Into the Woods

July 12 - Aug. 10, 2014
(Opening Night: Thursday, July 17)
Donald and Darlene Shiley Stage
Old Globe Theatre
Conrad Prebys Theatre Center

The Old Globe Presents
T he McCarter Theatre Center and Fiasco Theater Production of
Into the Woods
Music and Lyrics by Stephen Sondheim
Book by James Lapine
Originally Directed on Broadway by James Lapine
As Reimagined by Fiasco Theater
Directed by Noah Brody and Ben Steinfeld

Choreographed by Lisa Shriver
Scenic Design by Derek McLane
Costume Design by Whitney Locher
Lighting Design by Tim Cryan
Sound Design by Darron L West
Music Direction and Orchestrations by Matt Castle
Associate Director, Michael Perlman
Stage Manager, Marcy Victoria Reed

One of the greatest musicals of all time returns in triumph to its birthplace, nearly three decades after its world premiere at The Old Globe, in an inventive new production from Fiasco Theater that originated at McCarter Theatre Center and had The New York Times cheering, “I fell head over heels!  Fun, poignant, and truly enchanting.”  Stephen Sondheim and James Lapine’s Tony Award-winning masterpiece weaves together beloved fairy tales, then ventures into the unknown territory of life after “happily ever after.”  Fiasco Theater, critically acclaimed for its reinventions of the classics, conjures a mythical world of theatrical invention with 10 actors and a handful of musical instruments.  An ordinary rope becomes Jack’s famous beanstalk, a ladder becomes Rapunzel’s enchanted tower, and the power of transformation creates a beguiling theater of the imagination.



Production Photos

Emily Young as Little Red Ridinghood and Noah Brody as Wolf in Stephen Sondheim and James Lapine's Into the Woods, in a reimagining by Fiasco Theater, directed by Noah Brody and Ben Steinfeld, in a production that originated at McCarter Theatre Center. Into the Woods runs July 12 - Aug. 10, 2014 at The Old Globe. Photo by Jim Cox.
(from left) Patrick Mulryan as Jack, Jessie Austrian as Baker's Wife, Emily Young as Little Red Ridinghood, Ben Steinfeld as Baker, and Claire Karpen as Cinderella in Stephen Sondheim and James Lapine's Into the Woods, in a reimagining by Fiasco Theater, directed by Noah Brody and Ben Steinfeld, in a production that originated at McCarter Theatre Center. Into the Woods runs July 12 - Aug. 10, 2014 at The Old Globe. Photo by Jim Cox.
Claire Karpen as Cinderella with (background, from left) Jessie Austrian, Paul L. Coffey, and Matt Castle in Stephen Sondheim and James Lapine's Into the Woods, in a reimagining by Fiasco Theater, directed by Noah Brody and Ben Steinfeld, in a production that originated at McCarter Theatre Center. Into the Woods runs July 12 - Aug. 10, 2014 at The Old Globe. Photo by Jim Cox.
The cast of Stephen Sondheim and James Lapine's Into the Woods, in a reimagining by Fiasco Theater, directed by Noah Brody and Ben Steinfeld, in a production that originated at McCarter Theatre Center. Into the Woods runs July 12 - Aug. 10, 2014 at The Old Globe. Photo by Jim Cox.
(from left) Patrick Mulryan as Jack, Ben Steinfeld as Baker, Claire Karpen as Cinderella, and Emily Young as Little Red Ridinghood in Stephen Sondheim and James Lapine's Into the Woods, in a reimagining by Fiasco Theater, directed by Noah Brody and Ben Steinfeld, in a production that originated at McCarter Theatre Center. Into the Woods runs July 12 - Aug. 10, 2014 at The Old Globe. Photo by Jim Cox.
Alison Cimmet as Witch (far left) with the cast of Stephen Sondheim and James Lapine's Into the Woods, in a reimagining by Fiasco Theater, directed by Noah Brody and Ben Steinfeld, in a production that originated at McCarter Theatre Center. Into the Woods runs July 12 - Aug. 10, 2014 at The Old Globe. Photo by Jim Cox.
(from left) Liz Hayes as Cinderella's Stepmother, Noah Brody as Lucinda, Andy Grotelueschen as Florinda, and Claire Karpen as Cinderella in Stephen Sondheim and James Lapine's Into the Woods, in a reimagining by Fiasco Theater, directed by Noah Brody and Ben Steinfeld, in a production that originated at McCarter Theatre Center. Into the Woods runs July 12 - Aug. 10, 2014 at The Old Globe. Photo by Jim Cox.
