- Book, Music & Lyrics by Ed Dixon
- Directed by Eric Schaeffer
- Orchestrator Jordon Ross Weinhold
- Music Director Jenny Cartney
- Scenic Design Daniel Conway
- Costume Design Kathleen Geldard
- Lighting Design Collin K. Bills
- Sound Design Lane Elms
- Wig Design Anne Nesmith
- Stage Manager Julie Meyer
Sponsored in part by Jeffrey Thurston and Charlie Berardesco
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A World Premiere Musical Comedy
From Helen Hayes Award Winner Ed Dixon (Signature’s Sunset Boulevard) comes a delightfully screwball musical comedy send-up of the 1950s film noir.
Third-rate detective Nick Cutter is down on his luck when a beautiful blonde bombshell tosses a very intriguing case (and herself) into his lap. For the next 90 minutes, Nick races through every New York neighborhood in this zany, mile-a-minute whodunit. With four actors playing nearly 20 roles, Cloak and Dagger uproariously spoofs erstwhile mysteries with lightning speed and rapier wit.
“Ed Dixon is pitch perfect.” – Variety
Doug Carpenter (Nick Cutter) NEW YORK: NYMF: Jane Austen's Pride and Prejudice (Mr. Darcy); Life Could Be A Dream (Skip, LADCC Winner). REGIONAL: Papermill Playhouse: South Pacific (Cable); Goodspeed: Most Happy Fella (Joey); Dallas Lyric; Pasadena Playhouse: Camelot (Lancelot); Pennsylvania Shakespeare: Oklahoma (Curly); FCLO: West Side Story (Tony); Blank Theatre: See What I Wanna See (Thief); CLOSBC: Cinderella (Prince); Moonlight Amphitheater: Miss Saigon (Chris); Ogunquit: Summer of Love (Curtis). AWARDS: American Traditions Competition (2011), Lotte Lenya Competition (2013). EDUCATION: UNLV, 2007, BM Voice; UCLA, 2009, MM Voice.
Erin Driscoll (Helena Troy) SIGNATURE: The Threepenny Opera, Miss Saigon, Spin, Company, The Best Little Whorehouse in Texas, Brother Russia, Hairspray (Helen Hayes Award, Outstanding Ensemble), [title of show], Sweeney Todd, Kiss of the Spider Woman, The Witches of Eastwick, Into the Woods, Assassins (Helen Hayes Award, Outstanding Resident Musical), Urinetown (2006 Helen Hayes Award, Outstanding Actress). DC AREA: Arena Stage: My Fair Lady; Ford’s Theatre: Violet, Our Town, Parade, A Christmas Carol; Olney Theatre: Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat, Cinderella, Anything Goes; Round House Theatre: A Year with Frog and Toad; Kennedy Center: Regina (w/ Patti LuPone, Alexandra Cover). REGIONAL: Arden Theatre: A Year with Frog and Toad, Candide; John W. Engeman Theatre, Long Island: Jekyll and Hyde. EDUCATION: James Madison University, BM. AWARDS: 2006 Roger Sturtevant Award.
Christopher Bloch (Character Man Two) SIGNATURE: The Best Little Whorehouse in Texas, Chess, Les Misérables (Helen Hayes Award), Kiss of the Spider Woman, Merrily We Roll Along, Urinetown (Helen Hayes nomination), Twentieth Century, A Funny Thing Happened on the Way to the Forum. NATIONAL TOUR: The Buddy Holly Story. Ford’s Theatre: 1776, State of the Union, Meet John Doe, Shenandoah, Big River, Christmas Carol. Arena Stage: Christmas Carol 1941 (Helen Hayes nomination), Damn Yankees, Black No More. Everyman: God of Carnage, ART, Uncle Vanya, Jaques Brel…, Light Up the Sky; Olney Theatre: Cinderella, Carousel. REGIONAL: Lyric Theater, Guthrie Theatre, Virginia Stage, ACT (Seattle), Repertory Theatre of St. Louis, Indiana Rep., Kennedy Center, Shakespeare Theatre, 2012 Lunt Fontanne Fellowship. FILM/TV: West Wing (Final Episode), Butler MN, Dakota Conflict & Great Northfield Raid (PBS), Fast Food Films (FX), Damascus Road, WCBDC!, Star Wars audio (Lucas Productions).
Ed Dixon (Character Man One) SIGNATURE: Sunset Boulevard (Helen Hayes Award), Saving Aimee (Helen Hayes nomination). BROADWAY: Anything Goes; Mary Poppins; Sunday in the Park with George; How The Grinch Stole Christmas; Gore Vidal’s The Best Man; The Iceman Cometh; The Scarlet Pimpernel; Les Misérables; Cyrano; The Three Musketeers; King Of Schnorrers; No, No, Nanette; Leonard Bernstein’s Mass. NATIONAL TOURS: Sunset Boulevard, Pippin, Best Little Whorehouse in Texas. OFF-BROADWAY: By Bernstein, Here Lies Jenny, Shylock (Drama Desk nomination). www.eddixon.biz.
Ed Dixon (Book, Music & Lyrics) COMPOSITIONS: OFF-BROADWAY: Shylock (Drama Desk nomination), Fanny Hill (Dramalogue Award, two Dean’s Lists Awards, two Drama Desk nominations); Richard Cory (with A. R. Gurney, (Steinberg Grant, Leon Rabin Award nomination, NYMF Festival Award and Audience Prize); Cather County (Leon Rabin Award). REGIONAL: Scenery, The Spectre Bridegroom, Richard Cory, Cather County, Whodunit…the Musical (numerous productions). BOOKS: Secrets of a Life On Stage…and Off.
