“Directed with COMIC FLAIR by Kristin Hanggi, the show ABOUNDS IN SURPRISES! The ensemble numbers are ROLLICKING and Melissa Mahoney is
PLAYED WITH SPUNK TO SPARE!
IT’S COMEDY WITH A CONSCIENCE”
– The New York Times
“ONE OF THE BEST THEATER COMPANIES IN NEW YORK CITY FOR YOUNG AUDIENCES” – Mommy Poppins
THE PIRATE LA DEE DA: A NEW MUSICAL
book by GABRIELLE ALLAN & JENNIFER CRITTENDEN
music and lyrics by NATE WEIDA
choreography by MK LAWSON
directed by KRISTIN HANGGI
Linda Gross Theater, 336 W 20th St.
Saturdays and Sundays at 10:30am
ADDED PERFORMANCE Friday, March 25 10:30am
Running Time: 80 minutes, no intermission
The Pirate La Dee Da is a mixed up fairy tale musical loosely based on the true story of a princess who wanted to break free from her traditional role. So she ran away from home and became a pirate. And not just any ordinary pirate, the most feared pirate on The Seven Seas.
*Best suited for ages 5 to 10, while kids and adults of all ages are welcome!
PEDRO AIJON (King Erick/Ensemble ) is a spanish actor who has been living and working in NYC for the past 3 years. Recent work includes The Walker (Frida Films)A Lie Of The Mind(Flashbulb Project), The Last Days of Judas Iscariot(Savage Detectives). He has also appeared in numerous Festivals in the city. Strawberry One Act Festival (Nominated as best actor), INTAR One Minute Play Festival and Pornologues. Pedro is a founding member of The Flashbulb Project and Savage Detectives. He’s now working in Xavier Galva’s original production of “The Parlor” at Soho Rep. Proud alumnus of the Atlantic and RESAD. He’s grateful for the love and help of his parents.
JUSTIN DANFORTH (Marlon) is a happy alum of the Atlantic Acting studio, and is thrilled to be a part of this production! He loves hi-fives, bebop, and bad puns. Special shout out to his Mom and Al, and to *you* for being so awesome.
ANYA GIBIAN (Alf/Ensemble) is an actor, singer, musician, and circus artist living in Brooklyn. She loves working on new work and is thrilled to be back at Atlantic for Kids after last fall’s The Velveteen Rabbit. Other recent credits include Little Did Productions’ world-premiere puppet opera Solina (FringeNYC), #serials@theflea, and The Mysteries (The Flea Theater). www.anyagibian.com
KYLE HINES (Grizzlebeard/Ensemble) is so excited to be a part of this amazing production! He was last seen on stage at the Oregon Shakespeare Festival in The Count of Monte Cristo and Jeff Whitty’s world premier musical, Head Over Heels. Favorite roles include; Adam/Lazarus in the NY Times Critic Pick play, The Mysteries (Flea Theater) & Francesco/Clyde in 99 Ways to … a Swan (29th Street Rep). A shout-out to Zara Aina, an organization that helps at-risk children expand their capacity for achievement through theatrical performance and storytelling (www.zaraaina.org). As always, thanks to my wife Jen for all her love & support.
BEN LANGHORST (Whiddy/Ensemble) is an actor, writer, and composer, and is thrilled to be working on this show. Off-Broadway: Clown Bar (Pipeline Theater Company), I Heard…Noises (Ars Nova). Last month, Ben performed and music directed in Salty Brine’s These Are the Contents of My Head at the Red Room. Recent graduate of NYU Tisch (BFA: Drama). NYU credits: This Room is For Everybody, That Poor Girl…, Three Sisters, The Museum is Closed for a Private Function.