Noah Brody as Cinderella's Prince and Jessie Austrian as Baker's Wife in Stephen Sondheim and James Lapine's Into the Woods, in a reimagining by Fiasco Theater, directed by Noah Brody and Ben Steinfeld, in a production that originated at McCarter Theatre Center. Into the Woods runs July 12 - Aug. 10, 2014 at The Old Globe. Photo by Jim Cox.
(from left) Emily Young as Little Red Ridinghood, Jessie Austrian as Baker's Wife, Patrick Mulryan as Steward, Ben Steinfeld as Baker, and Alison Cimmet as Witch with Matt Castle at the piano in Stephen Sondheim and James Lapine's Into the Woods, in a reimagining by Fiasco Theater, directed by Noah Brody and Ben Steinfeld, in a production that originated at McCarter Theatre Center. Into the Woods runs July 12 - Aug. 10, 2014 at The Old Globe. Photo by Jim Cox.
Ben Steinfeld as Baker and Jessie Austrian as Baker's Wife in Stephen Sondheim and James Lapine's Into the Woods, in a reimagining by Fiasco Theater, directed by Noah Brody and Ben Steinfeld, in a production that originated at McCarter Theatre Center. Into the Woods runs July 12 - Aug. 10, 2014 at The Old Globe. Photo by Jim Cox.
(from left) Claire Karpen as Cinderella, Andy Grotelueschen as Milky White, and Jessie Austrian as Baker's Wife in Stephen Sondheim and James Lapine's Into the Woods, in a reimagining by Fiasco Theater, directed by Noah Brody and Ben Steinfeld, in a production that originated at McCarter Theatre Center. Into the Woods runs July 12 - Aug. 10, 2014 at The Old Globe. Photo by Jim Cox.
(from left) Emily Young as Rapunzel and Alison Cimmet as Witch in Stephen Sondheim and James Lapine's Into the Woods, in a reimagining by Fiasco Theater, directed by Noah Brody and Ben Steinfeld, in a production that originated at McCarter Theatre Center. Into the Woods runs July 12 - Aug. 10, 2014 at The Old Globe. Photo by Jim Cox.
Ben Steinfeld as Baker and Alison Cimmet as Witch with (background) Andy Grotelueschen and Matt Castle in Stephen Sondheim and James Lapine's Into the Woods, in a reimagining by Fiasco Theater, directed by Noah Brody and Ben Steinfeld, in a production that originated at McCarter Theatre Center. Into the Woods runs July 12 - Aug. 10, 2014 at The Old Globe. Photo by Jim Cox.
(from left) Andy Grotelueschen as Milky White and Patrick Mulryan as Jack in Stephen Sondheim and James Lapine's Into the Woods, in a reimagining by Fiasco Theater, directed by Noah Brody and Ben Steinfeld, in a production that originated at McCarter Theatre Center. Into the Woods runs July 12 - Aug. 10, 2014 at The Old Globe. Photo by Jim Cox.
(from left) Claire Karpen as Cinderella with Emily Young, Liz Hayes, and Jessie Austrian in Stephen Sondheim and James Lapine's Into the Woods, in a reimagining by Fiasco Theater, directed by Noah Brody and Ben Steinfeld, in a production that originated at McCarter Theatre Center. Into the Woods runs July 12 - Aug. 10, 2014 at The Old Globe. Photo by Jim Cox.
(from left) Ben Steinfeld as Baker and Paul L. Coffey as Mysterious Man in Stephen Sondheim and James Lapine's Into the Woods, in a reimagining by Fiasco Theater, directed by Noah Brody and Ben Steinfeld, in a production that originated at McCarter Theatre Center. Into the Woods runs July 12 - Aug. 10, 2014 at The Old Globe. Photo by Jim Cox.
(from left) Alison Cimmet as Witch, Ben Steinfeld as Baker, and Jessie Austrian as Baker's Wife in Stephen Sondheim and James Lapine's Into the Woods, in a reimagining by Fiasco Theater, directed by Noah Brody and Ben Steinfeld, in a production that originated at McCarter Theatre Center. Into the Woods runs July 12 - Aug. 10, 2014 at The Old Globe. Photo by Jim Cox.
(from left) Patrick Mulryan as Jack, Emily Young as Rapunzel, and Alison Cimmet as Witch in Stephen Sondheim and James Lapine's Into the Woods, in a reimagining by Fiasco Theater, directed by Noah Brody and Ben Steinfeld, in a production that originated at McCarter Theatre Center. Into the Woods runs July 12 - Aug. 10, 2014 at The Old Globe. Photo by Jim Cox.
Jessie Austrian as Baker's Wife and Ben Steinfeld as Baker in Stephen Sondheim and James Lapine's Into the Woods, in a reimagining by Fiasco Theater, directed by Noah Brody and Ben Steinfeld, in a production that originated at McCarter Theatre Center. Into the Woods runs July 12 - Aug. 10, 2014 at The Old Globe. Photo by Jim Cox.
