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About Why Not? A Winter Cabaret

The Lilac Players relish the opportunity to shake up traditional casting norms and view shows from a new perspective. This December, we brought together a group of supremely talented performers who put their imaginations to the test and cast themselves in dream roles they would never play on stage. In our winter musical review, we all asked ourselves what unlikely role would we love to play. Then we asked, "Why not?"

Cast

Tyler Crosby

Host

Company

"When I Grow Up" from Matilda

Kimberly Dauber

"I Am What I Am" from La Cage Aux Folles

Masha Sten-Clanton

"C'est Moi" from Camelot

Anand Sitaram

"The Wizard and I" from Wicked

Lauren Campbell

"The Riddle" from The Scarlet Pimpernel

Zoe Sheinkopf

"The Riddle" from The Scarlet Pimpernel

Laura Gould

"The Riddle" from The Scarlet Pimpernel

J. C. Pankratz

"Ring of Keys" from Fun Home

Anna-Constantia Richardson

"You and Me (But Mostly Me)" from The Book of Mormon

Emma Brown

"You and Me (But Mostly Me)" from The Book of Mormon

Wyn Brown

Selections from The Lion in Winter

Kate Mikell

"Agony" from Into the Woods

Rebecca Wells

"Agony" from Into the Woods

Harry Rudolph

"She Used to Be Mine" from Waitress

Hubert Hwang

"Love's A Gun" from Love's Labour's Lost

Judith Garber

"Shiksa Goddess" from The Last Five Years

Elliot Raff

"Stars and the Moon" from Songs for a New World

Steph Wooler

"Anthem" from Chess

Lorraine Fryer

"Granger Danger" from A Very Potter Musical

Katy Weisman

"Granger Danger" from A Very Potter Musical

Émile Lewis

"It Was a Shit Show" from Crazy Ex-Girlfriend

Deborah Gaz

"Faint Heart Never Won Fair Lady" from Iolanthe

Theresa Griffin

"Faint Heart Never Won Fair Lady" from Iolanthe

Andrea Humez

"Faint Heart Never Won Fair Lady" from Iolanthe

Laura Honeywood

"Endless Night" from The Lion King

Company

"Do You Hear the People Sing?" from Les Miserables

Musicians

Julie Richardson

Music Director

Sue Swalley

Performance, Rehearsal, and Audition Pianist

Tim Ayers-Kerr

Rehearsal Pianist

Katie O'Reilly

Rehearsal Pianist

Kimberly Dauber

Audition Pianist

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Cast

Tyler Crosby

Host

Tyler Crosby is a full-time civics educator, part-time actor, and occasional game show contestant. He lives in Jamaica Plain with his fiancée Meghan (in absentia), and their cat, Garnet. He has never hosted anything in his life, so let’s see how this goes!

Kimberly Dauber

"I Am What I Am" from La Cage Aux Folles

Kim Dauber is starting to think she might be good at this whole theater thing. She also exercises sufficient hubris to make audio drama podcasts. Kim is one of only four living humans to have won The Game.

Masha Sten-Clanton

"C'est Moi" from Camelot

Masha Sten-Clanton's husband insists that she's a magic creature. She doesn't know how she managed to fool him, but she's glad it worked. She really wishes someone would make a musical of "The Left Hand of Darkness", her favorite science fiction novel, or "Crime and Punishment", her favorite novel of all time.

Anand Sitaram

"The Wizard and I" from Wicked

Anand Sitaram has performed in the San Diego and Boston Gay Men’s Choruses and sings barbershop a cappella with Vocal Revolution and Neapolitan Quartet. He also square dances and wants to learn to play the banjo in his hall closet. You thought this was three truths and a lie, but it’s not.

Laura Gould

"The Riddle" from The Scarlet Pimpernel

Laura Gould is so excited to be performing with the Lilac Players again. When she's not singing, she teaches high schoolers how to math and hopefully become good people. If you cut her open, you would find that she is entirely constructed from cheese.

J. C. Pankratz

"Ring of Keys" from Fun Home

J.C. Pankratz is a non-binary and transgender writer whose most elusive dream is raising a flock of chickens.

Emma Brown

"You and Me (But Mostly Me)" from The Book of Mormon

Emma Brown is thrilled to see another magnificent Lilac Players production come together, and to work with so many new and familiar faces! And this time, she's even performing. She has been America's foremost expert on ancient aliens for sixty-five years.

Wyn Brown

Selections from The Lion in Winter

It's a lovely morning in the village, and Wyn Brown, Lilac Players treasurer, is a horrible goose. They also stage manage, argue, and do everything but sing.

Kate Mikell

"Agony" from Into the Woods

Kate Mikell has an acting degree from the University of Utah, but in her current role as a bookseller, she's more likely to be found nose-in-a-book than off-book. Someday she will find her bearskin cloak, slip back into it, and return to her life as a mountain cryptid.

