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(in alphabetical order)

Vivian (GREED)

Tricia Alexandro

Mistress of Ceremonies (PURGATORY)

Shuga Cain

Clothed (GLUTTONY)

Shavanna Calder

Her (LUST)

Donna Carnow

Sandra (SLOTH)

Shamika Cotton

Jeff (SLOTH)

Brandon J. Ellis


Brad Fleischer

Philippe (ENVY)

Andrew Keenan-Bolger


Kahyun Kim


Morgan McGhee

Voice of Her (LUST)

Cynthia Nixon

Comments (PRIDE)

Bianca “B” Norwood

Madame (ENVY)

Caitlin O’Connell

Guru (PRIDE)

Cody Sloan


Eric Ulloa


Tell Me Everything You Know (GLUTTONY)
written by Ngozi Anyanwu

Hard (SLOTH)
written by Thomas Bradshaw

Wild Pride (PRIDE)
written by MJ Kaufman

Watch (GREED)
written by Moisés Kaufman

written by Moisés Kaufman
co-written by Jeffrey LaHoste

Naples (ENVY)
written by Jeffrey LaHoste

Longhorn (WRATH)
written by Ming Peiffer

Lust (LUST)
written by Bess Wohl

Message from the Director

On behalf of the 100+ theater artists and professionals who have come together to bring you SEVEN DEADLY SINS, I must begin by telling you….

Oh how we’ve missed you.

As we emerge from the pandemic crisis there exists a powerful need to come together to heal, to rebuild, to revitalize, and to reanimate our city. And look! Here we are, in the heart of our gorgeous metropolis, in one of its most vibrant, historically relevant, and stunningly beautiful neighborhoods: The Meatpacking District.

For 30 years Tectonic Theater Project has been driven by the desire to experiment with what’s possible on the stage. What are the limits of theatricality? Can we dream beyond what we see in front of us to explore every corner of theatrical and dramatic potential? And in the past year and a half: In what ways can live theater continue to exist when our venues are shuttered?

I’m beyond thrilled to be collaborating with Gigi Pritzker’s Madison Wells Live and some of the world’s most groundbreaking artists to pose these very questions, right here on the street. From David Rockwell’s brilliant vision to turn sidewalks into theater houses, to the gorgeous designs of  Dede Ayite, Yuki Link, and Tyler Kieffer - I couldn’t have asked for a more perfect team with which to SIN. 

And, of course, our phenomenal playwrights. I know you will be enamored by these seven world-premiere plays, each dripping with the radical humanity that sin requires and brought to life by the most exciting actors in New York.

Tonight, we invite you to explore your baser urges and indulge in some sinning with us. And you won’t even have to ask for forgiveness...

Welcome home.










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Meet Your Mistress of Ceremonies

Shuga Cain

(Mistress of Ceremonies)

Shuga Cain (she/her) is an international drag sensation and fan favorite from Season 11 of the Emmy winning reality tv series, RuPaul’s Drag Race. The self proclaimed 8th deadly sin, Shuga Cain is also the stage name of Jesus Martinez Jr from New York, an actor and classically trained vocalist with a Master’s Degree in voice from DePaul University in Chicago. She has appeared in numerous campaigns from Pepsi to MAC Cosmetics, toured the globe gagging the children, and is now setting her sights on giving the NYC theater scene a Shuga high! In her free time you can find Shuga not only serving cakes, but in the kitchen baking them. An avid baker, she is the host of Gimme Some Shuga, her own baking show on WOWPresents Plus. She’s thrilled to be sinning each and every night with the cast of 7DS! Now who’s ready for a few cavities?

WIld Pride

Meet the Cast

Cody Sloan


Cody Sloan (he/him) is an LA based actor and teacher. He's excited to make his Tectonic Theater Project and Off-Broadway debut alongside these amazing artists! Select theatrical credits: Pick Me Last (La Jolla Playhouse), Trainers (Diversionary Theatre), Boston premiere of Men On Boats (SpeakEasy Stage Company), Nurse Play (IRNE Award Nomination - Best Actor, Exiled Theatre), Mozart in Amadeus (Moonbox Productions), Love! Valour! Compassion! (Zeitgeist Stage), The Extraordinary Fall of the Four-Legged Woman (NY Fringe Festival). He recently appeared in Amazon Prime's Selah and the Spades, directed by Tayarisha Poe (Sundance Film Festival 2019). MFA in Acting: UC San Diego, BA: Boston University.

Bianca Norwood


Bianca Norwood (they/them) is a gender fluid human, actor, and mover from Fresno, California. They graduated from the Pacific Conservatory of The Performing Arts in 2017 and will graduate from The Juilliard School in June 2021. This is Bianca’s Off-Broadway Premiere. They have served as an acting teacher for young kids in the states and abroad, and are a proud speech and debate coach. They hope to be an active part of imagining new worlds and Queering old ones. The absence of binaries most inspires their work.

MJ Kaufman


MJ Kaufman is a playwright and screenwriter from Portland, OR/Multnomah currently living in New York City/Lenapehoking. Their plays have been seen at the Public Theater, WP Theater, National Asian American Theater Company, Clubbed Thumb, Colt Coeur, Williamstown Theater Festival, InterAct Theater, Yale School of Drama and numerous other theaters and schools around the country as well as Russia and Australia. MJ has received the Helen Merrill Emerging Writers Award, the ASCAP Cole Porter Prize in Playwriting, the Global Age Project Prize, and the Jane Chambers Prize in Feminist Theatre. MJ has held residencies at the New Museum, MacDowell Colony, and SPACE on Ryder Farm and is currently a resident playwright at New Dramatists. MJ curated the 2016 and 2017 seasons of Trans Theater Fest at The Brick and, along with Kit Yan and Cece Suazo-Harris, founded Trans Lab Fellowship, a program to support emerging transgender theater artists. MJ has also written for Netflix. An alum of Wesleyan University and Yale School of Drama.


Meet the Cast

Brandon J. Ellis


Brandon J. Ellis (he/him) was most recently seen in the first national tour of The Play That Goes Wrong as Trevor. On Broadway he most recently originated the role of Davy Zlatic in Bandstand. He was also in the original Broadway casts of Once and the 07' revival of Company. On the West End he played the Bank Manager in Once. Off Broadway he has been seen in Balls...the musical (writer/actor) and others. On TV you can catch him in The Crew, Iron Fist, Dietland, 30 rock, and others. Brandon was the spokesperson for Firehouse Subs and Policy Genius and can be seen in several other commercials. UNCG-BFA in acting. Brandon is an amateur power lifter, black belt, and a steak and bacon enthusiast.

Shamika Cotton


Shamika Cotton (she/her) is best known for her controversial portrayal of Michael's drug addicted mother (Raylene Lee) on HBO's "The Wire". Off-Broadway: "Bullet for Adolf" (directed by Woody Harrelson); "Ain’t Supposed to Die…"(Classical Theatre of Harlem – Drama Desk Nomination). Regional: "Still Asking For It"(Joe's Pub); “Citizens Market” (City Theatre-World Premier), “The Revolutionists” (City Theatre); "Black Odyssey" (Denver Center Theatre - Originating Cast); "Broke-ology" (Kansas City Repertory Theatre). TV/Film: Equalizer (CBS); Prodigal Son (FOX); Blue Bloods (CBS); New Amsterdam (NBC); Elementary (CBS) The Good Fight (CBS); Forever (ABC); Gotham (FOX); Law & Order: Original, SVU & CI; "The Sun is Also a Star"; "Pariah"; "Frank the Bastard"; Training: MTB Studio.

