Whatever Man


David Andrew Anderson (Mr. Perfect)

Stage credits include Meet John Doe, Goodspeed; A Christmas Carol, Guthrie; Andrew Lippa’s The Wild Party, Burrs, Fitzgerald Theater; A Wonderful Life, George Bailey, Surflight; Hank Williams: Lost Highway, Hank Williams, Depot Theater; Carmen, Morales, Minnesota Opera; Side by Side by Sondheim, North Star Opera. David also operates his own classic big band orchestra David Andrew’s Big Band and performs as conductor and singer. When not on stage, David is a custom woodworker. Love to Elizabeth. www.davidandrewanderson.com

Albert Christmas (Fred)

Most recently, Albert filmed Light's Out,a pilot for cable network FX awaiting series production. On the New York stage he has sung in Toni Morrison’s Margaret Garner at New York City Opera at Lincoln Center. Prior to that he starred as Rus at HERE Arts, in Thomas Bradshaw’s controversial Purity at P.S. 122, and in This Won’t Take Long at FringeNYC, where he received a “phenomenal!” review.  Broadway: Tony-winning musical Ragtime, Original Cast, Emmy-winning Porgy and Bess, New York City Opera. Regional: Cephus Miles in North Carolina Stage’s Home; Paper Mill Playhouse’s Carnival, South Pacific, Peter Pan; Tanya Barfield's Pecan Tan, Kitchen Theatre; Damn Yankees, Westchester Broadway; Mandela, Crossroads Theater; Sophisticated Ladies, Lucille Lortel.  His short film Taipei, produced, written by and co-starring Albert, was screened in festivals in Atlanta, L.A. and Berlin. Director/Choreographer: …ooh, the action, an evening of dance, Taipei, Taiwan; Prevailence II, E-move Series, New York City.  Albert is a proud member of Actors Equity.  As always, much love to Jerry and Sherry.  Xiao!

Colin Hanlon (Charlie)

just finished doing the highly reviewed How Now Dow Jones in the NYC Fringe Festival! Broadway/Off-Broadway credits include RentPirates of Penzance (Frederic) and I Love You Because (Austin; CD on PS Classics). Regionally, Colin most recently played Jon in tick..tick..BOOM at The Westport Country Playhouse (dir. Scott Schwartz). He spent three seasons at George Street Playhouse doing tick...tick..BOOM!The Last Five Years and Falsettos (all by dir. David Saint). He's also worked at Adirondack Theatre Festival, Cape Cod Theatre Festival and two seasons at The Eugene O'Neill Theater Center. He was in the first professional production of Edges by Pasek & Paul. Last holiday season Colin was in Jim Henson's Emmet Otter's Jugband Christmas at Goodspeed Opera House (dir. Chris Gattelli). The following spring he was honored to do the world premiere of Sarah, Plain and Tall at Dallas Theater Center (dir. Joe Calarco). Upcoming projects are Writing Arthur and Next Thing You Know.

Philip Hoffman (Grant)

Joined Actors’ Equity Association in 1979. Nine original Broadway casts including: Into The Woods, FalsettosFiddler On The Roof  (2004), Is There Life After High School?, Baby, The Scarlet Pimpernel and A Catered Affair.  Off-Broadway: All In The Timing, Merrily We Roll Along, Isn’t It Romantic, Rags, Tale Of The Allergist’s WifeYiddle With A Fiddle, Perfect Crime.  National tours of Jekyll & Hyde (Utterson) and Titanic (Ismay). Regional: Angels In America: Perestroika (Roy Cohn), Speed-the-Plow (Charlie Fox), A Midsummer Night’s Dream (Demetrius), The Winter’s Tale (Autolycus), Ingmar Bergman’s Nora (Krogstad), Bat Boy (Dr. Parker) and Black Coffee (Dr. Carelli). TELEVISION: "Law and Order" (and its various spin-offs), "Deadline", "Ed", and several daytime dramas.  He appears on several cast recordings. Website: http://web.mac.com/onephiliphoffman

Russell Arden Koplin (Katie)

has appeared on Broadway as Eponine in Les Miserable’s and James Joyce’s The Dead. Off Broadway and regional: Grey Gardens (Playwrights Horizons), Manuscript (dir. Bob Balaban), The Ruby Sunrise (dir. Oskar Eustis, written by Rinne Groff—Human Festival and Trinity Repertory), High Button Shoes (Goodspeed), Glimpses of the Moon (dir. Marc Bruni), and the title role in Junie B. Jones (Lucille Lortel). Television and film: "Law & Order", "Third Watch", "Guiding Light" and "One Life to Live". Graduate of Northwestern University. Russell is the proud Aunt of the little caped crusader: Super James!! 