(from left) Alison Cimmet as Witch, and Emily Young as Rapunzel in Stephen Sondheim and James Lapine's Into the Woods, in a reimagining by Fiasco Theater, directed by Noah Brody and Ben Steinfeld, in a production that originated at McCarter Theatre Center. Into the Woods runs July 12 - Aug. 10, 2014 at The Old Globe. Photo by Jim Cox.
(from left) Andy Grotelueschen as Rapunzel's Prince and Alison Cimmet as Witch on ladder, with the company, in Stephen Sondheim and James Lapine's Into the Woods, in a reimagining by Fiasco Theater, directed by Noah Brody and Ben Steinfeld, in a production that originated at McCarter Theatre Center. Into the Woods runs July 12 - Aug. 10, 2014 at The Old Globe. Photo by Jim Cox.
   
   
(from left) Noah Brody as Cinderella's Prince, and Andy Grotelueschen as Rapunzel's Prince in Stephen Sondheim and James Lapine's Into the Woods, in a reimagining by Fiasco Theater, directed by Noah Brody and Ben Steinfeld, in a production that originated at McCarter Theatre Center. Into the Woods runs July 12 - Aug. 10, 2014 at The Old Globe. Photo by Jim Cox.
   



Publicity Photos

Noah Brody will co-direct Stephen Sondheim and James Lapine's Into the Woods, July 12 - Aug. 10, 2014 at The Old Globe. Photo courtesy of The Old Globe.
Ben Steinfeld will co-direct Stephen Sondheim and James Lapine's Into the Woods, July 12 - Aug. 10, 2014 at The Old Globe. Photo courtesy of The Old Globe.
Stephen Sondheim and James Lapine's Into the Woods, in a reimagining by Fiasco Theater, directed by Noah Brody and Ben Steinfeld, in a production that originated at McCarter Theatre Center runs July 12 - Aug. 10, 2014 at The Old Globe. Photo by T Charles Erickson.



Cast and Creative Team

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Jessie Austrian (Baker’s Wife) is a co-artistic director and founder of Fiasco Theater and is thrilled to be returning to Fiasco’s Into the Woods with this incredible team at The Old Globe. She recently co-directed Fiasco’s production of The Two Gentlemen of Verona at the Folger Theatre in Washington, D.C. She has appeared on Broadway in The Importance of Being Earnest and Lend Me a Tenor and Off Broadway in Fiasco’s Measure for Measure (The New Victory Theater), Fiasco’s Cymbeline (Theatre for a New Audience, Barrow Street Theatre), and The Marriage of Bette and Boo (Roundabout Theatre Company). Her regional credits include Into the Woods (McCarter Theatre Center), The Two Gentlemen of Verona (Folger Theatre), Jane Eyre (Guthrie Theater), The Mystery of Edwin Drood (Trinity Repertory Company), My Fair Lady (Actors Theatre of Louisville, Virginia Stage Company), and Cabaret & Main (Williamstown Theatre Festival). Her television credits include “Made in Jersey.” She is an adjunct faculty member at New York University’s Gallatin School. Proud graduate of Brown University and the Brown/Trinity M.F.A. Acting Program. Proud wife to a very nice prince named Noah Brody.
Noah Brody (Lucinda, Wolf, Cinderella’s Prince; Co-Director) is an actor, director, writer, and teacher. He is the co-artistic director and head of producing for Fiasco Theater. Brody has co-directed Fiasco’s productions of Into the Woods, Measure for Measure, Twelfth Night,and Cymbeline, which received the 2012 Off Broadway Alliance Award for Best Play Revival. He has acted in all of Fiasco’s productions including the Two Gentlemen of Verona, and he will co-direct the Fiasco Theater/McCarter Theatre Center production of Into the Woods at Roundabout Theatre Company in Manhattan in the winter of 2014-2015. Brody has acted at theatres around the country and in Europe and has appeared shirtless on soaps, headless on a crime drama, and as a dismembered torso on some underwear boxes. He teaches acting, voice, and text through Fiasco and the New York University Gallatin School Summer Shakespeare Intensive. He is a proud graduate of the Brown/Trinity M.F.A. Acting Program.   
