Throughout the year we organize readings of new and established work that explore questions of alienation and reconciliation. After each performance, we set up a banquet table with food and wine for the sake of continuing the conversation. We are committed to hospitality as much as to excellent storytelling. Readings are suggested donation events, all donations go towards artist payments and hospitality costs. Our inaugural reading took place in April 2017. Since then we've had monthly readings, with the exception of summer and months when we have a full production* scheduled.
FALL '18/SPRING '19
September 21, 2018 @ 7PM — "The (Almost) Unforgettable Edwin Booth" a new musical by Don Chaffer
October 19, 2018 @ 7PM —"The Office Party" by Václav Havel
November 16th & 17th TBD — A Sea Dog Special Event, more info coming soon
Friday, December 14th at 7PM & 9PM — "A Christmas Tapestry" a collaboration and evening of music and readings with Calvary St. George's Church
Spring Reading Dates coming soon...
SEA DOG THEATER IN ASSOCIATION WITH OLMSTED SALON and THE CREATIVE ARTS INITIATIVE
"THE (ALMOST) UNFORGETTABLE EDWIN BOOTH"
BY Don Chaffer
when: Friday, September 21st at 7pm
where: Olmsted Salon, 209 E. 16th Street
A reading of a new musical about Lincoln's assassin's brother. Edwin Booth was more famous than John Wilkes until the whole assassination thing. Set in the nether-world between life and death, Edwin's trying to wake up after a stroke, to get back to his beloved daughter. The only thing in his way? One of history's most hated madmen, his little brother.
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Mimi Bessette, Dominic Bogart, Matt Bogart, MacIntyre Dixon, Martha Harms, Martin Landry, Kate Reinders, Skye Scott and Music Director Kyle Norris with Musicians Marty Isenberg and Brian Raddock
DON CHAFFER (Writer) Within theater, Don is a composer/lyricist/librettist/arranger, and occasional Music Director. Outside of theater, he has a band with his wife, Lori Chaffer, called Waterdeep, and is a record producer/engineer/songwriter who has two kids, and live in Nashville, Tennessee. Music Theater credits include: THE UNUSUAL TALE OF MARY & JOSEPH’S BABY (composer/lyricist, With Chris Cragin Day). Readings: River & Rail Theatre (Knoxville); The Olmsted Salon (NYC). Productions: NYC Fringe Festival, Theatre 315 (NYC); River & Rail Theatre (Knoxville, 2016 & 2017; OKC, 2017); King’s College (NYC). THE SPARKLEY CLEAN FUNERAL SINGERS (composer/lyricist, w/ Lori Fischer)–Readings: York Theatre Developmental Reading Series (NYC); Florida Studio Theatre Reading Series (FL); Productions: Capital Repertory Theatre (NY); Cumberland County Playhouse (TN). SON OF A GUN (composer/lyricist/book co-writer, w/ Chris Cragin Day)–Readings/Workshops: O'Neill National Music Theater Conference (CT), Playwrights Horizon (NYC), Joe’s Pub (NYC); Productions: Beckett Theatre, produced by Firebone Theatre, directed by Gabriel Barre. THE HANK LEGACY (co-creator / arranger, w/ Matt Logan)–Production: Studio Tenn (TN). THE CASH LEGACY (co-creator / arranger, w/ Matt Logan)–Production: Studio Tenn (TN). IS THIS HEAVEN, EVAN? (composer/lyricist, w/ Lori Fischer)–Production: Bespoke Music Theater Festival, Marymount College at The York Theatre (NYC). MEDEA (composer)–Production: Huntington University. FORGET EDWIN BOOTH (BROTHER OF LINCOLN’S ASSASSIN) (composer/lyricist/book-writer)–Readings: Studio Tenn (TN), Sea Dog Theater (NYC). Music Theater awards include: Georgia Bogardus Holof Lyricist award, Two-time Richard Rogers Award finalist, O’Neill National Music Theatre Conference Participant, Yale Institute for Music Theatre finalist, Drama League New Director New Works grant recipient. Commissions include: Bespoke Music Theater Festival, and Pacific Theatre.
