THE CREATIVE TEAM
Ed. Weinberger (Playwright) has written for such diverse comedians as Bob Hope, Richard Pryor, and Johnny Carson (for five years on The Tonight Show). He began his career in the early ’60s with Dick Gregory. He wrote and produced for The Mary Tyler Moore Show, co-created Taxi, Dear John, and The Cosby Show. He also executive produced and created Amen, Sparks, and Good News. Honors include three Golden Globe Awards, a Peabody, and nine Emmy Awards. In 2000, he received The Writer’s Guild of America Lifetime Achievement Award. Weinberger is the author of the one-man play A Man and His Prostate, which starred the late Ed Asner and toured nationally for over five years.
Dan Wackerman (Director) is the artistic director of The Peccadillo Theater Company. Some directing credits for Peccadillo include: Paul Osborn's Morning's At Seven, Rex Pickett’s Sideways (NYC premiere), George Kelly’s The Show-Off, Thornton Wilder’s A Wilder Christmas, Clifford Odets’ Rocket to the Moon (Drama Desk nomination), William Inge’s A Loss of Roses (Best Theatre of 2014, Wall Street Journal), Jeffrey Hatcher’s Ten Chimneys (NYC premiere), the Schwartz/Fields/Abbott/ Smith musical A Tree Grows in Brooklyn (Outer Critics Circle nomination for Outstanding Musical Revival), Elmer Rice’s Counsellor-at-Law (Obie Award for Outstanding Direction, Lucille Lortel Award for Outstanding Revival, Outer Critics Circle nominations for Outstanding Direction & Revival) and The Talk of the Town by Ginny Redington & Tom Dawes (MAC nomination). Playwrighting credits include Fancy, a Country Jukebox Musical (world premiere, Meadow Brook Theatre, '21) and Uncle Ted (Scenes from the McCarrick Report).
Harry Fiener (Set, Lighting and Projection Designer) designs for theatre, opera and dance. Designs for Peccadillo, Cherry Lane, Mint, Fellowship for the Performing Arts, Pearl, Missouri Rep, Olney Theatre, Studio Arena, Pittsburgh Public, McCarter, Capital Rep, Delaware Theatre, Two River, GEVA, George Street, Syracuse Stage and others. Designs for New Jersey, Colorado, Alabama, and North Carolina Shakespeare festivals. Designs for Rioult Dance. Opera designs include Central City, Boston Lyric, Lake George, Chatauqua, Orchestra of St. Luke’s and Manhattan School of Music.
Anthony Paul-Cavaretta (Costume Designer). Design credits include Fire Island the Musical (Theatre Row 42nd Street); The Wayward Daughter of Judah the Prince, Ludwig and Bertie (Theater for the New City). Tour: Julius Caesar (Hudson Valley Shakespeare Festival); A Gentlemen’s Guide to Love and Murder, The Importance of Being Earnest (Hope Summer Repertory Theatre); An Inspector Calls (Peterborough Players); Cyrano, The Tempest (Titan Theatre Company); Hydrogen Jukebox (Chautauqua Opera). MFA: Purdue University. anthonypaulcavaretta.com
Jacqueline Perez (Production Stage Manager) is a born and raised New Yorker with a passion for all things creative. She graduated from The College of Wooster with a BA in vocal performance and a Spanish minor. She is incredibly excited to be working in this production! Past credits include assistant stage managing The Importance of Being Earnestly LGBTQ+, PA work with Write Act Repertory and collaborating on various projects with The Actors Temple, as well as TADA theater.
John Lant (Production Manager) is a 40-plus year veteran in the entertainment industry involved in over 700 television, film, theatre and music tours and live theatrical productions. John served as production manager at Carnegie Hall for 14 seasons and currently production manager at the prestigious Tilles Center on the LIU Post Campus. A multi-award-winning producer, director, writer, lighting/set designer, he has mounted productions in Los Angeles and NYC, having been the lead producer on 17 Off- Broadway Shows. John received the California Service Award from the State Legislature for his Community Outreach and Service to the Arts in 2000, 2001, 2008 and 2009.
Robin Carus (Casting Director). Recent credits include regional and Off-Broadway: The Remarkable Mister Holmes (North Coast Rep), Chicken & Biscuits (Queens Theatre), Pip's Island. Film: The Thursday Night Club, Green Flake. Television: "Now Hear This" (PBS). Robin won Webby,
Hennes, Davey and Telly awards for her contribution to 'Project Sing Out' For almost ten years she was the casting director for TheatreworksUSA, where she cast over 200 national tours and countless works in development, as well as their Off-Broadway series at the Lucille Lortel Theatre, including the revival of Seussical. Member of Casting Society of America.
Perry Street Theatricals (General Management) PST is a Producing and General
Management office under the direction of Martin Platt, with David Elliott. Over the past 15 years shows that they have produced have won the Tony Award, the Dramatist Guild Award, The Drama League Award, the NY Critics Circle Award, The Drama Desk Award, the Obie, the Off Broadway Alliance award, and been nominated for London's Olivier Awards. Their recent General Management work has included Richard Nelson's The Michaels Abroad, The Woman in Black at the McKittrick Hotel and ACT's Strand Theatre in San Francisco, The Last Ship on tour starring Sting, and Islander at Playhouse 46. Upcoming projects include three Broadway musicals, and the 35th Anniversary
production of Sarafina .
