Created by the [title of show] team, NOW.HERE.THIS. is a new musical exploring life’s big questions with inimitable humor and humanity. The show explores birds, bees, reptiles, early man, ancient civilizations and outer space. Also, loneliness, friendship, hoarding, hiding, laughing, living and dying. And middle school. And dinosaurs.
March 7 - April 28, 2012
Book by Hunter Bell & Susan Blackwell
Music & Lyrics by Jeff Bowen
Based on a collaboration by Hunter Bell, Michael Berresse, Susan Blackwell, Heidi Blickenstaff, Jeff Bowen & Larry Pressgrove
Musical Direction by Larry Pressgrove
Directed & Choreographed by Michael Berresse
(Costume Designer) Broadway: CYRANO DE BERGERAC, Tony Award nomination, Henry Hewes Design Award nomination; ROCK OF AGES (plus London, Las Vegas, US Tour, Toronto, Australia), Tony Award nomination, Henry Hewes Design Award nomination; ARCADIA; THE WEDDING SINGER, Drama Desk nomination; URINETOWN, Lucille Lortel nomination (also US Tour, Toronto); BAND IN BERLIN. Off-Broadway: World Premieres of Douglas Carter Beane’s ROBIN HOOD and FAIRYCAKES (AADA); THE VOYSEY INHERITANCE, Lucille Lortel Award, Henry Hewes Design Award nomination (Atlantic); THE MILLINER, Lucille Lortel nomination; COUNTRY CLUB, Drama Desk Nomination; THE TORCH-BEARERS (Drama Dept). Opera: LA RONDINE (Opera Theater of St. Louis); THE MAGIC FLUTE (Chicago Opera Theater). Upcoming: World Premiere of THE PRINCE OF PLAYERS for Houston Grand Opera and ROOF OF THE WORLD at Kansas City Rep. Irene Sharaff Young Master Award.READ MORE
(Lighting Designer) is very happy to be working with The Vineyard again. Broadway credits include SOMETHING ROTTEN, PENN AND TELLER, MOTHERS AND SONS, NEWSIES, PETER AND THE STARCATCHER (Tony Award), A TIME TO KILL, SOUL DOCTOR, JEKYLL AND HYDE, THE ANARCHIST, THE PERFORMERS, THE PEE-WEE HERMAN SHOW, NEXT FALL, and KIKI & HERB. Other New York: MERCURY FUR, PARADE, KING LEAR, COMEDY OF ERRORS, LOVE’S LABOR’S LOST, MUCH ADO ABOUT NOTHING (Shakespeare in the Park), FLY BY NIGHT, OLD JEWS TELLING JOKES, LAST FIVE YEARS, LOVE LOSS AND WHAT I WORE, A LIE OF THE MIND, ORDINARY DAYS, ALMOST, MAINE, THE VOYSEY INHERITANCE, THE INTERNATIONALIST, and JENNIFER MULLER/THE WORKS. Jeff is a producer of “Submissions Only.”READ MORE
Actor/Writer- Earned an OBIE Award, a Drama League nomination, and a Tony nomination for Best Book of a Musical all for the original Broadway musical [title of show]. Other credits include the books for SILENCE! THE MUSICAL, BELLOBRATION! (Ringling Bros. Circus), VILLAINS TONIGHT!(Disney Cruise Lines), NOW. HERE. THIS.(Vineyard Theatre) and the upcoming THE GREAT AMERICAN MOUSICAL (Goodspeed). He is a co-creator of the web series the [title of show] show and recently co-created and co-wrote the pilot “Glass Houses” for ABC Studios/Television and Cherry-wind Productions. Hunter has developed new works at the O’Neill Center, Ars Nova, PS 122, weston Playhouse and the Manhattan Theatre Source. As an actor, he has appeared on and off Broadway and around the country in numerous regional theatres, as well as in the films The Men Who Stare at Goats and Goodbye Baby. He is a distinguished alumnus of webster University, a proud member of WGA, the Dramatists Guild, and a MacDowell fellow.READ MORE
