Harold & Lillian
book & lyrics by Dan Collins music by Julianne Wick Davis
based on the documentary film by Daniel Raim
directed by Michael Greif
dramaturg: Jerry Patch
Pacific Playwrights Festival
June 21, 2021 - June 27, 2021

A musical about the Hollywood romance of storyboard artist Harold Michelson and film researcher Lillian Michelson. Beginning with their elopement after Harold came home from World War II, their marriage spanned six decades—during which they overcame daunting personal challenges and made surprising movie magic.

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The Pacific Playwrights Festival is all about the writers. #PPFPlaywrights, an off shoot of SCR’s #Commissioned video series, features the five wordsmiths and one composer who contributed the work included in the 23rd festival. For ​​Harold & Lillian, ​director ​Michael Greif chats with book writer Dan Collins and composer Julianne Wick Davis. They’ll be talking about the play, and there may be some spoilers. So, if you don’t want any secrets revealed, you may want to screen the reading before watching the interview. If you purchase tickets for ​Harold & Lillian, you’ll automatically be sent the link for #PPFPlaywrights.


Dan Collins (Book and Lyrics) wrote the book and lyrics for the musicals Trevor, Southern Comfort and The Pen, all with composer Julianne Wick Davis. Trevor received its world premiere at Writers Theatre (Chicago-area), where it won the Jeff Award for Best New Work; it’s set to open off-Broadway as soon as the New York City theatre season resumes. Southern Comfort was produced by the Public Theater, following productions at Barrington Stage and Cap21 (Critics’ Pick, New York Times and Time Out NYC); it received the Jonathan Larson Award, a GLAAD Media Award and was nominated for Lucille Lortel, Outer Critics Circle and Drama Desk awards. The Pen (Critics’ Pick, New York Times) was produced by Inner Voices and received a Solo Performance Drama Desk Award nomination for its star, Nancy Anderson. His other projects include Wood (starring Tony Award-winner Cady Huffman) and When We Met (Eugene O’Neill National Musical Theater Conference; Collaborative Arts Project/CAP 21). He was selected as a Dramatist Guild Fellow. Collins received his MFA in musical theatre writing at New York University’s Tisch School of the Arts and his BFA in playwriting at The Theatre School of DePaul University. 


Julianne Wick Davis (Composer & Lyricist) is the recipient of the Jonathan Larson Award (2012) and was the Billie Burke Ziegfeld Award for Outstanding Female Musical Theater Composer (2018). Named one of the 50 Women to Watch in 2020 by the Broadway Woman’s Fund, Davis also received a Lotte Lenya Competition Songbook Series Award (2020) from the Kurt Weill Foundation. Trevor, her collaboration with Dan Collins (book and lyrics), had its world premiere at Writers Theatre, Chicago, and received a Joseph Jefferson Award for Outstanding New Musical. Trevor is slated to open off-Broadway in 2021. Southern Comfort, also with Collins, received a production at The Public Theater and was a New York Times Critics’ Pick, as well as received Lucille Lortel and Outer Critics Circle awards nominations for Outstanding Musical. Southern Comfort was part of the National Alliance for Musical Theatre Convention (2012) and received a production at Barrington Stage Company, a reading at Playwrights Horizons and a developmental production at Collaborative Arts Project/CAP 21, which garnered a GLAAD Media Award and Critics’ Picks from Time Out NYC and The New York Times. The Pen, with Collins, produced for for Inner Voices was another New York Times Critics’ Pick. When We Met (music & lyrics), was a part of the Eugene O’Neill Musical Theater Conference, York Theatre Company’s NEO Development Series, Broadway Bound Concert Series and received a developmental production at CAP21. The Willard Suitcases (book, music, & lyrics) had its world premiere at American Shakespeare Center (2019) and was named one of the Top Ten 2019 Theatrical Events by The Washington Post and was featured in the Broadway Bound Series at Merkin Hall. Lautrec at the St. James (music) with John Dietrich (book and lyrics), was selected for the NAMT Conference (2019) and will be a part of the Applause Concert Series at the Olney Theatre Center (2021). She has also contributed two songs for Shakina Nayfack’s Manifest Pussy and was commissioned to write a song for Lonny Price’s Lincoln Center Originals series. She is a Dramatist Guild Fellow, a York Theatre Company NEO 9 Emerging Writer and a Sundance Fellow at Ucross. She received her MFA from New York University’s Tisch School of the Arts, Graduate Musical Theatre Writing Program, where she is currently on faculty. Davis is an ASCAP and Dramatist Guild member. 



Learn more about the production, cast & creative team in the program.


