Cast and Crew, On The Eve World Premiere Production
Meet the Creators
Story by Michael Federico, Shawn Magill, & Seth Magill
Book by Michael Federico
Music/Lyrics by Seth Magill & Shawn Magill
World Premiere Production directed by Jeffrey Schmidt at the Magnolia Lounge in Fair Park, Dallas TX
Michael Federico has worked as an actor, director, and playwright in various cities across the country. He is a co-founder of Austin’s Getalong Gang Performance Group, and is currently an Artistic Company Member at Kitchen Dog Theater. Michael has written or co-written a number of plays including On the Eve, which is receiving its world premiere production at Nouveau 47; Talent Show 1989; Ben Franklin: A Rock Opera; Arthuriosis; and Propaganda!, which will premiere at Chicago’s Fury Theatre in December of 2012. His short story “The Five Steps” was recently published in The Endlandls (vol. 2) anthology. Along with his theatrical work, Michael has appeared on Fox’s The Good Guys and has died on a range of anime shows. He has a BFA in Theatre from Southern Methodist University and a Masters in Humanities from the University of Texas at Dallas. He recently accepted a position as the new Managing Director for Nouveau47 Theater.
Shawn Magill is a songwriter and musician for the Dallas based band, Home By Hovercraft, whose forthcoming album, “Are We Chameleons?” features songs from “On The Eve”. Shawn is also a classically trained pianist and composer who recently released her debut solo album, “The Imaginations of Man”, a spontaneous piano offering, that poured out of her as she sat in front of a Steinway grand. Shawn has over a decade of management consulting experience helping businesses develop strategic visions and implement plans to achieve their goals, and currently manages customer experience at Capital One. She is also thrilled to bring her extensive business management skills to assist Nouveau47′s very ambitious and exciting outreach agenda as their new Director of Outreach.
Seth Magill is an actor and teacher for Shakespeare Dallas and Dallas Children’s Theater. He is also the lead singer and tuba player for Home By Hovercraft. Seth was last seen on DCT’s stage earlier this fall as Father in Pinkalicious, The Musical and prior to that as Mr. Slinger in Lilly’s Purple Plastic Purse. Other memorable roles include the Earthworm in James and the Giant Peach and Snowbell in Stuart Little. Seth has also performed with Kitchen Dog Theater and Shakespeare Dallas.
Jeffrey Schmidt has worked professionally in theatre, broadcast, film, and behind the scenes for over fifteen years, and we are pleased to have him on board. He’s an accomplished, award winning director and set designer as well as an actor. Earlier this year he directed and designed the highly acclaimed The Farnsworth Invention for Theatre Three in Dallas. His design for Erik Ehn’s new play Diamond Dick garnered much critical praise and will be seen in NYC’s LaMama theatre this fall. His work has been seen on most stages in the metroplex including The Drama Club, a theatre he co-founded, which produces original, highly visual, design and ensemble driven theatre. Look for him in movie theaters as Dr. Day in the film adaptation of Bad Kids Go To Hell which premieres nationally this December. He’s often seen in national commercials and his voice can be recognized everywhere from radio commercials to online reading and math tutorials for students.
World Premiere Production – Actors / Musicians
- Gregory Lush*: The Talking Man
- Martha Harms: Antoinette, Marie
- Jenny Ledel: Simone, Caroline, 3PJ
- Brian Witkowicz: Joseph
- Seth Magill*: Chase Spacegrove, Tuba
- Maryam Baig: Statue
- Ian Ferguson: Louis XVI, HAMOTCB, et. al.
- Stephen Witkowicz Etienne, Pundit, et. al.
- Sara Duc: Bureaucrat, Dr. Scientist, et. al.
- Aspen Taylor: Mother(s), The Great Ghost, et. al.
- Dante Flores: Carnival Barker, et. al.
- Tara Magill: Young Antoinette, Young Marie, et. al.
- Abbey Magill & Shannon McCauley : Dancers, et. al.
- Shawn Magill: Piano, Percussion
- Max Hartman: Drums, General
- Johnny Sequenzia: Mandolin, Harmonica, Charles
*Appear courtesy of Actors’ Equity Association
World Premiere Production – Designers / Crew
- Stage Manager: Melissa Hennessey
- Technical Director: William Donald Covington XIII
- Assistant Stage Manager: Grace Keller Scotch
- Set Design: Jeffrey Schmidt
- Sound Design/Engineering: Kellen Voss
- Lighting Design: Carl Munoz
- Costume Design: Martha Harms
- Projection Design: Shawn Magill
- Props Design: Diana Gonzalez
- Spacegrove Space Gun Design: Caleb Massey
Get to know some of the Actors
We’ve been lucky enough to get some of the finest actors in Dallas (and we believe anywhere) to work on On the Eve. Here are just a few of them who have been a part of the process from even before the first staged reading.
Gregory Lush has been a professional actor and singer for over twenty years. His feature film I Become Gilgamesh is currently playing the festival circuit and Arbor Day: The Musical (The Movie) is in post production. As a stage actor has worked regionally at Victory Gardens in Chicago, Lime Kiln in Virginia, the Folger, the Source, and the Roundhouse in DC and served as Associate Artistic Director for the Genesis Shakespeare Festival, which toured the Midwest. In Dallas, Gregory has performed at the Undermain, Theatre Three, Second Thought, Uptown Players, Dallas Children’s Theatre, Kitchen Dog, Shakespeare Dallas, Stage West, the Contemporary Theatre of Dallas and The Dallas Theatre Center. Gregory is the recipient of numerous Column Awards and D/FW Critic’s Forum Awards, as well as having been named best actor by the Dallas Observer. He is a certified associate teacher of Fitzmaurice Voicework and has taught Voice, Speech, Dialects, and Shakespeare at Ohio University, Oklahoma State, Colin College and currently teaches at KD Studio. He is also a singer/songwriter. He is represented by the Kim Dawson Agency.
Martha Harms was born and raised in Milwaukee, Wisconsin, and yes, she is a Packers fan. She moved to Texas to attend SMU, and graduated in 2008 with a BFA in Theater and a Greer Garson Award for Excellence in Acting. Martha is a company member at Kitchen Dog Theater, where her favorite roles have been Nina in The Seagull and Mrs. Givings in In The Next Room. When she’s not acting in small industrial films for major corporations, Martha can be found in the sound booth, voicing both video game and anime characters. If she’s not there, she’s probably singing and dancing in front of her favorite audience- tiny children.
Jennifer Ledel Originally born in Fort Worth, Texas, Jenny is a locally acclaimed actor and company member at Kitchen Dog Theater. She graduated with a BFA in theater performance at Baylor University. She has performed Off-Broadway in Emily at the Public Theater and then Firebone theater in NYC (among other NYC credits). She performed with the Texas Shakespeare Festival in A Midsummer Night’s Dream, Cyrano De Bergerac,Macbeth, and Beauty And The Beast. Dallas credits include: Boom,Macbeth, The Turn Of The Screw, Becky Shaw at Kitchen Dog Theater;Romeo And Juliet, Twelfth Night, Two Gentlemen Of Verona, and Hamlet at Shakespeare Dallas; The Crucible and Blackbird at WaterTower Theater; andPluck The Day, The Glory Of Living, Anton In Showbusiness at Second Thought Theater. Tv/commercials: One Tree Hill (season 4), Bank of America, Bennigan’s Sport, Radio Shack. Film: Red Shirt and Karma Police.