Matt Castle (Pianist, Music Director, Orchestrations) has played, sung, directed, and/or developed more than 75 new musicals at Sundance Institute, New York University, Playwrights Horizons, York Theatre Company, Barrington Stage Company, Weston Playhouse, Waterfront Playhouse, The Eugene O'Neill Theater Center, Signature Theatre Company, New York Musical Theatre Festival, and CAP21. With Frank Galgano, he has created orchestrations for musicals and concerts at The Kennedy Center, Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade, George Street Playhouse, American Conservatory Theater, Louise M. Davies Symphony Hall, Broadway Cares/Equity Fights AIDS, TheatreworksUSA, Sacramento Theatre Company, and Waterfront Playhouse. As an actor/musician, he performed in the 2007 Broadway revival of Company; the original Off Broadway casts of Musical of Musicals, Enter Laughing, and LingoLand; and Cincinnati Playhouse in the Park’s Company and Merrily We Roll Along. His upcoming projects include Goldrich and Heisler’s sequel to Junie B. Jones (as co-orchestrator); the debut album from his chamber group, the Emerald Trio (as pianist); and the premiere production of Found at Atlantic Theater Company (as musical director and co-orchestrator).  
Alison Cimmet (Witch) was most recently seen on Broadway as Violet in The Mystery of Edwin Drood, where she also frequently performed the roles of Helena and Princess Puffer in the stead of Jessie Mueller and Chita Rivera. Cimmet’s other Broadway credits include Bonnie & Clyde, Baby It’s You!, A Tale of Two Cities, and the concert Chance and Chemistry: A Centennial Celebration of Frank Loesser. Her Off Broadway and regional credits include the world premiere of John Guare’s 3 Kinds of Exile (Atlantic Theater Company), Tiffany in My Wonderful Day (Two River Theater Company), Viola in Twelfth Night (Prince Music Theater), Madame Thénardier in Les Misérables (North Carolina Theatre), Peach the Starfish in Finding Nemo – The Musical (Disney workshop), Sally Cato in Mame (The Kennedy Center), and Annie Oakley in Annie Get Your Gun (Carousel Dinner Theatre). Her film credits include March!, Chasing Taste, and Release, and she was a guest star on the television show “Are We There Yet?” Cimmet has a Theatre Arts degree from Brown University and has studied with Upright Citizens Brigade, Caymichael Patten, and The Actors Center (Chris Bayes, Joanna Merlin, Jed Diamond).
Paul L. Coffey (Mysterious Man) has appeared Off Broadway in Fiasco Theater’s productions of Measure for Measure and Cymbeline and in Theatre for a New Audience’s recent production of The Taming of the Shrew. Regionally he has appeared in Fiasco’s Into the Woods at McCarter Theatre Center in Princeton, New Jersey, and The Two Gentlemen of Verona at Folger Theatre in Washington, D.C. His other regional credits include work with Trinity Repertory Company, Pig Iron Theatre Company, Martha’s Vineyard Playhouse, Company of Fools, BoarsHead Theater, The Theatre at Monmouth, Peterborough Players, and Berkshire Theatre Festival. Coffey is a graduate of the Brown/Trinity M.F.A. Acting Program where he was a Stephen Sondheim Fellow. 
Andy Grotelueschen (Milky White, Florinda, Rapunzel’s Prince) has appeared in Fiasco Theater’s The Two Gentlemen of Verona (Folger Theatre), Measure for Measure (The New Victory Theater), Into the Woods (McCarter Theatre Center), Twelfth Night, and Cymbeline (Theatre for A New Audience, Barrow Street Theatre). He recently made his Broadway debut in Cyrano de Bergerac. His other New York City credits include Petruchio in The Taming of the Shrew (Theatre for a New Audience), Balm in Gilead with Michael Shannon, Monstrosity (13P), The Scariest (The Exchange), and The Glass Contraption’s The Amazing Ted Show! (Ars Nova). Regionally he has appeared in The Servant of Two Masters (Yale Repertory Theatre, The Shakespeare Theatre Company), The Heart of Robin Hood (American Repertory Theater), and Noises Off (Actors Theatre of Louisville). His other regional credits include Guthrie Theater, The Acting Company, The Broad Stage, Sundance Institute Theatre Labs, Arizona Theatre Company, and Trinity Repertory Company. His film projects include Still on the Road (PBS) and American Gladiators. On television, he appeared on “Elementary” (CBS). Grotelueschen is a graduate of the Brown/Trinity M.F.A. Acting Program, an apprentice to Christopher Bayes, and a Fiasco Theater company member, and he is from Iowa.
Liz Hayes (Cinderella’s Stepmother, Jack’s Mother) is thrilled to be making her debut at The Old Globe with Fiasco Theater. Her regional credits include Into the Woods (McCarter Theatre Center/Fiasco Theater), and her Boston credits include Lungs and Collected Stories (New Repertory Theatre), Adding Machine: A Musical (SpeakEasy Stage Company, Elliot Norton Award nomination), Absurd Person Singular (The Nora Theatre Company), Seminar and Strangers on a Train (Stoneham Theatre), Three Tall Women, Dead Man’s Cell Phone, A Little Night Music, and The Spitfire Grill (The Lyric Stage Company of Boston), Crimes of the Heart (Gloucester Stage Company), and Look Back in Anger, Marisol, and Love Song (Orfeo Group, Elliot Norton Award nomination). Hayes is a graduate of Brown University and received her M.F.A. from The Shakespeare Theatre Company’s Academy for Classical Acting. She teaches Voice and Speech at The Boston Conservatory.   