Thomas Bradshaw


Thomas Bradshaw has been called "one of the most deliberately and effectively confrontational American Playwrights of his generation" by the New York Times. He recently served as a Consulting Producer on the Emmy and Peabody award winning mini-series When They See Us. He has had development deals with HBO/HARPO, FX/PLAN B, and SUPERDELUXE, among others He is the recipient of a Guggenheim Fellowship, the PEN Literary Award, the Prince Prize, a Foundation for Contemporary Arts award, and a Doris Duke Implementation Grant. . His plays have been produced to great acclaim in the United States and in Europe. Interviews, reviews, and articles about his work have frequently appeared in The New Yorker, The New York Times, Time Out New York, The Village Voice, The Chicago Tribune, Paper Magazine, and American Theater Magazine. He is a Professor in the MFA in Writing for the Screen and Stage program at Northwestern University.


Meet the Cast

Brad Fleischer

(M, Additional Voices)

Brad Fleischer (he/him) - Broadway: Golden Boy, Bengal Tiger at the Baghdad Zoo, Coram Boy (Drama League nomination). Off Broadway: David Rabe’s Streamers (Roundabout), Regional: World Premier of Gruesome Playground Injuries(Alley Theater, Rogue Machine/Edinburgh), Bengal Tiger at the Baghdad Zoo (Mark Taper Forum/Kirk Douglas Theater),Pig Farm (South Coast Repertory). Film: Walk Among the Tombstones,The Good Shepherd. TV: Walking Dead, Blue Bloods, Nurse Jackie, 24,The Unit, Prison Break, Jericho, Law and Order, Over There, shorts: Seany B  vs McSwains.  Representing UCSD MFA/ Kyle Donnelly. 33.

Kahyun Kim

(W, Additional Voices)

Kahyun Kim (she/her) - Born and raised in South Korea, Kahyun moved to the United States and was immediately accepted into Juilliard’s Drama School. She is most known for playing New Media on the hit STARZ series, American Gods. She can also be seen in TV shows like Mr. Mayor (NBC), 9-1-1 (Fox), Tommy(CBS), Shameless (Showtime), Timeless (NBC), Adam Ruins Everything (TruTV), The Mysteries of Laura (NBC), Austin & Ally (Disney) and Cassandra French (Fullscreen); Films like Bad Match (Netflix), Spa Night (Sundance Premiere) and the Disney reboot of Freaky Friday. Theatre credits include A. R. Gurney's Love And Money (Signature), starring role in Tracy Letts’ Linda Vista (Steppenwolf) and Jeremy O. harris' Daddy (co-produced by Vineyard and New Group Theatre).

Ming Peiffer


Ming Peiffer is an award-winning playwright and screenwriter from Columbus, Ohio and the first Asian woman to be nominated for a Drama Desk Award for Best Play in its history. Her play USUAL GIRLS (3 Drama Desk Nominations including Outstanding Play, John Gassner Award Nomination, Hull Warriner Award Finalist, Relentless Award Honorable Mention, New York Times Critic’s Pick) enjoyed a double-extended, sold out run at Roundabout Underground in NYC in the Fall of 2018. Her work has been developed and/or presented by Roundabout Theatre Company, New York Theatre Workshop, The New Group, The Kennedy Center, Ensemble Studio Theater, HERE Arts Center, The Flea, The Wild Project, New Ohio, Soho Playhouse, The Gene Frankel Theater, FringeNYC, among others. Most recently, she wrote FINISH THE FIGHT (35k+ views) for the New York Times, a virtual play celebrating the unsung heroes of women’s suffrage. Awards and fellowships include: 2017 Kilroy's List, NYTW 2050 Fellowship, Youngblood Member, The Kennedy Center's Paul Stephen Lim Playwriting Award Recipient, The Eugene O'Neill Theatre Center NPC Finalist, Princess Grace Award Semi-Finalist, Doric Wilson Independent Playwright Award Finalist. Ming is currently under commission at Annapurna Theatricals, and the Roundabout Theatre Company. In Television and Film, Ming is currently developing Emma Cline’s NYT Best Seller THE GIRLS for Hulu and HORSE by Amy Bonnaffons for Big Beach. She is also a Supervising Producer on the Alice Birch Amazon show DEAD RINGERS starring Rachel Weisz. Most recently Ming adapted one of the installments for an anthology show based on the works of Joan Didion for Big Beach and Hulu. Previously, she was on Hulu/Carlton Cuse’s LOCKE AND KEY and Netflix’s GYPSY.

Tell me everything you know (gluttony)

Meet the Cast

Morgan McGhee


Morgan McGhee (she/her) is thrilled to be a part of this innovative and thought provoking production, and humbled to follow up her Broadway debut in Ain't Too Proud. Graduate of The American Musical and Dramatic Academy (AMDA) and Clark Atlanta University. Huge thank you to the cast, crew, and creatives, and most importantly, my Creator. Holding all artists in my heart during these times of uncertainty.

Shavanna Calder


Shavanna Calder (she/her) is a performer, anti-racist consultant, writer, creative director, stylist, human. Credit highlights: The Legend of Georgia McBride at Milwaukee Rep/ATC, Caroline, or Change (Emmie), HBO’s Los Espookys, SNL, Grammys, Hairspray (National Tour), For Colored Girls (Lady in Green), CBS ‘Best of’ Diversity Sketch Showcase. Outside of performing she recently co-produced/co-hosted Listen, Learn, Lead: Antiracism in TYA; an international learning program that served 1,000+ professionals. Masters: NYU/BA: Wellesley College where she studied Sociology & Cinema and Media Studies. She is first generation and identifies as a sociologist at heart. Love & Gratitude to the 7 Deadly team, family, God and friends. Off-Bway debut! Spread Empathy.

Ngozi Anyanwu


Ngozi Anyanwu is a playwright, storyteller, and most recently a 2020 Steinberg Playwright Award winner. Her newest play will premiere at The Atlantic Theatre in 2021. Previous productions include GOOD GRIEF (Vineyard Theatre in NYC / Center Theatre Group in LA) and THE HOMECOMING QUEEN (sold-out world premiere run at the Atlantic Theatre). GOOD GRIEF was on the Kilroys List 2016 and a semi finalist for the Princess Grace Award, and won the Humanitas Award. THE HOMECOMING QUEEN was on the Kilroys List 2017 and was a Leah Ryan Finalist. Her play NIKE… (Kilroys List 2017) was workshopped at The New Black Fest in conjunction with The Lark and The Strand Festival in conjunction with A.C.T and Space on Ryder Farm.

Ngozi also has commissions with NYU, The Old Globe, Two Rivers Theatre, The Atlantic Theatre, and Steppenwolf.

Anyanwu has also received residencies from LCT3, Space on Ryder Farm, the Djerassi Resident Artists Program, The New Harmony Project, New York Stage and Film and Page 73. She attended Point Park University (BA) and received her MFA in Acting from University of California, San Diego.

Watch (greed)

Meet the Cast

Eric Ulloa


Eric Ulloa (he/him) is a 2020 American Theatre Wing Jonathan Larson Grant Finalist and a 2020 Kleban Prize Award Finalist. Eric is the author of “26 Pebbles.” The play was featured in American Theatre Magazine, The NY Times, won the Kennedy Center Citizen Artist Award for 2017 and was one of the top produced plays nationally of 2018. Eric is the librettist of the musical, “Passing Through,” which had its World Premiere at Goodspeed Musicals. On the other side of the footlights, Eric was in the Original Broadway Company of “On Your Feet: The Story of Gloria and Emilio Estefan.” Eric has appeared on The 2016 Tony Awards, The Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade and A Capital Fourth. For Mark...