Director/Choreographer-is very proud to return to this collaboration and to the Vineyard with NOW. HERE. THIS., having previously been honored with an OBIE award for his direction of the Vineyard’s production of [title of show] in 2006. Though he made his Broadway directing debut with [title of show] in 2008, Michael has been a Broadway presence as an actor for many years, receiving Tony, Olivier, Outer Critics’ Circle and Astaire Award nominations. Broadway productions include: [title of show], A CHORUS LINE, THE LIGHT IN THE PIAZZA, KISS ME, KATE, CHICAGO, DAMN YANKEES, FASCINATING RHYTHM, GUYS & DOLLS, CAROUSEL, FIDDLER ON THE ROOf. Off-Broadway: [title of show], NO, NO, NANETTE, THE COCOANUTS, FOREVER PLAID, A WONDERFUL LIFE. Film: A.I., State of Play, and the forthcoming The Bourne Legacy. TV: “Person of Interest”, “Law and Order”, “Law and Order: SVU”, “Law & Order: Criminal Intent”, “Great Performances, Live from Lincoln Center”. As co-author of a development project for ABC, Michael recently joined his 5th union, count ‘em five.<><><><>READ MORE
Actor/Writer- played ‘Susan’ in the Broadway musical [title of show]. She has written and performed original material for many projects, including [title of show], Funny or Die’s Billy on the Street, and Broadway.com’s Side by Side by Susan Blackwell. As an actor, she has also appeared in [title of show] at the Vineyard, NyMf, The Eugene O’Neill Theatre Center and Ars Nova, SPEECH AND DEBATE at The Roundabout, THE kID at The New Group, ANON at The Atlantic, and Peter Patrone in THE HEIDI CHRONICLES. TV: “Onion News Network”, “The Good wife”, “The Sopranos”, “Law & Order”. film: Margin Call, P.S.: I Love You, Margot at the Wedding. Susan is a proud MacDowell fellow, and an avid teacher of creative writing, performance and vampire slaying. www.susanblackwell.com.<><><><><><>READ MORE
Most recently on Broadway, Heidi played Alice Beineke in THE ADDAMS FAMILY. Other Broadway credits include Ursula in THE LITTLE MERMAID, THE FULL MONTY, and her favorite Broadway role, playing herself in [title of show] with her friends and creative collaborators. Some Off-Broadway and regional credits include NOW.HERE.THIS. and [title of show] at The Vineyard Theatre, the solo piece, MOSAIC (Ruth) with Primary Stages, MEET JOHN DOE (Ann Mitchell) at Ford’s Theatre in Washington D.C. (Helen Hayes Award), and FIRST YOU DREAM: THE MUSIC Of KANDER AND EBB at The Signature Theatre. I love you, Dad, Mom and Matt.READ MORE
Actor/Music and Lyrics/Vocal Arrangements- Broadway: [title of show] (2009 Best Plays yearbook, Broadway.com Audience Award). Off-Broadway: NOW. HERRE. THIS, [title of show] (Vineyard Theatre, Obie Award, Drama League Nomination), SPARKLEFEST 2000 (Dixon Place). Music & Lyrics: VILLAINS TONIGHT! (Walt Disney Company), 53rd Drama Desk Awards, Actors fund 125, numerous Broadway Cares/Equity Fights AIDS events. TV writing: “Glass Houses” (ABC Studios). Composition recordings: [title of show] (Original Cast), “Wonderland” for Broadway Bares Openings, and “Poppy” for Over the Moon: Broadway Lullaby Project. Internet: the [title of show] show. Member: ASCAP, AEA, WGAE, Dramatist Guild and the National Audubon Society.READ MORE
Projection Design- NOW. HERE. THIS., BROADWAY ROX (Queens Theater in the Park), RATED P FOR PARENTHOOD (Westside Theater), SILENCE! (PS122), FROM THE FIRE (New School), THIS WIDE NIGHT (Naked Angels), WHORE (SPF), BENCH (Jennifer Muller: The Works), MISSED CONNECTIONS NYC, PLAYLIST, HOLY CROSS SUCKS! (Ars Nova) CREATION NATION (Ars Nova, South Beach Comedy Festival, HBO Comedy Arts Festival), BILLY EICHNER: GAY, WHITE & TERRIFIED (Joe’s Pub), THE GINGERBREAD HOUSE (stageFARM), THE DOME (Prospect Theater), KIDZ BOP LIVE! (Tour and Six Flags Amusement Parks).READ MORE
