The Cradle Will Rock
By Marc Blitzstein
Marc Blitzstein‘s “play in music” comments on corruption and corporate greed during the Great Depression. The musical focuses on business practices through which corporate mogul “Mr. Mister” strong-arms mid-level professionals into doing his unethical bidding, while laborers struggle to form unions to fight for decent working conditions. Even though the musical was first performed in 1937, the issues of equity and ethics raised in the play remain troublingly vital today.
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|Tuesday||March 28||8:00 p.m.||Preview|
|Thursday||March 30||8:00 p.m.||Opening Night|
|Friday||March 31||8:00 p.m.|
|Saturday||April 1||8:00 p.m.|
|Sunday||April 2||2:00 p.m.||Matinee|
|Tuesday||April 4||8:00 p.m.|
|Wednesday||April 5||8:00 p.m.|
|Thursday||April 6||8:00 p.m.|
|Friday||April 7||8:00 p.m.|
|Saturday||April 8||2:00 p.m.||Matinee|
Cop (Virgil)………......………Josh Wilde
Reverend Salvation….....…..Elias Husiak
Editor Daily…………….....….Benjamin DeMarco
President Prexy……...……..Rebecca Simpson-Wallack
Professor Trixie……..……...Nick Byron
Professor Mamie, Hotel Clerk..Jose Useche
Doctor Specialist, Sidekick…Iris Garrison-Driscoll
Harry Druggist, Joe Worker #2..Josh Altenburg
Mrs. Mister…………………..Juliana A. Betancur
Junior Mister…………………Josh Wilde
Sister Mister, Reporter………Aiden Ankli
Mr. Mister……………………..Noah Ruff
Sadie Polock………………….Fiona Dolan
Professor Scoot, Butler,
Gus Polock, Reporter………..Ryan Ballard
Larry Foreman………………..Cam Wenrich
Ella Hammer……………………Olulola Fadiran
Doctor’s Attendant, Chorus…...Ashley Karolys
Clerk of Night Court, Joe Worker #1..James Wamsley
Female Cover…………………...Kimberley Neuschulz
Understudies never substitute for listed performers unless a specific announcement for the appearance is made at the time of the performance.
Josh Altenburg (Harry Druggist, Joe Worker #2) is a sophomore musical theatre major from Baltimore, MD. His previous Ithaca College credits include Cover for Jamie Wellerstein in The Last Five Years, Nate in A Delicate Ship, and Dr. Richard Harvey in Punk Rock. Upcoming credits include vocalist in Dance, Dance, Dance: America at the Hershey Theater.
Aiden Ankli (Sister Mister) is a sophomore musical theatre major from Benton Harbor, MI. Her previous Ithaca College credits include Dancer in “Hysterical Creatures” in Winter Bodies, Nurse/Harriet Pawling in Sunday in the Park with George, and Tricia and understudy for Cassie, Val, and Maggie in A Chorus Line. Other credits include Smitty in How to Succeed in Business Without Really Trying, Sandy Dean/Ensemble in Brigadoon, Ensemble in Shrek the Musical, Ensemble in Crazy for You with the New London Barn Playhouse in New London, NH, and 1st Forester in As You Like It with the Interlochen Shakespeare Festival in Interlochen, MI.
Ryan Ballard (Professor Scoot, Butler, Gus Polock, Reporter and understudy for Larry, Editor Daily, Yasha, Dick, Cop, and Mamie) is a junior musical theatre major from San Jose, CA. His previous Ithaca College credits include Vocal Minority and understudy for Bobby and Peter in Company, Butch and understudy for Greg and Larry in A Chorus Line, William/director in Punk Rock, Party Guest in Mercury Fur, and Nate in A Delicate Ship. Upcoming credits include Charles Guiteau in Assassins. He is also a member of the Rock Hard Dance Company. Other credits include Tommy in Carrie with the Peregrine Theatre Ensemble in Provincetown, MA. Upcoming credits include Davey in Newsies with the Red Mountain Theatre Company in Birmingham, AL.
