Merrily We Roll Along

Who's Who

JESSIE AUSTRIAN is a theater-maker, educator, activist and parent. She is one of Fiasco Theater's Co-Artistic Directors and founders. Previously with Roundabout: Fiasco's Into the Woods, The Importance of Being Earnest, and The Marriage of Bette and Boo. Other NY Theater: Broadway revival of Lend Me a Tenor, Fiasco’s Into the WoodsMeasure for Measure, Cymbeline and The Two Gentlemen of Verona (BST, TFANA, New Vic). London: Fiasco’s Into the Woods (Menier Chocolate Factory). Regional: The Old Globe, McCarter, Folger Theatre, The Guthrie, Trinity Rep, ATL and Williamstown, among others. TV/Film: Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt, Made in Jersey, Futurestates. As a director/co-director: Fiasco's The Two Gentlemen of Verona (Helen Hayes nominee for Best Direction) at The Folger Theater and Theatre For A New Audience, Fiasco's The Imaginary Invalid at The Old Globe, Ken Ludwig's Sherwood at Playmakers Rep. Adjunct faculty at NYU's Gallatin School. Proud graduate of Brown and the Brown/Trinity MFA Acting Program. Proud mom of Asher and partner of Noah. jessieaustrian.com.
 
BRITTANY BRADFORD. Broadway: Bernhardt/Hamlet. NYC/regional: For Colored Girls… (The Public Theater); Flyin’ West (Westport Country Playhouse); Family Resemblance (Eugene O’Neill); The Profane and The Taming of the Shrew (Chautauqua Theater Company); A Midsummer Night’s Dream (Ten Thousand Things Theatre); Neighbors, Avenue Q, Next to Normal (Mixed Blood Theatre); Ragtime, Stick Fly (Park Square Theatre). Brittany graduated in May from Juilliard, where her credits included Father Comes Home From the Wars, Hoodoo Love, Triumph of Love, King Lear, Cymbeline, Christina Martinez and The Marriage of Bette and Boo. Co-Founder of HomeBase Theatre Collective. brittany-bradford.com
 
PAUL L. COFFEY. Off-Broadway: Twelfth Night (Classic Stage Co.) Into the Woods (Roundabout Theatre Co.), The Two Gentlemen of Verona (Theatre for a New Audience), Cymbeline (Theatre for a New Audience/Barrow Street Theatre), The Taming of the Shrew (Theatre for a New Audience), Measure for Measure (The New Victory Theater). London: Into the Woods (Menier Chocolate Factory). Regional: The Old Globe, Napa Valley Shakespeare, Folger Shakespeare Theatre, McCarter Theater Center, Trinity Repertory Company, Pig Iron Theatre Company, The Vineyard Play house, The Theater at Monmouth, The Peterborough Players, The Berkshire Theatre Festival. Paul is a graduate of the Brown University/Trinity Rep M.F.A. Acting Program and a Fiasco company member.
 
MANU NARAYAN is an actor most known for portraying the leading role of Aakash (Drama League nomination) in the original Broadway company of AR Rahman’s Bombay Dreams. On Broadway this past year, he originated the role of Zoltan Karpathy in Lincoln Center Theater’s Tony nominated revival of My Fair Lady and created the role of Robbie in the original musical Gettin’ the Band Back Together at the Belasco Theater. Off-Broadway, Manu has appeared at the Public (Fucking A), Second Stage (Getting Home and suburbia), La Mama (Yeast Nation) and New World Stages (Sidd). Regionally, he was Ricky Roma (SD Critics’ nomination) in Glengarry Glen Ross and Huma in Guards at the Taj at La Jolla Playhouse. He portrayed Mike in the Kennedy Center’s revival of The Lisbon Traviata. Other credits include the Stage Manager in Our Town, Romeo in Shakespeare’s Romeo and Juliet, Cyrano in Rostand’s Cyrano de Bergerac, and Jack Absolute in The Rivals. On film, Manu co-starred with Mike Myers in The Love Guru. He has played supporting roles in Cinderella Story: Once Upon a Song and in 99 Homes. For the Indian market, he was the male lead in the independent film Good Night | Good Morning. He has guest starred on TV in “Grey’s Anatomy,” “The Sopranos,” “Law and Order SVU,” and “Unforgettable” among others. Narayan is an accomplished singer who has sung for the Queen of England, the Royal Family, President George W. Bush, and Secretary Hillary Clinton. Narayan created the baritone role of Faiz in Kamala Sankaram’s opera Thumbprint for the Prototype festival and LA Opera. As lead singer and co-songwriter of the band Darunam, he can be heard on multiple feature film soundtracks. Along with his Darunam collaborator Radovan Jovicevic, Manu is developing a new musical with playwright Aditi Kapil. In addition, he has recorded and sings concerts around the world with Grammy award winner Frank London of the Klezmatics. Manu Narayan holds dual BFA degrees from Carnegie Mellon University, where he served three-years as a trustee of the University.
 