Petrina Ampeire (House Manager) is a Ugandan artist, performer and activist. She has attended drama school in London in addition to New York City and is a member of the People’s Theatre Project Company. When she is not performing, she is a teaching artist and house manager to the Soho Playhouse in addition to the Theatre at St. Clement’s. She has overseen shows like Tammany Hall and Andre and Dorine.
Kevin Kennedy (Producer) is the managing director of The Peccadillo Theater Company. Commercial productions include The Talk of the Town, Room Service, My Life on a Diet, Drop Dead Perfect, Zero Hour, Morning’s at Seven and Fancy, a Country Jukebox Musical.
Edmund Gaynes (Producer). Off-Broadway shows Mr. Gaynes has produced include the recent hits Black Angels Over Tuskegee, Danny and Sylvia: The Danny Kaye Musical and The Devil’s Music: The Life and Blues of Bessie Smith. Other Off-Broadway producing credits include the Drama Desk Award-winning Zero Hour, The Rise of Dorothy Hale, The Big Voice: God or Merman?, Picon Pie, Emily Mann’s Annulla, Trolls, Panache, Chaim’s Love Song, Matty: An Evening With Christy Mathewson and Bein’ With Behan, among others. He also produced the national tour of Gilligan’s Island: The Musical. He has also appeared as an actor in 13 Broadway and Off-Broadway shows, including the original cast of Promenade, Edward Albee’s Bartleby and Best Foot Forward. His TV credits range from Mary Martin’s “Peter Pan” to “Cheers,” “Kojak,” “The Ed Sullivan Show” and two years as Paul Stewart on “As the World Turns.” Directors he has worked with include Elia Kazan, Stella Adler, Herb Ross, George Abbott, George Roy Hill, Bobby Lewis, Peter Hunt, George Schaeffer, Robert Moore, Alan Schneider, Joe Layton, Gene Saks, Martin Charnin and Jerome Robbins. Mr. Gaynes currently operates Actors Temple Theatre in New York’s Midtown Theatre District. Mr. Gaynes was presented with the Legend of Off-Broadway honor by the Off-Broadway Alliance at Sardi’s in New York City.
Benjamin Feldman (Producer) is a two-time Tony Award-winning producer who is also an entertainment lawyer representing artists, entrepreneurs and taste makers in stage, episodic, streaming, financing, documentaries, technology and the arts. A Broadway League member, his producing credits include Natasha, Pierre and the Great Comet of 1812; as well as the recent revivals of Pippin, M. Butterfly, On the Town and Company. Ben’s last Off-Broadway producing credit was Tail! Spin! Originally from Worcester, Massachusetts, he graduated from Yale summa cum laude and the NYU School of Law. He heads the board of directors of the Chase Brock Experience, a non-profit arts organization in New York City and Accord, New York.
Alexander "Sandy" Marshall (Producer) is the American end of Britain’s Close Quarter Productions. Broadway: Network, American Buffalo (Tony nomination), Hangmen (Tony nomination), Funny Girl. Off- Broadway: Morning’s at Seven, Sideways. London: The Dover Road, And in the End: The Death and Life of John Lennon. Sandy is a multiple Emmy Award winner (seven nominations) and has also won the Benjamin Franklin Award for his epic biography, Beating a Dead Horse: The Life and Times of Jay Marshall (about his legendary magician father).
Carol Hanzel (Original Casting Director). Broadway: Swing!, Sally Marr and Her Escorts. National tours: The Great Divorce, Swing!, Defending the Caveman, Girl’s Night. Off- Broadway: Romeo & Bernadette, Desperate Measures, Cagney, Lolita My Love, Marry Harry, Shadowlands, The Screwtape Letters, Martin Luther, On Trial, Hellman v. McCarthy, Mardi Gras/The Last Word, Ionescopade, My Vaudeville Man, Wanda’s World, Signs of Life, Dr. Sex. Many regional credits and TV: “Pinkalicious & Peteriffic,” “Peg + Cat,” “The Wonder Pets,” “Hi-5.”
Jim Russek (Advertising & Marketing) began his career as a studio production assistant on “The Ed Sullivan Show.” Later, he went to work in advertising where he pitched and won the account of The New York Shakespeare Festival and helped launch A Chorus Line on Broadway. With the iconic poster artist Paul Davis, Jim launched the ad agency Davis & Russek which later became Russek Advertising where he began 30 years of ad campaigns for Lincoln Center Theater. As a producer, Jim conceived and produced the critically acclaimed musical revues Bush Wars and Me the People: The Trump America Musical. He also created the New England Grey Sox, a barnstorming team of former Boston Red Sox players. Currently, Jim produces the biweekly literary podcast, “Read650.”
Richard Hillman (Press Representative)