Music Coordinator- GHOST, HOW TO SUCCEED IN BUSINESS WITHOUT REALLY TRYING, PROMISES, PROMISES, BYE BYE BIRDIE, GREASE, THE TIMES THEY ARE A-CHANGIN’, DIRTY ROTTEN SCOUNDRELS, VANITIES, ROMANTIC POETRY, ADRIFT IN MACAO, NOW. HERE. THIS. Conductor/Percussionist/Drummer: GHOST, BILLY ELLIOT, DIRTY ROTTEN SCOUNDRELS, NEVER GONNA DANCE, FLOWER DRUM SONG, FULL MONTY, JESUS CHRIST SUPERSTAR, MISS SAIGON, LES MISERABLES, SINGING IN THE RAIN, THE KING AND I, CLEAVAGE, and THE RADIO CITY CHRISTMAS SPECTACULAR. Numerous appearances with orchestras in New york and around the United States, as well as recordings for albums, jingles, television, and film. On-camera performances include: Maid in Manhattan and “Guiding Light”. For Robin and Taylor.READ MORE
Scenic Design- Broadway: NOW. HERE. THIS., [title of show], OLEANNA, SIDEMAN, ‘NIGHT MOTHER, RING OF FIRE and WONDERLAND. Off-Broadway: Second Stage, Manhattan Theater Club, Roundabout Theatre Company, BAM, New York Theater Workshop, Vineyard Theater and Playwrights Horizon, having designed productions of BY THE WAY, MEET VERA STARK, LIVING OUT, HERE LIES JENNY, DINNER WITH FRIENDS, THE LONG CHRISTMAS RIDE HOME, QUILLS and THE GREY ZONE. Television: HBO’s "In Treatment". Dance: Shadowland for Pilobolus which is currently on tour in Europe. Awards include the Helen Hayes Award, the 2000 EDDY Award, numerous Drama Desk and Hewes nominations and the 1996 and 2001 Obie Awards for sustained excellence in set design.READ MORE
Music Direction/Orchestrations/ Vocal Arrangements- NOW. HERE. THIS. Music director/arranger for the Tony-nominated [title of show] for its premiere at the Vineyard and on Broadway. He was music director/arranger for EMMET OTTER’S JUG-BAND CHRISTMAS at Goodspeed Opera House with Christopher Gatelli as director and music directed CATS (Broadway), LES MISERABLES (national tour) and conducted Colm Wilkinson’s last staged performance of LES MIZ in Shanghai. With playwright/ lyricist Rachel Lampert, he composed the scores for THE ANGLE Of THE SUN (NYMF 2007) and ESTELLE’S KITCHEN, which premieres at the Kitchen Theater in Ithaca this spring. He is currently Music Director for La Guardia High School of Music and Performing Arts.READ MORE
Lighting Design- New York: NOW. HERE. THIS. (Vineyard Theatre), BETWEEN WORLDS (New World Stages), LOVE CHILD (New World Stages), SEVEN MINUTES (Colt Coeur), ABRAHAM LINCOLN’S BIG GAY DANCE PARTY (Acorn Theatre), A TRIBUTE TO MOTOWN (Carnegie Hall), KEVIN SMITH SPEAKS (Carnegie Hall), co-designer of the New York Musical Theatre Festival for the last three years. Regional/Int’l: LAST DAYS OF JUDAS ISCARIOT (Yale Dramatic Assoc.), SOUL DOCTOR (Parker Playhouse), LAST SMOKER IN AMERICA (CATCO), BACKWARDS IN HIGH HEELS (Cleveland Playhouse), VICES (Theatre Aspen), ACADEMY (Daegu International Musical Festival), THE TEMPEST (Bermuda Arts Festival).READ MORE
Sound Design- Vineyard Theater: [title of show], NOW. HERE. THIS. Over thirty Broadway shows since 2000 including: PORGY AND BESS, VENUS IN FUR, MOTHERF**KER WITH A HAT, BENGAL TIGER AT THE BAGHDAD ZOO (Tony Nomination), THE MERCHANT OF VENICE, LOMBARDI, FENCES (Tony Nomination), THE ADDAMS FAMILY, RAGTIME, HAIR (Tony Nomination), IN THE HEIGHTS (Tony Nomination), [title of show], LEGALLY BLONDE, A CHORUS LINE (2006), THE DROWSY CHAPERONE, THE LIGHT IN THE PIAZZA, MONTY PYTHON’S SPAMALOT, AVENUE Q, DIRTY ROTTEN SCOUNDRELS, and LA BOHÈME. Acme is Tom Clark, Mark Menard and Sten Severson.READ MORE
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