Ann-Margret, Marry Me A Little, I Love My Wife, Enough About Me and The Very Worst of Varla Jean Merman (Garland Award). Television credits include commercials and promos for LOGO, MTV, and VH1. Philip has also worked on several Broadway productions as a costume design assistant including Breakfast at Tiffany’s, Born Yesterday, The Boy From Oz, Chicago, Cry Baby, Democracy, Flower Drum Song, Follies, Frost/Nixon, The Graduate, Kiss Me Kate, Mamma Mia!, Sideshow, Spamalot, and The TONY Awards. Philip received his MFA in costume design from NYU's Tisch School of the Arts. Philip Heckman is also the designer and creator of LowTee swimwear for men.

PHILIP HECKMAN

COSTUME DESIGNER

Philip is an Emmy-nominated costume designer for daytime television's As the World Turns. He recently completed the Off-Broadway production of Bedbugs!!! It's a Musical. Other credits include Forbidden Broadway: Alive and Kicking!My Big Gay Italian WeddingSHOUT! The Mod Musical directed by Phillip George, the American Premiere of Go-Go BeachWe're Still Hot! The MusicalAre You There God? It's Me, Ann-MargretMarry Me A Little, I Love My Wife, Enough About Me and The Very Worst of Varla Jean Merman (Garland Award). Television credits include commercials and promos for LOGO, MTV, and VH1.

Philip has also worked on several Broadway productions as a costume design assistant including Breakfast at Tiffany’s, Born Yesterday, The Boy From Oz, Chicago, Cry Baby, Democracy, Flower Drum Song, Follies, Frost/Nixon, The Graduate, Kiss Me Kate, Mamma Mia!, Sideshow, Spamalot, and The TONY Awards.

Philip received his MFA in costume design from NYU's Tisch School of the Arts. Philip Heckman is also the designer and creator of LowTee swimwear for men.

CHRISTOPHER WESTON LIGHTING DESIGNER Chris is a NYC based Lighting Designer. In New York, his work has been seen at the Signature, Kitchen, Alvin Ailey, 59E59, Cherry Lane, 3LD, 45th Street Theatre, Queens Theatre in the Park, Barrow Group, Dixon Place, HERE, Abingdon, LaGuardia Performing Arts Center and many more.  Regional productions include Mrs. Mannerly (Penguin Rep), Logomaniacs (Actors Shakespeare Company), Proof, Having Our Say (Hangar Theatre), and The Color of Flesh (NJ Rep). International: T.E.L.O.S. (European Biennial in Athens, Greece).  Chris was awarded Outstanding Lighting Design by the Planet Connections Awards for the Greatest Pirate Story (N)Ever Told!, which then ran Off Broadway at the Snapple Theater Center. He was nominated for Outstanding Lighting Design by the New York Innovative Theatre Awards for his design of The Return of Peter Grimm at the OBIE winning Metropolitan Playhouse where he has designed many productions. From 1996-1999, he served as Artistic Director of Resistance Theater in Brooklyn, NY where he designed and directed his own original work, as well as works by others.  He has an MFA in Lighting Design from NYU’s Tisch School of the Arts, and a BFA in Performance Studies from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. In addition to lighting theater, dance and opera, Chris has designed for interiors, architecture, fundraisers, weddings and other events. He provides planning and design consultation services for theatrical lighting systems.  Chris is a Teaching Artist for Roundabout Theatre Company and an Adjunct Assistant Professor of Design at LaGuardia Community College.

CHRISTOPHER WESTON

LIGHTING DESIGNER

Chris is a NYC based Lighting Designer. In New York, his work has been seen at the Signature, Kitchen, Alvin Ailey, 59E59, Cherry Lane, 3LD, 45th Street Theatre, Queens Theatre in the Park, Barrow Group, Dixon Place, HERE, Abingdon, LaGuardia Performing Arts Center and many more. 

Regional productions include Mrs. Mannerly (Penguin Rep), Logomaniacs (Actors Shakespeare Company), ProofHaving Our Say (Hangar Theatre), and The Color of Flesh (NJ Rep). International: T.E.L.O.S. (European Biennial in Athens, Greece). 

Chris was awarded Outstanding Lighting Design by the Planet Connections Awards for the Greatest Pirate Story (N)Ever Told!, which then ran Off Broadway at the Snapple Theater Center. He was nominated for Outstanding Lighting Design by the New York Innovative Theatre Awards for his design of The Return of Peter Grimm at the OBIE winning Metropolitan Playhouse where he has designed many productions. From 1996-1999, he served as Artistic Director of Resistance Theater in Brooklyn, NY where he designed and directed his own original work, as well as works by others. 

He has an MFA in Lighting Design from NYU’s Tisch School of the Arts, and a BFA in Performance Studies from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign.

In addition to lighting theater, dance and opera, Chris has designed for interiors, architecture, fundraisers, weddings and other events. He provides planning and design consultation services for theatrical lighting systems. 

Chris is a Teaching Artist for Roundabout Theatre Company and an Adjunct Assistant Professor of Design at LaGuardia Community College.

NICOLE CURCIO CHOREOGRAPHER Nicole has just completed her BFA in dance studies and minor in journalism from LIU Post. Most recently, she has interned with WNET in NYC while enjoying her rookie season as a dancer for the Gotham City Cheerleaders in support of the New York Giants. Previously, Nicole has choreographed for the LIU Post Concert Dance Company which brought her Fosse inspired piece, “All His Jazz” to be selected to tour with the company from 2015-2016. Nicole is very fortunate to have the opportunity to work on the creative team of this production as her first graduate experience.

NICOLE CURCIO

CHOREOGRAPHER

Nicole has just completed her BFA in dance studies and minor in journalism from LIU Post. Most recently, she has interned with WNET in NYC while enjoying her rookie season as a dancer for the Gotham City Cheerleaders in support of the New York Giants. Previously, Nicole has choreographed for the LIU Post Concert Dance Company which brought her Fosse inspired piece, “All His Jazz” to be selected to tour with the company from 2015-2016. Nicole is very fortunate to have the opportunity to work on the creative team of this production as her first
graduate experience.

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by David Roberts, Theatre Reviews Limited


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MISS BLANCHE TELLS IT ALL announced as an invited production to NYMF 2017

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MISS BLANCHE TELLS IT ALL (a new, work in progress at Dixon Place HOT! Festival)

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Miss Blanche Tells It All

Music by
Matthew C. Pritchard
Lyrics by Jason Jacobs &
Matthew C. Pritchard

Performed by
Matthew C. Pritchard, Robbie Tann, Robert Frost & Isam Rum

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From sound check for the NYMF Patron Preview event at Green Room 42 @ YOTEL on 05/11/17 with Brian Charles Rooney and Robert Frost at the piano.


From the July 2016 HOT! Festival at Dixon Place presentation featuring Robbie Tann as Lee with Robert Frost on piano as Pete and Isam Rum on bass as Orpheus.

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