Tricia Alexandro


Tricia Alexandro (she/her) is an actor, writer and native New Yorker. She was last seen in the world premiere of Lyle Kessler's PERP at The Barrow Group Theatre. Other credits include We, the Invisibles (Humana Festival), The Search for Signs of Intelligent Life in the Universe (Cape May Stage), The Unrepeatable Moment (The Barrow Group Theatre), and The Cleaners (Samuel French Play Festival Winner). She has written and performed two solo shows, Snapshots and The Family Jewels, at The Barrow Group Theatre. TV appearances include recent guest star roles on Bull and Law and Order: SVU. Tricia loves creating a sense of compassion and connection through her writing and acting.

Moisés Kaufman


Moisés Kaufman is the founder and Artistic Director of Tectonic Theater Project, a Tony- and Emmy-nominated director and playwright, and a 2015 recipient of the National Medal of Arts. Mr. Kaufman’s Broadway directing credits include the revival of Harvey Fierstein’s Torch Song, the revival of The Heiress with Jessica Chastain, 33 Variations (which he also wrote) starring Jane Fonda (5 Tony nominations); Rajiv Joseph’s Pulitzer Prize finalist Bengal Tiger at the Baghdad Zoo with Robin Williams; and Doug Wright’s Pulitzer and Tony Award-winning play I Am My Own Wife with Jefferson Mays. His play The Laramie Project (which he wrote with the Tectonic Theater Project company) is among the most performed plays in America. Kaufman also co-wrote and directed the HBO film adaptation of The Laramie Project, which received two Emmy Award nominations for Best Director and Best Writer. Other credits for Tectonic include Gross Indecency: The Three Trials of Oscar Wilde; Tennessee Williams’ One Arm; The Tallest Tree in the Forest; Carmen: An Afro-Cuban Jazz Musical; and Las Aventuras de Juan Planchard. He is an Obie winner and a Guggenheim Fellow in Playwriting.


Meet the Cast

Caitlin O'Connell

(Madame, Additional Voices)

Caitlin O'Connell (she/her) - Broadway: The Crucible, The Heiress, Mothers and Sons, 33 Variations. Off-Broadway: Greater Clements, Ugly Lies the Bone,Stuff Happens,Boy, Baby Screams Miracle. Regional: Watch on the Rhine, The Guthrie Theatre and Berkeley Rep; Mrs. Warren’s Profession, Playboy of the Western World, The Guthrie Theatre; Much Ado About Nothing, Twelfth Night, The Shakespeare Theatre; The Matchmaker,Winters Tale, Othello,Oh, Pioneers!, Center Stage Baltimore; Third, The Clean House, The Little Foxes, Denver Center Theatre; Doubt, Cincinnati Playhouse and Actors Theatre of Louisville; Fireflies, White Heron Theater and The Public Theatre, Williamstown, Barrington Stage,The Alliance, The Old Globe, Dallas Theater Center, South Coast Rep, Milwaukee Rep, Intiman. Film: Oppenheimer Strategies, Automatic Hate, Fizzle. TV: The First Ladies, Bull, Unforgetable, Law and Order, Whoopie, Homicide.

Andrew Keenan-Bolger


Andrew Keenan-Bolger (he/him) is an actor, director, author and filmmaker. Broadway: Jesse Tuck in Tuck Everlasting (Drama League Award nominee), Crutchie in Newsies(Outer Critics Circle nominee). Mary Poppins, Seussical, Beauty and the Beast, A Christmas Carol. 1st Nat'l Tours: Spelling Bee, How The Grinch Stole Christmas, Mary Poppins, Ragtime. TV: The Undoing (HBO), Three Rivers (ABC), The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel (Amazon), Nurse Jackie (Showtime), Looking (HBO), Upcoming: The Other Two (HBO). Film: The Rewrite,Marci X, Are You Joking? He is the co-creator the critically acclaimed series, Submissions Only and co-author of the children’s series Jack & Louisa (Penguin Random House). B.F.A. University of Michigan.

Jeffrey LaHoste


Jeffrey LaHoste (he/him) founded Tectonic Theater Project with Moisés Kaufman. He was nominated for a Tony Award for 33 Variations (Best Play) and an Emmy Award as a writer of the HBO film adaptation of The Laramie Project. Laramie won the Humanitas Prize, the National Board of Review, and the GLAAD Media Award, and was the opening night selection of the Sundance Film Festival. Jeffrey’s play The Very Extraordinary Mr. Law was presented at the Colorado New Play Festival and ZaCH Theater in Austin. He teaches Moment Work, Tectonic’s method for devising theater.


Meet the Cast

Donna Carnow


Donna Carnow (she/her) is a Brooklyn-based pole dancer, movement artist, choreographer, teacher, performer, pole champion, and aerialist. Originally from Chicago, Donna holds a BFA in Dance from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. She teaches pole dancing full-time at NYC’s largest aerial school, Body & Pole, and has showcased her art nationally in concert halls, nightlife spaces, zoom rooms, and pole competitions. Donna is the PSO Central Pole Champion of 2019 (Chicago) and has performed at PSO US Nationals, the Hard Rock Hotel (Vegas), International Pole Convention, Pole Theatre USA, and in nightlife venues across NYC. When not in the air, Donna leads pole + flexibility training programs as a Master Trainer with ElevatED Education and is the Open Performance Coordinator at Movement Research.

Cynthia Nixon

(Voice of Her)

Cynthia Nixon is an Emmy, Tony, and Grammy Award-winning actor who in 2018 ran for Governor of NY State, placing issues of racial, economic and gender inequality front and center. Nixon will next play Miranda in HBO Max’s SEX AND THE CITY sequel AND JUST LIKE THAT... Next year she stars alongside Christine Baranski in the HBO drama THE GILDED AGE, from DOWNTON ABBEY creator Julian Fellowes. Nixon recently starred opposite Sarah Paulson in Ryan Murphy’s wildly popular Netflix series RATCHED. A lifelong New Yorker, Nixon has been a longtime advocate for better public school funding, abortion rights and LGBTQ equality.

Bess Wohl


Bess Wohl made her Broadway debut in 2019 with her play Grand Horizons, for which she received a Tony Award nomination. Other theatre includes: Small Mouth Sounds – OCC Award, Make Believe – OCC Award, Continuity, American Hero, Barcelona, Touched, In, Cats Talk Back, Pretty Filthy. Her plays have been produced at theatres in NY, around the US and internationally. Awards include the Sam Norkin Special Drama Desk Award, the Georgia Engel Playwriting Award, a MacDowell Fellowship and inclusion on Hollywood’s Black List of Best Screenplays. Wohl is an Associate Artist with The Civilians, an alumna of Ars Nova’s Play Group, and holds new play commissions from Manhattan Theatre Club and Williamstown. She has also written for film/television, and is a graduate of Harvard and the Yale School of Drama.

Creative Team

Moisés Kaufman


Moisés Kaufman is the founder and Artistic Director of Tectonic Theater Project, a Tony- and Emmy-nominated director and playwright, and a 2015 recipient of the National Medal of Arts. Mr. Kaufman’s Broadway directing credits include the revival of Harvey Fierstein’s Torch Song, the revival of The Heiress with Jessica Chastain, 33 Variations (which he also wrote) starring Jane Fonda (5 Tony nominations); Rajiv Joseph’s Pulitzer Prize finalist Bengal Tiger at the Baghdad Zoo with Robin Williams; and Doug Wright’s Pulitzer and Tony Award-winning play I Am My Own Wife with Jefferson Mays. His play The Laramie Project (which he wrote with the Tectonic Theater Project company) is among the most performed plays in America. Kaufman also co-wrote and directed the HBO film adaptation of The Laramie Project, which received two Emmy Award nominations for Best Director and Best Writer. Other credits for Tectonic include Gross Indecency: The Three Trials of Oscar Wilde; Tennessee Williams’ One Arm; The Tallest Tree in the Forest; Carmen: An Afro-Cuban Jazz Musical; and Las Aventuras de Juan Planchard. He is an Obie winner and a Guggenheim Fellow in Playwriting.

