Into the Woods

Who's Who

STEPHEN SONDHEIM (Music & Lyrics) wrote the music and lyrics for Road Show (2008), Passion (1994), Assassins (1991), Into the Woods (1987), Sunday in the Park with George (1984), Merrily We Roll Along (1981), Sweeney Todd (1979), Pacific Overtures (1976), The Frogs (1974), A Little Night Music (1973), Follies (1971; revised in London, 1987), Company (1970), Anyone Can Whistle (1964) and A Funny Thing Happened on the Way to the Forum (1962), as well as the lyrics for West Side Story (1957), Gypsy (1959), Do I Hear a Waltz? (1965) and additional lyrics for Candide (1973). Side by Side by Sondheim (1976), Marry Me a Little (1981), You're Gonna Love Tomorrow (1983) and Putting It Together (1993/99) are anthologies of his work, as is the musical Sondheim on Sondheim. He composed the film scores of Stavisky (1974) and Reds (1981) and songs for Dick Tracy (Academy Award, 1990). He also wrote songs for the television production "Evening Primrose" (1966), co-authored, with Anthony Perkins, the film The Last of Sheila (1973) and, with George Furth, the play Getting Away with Murder (1996), and provided incidental music for the plays The Girls of Summer (1956), Invitation to a March (1961) and Twigs (1971). He won Tony Awards for Best Score for a Musical for Passion, Into the Woods, Sweeney Todd, A Little Night Music, Follies and Company. All of these shows won the New York Drama Critics Circle Award, as did Pacific Overtures and Sunday in the Park with George, the latter also receiving the Pulitzer Prize for Drama. Saturday Night (1954), his first professional musical, finally had its New York premiere in 1999 at Second Stage Theatre.
 
JAMES LAPINE (Book) has worked with Stephen Sondheim on Sunday in the Park with George, Into the Woods and Passion. He conceived and directed the Broadway production of Sondheim on Sondheim.  He also directed the first revival of Merrily We Roll Along at La Jolla Playhouse. With William Finn he has worked on Falsettos, A New Brain, 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee and Little Miss Sunshine. Other Broadway credits: The Diary of Anne Frank, Golden Child and Amour. He has written the plays: Act One, Table Settings, Twelve Dreams, Luck, Pluck & Virtue, The Moment When, Fran’s Bed and Mrs. Miller Does Her Thing.
 
NOAH BRODY (Co-Director). Noah Brody is an actor, director, writer and teacher. He is a co-artistic director and head of producing for Fiasco Theater. Noah has co-directed and acted in Fiasco's productions of Into the Woods, Measure for Measure, Twelfth Night and Cymbeline, which received the 2012 Off Broadway Award for best revival. This spring he will appear in their production of Two Gentlemen of Verona. Noah has acted at theaters around the country and in Europe, appeared shirtless on soaps, headless on a crime drama, and as a dismembered torso on some underwear boxes. He teaches acting, voice and text through Fiasco and the NYU Gallatin School summer Shakespeare Intensive, and choreographs fights for money. He spends that money on singing lessons, horn lessons and cat food. Not for him. For the cats. Noah writes plays, including The Vexed Question, currently under development with Fiasco. He enjoys long, complicated novels and being in physical peril. He is a proud graduate of the Brown-Trinity MFA Acting program.
 
BEN STEINFELD (Co-Director). Ben Steinfeld is an actor, director, teacher and musician, and is co-artistic director of the celebrated Fiasco Theater. Ben has been seen on Broadway in the recent Roundabout Theatre Company revival of Cyrano de Bergerac, and as James Monroe in Bloody Bloody Andrew Jackson. His Off-Broadway acting/co-directing work includes Fiasco's acclaimed productions of Cymbeline at Theatre for a New Audience and the Barrow Street Theatre, and Measure for Measure at the New Victory. Selected regional acting work includes: Into the Woods (also co-director, McCarter), Misalliance (Portland Center Stage), Design for Living (Williamstown), Room Service (Westport), and ten plays with Trinity Rep. Ben’s television and film work includes HBO’s Muhammad Ali’s Greatest Fight, “The Good Wife”, and “Law & Order: Criminal Intent". Ben co-authored an essay for the new book Living With Shakespeare (Random House), and is an artist-in-residence with the New Jersey Symphony Orchestra. He is a graduate of Brown University and the Brown/Trinity MFA Program.
 
FIASCO THEATER is an ensemble theater company created by graduates of the Brown University/Trinity Rep M.F.A. acting program. Past shows include CymbelineTwelfth Night, and Into the WoodsCymbeline was presented Off-Broadway twice, for nearly 200 performances, and was honored with the Off-Broadway Alliance Award for best revival of 2011/2012. On February 28th they will premiere their current production, Shakespeare’s Measure for Measure, at the New Victory Theatre through March 16th. This spring they will present a new production of Shakespeare’s The Two Gentlemen of Verona at the Folger Theatre in Washington, DC. This summer their critically acclaimed production of Into the Woods will be presented at the Old Globe in San Diego before its New York run at Roundabout. Fiasco has been in residence with the Sundance Theatre Lab, NYU-Gallatin, Duke University, Marquette University, and LSU. Their work has been developed at the Orchard Project and the Shakespeare Society, and they have led master classes at Brown University and NYU. Since 2008, Fiasco has annually offered the Free Training Initiative—a conservatory-level classical acting intensive for professional actors, completely free of charge to students. www.fiascotheater.com
 
McCARTER THEATRE CENTER: Under the leadership of Artistic Director Emily Mann and Managing Director Timothy J. Shields, McCarter Theatre Center is recognized as one of the nation’s premier theater companies. World premieres include Christopher Durang’s Vanya and Sonia and Masha and Spike (2013 Tony Award for Best Play) and Miss Witherspoon; Tarell Alvin McCraney’s The Brother/Sister Plays; Edward Albee’s Me, Myself & I; Emily Mann’s Having Our Say; Danai Gurira’s The Convert; and Regina Taylor’s Crowns. Other significant Broadway productions include Brian Friel’s Translations; Nilo Cruz’s Anna in the Tropics; and Electra, directed by David Leveaux. McCarter is supported by Princeton University, the New Jersey State Council on the Arts, and over 3,000 individuals, corporations, and foundations.  www.mccarter.org.