Claire Karpen (Cinderella, Granny) is delighted to be making her Old Globe debut. Her New York credits include David Ives’s The Heir Apparent (Classic Stage Company) and Unrequited (The Public Theater Shakespeare Lab). Her regional credits include Into the Woods (McCarter Theatre Center/Fiasco Theater), The 60s Project (Goodspeed Musicals), and Richard III, The Tempest, Much Ado About Nothing, and The Comedy of Errors (Trinity Repertory Company). As a director, her New York credits include The Woodsman (59E59 Theaters), Henry IV, Part I, Frankie and Johnny in the Clair de Lune, and A Little Night Music (The Juilliard School), and The Voices in My Head (Ars Nova). Karpen and her husband, Mike Pettry, wrote the musical Hardcore West Virginia, part of the 2012 ASCAP Musical Theatre Workshop. She has a B.A. from Brown University and is a proud member of Juilliard’s Group 41.  
Patrick Mulryan (Jack, Steward) has appeared in New York in Fiasco Theater’s Cymbeline (Barrow Street Theatre, Theatre for a New Audience), Bum Phillips All-American Opera (La MaMa/Monk Parrots, Inc.), and As You Like It (Happy Few Theatre Company).His regional credits include Fiasco’s Into the Woods (McCarter Theatre Center), Cabaret and The Importance of Being Earnest (Trinity Repertory Company), and Chain of Fools (Guthrie Theater). Mulryan has participated in workshops and developmental readings with Fiasco, Lark Play Development Center, New Georges, New World Stages, Theatre for a New Audience, A Collection of Shiny Objects, and Brown University, collaborating with directors such as Julie Taymor, Chay Yew, and Daniella Topol, as well as playwrights Jackie Sibblies Drury, Mallery Avidon, Joe Waechter, Edgar Mendoza, Alexandra Collier, and Noah Brody. Mulryan is a proud graduate of the Brown/Trinity M.F.A. Acting Program. He has also trained with A Guthrie Experience, The Actors’ Center, Moscow Art Theatre, and Oberlin College (B.A.). Mulryan teaches Voice and Speech at The Acting Studio and the Tom Todoroff Conservatory in New York and also works privately as a mentor and socialization coach for children on the autism spectrum.
Ben Steinfeld (Baker; Co-Director) is an actor, director, musician, and co-artistic director of Fiasco Theater. He has co-directed all of Fiasco’s productions including, most recently, The Two Gentlemen of Verona at Folger Theatre. Steinfeld’s Broadway acting credits include Cyrano de Bergerac and Bloody Bloody Andrew Jackson. His Off Broadway acting credits include Fiasco’s Cymbeline (Theatre for a New Audience, Barrow Street Theatre), Fiasco’s Measure for Measure (The New Victory Theater), and Bloody Bloody Andrew Jackson (The Public Theater). Steinfeld’s regional acting credits include McCarter Theatre Center, Center Theatre Group, Portland Center Stage, Westport Country Playhouse, Williamstown Theatre Festival, and 10 plays with Trinity Repertory Company. His television and film credits include “The Good Wife,” “Law & Order: Criminal Intent,” “Late Night with Jimmy Fallon,” and the recent HBO film Muhammad Ali’s Greatest Fight directed by Stephen Frears. Steinfeld is an adjunct professor at New York University’s Gallatin School and has narrated several concerts for young people as an artist-in-residence with the New Jersey Symphony Orchestra. Steinfeld is a proud graduate of Brown University, where he received his B.A., and the Brown/Trinity M.F.A. Acting Program. 