Amy Marie Seidel


Amy Marie Seidel (she/her/hers) is an artist: Director, Writer, Devisor, Dramaturg, Actor, Designer, Painter, Advocate, Etc. She is a Tectonic Theater Project Company Member in addition to serving as full-time Company Dramaturg at Tectonic, where she has traveled the world to research and create new works of theater. Select Tectonic credits include Moments in Progress (Director and Devisor), Treatment & Data (Associate Writer, Dramaturg, and Associate Director), Here There are Blueberries (Devisor, Dramaturg, and Associate Director), and Three Hotels (Associate Director). Select outside credits include Paradise Square at Berkeley Repertory Theatre (Assistant Director), and The Gorgeous Nothings: In Concert at The Public Theater (Dramaturg). She is a graduate of NYU Tisch School of the Arts.

David Rockwell, FAIA

(Scenic/Site Design)

David Rockwell, FAIA, is the founder and President of Rockwell Group, an interdisciplinary architecture and design firm based in New York, with offices in Los Angeles and Madrid, that emphasizes innovation and thought leadership in every project. Merging theater, performance and architecture, the firm’s work includes hospitality, luxury residential, airport terminals, cultural institutions, set design, products, exhibitions, and festivals. Current work includes the Perelman Center in New York (Restaurant and Lobby Interior Architect); Hopkins Student Center for Johns Hopkins University (Baltimore); the 93rd Oscars; W Nashville; 1 Hotel Toronto; Climate Change Arena (Seattle); Smithsonian FUTURES, an exhibition spotlighting the Smithsonian’s 175th anniversary; the pro bono initiatives DineOut and OpenStage; and Civilian Hotel (New York). David Rockwell’s newest book, Drama, developed in collaboration with designer Bruce Mau will be published by Phaidon in May 2021. Honors include a Tony Award for Best Scenic Design for She Loves Me; the AIANY President’s Award; the National Design Award from the Cooper-Hewitt National Design Museum for outstanding achievement in Interior Design; the Pratt Legends Award; and the Presidential Design Award.

Dede Ayite

(Costume Design)

Dede Ayite is a two time tony nominated costume designer whose Broadway credits include A Soldier’s Play, Slave Play, American Son, and Children of a Lesser God. Select Off-Broadway credits include Secret Life of Bees, Marie and Rosetta, (Atlantic); By The Way, Meet Vera Stark, (Signature); BLKS, School Girls… (MCC); Bella: An American Tall Tale (Playwrights Horizons); The Royale (Lincoln Center); Tony Stone,(Roundabout). Regionally, Ayite’s work has appeared at Oregon Shakespeare Festival, Steppenwolf, Arena Stage and more. She has worked in television with Netflix, Comedy Central, and FOX Shortcoms. Ayite earned her MFA at the Yale School of Drama and has received an Obie, Lucille Lortel, Helen Hayes, Theatre Bay Area, and Jeff Awards, along with four Drama Desk Nominations.

Yuki Nakase Link

(Lighting Design)

Yuki Nakase Link is a lighting designer for theatre, dance, opera, performing arts, television and fashion productions. Previously designed with Moisés Kaufman: All I Want Is Everything! (Seven Deadly Sins) at Miami New Drama.Recent design credits include: Seven Deadly Sins (Lincoln Road, Miami Beach), The Cubans, Queen of Basel (Colony Theatre), Blood Moonat Prototype 2020 (Baruch Performing Arts Center), Triptych (Eyes of One on Another) (Disney Hall, Power Center, Kennedy Center and BAM), Look Who’s Coming to Dinner (La MaMa), Rakugo (New World Stages), Sell/Buy/Date (New York Live Arts), Resonance III (LaGuardia Performing Arts Center), Theo, The Bridge of San Luis Rey, The Importance of Being Earnest, The Women Of Padilla (Two River Theater), Tiny Beautiful Things (Long Wharf Theatre). She was born in Tokyo, grew up in Kyoto, Japan and currently lives north of NYC in the woods of Hudson Valley. M.F.A.: NYU.

Tyler Kieffer

(Sound Design)

Tyler Kieffer is a Brooklyn based sound designer for new plays, opera and immersive theatre. Recent works include Iron & Coal (Prototype Festival); Tumacho, Plano (Clubbed Thumb), Is Anyone Alive Out There (Minetta Lane Theater),Evanston Salt Costs Climbing (White Heron Theatre Company), Sound House (The Flea), Counting Sheep (3 Legged Dog);This Tree, The Reception (HERE Arts Center), Made In China (Wakka Wakka, 59E59), All Day I Imagine How to Act (Live Collision, Dublin), Every Morning I Wake Up and Seem to Forget (Body & Soul Music Festival, Ireland).

Christopher and Justin Swader

(Scenic Design for GREED)

Christopher and Justin Swader are scenic designers for theatre and live events. Selected NYC & Regional: Seven Deadly Sins, One Night in Miami, Fake, Confessions of a Cocaine Cowboy, The Cubans (Miami New Drama), A Raisin in the Sun (Two River Theater), Radio Golf (Everyman Theatre), Dig (Dorset Theatre Festival), Ajijaak on Turtle Island (The New Victory Theatre), The Bacchae, Antigone, The Three Musketeers, Macbeth, The Tempest, Dutchman (Classical Theatre of Harlem), Campfire (Lincoln Center Education), National Tour of Heather Henson's Crane: On Earth, In Sky. Collaborations with A$AP Rocky, Sotheby’s, Big Apple Circus, & National Geographic. Henry Hewes nominations, AUDELCO Award, IRNE Award, Carbonell Award, 2019 Prague Quadrennial Exhibition. Graduates of Ball State University.

J. Jared Janas

(Hair, Wig and Makeup Design)

Broadway: Jagged Little Pill, Frankie and Johnny in the Claire de Lune, Gettin' the Band Back Together,Bandstand, Indecent, Sunset Boulevard, The Visit, The Real Thing, Lady Day at Emerson’s Bar & Grill, Motown, Peter and the Starcatcher, The Gershwin's Porgy and Bess, All about Me, and Next to Normal. Recent Off-Broadway & Regional: After Midnight (Signature Theatre, VA), Sing Street (NYTW), Scotland, PA and Toni Stone (Roundabout), BLKS, The Light, and Alice by Heart (MCC), Nantucket Sleigh Ride (Lincoln Center), Miss You Like Hell and The Low Road (Public Theater), The Amateurs (Vineyard Theatre), and Yours Unfaithfully (Mint Theatre, Drama Desk nomination). Recent TV: "The Gilded Age," "The Good Fight," and "Inside Amy Schumer."

Carrie Mossman

(Props Design)

Previous prop designs include Dracula, Frankenstein, Hamlet and Faustus (Classic Stage Company); The Confession of Lily Dare, Pride & Prejudice, Discord, The Roads To Home, Fade, and A Perfect Arrangement (Primary Stages): Proof of Love, The Way She Spoke, Half-Life of Marie Curie (Audible Theatre); Cry It Out and Airness (ATL): Out Of The Mouths Of Babes and The Traveling Lady (Cherry Lane Theatre); The Effect (Barrow St.); Lost Girls (MCC). Carrie received her MFA from Brandeis University.

Megan Smith

(Production Stage Manager)

Megan is thrilled to be reunited with so many talented artists involved in this sinful production! Select credits include Off-Broadway: Usual Girls by Ming Peiffer, Ordinary Days (Roundabout Theater Company); The Scottsboro Boys (Vineyard Theatre). Regional: Radio Golf, Dancing at Lughnasa and The Bridge of San Luis Rey (Two River Theater); The Bridge of San Luis Rey (Miami New Drama); Tiny Beautiful Things (Long Wharf Theater); Romeo and Juliet, Grounded, Lettice and Lovage, What the Butler Saw, The Invisible Hand, Art & Red (in Rep), Bedroom Farce, The Liar, David Copperfield, Finian’s Rainbow (Westport Country Playhouse); The Scottsboro Boys (The Guthrie Theater).

