HEIST! A NEW MUSICAL

THROUGH SEPTEMBER 2 ONLY

FROM ALEX KOCEJA AND MICHAEL USELMANN

DIRECTION BY JAMES WILL MCBRIDE


NYU Tisch MFA grads and award-winning duo Alex Koceja and Michael Uselmann present the world premiere of Heist!, a new musical comedy about breaking into Show Business.

A world premiere musical comedy, Heist! follows a ragtag team as they attempt the biggest con Broadway has ever seen. Can these four rogues infiltrate the cast of a classic Broadway revival? Not if the Stage Manager has anything to say about it. Plans go awry and alliances shift on opening night - will our team pull off the heist of the season? Or will someone else steal the spotlight?

Don’t miss this limited run at The Players Theatre on MacDougal.


CAST

Alec Irion - Jack

Player's Theatre debut! Proud survivor of BWMT18. Many thanks to the cast and crew of Heist! for their leadership and verve! Special thanks to Cecilia, my true partner in crime to whom I owe my life and give my love. Agent: The Talent House; Manager: Tony Cloer, Blue Ridge Entertainment alecirion.com

Blair Medina - Patricia

Blair Medina is making her New York debut! Graduate of Texas State University (BFA in Musical Theatre 2018). Regional: Jesus Christ Superstar (Mary Magdalene), Guys and Dolls (Theatre Under the Stars), Xanadu (Theatre Under the Stars). All the love and gratitude to my TX State family, the Heist! creative team, and my beautiful family! www.blairmedina.com @blair_medina

James Cella - Chris/Miles

James is incredibly excited to be working with so many wonderful people on Heist! Favorite roles include Leo/Maxine in Leading Ladies, Tony in Dial M For Murder (Millbrook Playhouse) and the Cowardly Lion in Wizard of Oz (Gretna Theatre). He is a graduate of NYU’s Tisch School of the Arts. Endless thanks to Michael, Alex, James and Jenna for fearlessly creating and leading us through this delightful new show. MMDBM—All my love! www.jamescella.com
Claire Leyden - Cynthia

Claire Leyden is a classically-trained soprano with a passion for the Musical Theater “crossover” repertoire, and is delighted to be joining the Heist! team as Cynthia! Claire has performed various roles with the College Light Opera Company, Victor Herbert Renaissance Project Live, New York Opera Collaborative, Village Light Opera Group, New Rochelle Opera, Teatro Lirico d’Europa, the Axelrod Performing Arts Center, and the Narnia Festival. She is a frequent concert soloist, and will make her Carnegie Hall debut in the Spring of 2019. Claire studies voice with Andrea DelGiudice and is a proud graduate of Williams College. www.claireleyden.com


Patricia Sabulis - Cath

Patricia is so excited to be a part of this production of Heist!  Off-Broadway: Friends! The Musical Parody(Rachel Green), Revolting Rhymes, Chatauqua. Paradise Theater Corkscrew Festival: Cradle Two Grave, Ambition: The American Female Serial Killer Musical(Jane Toppan). As always, thanks to my family (biological and chosen) and to my physical therapists. www.patriciasabulis.com @trishysabs

Cordara Newson - Gil

Cordara Newson is a Shreveport, Louisiana native. He graduated from Southern Arkansas University with his bachelors and master’s degrees. As a student he participated in several productions including The Fantasticks, The Six Who Where There, Twelfth Night, and Lucky Stiff. At SAU, Mr. Newson was inducted into Alpha Psi Omega for his outstanding contribution to the Theater Department. Other acting credits include: Ragtime (Booker T. Washington - 2014 Audience Choice Award, Favorite Featured Male), A Christmas Story the Musical, Tarzan the Musical, Bonnie & Clyde (The Preacher - 2015 Audience Choice Award, Favorite Featured Male), Shrek the Musical, Godspell, Grease, The Colored Museum, Crowns, and most recently Sister Act. Love you moma! Jeremiah 29:1

Chris Bober - Yevgeny

Chris Bober is excited to be making his off-Broadway debut at the Players Theatre with Heist! He's a Rider University alumnus. Currently residing in New York, Chris is pursuing a career as an actor. His interests outside of acting are fitness, mindfulness, and gratitude. Chris dedicates his performances to his family and friends for their unwavering support. Esse Quam Videri. @thechrisbober


Alicia Thomas - Vicki/Ensemble

Alicia Thomas is a Detroit native. She was recently seen in The Producers-American Stage. Off-Broadway: Raisin, Holiday Beat, What They’ll Remember… Regional: Dreamgirls (Lorrell), A Raisin in the Sun (Beneatha), Holly Jolly. Reading/Workshop: Whatever the Weather by Owen Panettieri, Super by Shann Smith. While obtaining her BA at Bradley University some productions include 1/3 rd of a Nation-directed by Sean Graney, The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee. She is a proud alumnus of Mosaic Youth Theatre of Detroit. She is dramatically fanatic for you to see Heist! Many thanks to her momma bear. Let your let shine… -Matthew 5:16 @itsme_alicia_

Kable Barnhart - Bartender/Ensemble

Kable Barnhart, originally from the great Potato state of Idaho, moved to NYC in the fall of 2016 and has fallen in love with the city ever since. Theatre: Saturday Night Fever (Arizona Broadway Theatre), Naked Boys Singing Tour, Thoroughly Modern Millie (Broadway Rose Theatre), Disney’s The Little Mermaid (Coeur D’Alene Summer theatre), Meredith Wilson’s The Music Man (Coeur D’Alene Summer Theatre). BFA in Musical Theatre from Central Washington University. All the love to Mom and Dad.

