(Ensemble) feels so remarkably blessed to be a part of such an incredible and ground-breaking project as Bumbug The Musical! Born and raised in Chicago, he was trained at the American Musical & Dramatic Academy here in New York and is overjoyed to be coming back to the Big City. Most recently seen in IL as ADRIAN in Smokey Joe’s Cafe. Favorite Credits–Broadway’s Rising Stars at Town Hall (2011). Regional: CATS; Dreamgirls. Touring: Black Journey. NYC Readings: Bakwas Bumbug; 19 Secrets. Many thanks & much love to Samrat, Sanjiv, the crew and cast of Bumbug, and my loving family & amazing friends. For my Mama (RIP)
(Scroogewala) was last seen in Lonely Leela (HERE Arts Center) and The Consequences (Welfleet Harbor Actors Theater, Cape Cod). Off-Broadway: Invasion (SoHo Rep/The Flea); Marat/Sade (Classical Theater of Harlem); The Winter’s Tale with David Strathairn (CSC). NYC: Another Life (Irondale Theater); Jackson Heights 3am (Theater 167/Queens Theater in the Park); The Leopard and the Fox by Pulitzer finalist Rajiv Joseph (NYIT nom. outstanding ensemble); The Jammer by Pulitzer finalist Rollin Jones (NYCFringe); Kingdom of Lost Songs (Lincoln Center Directors Lab/HERE). TV: “Turks”, “Early Edition”, “The Workplace”, “Nurse Jackie”, “Law and Order: SVU”. BFA: DePaul Theater School. MFA: Yale.
(Ensemble) Selected NY credits: Takarazuka!!! by Susan Soon He Stanton (HERE Arts Center with Clubbed Thumb, Lear deBessonet, dir.), The Inexplicable Redemption of Agent G by Qui Nguyen (with Vampire Cowboys & Ma-Yi, Robert Ross Parker, dir.), Happy Sunshine Kung Fu Flower by Matthew-Lee Erlbach (The Zipper, Ars Nova, The PIT, Comix, Darren Katz, dir.), Oklahoma! (Baayork Lee, dir.), Saturnalia by Yusef Komunyakaa (with Music-Theatre Group, Daniel Fish, dir.). Concerts: Highline Ballroom, City Winery, Joe’s Pub. TV: “The College Humor Show” (MTV), “Bass Grabbers” (BUD TV/Tribeca Enterprises). Brooke is a singer/songwriter and co-founded the NYC chapter of the Playing For Change Foundation (www.playingforchange.org). She writes and performs sketch and improv comedy. www.brookeishibashi.com
(Ensemble) is excited to be a part of Bumbug and to have the opportunity to work with Samrat again, after having sung with him in the Hyannis Sound. He has previously been seen in the Off Broadway productions of Cafe a Go-Go (Chaz) and Tony n Tina’s Wedding (Michael Just/Donnie Dolce) as well as on television on Late Night with Jimmy Fallon. He wants to say a special thanks to Berry and Crosby for making everything worthwhile.
(Angel) is extremely excited to be a part of this production and the creation of this character. Off-Broadway: Milk Like Sugar (original cast: voted most memorable performance of 2011, Backstage); Tearing Down the Walls (Audelco Award nomination); Suzan Lori-Parks’ 365 Plays/365 Days (Public Theatre) and The 24 Hour Plays (Lucille Lortel). New York: Opening (Same French Festival, winner: Best Play); All’s Well That Ends Well and The Private Life of the Master Race (59E59). Regional: Milk Like Sugar (LaJolla Playhouse) and The Women and War Project (7 Stages Theatre). TV/Film: “Blue Bloods”, “30 Rock”. MFA: The New School for Drama
(Bhavesh, Mr. Scroogewala, Jeevanwala) NYC Stage: Invasion! (The Play Company); Queens Boulevard (the musical) (Signature Theatre Company); Bird in the Hand (Fulcrum Theater); Your Boyfriend May Be Imaginary (The Management); After. (Partial Comfort Productions); Telethon (Clubbed Thumb); Tom Stoppard’s Indian Ink (Alter Ego Productions, NY premiere); Seven.11.2003, Seven.11.2005 (Desipina). Feature film credits include The Magic of Belle Isle (opposite Morgan Freeman, directed by Rob Reiner), Everybody’s Fine (opposite Robert De Niro), The Normals, Today’s Special, Bert and Arnie’s Guide to Friendship, Made for Each Other, Drawing with Chalk, Red Hook, and others. TV credits include guest appearances on “Law & Order”, “Blue Bloods”, “Damages”, “L&O: Special Victims Unit”, “The Sopranos”, “L&O: Criminal Intent”, “All My Children”, national commercials.
