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music by Daniel Messé
lyrics by Sean Hartley and Daniel Messé
book by Craig Lucas
directed by David Ivers
Segerstrom Stage
Part of the Pacific Playwrights Festival

Produced in association with Milwaukee Repertory Theater

Apr. 11 - May 5, 2024

The Segerstrom Foundation

Apriem Advisors
Sophie & Larry Cripe and John & Laura Drachman

Laurie & Steve Duncan
Michael Ray
Samuel & Tammy Tang

PBS So Cal

South Coast Plaza

Prelude to a Kiss, The Musical

“For better or worse” takes on new meaning when a mysterious guest requests a kiss at Peter and Rita’s wedding—and their lives are forever changed. Originally a South Coast Repertory world premiere, the Tony Award-nominated play returns as a musical. Refreshed, reimagined and elevated by a breathtaking score, this modern fable soars through the peaks and valleys of love—the perfect salve for our disconnected times.

Featuring: Hannah Corneau, Jonathan Gillard Daly, Julie Garnyé, Bella Hicks, Jimmie "J.J." Jeter, Robert Knight, Rachel Lykins, Chris McCarrell, James Moye, Caroline Pernick, Tristan J Shuler, DeAnne Stewart, Robert Zelaya and Karen Ziemba 

Performances: Apr. 9 - May 4, 2024
First Night: Apr. 12, 2024
American Sign Language Performance: Sunday, April 28 at 2 p.m.

Recommendation: Ages 14+

Running Time: Approximately two hours, plus one 15-minute intermission.

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Love in the Age of Anxiety from "Prelude to a Kiss, The Musical"

Hannah Corneau sings "I Haven't Slept in Years"

What to Expect from "Prelude to a Kiss, The Musical"

Developing "Prelude"

Here's the Story

A Musical 36 Years in the Making

The Plays of Craig Lucas

About the Cast and Creative Team

Craig Lucas (Book) has written many plays, movies and musicals as well as opera and ballet libretti. For that work, he has received four Tony nominations, three Obie Awards, the New York Film Critics Best Screenplay Award, the Sundance Audience Award, the Excellence in Literature Award from the American Academy of Arts & Letters, the L.A. Drama Critics Award, the Hermitage Greenfield Prize, the Mimi Steinberg/ATCA Best Play Award among numerous other honors. He is delighted to be returning to South Coast Repertory.

Daniel Messé (Music & Lyrics) is the founder and principal songwriter of the band Hem (albums include Rabbit Songs, Eveningland, Funnel Cloud, Departure and Farewell, et al). Previous theatre credits include Twelfth Night (starring Anne Hathaway and Audra McDonald, dir. by Daniel Sullivan) for The Public Theater’s 2009 season of Shakespeare in the Park. Along with Craig Lucas (book) and Nathan Tysen (co-lyrics), Messé wrote music/lyrics for the musical adaptation of the film Amélie, which debuted on Broadway in 2017 (directed by Pam McKinnon), and was re-conceived for the West End (directed by Michael Fentiman), earning three Olivier Award nominations (including Best New Musical) and a Grammy Award nomination for Best Musical Theatre Album. Upcoming work includes a new musical for New Works Provincetown (reuniting with Craig Lucas and Nathan Tysen, directed by Michael Greif), along with a new Hem album to be released later this year.

Sean Hartley (Lyrics) is the director of musical theatre at Kaufman Music Center in New York City, where he curates, produces and often hosts the series Broadway Close Up and Broadway Playhouse. As a lyricist, composer and/or playwright, his productions include Cupid and Psyche (with composer Jihwan Kim, Drama Desk Award nomination), Little Women (Syracuse Stage, Village Theater), Love and Real Estate (59E59, with composer Sam Davis) and Snow (ASCAP Harold Arlen Award for Best New Musical). His works for television include the Disney Channel’s The Book of Pooh and Bear in the Big Blue House. His works for children include Number the Stars (from the Newbery Medal book by Lois Lowry) and Sunshine (from a book by Ludwig Bemelmans, music by John O’Neill), and Vashti! and Holy Moses! (both with books by Bob Kolsby). He frequently lectures throughout the country on musical theater.

