The Karpovsky Variations Creative

Director
Tasha Gordon-Solman
Tasha Gordon-Solmon is a playwright, director and lyricist. Her plays and musicals have been produced and developed at the Humana Festival of New American Plays, Clubbed Thumb, Northern Stage, New Georges, Sun Valley Center for the Arts, Zeiders American Dream Theater, The Playwrights Realm, Ars Nova, The Perry Mansfield New Works Festival, Dixon Place, INTAR, The Tank, The Flea and the 24-Hour Musicals. Tasha’s directing credits include EST, Dixon Place, The Tank, The Flea, INTAR, The Brick, Brooklyn Museum, Project Y, Pipeline, InViolet, Brooklyn Museum, HB Studios, Boomerang Theater, Fire This Time Festival, Columbia University and NYU Graduate Playwriting programs. She received her MFA in Dramatic Writing at NYU and attended the National Theater Institute.
Assistant Director
Sarah Connolly
Sarah Connolly (she/her) is a theatre director and producer from Muncie, Indiana. Her mission as an artist is to foster communities where artists feel empowered to bring their full selves to the production process and open to learning from each other along the way. Her work has been seen at Moxie Arts, Soho Rep, Amas Musical Theatre, and Wesleyan University. She is currently training as a director at The Actor’s Gym Studio under David Perlow.
Production Stage Manager
Michelle Guiot
Michelle is a recent graduate of Miami University, where she double majored in Theatre and Media. Throughout her life she has been privileged with numerous opportunities on the stage and screen, as well as in pre-production and production processes. Since moving to the city, she has stage managed a World Premiere at Theatre Row and an old classic with Out of the Box Theatre Company.
Assistant Stage Manager
Rachel McPherson
Rachel is a Houston native, fresh off performances of All the Mournful Voices (Invulnerable Nothings), who has a passion for new works. Other credits include the Bandits on the Run concert, Hamlet ([email protected]), Blue Ridge (Atlantic Theater), and The Nutcracker (Houston Ballet). Many thanks to my Texas friends and family, Michi & J, Josh, J&J, Mini, and all my teachers along the way. HSPVA (’14) UNC School of the Arts (’18)
Set Designer
An-lin Dauber
An-lin Dauber (she/her/hers) is a New York-based set and costume designer. Notable set and costume designs include Paul Swan is Dead and Gone; What You Are Now (The Civilians), The Song of Summer (Mixed Blood Theatre), The Kind Ones (Magic Theater), A Christmas Carol: The Live Radio Play (Alliance Theatre), It’s A Wonderful Life; Lost in Yonkers (Hartford Stage), And Then They Came For Me (Alabama Shakespeare Festival), Seven Guitars (Yale Repertory Theatre), The Thanksgiving Play (Virginia Stage Company), Macbeth (Theater Alaska), The Seagull (Serenbe Playhouse), Marisol; Blood Wedding; The Bar Plays: Small Craft Warnings and The Time of Your Life; A Bright Room Called Day (The Williams Project). She is a company member of The Williams Project, a living wage theater company committed to radical hospitality. MFA Yale School of Drama. Member local USA 829. www.anlindauber.com
Costume Designer
Stefanie Genda
Stefanie Genda – Costume Designer – NYC Theatre Credits: Twelfth Night (Boomerang Theater Company); Sweethearts, The New Moon (Light Opera of New York), Complete Works of William Shakespeare…Abridged, Bunnicula (Mile Square Theatre); Regional Theatre Credits: Lost in Yonkers (Riverside Theatre); Buddy: The Buddy Holly Story, Million Dollar Quartet, Cabaret, Twelve Angry Men (Florida Repertory Theatre); Linger (Premiere Stages, Best Costume Design Broadway World); Crossing Swords, tick, Tick...BOOM! (American Theatre Group) Center). My Fair Lady, Kiss Me Kate, Die Fledermaus (Ohio Light Opera); Othello (American Shakespeare Center), “How You Look at It” (Short Film). Stefanie is part of the Ensemble of Artists at Florida Repertory Theatre and works as the Assistant Costume Supervisor at Manhattan Theatre Club. Most recently she was an assistant designer on the Broadway revival of Company. Stefanie is a member of United Scenic Artists USA 829. Visit her website at www.stefaniegenda.com or follow her on Instagram at @stef_withan_f_no_ph