Juliana Andrea Betancur (Mrs. Mister) is a sophomore musical theatre major from Oakland Gardens, NY. Her previous Ithaca College credits include Old Lady in Sunday in the Park with George and Cathy understudy in The Last Five Years.
Nick Byron (Professor Trixie) is a junior acting major from Takoma Park, MD. His past Ithaca College credits include Blood Wedding, As You Like It, and You Can’t Take It With You. He has also done a number of student produced shows including Ithaca Theatre Collective’s Mr. Marmalade.
Fiona Dolan (Sadie Polock) is a senior musical theatre major from Milwaukee, WI. Her previous Ithaca College credits include The Servant in Blood Wedding, Gloria in Scarcity, and Nurse in A Kid Like Jake. Other credits include Elvira Evans in Green Gables: A Musical with The Hangar in Ithaca, NY and Louise in Gypsy with Sunset Playhouse in WI.
Iris Garrison-Driscoll (Dr. Specialist, Sidekick) is a senior acting major from South Orange, NJ. Her previous Ithaca College credits include Mary in The Bald Soprano, Suzette in Dogfight, Chorus/Understudy in The Crucible, and Colby in Smudge. Other credits include Angela in Stage Kiss and Ruth in Thoroughly Modern Millie with Cider Mill Playhouse in Endicott, NY.
Oghenero Gbaje (Yasha) is a senior acting major from Brooklyn, NY. His previous Ithaca College credits include Fire Chief in The Bald Soprano, Captain Brice in Arcadia, George Armstrong in Intimate Apparel, Thomas Thurman in Goodboys, and Greg in A Kid Like Jake. Other credits include Massive in Downtown Race Riot with Powerhouse Theater at Vassar College, NY.
Sara Gutierrez (Stevie) is a sophomore acting major from San Antonio, TX. Her previous Ithaca College credits include Mercutio in Romeo and Juliet; Love, Loss, and What I Wore, Emily in Mr. Marmalade, and Lupita in Aliens With Extraordinary Skills.
Kylie Heyman (Moll) is a sophomore musical theatre major from St. Petersburg, FL. Her previous Ithaca College credits include Ensemble/Dot understudy in Sunday in the Park with George and Natalie Goodman in Next to Normal. Other credits include Genevieve Marshall in South Pacific with St. Petersburg Opera Company in St. Petersburg, FL, and Reno Sweeney in Anything Goes, Mary Poppins in Mary Poppins, and Velma Kelly in Chicago at Shorecrest Preparatory School in St. Petersburg, FL.
Olulola Fadiran (Ella Hammer) is a freshman acting major from Glenwood, MD. Other credits include Rose in Fences with IC Players.
Elias Husiak (Reverend Salvation) is a sophomore musical theatre major from New York City, NY. His previous Ithaca College credits include Chorus and Cadmus and Somnus Understudy in Semele, and Andrew in Beyond Therapy. Other credits include Papageno in The Magic Flute with The Brooklyn Opera Institute in Brooklyn, NY.
Ashley Karolys (Doctor's Attendant, Chorus) is a sophomore musical theatre major from Houston, TX. Her previous Ithaca College credits include School Girl in Oklahoma Dream Ballet (Winter Bodies) and Heather in American Idiot. Other credits include Princess Fiona in Shrek: The Musical with HITS Theatre in Houston, TX, and Wednesday Addams in The Addams Family with City Lights Theatre in Houston, TX.
Kimberley Neuschulz (Female Cover) is a freshman musical theatre major from Chatham, NJ. Her previous Ithaca College credits include Veronica Sawyer in Heathers: The Musical.
Will Thames (Dauber/Mister Mister understudy) is a junior musical theatre from Boulder, CO. His previous Ithaca College credits include Sexy Cowboy in Winter Bodies, Male Swing in A Chorus Line, Father Welsh in Lonesome West, John in The Lover, and Donald in You Can’t Take It With You. Other credits include Emcee in Cabaret, Melchior in Spring Awakening, and Nicky in Avenue Q with the Center Stage Theatre Company in Boulder, CO.