Hannah Corneau

Hannah Corneau* (Rita) is a singer songwriter from New York, who blends genres with her sweeping vocal range. With origins from the theatrical world, storytelling is paramount within her composition and expression. Corneau made her Broadway debut as Elphaba in Wicked. She has also starred as Edna St. Vincent Millay in the critically-acclaimed Transport Group production of Renascence. Previously, she traveled around the country as Yitzhak in the first national tour of Hedwig and The Angry Inch. Her original show, ‘beautiful little fool’ is currently in development. Much love to Yaz.

Jonathan Gillard Daly

Jonathan Gillard Daly* (Julius) is a 40-year veteran of Actors’ Equity Association, and a published playwright. He has acted in hundreds of plays at regional theaters throughout the United States, among them Cincinnati Playhouse in the Park, American Players Theater, Arizona Theatre Company, Indiana Repertory Theatre, Court Theatre at the University of Chicago, New Jersey Shakespeare Festival, Clarence Brown Theater and Utah Shakespeare Festival. He has been a member of resident acting ensembles at Repertory Theatre of Saint Louis, Great Lakes Theatre Festival, PCPA Theaterfest, Great River Shakespeare Festival, and Milwaukee Repertory Theater. He has performed his one-man tribute to poet Carl Sandburg at the United Solo Festival, Sarasolo Festival, and In Tandem Theatre in his native Milwaukee, where the show received its premiere. His memoir, Rough Magic: Scenes from an Actor’s Life, is available for purchase at He is pleased to be working at SCR for the first time.

Julie Garnye

Julie Garnyé* (Leah/Ensemble) is thrilled to be returning to SCR, where she was last seen in The Light in the Piazza. Theatre credits include Come From Away (first national tour, original cast), Cats (fifth national tour, Jennyanydots/Grizabella), Hair and Chess in Concert on Broadway (The New Amsterdam Theatre), three Hollywood Bowl summer musicals: Les Misérables, Chicago, and Mamma Mia!, and First Things Last at London’s Garrick Theatre. Film and television credits include “Curb Your Enthusiasm” (Fatwa! The Musical), Disney’s Tinker Bell and the Lost Treasure (Lyria), The OSCARS (Les Misérables ensemble), Daytime Emmy Awards (“In Memoriam” soloist). Garnyé’s first book, The Stage Actor’s Handbook, co-written with Michael Kostroff, was published by Roman & Littlefield in 2022. She has also released two studio singles with Club44 Records: Forgiveness’ Embrace with the legendary Stephen Schwartz and Fields of Gold | Both Sides Now with Lance Horne and Eleanor Norton. For more information, please visit

Bella Hicks

Bella Hicks* (Ensemble) is so grateful to be a part of this beautiful show! Her recent credits include Waitress second national tour (Ensemble/Dawn US), Disney’s Rogers: the Musical (Diamond Starkette), Grease at La Mirada Theatre (Frenchy), Bernstein Dances by the Hamburg Ballet at Dorothy Chandler Pavillion (dir. John Neumeier), and Rudolph The Red-Nosed Reindeer: The Musical national tour (Rudolph). She has been a soloist with the Gay Men’s Chorus of LA and is featured on the original cast recording of Rogers: the Musical. Thank you to South Coast Repertory, this inspiring creative team and cast, Todd and ATB Talent, and her supportive family and fiancée, Ky. Performances, original music, and updates on her Instagram: @bellahicks

Jimmie JJ Jeter

Jimmie "J.J." Jeter* (Taylor/Ensemble) is making his SCR debut. A Juilliard School alumnus (Group 45), Jeter is credited for his role as Alexander Hamilton in Hamilton at the Richard Rodgers Theatre and served as Principal Standby and Assistant Director for the original company of Australia. His screen achievements include Hold On (Sundance 2017), Campfire Alfa, and a television role in “The Chi” season 2 on Showtime. On the regional stage, as Cory in Fences at Pioneer Theatre Company and Benvolio in Romeo and Juliet at Shakespeare Theatre Company in D.C.