MELISSA MAHONEY (La Dee Da) is a proud alumnus of the Atlantic Acting School through NYU’s Tisch School of the Arts. Last year, she played Bean in the Atlantic For Kid’s production of Ivy + Bean, the Musical, which then went on to tour nationally. Recent credits include: Pipeline Theatre Company’s Matchstick Series, The Monthly Joust: The Kids are All Screwed (producer, director, actor), Nate Weida: Controversy, Scandal, Redemption (Ars Nova), Artaud Artaud (Artilliers, Dream Up Festival), BOATS AND (Ars Nova Ant Fest). Melissa also teaches summer and after school classes at the Atlantic. Founding member of the Joust Theatre Company. www.melissamahoney.me
PRESTON MARTIN (Nobeard ) has performed and directed in nine countries and in over fifty venues in New York City including The Public, La MaMa, Lincoln Center, Ars Nova, and Dixon Place. Selected credits: La MaMa Cantata (Elizabeth Swados, international tour), Wink (Jen Silverman), I Wanna Destroy You (Joshua Conkel), PS Jones and the Frozen City (Robert Askins), Far From Heaven (Williamstown Theater Festival), The More Loving One (Best Production, FringeNYC), Kaspar Hauser (Elizabeth Swados, The Flea), and his one man show Fun Design With Svelte (soloNOVA, DR2). He has been a member of the Williamstown Theater Festival Non-Equity Company and the first Old Vic New Voices US/UK Exchange. Member of musical sketch comedy group Political Subversives, Director of The Reality Show: NYU (NYC, Abu Dhabi, Shanghai). BFA NYU/Tisch. Thanks Nate! For mzlz.
ANTHONY MURPHY (King Gudford/Ensemble) is excited to be making his Atlantic Theatrer Company debut. Regional credits: Streetsinger (Brooklyn) TheatreZone, Feuilly/us Jean Valjean (Les Mis) Weathervane Playhouse , Piragua Guy (In the Heights) American Stage, Nicely Nicely (Guys and Dolls) Weathervane Playhouse. Anthony would like to thank his friends and family for all the support they give him and to ATC for giving him the opportunity to be a part of this journey. Blessed to be a blessing.
JEN OLIVARES (Queen Dagney/Ensemble ) Born and raised on the central coast of California, Jen is a graduate of California State University, Fullerton with a degree in Theatre Arts, cum laude. Credits include: Rock of Ages (Natl. Tour/Dance Captain), Front & Center w/ Steve Miller Band at the Honda Center Arena, multiple stage shows at Disney’s California Adventure, and the title role in the feature film Melinda’s World (co-starring Zac Efron). Jen is a National Academy of Sports Medicine certified personal trainer, and aspiring guru. Have a namaste! @_jenolivares
RACHEL PEGRAM (Orangebeard/Ensemble) is an actor, writer, comedian, and singer based in New York City. She attended NYU’s Tisch School of the Arts and received a BFA in Theatre. Recent theater credits: The Reality Show NYU, Story Pirates NYC, Volcano Town, Or That? (NYU), Ragtime (NYU) Recent film credits: Don’t Think Twice (dir. Mike Birbiglia), Better To Live (Tribeca Film Festival 2014), Rabbit Food. Rachel can be seen in videos online from Mashable, Refinery29, Above Average, among others. She performs monthly at The PIT with her sketch duo Peas in a Pod, and at UCB in the sketch show Beeng Boong:The Great & Powerful MTA.