Emily Young (Little Red Ridinghood, Rapunzel) is thrilled to be at The Old Globe with Fiasco Theater. Her Broadway credits include Bloody Bloody Andrew Jackson,and her Off Broadway credits include Measure for Measure (Fiasco/The New Victory Theater), Cymbeline (Fiasco, Theater for a New Audience, Barrow Street Theatre), Romeo and Juliet (Theater Breaking Through Barriers), and Colorado (Summer Play Festival 2004). She has appeared regionally in Into the Woods (McCarter Theatre Center), The Two Gentlemen of Verona and Cymbeline (Folger Theatre), King Lear and Much Ado About Nothing (North Carolina Shakespeare Festival), Love’s Labour’s Lost, Henry V, and Much Ado About Nothing (Illinois Shakespeare Festival), The Cherry Orchard (Trinity Repertory Company), and Emma (The Kennedy Center’s Millennium Festival). Her workshop and reading credits include Sundance Institute Theatre Lab, New York Stage and Film, and the Actors and Directors Program at Theatre for a New Audience with directors Cicely Berry and Andrew Wade. Young has appeared in the films God of Love (Academy Award winner for Best Short Film, Live Action, 2011), Manhattan Melody (official selection at the Telluride and Atlanta Film Festivals, 2nd Place at the Woodstock Film Festival), and Natives (winner of Best Short at the Seattle Lesbian & Gay Film Festival, official selection at SXSW, The East Village Film Series, and New Orleans Film Festival, among others). She trained with the Brown/Trinity M.F.A. Acting Program and received her B.A. from Brown University.
  Stephen Sondheim (Music and Lyrics), one of the most influential and accomplished composer/lyricists in Broadway history, wrote the music and lyrics for A Funny Thing Happened on the Way to the Forum (1962), Anyone Can Whistle (1964), Company (1970), Follies (1971), A Little Night Music (1973), The Frogs (1974), Pacific Overtures (1976), Sweeney Todd (1979), Merrily We Roll Along (1981), Sunday in the Park with George (1984), Into the Woods (1987), Assassins (1991), Passion (1994), and Road Show (2008), as well as lyrics for West Side Story (1957), Gypsy (1959), and Do I Hear a Waltz? (1965) and additional lyrics for Candide (1973). Anthologies of his work include Side by Side by Sondheim, Marry Me a Little, You’re Gonna Love Tomorrow, Putting It Together, Moving On, and Sondheim on Sondheim. For films, he composed the score of Stavisky and co-composed Reds as well as songs for Dick Tracy. He also wrote the songs for the television production Evening Primrose, and he co-authored the film The Last of Sheila and the play Getting Away with Murder. Sondheim has received Tony Awards for Best Score/Music/Lyrics for Company, Follies, A Little Night Music, Into the Woods, and Passion, as well as the Tony Award for Lifetime Achievement in 2008. In total, his works have accumulated more than 60 individual and collaborative Tony Awards. “Sooner or Later” from Dick Tracy won the 1999 Academy Award for Best Song. Sondheim received the Pulitzer Prize for Drama in 1984 for Sunday in the Park with George. He was also the recipient of a Lifetime Achievement Award at the 1993 Kennedy Center Honors. His collected lyrics with attendant essays have been published in two volumes: Finishing the Hat and Look, I Made a Hat.
  James Lapine (Book, Original Broadway Direction) has worked with Stephen Sondheim on Into the Woods, Sunday in the Park with George, and Passion as well as the recent Broadway show Sondheim on Sondheim. Lapine also directed the first revival of Merrily We Roll Along at La Jolla Playhouse in 1985. With William Finn he has collaborated on Falsettos, A New Brain, The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee, and Little Miss Sunshine. His other Broadway credits include Act One, Annie, The Diary of Anne Frank, Golden Child, and Amour. He has written the plays Table Settings, Twelve Dreams, Luck, Pluck & Virtue, The Moment When, Fran’s Bed, and Mrs. Miller Does Her Thing.
  Lisa Shriver (Choreographer) most recently choreographed The Old Globe’s production of Dog and Pony. She choreographed the 2012 Broadway revival of Jesus Christ Superstar directed by Des McAnuff. She also choreographed the Broadway productions of Ring of Fire, The Farnsworth Invention, and The Story of My Life. Her Assistant Choreographer credits on Broadway include The Producers, Into the Woods, Titanic, Oklahoma!, Thou Shalt Not, Amour, and Sally Marr...and Her Escorts with Joan Rivers. Her regional credits include Bright Lights Big City and Fetch Clay, Make Man (New York Theatre Workshop), The Tempest, Caesar and Cleopatra (both with Christopher Plummer), Macbeth, Jesus Christ Superstar, and The Grapes of Wrath (Stratford Shakespeare Festival), Into the Woods and Fetch Clay, Make Man (McCarter Theatre Center), and The Farnsworth Invention and Sideways (La Jolla Playhouse). Shriver directed and choreographed Motherhood the Musical, performed in nine cities, and an evening of Guys and Dolls music with Tony Bennett, Vanessa Williams, Marisa Tomei, and Malcolm Gets. Her film credits include A Christmas Carol with Jim Carrey, A Beautiful Mind, Tony and Tina’s Wedding, and Hysterical Blindness. She was also the Assistant Choreographer on the films Mixed Nuts, Center Stage, and The Polar Express.
