MARGUERITE
"Adventurous theater in Astoria"

-- The New York Times

The New York Premiere of

Directed by Dev Bondarin

Music Director, Yan Li
Costume Design, Jennifer A. Jacob
Lighting Design, Stacey Boggs
Sound Design, Caroline Eng
Production Stage Manager, Natalie Jones
Production Manager, Frank Nicholas Poon
Music Arrangements & Orchestrations, Joseph Trefler
Cello, Frederick Alden Terry
ASM / Wardrobe Supervisor, Dorothy Sherman

November 8 – November 23, 2019

Friday the 8th at 8pm / Saturday the 9th at 3pm & 8pm
Monday the 11th at 7pm

Thursday the 14th at 8pm / Friday the 15th at 8pm
Monday November 18th at 7pm

Thursday the 21st at 8pm / Friday the 22th at 8pm
Saturday the 23rd at 3pm & 8pm

at The Church of the Redeemer
30-14 Crescent Street, Astoria

Synopsis

You’ve never met anyone like her. A death-defying journey of a fearless pioneer, Marguerite is a new musical based on the life of Canada’s first female saint Marguerite Bourgeoys. Her ever-present faith combined with solid determination helped her bring liberated women to the New World and to build the city of Montreal. With book and lyrics by Anton Dudley and music by Michael Cooper, this show will inspire with a tale of love, inclusion, and living life without walls.

Production History

Marguerite was initially developed under the title, Second To Nun, and received a reading as part of Playwrights Realm Next Edition Series, starring Tony winner Cady Huffman. It was next featured at Phoenix Theatre’s Caleb Reese Festival of New Works and Zeiders American Dream Theatre in Virginia Beach then produced the regional premiere. APAC’s production will mark the New York premiere of the work.

About Cady Huffman

Cady Huffman (Performer) Credits include: Broadway: ChicagoThe Nance (Outer Critics’ Circle nom.), The Producers (Tony, Drama Desk & Outer Critics’ Circle awards), The Will Rogers Follies (Tony nom.), Dame Edna: The Royal TourSteel PierBob Fosse’s Big DealLa Cage Aux Folles.  TV includes: 10 seasons as a judge on “Iron Chef America,” “Younger,” “Difficult People,” “Master of None,” “The Good Wife,” “Curb Your Enthusiasm,” “Law & Order: CI,” “Law & Order: SVU,” “Law & Order: TBJ,” “Frasier,” “Mad About You,” “One Life to Live.” Film includes: The Company MenRomance & CigarettesThe Nanny DiariesDareHeroBilly’s Dad is a Fudgepacker. Web series’ include, He’s With Me (2016 Indie Series Award), After Forever (Emmy nom), and self-created and produced Cady Did (due out Winter 2019). Cady is a busy director around New York City and recently directed The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time at Weathervane Theater. Proud union member. @cadyhuffman. cadydid.tv

About the Writers

Anton Dudley (Book & Lyrics) Off-Broadway credits: City Of (Playwrights Realm, directed by Stephen Brackett), Substitution (Playwrights Realm, featuring Jan Maxwell), Getting Home (Second Stage Theater), Slag Heap (Cherry Lane Theater), 17 Orchard Point, co-written with Stephanie DiMaggio (Theater Row), and Honor and the River (Theater Row).  Other productions include A Dram of Drummhicit co-written with Arthur Kopit (LaJolla Playhouse, directed by Christopher Ashley), Girlstar (Signature Theater, directed by Eric Shaeffer), Cold Hard Cash (Williamstown Theater Festival), Honor and the River (Walnut Street Theater), Davy & Stu (Ensemble Studio Theater), Letters to the End of the World (Theater Row, Finalist for the 2012 Lambda Literary Award in LGBT Drama), and The Lake’s End (Adirondack Theater Festival). His work has been commissioned by Manhattan Theatre Club, New Victory Theater, Cherry Lane Theater, Houston Grand Opera, Baryshnikov Arts Center, and Williamstown Theater Festival, and is published by Samuel French, Playscripts, Backstage Books, Heuer, and Vintage.

Michael Cooper (Music) Broadway: It Shoulda Been You (Outer Critics Circle Nomination, Additional Lyrics). Off-Broadway: City Of (Music). Regional: Love, Always (Music & Lyrics), Marguerite (Second To Nun) (Music), ZADT, Virginia Beach. London:  Luna Park (Lyrics), From Page To Stage. Paris:  Love, Always.  2005 Jonathan Larson Award Winner. Williams College; NYU Graduate Musical Theater Writing. Sunfish (Co-Book/Lyrics) Top Jury Honor DIMF Korea; Second To Nun (Music), Playwrights Realm, Phoenix Theater. Selected for NAMT, ASCAP/Disney Workshop, and Johnny Mercer Writers Colony at Goodspeed Musicals. michaelcoopermusicandlyrics.com

About the Director

Dev Bondarin (Director) is the Artistic Director of APAC where she has directed Caroline, or Change (AUDELO Viv Award nomination – Best Director of a Musical), Follies, Raisin, (New York Innovative Theater Award – Outstanding Musical, NYIT Award nomination – Outstanding Director & AUDELCO Viv Award nomination – Best Director of a Musical), …Spelling Bee, Merrily We Roll Along (NYIT Award – Outstanding Musical), and In The Bones. As Associate Artistic Director of Prospect Theater Company, Dev directs a musical theater lab which has premiered over 85 short musicals. Other: Little Women (Festival 56), Elevator Heart (THML Theater, The Tank, NYU), national tours of Rosie Revere Engineer and Friends, Junie B. Jones, and Junie B.’s Essential Survival Guide to School (Theaterworks USA), King Lear (American Bard), and Reefer Madness (Gallery Players). Member: LCT Directors Lab. Associate Member: SDC and League of Professional Theatre Women. In 2018, Dev was named “Alumni of the Year” by the Theater Department at Brooklyn College where she earned an MFA in Directing. BA: Brandeis University. devbondarin.com

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