BEN STEINFELD is an actor, director, teacher and co-artistic director of the acclaimed Fiasco Theater. As an actor, Ben has been seen on Broadway in the Roundabout Theatre Company’s revival of Cyrano de Bergerac, and as James Monroe in Bloody Bloody Andrew Jackson. His Off-Broadway acting and directing work for Fiasco includes: the Baker in Into the Woods (Lucille Lortel Award nomination) at the Roundabout and London’s Menier Chocolate Factory; Cymbelineat Theatre for a New Audience and the Barrow Street Theatre (Off-Broadway Alliance Award for Best Revival); and Measure for Measure at the New Victory Theatre (New York Times Top Ten of 2014). Co-director: The Two Gentlemen of Verona at TFANA/Folger (Helen Hayes nom.). Regional theater work includes: McCarter, Long Wharf, the Old Globe, Trinity Rep and many others. His television and film acting work includes: HBO’s Muhammad Ali’s Greatest Fight, the upcoming film Callahan, “The Good Wife” and “Law & Order: Criminal Intent.” He is the recipient of the Excellence in Teaching Award from NYU’s Gallatin School, where he is an adjunct professor and artistic associate. He is a graduate of Brown University and the Brown/Trinity MFA Program.
 
EMILY YOUNG is an actress, singer and writer. She is an original company member of Fiasco Theater and lead singer of the band, The Sweet Nothing. Acting credits include: Bloody Bloody Andrew Jackson (Broadway); Into The WoodsTwelfth Night, The Two Gentlemen of Verona, Measure for Measure, & Cymbeline, all over the world with Fiasco; The Servant of Two Masters (TFANA). Film/TV: Living With Yourself (Paul Rudd/Netflix), The Knick (Stephen Soderbergh/Cinemax); God of Love (Academy Award – Best Short); Manhattan Melody (Telluride); Natives (SXSW). M.F.A. Brown/Trinity; B.A. Brown University.
 
NOAH BRODY (Director) is an actor, director, teacher, and co-artistic director of Fiasco Theater. In December of 2018 he will direct Fiasco’s production of Merrily We Roll Along at Roundabout Theatre. Noah has co-directed and acted in Fiasco's productions of Into the Woods (McCarter, Old Globe, Roundabout, Menier Chocolate Factory), The Imaginary Invalid (Old Globe), Measure for Measure (New Victory, Long Wharf), Twelfth Night (Classic Stage Co.), and Cymbeline (TFANA, Barrow St. Theatre) which received the 2012 Off Broadway Award for best revival. He has appeared in Fiasco’s production of Two Gentlemen of Verona (Folger Theatre, TFANA) and co-directed the national tour of Fiasco’s production of Into the Woods. Elsewhere, Noah has recently appeared in As You Like It (CSC, John Doyle, dir.), directed Lungs at the Wolfe Street Theatre and has acted at theaters around the country and in Europe. He teaches acting and rehearsal technique through Fiasco and the NYU Gallatin School summer Shakespeare Intensive. Graduate of the Brown/Trinity MFA Acting program.
 
STEPHEN SONDHEIM (Music and Lyrics) wrote the music and lyrics for Saturday Night (1954), A Funny Thing Happened On The Way To The Forum (1962), Anyone Can Whistle (1964), Company (1970), Follies (1971), A Little Night Music (1973), The Frogs (1974), Pacific Overtures (1976), Sweeney Todd (1979), Merrily We Roll Along (1981), Sunday In The Park With George (1984), Into The Woods (1987), Assassins (1991), Passion (1994) and Road Show (2008), as well as 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), Putting It Together (1993/99), Moving On (2001) and Sondheim On Sondheim (2010) are anthologies of his work as composer and lyricist.  For films, he composed the score of Stavisky (1974), co-composed the score for Reds (1981) and wrote songs for Dick Tracy (1990).  He wrote songs for the television production “Evening Primrose” (1966), co-authored the film The Last of Sheila (1973) and the play Getting Away With Murder (1996) and provided incidental music for the plays The Girls Of Summer (1956), Invitation To A March (1961), Twigs (1971) and The Enclave (1973). His collected lyrics with attendant essays have been published in two volumes: "Finishing the Hat" (2010) and "Look, I Made A Hat" (2011). In 2010 the Broadway theater formerly known as Henry Miller's Theatre was renamed in his honor.
 
GEORGE FURTH (Book). Graduated from Northwestern’s University School of Speech and did graduate work at Columbia University. After appearing in dozens of films and countless television shows as an actor, he went on to write (the play or book for) Company, Twigs, The Act, The Supporting Cast, Merrily We Roll Along, Precious Sons and Getting Away with Murder (with Stephen Sondheim). He won the Tony, Drama Desk, Outer Critics Circle, London’s Olivier and Evening Standard, Chicago’s Jefferson, the Andy and Drama League Awards.

FIASCO THEATER is an ensemble theater company created by graduates of the Brown University/Trinity Rep M.F.A. acting program. Past shows include Cymbeline (TFANA/Barrow Street), Into the Woods (Roundabout, Old Globe, McCarter, National Tour/Menier Chocolate Factory), Measure for Measure (New Victory/Long Wharf), The Two Gentlemen of Verona (Folger/TFANA) and Twelfth Night (Classic Stage Company). Cymbeline was honored with the 2012 Off-Broadway Alliance Award for Best Revival. Into the Woods garnered the 2015 Lucille Lortel Award for Best Revival & Off Broadway Allaince Award. Fiasco Theater is Company in Residence at Roundabout Theatre Company as well as at NYU-Gallatin. Fiasco Theater receives generous support from SHS Foundation, Howard Gilman Foundation, Lucille Lortel Foundation, Shubert Foundation, Actor’s Equity Foundation, New York State Council on the Arts & the Harold and Mimi Steinberg Charitable Trust.