Rebecca Wells

"Agony" from Into the Woods

Rebecca Wells writes books about angry bisexuals and dragons. The jury is still out on whether she too is a dragon. Find out more at rebeccawellswrites.com.

Harry Rudolph

"She Used to Be Mine" from Waitress

Harold Rudolph has sung all over the world, sometimes by invitation. A Voice Scholarship recipient, his training and performances have put him in the ranks of the mediocre. His favorite saying? "No one is safe from my singing." He would comment more, but cases are still in litigation.

Hubert Hwang

"Love's A Gun" from Love's Labour's Lost

Hubert Hwang continues to sing only dark and haunting songs at cabaret nights. He will next be on stage in Love's Labour's Lost in March 2020, with the Arlington Friends of the Drama. Outside of theater, he is somehow entrusted to teach high school students on a daily basis.

Judith Garber

"Shiksa Goddess" from The Last Five Years

Judith Garber is excited to perform in her first Lilac Players production. She is known for being a musicals enthusiast and having the shortest legs of anyone on her ultimate frisbee team.

Elliot Raff

"Stars and the Moon" from Songs for a New World

Elliot Raff has tormented many, many cars full of friends attempting to sing the song he is performing tonight in its original key. Luckily, he has a very talented friend who transposed it for him, so hopefully he sounds pretty now. In addition to his musical theatre obsession, Elliot travels the world as a tournament operations specialist for the popular games Magic the Gathering and Hearthstone.

Steph Wooler

"Anthem" from Chess

Stephanie Wooler is a bass from rural Alabama. When not singing her heart out onstage, she develops culturally-responsive English Language Arts curriculum and lives in Somerville with her sweetie and their four cats.

Lorraine Fryer

"Granger Danger" from A Very Potter Musical

Lorraine Fryer requires a pack of 36 cards, 8 plastic miniature figures, 6 12-sided dice, 4 packs of smaller cards (28 each), 18 wooden pegs in 2 sizes, a spinning dial, $20 in poker chips, $200 in fake paper money, 30 cardboard tiles, a freemium mobile app, a rulebook (definitely lost), and 12 AAA batteries (not included). Play time ranges from 15 minutes to 4 hours, depending on the players' familiarity with the rules. She is currently in play-testing and should available at your local game store in a few months, assuming the funding doesn't fall through.

Katy Weisman

"Granger Danger" from A Very Potter Musical

Katy Weisman makes her triumphant return to musical theater in the twin roles of Combferre and Draco Malfoy. Like Draco, Katy is blonde, short, and sorts Slytherin. Like Combferre, she speaks French so fluently that you’ll think it’s English. (Just listen!) She is thrilled to be performing with the Lilac Players for the first time.

Émile Lewis

"It Was a Shit Show" from Crazy Ex-Girlfriend

Émile Lewis is a known reprobate and has occasionally been described as “all right” by his friends and family. A historian by training with aspirations of becoming a voice actor, he ended up on stage because of his lovely singing voice [citation needed] and total lack of shame. He and his friend Kristen Hale run an online comedy show entitled Not Even, and they released their first short film, “The Basic Bitch Project,” this Halloween.

Deborah Gaz

"Faint Heart Never Won Fair Lady" from Iolanthe

Deborah Gaz loves to sing and purple is her favorite color, so the Lilac Players makes perfect, purple sense for her to perform with! She writes software for her day job.

Theresa Griffin

"Faint Heart Never Won Fair Lady" from Iolanthe

Theresa Griffin is delighted to be performing with the Lilac Players again. She currently works as a Medical Writer, but dreams of becoming a cougar when she grows up (not the kind that hangs around in bars and picks up younger men, but the kind with fur and fangs).

Andrea Humez

"Faint Heart Never Won Fair Lady" from Iolanthe

Andrea Humez was last seen onstage in a staged reading of Indigo (an original musical) and in the Lilac Players' The Mystery of Edwin Drood and Scared Queer: Get Out The Vote cabaret. Her recent directing credits include Burning and a workshop of an original play, What They Think We Are, both with Theatre@First. Andrea's writing prompt for musical theatre authors and composers: roles for middle-aged sopranos!

Laura Honeywood

"Endless Night" from The Lion King

Laura Honeywood dreams in musicals. Sometimes. This is not a lie. Once there was a puppet rock opera. Once it was Chekhov's Three Sisters. Once it was a new national anthem for Burkina Faso.

Musicians

Sue Swalley

Performance, Rehearsal, and Audition Pianist

Sue Swalley loves playing the piano during her copious free time when she's not driving her kids to their myriad activities and trying to do her real job as a scientist.

Special Thanks To:

The Rockwell

 

The Josephine A. Fiorentino Community Center

All of you! Our friends and supporters!

About the Lilac Players

The purpose of The Lilac Players is to foster theatrical opportunities for women and LGBTQIA+ members of the community by producing and promoting staged shows. We focus on showcasing new productions and re-framing existing works through nontraditional casting, or performing works which challenge outmoded norms, celebrate our diverse lifestyles, and entertain audiences throughout.

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