Chandler Converse - Betty/Ensemble

Chandler has been a part of over 20 professional productions and national tours including High School Musical, Joseph... and The Sound of Music. Recipient of the U.S. Surgeon General’s Medallion, Prudential Spirit of Community Medallion and U.S. Presidential Volunteer Service Award. She addressed the U.S. Congress, national summits, and broadcast audiences to champion healthier lifestyles for American students.Chandler holds a B. A. from Agnes Scott College where she received the Merit and Nanette Hopkins Music scholarships as well as the proud President of her class. Chandler currently lives in NYC where she is a choreographer, director and a teaching artist.

Javier' Fox - Mike/Ensemble

Javier’ Fox is excited to be making his professional theater debut at The Players Theater, in the new musical Heist! This fall, Javier’ will be a senior at NYU Tisch School of the Arts, studying musical theatre at the New Studio on Broadway. He’ll be starting the year off in the StageWorks’ MainStage premier of a new Hip-Hop musical, Once Upon A Rhyme, as the lead role, Prince. Past theatre credits include: The World in the Moon (Ecclitico), The Colored Museum (Walter-Lee/Waiter), and Swing! (Featured Dancer). Javier’ is extremely excited for the future ahead and can’t wait to enter the “real world.” www.javiertalorfox.com

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CREATIVE TEAM
 
Michael Uselmann (Music)
is an award-winning composer and music director based in New York City. His works have been performed by the NOW Ensemble and the Lawrence Symphony Orchestra. Michael received a bachelor’s degree in Music Theory/Composition from Lawrence University and a master’s in musical theatre writing from NYU’s Tisch School of the Arts where he wrote and premiered two original musicals: Heist! and The Great Divide. Music directing credits include: Beauty and the Beast (National Tour), Seven Brides for Seven Brothers, Victor/Victoria (Ogunquit Playhouse), Big Fish, Young Frankenstein (Timber Lake playhouse), Hello Dolly! (Wagon Wheel Theatre). 
Alex Koceja (Words)
is a different-award-winning lyricist and actor also based in New York City. Alex received a bachelor’s degree in Dramatic Art from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill and a master’s in musical theatre writing from NYU’s Tisch School of the Arts. He is currently working as Assistant Lyricist on a workshop of Kerrigan and Lowdermilk’s new immersive musical The Bad Years, and for the past two summers has performed in and written songs for the New York Musical Festival.

James Will McBride (Direction)
is a director of plays and musicals based in New York City. He has conceived and produced concerts and cabarets at Feinstein’s/54 Below in New York City as well as venues in Houston, New Orleans, DC, and Hartford. He served as resident assistant director at Hartford Stage for two seasons and is a former Directing Candidate in The American Theatre Wing’s SpringBoradNYC program. He’s assisted directors including Darko Tresnjak, Kent Thompson, Mark Lamos, Michael Wilson, Maxwell Williams, and Giovanna Sardelli. Last spring, he directed the NYC premiere of Naomi Wallace's THE WAR BOYS. Most recently, James was a visiting instructor at Loyola University New Orleans where he directed INFORMED CONSENT. For more visit JamesWillMcBride.com
Jenna Haimes (Choreography)
is an Actor and Choreographer based in New York City. Her most recent choreography was seen in the National Tour of "Clementine", which premiered at Barter Theatre and toured with Theatreworks. She recently relocated to New York after spending three years with Barter Theatre in Abingdon, VA, first in the Barter Player Company and then in the Resident Acting Company. Her contemporary choreography has been seen in multiple charity benefit concerts which raised funds to battle drug addiction in South West Appalachia, as well as help actors in need. Regional acting credits include Helena in A Midsummer Night's Dream, Hunyak in Chicago, Ruth in Wonderful Town and Kaye in The Taffetas. Originally from Colorado, she enjoys hiking, snowboarding and bike riding. For more information visit jennahaimes.com.
Sonya Plenefisch (Set & Costume Design) 
is a UK trained theatre designer based in Brooklyn. She graduated from the Royal Welsh College of Music and Drama with a first class honours degree in Design for Performance. In London, she has previously worked as an assistant to Tom Piper, Francis O'Connor, and Gabriella Slade, and was one of the twelve young up and coming designers whose work was exhibited at the National Theatre in London for the Linbury Prize for Stage Design 2017.  Her most recent NYC productions include Into the Woods in Bay Ridge and The House of Bernarda Alba at the Gene Frankel Theatre. www.sonyaplenefisch.com
Kenzie Carpenter (Lighting Design)
is a graduate from Michigan State University where she received her BFA in Design specializing in Lighting. She has recently completed her apprenticeship at Juilliard for master electrician work. This is her first design in NYC and she’s super excited to be a part of the team! You can see her other work at kenzievcarpenter.com
First look at Heist! A New Musical
All photos credit James Michael Avance.



Christopher Bober, Blair Medina, Alec Irion, Cordara Newson in Heist!


Christopher Bober and Kable Barnhart in Heist!


Chandler Converse, Alicia Thomas, Blair Medina, Patricia Sabulis in Heist!


Christopher Bober, Blair Medina, Alec Irion, Cordara Newson in Heist!


Christopher Bober, Javier' Taylor Fox and Kable Barnhart in Heist!


Patricia Sabulis, Chandler Converse, Alicia Thomas, Kable Barnhart, Javier' Taylor Fox, Alec Irion, Blair Medina, Cordara Newson, Christopher Bober in Heist!