GABRIEL BARRE (Director) is an internationally acclaimed director who recently directed Amazing Grace on Broadway. Off Broadway credits include the original productions of Manhattan Theatre Club’s, The Wild Party by Andrew Lippa, Summer of ’42, john & jen and Almost, Maine. National Tours include Amazing Grace, Pippin, and Cinderella. Regional theatre credits include the original production of Memphis, at North Shore Music Theatre and Theatreworks in Palo Alto, CA; Soul Doctor at San Diego Repertory Theatre, as well as Sweeney Todd, Finian’s Rainbow and many new musicals at Goodspeed Musicals in CT. International credits include: the Mexican premiere of, Billy Elliot (recently nominated for 12 Los Metro Awards including Best Director), The Scarlet Pimpernel in Japan, numerous shows in Korea, China and the Czech Republic, including the world premiere of the new Czech musical opening this fall about Sherlock Holmes and Arthur Conan Doyle called, Holmes, The Legend. As an actor, he has been nominated for a Tony Award as Best Actor in a Musical and appeared off-Broadway recently, as Cyrano in Cyrano de Bergerac, which, he also directed.
KYLE C. NORRIS (Music Director) Broadway: School of Rock, Rocky, Pippin, First Date. 1st National Tour: If/Then, Legally Blonde, West Side Story. Las Vegas: Spamalot, Mamma Mia, Hairspray, Avenue Q. Other: TV Time! (Laurie Beechman Theatre), Karine Hannah (54 Below). www.KCNMusic.com
MACINTYRE DIXON (Junius Brutus Booth) Broadway credits include Cyrano de Bergerac , Prelude To A Kiss, Gypsy , The Crucible , 1776 ,A Funny Thing Happened On The Way To The Forum, Over Here, The Tempest , Beauty And The Beast, , 3 Penny Opera , Once In A Lifetime, Alice In Wonderland, Sly Fox, and , Off-Broadway: The Fantasticks, Comic Potential, Arms and The Man, Hamlet, Little Murders, Room Service , The Winter’s Tale, Tom Foolery, Much Ado About Nothing, and Stewed Prunes (co author). Films: It’s Kind Of A Funny Story, School of Rock, In & Out, A River Runs Through It, Secret Of My Success, The Dream Team, Batteries Not Included, Popeye
MATT BOGART (Edwin Booth) Broadway: Jersey Boys, Aida, Miss Saigon, The Civil War, Smokey Joe’s Café (TV/DVD) and Camelot (Tour). Off-Broadway: James Joyce in Himself and Nora (Outer Critics Nom.) and in Dublin, Ireland. TV: HBO’s “Vinyl” as Robert Goulet, “Smash” as JFK, Law and Order & L&O: SVU. Recent work includes, world premiers of Snow Child at Arena Stage, Most Beautiful Room in NY at Long Wharf, Rochester in Jane Eyre and Billy in Carousel with Wichita Symphony. In addition to premiering leading roles at La Jolla Playhouse, Old Globe, Goodspeed, and Cincinnati Playhouse, he has performed solo at Lincoln Center, Kennedy Center, Carnegie Hall and with Symphony Orchestras throughout the US. Mr. Bogart is an Affiliated Artist of Arena Stage in D.C., a theatre producer & record producer with solo recordings. www.MattBogart.com
DOMINIC BOGART (John Wilkes Booth) Theatre: Nick Massi in JERSEY BOYS (Chicago Company), Mark in RENT (national tour), ZHIVAGO at La Jolla Playhouse, MOLLY'S DREAM and ALL BUT FORGOTTEN at Soho Repertory Theatre, BAT BOY at Portland Center Stage and Human Race Theatre Company, Jesus in JESUS CHRIST SUPERSTAR at New Bedford Festival Theatre, and SACRIFICING BOUNDARIES at Ensemble Theatre of Cincinnati. Film and TV: Leads in I AM NOT A HIPSTER (Sundance selection) and EXTRACTED (SXSW selection), supporting roles in THE BIRTH OF A NATION (Sundance multi-award winner), THE GLASS CASTLE (Lionsgate), CBGB, recurring roles on The CW's ARROW, AMC's FEAR THE WALKING DEAD, ABC's FLASHFORWARD, and THE CHRIS ROCK SHOW. Upcoming projects include a lead in the Nate Parker directed series BASELINES, a supporting role in Haroula Rose's feature ONCE UPON A RIVER, and supporting opposite Brie Larson and Michael B. Jordan in the Warner Brothers drama, JUST MERCY.
