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Dixon Place To Present The World Premiere of BRIGHT AND BRAVE: A NEW MUSICAL
Posted by: Official_Press_Release 05:44 pm EDT 10/16/19

DIXON PLACE
PRESENTS THE
WORLD PREMIERE OF

BRIGHT AND BRAVE:

A NEW MUSICAL

BOOK BY
NOAH SILVA

MUSIC AND LYRICS BY
PETER CHARNEY
& JACK SALEEBY

CONCEPTUALIZED WITH
NATASHA COLE

DIRECTED BY
PETER CHARNEY

At DIXON PLACE

NOVEMBER 8 – NOVEMBER 23, 2019

ALL PERFORMANCES AT 7:00PM

TICKETS ON SALE NOW

The world premiere production of Bright and Brave: A New Musical will be presented at Dixon Place (161A Chrystie Street) from November 8 – 23, 2019. Inspired by Morris B. Kaplan’s Sodom on the Thames and the words and poems of William Johnson Cory and Reginald Brett, Second Viscount Esher, Bright and Brave features a book by Noah Silva (What the Constitution Means to Me, Fairview), music and lyrics by Peter Charney (Irondale: Spring Awakening) and Jack Saleeby (The Wizard of Oz National Tour) and is conceptualized with Natasha Cole (Common Wealth Shakespeare Co.). Tickets are available now at http://dixonplace.org/performances/bright-and-brave-2019/.

It is England, 1872, and a sense of longing has filled the halls of Eton College. Under the guidance of their controversially progressive tutor, best friends Regy and Chat have found themselves enraptured in what can only be the pure innocence of love. However, with the introduction of a new headmaster and the beginning of their adult lives around the corner, how their relationship will grow is uncertain. Inspired by their real journals, poems, and letters, Bright and Brave follows Regy and Chat through their lives as they struggle with societal pressures, grapple with who they are, and cope with what it means to love.

The cast will feature Trevor Carr (DCL: Disney Dreams), Jack Saleeby, Taylor Rae Almonte (Motown: The Musical Nat’l Tour), Joshua William Green (Finding Neverland Nat’l Tour), Justin Glass (NCL: Grease), Justin Chevalier (Provincetown Tennessee Williams Theatre Festl: The Lady Aoi) and Chris Dippel (Founding Member, New York Neo-Futurists).

The production is directed by Peter Charney, features music direction by Jason Belanger and choreography by Michael Persson. Elisa Galindez serves as assistant director/choreographer. Bright and Brave features set design by Roni Sipp, lighting design by Emilio Maxwell Cerci and costume design by J Nick Gonzalez and Andrew Walsh.

Performances will be held on Friday, November 8; Saturday, November 9; Friday, November 15; Saturday, November 16; Friday, November 22 and Saturday, November 23. All performances begin at 7pm. The Dixon Place cocktail lounge opens at 6:00pm and your patronage supports the theater. General admission tickets are $21 in advance or $24 at the door. Student / Senior and idNYC tickets are $18 in advance or $21 at the door. The running time of Bright and Brave is 2 hours, with an intermission.

This Dixon Place commission is made possible, in part, with private funds from the Jerome Foundation; and public funds from the NY State Council on the Arts with the support of Gov Andrew Cuomo and the NYC Department of Cultural Affairs in partnership with the City Council.

For tickets and more information:

http://dixonplace.org/performances/bright-and-brave-2019/

ABOUT DIXON PLACE

An artistic incubator since 1986, Dixon Place is an award-winning non-profit institution committed to supporting the creative process by presenting original works of theater, dance, puppetry, literature, music, and variety arts at all stages of development. With progressive, organically developed policies, programming, and curatorial practices, Dixon Place ensures inclusivity regarding gender, ethnicity, sexual orientation and disabilities. The accessible, state-of-the-art theater and convivial cocktail lounge feature exceptional opportunities and amenities for NYC’s most innovative artists and adventurous audiences. Year round programming includes: a Commissioning Production Program; HOT! a month-long LGBTQ+ festival; Residencies; and 22 ongoing works-in-progress series in myriad artistic genres.



Presenting over 1000 creators a year, this local haven inspires and encourages diverse artists of all stripes and callings to take risks, generate new ideas and consummate new practices. Many artists, such as Blue Man Group, John Leguizamo, Lisa Kron, Deb Margolin and Reno, began their careers at DP. In addition to early career artists, over the years DP has been privileged to present new work by artists such as Mac Wellman, Taylor Mac, Jane Comfort, Justin Vivian Bond, John Kelly, Sarah Michelson, Karen Finley, BD Wong, Kate Clinton and Martha Wainwright.


After spawning a salon in a Paris apartment in ‘85, Artistic Director Ellie Covan pioneered the institution in her NYC living room for 23 years. Now in its 33rd year, Dixon Place has become a leading professional venue for artistic expression and community engagement.