Jessi Cotter

(Assistant Stage Manager)

NYC credits: Dana H (Vineyard), Monica: This Play is Not About Monica Lewinsky, Sincerely Oscar, Black Light, Mile Long Opera, Cruel Intentions: The Musical, Life Sucks, Ecovillage, Must, Comedy of Errors (Classic Stage Company), Voodoo (Harlem Opera Theatre), An Astronaut's Tale (Encompass Opera/BAM), Kid Victory (Vineyard-PA), "Master Harold"... (Signature-PA), Hamilton (PA). Event Stage Management. Oregon credits: PM Ballet Fantastique, Shedd Institute; SM Oregon Contemporary Theatre; QM Pickathon Music Festival. MFA, Columbia University.

Shane Schnetzler

(Assistant Stage Manager)

Off-Broadway: Fairview, Timon of Athens, Why?, Julius Caesar, He Brought Her Heart Back in a Box, The Two Gentlemen of Verona, Tamburlaine (TFANA); Noura, This Flat Earth, The Profane, Rancho Viejo, Familiar (Playwrights Horizons). Napoli, Brooklyn, Look Back in Anger, (Roundabout); The Taming of the Shrew, King Lear, The Comedy of Errors (NYSF); Detroit ’67 (Public); Night is a Room, The Liquid Plain, The Old Friends (Signature);Cymbeline (Fiasco), Red Dog Howls (NYTW); Uncle Vanya (Soho Rep). Regional: Don Juan, A Flea in Her Ear, Flyin’ West, The Invisible Hand, Bedroom Farce (Westport Country Playhouse).

Timothy Koch

(Associate Director)

Timothy Koch (he/him) is a stage director of theatre, musical theatre, and opera. He was the Resident Director of Disney’s Frozen on Broadway from its early development through the entirety of its Broadway run. Directing credits include Tectonic Theater Project’s inaugural Moments in Progress; She Kills Monsters: Virtual Realms and Waiting for Lefty at Case Western Reserve University; Dr. Fox and the Impossible Cure for Death at Michigan State University’s Wharton Center; Adam & Eve at the Kraine Theater and The Duplex; and Dolores at Abingdon Theater.  As Associate Director: Hughie, The Cripple of Inishmaan, and Peter and Alice (for Michael Grandage). As Assistant Director (selected): Bent, The Heiress, Bengal Tiger at the Baghdad Zoo, and 33 Variations (for Moisés Kaufman).  

Timothy teaches acting and coaches private clients through his company TK Theatre-Studio. He studied at the O’Neill Center’s National Theater Institute and earned his BA in Theater Arts from Case Western Reserve University.

Ann James

(Sensitivity Consultant and Intimacy Director)

Ann James has been featured as moderator in "Intimacy and Covid-19" with Theatre Communications Group and HowlRound, "Intimacy and Theatre Practice" with The Los Angeles Theatre Alliance, "How Intimacy Impacts the work of Artistic Directors" with The Society of Stage Directors and Choreographers Foundation, and "Intimacy and the Pandemic" with Lincoln Center Director's Lab West. She is a published author on HowlRound, and has been a featured Intimacy Specialist on many other theatre affiliated panels during Covid-19. Ann is devoted to making both stage and screen safer places for Black, Indigenous and People of Color to practice their craft. Her company, Intimacy Coordinators of Color has had consultancy relationships with Actor's Equity, ArtsEquity, Theatre Communications Group, and Times Up. Ms. James is pursuing America's first MFA in Performance Pedagogy with emphasis in Afrocentric Intimacy Direction for People of Color at Loyola Marymount University.

Gavin Price

(Video Design, Audio/Video Supervisor)

Gavin Price is a classically trained singer, film & stage actor, plays over ten instruments, and is also a sound/video designer & engineer, as well as a Motion Capture technician. Since 2013, he has worked with critically acclaimed theater group Elevator Repair Service. He has performed and designed across the country in museum installations (MCA Chicago, MoMA, New Museum, Metropolitan Museum of Art) and extensively in New York City including as resident sound designer for 2021 Drama Desk winner Theater in Quarantine. In 2018, he portrayed Todd Boccamazzo in the short film “Boccamazzo Construction - We Build Walls!” which won multiple festival awards. Find his music on Spotify: The Witch Ones, The Tender Band, CabinFever.

Victor Vazquez, CSA

(Casting Director)

Victor Vazquez, CSA (he/him/his) is the founder and lead Casting Director of X Casting, a member of the Casting Society of America, and a 2020 Theater Communications Group (TCG) Rising Leader of Color.

Marquee Digital

(Digital Program)

Marquee Digital is a New York-based tech startup innovating the theatre industry with ground-breaking digital program solutions. The Marquee is a theatrical program for the 21st century, employing contactless, eco-friendly, and ADA-compliant technology to create an interactive and highly intuitive experience for audience members.

Chisholm Designs


Chisholm Designs is a New York-based Web Development company, specializing in the curation of a strong and effective digital presence for individual artists to Fortune 500 companies. Clients range from Broadway performers, National tours, non-profits, award-winning orchestras, internationally acclaimed doctors, production houses, and more.

EBP Productions

(General and Production Management)

EBP is a general management firm specializing in consulting and management for theatrical productions. Touring: Million Dollar Quartet, Charlie Brown Christmas, Counting Sheep (International Tour) Select Off-Broadway: We Are The Tigers,  Eco-Village, Afterglow, Diaspora, Must. Other: The Bikinis, The Dodgers (LA), The Navigator (NYT Critics Pick). EBP has worked with Broadway Cares/Equity Fights AIDS (BCEFA), New York Musical Festival (NYMF), Fringe (NY & LA); collaborative projects include performances at Lincoln Center, The United Nations, The Havard Club, Cornell University, Georgetown’s Gaston Hall, The Culture Project, The Ohio Theater and The Metropolitan Museum of Art.

Tectonic Theater Project


Tectonic Theater Project is a not-for-profit theater company based in New York City, founded in 1991. Led by founder and artistic director Moisés Kaufman, Tectonic's work has been seen by millions worldwide. The company has created and staged over 20 plays and musicals, including Kaufman's Gross Indecency: The Three Trials of Oscar Wilde, The Laramie Project (written by Kaufman and members of Tectonic Theater Project company), Doug Wright's Pulitzer Prize-winning I Am My Own Wife, and Kaufman's Tony Award-winning 33 Variations starring Jane Fonda. Kaufman also co-wrote and directed the Emmy Award-nominated HBO film adaptation of The Laramie Project. In 2009, President Barack Obama invited the company to witness the signing of the Matthew Shepard and James Byrd Jr. Hate Crimes Prevention Act at the White House, recognizing Tectonic's contribution to the national dialogue around anti-LGBTQ hate crimes.

Madison Wells Live


Madison Wells Live is the live entertainment arm of Madison Wells, Gigi Pritzker’s award-winning, independent production company. Led by Executive Producer Jamie Forshaw, Madison Wells Live focuses on producing purpose-driven projects through collaboration with partners who are aligned in the belief that good storytelling sparks important conversation. The division is building a robust-but-curated slate of stage productions and entertainment ventures focused on essential, artist-driven storytelling. Broadway credits include Million Dollar Quartet (Tony nomination for Best Musical), Hadestown (Tony Award for Best Musical),The Inheritance (Tony nomination for Best Play), and the upcoming revival of Company.