MCLEAN PETERSON (Queen Margarethe/Ensemble) is thrilled to be back at the Linda Gross for her third Atlantic for Kid’s production. Past New York credits include: The Velveteen Rabbit (ATC), The Parlour (Soho Rep-Walkerspace), Bible Stories (Bailout Theater), BOATS AND (ANT Fest), and Ivy & Bean the Musical (ATC, First Nat’l Tour). Film: The First Of Our Friends to Get Married. She is a founding member of the Joust Theatre Company and a breakfast enthusiast. Much love to Mom, Dad, her three M’s, and her super star cast mates. www.mcleanpeterson.com #chugnation
DANIEL TEPPER (Glyle/Ensemble) is very excited to work on The Pirate La Dee Da! Favorite theater credits include Loose Canon (NYC Fringe Encores Selection), Sammy Spider’s First Mitzvah (92 Street Y), Making the Move (Edinburgh Festival Fringe), You’re A Good Man Charlie Brown (Northeastern Children’s Theater Co), Super Sidekick! The Musical (NYC Fringe Encores Selection), and Camp Monster (Williamstown Theater Festival). Daniel also performs musical improv around the country with the national touring company Broadway’s Next H!T Musical and in NYC with the house team Vern at the Peoples Improv Theater. He is a proud graduate of NYU Tisch School of the Arts. www.heydanieltepper.com
GABRIELLE ALLAN (Book & Lyrics) started as a writer/producer in television, most notably for Scrubs where she was nominated for an Emmy. She partnered with Jen Crittenden and together they wrote the film, What’s Your Number? starring Anna Faris and were involved in many production rewrites including Shrek Forever After. They currently write for the upcoming HBO show Divorce. In theater, they are developing a musical, Hollywood Romance, with Scott Sanders Productions. But it was having two sons that helped inspire The Pirate La Dee Da. She is grateful to The Atlantic Theater for producing her theater debut and to Rob Greenberg for everything else.
JENNIFER CRITTENDEN (Book & Lyrics) started her career writing monologue jokes for David Letterman. From there she went on to write for The Simpsons, Seinfeld, Everybody Loves Raymond, and Arrested Development and currently writes for HBO’s Divorce. Jen has won two Humanitas Prizes and has been nominated for and lost countless Emmys. With her partner, Gabrielle Allan, she wrote the movie What’s Your Number? She is married to the brilliant writer Bill Wrubel and they have two daughters. The search for inspiring princess stories when they were young inspired this play.
KRISTIN HANGGI (Director) Theater (partial credits): Rock of Ages – Broadway (Tony Nomination), West End, Australia (Green Room Award), National Tour; LA & NYC original productions of bare (Ovation Award Best Musical, LA Weekly Award Best Musical); Pussycat Dolls Live (w/ Christina Applegate, Carmen Electra, Gwen Stefani, Christina Aguilera, & Charlize Theron). Film: Naomi & Ely’s No Kiss List, Dear Dumb Diary, Grantham & Rose. Upcoming Projects: Clueless: The Musical, Hollywood Romance by Gaby Greenberg, Jen Crittenden, Marcy Heisler, & Zina Goodrich; Romy & Michele’s High School Reunion (to premiere at Seattle 5th Avenue); Darling Grenadine. UCLA School of Theater, Film, & Television Distinguished Alumni Award. www.kristinhanggi.com
MK LAWSON (Choreography) is feeling honored to be working on her 4th Atlantic for Kids show! Over the past seven years, MK has birthed nearly 40 production babies – some as an actor, a few as director/choreographer, but most as a proud choreographer-mama. Working regionally, locally, and at the university level, MK has worked on everything ranging from classical opera to brand spanking new musical theatre. Favorites stories told include the Marvin Hamlisch tribute production of Sweet Smell of Success, the acclaimed gender-bent production of The Drowsy Chaperone, and the Drama Desk nominated Ars Nova run of Bloodsong of Love: the Rock ‘n’ Roll Spaghetti Western.
NATE WEIDA (Musical Director/Composer) is currently the composer and music director of the The Possibility Project’s Foster Care Program. He has written music for over 18 musicals, including Boats And, (book by Andrew Farmer) performed last year at Ars Nova’s AntFest, and Byuioo, a gospel musical in a made-up language, directed by Andrew Neisler & produced by Pipeline Theatre Company in 2013 at The Gym at Judson. His show Salty Folk: A Musical about Oysters, co-written with Superhero Clubhouse’s Jeremy Pickard, will be developed as a part of the current season of New Victory’s Labworks. Check out his website at nateweida.com