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Robert Knight* (Ensemble) is excited to be returning to South Coast Repertory after being in the ensemble of She Loves Me. He recently came back from the Guthrie Theater in Minneapolis, where he was The Baker in Into the Woods directed by James Lapine’s niece, Sarna Lapine. He also starred as Louis/Charles in Sunday in the Park with George also directed by Sarna Lapine at the now Tony Award-winning Pasadena Playhouse. He currently voices Cody’s Dad on the hit kids Netflix series, “Cocomelon.” Other credits include Jim in Big River (Hale Theater Arizona) and Jim Conley in the Ovation nominated and LA Times Critics Choice, Parade (The Chance Theatre). He is grateful to be back on stage and he couldn’t do it without the love and support from his wife, daughter, and soon-to-be son. Instagram: @_robknight_ #LiveLikeLance&Juanito “

Chris McCarrell

Chris McCarrell* (Peter) is making his SCR debut. He is best known for originating the role of Percy Jackson in The Lightning Thief: The Percy Jackson Musical during its Off- Broadway, national tour, and Broadway run. Before that, he was seen as Marius in the 2014 Broadway revival of Les Misérables, playing over 1,000 performances. His television credits include “Peter Pan Live” on NBC, “The OA,” and “The Blacklist.” Within NYC’s developmental scene, he has contributed to projects such as Nikola Tesla Drops the Beat (Kevin McCollum), Take the Lead (Eva Price), Never Be King (National Alliance for Musical Theatre), SuperYou (Carnegie Hall), October Sky (Universal Theatrics), Diary of a Wimpy Kid (Kevin McCollum), Burn All Night (Hunter Arnold), The Louder We Get (National Alliance for Musical Theatre) and The World Will Not Contain Us (The New Group). Regionally, McCarrell has worked at Kansas City Repertory, Bucks County Playhouse, Great Lakes Theater Festival, La Mirada Theatre, The REV Theatre and The O’Neill Center. He attended Baldwin Wallace Conservatory of Music for Music Theatre in his hometown of Cleveland, Ohio.

James Moye

James Moye* (Rita's Dad/Ensemble) is thrilled to return to SCR after directing Million Dollar Quartet at Outside SCR in the summer of ’22. As an actor, Moye is a veteran of 10 Broadway shows: Dear Evan Hansen, Aladdin, Tootsie, Million Dollar Quartet, On the 20th Century, Bullets Over Broadway, Ragtime, A Tale of Two Cities, Urinetown, and The Full Monty. His other acting credits include seven off-Broadway shows, tours, many regional productions, and several commercial campaigns. He has been seen on screen in Fair Game (with Sean Penn) and his television credits include “Law & Order,” “The Blacklist,” “Royal Pains,” and “The Mysteries of Laura.” Moye is a graduate of James Madison University, where he received the 2017 Distinguished Alumni Award. Thanks to his wonderful family, Kim, Lila, Weston, and Noelle.

Caroline Pernick

Caroline Pernick* (Ensemble) (she/her) is so grateful to be back at South Coast Repertory. A NYC-based, SF Bay Area native, Pernick was most recently seen at SCR as Zoe in Dr. Silver. Her NYC credits include The Lost Boys, The Conversation and Prelude to a Kiss. Her regional credits include A Christmas Carol, Homefront (American Conservatory Theater), Clue (Center Rep) and The 39 Steps (Summer Repertory Theater). She is a UCLA grad! Love to the moon and back and back again to mom and dad.

Tristan J. Shuler

Tristan J Shuler* (Ensemble) is a bicoastal writer/director/actor, is honored to join the legacy of Prelude to a Kiss, The Musical in his South Coast Repertory debut after being highlighted in YesBroadway’s 40Under40 alongside Oscar-winner Ariana DeBose and Tony-winners Adrienne Warren and Alex Newell. Off-Broadway credits include Spamilton: An American Parody, Cruel Intentions: the 90’s Musical, Urinetown the Musical and The Big Bang Theory: A Pop-Rock Musical Parody. He also appeared in the national tours of Spamilton: An American Parody and Odd Squad LIVE! Internationally, he appeared in Disney’s Frozen (Kristoff) and regionally in RENT (directed by Adam Pascal), Disney’s Beauty & the Beast (Beast) and Disney’s The Little Mermaid (Prince Eric). Most recently, Shuler was a lead performer in the modern revival of the iconic La Cage nightclub at the Hollywood Roosevelt. Currently, he coaches numerous emerging writers on staff at Roadmap Writers and is a TV writer himself developing a slate of pilots. @TristanJShuler,