(Sunita) is thrilled to be part of the Bumbug evolution! Recent Credits: Bakwas Bumbug workshop (The Wild Project); Dov and Ali (Chester Theatre Company); Lonely Leela (HERE Arts Center); Veil’d: A Fairytale (The Kupferberg Center). Film: Let’s Be Out; The Sun is Shining (Best Actress Nomination, 2012 NY Indian Film Festival); Arbitrage; First Kill; Shark Suit: The Musical. TV: “White Collar”; “Onion Sportsdome”; “Pokémon.” Lipica has a soft spot for sassy/neurotic characters, and someday she would really like to star in a Sharktopus-esque sci-fi film. Love and thanks to family, friends, and Eric for their unwavering support, and to her blocSTAR family for believing in her! Proud member: AEA; BFA: NYU-Tisch School of the Arts. www.LipicaShah.com.
(Cratcheeta, Mrs. Scroogewala) is widely recognized for her ability to seamlessly blend a signature modern inventive rock style with a formidable Indian classically-shaped vocal talent. Falu trained rigorously under Ustad Sultan Khan and Kaumudi Munshi in North Indian classical vocal music before moving to the States in 2001, when she began recording in Boston and New York. Falu has collaborated with Wyclef Jean, Yo-Yo Ma, Bernie Worrell (P-Funk), Phillip Glass, Blues Traveler, A.R. Rahman, and many others. Notable achievements include: serving as one of Carnegie Hall’s Musical Ambassadors to New York City in 2005; and becoming the youngest South Asian Vocalist to deliver a solo peerformance at Carnegie Hall (Zankel); appearing on Fox TV’s Fearless Music, where the hit single Rabba became the first Hindi song ever performed on the national network; performing at Lincoln Center for the 2009 Time Magazine 100 most influential people including First Lady Michelle Obama and Oprah Winfrey; and performing at the White House in November 2009 alongside A.R. Rahman for President Obama’s first State Dinner in honor of the Indian Prime Minister, Manmohan Singh. Falu’s band brings together musicians who draw elegantly from Indian classical, alternative rock, contemporary pop, and electronic styles to create a tight mix of East and West, of ancient and modern. They include: Gaurav Shah (Vocals/Harmonium); Mark Tewarson (Guitars); Deep Singh (Tabla); Dave Sharma (Percussion/Drums); Soumya Chatterjee (Violin); and Danny Blume (Bass). www.falumusic.com
(Guitar & Backing Vocals) Born in Trivandrum, Kerala, and raised in Princeton, NJ, Ranjit Arapurakal is an emerging musical talent with Indian roots, Western Classical training, and an American Rock & Roll sensibility. As an Independent Singer-Songwriter, he can be seen performing his own global blend of music in venues across New York City. Ranjit’s debut album, Patchwork, is available on iTunes worldwide, and he is currently recording two new albums, both slated for release in 2013. Ranjit is honored to be a part of this World Premiere ensemble, and thanks his Family for a lifetime of undying support.
(Bass) New York native Konrad Payne is a freelance bassist who has been performing and recording throughout the City since the 1990s. Although primarily self-taught, he has studied at the Brooklyn Conservatory of Music where he currently serves as a member of the Conservatory’s Advisory Council. He has performed in bands and backed artists in genres ranging from R&B, to Country, Hip-Hop to Rock and New Wave. Recording credits include TJ Moss’ “Biography” and Meetu Chilana’s “I Am”. Soundtrack credits include “The Poetics of Color: Natvar Bhavsar, a Painter’s Journey”.
(Percussion) is an accomplished musician who has performed throughout the USA, the U.K. and India. As a drummer he was part of the rock band, Bamboo Shoots, where he performed on Late Night with Conan O’Brien, won MTVu’s Artist of the Year Award and signed a deal with Epic Records. Shiv has also studied Indian classical music as a student of sitar maestros Shujaat Khan and Shahid Parvez. In a previous life, Shiv worked on Wall Street as a commodities analyst, and has earlier this year launched the vegan-centric Bombay Sandwich Co., which was recently rated as one of NYC’s best fast casual Indian restaurants by CBS.
