Devil And The Deep: Press Packet

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A true reimagining of Stevenson’s beloved Treasure Island.

Set in the mid 18th Century we follow young Jim Hawkins from poverty stricken Bristol, England, all the way to Caribbean Islands as he embarks on a journey that will change his life forever. A boy that dreamt of adventure upon sea will be faced with grave choices, betrayal and lurking danger that will, in turn, make him dream only of returning home. The play examines the parallel desires of Jim and the infamous John Silver and the paths they’ll be forced to take.

MUSIC & LYRICS: Graham Russell and Katie McGhie

BOOK & ADDITIONAL LYRICS: Melissa Bell

DIRECTOR: Lisa Devine

MUSICAL DIRECTION AND ARRANGEMENTS: Josh Freilich

CHOREOGRAPHY: Sarita Lou

EXECUTIVE PRODUCERS: Harvey and Kathleen Guion

PRODUCERS: Barry Siegel & Suril Shah

SCENIC DESIGN: Alisa Simonel-Keegan

COSTUME DESIGNER: Adrienne Carlile

LIGHTING DESIGN: Jessica M. Kasprisin

PUPPETRY DESIGN: Tanya Khordoc & Barry Weil (Evolve Company)

SOUND DESIGN: John D. Ivy

PRODUCTION MANAGER: D. R. Baker

PRODUCTION STAGE MANAGER: Kristi Hess

ASSISTANT DIRECTOR: Christa Kimlicko Jones

PRESS REPRESENTATIVE: Kevin P. McAnarney/KPM Associates

PUBLICITY PHOTOS: James Wilson

CAST: (in order of appearance)

JIM HAWKINS: Ethan Gabriel Riordan

MOTHER HAWKINS: Raissa Katona Bennett

BILLY BONES: Kire Tosevski

PEW/TOM: Kyle Minshew

CAPTAIN SMOLLETT: Bill Newhall

RICK: Juan Luis Espinal

ANNIE: Kalyn West

ALAN: Nick Ritacco

MIZZY HANDS: Lisha McKoy

LONG JOHN SILVER: Eric Coles

CAP’N FLINT: Skyler Volple

BENITA GUNN: Courtney Shaw

ACTOR BIOS

Kalyn West (Annie)

Kalyn West

Kalyn West*

Annie

Kalyn West is thrilled to be making her debut performance with Theater East! Favorite past roles include: Juliet (Romeo & Juliet); Sally Hemings (The Third Crossing); and Tribe (HAIR). Big thanks to her family, friends, the wonderful folks at The Talent House, and Don Buchwald & Associates for their support and love!  www.kalynwest.com

*Member of Actors’ Equity Association

Skyer Volpe (Capt Flint)

Skyler Volpe

Skyler Volpe

Cap’n Flint

Skyler Volpe (Cap’n Flint) is thrilled to be a part of Devil and the Deep! She has had the pleasure of performing at The Signature Theater, Theater for the New City, Judson Memorial Church, Triskelion Arts, and Movement Research at Eden’s Expressway, among others. www.skylervolpe.com. As always, for Uncle Alan.

Kire Tosevski (Billy Bones)

Kire Tosevski

Kire Tosevski

Billy Bones

Kire Tosevski (Billy Bones/Ensemble) is an Australian-born actor based in New York. He trained at NIDA and the Stella Adler Studio. A proud Theatre East company member. Select theatre: Beethoven Love Elegies (ERC), Hedda Gabler (Treasure House), When Greenland Melted… The Robot Rose (Nom. Best Actor & Best Director, Strawberry One-Act Festival), The Jungle Book (Theatre East) and Cabaret (Regals Musical Society).

Courtney Shaw

Courtney Shaw

Courtney Shaw*

Benita Gunn

Courtney Shaw: Off-Broadway: Tennessee Williams’ Collected Shorts, directed by Matthew Lillard (Animus Theatre Company / Theatre Row); The Butterfly (The Mint). Other Favorites: Drive (Jerry Orbach Theatre); Little Sally, Urinetown (Westside Theatre); The Accidental Blonde (alongside Alexis Bledel), written / directed by Leslye Headland (Animus’ Sin Cycle Readings / Circle in the Square). Courtney is a proud member of Animus Theatre Company. www.courtneyshaw.com

*Member of Actors’ Equity Association

Nick Ritacco (Alan) alt

Nick Ritacco

Nick Ritacco

Alan

Nick Ritacco (Alan) is ecstatic to be making his Theatre East debut! He hails from the city of Chicago and is a BFA grad from NYU-Tisch (Stella Adler School of Acting). Credits: NYC premier of Deployed (Dunally), Strictly Dishonorable (Giovanni), As You Like It (Orlando), Winter’s Tale (Polixenes/Florizel), The Notebook of Trigorin (Yakov). www.nickritacco.com

Ethan Riordan

Ethan Gabriel Riordan

Ethan Gabriel Riordan

Jim Hawkins

Ethan is very excited to be in his first show with Theatre East. Ethan just appeared as Randall in Bring It On with Broadway Workshop and Evan Goldman in 13 at Random Farms Theater. He also recently appeared as Lucas Beineke in The Addams Family and Corny Collins in Hairspray. Community theater productions include Rent, Gypsy, Les Miserables, Fiddler on the RoofSpamalot, and Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat. Ethan spends his free time composing and playing piano. Thanks to the entire production team for Devil and the Deep and Mallory at Generation TV, and to mom and dad for schlepping me to the city!