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ARTIST BIOS



PETER CHARNEY (Director/Music) is a writer/director who has presented work with companies such as The Drama League, NYMF, Joe’s Pub, Musical Theatre Factory, 54 Below, and Dixon Place. He most recently directed Spring Awakening with a cast of actor-musicians at Irondale Center. He is an alum of The 24 Hour Plays: Nationals and the Yale Directing Intensive. Peter is co-founder of The Fellowship and a resident director at Three of Cups Theatre Collective. BFA Directing: Hofstra University. IG: @PCharnz



NATASHA COLE (Conceptualization) is a Providence and New York-based actress and arts administrator. She is the general manager and proud ensemble member of Providence-based OUT LOUD Theatre and a former cast member of the international tour of Kultar's Mime. She graduated from Hofstra University with a BFA in Theatre Arts.



JACK SALEEBY (Lyrics/Regy) is a New York City based actor, writer, director/choreographer. For the past two years he has been touring the United States and internationally with The Wizard of Oz as the Scarecrow. Off Broadway: Molasses in January (Vincent, original cast;), Head Over Heels (Ensemble) Other Credits: Bat Boy: The Musical (Bat Boy), Little Shop of Horrors (Seymour), Hello Dolly (Cornelius), Peter Pan (Curly), Jesus Christ Superstar. jacksaleeby.com IG: @jacksaleeby



NOAH SILVA (Book) is an AEA stage manager with credits including Broadway: What the Constitution Means to Me. Off-Broadway: Fairview (TFANA), If Pretty Hurts, The Treasurer, The Profane, Rancho Viejo, Aubergine (Playwrights Horizons), Othello (The Public/NYSF), Relevance (MCC) and the upcoming production of Sing Street (NYTW). This is his first full length musical. Thanks to Jack, Peter, Tahsa, the entire creative team, cast, and Dixon Place for their continuous support. Graduate of Hofstra University with a BFA in stage management.



TAYLOR RAE ALMONTE (Eleanor) is a Brooklyn based actor and athlete. She was recently seen in the third Broadway National Tour of Motown: the Musical and on Netflix in Oren Moverman’s The Dinner. She received her BFA from NYU Tisch School of the Arts and is a proud alum of the Experimental Theatre Wing. Love to her family, agents at Pantera/Murphy and Rumble Boxing fam. 2 Timothy 1:7.



TREVOR CARR (Chat) is excited to be making his NYC debut with Bright and Brave. He received his BFA in Musical Theatre from the University of Michigan. Much love to his amazing family and friends. www.trevor-carr.com



JUSTIN CHEVALIER (Beak) is a NYC based actor originally from Houston, Texas. He received his BFA in Performance from Hofstra University and trained as a former member of The American Mime Theatre. Recent Credits include: Hikaru – The Lady Aoi and Pancho/Hank/Kabuki Stagehand – The Night of the Iguana (Provincetown Tennessee Williams Theatre Festival), Hilary Clinton – The Puppet Master (LaMama Experimental Theatre), Harry Houdini – The Last Seance (Hudson Guild Theatre), Six (The American Mime Theatre), Ludlow – Charlotte Sweet Concert (54 Below). Other Credits include: Lopahkin – The Cherry Orchard, Nagg – Endgame, King Claudius – Hamlet. Justin is happy to have originated the role of Beak and thrilled to play the part once more! Much thanks to Jack, Noah, and Peter, the crew, designers, his family, and Dixon Place!



CHRISTOPHER DIPPEL (Hornby) is an Assistant Professor of Drama at Hofstra University, and a founding member of The New York Neo-Futurists, whose current signature show, The Infinite Wrench, is performed 50 weeks a year at The Kraine Theater in NYC. His original Neo-Futurist works for Too Much Light Makes the Baby Go Blind and The Infinite Wrench have been produced in New York, Chicago, San Francisco, and Australia as part of the Melbourne International Comedy Festival. New York credits include Cherry Lane, Lucille Lortel, Dixon Place, HERE, and The Chain; Regional credits include Indiana Repertory Theatre, Brown County Playhouse and Trinity Rep as part of the Providence Improv Festival. He holds an MFA in Acting from Indiana University, Bloomington.



JUSTIN GLASS (Elliot) is super excited to be joining the cast of Bright and Brave: the Musical! A proud graduate of The Boston Conservatory, Justin’s favorite credits include: Newsies (Davey), Floyd Collins (Homer), Grease (Roger), Spamalot (Sir Robin), The Fantasticks (Matt), and many more! Special thanks to the creative team for trusting me with this role, and much love to my friends and family who keep sane in this crazy world! And as always, for Dad.



JOSHUA WILLIAM GREEN (Tute) is a Manhattan artist originally from Youngstown, Ohio. Joshua started his stage career at the age of 6 touring in South Pacific with the Kenley Players. He performed all over the nation in adolescent years in The Youngstown Connection and The Archangel Dance Theater Company. He trained in musical theater and dance at AMDA New York and The Youngstown State University. He has performed in a variety of arenas ranging from two national tours (Ragtime, Finding Neverland), "Rocktopia On Broadway!" and even sang background for Sam Smith on the 2018 Grammy Awards. "I am extremely excited and blessed to be able to tell The Bright and Brave story again!" www.JoshuaWilliamGreen.com
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