Lighting Designer
Carolyn Wong
Carolyn Wong (Lighting Designer) is a lighting designer whose work includes Come Through (a collaboration between TU Dance and Bon Iver), Bullets Over Broadway (US Tour), Rockin’ Road to Dublin (US Tour), Une Autre Passion (Le Ballet du Grande Théâtre de Genève), Summer’s Winter Shadow (Ballet of Monte Carlo). History includes touring with TU Dance, Jessica Lang Dance, Rosy Simas Danse, Morphoses/The Wheeldon Project, Shen Wei Dance Arts, the Parsons Dance Company, Roxane Butterfly, Nai-Ni Chen Dance Company, and Forces of Nature Dance Theater. In addition, she has served as the Associate/Assistant Lighting Designer for the Radio City Rockettes Christmas Spectacular, the Broadway productions of Promises, Promises, Bullets over Broadway, You Can’t Take It With You, Oleanna, The Glass Menagerie, among others. She currently works as the world-wide Associate Lighting Designer for Disney’s The Lion King. She is an alumna of Oberlin College, and a native of San Francisco,California. www.wongnumber.com
Sound Design
Sam Kaseta
Sam is a nonbinary composer, vocalist, sound designer, conductor, and music director from Hartford, CT. They hold a B.A. in Music from Princeton with certificates in German and theater, as well as a Master’s in Music from NYU Steinhardt, where they studied concert composition with Caroline Shaw and Joan La Barbara. Some of the theaters Sam has worked with include Soho Rep., Ars Nova, The Dramatists’ Guild, New Georges, Everyday Inferno, Prospect Theater Company, 23.5 Degree Tilt, and many more. They are a contributor to and curator of The Tank’s cabaret series for underrepresented composers, “Tankaret”.
Property Design
Deb Gaouette
Deb's recent credits include: Americano at New World Stages, Turtle on a Fencepost at Theater 555, She Persisted, The BIg 10-0, and Last Stop on Market Street for Atlantic Kids Theatre, The Other Josh Cohen at West Side Theater, Desperate Measures at both New World and York Theater, Party Face at City Center, several shows for Hudson Stage, several shows for Atlantic Theatre acting school, and too many Fordham University Mainstage shows to list.
Music Director/Composer
Faye Chiao
Faye Chiao is a composer and performer of theater, opera, and concert music. Chiao’s work has been commissioned, produced and developed by Houston Grand Opera, Two River Theater, Syracuse Stage, Kenyon College, Prospect Theater, The Playwrights Realm and The Z Theater. Chiao is a member of Theatre Now New York's Musical Writers Lab (tnny.org) and holds degrees from The Peabody Institute of The Johns Hopkins University. FayeChiao.com
Additional Clarinet Music & Music Consultant
Eric Umble
Eric Umble Eric Umble is a versatile, award winning clarinetist hailed as lovely by New York Arts, and known for his "... nuanced and coloristic playing." (The Clarinet). Dedicated to using music as a force for positive change, he produced benefit concerts that raised thousands of dollars for public health, shelters, and disaster relief. Eric served as clarinetist in residence at Chamber Music Silicon Valley, the Annapolis Chamber Music Festival, and New Music on the Point. He has performed with renowned ensembles including the New York Philharmonic, International Contemporary Ensemble (ICE), the Orchestras of the Lucerne Festival Academy and Alumni, and the London Symphony Orchestra. He received Bachelors and Masters degrees from Manhattan School of Music.
Production Manager
Rachael Langton
Rachael Langton is a New York based theater director and production manager. Previously, she worked with Boomerang Theatre on Loveless Texas and A Midsummer Night's Dream. She also worked with Abingdon Theater, Rising Sun Performance Company, Metropolitan Playhouse and The International Human Rights Festival. This spring, she is directing East Village Chronicles, Actually at the Metropolitan Playhouse. She is the digital marketing associate at Classic Stage Company. Education: BA Theatre Studies, Ithaca College. View her work at RachaelLangton.com. Follow @Rachael_Langton.