Austin Ku (Kory-Matsu)

is thrilled to be participating in this new work at NYMF, and is grateful to everyone involved. This is Austin’s first show in NYC—he just moved here last month after graduating from The Boston Conservatory, where he performed in Cloud 9Chess and Elegies.  Regional theatre credits include the New England area (New Repertory Theatre, Lyric Stage of Boston, Northeast Shakespeare Ensemble, Lenape Regional Theatre), the San Francisco Bay Area (Theatreworks of Silicon Valley, San Jose Stage, San Francisco Shakespeare Festival, 42nd Street Moon), and most recently Kansas City Starlight Theatre.  He has also performed as a soloist with the Boston Pops and the Great Waters Pops Orchestras.  Favorite roles include Doug in Gutenberg! The Musical!, Anthony in Sweeney Todd (Dean Goodman Award), and Betty/Gerry in Cloud 9. Special thanks to Michael Cassara and my new family at HCA. www.Austin-Ku.com.

Kristin Maloney (Anna)

NYC credits include: The Streets of New York (Irish Repertory Theatre, Drama League Performance Nominee), The Glass Blowers (New York City Opera/Glimmerglass Opera), Back Home: The War Brides Musical (NYMF ’07).  Kristin also appeared in an extended run of the musical Talk of the Town at Algonquin Hotel's famed Oak Room, where she played wit/critic/poet Dorothy Parker to critical acclaim.  Regional favorites include Musical of Musicals – the Musical! (Cape Playhouse, Cincinnati Playhouse, Repertory Theatre of St. Louis), Meet Me in St. Louis (Esther-Westchester Broadway Theatre), Spitfire Grill (Shelby-Bristol Riverside), Thoroughly Modern Millie (Millie-Gateway Playhouse) and Red, Hot & Blue! (Goodspeed Opera House). Kristin toured Europe with Jesus Christ Superstar (Mary Magdalene) and Evita (Eva Peron alternate). Kristin holds a B.A. from Cornell University.  She is currently a proud member of the BMI/Lehman Engel Musical Theatre Songwriting Workshop (Lyricist), the Dramatists’ Guild, and Actors Equity Association. www.kristinmaloney.com

Laiona Michelle (Vivian)

Off Broadway: The Black Nativity, The Duke Theatre. Regional:  Constant Star (Recipient of the 2005 NAACP Hollywood Award and 2004 Barrymore Award) .Yellowman, Arena Stage (Nominated – Best Leading Actress for the 2005 Helen Hayes Award); Stonewall Jackson’s House, New Repertory Theatre (Nominated, Best Supporting Actress by the IRNE Awards); Dinah Was, Merrimack Repertory Theatre (Nominated Best Leading Actress by the IRNE Awards). Shakespeare Theatre Company, Alabama Shakespeare Festival, Cincinnati Playhouse in the Park, The Westin Playhouse, Colorado Shakespeare Festival, Westport Country Playhouse, Delaware Theatre Company, Laguna Playhouse, Syracuse Theatre Company, Florida Stage Theatre, Virginia Stage Company, among others.  International: Celebrate the Possibilities, for the Winter Olympics in Seoul, Korea.  Television/Film: "Law & Order", "All My Children", and LIFT.  Education: MFA, Brandeis University, 2000.  Other: Laiona is the director and creator of Shakers Performing Arts, which teaches inner city teens various aspects of creative arts in her hometown of Springfield, MA.  Heartfelt thanks to her agent. God is Good!

Paolo Montalban (The Swan)