Bill Newhall (Capt Smollett)

Bill Newhall

Bill Newhall*

Captain Smollett

Bill Newhall: New York Theatre – Walk On The Wild Side, Evita, Anna Karenina, Wuthering Heights etc. Television – All My Children, One Life To Live, Another World etc. Love to my girls, Ibbits, Sarah and Caroline.

*Member of Actors’ Equity Association

Kyle-Minshew

Kyle Minshew

Kyle Minshew*

Pew/Tom

Kyle Minshew: Selected NY Credits: Prometheus Bound (NYTW), Disorder (Urban Stages) Callous Kingdom (Barrow Group) My Life as A Bald Soprano (Abingdon Theater Company) A Christmas Carol (Lucille Lortel Theater) Candide, The Mystery Of Edwin Drood (Gallery Players), Father Of Songs (NYMF). Film/TV: The Murders of Cane Hill, Life Sucks, Bennett, Reunion 108, Polarity, Narcissus, and Fully Vetted. www.kyleminshew.com

*Member of Actors’ Equity Association

Lisha McKoy

Lisha McKoy

Lisha McKoy

Mizzy Hands

Lisha is thrilled to be returning to Theatre East! Her favorite Regional and tour credits include: Doubt (Lantern Theater, Philadelphia), Sweet Charity (Stages, St. Louis), The Gingham Dog (Kitchen Theatre, Ithaca) and Hair (European Tour). Recent NYC Credits: Normalcy (Theatre East), Skyline (NY Fringe Festival), Lady Frederick (Reading/Pearl Theatre Company). www.LishaMckoy.com

Juan Luis Espinal (Rick)

Juan Luis Espinal

Juan Luis Espinal

Rick

Juan Luis Espinal: NY Theater/Tours: Truce (Ithamar Xavier), The Faraways on Tour (Swing). Dom. Rep.: Godspell (Jesus), Rent (Benny), High School Musical On Stage (Chad Danforth), Hairspray (Fender). Born and raised in the Dominican Republic. He’s graduate of the Lee Strasberg Theater & Film Institute. Thank you God for giving me the chance of doing what I love, to my family and friends for all your support, and to this amazing cast and production team for this incredible adventure.

Eric Coles

Eric Coles

Eric Coles*

Long John Silver

Eric Coles is thrilled to be making his debut with Theatre East. Rock of Ages (Broadway & Toronto), Mary Poppins 1st US National Tour (Disney Theatrical), Wizard of Oz (Mirvish Entertainment), The Producers (Stage West), Anyone Can Whistle, Kiss of the Spider Woman (TIFT), Dirty Rotten Scoundrels, Man of La Mancha (Drayton Entertainment), BoyGroove (Rubinoff Productions), Oklahoma! (Port Hope Festival). Thanks to Jess. For my love Alison.

*Member of Actors’ Equity Association

Raissa Katona Bennett

Raissa Katona Bennett

Raissa Katona Bennett*

Mother Hawkins

Raissa Katona Bennett: Broadway: Christine in Phantom…, Chess. First National Tours: Cats, Parade. Headliner: Feinstein’s, Beechman, Iridium.  CD “Another Kind of Light” at Amazon & Itunes.  Award winning Host/Producer of Music and Art for City Greens Concerts, a 501(c)3 dedicated to preserving urban green spaces. Family Dr.Garrett Bennett & rescue dogs, Otie, Phoebe & Molly.  www.raissakatonabennett.com

*Member of Actors’ Equity Association

CREATIVE TEAM BIOS

ABOUT THEATRE EAST

Theatre East is a New York-based 501(c)(3) nonprofit theater company that advances the dialogue of the shared human experience through works that utilize simple storytelling, providing our community with a platform to deepen its understanding of themselves, each other and the world we share.

Drawing from my small-town Texas upbringing, I truly believe theater exists to serve its community, much like the feed store, the local house of worship or the old barbershop. It serves as a place where ideas are exchanged and challenged. As a child I remember going to the feed store with my father or grandfather. We’d get there, load up the feed, the saltlicks and whatever else we might need. Then my father would pour himself a cup a coffee, sit down with whomever else was there at the time and then the bigger purpose of our trip would begin. Conversations about the weather, market prices, farming practices, politics, the goings on around town. Oddly enough, most things you could get from the almanac, morning farmers’ report or the news. But this was how most folks and we did it. And still do. It’s this sense of community we seek. Theater, taken directly from Greek, means “a seeing place.” And communion comes from Latin, meaning “sharing in common.” A place of seeing what common things we share. Or as John Peter Berger put it, “The strange power of art is sometimes it can show that what people have in common is more urgent than what differentiates them. It seems to me it’s something that theater can do, but it’s rare; it’s very rare.” I truly believe theater is more than just something we view as a bystander. I believe it’s something we experience … as a community. Millennia before theater houses were built or marquees were lit, people found themselves congregating together to share stories of journeys, of discovery, stories of great victory or great defeat. People were impassioned, emboldened or even frightened by these accounts. And it was a collective experience. Because it was a part of them. In economic times as these, with new fears seeming to surface every day, art is not always considered paramount. However, we feel our community needs the work of bold, aware artists confronting challenges with a penetrating, unblinking eye to help us understand our ever-changing surroundings. This…is our charge.

Judson Jones
Artistic Director

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