Original Artwork
Stefano Imbert
Born and raised in Rome, Italy, Stefano is a professional illustrator based in New York City for more than 15 years. He has provided poster design and illustration to theatres nationwide, and his book covers have been published internationally. Stefano’s fashion illustrations are a monthly feature on a London-based men’s fashion blog. Stefano volunteers with Ink Well Foundation, working with children facing illness and hardship. A graduate of School of Visual Arts, he teaches illustration at CUNY and serves on the Board of Directors of the Society of Illustrators (New York) as International Chair.
Press Representitive
Katie Rosin/Kampfire PR
A full service Marketing and Public Relations agency founded by Katie Rosin, offering exceptional and custom campaigns for each client’s unique needs and projects. Rosin was instrumental in the launch of the Broadway musical Brooklyn and the National Tour of Mother Load. She worked on the publicity team for the comedian, Jerry Seinfeld, and his movie Comedian. Antonio Miniño later joined the Kampfire Team, after having produced and marketed various fashion shows, theatrical productions, as well as produced and hosted for the award winning Fashion TV. Together they have represented companies of all levels, genres and aesthetics in the Arts.
Covid Compliance Officer
Juan Pablo Montoya
JP is a graduate of Hunter College Silberman School of Social Work as a Licensed Master Social Worker. Previous social work includes Cabrini Immigrant Services, NYC; NYSTART; Volunteers of America. Theatre: Boomerang Theatre Company-Much Ado About Nothing, Hamlet. Broadway: Girl From The North Country. Grateful to bring social work into the arts as a Covid Compliance Officer.
Producer
Boomerang Theatre Company
Established in 1999, the Boomerang Theatre Company is dedicated to producing big, distinctive plays: new, classic, and neglected plays. These efforts are brash, swaggering plays of big theatrical questions, a love of language rooted in our shared humanity. We annually present these projects as outdoor productions and indoor rotating repertory seasons. These plays are produced with a “swing for the fences” mentality, allowing Boomerang to push beyond the perceived limitations of an Off-Off-Broadway/Indie Theatre company. Our goal is to establish a sustained dialogue with our audience around significant dramatic questions, using humor to make us think and drama to laugh at our frailty.
Producer
Tim Errickson
During his time as Artistic Director of Boomerang, Tim has produced over 60 full productions (including 20 free Shakespeare productions) and overseen development workshops and readings for over 100 new plays. Tim has directed Boomerang productions of CANDIDA, HAMLET and BURNING THE OLD MAN, among others. In addition to Boomerang, Tim has been on staff at Lincoln Center Theater and New Dramatists. @timerrickson
Associate Producer
Anuka Sethi
Anuka Sethi is an India born, Dubai raised and New York City-based actor, writer and producer. She is a multi-hyphenate artist who recently graduated from NYU Tisch School of the Arts with training from Playwrights Horizons Theatre School and Stonestreet Studios. Since she grew up a TCK (third culture kid), Anuka has used her art as a way to connect with her roots and is passionate about creating work and space for South Asian artists. Her most recent acting credits include: She Walks The Air IX at the Lenfest Centre as well as Sustain at Playwrights Downtown. During her final semester at NYU, she worked for the Nine Muses Entertainment Lab at NYU, working directly under founder Bryce Dallas Howard. During this time, she wrote, directed and starred in a short film called Hide & Seek. IG: @anuka.sethi | anukasethi.com
Associate Producer
Curtis Howard
Curtis is a New York City-based Actor and Creative Producer. For the last six years, he has been producing and creating new theatre works, starting with a “dancing-play” tribute to his mentor, jazz dance legend Luigi. When the quarantine happened, he saw an opportunity to return to school, where he custom designed a Baccalaureate in the Business of Dance Production through CUNY. He is excited to be working with Boomerang Theatre Company on The Karpovsky Variations. He also produced workshops and readings of Fat Kid Rules the World with Camille A. Brown (choreo) and Ethan Popp (music sup), Valentino, about the life of matinee idol Rudolph Valentino with Chet Walker (dir/choreo) and Tony Yazbeck (Valentino). He is an original member of the Broadway COVID Safety Team, where he was the first to start saying, “Welcome Back to Broadway!!” Thank you so much for being here today; we cannot do this without you.
We couldn’t do it without you!