Miami New Drama

Miami New Drama is a nonprofit professional theater company based in Miami Beach, Florida committed to artistic excellence and groundbreaking work. In residence at the historic Colony Theatre on Miami Beach, the company focuses on the development of new plays and musicals in both English and Spanish, most notably 7 Deadly Sins, winner of the 2021 Drama League Award for Outstanding Interactive or Socially-Distanced Theater, the first ever multilingual adaptation of Thornton Wilder’s classic Our Town, The Cubans by Michael Leon, Confessions of a Cocaine Cowboy by Billy Corben & Aurin Squire, Queen of Basel by Hilary Bettis and the world premiere development of the new Louis Armstrong musical A Wonderful World. Miami New Drama is the winner of two Knight Arts Challenge awards and a Knight New Works Miami award from the John S. and James L. Knight Foundation and was the 2018 Miami New Times Best Theater for Drama.

Michel Hausmann

Michel Hausmann is a Venezuelan-born theater director, producer, and writer. He is the co-founder and Artistic Director of Miami New Drama, the resident company and operator of the historic Colony Theatre on Miami Beach. Under his artistic leadership Miami New Drama has produced: Our Town (also Director), Queen of Basel (also Director), Terror (Directed by Gregory Mosher), One Night in Miami...(Directed by Carl Cofield), Fake (Directed by Carl Andress), Confessions of a Cocaine Cowboy (also Director), ¡Viva La Parranda!, The Bridge of San Luis Rey (Directed by David Greenspan), The Cubans (Directed by Victoria Collado), A Wonderful World (Directed by Christopher Renshaw), and 7 Deadly Sins (also Director). He is a Drama League Award winner, a New York Theater Workshop 2050 Fellow, an IRNE nominee, a Richard Rodgers Award finalist, and a two-time Knights Arts Challenge Award recipient.

Staff for Seven Deadly Sins

General Management

Evan Bernardin
Hillel Friedman

Company Manager

Jenna Lazar

Production Manager

Frank Butler

General Press Representative

Rick Miramontez
Aaron Meier

Advertising/Marketing/Social Media

Madison Wells
Kylie Williams
Jordan Imbrey
Stephanie Gomez

Pricing & Revenue Management

Standing room theatrical

Website Design

chisholm Designs

Digital Program

Marquee Digital
Joe Chisholm
Carlyn Connolly

Production Stage Manager

Megan Smith

Assistant Stage Managers

Fatimah Amill
Shane Schnetzler

Associate Director

Timothy Koch

Assistant Director

Eliana Theologides Rodriguez

Pole Routine

Donna Carnow

Movement Consultant

Julius Anthony Rubio

Trans Cultural Consulant

Raja benz

Video Design

Gavin Price

Associate Scenic Designers

TJ Greenway
Dick Jaris

Assistant Costume Designer

Jean-Luc Deladurantaye

Associate Lighting Designer

Kris Kloss

Associate Sound Designer

Caroline Eng


Richard Kent Green
Dale White

Lighting Supervisor

Joe Kimple

Lighting Programmer

Zach Pizza


Nyle Farmer
Steven Zhang
Joe Scardino
Henry P. Ellison

Audio/Video Supervisor

Gavin Price

Audio Technicians

Nathan Rubio
John Gasper
Caroline Eng

Wardrobe Supervisor

Jamie Torres


Amanda McDowall
Rachel Buksbazen

Show Operators

Sammy Landau
Isaac GriveTt
Sarah Grant
Ayisha Hunt
Paul Turner
Mitchell Angelo
Carson Ferguson
Rachael Malloy


Gigi pritzker
Jamie forshaw
evan mayer
jennifer petrilla

Tectonic Theater Company

Joe Hetterly
Diego Alejandro González
Adrian Benn

Production Assistants

Abbey CrowleY
Madison Mayer
Victoria Davidjohn

ASL Interpreters

Justine Rivera
Christopher Matthews
Monique Sarpy
Alexandria Wailes

Covid Safety Officer

Madison Mayer
Abbey Crowley
Joe Hetterly

Production Photographer

Matthew Murphy

Accounting and Payroll Services

Equity Financial Services


J.P. Morgan Chase


Aon/Alber G. Rubin Insurance Services Inc.
Claudia Kaufman

Legal Services

Sendroff & Baruch, Carter McGowan

Ticketing Partner


Patron Services Manager

Darryl Smith


Abbey Crowley
Madison Mayer
Dana Colagiovanni
Andres Goldszmidt
Noelle Mefford
Jose Pelegri
Martin Lewis
Naomi Treistman Vurnbrand
Emory Kemph
Taneal Williams
Nicolas Poler
Alyssa See-Tho
Alana Liu Moskowitz
Maggie Danielli Pecorino
Michael Crowe
Frankie Sulla
Maxwell Gregory
Christian Roberson

Communication Consultant

Jaime David

Rockwell Group Associate & Legal Associate

Brandon Torres

MWLive Legal Associate

Fox rothschild llp
dan benge

Meatpacking Press Rep

Berlin Rosen


Scenery built by McCarter Theatre. Lighting and sound equipment by PRG.

Special Thanks

Jeffrey LeFrancois, Evan Sweet, Julia Bailey, Meatpacking BID, Andrew Ronan, DOT

Staff for Tectonic Theater Project

Artistic Director

Moisés Kaufman

Executive Director

Matt Joslyn


Jeffrey LaHoste

Director of Curricula

Bree Luck

Company Dramaturg

Amy Marie Seidel

Consulting General Manager

Larry Frenock

Development Consultant

Zena Hinds

Management & Producing Associate

Joe Hetterly

Communications Manager
& Moment Work Institute Business Manager

Diego Alejandro González

Production Assistants

Madison Mayer
Victoria Davidjohn

Tectonic Theater Project Board of Directors


John Hadity

Co-Vice Chair

Mark Gude

Co-Vice Chair

Alan Kornberg


Richard Sheehan


Amy Stursberg

Deborah Barrera

Jeffrey Lawhorn

Aaron Walton

Ruth Fisher

Jeffrey Ressler

Barbara Whitman

Michael Graziano

George Slowik Jr.

Timothy Wu

Scott Johnson

Lori Steinberg

Jeffrey LaHoste

Gretchen Tibbits

Kevin Jennings, Founding Chair


United Scenic Artists Local USA 829 of the I.A.T.S.E represents the Designs & Scenic Artists for the American Theatre.


The photographing or sound recording of any performance or the possession of any device for such photographing or sound recording, without the written permission of the management, is prohibited by law. Violators may be punished by ejection and violations may render the offender liable for money damages.


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Marquee Picks
Marquee users can't go wrong with these cast and crew favorites
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Raise a Glass
Settle into that post-show glow with a stellar drink in hand

If you're looking for a sinfully delicious post-show experience, don't miss this Marquee Pick.

Tonight's wine and beer were provided by our friends at Simó Pizza. If you enjoyed think the drinks, take a look at their menu–it's positively indulgent.
Simò Pizza

Pizza | 90-92 Gansevoort St

Hip eatery with communal tables offering Neapolitan pizza with vegan & gluten-free options.


Grab a Bite

French | 52 Gansevoort St

Theatrical evocation of Paris featuring bistro food & high-energy atmospherics from a chic crowd.


Serafina Meatpacking

Italian | 7 9th Ave

Thin-crust pizza & homemade pasta head the menu at this exposed-brick space in a 4-story townhouse.


RH Rooftop Restaurant New York

American | 9 9th Ave

Glamorous rooftop restaurant offering American fare amid chandeliers, greenery & skyline views.


Catch NYC

Seafood | 21 9th Ave

Slick, bi-level space known for celebrity sightings, creative seafood-focused food & a rooftop.


Dos Caminos

Mexican | 675 Hudson St

Vibrant cantina serving modern Mexican cuisine, made-to-order guacamole & tequila cocktails.