Karole Foreman (The Matron & Others) returns to SCR after appearing in the Pacific Playwrights Festival readings of Prelude to a Kiss, the Musical and Intimate Apparel. Her theatre credits include Lady Day at Emerson’s Bar and Grill (Ovation Award, Ebony Repertory Theatre and International City Theatre), A Little Night Music (San Diego Theatre Critics Circle Award nomination), Stupid Fucking Bird (Cygnet Theatre); Haunted House Party (Getty Villa); Porgy & Bess, Sweeney Todd, Intimate Apparel (Ensemble Theatre Company); Fences (NAACP Image Award nomination, PCPA and International City Theatre); Wedding Band (Stage Raw Award nomination, Antaeus Theatre Company); Next to Normal (OC Weekly Theatre Award, California Repertory Company); Difficulty of Crossing a Field and Queenie Pie (Long Beach Opera); Caroline or Change (PCPA); Parade, Jelly’s Last Jam (Suzi Bass Award, Mark Taper Forum, Alliance Theatre, Atlanta); and Mamma Mia! (Las Vegas). Foreman worked with the Los Angeles Women’s Shakespeare Company, Oregon Shakespeare Festival and numerous regional theatres across the country. Her television credits include “Monster,” “Good Trouble,” “NCIS,” “Brooklyn 99,” “How to Get Away With Murder,” “Crazy Ex-Girlfriend,” “Rebel,” “GLOW,” “Kingdom,” “Training Day,” “The Young and the Restless,” “Stitchers,” “Jane the Virgin,” “Adam Ruins Everything,” “Switched at Birth,” “Rizzoli & Isles,” “Murder in the First,” “Pretty Little Liars,” “Grey’s Anatomy,” “Bones,” “Medium,” “Law & Order” and “Bold and the Beautiful.” Her film credits include The Banality, I’ll Be Next Door for Christmas, 42, Rebirth and Buddy Solitaire. karoleforeman.com


Michael McKean (Harold) has had a distinguished career in theatre, television and film; he is making his SCR debut. His Broadway credits include The Little Foxes, All the Way, The Bandwagon, The Best Man, Superior Donuts, The Homecoming, The Pajama Game, Hairspray and Accomplice. His off-Broadway credits include The True, The Exonerated, King Lear and Our Town. His other theatre credits include Father Comes Home From the Wars and Randy Newman’s Harps and Angels (both at Taper Forum, Los Angeles), Superior Donuts (Steppenwolf Theatre) and On the Razzle (Williamstown Theatre Festival). His films include Used Cars, This is Spinal Tap, Clue, D.A.R.Y.L, Light of Day, Planes, Trains and Automobiles, Best in Show, A Mighty Wind and For Your Consideration. His television credits include “Laverne & Shirley,” “Dream On,” “Better Call Saul” (Emmy Award nomination) and “Good Omens.”


Annette O'Toole (Lillian) is making her SCR debut. Her New York and regional theatre work include A Lovely Sunday for Creve Coeur, The Show-Off (Theatre at St. Clement’s), The Traveling Lady (Cherry Lane Theatre), Man From Nebraska (Second Stage Theatre), Southern Comfort (The Public Theater) for which she received the Lucille Lortel Award for Best Actress in a Musical, and Drama Desk and Drama League award nominations, Hamlet in Bed (Rattlestick Theatre, Edinburgh Festival), The Good Book (Berkeley Repertory), Magnolia (Goodman Theatre), Third (Two River Theatre), Heresy (Flea Theatre), The Quality of Life (Arena Stage), Kindness (Playwrights Horizons) and The Seagull (Classic Stage Company). Her film and television performances include Blow the Man Down, A Futile and Stupid Gesture, Women Who Kill, 48 Hours, Superman III, Cat People, One on One, “Virgin River,” “Kidding,” “The Good Doctor,” “The Punisher,” “Search Party,” “11.22.63,” “Halt and Catch Fire,” “Smallville” and “The Kennedys of Massachusetts,” for which she received Emmy and Golden Globe award nominations. 