THE CREATIVE TEAM
(Book, Lyrics, Music) is an award-winning actor and internationally acclaimed musician. His musical collaborators include: Robert Brustein (founder of Yale Repertory Theatre & American Repertory Theatre), Sabir Khan (son of musical maestro Ustad Sultan Khan), Jared Stein (from the Broadway show American Idiot), Deborah S. Craig (from the Broadway show The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee), Roopak Ahuja (from the band, House Jacks), Jerold E. Solomon (from the Broadway show South Pacific), Meetu Chilana (from Cirque Du Soleil), Kevin Smith Kirkwood (from the upcoming Broadway show Cyndi Lauper’s Kinky Boots), Manu Narayan (from the Broadway show Bombay Dreams), Eric Pillai (Music Producer of Anurag Kashyap’s film Gangs Of Wasseypur), Shabbir Ahmed (Award winning Bollywood Lyricist), DJ Suketu, DJ Aqeel, John Clark, Ajay Naidu, The Hyannis Sound and others. Chakrabarti has also composed music for over a dozen films, including, Deepa Mehta’s film adaptation of Salman Rushdie’s Midnight’s Children, Soham Mehta’s Student OSCAR winning film: Fatakra (Firecracker), Rachel Greenberger’s The Only Thing, Rehana Mirza’s Hiding Divya, Ted Wallach’s Oil: A Love Story, Sundaram Tagore’s Natvar Bhavsar: Poetics of Color, and Manish Acharya’s Loins of Punjab Presents. He is the recipient of a U.S. CARA for Best Original Pop/Rock Song for his composition “What’s It all About” and the 2010 TMG Award for Global Achievers in the category of Film, TV and Drama, for his outstanding body of work as an actor. Samrat holds a MFA in Acting from the A.R.T/ Moscow Art Theater School Program at Harvard University. For more info on his works, check out: WWW.SAMRAT.TV
(Book, Lyrics) is a veteran actor of TV, Film, and the Theatre. Film: Manish Acharya’s Loins of Punjab Presents (with scenes opposite the legendary Shabana Azmi); Walkaway, Shailja Gupta’s debut film. Television: All the series of Law and Order (NBC), Conviction (NBC), Rescue Me (FX), and 3 Pilots, Drift, Hate, and the Tim Robbins directed Possible Side Effects. Regional Theatre: Yale Rep, Washington D.C.’s award-winning StudioTheatre, and Missouri Rep. In New York City: The Play Company (Sakharam Binder), the Lark Theatre, Lincoln Center Directors’ Lab, the Cherry Lane Theatre, and the Hypothetical Theatre Company. Director: Desipina Production of “7-11”, seven 11-minute plays set in a convenience store, in 2007. Writer: Collaborations with Samrat Chakrabarti to write 3 mini musicals A Very Desi Christmas, Soonderella, and Who Killed Mr. Naidu First? A Very Desi Christmas has grown into a full-length musical, called Bakwas Bumbug, which has been workshopped with Desipina, receiving a workshop production at the Wild Project in 2011. He has also worked as an accent/dialect coach. Audiobooks: Audible.com and Brilliance Audio. Titles include: Confessions of a Thug, Alif The Unseen, The Truth About Me and Amitav Ghosh’s River of Smoke.
(Director & Scenic Design) is a veteran of the Theater business as a Director, Artistic Director, Writer, and Designer. She has directed theater and dance at various venues including the prestigious Moscow Art Theater, Lincoln Center, PS 122, the Vineyard Theater, the Market Theater, the C. Walsh Theater and the American Repertory Theatre. In addition, her works have also toured throughout Europe. Mercedes has worked as an Art Director for music videos and collaborated with artists including Coleman Hough, Jody Oberfelder, Robert Woodruff, Jay Scheib and John Bucchino. For two years, she was the resident director at the New Opera and Musical Theater Initiative in Boston. She is the Founding and Artistic Director of Théâtre Trouvé and has taught at the New York Film Academy and Harvard University. Currently, Mercedes is a professor at Montclair State University’s Department of Theatre.
(Lighting Design) Selected Credits: Wild Swans (ART and Young Vic); Il Trittico (Royal Opera House); Die Liebe Der Danae (Bard Summerscape); Anna Nicole (Royal Opera House); Moskva, Cheremushki (Long Beach Opera); Anna Bolena, Werther, Maria Stuarda, Roberto Devereux, Il Barbiere Di Siviglia, Il Trovatore (Minnesota Opera); Roberto Devereaux (Opéra de Montréal); La Cenerentola (Glimmerglass Opera). Designs for Young Vic, A.R.T., Contemporary American Theatre Festival, Primary Stages, The Public, Children’s Theatre Company, Minneapolis, Baltimore Centerstage, Trinity Repertory Company, and Philadelphia Theatre Company. 2012 Knight of Illumination Opera Award, U.K for Suor Angelica (Royal Opera House). Upcoming: L’enfant Et Les Sortilèges (Bolshoi, Moscow); The Importance of Being Ernest (Opéra National de Lorraine, France); Anna Nicole (BAM).
