Into the Woods

Who's Who

JESSIE AUSTRIAN (Baker’s Wife) is a co-artistic director and founder of Fiasco Theater, and is thrilled to be returning to Fiasco’s Into the Woods with this incredible team. She recently co-directed Fiasco’s production of The Two Gentlemen of Verona at the Folger Theatre in Washington, D.C. Broadway: The Importance of Being Earnest, Lend Me a Tenor. Off-Broadway: Fiasco’s Measure for Measure (The New Victory Theatre), Fiasco’s Cymbeline (Theatre For a New Audience and Barrow Street), The Marriage of Bette and Boo (Roundabout). Regional credits include Into the Woods, McCarter Theatre Center and Old Globe; The Two Gentlemen of Verona, Folger Theatre; Jane Eyre, The Guthrie; The Mystery of Edwin Drood, Trinity Repertory Company; My Fair Lady, Actors Theatre of Louisville and Virginia Stage Company; Cabaret & Main, Williamstown. TV: “Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt,” “Made in Jersey.” Adjunct faculty at New York University Gallatin School. Proud graduate of Brown University and the Brown-Trinity MFA Acting Program. Proud wife to a Very Nice Prince named Noah Brody.

NOAH BRODY (Co-Director; Lucinda, Wolf, Cinderella’s Prince) is an actor, director, writer and teacher. He is a co-artistic director and head of producing for Fiasco Theater. Noah has co-directed Fiasco's productions of Into the Woods, Measure for Measure, Twelfth Night and Cymbeline, which received the 2012 Off Broadway Award for best revival. He has acted in all of Fiasco’s productions including the Two Gentlemen of Verona. He 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. He is a proud graduate of the Brown-Trinity MFA Acting program.
 

MATT CASTLE (Pianist, Musical Director). Currently musical director of Found at the Atlantic (also co-orchestrator). More than 70 new musicals at Sundance, NYU, Playwrights Horizons, York, Barrington, Weston, O’Neill, Signature, NYMF, CAP21. Orchestrations (with Frank Galgano):  Kennedy Center, George Street, ACT, BC/EFA, TheatreworksUSA, Sacramento Theatre Company, Waterfront Playhouse, Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade. Actor/musician: Musical of Musicals (original off-Broadway cast); Enter Laughing, LingoLand (York); John Doyle’s Company and Merrily We Roll Along.

PAUL L. COFFEY (Mysterious Man) has appeared 0ff-Broadway in Fiasco’s productions of Measure for Measure and Cymbeline and in Theatre for a New Audience’s recent production of The Taming of The Shrew. Regionally he has appeared in Fiasco’s Into the Woods at The Old Globe in San Diego, CA and at the McCarter Theater Center in Princeton, NJ, as well as in Fiasco’s The Two Gentlemen of Verona at The Folger Shakespeare Theater in Washington, DC. Other regional credits include work with Trinity Repertory Company, Pig Iron Theatre Company, The Vineyard Playhouse, Company of Fools, BoarsHead Theater, The Theater at Monmouth, The Peterborough Players and The Berkshire Theatre Festival. Paul is a graduate of the Brown University/Trinity Rep Graduate Acting Program where he was a Stephen Sondheim Fellow.

ANDY GROTELUESCHEN (Milky White, Florinda, Rapunzel’s Prince) has appeared in Fiasco Theater’s The Two Gentlemen of Verona (Folger Theatre), Measure for Measure (The New Victory Theater), Into the Woods (Old Globe, McCarter Theatre Center), Twelfth Night, and Cymbeline (Theatre for A New Audience, Barrow Street Theatre). He made his Broadway debut with Roundabout in Cyrano de Bergerac. His other New York City credits include Petruchio in The Taming of the Shrew (Theatre for a New Audience), Balm in Gilead with Michael Shannon, Monstrosity (13P), The Scariest (The Exchange), and The Glass Contraption’s The Amazing Ted Show! (Ars Nova). Regionally he has appeared in The Servant of Two Masters (Yale Repertory Theatre, The Shakespeare Theatre Company), The Heart of Robin Hood (American Repertory Theater), and Noises Off (Actors Theatre of Louisville). His other regional credits include Guthrie Theater, The Acting Company, The Broad Stage, Sundance Institute Theatre Labs, Arizona Theatre Company and Trinity Repertory Company. His film projects include Still on the Road (PBS) and American Gladiators. On television, he appeared on “Elementary” (CBS) and "The Good Wife" (NBC). Mr. Grotelueschen is a graduate of the Brown-Trinity M.F.A. Acting Program, an apprentice to Christopher Bayes, and a Fiasco Theater company member, and he is from Iowa.