Roland Rusinek (Mr. Wesley & Other) was last seen at SCR as Pirelli in Sweeney Todd: The Demon Barber of Fleet Street. His film and TV appearances include Figaro in “Coop And Cami Ask The World,” streaming on Disney +, Jack Lapidus in The Producers streaming on Peacock, Frank in the first BearCity on Amazon Prime and as Caeser in the upcoming short film, Who Guardeth the Guards. His New York theatre credits include Piangi in The Phantom of the Opera (Majestic Theatre, Broadway); Fezziwig and others in A Christmas Carol (Madison Square Garden); Beadle in Sweeney Todd and Ciccio in The Most Happy Fella (NYC Opera); Jerry Springer: The Opera, in concert (Carnegie Hall); and Kismet (Encores!, New York City Center). His tour appearances include The Addams Family, Kiss Me Kate and Camelot. His regional theatre credits include Dame Derriere in Beauty and the Beast: A Christmas Rose (Laguna Playhouse); Sancho in Man of La Mancha (Valley Performing Arts Center and La Mirada Theatre); Edna in Hairspray (Norris Theatre); Alf and others in Limelight: The Story Of Charlie Chaplin (La Jolla Playhouse); Val in Laughter on the 23rd Floor (Garry Marshall Theatre); Beadle in Sweeney Todd and Mr. Bumble in Oliver! (Sacramento Music Circus); Nicely-Nicely in Guys and Dolls (Theatre Under the Stars, Maine State Music Theatre and Music Theatre of San Jose); The Governor in Candide (Center Theatre Group/Ahmanson Theatre); Beadle in Sweeney Todd (Reprise!, Musical Theatre West, 5th Avenue Theatre, Geva Theatre); Franz in The Producers, Paravicini in The Mousetrap (The Maltz Jupiter Theatre); Eric in Living on Love (Asolo Repertory Theatre); Tito in Lend Me a Tenor (Bay Street Theatre); and Bessie in Casa Valentina (GableStage). He has been a guest lecturer for UCLA’s Ray Bolger Musical Theatre program and is an alumnus of the Los Angeles County High School for the Arts and PCPA’s actor training program. More at rolandrusinek.net.


Jacques C. Smith (Lt. McGowen & Others) is thrilled to be on stage at South Coast Repertory again. He was performing as Mafala in the national tour of The Book of Mormon when the pandemic halted all theatrical performances. He has performed on Broadway and internationally in RENT, as well as in the national tour of If/Then. Regionally, he has performed at The Old Globe, Ebony Repertory Theatre (Ovation Award), Pasadena Playhouse (NAACP nomination), Theatre Under The Stars, La Jolla Playhouse, Cleveland Playhouse, Goodman Theater (Black Theater Alliance Award,, Joseph Jefferson nomination), Paper Mill Playhouse and many others. His television credits include “Marlon,” “Eagleheart,” “General Hospital,” “OZ” (HBO, series regular), “CSI: Miami,” Issa Rae’s “The Choir,” “American Masters” and “Law & Order.” He received his MFA from University of California, San Diego, and his BA from Princeton University.


Jennifer Leigh Warren (Leila & Others) is a critically acclaimed actress/singer lauded for her show-stopping Broadway performances as the original Alice’s Daughter in Big River (“How Blest We Are” written for her by Roger Miller), the original Crystal in the Howard Ashman/Alan Menken hit Little Shop of Horrors, the original Lincoln Center cast of Marie Christine and the original Muse in the Drama Desk Award-nominated Lonesome Traveler. In RENT: Live on FOX TV, she showcased her acting versatility as Mrs. Jefferson, Mrs. Cohen, Support Sue and the infamous homeless bag lady. She starred as “The Blues Singer” in all four national tours of A Night with Janis Joplin (USA, Canada; now streaming on Broadway HD.com) and performed her Diamonds Are Forever: The Songs of Shirley Bassey concert at the Renberg Theatre in Los Angeles. On “The Tonight Show,” “Late Night With Conan O’Brien” and “Jimmy Kimmel Live,” she performed with Broken Bells, The Kills, Trombone Shorty, Moon Taxi, Lisa Loeb and OK Go. Her full film and TV credits are available at: JenniferLeighWarren.com. She is a member of Actors’ Equity Association and SAG/AFTRA.

Creative Team

Michael Greif (Director) most recently directed Dear Evan Hansen and the Broadway production of War Paint. His other Broadway work includes RENT, Grey Gardens, Next to Normal (Tony Award nomination), Never Gonna Dance, and If/Then. Greif’s other recent work includes Man in the Ring (Huntington Theatre Company), The Low Road (Public Theater), A Parallelogram (Second Stage), War Paint (Goodman Theatre), Our Lady of Kibeho, Angels in America (Signature Theatre, NY), The Intelligent Homosexual’s Guide to Capitalism and Socialism with a Key to the Scripture (Public Theatre), The Tempest, The Winter’s Tale and Romeo and Juliet (Delacourt Theatre at the Public Theater). Off-Broadway, he has won Obie Awards for Machinal, Dog Eaters (Public) and RENT (New York Theatre Workshop). He has directed new plays and musicals at Playwrights Horizons, Roundabout, MTC, MCC, New York Theatre Workshop and Second Stage. He has directed Next to Normal and Dear Evan Hansen at Second Stage. He has directed premiere and revival works at Williamstown Theatre Festival (10 seasons), La Jolla Playhouse (artistic director, five seasons), Arena Stage, Center Stage, Mark Taper Forum, Dallas Theatre Center, Trinity Repertory Company, and other regional theatres. He received a BS from Northwestern University and an MFA from the University of California, San Diego.