If you were between the age of 4 and 16 in the past ten years and you’re a girl or the parent of said child, you might recognize Paolo as the Prince in the ABC/Disney TV movie Cinderella. This thrust him opposite recording artists Brandy and Whitney Houston and along side musical theater luminaries Jason Alexander, Bernadette Peters, Whoopi Goldberg, and Victor Garber. If you’re a guy between the age of 16 and 30, into sci-fi and video games, Paolo is best known as Kung Lao, defender of the Earth realm, in the syndicated TV series “Mortal Kombat: Conquest.” If you attend NY theater, you may remember him in his big break. He proudly carried a torch on Broadway in The King and I and understudied the role of the young lover, Lun Tha. He also co-starred as Manjiro in the revival of Sondheim’s Pacific Overtures and explored his comic side as Eglamour in Two Gentlemen of Verona at the Delacorte. He’s toured the US in Man of La Mancha and in Cinderella, this time with Eartha Kitt, Deborah Gibson, and Jamie Lynn Sigler. For five months in Australia, he shot the Miramax WWII film The Great Raid with James Franco. Last year he was in Transylvania bringing a little off-Broadway love via the Obie award-winning play The Romance of Magno Rubio to Eastern Europe’s largest theater festival; was knighted by Gabriel Byrne in Live from Lincoln Center-Camelot; once again guarded people as Tigellinus in the concert reading of the new Sater/Sheik musical Nero at New York Stage and Film; and finally got to play the role of Ta in the 50th year anniversary production of Flower Drum Song at American Musical Theater of San Jose.  More recently, he played the role of Casey Janacek in the World Premiere of the new romantic comedy musical Love Inc., was proud to be involved in the readings and workshops of One- a new musical about Siddhartha and novelist Hermann Hesse, Jessica Hagedorn and Mark Bennett’s Most Wanted, and Frank Wildhorn’s Tears of Heaven, and just shot a scene for an upcoming Queen Latifah movie. For reasons still unbeknownst to him, he was selected as one of People magazine’s “50 Most Beautiful People”. His friends still tease him about that.

Creative Team

Hilary Adams (Director)

Hilary is a Drama Desk nominee for Outstanding Director of a Play (Works Productions' Moby Dick), which was also nominated for Outstanding Play and Featured Actor.

This summer Hilary directed Shirley Valentine at the Millbrook Playhouse, and she is assistant directing for Lynne Meadow on Collected Stories (opening 4/10).

Previous directing in NYMF includes The Kids Left, The Dog Died, Now What?, Look What a Wonder Jesus Has Done and last years’ Love Jerry, which won four NYMF Best of Fest awards, two honorable mentions, including Excellence in Direction, and three Talkin’ Broadway 2008 Summer Theatre Festival Citations, including Outstanding New Musical.

Hilary is a Drama League Fellow, and has received four Manhattan Theatre Club Directing Fellowships assistant directing for Lynne Meadow (Moonlight and MagnoliasThe American PilotOur Leading Lady) and Mark Brokaw (Reckless). Also on Broadway, Hilary assisted Richard Jones (Titanic), David Henry Hwang (Flower Drum Song), Robert Falls (Aida).

Member SSDC  www.hilaryadams.com

Michael Cassara (Casting Director)

casts for theatre and film in New York City.  Recent regional theatre credits include The Old Globe, the Great Lakes Theater Festival, the Idaho Shakespeare Festival, Gulfshore Playhouse, the Olney Theatre Center, the White Plains Performing Arts Center and he regularly casts for many other top companies.  In New York, Michael is the resident casting director for the New York Musical Theatre Festival (NYMF), where he has been the casting director for over 35 new musicals since the festival's conception in 2004.  Upcoming projects include White Noise (opening on Broadway this Fall), the short film Alienated starring Vincent Pastore, and the feature film Clear Blue Tuesday, which will be released in September.  Michael is a graduate of Otterbein College, and a member of the Casting Society of America. Please visit www.MichaelCassara.net.

Elizabeth Dellario (Costume Design)

Elizabeth Dellario holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Textiles and Apparel from Cornell University.  As a member of Cornell's Advanced Undergraduate Theater Program, she was the Costume Designer for Jacques Brel is Alive and Well... .  This is Elizabeth’s third year designing for the New York Musical Theatre Festival.  She was the Costume Designer for Look What a Wonder Jesus Has Done in 2007 and Love Jerry in 2008.  Elizabeth has also costumed many projects for Broadway Cares / Equity Fights AIDS over the past three years including Broadway Bares 19.0: Click It (‘Stimulus Package’ Number), Broadway Bares 18: Wonderland (‘Checkmates’’ Number), and Pamela’s First Musical.  In addition to her work in costume design, Elizabeth is currently pursuing a master’s degree in psychology from the New School for Social Research.  Elizabeth is a member in good standing of the Costume Society of America and is a professional affiliate of the American Psychological Association’s Division 10: Aesthetics, Creativity and the Arts. www.ElizabethDellario.com.