Jose Useche (Professor Mamie, Hotel Clerk) is a senior acting major from Queens, NY. His previous Ithaca College credits include Leonardo in Blood Wedding, Cheche in Anna in the Tropics, Dancer in Tiny Rebellions, and Frank in Great God Pan. Other credits include Paul in A Chorus Line with Priscilla Beach Theatre in Plymouth, MA, Salvatore in Rose Tattoo with The Acting Company in New York, NY, and Tito in Ramses Contra Los Monstruos in New York, NY.
James Wamsley (Clerk of Night Court, Joe Worker #1) is a freshman musical theatre major from Albany, NY. His credits include Riff in West Side Story and Hanschen in Spring Awakening with CR Productions in Albany, NY, and Mr. Bumble in Oliver! and Mr. Hasler in The Pajama Game with The Park Playhouse in Albany, NY.
Cam Wenrich (Dick/Larry Foreman) is a senior acting major from Plano, TX. Hie previous Ithaca College credits include Father in Blood Wedding, Septimus Hodge in Arcadia, Grandpa in You Can’t Take it With You, David Attenborough in Mere Mortals, Mr. Marks in Intimate Apparel, and Doug in Gruesome Playground Injuries. Other credits include Antonio in Twelfth Night and Richard of Gloucester in Henry V with Ithaca Shakespeare Company in Ithaca, NY. Upcoming credits include Ellard in The Foreigner with the Hangar Theatre in Ithaca, NY.
Josh Wilde (Junior Mister/Cop) is a sophomore musical theatre major from Clarence, NY. His previous Ithaca College credits include Woodcutter in Blood Wedding and Paris/Montague in Romeo and Juliet. Other credits include Tiny Tom/Dr. Billeaux in Urinetown and Linus in A Charlie Brown Christmas with Cider Mill Playhouse in Endicott, NY.
Creative Team Biographies
Daniel Allen (Scenic Designer) is a junior theatre production arts major with a scenic design concentration from Richmond, VA. His previous Ithaca College credits include assistant set designer for Semele, set designer for Almost Maine, props master for A Chorus Line, scenic artist for You Can’t Take It With You, scenic art shop assistant, and props artisan for How to Succeed…. Other credits include associate set designer for The Little Mermaid, assistant set designer for West Side Story, and assistant set designer for Julius Caesar with Pennsylvania Shakespeare Festival in PA; set designer for Carrie: The Musical with 5th Wall Theatre in Richmond, VA, set designer for The Altruists with TheatreLab in Richmond, VA; and upcoming, assistant set designer for Evita, The Hound of the Baskervilles, and The Ice Princess with the Pennsylvania Shakespeare Festival 2017.
Susannah Berryman (Director) has been a member of the Ithaca College performance faculty since 1980. She acts regularly at local theatres, most recently playing Carrie Watts, her sixth and favorite Hangar Theatre role, in The Trip to Bountiful. She has also performed in eighteen productions at the Kitchen Theatre, where favorite roles include Winnie in Happy Days, Katharine in A Perfect Ganesh, and Martha in Who's Afraid of Virginia Woolf. At the Kitchen she directed I.C. alumna Polly Pen’s Bed and Sofa. Some of Susannah’s other acting venues include Washington area's Signature Theatre, the Redhouse Theatre in Syracuse; and the American Stage Company in St. Petersburg. Susannah has also enjoyed her forays into on-camera acting, most recently in Becky Lane's short, The Tenders, seen at the "Flicks4Chicks" film festival.She also enjoys sporadic work with the Cornell Interactive Theatre Ensemble (CITE). Particularly cherished directing projects at Ithaca College include The Light in the Piazza, Dancing at Lughnasa; and Floyd Collins, which she had an additional opportunity to direct at the Greenbrier Theatre in Lewisburg, West Virginia. She has also directed at Central Casting and the University of Illinois. Susannah is currently preparing the solo role in Nothing to Do With Love Makes Me Envious, which will run at Ithaca's new Cherry Arts this spring.
Lauren Brandt (Costume Designer) is a junior theatre production arts major from Flemington, NJ. Her previous Ithaca College credits include Wardrobe Supervisor for Semele.