(Costume Design) Recent credits The Sound of Music (Paper Mill Playhouse); Armide (The Juilliard School); Urinetown (Lehman College); The Family Room (Arclight Theatre); Alcina (Pocket Opera of New York @ the Atlantic Stage 2); Horatio’s Rise (Theatre Askew); Macbeth I(Lincoln Center Education Department); Einstein’s Dreams (Baruch College); Lydia (Yale Repertory Theatre); See What I Wanna See (Yale Cabaret). Associate credits: Chaplin the Musical (Broadway); Uncle Vanya (Soho Rep); The Bartered Bride (The Juilliard School); Little House on the Prairie the Musical (Paper Mill Playhouse). MFA from Yale School of Drama.
(Sound Engineer) From the Bronx to Broadway, from Hip-Hop to Gospel, Steven has been an audio engineer since 1986. A graduate of Center for the Media Arts and a member of the Paradise Garage, he has worked with artists such as, Mary J. Bilge, Puffy, Roberta Flack, Kool and the Gang, just to name a few. Just recently he had the opportunity to run sound at the Minskoff Theater (home of the Lion king) and the Apollo. He is currently on staff at Royal Ambassador Productions. BMP Music and Sound.
(Assistant Director) Joseph Hayward is an aspiring director and a student at The American Academy of Dramatic Arts. His first taste of directing was during his A-level studies in the UK, in which he wrote and staged ‘Hitler – The Musical’. After graduating from The London School of Film, Media and Performance, he moved to New York to expand on his training and experience life in the big apple. He is thankful for this opportunity and has enjoyed every moment.
(Set & Costume Assistant) is a Canadian based freelance theatre designer of set, costume and lighting for dance, theatre, opera and film. Recent design credit include Coney (Blue Coyote/New Ohio Theatre), DECA Dance Theatre’s UK Tour, Trouble: A New Rock Musical (Signature Theatre, NYMF), For The Love of Colours, Sounds & Words, The Eternal Quest for Company (MOD Contemporary Dance Movement), How I Learned to Drive, Juliet (Media Room Theatre). Upcoming projects include Marie Christine (Three Legged Dog) and West Side Story at Tisch School of the Arts. www.johndunnett.com
THE PRODUCTION TEAM
(Production Stage Manager) Recent productions include: Billy Witch; The Secret Garden (Astoria Performing Arts Center); Suds; The 39 Steps; Nunsense Jamboree; Greater Tuna; Church Basement Ladies (Mountain Playhouse), Le 66/Trial By Jury (Opera at Saratoga), A Raisin in the Sun (The Gallery Players). National Tour/NYC Debut The Berenstain Bears Live!(TheatreWorks USA); Columbinus (Edinburgh Fringe Festival). BFA: Stage Management, Syracuse University. Special thanks to my family for all you’re support.
(Assistant Stage Manager) National Tour: Kennedy Center’s Nobody’s Perfect, a musical for children that was simultaneously sung in American Sign Language and open captioned. Select New York credits: Murder Ballad (Manhattan Theatre Club workshop); Saving Aimee (5th Avenue Theatre workshop); Born Bad (Soho Rep); 50 Words (MCC Theater); Honor and The Blue Flower (Prospect Theater Company). NYMF, NAMT, 3 seasons with Lincoln Center Out of Doors and Midsummer Night Swing. Regional: Media Theatre, Vermont Shakespeare Company, Human Race Theatre Company, two seasons with the Pennsylvania Shakespeare Festival, and four seasons with the People’s Light & Theatre Company. Proud member Actors’ Equity.
(Production Manager) is a stage manager and production manager working in the New York City area. Her regional credits include Annie, How to Succeed in Business without Really Trying, God of Carnage, Footloose, A Closer Walk with Patsy Cline, Gem of the Ocean, Avenue Q, Next to Normal, and The Club as well as touring performances of The Social Band (world Premiere) and Goats for the New York based Othershore Dance Company. During her time in College, Amber helped develop and successfully run the Not-For-Profit Theatre Company Leave Your Mark Productions, which produces theatre in order to fund community service ventures both at home and abroad.
THE PRODUCING TEAM
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