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BARBARA LIGETI    ANDREW SHAIFER   VICTOR SYRMIS

present

Made in Heaven

a new comedy by JAY BERNZWEIG
directed by ANDREW SHAIFER

featuring
ALEX ANFANGER
MATTHEW BONDY
KEVIN THOMAS COLLINS
MAIA MADISON
scenic design  LEX LIANG
costume design  JEFFREY WALLACH
lighting design  KIA ROGERS
props master  STEPHANIE RAINES
production stage manager  FRAN RUBENSTEIN
understudy / asm  JOHANNA WELLER-FAHY
production manager  AMBER ESTES
marketing  TREVOR BROWNJESSICA PETERSON
associate producers  WILLIAM T. REID, IV,  MISTY REID,  STEVE WILDER
production counsel  A. CHANDLER WARREN
press representative  O&M CO.
promotions  HHC MARKETING
general management  TWO STEP PRODUCTIONS
theater  SOHO PLAYHOUSE
ALEX ANFANGER (Benjie) is thrilled to be making his debut Off-Broadway in Made In Heaven.  Recent stage credits include: Punkplay at The Ohio, Firefall at DTW, Drums on the Dam at ICA in London, Moments (directed by Moises Kaufman) and Galileoat NYU Skirball Center.  Film credits: Kids in America.  Training: BFA at NYU in Tisch's ETW.
MATTHEW BONDY (Gilbert) is thrilled to be a part of this production.  A few other New York credits include: Mother Courage at the Delacorte Theater, Age Of Grace, Much Ado About Nothing, Funeral Games (Public Theater), Five Women Wearing The Same Dress.  Regional: A Midsummer Night's Dream, You Can't Take It With You, Steel Pier.  Film/TV: "The Guiding Light," Burr, Old Glory.  Matthew is a graduate of NYU's Tisch School of the Arts.
KEVIN THOMAS COLLINS (Max), aka Kevin T. Collins.  BFA, NYU Tisch. Theater: Angels (Lucifer), Paradise Lost (Beelzebub), One Way Ticket to Hell (Chico), Purple Hearts (Whitman), Brunch(Steve).  Film: Ang Lee's Taking Woodstock, Aunt Rose, Zombies Anonymous, The Sickness.  TV: "Law & Order," "L&O: Criminal Intent," "Guiding Light," "As The World Turns," "What Would You Do."  Audiobooks: Lone Survivor, Everyday Survival, Testimony, Against Medical Advice, The Currents of Space, Lords of Corruption, A Separate Country, Beautiful Creatures.  www.kevintcollins.com
MAIA MADISON (Jessica).  Selected Credits: Chicago: House and Garden (Goodman), Vagina Monologues (Apollo), Night of The Hunter (Goodman).  Los Angeles: Understudy for Joan Rivers in Joan Rivers: A Work In Progress by a Life In Progress(Geffen Playhouse), Member of The Open Fist Theatre Company.  Television: "Weeds," "Bones," "Huff," "Wedding Bells," "Miss Guided," "Girlfriends," "What About Joan," "The Untitled Victoria Pile Project," "Early Bird," "Barbershop," "Unfabulous," "Strong Medicine."  Training: Northwestern University.  Groundlings.
JOHANNA WELLER-FAHY (Understudy / Assistant Stage Manager).  New York credits include: The Death of Evie Avery (Fringe NYC), The Misanthrope (PS 122), Dad's Visit (EST Youngblood), On the Verge (20% Theatre), Love! That 4-Letter Word (Algonquin Theatre), God's Comic (La MaMa), Cruising to Croatia (Fringe NYC) and The Chuck Mee Challenge (Six Figures).  She's created and performed in multiple cabarets, including the rave-reviewed Book of Crazy: The DSM-IV in Song, with Kevin Scott Collins.  www.johannawf.com
JAY BERNZWEIG (Playwright).  Jay Bernzweig’s play Excelsior debuted at New York's HERE Arts Center in 2002 as part of the Lincoln Center Theatre Directors' Lab.  His drama Shadow People was featured in the 2007 New York International Fringe Festival.  Mr. Bernzweig spent a decade as an executive in the feature film business, including stints with Columbia Pictures and Goldie Hawn, and in 2005 was a consulting producer of the Off-Broadway musical Dr. Sex.
ANDREW SHAIFER (Director / Producer) recently wrote and directed Not Another Showcase Off-Broadway.  He wrote, directed and starred in We The People in Los Angeles and other cities.  After graduating from Tisch School of the Arts at NYU, Andrew created LA-based Fountainhead Theatre Company, with a board populated by Alec Baldwin, Paula Wagner, Rick Nicita, Thom Mount, Bonnie Monte, Barbara Ligeti and Terry Kinney.  As Artistic Director he oversaw 35 productions including Big Al, which became a Showtime movie and Pretty Fire featuring Charlayne Woodward, which transferred to Manhattan Theatre Club.  As an actor, Andrew has appeared in 50 movies, television shows and stage productions.  He wrote and produced the feature film Kids In America.  Andrew is currently a faculty member at Michael Howard Studios, where he teaches “Comedy and Character.”
LEX LIANG (Scenic Design).  Work includes design for theatre, film, dance, events, interior architectural design and project management.  Recent: After Luke / When I Was God (Irish Rep), Secrets of a Soccer Mom (Judith Ivey, dir), view partially obstructed (Gina Gibney Dance), Spinning the Times (Origin Theatre Co), The Louisiana Conversation (Feature Independent), Lemonade (children's boutique, 74th/Lex), VBar 2 (bar and cafe, St. Marks/1st), rED Boutique (vintage boutique, 7th St./1st Ave).  Member, USA-829.  www.lexliang.com