SPECIAL THANKS
The Board of Boomerang Theatre Company; Chris Connolly, Sarah Lahue and the Staff at A.R.T./NY; Elaine Devlin; Christina Perry, Kirk Gostkowski and the staff of The Chain Theatre; Meghan and the staff at Actors Equity Association; Philip Emeott; Juan Pablo Montoya; Jodi Witherall; Leah Hamos and staff at Gersh Agency; Quynh Le and the team at Gales Creek Insurance; Randi Berry and Indie Space/The Indie Theatre Fund; Akia Squitieri; Herbert Ring and Sara Thigpen.
Thank you for aid and support.
Grants
The Leon Levy Foundation COVID Relief Fund, administered by A.R.T./New York; New York State Council on the Arts Rapid Live Performance Grant;
We couldn’t do it with you, either!
Donors
Kathleen Allen, Andrea Alton, Sonny Anderson, Jessica Angleskhan, Henry Aronson, Christina Ashby, Susan Atwood, Timothy Babcock, David Arthur Bachrach, Erika Bailey, M.Jane Balanoff, Elizabeth Belonzi, Simon Britton, Kathleen Brown, Deborah Carlson, David Ceci, Chris Chinn, Patricia Clark, Ashley Wrenn Collins, Megan Condit-Knauf, Richard Crisci, Jack Hilton Cunningham, Andrea Gorzell D'Haene, Elise D'Haene, Michael DeVito, Carolina Do, Jean Dommermuth, Christopher Dowling, Judith Estrine, Margaret A. Flanagan, Vicky Feather, Kelly Webb Ferebee, Lauren Ferebee, Jared Field, Jessie Field, Michael Folie, Kevin R. Free, Dan Funk, Jodi Dick Gelman, Amy Gijsbers van Wijk, Shay Gonen, Wick Hallos, Patricia Hallerstein, Jack Halpin, Chris Harcum, James Hay, Sean Harris, Jamie Heffernan, Jeanine Heffernan, Joseph McNamara Hefner, Terence Patrick Hughes, Christopher Illing, John Jiler, Mrinalini Kamath, Kate Kenney, Katie King, Adam Kraar, Caroline Kravath, Debbie Kunen, William Laney, Joseph Lavezzo, Ralph Lewis, Ying Ying Li, Padraic Lillis, Philip Luongo, Synge Maher, Dan Marshall, Donnie Martelli, Sue McLaughlin, Hannah Jane McMurray, Catherine McNelis, Lora Moysard, Linda S. Nelson, Kevin Nettler, Kate O'Connor, Kristen Palmer, Lorin Palmiter, Kathryn Paulsen, Ian Pfister, Isaac Rathbone, Dan Renkin, Jenn Renner, Krista Rizzo, Lia Romeo, Greg Romero, Kat Shondeck, Ken Simon, Laura Siner, Marc A. Sinoway, Karen Lehman Sirota, Lory Skwerer, Steven Todd Smith, Mark Souza, Lauren Sowa, Rose Spector, Vincent Spina, Akia Squitieri, Kathryn Squitieri, Amy Stoller, Glenn Stoops, Aubrie Therrien, Victor Trevino, Joan VanAntwerp, Kristen Vaughan, Viet Vo, Walter A. Webster, Aron Weiss, Cindee Weiss, Sandra Williams, Natalie Wilson and Susan Woods.

Special Thanks

  • The A.R.T./New York Theatres are a project of the Alliance of Resident Theatres/New York (A.R.T./New York) which provide state-of-the-art, accessible venues and top-line technical equipment at subsidized rates so that the city’s small and emerging theatre companies can continue to experiment, grow, and produce new works. Founded in 1972, A.R.T./New York assists over 400 member theatres in realizing their rich artistic visions and serving their diverse audiences well. A.R.T./New York accomplishes this through providing progressive services to our members – from shared office and rehearsal spaces to technical assistance programs for emerging theatres. Because of this dedication to serving the needs of the nonprofit theatre community, A.R.T./New York has received numerous honors, including an Obie Award, an Innovative Theatre Award, a New York City Mayor’s Award for Arts & Culture, and a Tony Honor for Excellence in the Theatre. For more information, please visit www.art-newyork.org.
  • For information on the A.R.T./New York Theatres including directions and accessibility information, please visit www.art-newyork.org/your-visit.
  • Special thanks to Nick Green, for his musical expertise and the loan of his clarinet.
  • Special thanks to Ricky Udell for his help and support on this production. 
  • Special thanks to Ben Bourque for coaching on the harmonica.