Matt Deitchman (Music Director) is a New York City-based music director, orchestrator, actor, composer and multi-instrumentalist. Currently, he is the music director/conductor of Trevor: The Musical at Stage 42. A recent transplant to NYC, Deitchman spent most of the past 10 years living and working in Chicago, where his credits include work with the Lyric Opera of Chicago, Chicago Shakespeare Theatre, Victory Gardens Theatre, Writers Theatre, Marriott Theatre, Paramount Theatre, Drury Lane Theatre, Chicago Children’s Theatre and Second City. Regionally, his credits include work with Shakespeare Theatre Company (D.C.), Asolo Repertory Theatre, Adirondack Theatre Festival and the Royal Conservatoire of Scotland. He is a member of American Federation of Musicians, Actors’ Equity Association and the American Guild of Musical Artists, and a graduate of Northwestern University. For more info, mattdeitchman.com.

​Jerry Patch (Dramaturg) ​ was affiliated with SCR from 1967-2005 and returned in 2014 as literary consultant. He served as dramaturg on nearly 150 new plays developed and seen at SCR including the world premieres of Abundance, Freedomland, Golden Child, Intimate Apparel, Search and Destroy, Three Days of Rain and Wit. He was project director for the Pacific Playwrights Festival from its 1998 inception through 2005; and, for seven years, he served as artistic director of the theatre program of Sundance Institute. As a professor of theatre and film, he taught at Long Beach City College, UC-Irvine, UC-San Diego, CSU-Long Beach and other institutions. He was consulting dramaturg for Roundabout Theatre Company (New York) for nearly a decade and left SCR to become resident artistic director for The Old Globe in San Diego. He is now an artistic consultant for MTC and serves as resident dramaturg at SCR.

Justin Krumb (Film Producer) has roots that run deep within SCR. Since graduating with his BA from CSU-Long Beach, he has immersed himself in the evolving world of video and film production. Focusing his efforts on feature documentary (Minds In The Water), broadcast television (First Hand, The Surfer’s Journal) and live productions (Love Loud, Imagine Dragons, ReCode) has allowed Krumb to see all sides of producing digital media. Spanning multiple decades, he has worked on a variety of documentary and commercial projects, in countries around the globe that range in subject matter from travel, music, sports, and culture. Krumb earned the honor of an Emmy Award for Best Documentary (Next Wave) and film festival awards that included Best Environmental Film, Best Original Score, Audience Appreciation and a Top Emerging Directors designation from AmDocs Film Festival (Transparentsea). He recently reconnected with SCR to produce film works of plays (Outside Mullingar, A Shot Rang Out and Red Riding Hood). The opportunity to bring the Pacific Playwrights Festival plays and a musical to the screen in a new and inclusive way, and to share the talents of these amazing artists, continues to add to the rewarding career path he has taken.

Kathryn Davies (Stage Manager) previously stage-managed The Velveteen Rabbit, Poor Yella Rednecks, Sugar Plum Fairy, Orange, The Roommate, All the Way, Future Thinking, Red, Vietgone, The Whipping Man, Tartuffe, Reunion, Trudy and Max in Love, The Motherf**ker with the Hat, How to Write a New Book for the Bible, Sight Unseen, Topdog/Underdog, In the Next Room or the vibrator play, Doctor Cerberus, Ordinary Days, Our Mother’s Brief Affair and The Injured Party—all at SCR. Her favorite credits include The Wars at the Grand Theatre; Dividing the Estate at Dallas Theater Center; La Bohème at Tulsa Opera; The Mystery of Irma Vep at The Old Globe; Les Contes D’Hoffmann at Hawaii Opera Theatre; Of Mice and Men at Neptune Theatre; The Dresser at Manitoba Theatre Centre; Skylight at Tarragon Theatre; To Kill a Mockingbird at Citadel Theatre; and The Designated Mourner at the Edinburgh Fringe Festival. Davies also worked as head theatre manager at the Toronto International, Dubai International, AFI, TCM and Los Angeles Film festivals.

The Actors and Stage Managers employed in this production are members of Actors’ Equity Association, the Union of Professional Actors and Stage Managers in the United States.

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Samuel & Tammy Tang
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