JEFFREY WALLACH (Costume Design).  Currently, costume shop manager NYTW, supervised past 14 productions.  Good Times reviews: Cornbury -- The Queen's Governor, On Deaf Ears, Lypsinka is Harriet Craig, Blue is for Boys ...  Other costume designs: Macy's Thanksgiving, Studio 54, Visage, innumerable TV and screen projects and countless events.  Mostly enjoys creating the magnificent costumes for Sybil Bruncheon and Gefil Tefish, two of NY's famous fundraisers.   

KIA ROGERS (Lighting Design).  Recent NY design credits: Trad, A Short Wake, Universal Robots, Nudists In Love and All The Rage.  Regional credits include: On Golden Pond, The Birthday Party and A Year with Frog and Toad.  Kia has been the resident lighting designer at Manhattan Theatre Source for three years.  She holds an MFA in Lighting Design from Northern Illinois University.  Kia's website is kiarogerslightingdesign.com.

STEPHANIE RAINES (Properties Master).  Since Raines and Liang met, she has been his right hand in theatrical and architectural projects, having assisted in design and project management for rED Boutique, Lemonade, VBar 2, The Louisiana Conversation, After Luke / When I Was God (Irish Rep), and view partially obstructed (Gina Gibney Dance).  She holds a B.A. from the University of Washington in Theater and Art History.  Prior credits include work at Oregon Shakespeare Festival, and Intiman Theater.

FRAN RUBENSTEIN (Production Stage Manager) recently spent her summer at Shadow Lawn Stage (Complete Works of William Shakespeare (abridged), Shining City).  She spent four seasons at The New Group where shows include Rafta Rafta, Two Thousand Years, Things We Want, The Prime of Miss Jean Brodie, Abigail's Party, and Hurlyburly.  Other credits include: Creede Repertory Theatre '07, CSC, Signature Theatre, MCC, Urban Stages, Target Margin Theatre, Directors Company, Actor's Studio Free Theatre, Vital Theatre, Storm Theatre, Naked Angels, Women's Project, WPA and Primary Stages. Member AEA.

AMBER ESTES (Production Manager) is the Production Manager for Two Step Productions.  Past shows and companies:  Manhattan Theatre Source, Theatre Row Studios, radiotheatrenyc, Tribeca Performing Arts Center, The Baryshnikov Arts Center, Heiress Productions, Political Toast, Mantasia at the SHOW nightclub.  

HHC MARKETING (Promotions).  Current: Fela!, Jersey Boys, The 39 Steps, The Marvelous Wonderettes, Made In Heaven, Santa Clause is Coming Out, 20at20, The NY Musical Theatre Festival, and operates grassroots street teams for Superior Donuts, and Roundabout Theatre Company.   HHC Marketing also represents BroadwayBox.com, BroadwayInsider.com and TheMenEvent.com.

THE O GROUP (Artwork Design).  Founded in 1986, The O Group is the strategy and design agency for all things luxury.  Over the years, the firm has grown consistently as a result of its innovative and talented team of creative professionals.  From global to local and mass to niche -- The O Group's work is aimed at engaging consumers and positioning upscale brands.  Today, the award-winning firm counts many premier brands as its clients, including Salvatore Ferragamo, Garrard, Robert Marc, Mo‘t Hennessy USA and Acqualina Resort & Spa.  For more information on The O Group, visit www.ogroup.net.

TREVOR BROWN (Marketing).  Institutional marketing:  National Theatre (London); LAByrinth Theater Company.  Producing credits: Gutenberg! The Musical! (London & NYC; nominations: Lortel: Outstanding Musical; Drama Desk: Outstanding Book of a Musical & Outstanding Director of a Musical, Outer Critics’ Circle: Outstanding New Off-Broadway Musical; cast album: November 2009), Between The Crosses, The Provoked Wife, And All The Children Cried (Time Out, Best of 2003 Award).  Forthcoming: a new Whit Stillman project.