DeAnne Stewart

DeAnne Stewart* (Angie/Ensemble) (she/her) is a multi-hyphenate creative and proud advocate for the Black, LGBTQIA+, and natural hair communities. She is thrilled to be making her South Coast Repertory debut with this exciting piece! Stewart originates from Rochester, NY and received her BFA in Musical Theatre from Ithaca College. She was most recently seen in the world premiere of Only Gold (directed and choreographed by Andy Blankenbeuhler) in New York City. She appeared on Broadway in Jagged Little Pill and toured North America with Beautiful: The Carole King Musical. Stewart’s artistry expands beyond performing as the Owner and Creative Director of Dear September Events, a design-centered wedding and event planning company committed to creative and authentic storytelling for modern lovers.

Karen Ziemba

Karen Ziemba* (Rita's Mom/Ensemble) is making her SCR debut. She received the Tony, Drama Desk, and Outer Critics Circle Award for Contact at Lincoln Center Theatre. For other performances she’s also been honored with three Tony Award nominations, the Outer Critics Circle, Drama Desk, Bay Area Theatre Critics, Chicago’s JEFF, and LA’s Ovation Award. Select theatre credits include Doubt, Much Ado About Nothing, Six Degrees of Separation, Sylvia, Broadway Bound, Brighton Beach Memoirs, Mrs. Warren’s Profession, Arms and the Man, Heartbreak House, Murder on the Orient Express, Prince of Broadway, Curtains, Steel Pier, Crazy for You, Chicago, Never Gonna Dance, Kid Victory, Gypsy, A Little Night Music, Sweeney Todd, 42nd Street, Hello Dolly!, And the World Goes ‘Round, 110 in the Shade and Do I Hear a Waltz. Television credits include “The Blacklist,” “Elementary,” “Madam Secretary,” “The Good Wife,” “Law & Order: Criminal Intent” “Law & Order: Special Victims Unit,” “The Kennedy Center Honors,” and PBS’ “Great Performances” at Carnegie Hall.

Rachel Lykins

Rachel Lykins (Swing) is an Appalachian actress making her SCR debut. She previously served as Artistic Assistant at Chautauqua Theatre Company. She is currently an MFA, Acting candidate at UC Irvine.


Robert Zelaya

Robert Zelaya* (Swing) Originally from Miami and NYC, Zelaya worked in the Broadway national tours of Once On This Island (first national, Daniel understudy), Kinky Boots (first national, Lola understudy) and regional shows such as Pippin at North Coast Repertory (Leading Player, San Diego Critics Circle nominated), Evita at The Resident Theatre (Che, Barrymore Award nominated), and Comedy of Errors at New Swan Shakespeare (Antipholus of Ephesus). He is completing his MFA in Acting at UC Irvine. He most recently played the Emcee in Cabaret and Gloucester (thesis role) in King Lear at the Claire Trevor Theatre. He is now bicoastal and plans to pursue television and film. He’d like to thank his family, friends, and ancestors for being guiding lights on this lucky and blessed journey. Instagram: @thezexhibit