LIZ HAYES (Cinderella’s Stepmother, Jack’s Mother). Regional: Grounded (The Gamm Theatre), Into the Woods (Old Globe/McCarter/Fiasco). Boston: Lungs, Collected Stories (New Repertory Theatre), Seminar, Strangers on a Train (Stoneham Theatre), Crimes of the Heart (Gloucester Stage), Look Back in Anger, Marisol, Love Song (Elliot Norton Nomination, Orfeo Group), Breaking the Code, Absurd Person Singular (Central Square Theater), Adding Machine: A Musical (Elliot Norton Nomination, SpeakEasy Stage), Dead Man’s Cell Phone, Three Tall Women, A Little Night Music, The Spitfire Grill (Lyric Stage). Teaching: The Boston Conservatory (Voice & Speech Faculty), Walnut Hill School for the Arts (Acting Faculty). Training: GWU/Shakespeare Theatre Company and Brown University.

CLAIRE KARPEN (Cinderella, Granny). NY: David Ives's The Heir Apparent dir. John Rando (CSC) Regional: Into the Woods (Old Globe/McCarter/Fiasco), The 60's Project (Goodspeed), The Last Five Years (Stamford Center for the Arts), Richard III, The Tempest, Much Ado About Nothing, Comedy of Errors (Trinity Rep). Writing: Hardcore West Virginia (2012 ASCAP Musical Theatre Workshop, written with Mike Pettry). Directing: The Woodsman (59E59), Henry IV Part I, Trelawny of the Wells, Frankie and Johnny in the Clair de Lune and A Little Night Music (Juilliard), Voices in My Head (Ars Nova). Training: Juilliard and Brown University.

JENNIFER MUDGE (Witch) most recently appeared in Rocky on Broadway and in Neil LaBute's Happy Hour as part of LaMama's aDa Festival. Last spring she appeared as the Witch in the acclaimed revival of Into the Woods at the McCarter with Fiasco. She played opposite Matthew Broderick in the Roundabout’s Broadway production of The Philanthropist, and was nominated for a Drama Desk Award for the first NY revival of Dutchman, at the Cherry Lane. She also played Maggie at the Geffen Playhouse in Cat on a Hot Tin Roof, with John Goodman. Other New York theater includes The Big Meal (Playwright’s Horizons), directed by Sam Gold, Don’t Go Gentle (MCC), OOH-RAH (Atlantic), Fault Lines (Naked Angels), directed by David Schwimmer, Geometry of Fire and Craig Wright’s The Pavilion (Rattlestick Theater), the world premiere of Terrence McNally’s The Stendhal Syndrome (Primary Stages), Reckless (Broadway), and Only the End of the World (Company Charniere). She has worked regionally at Arena Stage, Bay Street, NY Stage & Film, AL Shakespeare, CATF, Sundance, Perry-Mansfield, Westport Playhouse, Williamstown, and many shows at Trinity Rep Company, where she received her MFA. Film and TV appearances include Hal Hartley’s indie feature My America, season one of “BOSS” opposite Kelsey Grammer (Starz), "Dead Man Down," "You Don’t Know Jack" (HBO), and Mary Harron’s short film, "Sonnet for a Towncar," opposite Josh Charles, as well as Stephen Belber’s "Drifting Elegant, Lefty Loosey" (Northside Festival winner), “The Big C,” “The Good Wife,” “Mercy,” “Life is Wild,” “Canterbury’s Law,” “Law & Order” and “L&O: Criminal Intent.” She was a 2007 recipient of the Marian Seldes-Garson Kanin Fellowship from the Theater Hall of Fame, and is an IHI Honorary Board Member.

PATRICK MULRYAN (Jack, Steward) has appeared in New York in Fiasco Theater’s Cymbeline (Barrow Street Theatre, Theatre for a New Audience), Bum Phillips All-American Opera (La MaMa/Monk Parrots, Inc.), and As You Like It (Happy Few Theatre Company, NYIT Award Nomination Outstanding Ensemble). His regional credits include Fiasco’s Into the Woods (McCarter Theatre Center, Old Globe), Cabaret and The Importance of Being Earnest (Trinity Repertory Company), and Chain of Fools (Guthrie Theater). Mr. Mulryan has participated in workshops and developmental readings with Fiasco, Bay Street, Lark Play Development Center, New Georges, New World Stages, Theatre for a New Audience, A Collection of Shiny Objects, and Brown University, collaborating with directors such as Julie Taymor, Chay Yew, and Daniella Topol, as well as playwrights Jackie Sibblies Drury, Mallery Avidon, Joe Waechter, Edgar Mendoza, Alexandra Collier, and Noah Brody.  Mr. Mulryan has been a Guest Lecturer in Voice at SUNY Purchase and Fordham University and teaches Voice and Speech at the Acting Studio and the Tom Todoroff Conservatory in New York.  He also works privately as a mentor and socialization coach for children on the autism spectrum.  Mr. Mulryan is a proud graduate of the Brown/Trinity M.F.A. Acting Program. He has also trained with A Guthrie Experience, The Actors’ Center, Moscow Art Theatre, and Oberlin College (B.A.).