Mediterranean | 420 W 13th St

Upscale restaurant & bar serving seasonal Mediterranean fare prepared with flavored olive oils.


Raise a Glass
Common Ground Bar

63 Gansevoort St

Cool skylit café-bar with patio seating, serving international light bites, draft
beers & cocktails.


Plunge Rooftop Bar + Lounge

18 9th Ave

Stylish rooftop hotel bar with loungy seating, cocktails, DJ parties & skyline views.


Helen’s New York

22 1/2 9th Ave

Asian-inspired cocktails & bites delivered from a dim sum cart are presented in an ornate space.


The Standard Biergarten

848 Washington St

Beer, sausages, pretzels & ping-pong offered in an outdoor setting under the High Line.


Brass Monkey

55 Little W 12th St

Unpretentious Meatpacking District pub with an extensive beer selection & a roof deck.



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IN THE HEIGHTS’ Daphne Rubin-Vega on the Power of Representation
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Quarantine Check In with Nikki Blonsky from "Hairspray"
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IN THE HEIGHTS’ Daphne Rubin-Vega on the Power of Representation
By: Juan A. Ramirez

Daphne Rubin-Vega has been theatre royalty since she burst onto the scene as the original Mimi in Rent. While her role in that blockbuster show secured her status as a Broadway legend, the Panamanian-born actor has continued a steady streak of diverse roles onstage and onscreen. In the upcoming film adaptation of In the Heights, based on Lin-Manuel Miranda’s breakout musical, audiences can catch up with her indomitable star power as the vivacious salon owner, Daniela.

In the Heights, which follows an ensemble of Washington Heights residents as they sweat through the hottest days of the summer, is an electrifying ode to Latinx immigration and persistence. I caught up with Rubin-Vega on Zoom to talk about her career, and why she thinks the film is a landmark for movie musicals and Latinx representation. 

“You don't know what you're missing if you've never had it,” Rubin-Vega said. “The wordless power of being in a space that looks like you—where what you look like, and your culture, are normative—speaks volumes. To render that on film, in a classic way that pays respect to the best of what filmmaking has to offer, is like finally being able to inhale a full breath of air and take up space.”

The actor, who has twice been nominated for the Tony Award, noted a difference between her own theatrical upbringing and the one her young castmates are currently experiencing.

“I was one of those children who grew up in spaces that didn't look like me, and I was told that I was very privileged to be in those spaces—and I was,” she said. “But the consequence of that experience was feeling othered, like I was lucky to be there and that I didn’t have anything to bring to the table, but rather that I was there to absorb what was there.”

“Carnaval del Barrio,” a rousing anthem of Latin-American pride led by Daniela, sees the entire neighborhood wave their national flags. Rubin-Vega said the scene proved “transcendently beautiful” only after seeing the final cut of the film.

“When we shot that scene, there were only a few kinds of flags, and being a Panamanian I wanted to see Panama's flag,” she said. “I was told not to worry about it because they were going to CGI it in later. Cut to when I first saw the film and I saw not only Panama, but all the flags represented, it gave me a physical experience of being seen. It sounds very tropey, but it has a cellular response in your system where you feel a little less crazy and a little more belonging in the world.”

Daniela, a community leader due to her ownership of a busy, gossipy salon, flexes her matriarchal power throughout the film.

“One of my favorite lines of Daniela's is, ‘We survived slave ships, Taíno genocide, conquistadores and dictators.’ That spirit of, ‘What do you mean you can't deal with the heat, or this adversity right now?’——that's her,” she said. “It was a great moment of recognizing the power of representation.”

Though director Jon M. Chu is not Latinx, Rubin-Vega said his “generosity of spirit” and “fully-blossomed” artistry made him fit in with the mostly Latinx cast and crew.

“Everyone involved was brought in because they were experts in a specific field,” the actor said. “There was enough attention and reverence and resources implemented to find those people. I mean, these people are ridiculously talented, and that elevates the atmosphere on another level; it's quite remarkable.”

Rubin-Vega calls herself an uncredited “secret weapon” of the musical’s original Broadway production: she voiced the radio announcer at the top of the show who warns the Heights inhabitants of the coming heat wave. She said she was happy to help Miranda on his Broadway debut, knowing his popularity would soon explode.

“When I think of Lin as a young cuz, it's because I've watched him come into this community and change it so dramatically,” Rubin-Vega said. “When I came into the New York theatre community, I was a part of something bigger that changed the face of Broadway. When you saw Lin coming, you recognized that——in addition to the fact that he's Latino.”

Like Miranda, Rubin-Vega’s mere presence demands recognition. Despite a career of playing roles as profoundly off-beat as Magenta in The Rocky Horror Show, and Stella in a multiracial Broadway revival of A Streetcar Named Desire, she said she does not seek out roles for their political significance.

“I was once asked why I chose such politically-charged roles,” she said. “I wondered what they meant by that, but I think that by dint of the fact that I inhabit a role, the role is perceived differently. When I play a role, it brings attention, or lack thereof, to what it is to be an actor in this body. I'm happy to bring that element into my work.”

In the Heights is released in theatres and streaming exclusively on HBO Max on June 10.

Follow Juan A. at @itsNumberJuan.

Quarantine Check In with Nikki Blonsky from "Hairspray"
By: Kobi Kassal

We recently caught up with Nikki Blonsky, who is, of course, most well known as Tracy Turnblad from the hit 2007 film Hairspray. We chatted about how she is spending her days during quarantine, her now famous Cameo videos, dream roles, and so much more.

“Well good morning Quarantine, that is how I am holding up.” I spoke with Nikki on the phone just after she had finished baking three dozen muffins. “Whole wheat banana nut, peanut butter and blueberry, cranberry walnut, oh, I really went in," she joked. “Of course, always using whole wheat and coconut oil, trying to be as healthy as possible.”  

As for quarantine, it’s been a ton of Guy’s Grocery Games and Top Chef, but she notes that is nothing new for her. Her latest project to keep her busy during these past few months of lockdown is Nikki Nights, a nightly “talk show” via Instagram live with some of her favorite celebrity friends. From Ricki Lake to Rose McGowan to Shoshana Bean, Ms. Blonsky logs on every night and chats up a storm with her delectable charm. Nikki Nights is slated to turn to podcast format soon, so watch out for that.  

It has been almost fourteen years since production began on New Line Cinema’s adaption of Hairspray. While she couldn't recall when she last watched the movie in full, Blonsky mentioned how she will always throw it on if it's playing, just to see what scene they are at.

We reminisced about her favorite memory of filming. “Every day was a new memory... it was just a non-stop adventure. It was a dream, literally. The first day filming "Good Morning Baltimore" on top of that garbage truck, it was the most magical experience of my life.” As for who she is still close with that that all-star cast, she mentioned how she made some of the best friends. “I saw Brittany Snow this summer, I know she just got married and I am so excited for her. I also spoke to Elijah Kelly a few weeks back; he’s supposed to call me back. Sir, I am waiting,” chuckled Blonsky. It is actually her movie mother who she is closest with... John Travolta. “We probably talk once a month or so. Not a holiday or birthday goes by that is not acknowledged. So, to that I say to my friends, if John Travolta has the time to text me back, so can you!”

While Nikki has kept busy with recurring roles on television and movies throughout the years, there are always dream roles that she would love to tackle. The one that came to mind was a movie adaption of Carmen, the famous Georges Bizet opera. And for musicals, Blonsky would love to take on Fanny Brice in the inevitable Funny Girl film. “I am a huge Barbra Streisand, Bette Midler, Liza Minnelli fanatic, and Cher is just always leading the pack.”