David Ivers (Director/Artistic Director) is responsible for the overall artistic operation of the theatre. The 2019-20 season was the first he programmed for SCR and during that season, he directed She Loves Me. In addition, he directed the 2021 Pacific Playwrights Festival reading of Coleman ’72 by Charlie Oh and the 2022 reading of Spenser Davis’ A Million Tiny Pieces. He opened the 2021-22 season as John in Richard Greenberg’s world premiere of A Shot Rang Out and created the theatre’s Outside SCR program in partnership with Mission San Juan Capistrano. He most recently directed The Importance of Being Earnest at Guthrie Theater this season and is attached to several productions for the coming season at SCR and beyond. Prior to his appointment as Artistic Director, he directed the SCR-Berkeley Repertory Theatre co-production of One Man, Two Guvnors. Before arriving to SCR in his current capacity, Ivers was artistic director for Arizona Theatre Company and, before that, served more than 20 years as an actor and director at Utah Shakespeare Festival, with the last six as artistic director. He was a resident artist at Denver Center for the Performing Arts for a decade, acting in and/or directing more than 40 plays, and has helmed productions at many of the nation’s leading regional theatres, including the Guthrie Theater, Oregon Shakespeare Festival, Berkeley Repertory Theatre and South Coast Repertory. Ivers’ early career included serving as associate artistic director of Portland Repertory Theatre and appearing in productions at some of the nation’s top regional theatres, including Portland Center Stage and the Oregon, Alabama and Idaho Shakespeare festivals. He has taught at the University of Michigan, University of Minnesota, Southern Utah University and Southern Oregon University. He earned his BA from Southern Oregon University and his MFA from the University of Minnesota.

Wiley DeWeese (Music Director/Co-Vocal Arranger/Additional Arrangements) is a NYC-based music director, arranger, and pianist. His credits include The Lightning Thief: The Percy Jackson Musical (Broadway, national tour, off-Broadway), Girl from the North Country (Broadway, national tour, The Public Theater) and Amelié (Broadway, Center Theater Group, Berkeley Repertory Theater). Other off-Broadway credits include Whisper House (The Civilians), The Lucky Ones, The Wildness (Ars Nova), Preludes (LCT3) and First Daughter Suite, The Fortress of Solitude (The Public Theater). Other regional credits include The Abominables (Children’s Theater Company). DeWeese served as the music supervisor, orchestrator, and co-producer for the Michael Friedman Recording Project, which released 10 albums of the late composer’s songs. Upcoming: Gatsby at American Repertory Theater. For Mom and Dad, always.

Greg Pliska (Orchestrator) (he/him). Broadway work includes music direction for War Horse, and original music for Sylvia and Summer 1976 (now available on Audible). His off-Broadway credits include Trevor the Musical (orchestrator); Twelfth Night, As You Like It and Comedy of Errors (Shakespeare in the Park, music and arrangements); and The Government Inspector, The Alchemist, Arden of Faversham, Pericles (Red Bull Theater, music and sound). His opera, The Secret Garden, with libretto by David Ives, was commissioned by Pennsylvania Opera Theater. His newest musical, A Most Dangerous Man, received a 2024 NYSCA grant. His film and television credits include Trust, Manhattan Night, Flying Monsters 3D and “Life” on Discovery. He orchestrated new themes for NPR’s Morning Edition, CBS Evening News, Imax, et-al. He is the long-time arranger for the band Hem. Greg also makes puzzles—listen to the daily “Puzzler Podcast” with AJ Jacobs, for which he is Chief Puzzle Officer.

Scott Davis (Scenic Design) is making his SCR design debut. He has designed the productions of Disney on Ice: Road Trip Adventures, Encanto, Frozen and Magic in the Stars. His off-Broadway credits include Ride the Cyclone at MCC Theater and Othello: The Remix at Westside Theatre. Regionally, he has designed at Chicago Shakespeare Theater, Steppenwolf Theatre, Court Theatre, Paramount Theatre and Writers Theatre. His international credits include Shakespeare’s Globe, Queen Elizabeth Hall, Unicorn Theatre (London), The Market Theatre (South Africa), The Neuss (Germany), Gdansk Shakespeare Theatre (Poland), The Cultch (Vancouver), DUCTAC Theatre (Dubai), Brice Mason Center (New Zealand), and The Edinburgh Festival (Scotland). Regional credits include productions with Milwaukee Repertory Theater, Asolo Repertory Theatre, Signature Theatre, Walnut Street Theatre, Children’s Theatre Company and Utah Shakespeare Festival. On television, he was the Art Director on “The Gilded Age” Season 2 and “The Penguin” on HBO.