Abi Rowe (Stage Manager) is a senior theater studies major from Warwick, NY. Her previous Ithaca College credits include stage manager for Aliens with Extraordinary Skills, stage manager for A Delicate Ship, stage manager for Romeo and Juliet, assistant stage manager for Semele , and PA for Anon(ymous). Other credits include stage management intern for Sleep No More with Punchdrunk in New York, NY, and stage manager for Much Ado About Nothing and Five Women… with Bard College at Simon’s Rock in Great Barrington, MA.
Paul Vaillancourt (Lighting Designer) is a junior theatrical production arts major from Braintree, MA. His previous Ithaca College credits include master carpenter for Dogfight, master electrician for Anonymous, and lighting designer for She Kills Monsters. Other credits include lighting designer for Carrie: The Musical and Hair with The Company Theatre in Norwell, MA, and electrics intern with assistantship in lighting design with Berkshire Theatre Group in Stockbridge, MA.
Sean Woods (Sound Designer/Mixing Engineer) is a junior theatrical production arts major from Tomkins Cove, NY. His previous Ithaca College credits include sound designer for The Last Five Years, mixing engineer for Company, sound designer for Punk Rock, and assistant sound designer for As You Like It. Other credits include sound engineer for When In Carthage with The Cider Mill Playhouse in Endicott, NY.
Courtney Young (Movement Director) is a professor, director, and choreographer. Her previous Ithaca College credits include Winter Bodies’ “Oklahoma Dream Ballet.” She is thrilled to be training the next generation of musical theatre professionals here at IC. She recently completed her MFA in directing at The Pennsylvania State University. Her directing and choreography credits include La Fille du Regiment, All Shook Up, Titanic The Musical, The Addams Family, Avenue Q, I’m Ready? Musical Selections from Stephen Sondheim’s Marry Me a Little and Next to Normal. In New York City she was recently the assistant director with Garry Hynes on 1776 for Encores! at City Center. She worked as resident choreographer for Susan Stroman on The Producers on Broadway and associate director/choreographer for Robert Longbottom on Carnival at the Kennedy Center and the US and international tour of Dreamgirls. She is an associate member of the Stage Directors and Choreographers Union.
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Ithaca, NY- Ithaca College Theatre’s production of “The Cradle Will Rock” offers a musical window to the workers’ rights movement of the 1930s.
“The Cradle Will Rock” will be performed on March 28, 30, 31, April 1, 4, 5, 6, 7 and 8 at 8 p.m., as well as April 2 and 8 at 2 p.m. Tickets are currently available online at Ithaca.ticketforce.com or over the phone at (607) 274-3224. Prices range from $8 to $16. You may call or visit the Dillingham Center Box Office Monday-Thursday, noon-5 p.m.; and Friday, noon-4 p.m.
Marc Blitzstein‘s “play in music” comments on corruption and corporate greed during the Great Depression. The musical focuses on corrupt business practices through which corporate mogul “Mr. Mister” strong-arms mid-level professionals into doing his unethical bidding, while laborers struggle to form unions to fight for decent working conditions. Director Susannah Berryman, choreographer Courtney Young and music director Joel Gelpe acknowledge the timeliness of this musical. Though not as radical as it probably seemed to its 1937 audiences, the issues of equity and ethics raised in the play remain troublingly vital.
“The Cradle Will Rock” originated with the Federal Theatre Project, a program created to fund theatre during the Great Depression. Reputedly due to budget cuts, but more likely because of its leftist message, the government shut down the musical’s original production days before it was supposed to premiere on Broadway. In response, the cast found an alternate venue and performed the show from the audience with creator Blitzstein alone onstage playing the piano. According to dramaturg Samantha Hurley, “This was the first major case of political censorship of theatre in the United States, but the producer and director were determined to tell this story.”
Ithaca College’s production design team includes scenic designer Daniel Allen ’18, costume designer Lauren Brandt ’17, lighting designer Paul Vaillancourt ’18, sound designer Sean Woods ’18 and technical director Mark Rogalus ’17. The stage manager is Abigail Rowe ’17 and the dramaturg is Samantha Hurley ’18.
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