BEN STEINFELD (Co-Director; Baker) is an actor, director, teacher and musician. 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. He has acted in and co-directed Fiasco Theater’s acclaimed productions of Cymbeline (Theatre for a New Audience and the Barrow Street Theatre) and Into the Woods (McCarter Theatre and The Old Globe). He co-directed Fiasco’s The Two Gentlemen of Verona (Folger Theatre), which will play at TFANA this spring. Other regional acting credits include: 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,” “Law & Order: Criminal Intent,” and the only film adaptation of Christopher Marlowe’s The Jew of Malta. Ben co-authored an essay for the book Living With Shakespeare (Random House), and is an artist-in-residence with New Jersey Symphony Orchestra. Ben is co-artistic director of the celebrated Fiasco Theater. He is a graduate of Brown University and the Brown/Trinity MFA Program.

EMILY YOUNG (Little Red Ridinghood, Rapunzel) is delighted to be making her Roundabout debut doing Into The Woods with Fiasco Theater. Broadway: Bloody Bloody Andrew Jackson. Off-Broadway with Fiasco Theater: Measure for Measure, New Victory Theater; Cymbeline, Theater For A New Audience/Barrow Street Theater. Other off-Broadway credits: Bloody Bloody Andrew Jackson, The Public Theater; Romeo and Juliet, Theater Breaking Through Barriers; Colorado, SPF '04. Regional: Into the Woods, The Old Globe, McCarter Theater Center; Two Gentlemen of Verona and Cymbeline, The Folger Theater; King Lear, Much Ado About Nothing, North Carolina Shakespeare Festival; Love's Labor's Lost, Henry V, and Much Ado About Nothing, Illinois Shakespeare Festival; Cherry Orchard, Trinity Rep; Emma, Kennedy Center's Millennium Festival. Workshops/readings: Sundance Theater Lab, New York Stage & Film, ADP at TFANA, dirs. Cicely Berry and Andrew Wade. Film: God of Love (winner of Academy Award for Best Live Action Short 2011), Manhattan Melody (official selection at Telluride and Atlanta Film Festivals, 2nd place at Woodstock Film Festival), Natives (Winner Best Short Seattle LGBT Film Festival, official selection at SXSW, The East Village Film series, New Orleans Film Festival, et al). Training: Brown-Trinity; B.A. Brown University.

ADAM DAVELINE (Understudy). Off Broadway/New York: Unlock’d (Prospect), Sita/Sati (The New Ohio), My Life is a Musical (Bay Street)  Regional: Emma (Old Globe), As You Like It/Inherit the Wind/Richard III (Old Globe), Finding Nemo the Musical (Disney). BFA Musical Theater: Brigham Young University. MFA Classical Acting: USD/Old Globe. www.adamdaveline.com
LEE HARRINGTON (Understudy). Lee Harrington feels so lucky to be a part of this incredible company! Regional credits:  Merrily We Roll Along (Cincinnati Playhouse), Man of La Mancha (Shakespeare Theatre of New Jersey), Company (Pittsburgh Public), and Marvelous Wonderettes (Stoneham).  Love to my wonderful friends and family, Dyl, and everyone at Stewart Talent.
JAMES DAVID LARSON (Understudy). James David Larson recently appeared Off-Broadway in Atomic. Other NYC: Gary Goldfarb: Master Escapist (NYMF - 2013,) Malvolio's Revenge (New York Classical Theatre,) Julius Caesar (Smith Street Stage.) National Tours: Monty Python's Spamalot, The Buddy Holly Story, Twelfth Night, Bunnicula. Thanks to CKA, Fiasco, Roundabout & Carrie Gardner for this opportunity! www.JamesDavidLarson.com
ADAM MARKS (Understudy). Off-Broadway debut! Soloist with the Mission Chamber Orchestra, Manchester Symphony Orchestra, National Repertory Orchestra. Presented at Carnegie Hall, Salle Cortot, Miller Theatre, Logan Center, Millennium Park, and Ravinia. Recent recitals also include France, Brazil, Singapore, and Croatia. Training: Brandeis (BA), MSM (MM), NYU (PhD). Proud Yamaha artist. More at adammarks.com
VANESSA RESELAND (Understudy) is relishing her Roundabout debut. Previous roles include Young Little Edie in Grey Gardens (Cape Playhouse), Susy in Wait Until Dark (PACS), and Betty Schaefer in Sunset Boulevard (Pioneer Theatre). Thanks to Karen Cordaro, Bill Esper, Lava Entertainment, Carrie Gardner, Fiasco Theater, Roundabout Theatre Company, Justin, Merzbow, Mom and Dad.
FRANK GALGANO & MATT CASTLE (Orchestrators).  Musical theater:  Found (Atlantic Theater), Into the Woods (Old Globe/McCarter), A Dog Story (Waterfront Playhouse), A Little Princess (Sacramento Theatre Company), Litter (ACT), new works for Kennedy Center, George Street Playhouse, Pioneer Drama Service, and Theatreworks/USA. Concerts and specialty numbers: Kristin Chenoweth, Deborah Voigt, Randy Newman, William Finn, Adam Gwon, Debra Monk, Chris Mann, Ektor Rivera.

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. 

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.