Linda Cho (Costume Design) is making her SCR design debut. Broadway credits include The Great Gatsby; Harmony; Summer, 1976; Take Me Out; Grand Horizons; Doubt, Anastasia (Tony nomination); The Great Society; A Gentleman’s Guide to Love and Murder (Tony & Henry Hewes Design Awards, Outer Critics Circle nomination); The Lifespan of a Fact; and Velocity of Autumn. Her selected work in Opera includes Turandot at Washington National Opera, American Soldier at the Perelman Performing Arts Center, The Dwarf at LA Opera and Samson and Dalila at the MET. Currently residing in New York City, this Korean-born designer is on the Advisory Committee of the American Theatre Wing, and teaches at NYU. She earned her MFA at Yale School of Drama and BA at McGill University and Paris American Academy. 

Herin Kaputkin (Costume Design) is a New York based designer, and is honored to be part of bringing this story to the stage. Her credits include the upcoming Dido and Aneas (Yale Baroque Opera Company); and The Caucasian Chalk Circle (The Juilliard School); Babes in Arms (Quinnipiac University); LaCocina (Fordham University); Fun Home (TheaterWorks Hartford); Christmas in Connecticut (Goodspeed Opera House) The Complete Works of William Shakespeare (Abridged) ((Revised)) (Shakespeare on the Vine); RAGE! A Play with Music (Quinnipiac University); American Son (TheaterWorks Hartford); El Huracan (Yale Repertory Theater); Othello, The Girl is Chained, This Sweet Affliction and Pentecost (Yale School of Drama); Marvellous (NYC Fringe Festival;) The Shakes: Romeo and Juliet (The Flea Theater); and Cendrillon (Purchase Opera Company). Kaputkin holds an MFA in Costume Design from The Yale School of Drama. 

Marcus Doshi (Lighting Design) is an international theatre maker and designer. His Broadway credits include Pass Over (2021, also Amazon film) and Linda Vista (2019). Work off-Broadway includes Vineyard Theatre, The Public Theater, Signature Theatre, New York Theatre Workshop, a longstanding collaboration with Theatre for a New Audience, and many others. Regionally, his work has been seen at most major theatre and opera companies including Russian Troll Farm (Geva Theatre) and Richard III (Chicago Shakespeare Theater). Internationally, his work has been seen in 18 countries across five continents; notably La Traviata (Santa Fe Opera, Lyric Opera of Chicago, Canadian Opera Company, Minnesota Opera, Houston Grand Opera); Treemonisha/Cosi Fan Tutte (Opera Theatre of St Louis); Les Mamelles de Tirésias (Aldeburgh Music, Festival d’Aix-en-Provence; La Monnaie Brussels, Dutch National Opera, Palau de les Arts Reina Sofia Valencia); The Wreckers (Houston Grand Opera); amongst many others. He is the author of Towards Good Lighting for the Stage: Aesthetic Theory for Theatrical Lighting Design published by Routledge. He is a Professor of Theatre at Northwestern University where he teaches in the MFA Design and Directing programs.

Andrea Allmond (Sound Design) (she/they) is a sound designer and composer for theatre, film, audio dramas, immersive installations and more. Select theatre credits include the off-Broadway production of Gloria A Life and the regional productions of Nina Simone: Four Women and Alice’s Wonderland, (SCR); The Search For Signs of Intelligent Life in the Universe (Mark Taper Forum, composer); How to Break (Village Theatre), As You Like It and Twelfth Night (Dallas Theater Center, Public Works Dallas); The Winter’s Tale (Public Works Dallas); and Romeo and Juliet (Shakespeare at Notre Dame). Her designs have also been seen in the tours of As Much I Can (Viiv national tour), Lucy Loves Desi (L.A. Theatre Works national tour) and Wild Fire, (Denver Center for the Performing Arts regional tour). You can find more about her design work at Andrea also produces music and DJ’s under the name Sherpa Slim. @sherpaslim