  Derek McLane (Scenic Design) has designed the Broadway productions of Beautiful: The Carole King Musical, The Heiress, Nice Work If You Can Get It, Gore Vidal’s The Best Man, Follies, Anything Goes, How to Succeed in Business Without Really Trying, Bengal Tiger at the Baghdad Zoo, Million Dollar Quartet, Ragtime, 33 Variations (Tony Award for Best Scenic Design of a Play), Grease, Little Women, The Pajama Game, I Am My Own Wife, The Women, and Present Laughter. His Off Broadway credits include The Last Five Years, Ruined, A Lie of the Mind, Marie and Bruce, Starry Messenger, The Voysey Inheritance, Two Trains Running, Macbeth (Shakespeare in the Park), Hurlyburly, Abigail’s Party, Aunt Dan, and Lemon. He recently designed the 2013 and 2014 Academy Awards, as well as NBC’s The Sound of Music Live! McLane has designed for opera and theatre in London, Paris, Dublin, Glasgow, Moscow, Krakow, Sydney, and Warsaw. He has received Obie Awards (1997, 2004), Lucille Lortel Awards (2004, 2005, 2007), a Tony Award (2009), a Drama Desk Award (2011), and an Emmy Award nomination (2013). He is a member of the board of directors of The New Group and is a mentor with Theatre Development Fund’s Open Doors program.
  Whitney Locher (Costume Design) recently designed the Off Broadway productions of Ethel Sings: The Unsung Song of Ethel Rosenberg (Theatre Row), Fiasco Theater’s Measure for Measure (The New Victory Theater), Henry IV, Part I (The Pearl Theatre Company), Nymph Errant (Prospect Theater Company), Fiasco Theater’s Cymbeline (Theatre for a New Audience, Barrow Street Theatre), and Herman Kline’s Midlife Crisis (At Play Productions). Her other credits include Fiasco Theater’s The Two Gentlemen of Verona (Folger Theatre), Venus in Fur (Cleveland Play House),Fiasco Theater’s Into The Woods (McCarter Theatre Center), Standard Time (Mark Stuart Dance Theatre), And Miles to Go, The Bereaved, After., and A Bright New Boise (Partial Comfort Productions, New York), and The Merry Widow, Jubilee, Silk Stockings, and The Gypsy Baron (Ohio Light Opera). She has also worked with Kansas City Repertory Theatre, Pig Iron Theatre Company, Hangar Theatre, Northern Stage, The Flea Theater, La MaMa, the Drama League, and Sierra Repertory Theatre. Locher served as Associate Costume Designer for the 66th Annual Tony Awards; is the Resident Costume Designer for Fiasco Theater and Partial Comfort Productions; and is a member of United Scenic Artists.
  Tim Cryan (Lighting Design) has designed the Fiasco Theater productions of Cymbeline (Theatre for a New Audience, Barrow Street Theatre), Measure for Measure (The New Victory Theater), Into the Woods (McCarter Theatre Center), Twelfth Night, and The Two Gentlemen of Verona (Folger Theatre). His additional collaborations include The Magnificent Cuckold directed by Paul Bargetto, Open Up, Hadrian, Las minutas de Martí, and El médico de su honra (Caborca Theatre), Poetics: A Ballet Brut (Nature Theater of Oklahoma), Welkom in het Bos directed by Erwin Maas, Woody Guthrie Dreams directed by Isabel Milenski, Graham II with Virgine Mecene, and Fusionworks Dance Company (Deb Meunier, Artistic Director). He is an adjunct facultymember of the Dance Department at LongIsland University, Brooklyn Campus, as well asa guest artist with The Berkshire Fringe and theDepartment of Theatre, Dance, and Film atProvidence College. Cryan received an M.F.A.from New York University’s Tisch School of the Arts.
  Darron L West (Sound Design) is a Tony and Obie Award-winning sound designer whose work for theatre and dance has been heard in over 500 productions nationally and internationally on Broadway and off. His other accolades for sound design include the San Francisco Bay Area Theatre Critics Circle Award, the Lucille Lortel Award, and the AUDELCO Award, and he is a two-time Henry Hewes Design Award winner and a proud recipient of the 2012 Princess Grace Award Statue.
