CAST AND CREW BIOGRAPHIES
(from the FringeNYC production)
MATEO MORENO (MICHAEL/PLAYWRIGHT) As an actor, Mateo recently appeared in the critically acclaimed and New York Times Critic's Pick Operetta The Pic, or Vaclav Havel's Hunt For A PiG and in Jerry Polner's play Fix Number Six where he won "Best Featured Actor in a Play" at the Planet Connections Festivity Awards. Other highlights include The Rocky Horror Show, Craven Monkey and the Mountain of Fury, Penny Dreadful, Twelfth Night, Much Ado About Nothing, & Hamlet. As a playwright, Mateo has written the Award Winning play Happily After Tonight (which he co-directed and co-starred in), Within Our Walls (commissioned by Fort Osage theatrical), and Bohemian Valentine, which was first workshopped as a reading by Boomerang Theatre and then had an award winning reading at Planet Connections Festivity. He is currently working on an adaptation of Romeo & Juliet with Liz Whittemore at Boomerang Theatre.
MICHAELA ALYSE TOMCHO (KATE) Michaela is honored to be a part of the Bohemian Valentine team again. Favorite roles include: Alice/Happily After Tonight, Olive/The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee, Janet/The Rocky Horror Show, & Evelyn Nesbit/Ragtime. Many thanks to Mateo, not only for being a great friend over the years, but for the reminder that there are still projects that are truly inspiring and worth fighting for. Thanks to Fringe NYC for believing in this piece and bringing us to our next step.
TRACY MCDOWELL (samantha) Tracy is thrilled to be back on Broadway in MOTOWN. Broadway/NYC Credits: RENT, Jawbreaker, Atlantis Regional: Hair , Godspell . Soloist for UN, Broadway in South Africa , “The Next Big Thing” on Oxygen .Love to my Family, CLA , Telsey, Trapper, Henry, Rich, Eric, Ruby, Roomies, and BUNS! www.tracy-mcdowell.com
KRISTEN ADELE (SARA) Originally hails from Dallas. Off-Broadway credits include Myrna in Myrna in Transit for Ensemble Studio Theatre. Regional theatre credits include Francine/Lena in Clybourne Park at the Geva Theatre & Cleveland Play House, Rachel in Jackie & Me for the Denver Center Theatre Company, Ruth in A Raisin in the Sun at the Clarence Brown Theatre, Helen in Machinal, St. Monica in The Last Days of Judas Iscariot and Undine in Fabulation for Rutgers Theatre Co. Her most recent television credits include Netflix’s Orange is the New Black and CBS’ Blue Bloods. She received her M.F.A .in Acting from Rutgers University. www.KristenAdele.net
SOPHIA GENNUSA (JACEY 8/9, 8/12) Broadway: Matilda (Dir. Matthew Warchus, Original Broadway Cast, Tony Honor for Excellence in Theatre, Grammy nominee for OBC recording). Film: Starcatcher (Dir. Marina Havriliak). Voice: Chris York.
AIMÉE LAURENCE (jacey 8/18, 8/20, 8/21) began acting at 3 in her Dad's film Days Dance. Films include - All the Broken Pieces with Tovah Feldshuh and American Gladiators with her sister Oona. TV - Chicago Fire & PD, The Blacklist. Stage: “The Dauphin” in Marie Antoinette at Soho Rep, Beyond the Horizon at Irish Rep. Most recently she filmed the indie short Sand Castle with her little sister, Jeté.
W DEREK JORDEN (FRANCIS, NICK, KATE'S FATHER, MAX) has been making his way around NYC for the past year, appearing as a corrupt 1980's NY cop and an 1870's Irish murderer for LiveIN Theater, as British glam god Niles Never in an upcoming webseries, as a detective in a short film noir, as a moonshine slangin' Elvis wannabe in When the Night Falls, and working on Huxley, Kafka, and Garcia Marquez adaptations with Educational Theater New York. He is grateful for this chance to perform in a great play by a great writer with a great cast. He says hi to his mom. And Randi.
Simoné Elizabeth Bart (Standby for SAMANTHA) Simoné is honored to be joining the BOHEMIAN VALENTINE TEAM, and thrilled to participate in the New York International fringe Festival for the first time! Some of her favorite roles include: Cat on a Hot Tin Roof (Maggie), A Chorus Line (Rickie), Seascape with Sharks and Dancer (Tracy), and puppeteering the Virgin Mary in Fat Ram. A thousand thanks to Mateo and Matt for their support and trust!!
MATT GRAY (DIRECTOR) is a director, writer, and producer based in New York City. He is perhaps best known as the co-creator of the 12-part serialized play Penny Dreadful produced by the Brick Theater in Williamsburg, Brooklyn from 2007-2009, for which he wrote and directed several episodes. As the Producing Director and Resident Dramaturg of American Opera Projects (AOP), Matt Gray has overseen development and production of dozens of concerts, workshops, and premieres including Out Cold/Zippo Songs at BAM (2012), The Blind at Lincoln Center Festival (2013), and Nkeiru Okoye's Harriet Tubman: When I Crossed That Line to Freedom at Irondale Center (2014). At AOP, he has directed the Philadelphia premiere of the Holocaust-themed multi-media opera Darkling at Center City Opera Theater and several opera workshops including AbSynth (Galapagos Art Space), Numinous City (Rubin Museum of Art), and the historical medical drama Semmelweis (New York Academy of Medicine), for which he is also the librettist. BFA, North Carolina School of the Arts.
DANIEL A WEISS (COMPOSER) Daniel A Weiss is a New York City based musician, most recently seen music directing and arranging for a sold out performance of West End Recast in London, a concert feat many of the West End's finest singers. Daniel has been keyboardist for Let It Be On Broadway and is the scene music Composer, Orchestrator, Music Supervisor, and keyboardist for Anthony Rapp's one-man show, Without You. having successful runs at NYMF, the Edinburgh Fringe, Menier Chocolate Factory London, KTG Theater South Korea, and the Panasonic Theater in Toronto. Composer of original music for the plays Bohemian Valentine and Happily After Tonight by Mateo Moreno and together with Anthony Rapp he wrote, arranged and recorded original songs for the show Dedalus Lounge by playwright Gary Duggin. London, West End-West End Recast (arrangements and musical supervision) Broadway/Off Broadway – Let It Be On Broadway, Kinky Boots, Motown, Godspell, Catch Me If You Can, Rain, Hairspray, Lennon, Shrek, Legally Blonde, Mamma Mia, and 10 Million Miles (Patty Griffin), Rent - Associate Conductor, Hair - Assistant Conductor, Taboo - Associate Conductor, Brooklyn - Associate Conductor. Artist Tours - Joan Osborne, Anthony Rapp, Valerie Carter, Jeffrey Gaines (Music Director) and Cassidy (Antigone Rising). Theater Workshop Productions – White Noise, Tarzan (Phil Collins) and Helen of Troy (Brian Johnson, AC/DC). Recent Discography: Without You (soundtrack), Wool & Grant, Ina May Wool, Katrin Roush, Rachel Millman, Denise Marsa, Elisa Korenne, Bri Reitano, Jill Stevenson, Andrew Cohen, Rebecca Everett, Roman Klun, Rachel Bay Jones, Bryce Ryness, Jenna Marotta, Martin Rivas, Fred Arcoleo, James Durst, Vicki Genfan, Brooklyn Women's Choir, indie film Camp, Starcraft II by Blizzard Software. Specialties: Composition, Guitar, Keyboard,Music Production and Engineering.