MARTHA HARMS (Edwina Booth Grossman) is thrilled to be back with Sea Dog! Previous SDT productions: NOT FROM HERE at the ACE Hotel, and the staged reading of Odets' AWAKE AND SING! BFA from Southern Methodist University. www.marthaharms.com
KATE REINDERS (Mary Devlin Booth) was last seen on Broadway in Meteor Shower (standby for Amy Schumer). She created the role of Portia in Something Rotten! (Original Cast recording). Other Broadway: Glinda in Wicked (Broadway and Original Chicago company; Jefferson Award nomination), June in Sam Mendes' revival of Gypsy starring Bernadette Peters, Caroline in the Beach Boys musical Good Vibrations, 2002 revival of Into the Woods and The Adventures of Tom Sawyer. Other theatre: The Nerd (George Street Playhouse), A Year With Frog and Toad (New Victory Theater; Original Cast recording), Nerds (New York Stage and Film), and Party Come Here (Williamstown Theatre Festival). On television, Kate was a series regular on ABC’s Work It and Lifetime’s Sherri, and has guest-starred on Instinct, Anger Management, Modern Family, and Ugly Betty. Film: Russell Madness, Grudge Match, Such Good People, Certainty, and Kinsey. As half of the singing/songwriting comedy duo "Tastiskank", she has performed at New York’s 54 Below, the TBS Comedy Festival in Las Vegas and the HBO Comedy Arts Festival in Aspen, where they received the 2007 Breakout Award.
MIMI BESSETTE (Julia Ward Howe) Broadway/Off-Broadway: Bonnie & Clyde, The Best Little Whorehouse in Texas, Little Shop of Horrors and Smoke on the Mountain. First National Tours: Soul Doctor, Parade, Keep On The Sunny Side, Big River and The Best Little Whorehouse in Texas. Regional Favorites: Woody Sez, Cowgirls, Duck Commander Musical, Always...Patsy Cline, Church Basement Ladies, Hank Williams Lost Highway, The Buddy Holly Story, Blood Brothers, Pump Boys and Dinettes and Woody Guthrie's American Song. Film/TV: Difficult People(opposite Andrea Martin) and Annie(opposite Jamie Foxx). She is featured on four cast albums and is the singer and executive producer on her own albums Lullabies of Broadway and Lullabies of Broadway Act II. Both will be released this fall on Broadway Records. Mimi will next be seen as Miss Shingle in A Gentleman's Guide To Love and Murder at Florida Studio Theatre, Sarasota, FL.
MARTIN LANDRY (Adam Badeau) is an actor/musician whose theatrical credits include Off-Broadway, national tours, and a lot of regional productions. Upcoming: MURDER FOR TWO at Merrimack Repertory Theatre. Thanks to Don and Gabe for letting him hang out with them again, and love to Janice (always). www.martinlandry.net
SKYE SCOTT (Sleeper Clarke) was most recently seen in the world premier of SOUL: The Stax Musical playing hall of fame guitar legend Steve Cropper. National Tours: JERSEY BOYS, MILLION DOLLAR QUARTET. Off-Broadway: JERSEY BOYS (Crewe). Other favorites: LOVE ACTUALLY (Mark) at the Wallis Center in LA and BAZ: Star Crossed Love (Gatsby) at the Palazzo in Las Vegas with For the Record. Proud alum of the Carnegie Mellon School of Drama.
LAUREN WIDNER (Assistant Director) is a freelance director, pianist, and vocal coach. Upcoming: Nuclear Follies. Past credits include: 20,000 Leagues Under the Seas (Lookingglass Theatre), The Fantasticks (BCCPA), A Connecticut Christmas Carol (Goodspeed Opera House), The Foreigner (Cape Playhouse). MM in Music Education (Boston University), MA in Theatre Directing (Roosevelt University). www.laurenwidner.com
PAIGE CARTER (Stage Manager) is an AEA Stage Manager & Event Producer here in NYC. Paige is the Programming Lead & Co-Director for Camp Wonderful, a summer camp for adults. Paige is an alumni of Elon University and Columbia University, as well as a proud former resident of Las Vegas, NV and North Carolina.
MARTY ISENBERG (Musician) Bassist Marty Isenberg has made substitute performances on the Broadway shows “Fun Home”, “Lion King”, “Radio City’s Christmas Spectacular”, and has toured with the show ‘Soul Doctor’. As an active member of the New York jazz scene, Marty has had the opportunity to both tour internationally and perform with some of the most pre-eminent jazz musicians of our time including: Ari Hoenig, Tyshawn Sorey, Chad Lefkewitz Brown, Sean Nowell, Tony Moreno, Dave Pietro, Zachary and Adam O’Farrill, Uri Gurvich, and Onaje Allen Gumbs. His trio with collaborator Dave Juarez performs frequently in New York City and in 2015 toured Central America culminating in headlining the El Salvador Jazz Festival. Marty received his undergraduate degree from the New School for Jazz and Contemporary Music where he majored in Jazz Performance and minored in Jazz Composition, and received his Master of Music degree from New York University. He has held adjunct faculty positions at New York University, Sacred Heart University, and Quinnipiac University. He is the founder of the Clinton Hill Music School in Brooklyn, where he currently resides.
BRIAN RADDOCK (Musician)