TWO STEP PRODUCTIONS (General Management).  Garden Of Earthly Delights, Adding Machine: a Musical (Minetta Lane Theatre), Our Town, Gone Missing, Orson's Shadow, Bug, The/King/Operetta, Eat the Taste, Basic Training, The Strangerer, How Theatre Failed America, (Barrow Street Theatre), Dance of the Seven Headed Mouse, Sophistry, The Black Monk (Theatre Row), Actors Studio Drama School at Pace University MFA Showcase (Dance New Amsterdam),The Globesity Festival (Theater for the New City), Finer Noble Gases, Girl Blog From Iraq, (I Am) Nobody's Lunch, The Acrobat, Two Men Talking (Edinburgh Festival Fringe).  www.2StepNYC.com

BARBARA LIGETI (Producer) works in all media, most recently documenting the life and work of Joseph Pilates for tv / dvd.  She appears in / creates pilates infomercials and wellness media.  Columbia Teachers' College certified Holistic Counselor, Coach and Pilates and Kundalini Yoga expert.  With mentor Pierre Cardin she produced at L'Espace (Paris) and presented Pilobulos Dance Theatre and the Ondekoza Japanese Drummers on and off Broadway.  Favorite credits include managing Eric Bogosian and Eduardo Machado, running Cherry Lane Theatre pre-9/11 with Angelina Fiordellisi, producing Board Member of VETCO (Vietnam Veteran's Ensemble Theatre Company - Tracers on stage and HBO's "Dear America," "Letters Home from Vietnam").  With ZPI: Hurlyburly, 'Night, Mother and Ma Rainey's Black Bottom on Broadway and Breaking the Silence, Pam Gem's Camille, and Glengarry Glen Ross (London's West End).  Goose and Tomtom (Lincoln Center, feat. Madonna, Sean Penn, Harvey Keitel).  Hurlyburly in LA.  Films: Joe Minion's Motorama, Forever Fabulous (Lifetime), Ebenezer (TNT), Robert Downey's Hugo Pool, St. Lucy's Eyes, 60 Minutes in Negroland, Rebel without a Pause.  Barbara coaches artists (mostly writers) and takes groups on creative journeys to New Zealand.   Thanks to Pia and Lucy for letting me leave LA to produce MIH, a collaboration with longtime friends / colleagues Bernzweig and Shaifer -- all joined at the hip creatively forever.

VICTOR SYRMIS (Producer) is co-founder and Chairman of Arclight Films.  Prior to being in the entertainment business, he created Chocolate Photos, the first candy company to mold people's faces in chocolate.  Before that he was a Medical Doctor in Australia (where he was born) and in Canada, before moving to New York.  Prior theatre credits include Artfuckers and Mike Birbiglia's Sleepwalk With Me.  Next season, as part of RBS Productions, he will introduce Tennessee Williams's last play, Masks Outrageous, to Broadway.  He is deeply married to the actor Pamela Shaw.

WILLIAM T. REID, IV and MISTY REID (Associate Producers) live in Austin, Texas.  Bill is an attorney with Diamond McCarthy, LLP and works from the firm’s Austin and New York City offices, focusing on complex business litigation.  Misty is an award-winning amateur thespian and a longstanding patron of the arts.  Formerly a marketing director in the software industry, Misty recently retired to care for their growing family.  Bill and Misty have 2 young children, Avery and Quinn, and are expecting their third in March 2010.

STEVE WILDER (Associate Producer) has been a series regular on "Days of Our Lives," "Melrose Place," and "Oh Baby," and has recurred on "Charmed," "Beverly Hills 90210" and "V.I.P."  Film: Absolution, Invasion, Time Warrior, The Winners Circle and the upcoming Dark Honeymoon.  Stage: Two Handers, Dark Dreams, Cinderella, Cyrano de Bergerac, The Crucifer of Blood and The Split (in Edinburgh).  Steve studied acting with Roy London, Ivana Chubbuck, Cameron Thor and Larry Moss.

SOHO PLAYHOUSE (Theatre).  Under the management of Darren Lee Cole and Faith Mulvihill, the newly renovated SoHo Playhouse continues to serve the downtown theater community as an historic 199 seat Off-Broadway venue.   The Huron Club below is an intimate 55 seat cabaret and bar steeped in the history of Old New York.  The SoHo Playhouse stands on land that was once Richmond Hill, a colonial mansion that served as headquarters for General George Washington and later home to Aaron Burr.  Purchased from Burr in 1817, the land was then developed into federalist-style row houses by fur magnate John Jacob Astor. This building, at 15 Van Dam Street, was designated as the Huron Club, a popular meeting house and night club for the Democratic Party.  The turn of the century brought the Tammany Hall machine to the Huron Club.  Prominent regulars included "Battery" Dan Finn and the infamous Jimmy "Beau James" Walker, known as "The night Mayor" due to his predilection for jazz clubs and chorus girls.  The main floor was transformed into a theater in the 1920's, and in the 60's operated as the Village South, home to Playwrights Unit Workshop under the direction of Edward Albee.  Many of the most famous Off-Broadway productions of the last 50 years have been performed at this theatre.  www.SoHoPlayhouse.com

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