And when she is not acting, Blonsky passes the time in her other profession... hunting ghosts. Yes, you read that correctly, it's right there in her Twitter bio: Actress, Singer, Dancer, Public Speaker, Paranormal Investigator. “Why yes, I am a paranormal investigator. Would you believe it? My late uncle was very into science fiction and that is certainly something he passed along to me,” she noted. Partnering with Chad Lindberg of The Fast and The Furious fame, the duo have gone on to explore Lake Shawnee, an abandoned amusement park in West Virginia, as well as Eastern State Penitentiary in Philly. “We have communicated via flashlights, my microphone was fully drained, lots of wild things went on,” remembered Blonsky. All I am saying is as soon as quarantine ends, I need a Nikki Blonsky paranormal television show, you hear that @SyFy?

While I had her on the phone, I had to bring up her wildly popular Cameos that have been floating around the internet for the past year or so. If you are unfamiliar, Cameo is a platform where you can hire celebrities to film any kind of greeting for you. Just this week alone I have seen Ms. Blonsky’s videos on Twitter, YouTube, as well TikTok. One young fan asked Nikki to create a get well soon video for his friend who fell off his bike while listening to “The Nicest Kids In Town,” “I have received a ton of prom-posals and even quite a few wedding proposals. Cameo has brought me so much closer to my fans, I love doing them and I promise to sing in every single one”, she said. As of our phone call, Ms. Blonsky has completed 3,078 Cameos in the past year and a half.

And for Boston, Blonsky hopes to come visit her 28 second cousins who live in the area once it is safe to do so. If one thing is clear, Nikki certainly hasn’t let quarantine keep her down.

*This article originally appeared on Theatre Talk Boston.

Mixing It Up with Broadway By The Glass
By: Zach Reiser
13 Jan 2021

Have you ever been to a Broadway show and tried their signature cocktail in the bar in the lobby? Theatrely recently had a virtual drink with Kellyann Coyle and Brian Sedita, who took those drinks and are teaching you how to make them on their Instagram, Broadway By The Glass.

Theatrely: What were you both up to before the pandemic started?

Brian Sedita: In the theater industry, at least, I have a podcast called “Pitch to Stage” on the Broadway Podcast Network. And then after quarantine started, I also co-created another show with Michael Kushner called “My Broadway Memory” which is also on the Broadway Podcast Network, which I'm still co-creator of, but have stepped down in terms of my commitment to producing and all that kind of stuff, because quarantine was one thing, and then after that life went back to normal a little bit for me. I don't work in the theater industry anymore.

Kellyann Coyle: For me, pre-pandemic, I'm an actor in the city, dancer first! I did a couple of tours and some regional stuff. I'm also a bartender, my bar has since closed until April. So this passion project has pulled literally the two things that I love doing that I can't do during quarantine together. So it's been so great. And we both just love theater so much. So it's like it's such a fun passion project for us.

T: How did you two meet?

BS: So we actually grew up together! We went to preschool through graduating high school together and have stayed best friends since.

T: When did you two decide to start Broadway by the Glass?

BS: So I'm also a bartender in New Jersey. Honestly, it's so funny, because I had been thinking about doing something like this for a while. And then, I know Kelly was thinking about doing the same thing, and at that point I really didn't have a lot of time to commit to it. But I was like, "you know what? If you want to go ahead without me I will not be offended." And it just ended up working out that when we were going to start this time freed up in some areas of my life so I was able to commit a lot more time to it.

KC: It was literally like the next day, wasn't it? Because I was ready to go and then you were like, "I have time now." And I'm like, "yeah!"

BS: And what I've loved most about this collaboration so far is that Kelly and I haven't really worked together in an artistic or professional sense since high school. So this has been a really great way to connect even more than we normally would have over the past couple of years.

T: Walk me through your process a little bit, how do you get from picking a show to formulating a drink?

KC: Hmmm, well, I feel like when we started out, we were picking random shows and we were like, "OK, so, what's something we could do from Frozen, like maybe an iced drink?" And then I guess we got a little more specific with Christmas. We did a 12 Days of Christmas countdown, and Brian made a full on list of all Christmas shows and Christmas songs. Then we went in and listened to it and tried to get inspiration from it, like if they mention a liquor or what the vibe is. I feel like that's the one thing that we really try to do is get the vibe of the show. So like when you think of super smoky and like dark, that's what you expect when you hear Hadestown.

BS: And I mean, if you're twenty one and above, you might love alcohol. And if you're a Broadway fan, like merging those two things is just lots of fun. How many times do you get drunk and sing show tunes? So this is like the perfect marriage of those two things. And it's creative to like sit down and like craft a cocktail! Like it's not just your normal margarita for Escape to Margaritaville. We're trying to come up with things like where we can introduce people to different kinds of liqueurs and spirits so that it'll also expand people's vocabulary and liquor cabinets.

KC: A little educational! And we're starting to do hopefully every Friday a little history on either a cocktail or explaining a liquor or liqueur and doing like a little education segment on IGTV.

BS: Like, there's so much that we could do with this and so much that we've discussed how we can build and grow as a brand. So every show you go to has a really cool cocktail list and you're excited to go to the bar and look at what they came up with for the shows. So our dream for this would be to create custom opening night cocktails for opening nights on Broadway or around the country and doing cocktail workshops and leading cocktail parties and stuff like that, and maybe getting our cocktails on those Broadway show menus. I think the moment that I first was inspired to do something like this was two years ago. I went to the opening night of Be More Chill and they had and at the after party they had a Squip-tini and it was this Mountain Dew and vodka, and it was smoking because it had dry ice in it. And it was this really cool cocktail that like maybe didn't taste great because Mountain Dew doesn't taste great. But it was so specific to the show and it was that perfect marriage of those two things that I was talking about with alcohol and a Broadway show. And then there's such missed opportunities, like I remember going to the Alice By Heart opening and they didn't do anything with a teacup, like you'd think like a tea cocktail, like Earl Gray Gin. Or there's so many tea inspired cocktails now. And they didn't do anything like that.

T: What's been your favorite drink that you've posted so far?

KC: Oh, my God, lemme see. I loved the "You Go, Glen Coco" and it was a candy cane martini. And I was super excited about it. And I was trying to get inspiration from recipes online. Everyone was going the white chocolate route, which I don't love. So I went in the complete opposite direction and went a little fruity with it. And it literally tasted like a melted down candy cane that you get when you're a kid where it's sweet and minty, but not like in your face, and the garnish was really cute. I put icing around the edge and dipped it in crushed candy cane and it just was so pretty. And it did really well on the page.

BS: My favorite was also from our Christmas series. And it was "She Loves Christmas" and we used the "12 Days of Christmas" from She Loves Me as the backtrack to it. And we went to the nine days of Christmas and that's what day we did it on. It's a vodka elderflower liqueur, which is my absolute favorite liqueur, Aperol, lemon juice and simple syrup. And it's something that honestly, I've made for so many of my friends when they come over to my house now that they're like, "you need to bottle this!" And it's delicious and it's sweet and sour and it's good and it hits hard.

T: Is there anything on the horizon that we can look forward to seeing?

BS: We're partnering with some Broadway box subscriptions to get our cocktails in their boxes like little postcards with cocktails and a mocktail. And then you'll scan like a QR code to exclusive videos with us doing a workshop on that cocktail. So a little more than our social media might give you. You have an exclusive link. And then we're going to be releasing some merchandise in the spring. There's many references to liquor throughout the Broadway musical theater canon. So we're going through that and picking out our favorite things to design and hopefully by March we'll have that up and running. So we're kind of trying to build that brand so that by the time Broadway comes back, we can really hop on. There's so much content out there because there's so many artists that are looking for something meaningful to do during this time. Yeah, there's so much exploding, and hopefully there's so many things that we want to take outside of this time of quarantine back to like normal times. I mean, theatre is all about connecting, and honestly, for us, when you go out to a bar and connect with people over a drink, it's the same kind of connection that you can have at the theater.


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