Yee Eun Nam (Projection Design) is a visual artist and a media designer for live performances who returns to SCR after designing Clean/Espejos and The Canadians. Recent collaborations include Metropolitan Opera, Detroit Opera, Opera Omaha, LA Opera, Boston Lyric Opera, San Francisco Symphony, Los Angeles Chamber Orchestra, Audible Theatre, Geffen Playhouse, Goodman Theatre, Ma-Yi Theater Company, The Movement Theatre Company, Kansas City Repertory Theatre, Center Theatre Group, Pasadena Playhouse, Wallis Annenberg Center for the Performing Arts, New World Center, The Soraya, Getty Villa, Latino Theatre Company and many more. Nam was nominated for The Lucille Lortel Awards in 2022 and 2023 and a winner of LADCC Theatrical Excellence for CGI/Video in 2020. She is a member of United Scenic Artists, Local 829. She earned her MFA in Theater Design at UCLA and her BFA in Design and Metal Craft at SNU in Seoul, Korea. Portfolio:

Julia RhoadsChoreography) is the founding Artistic Director of Lucky Plush Productions, a MacArthur Award-winning ensemble recognized for its unique blend of dance, theater, comedy, and socially relevant themes. Her work for Lucky Plush has toured to 80+ venues worldwide, including the Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts (DC), The Joyce Theater (NYC), Institute of Contemporary Art/Boston, ODC (CA), Wellesley Center (Auckland, NZ), and Teatro Las Carolinas (Havana, Cuba). Other choreography credits include Hubbard Street Dance Chicago, Steppenwolf Theatre, Milwaukee Repertory Theater, Lookingglass Theatre, and Art on The Mart, the world’s largest digital installation. Rhoads is the recipient of an Alpert Award in dance, and creation and touring awards from Maggie Allesee National Center for Choreography, National Endowment for the Arts, National Dance Project, and National Theater Project. She is a former member of the San Francisco Ballet and XSIGHT! Performance Group. She is currently Director of Dance and Senior Instructional Professor in Theater and Performance Studies at University of Chicago. 

Talia Krispel*Stage Manager) (she/her) is excited to be back at SCR, where her credits include A Christmas Carol (since 2014), Alice’s Wonderland, Where the Mountain Meets the Moon, Junie B. Jones Is Not a Crook, Abundance, Amadeus and Pinocchio. Her other credits include The Lonely Few starring Lauren Patten (Geffen Playhouse); The Wizard of Oz (Geva Theatre Center); Aida (Stages St. Louis); Oliver!, The Addams Family starring Teri Hatcher, Newsies!, Something Rotten, The Music Man starring Adam Pascal, Mamma Mia!, West Side Story, Matilda The Musical, Shrek the Musical, Beauty and the Beast starring Susan Egan, The Hunchback of Notre Dame, Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat, Peter Pan (5-Star Theatricals); Inherit the Wind, Dame Edna: Back with a Vengeance, How the Grinch Stole Christmas and a workshop of Legally Blonde (Broadway); Newsies!, The Secret Garden (3-D Theatricals); The Little Mermaid (Sound Stage LIVE!); Mamma Mia! (ACT of Connecticut); The Times They Are A-Changin’ (The Old Globe); and Radio City Music Hall Christmas Spectacular (Radio City Music Hall). Additional: A Noise Within; Rubicon; Theatre By The Sea; Ocean State Theatre Company; Ogunquit Playhouse; North Shore Music Theatre; and Paper Mill Playhouse. For Mychal Adair-Lynch, Mama and Dad. IG: @teekrisp.

Kathryn Davies* (Assistant Stage Manager) previously stage-managed Million Dollar Quartet, You’re a Good Man, Charlie Brown, The Velveteen Rabbit, Poor Yella Rednecks, Sugar Plum Fairy, Orange, The Roommate, All the Way, Red, Vietgone, The Whipping Man, Tartuffe, Reunion, Trudy and Max in Love, The Motherf**ker with the Hat, Sight Unseen, Topdog/Underdog, In the Next Room or the vibrator play, Doctor Cerberus, Ordinary Days and Our Mother’s Brief Affair—all at SCR. Recent credits: Don Giovanni at San Diego Opera and The Barber of Seville at LA Opera. 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; 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.

*Member of Actors’ Equity Association, the Union of Professional Actors and Stage Managers in the United States.


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