  Michael Perlman (Associate Director) is a New York-based writer and director. His directing work has been seen at Cleveland Play House, Trinity Repertory Company, Kitchen Theatre Company, Arvada Center, Boise Contemporary Theater, Creede Repertory Theatre, Swine Palace, Maples Repertory Theatre, Brown/Trinity Playwrights Repertory Theatre, and the Brown/Trinity M.F.A. Acting Program. He has also directed workshops at The Playwrights’ Center, Magic Theatre, and Young Playwrights Inc. His assistant and associate directing credits include The Public Theater, Roundabout Theatre Company, McCarter Theatre Center, and Fiasco Theater. Perlman’s play, From White Plains, is the recipient of a 2013 GLAAD Media Award and was nominated for New York Innovative Theatre Awards for Outstanding Premiere Production of a Play and Outstanding Original Full-Length Script. In addition, Perlman’s one-person show Flying on the Wing was presented at the New York International Fringe Festival, where it was the winner of Outstanding Solo Show. Perlman is an Artistic Associate with both Fiasco Theater and Fault Line Theatre. He is proud to be a member of Stage Directors and Choreographers Society and a Drama League Directing Fellow. He holds a B.A. and an M.F.A. from Brown University, where he will be on faculty this fall.
  Marcy Victoria Reed (Stage Manager) is thrilled to rejoin the Into the Woods family after previously working on the production at the McCarter Theatre Center. Her other credits include Are You There, McPhee?, The Convert, Sleeping Beauty Wakes, A Christmas Carol, The How and the Why, and An Iliad (McCarter Theatre Center), The Big Meal and Crime and Punishment (San Jose Repertory Theatre), An Iliad and Belleville (New York Theatre Workshop), The Whipping Man (Milwaukee Repertory Theater), Sleeping Beauty Wakes and An Iliad (La Jolla Playhouse), Broadway Under the Stars 2013 (Transcendence Theatre Company), the 24 Hour Musicals on Broadway 2010-2013, and Two Rooms (Spiral Theatre Studio). She is a graduate of the University of Wisconsin-Whitewater and holds a B.F.A. in Stage Management.
  Jennifer Wheeler Kahn (Assistant Stage Manager) has her B.F.A. in Stage Management from USC and is a proud member of Actors’ Equity Association. Some of her career highlights include the National Tour of In the Heights, the Off Broadway production of Clara’s Christmas Dreams and regional productions of Time and the Conways, Other Desert Cities, Allegiance – A New American Musical, the 2012 Summer Shakespeare Festival, Some Lovers, Twelfth Night, Coriolanus, Cyrano de Bergerac, Working,and Six Degrees of Separation (The Old Globe), Sideways, DNA New Work Series, Little Miss Sunshine, Surf Report,and Creditors (La Jolla Playhouse), Los Angeles Philharmonic (Walt Disney Concert Hall), Urinetown, Ragtime,and Nine (Starlight Musical Theatre),The Who’s Tommy (Ricardo Montalbán Theatre), and many others.
  McCarter Theatre Center, under the leadership of Artistic Director Emily Mann and Managing Director Timothy J. Shields, is recognized as one of the nation’s premier theatre companies. World premieres at McCarter include Christopher Durang’s Vanya and Sonia and Masha and Spike (2013 Tony Award for Best Play) and Miss Witherspoon, Tarell Alvin McCraney’s The Brother/Sister Plays, Edward Albee’s Me, Myself & I, Emily Mann’s Having Our Say, Danai Gurira’s The Convert, and Regina Taylor’s Crowns. Other significant Broadway productions include Brian Friel’s Translations, Nilo Cruz’s Anna in the Tropics, and Electra directed by David Leveaux. McCarter is supported by Princeton University, the New Jersey State Council on the Arts, and over 3,000 individuals, corporations, and foundations.
  Fiasco Theater is an ensemble theatre company created by graduates of the Brown University/Trinity Rep M.F.A. Acting Program. Past shows include Cymbeline (Theatre for a New Audience, Barrow Street Theatre), Twelfth Night (Access Theater), Into the Woods (McCarter Theatre Center), Measure for Measure (The New Victory Theater),and The Two Gentlemen of Verona (Folger Theatre). Cymbeline was presented Off Broadway twice, for nearly 200 performances, and was honored with the Off Broadway Alliance Award for Best Play Revival of 2011/2012. Fiasco has been in residence with the Sundance Institute Theatre Lab, New Victory LabWorks, New York University Gallatin, Duke University, Marquette University, and Louisiana State University. Their work has been developed at the Orchard Project and The Shakespeare Society, and they have led master classes at Brown University and NYU. Since 2008, Fiasco has annually offered the Free Training Initiative, a conservatory-level classical acting intensive for professional actors, completely free of charge to students. Fiasco’s Into the Woods will have an Off Broadway run beginning this December as part of Roundabout Theatre Company’s 2014-2015 season. Legend has it the word “fiasco” was first used to describe commedia dell’arte performances that went horribly (and hilariously) wrong. While Fiasco Theater hopes to avoid onstage disasters, they do believe that only when artists are brave enough to risk a fiasco can they create the possibility of something special. They chose the name Fiasco to remind themselves to brave the huge leaps in the hopes of discovering huge rewards.