Rebekah Hughston (Assistant Stage Manager)

Rebekah was born and raised in Philadelphia, PA.  She began performing arts career as a dancer and principal actress for her high school drama team.  Rebekah attended Community College of Philadelphia, majoring in Theatre Arts while working as a Community Outreach Worker and a principal actress with Youth Outreach for Aids and Community Awareness Prevention Program (YOACAP). She has moved to Brooklyn to further her education at Brooklyn College’s BFA Theatre Production program.  She has been freelancing in the New York area since 2004 has been freelancing behind the scenes and in front.  Her most recent theatre homes have been The Gallery Players, Spoon Theatre and Tisch School of Arts. Her love for theatre will continue to be expressed while extending her skills to Broadway and Off-Broadway stages. 

Caskey Hunsader (Production Stage Manager)

Caskey is excited to be doing his first NYMF show. Stage Management: Radio City Christmas Spectacular (NYC), Love Janis, Oliver & Theatreworks USA’s If You Give A Pig A Pancake...(National Tours), Growing Up 70s (NYC). Onstage: Camp Rolling Hills (Play Dough - NYC World Premier), Evita, Into The Woods, A Chorus Line, Beauty & The Beast. TV: "Law & Order", "Cupid", "Fringe", Several Pilots. Film: Fay Lindsay Jones’ Story. AEA. Many thanks to my friends and family back in Wisconsin and beyond for all their support through the years. www.caskeyhunsader.com

Ken Larson (Scenic Designer)

Ken is proud to have this opportunity to be on the Design Team for Whatever Man at this years NYMF. Set Design, Art Director, Production Manager, Master Carpenter, Special Effects, Prop Master, and Family Man are also titles Ken has acquired. Travel to South Africa, the Philippines, England, Hawaii, New Orleans, Hollywood and Cambodia have created a rich history in Motion Picture, Theater and Television. Ken has worked with Tri-Star pictures, Dimension Films, Universal, Nickelodeon, Disney Channel, Warner Bros, and several episodes of E.R., MTV and many others. Currently Ken is focusing on live theater in NYC and the greater Tri-State Area.

Some of Ken’s Recent Design Credits include: Beachwood Dr, The Goldman Project(Abie award-Best Scenic Design), Rum & Coke, at The Abingdon Theatre Co NYC, TheShaurgraun for the Storm Theatre Co NYC, Dinner with Friends, at the Schoolhouse Theatre, Croton Falls, NY, Trying, Rounding Third, An Infinite Ach, and The Mercy Seat for the Stamford Theatre Works in Stamford Connecticut, Half & Half, Tour deFarse, 10% of Molly Brown at the Penguin Rep. Rockland County, NY, and Ragtimefor NJYT at The NJPAC. Recently completing his fourth award-winning season as the Production Manager for New York’s, Theater For a New Audience, with such great productions including Chair, the Critically acclaimed Othello, and unforgettable Hamlet.

The Ken Larson Co. (Kens set shop) has just completed building its third season of the Summer Play Festival at the Public Theatre in NYC.  Also working with several other well-known production Companies, Primary Stages, The New Group, The Labyrinth Theatre Co, MCC, and many others. Thanks for Buying a Ticket. Enjoy the show.


Andy Parsegian (Sound Design)

Classically trained songwriter, composer, and keyboardist Andrew Parsegian lives in Brooklyn, NY. Recently, Andrew's company, Tenement Music Productions, wrote music for Michel Gondry's internationally-distributed 2008 Microsoft campaign. Andrew also recently scored the soundtrack for a nationally-distributed documentary "Strike Dice: Betting on my Father." In March, he toured the U.S. with Custard singer/songwriter Ben Jelen. Currently he's been arranging and performing on producer/Gwen Stefani-guitarist Kiyanu Kim's various projects, including Chris Grace's new record, Chris Grace, and Emily Brooke's Debut EP Nobody But Me. He's also been performing with various other artists in New York and recording his own compositions, most recently at Jimi Hendrix's Electric Lady Land Studios.

Andrew studied piano with Juilliard Music Professor Edna Golansky & Indiana University Professor Clive Swansborne, among others. He has performed at Carnegie Hall. He earned a B.A. in Music Composition from Occidental College. While in L.A. he played with several local L.A. bands, including George Hurley of the Minutemen and Tom Watson of Red Crayola. He's written and performed music for L.A. and NYC theatres, including Dramatic New Arts Theatre and Ensemble Studio Theatre, as well as Kunsler House Gallery in Schtutgart Germany. Performances included MacBeth and Richard III. Andrew worked at JSM Music and Rocket Music with top NYC commercial jingle composers. In 2007, Andrew co-wrote music with composer Menon Dwarka for West Virginia's television ad campaign, among others. The summer of '07 found Andrew touring the US as a keyboardist for Ben Jelen, opening for Pete Yorn.

Julian Rad (General Manager)

Julian Rad is the founder and producing director of Works Productions, who’s production, his “play with music” adaptation of Herman Melville’s Moby Dick, pulled in three 2004 Drama Desk nominations, marking the first time in the 50 years of the Drama Desk that an Off-Off Broadway production ever garnered nods in the Director or Play categories. Rad and Works presented Love Jerry at the 2008 New York Musical Theatre Festival which won 4 NYMF Best of Fest Awards, 2 Honorable Mentions and 3 Talkin’ Broadway Citations including Best Musical. worksproductions.com

Edward RosenBerg (Music Director)

Edward RosenBerg III is a composer and performer of music.  Ed has a degree in Jazz Performance from the Eastman School of Music and a Masters Degree in Composition from Queens College.  He performs regularly as a saxophonist with a variety of jazz/rock/new-music groups.  Recent performances include this year's Bang-On-A-Can Marathon as part of Ken Thomson’s 9-headed Saxophone Monster, The Jewish Cultural Festival in Krakow, Poland with Sway Machinery, and the Festival Of Confusion in Brussels, Belgium with Jerseyband.

Ed is a founding member of the instrumental prog-jazz-metal group, Jerseyband.  The group has recorded 6 albums and played throughout the US and Europe. In 2007, Jerseyband was hand-selected by John Zorn to perform at his Full-Force Festival.  In 2008, Jerseyband performed on the Main Stage at the Saalfelden Jazz Festival in Austria.

In addition to writing music for his own groups, Ed composes regularly in a variety of other contexts.  Recent works include a piece for Oboe and Tape that premiered in May, 2009, a piece for chamber ensemble premiering in October, 2009, and a piece for solo Piano that will premiere in early 2010.  Ed was recently commissioned by Irish dance company Rex Levitates to compose music for a new work choreographed by Liz Roche premiering September, 2009 in Dublin.  Additionally, Ed recently composed and recorded several songs for the pop performance art group, Suspicious Package and he is currently working as arranger/composer for an opera/pop cross-over artist.

Ed also teaches privately in New York City.  In 2005, he co-authored a method book with Walt Weiskopf entitled Beyond The Horn, published by Jamey Aebersold Jazz.  Ed is also occasionally employed as a math consultant for a web design company.  Ed’s music can be heard at http://virb.com/wetdryvac

Benjamin Strouse (Author)

Benjamin is proud to make his theatrical debut with Whatever Man. Other musical projects include:  Bachelor Party, Mahmoud the Terrorist, and an as-of-yet unnamed children’s musical he hopes will one day find favor with his two boys, Sam & Arthur.

Dax Valdes (Choreographer)

Recent projects include: John and Greg’s High School Reunion (Fringe NYC 09), Once Upon a Mattress, How To Succeed… (both Millbrook Playhouse), Kidnapped by Craigslist (PIT), The Klezmer Nutcracker (Vital Theatre Company). Other credits include: Pinkalicious (Bleecker Street Theater, New World Stages, Vital Theatre Company), Honor (Prospect Theater Company), Altar BoyzBye Bye Birdie (both Millbrook Playhouse), The Full Monty (The Gallery Players - 1st NYC revival), Assassins, and Measure for Measure. Education: BFA Musical Theater - Point Park College; Pacific Conservatory of the Performing Arts.

Mike Yahn (Fight Director)

Mike Yahn is a Certified Teacher through the Society of American Fight Directors, partner in Combat Incorporated, and a graduate of NYU’s Tisch School of the Arts.   His fight choreography has been seen at the American Academy of Dramatic Arts, Playwrights Horizons Theatre, Theater for a New Audience, New York University, NYC Fringe Festival, the New England Shakespeare Festival, Close Combat Instructional Videos, and the Pirates of the Caribbean toy commercials.  Hooked on stage combat ever since he saw Fight Master J. David Brimmer pretend destroy a man’s face with an invisible cannon ball, he has worked as Brimmer’s assistant both on and off Broadway in such productions as Spring Awakening the Musical, The Lieutenant of Inishmore, Bug, and most recently Speed the Plow.  He is also an instructor of Wing Tsun (Wing Chun) kung fu, traveling from Hong Kong to Budapest studying the art (including a recent demonstration on Discovery Channel’s “Fight Quest”).  Currently he runs his own branch of City Wing Tsun located in the NYC’s East Village and has just finished stunt doubling Mark Strong on the upcoming Sherlock Holmes film starring Robert Downey Jr.  www.combatinc.com