Eric Schaeffer (Director) is the Co-founder and Artistic Director of Arlington’s Signature Theatre. Under his leadership, the Theatre was honored with the 2009 Tony Award® for Outstanding Regional Theatre in America, as well as 82 Helen Hayes Awards with an additional 340 nominations for theater excellence in Washington, DC.
At Signature, Schaeffer directed productions including: Beaches; Miss Saigon; Crossing; Hello, Dolly! (Ford’s Theatre co-production); The Best LittleWhorehouse in Texas; Brother Russia; Hairspray; Sunset Boulevard; Chess; Show Boat; First You Dream: The Music of Kander & Ebb; The Hollow; Les Misérables; ACE; Kiss of theSpider Woman; Glory Days; The Witches of Eastwick; Saving Aimee; Into the Woods; My Fair Lady; Nevermore; The Highest Yellow; One Red Flower; Allegro; Twentieth Century; 110 in the Shade; Hedwig and the Angry Inch; The Gospel According to Fishman; Grand Hotel; The Rhythm Club; Over & Over; The Fix; Working; The Rink; Cabaret; First Lady Suite; Wings; Poor Superman; Unidentified Human Remains and the True Nature of Love; and the Sondheim musicals Merrily We Roll Along, Sunday in the Park with George (Arena Stage co-production), Passion, Into the Woods, Company, Assassins, Sweeney Todd, Follies and Pacific Overtures, among others.
On Broadway, Schaeffer directed the critically acclaimed Follies as well as the Tony Award®-winning Million Dollar Quartet, Glory Days and Putting It Together. His national tours include Million Dollar Quartet and big. Off-Broadway, he has directed Sweet Adeline (City Center Encores! Great American Musicals in Concert) and Under the Bridge. His West End credits include Million Dollar Quartet and The Witches of Eastwick.
Eric’s regional credits include Ford’s Theatre: Meet John Doe; Goodman: Million Dollar Quartet; Apollo Theatre: Million Dollar Quartet; Mark Taper Forum: Putting It Together (w/ Carol Burnett); Chicago: Elmer Gantry; Los Angeles: Disney’s Snow White. For the Kennedy Center, Schaeffer served as the Artistic Director of the acclaimed Sondheim Celebration in 2002 as well as directing its productions of Sunday in the Park with George and Passion. At the Kennedy Center, he also directed Follies starring Bernadette Peters, Mame starring Christine Baranski and First You Dream: The Music of Kander & Ebb.
In 2006, Schaeffer created Signature’s musical theater commissioning program, the American Musical Voices Project (AMVP), in partnership with the New York-based Ted & Mary Jo Shen Charitable Gift Fund, to commission and produce new musicals for the American theater canon. Since that time, AMVP has grown to become the largest musical theater commissioning program in the country, providing writers and composers a creative, fertile ground to develop original musicals. Since the program was launched, Signature has commissioned 18 new musicals from composers such as Michael John LaChiusa, Ricky Ian Gordon, Joseph Thalken, Adam Guettel, Jeanine Tesori, Josh Schmidt and Joshua Rosenblum, among others.
Schaeffer earned his BFA from Kutztown University in Pennsylvania, where he received an Honorary Doctorate in 2012.
Jenny Cartney (Music Director) SIGNATURE: Beaches, Miss Saigon, Hairspray, Chess, The Visit, Kiss of the Spider Woman, Merrily, Witches of Eastwick, Saving Aimee, Into the Woods, My Fair Lady, Nevermore, Assassins, Pacific Overtures, The Highest Yellow, Allegro, Follies, The Christmas Carol Rag, Cabarets, Open House, Overtures. DC AREA: American Century Theatre: The Robber Bridegroom; MetroStage: Jacques Brel (Helen Hayes nomination), Rooms, Tick Tick Boom, Rough Crossing; Arena Stage: Oklahoma, Señor Discretion Himself; Ford’s Theatre: Galas, Liberty Smith, Little Shop of Horrors, Shenandoah, Big River; Shakespeare Theatre: Gala 2012; Olney Theatre Center: The King and I; Kennedy Center: Orphie and The Book Of Heroes, Camelot in concert, My Fair Lady in concert, Wicked, Little Women, Mame, Tell Me On A Sunday, A Little Night Music, Company, Disney's Aida; Montgomery College: The Wiz, Chicago.REGIONAL: Geva Theatre: Rooms; NYC’s Town Hall: Euan Morton; Virginia Music Theatre: A Year with Frog and Toad; Manhattan Theatre Club: Señor Discretion Himself reading.
Daniel Conway (Scenic Design) SIGNATURE: Company, The Last Five Years, Hairspray, Sunset Boulevard, Dirty Blonde, Chess, The Lieutenant of Inishmore. DC AREA: Shakespeare Theatre: The Merry Wives of Windsor; Studio Theatre: Sucker Punch; Folger Theatre: Cyrano; Round House Theatre: Double Indemnity. REGIONAL: Ford's: Sabrina Fair, Arden Theatre: Cyrano; Milwaukee Repertory: The Diary of Anne Frank. AWARDS: Two Helen Hayes Awards for Outstanding Set Design (12 nominations). TEACHING: Head of Design and Production division of The School of Theatre, Dance and Performance Studies at The University of Maryland. UPCOMING: Milwaukee Repertory: A Christmas Carol; Studio Theatre: The Aliens; Kennedy Center: The Mostly True Adventures of Homer P. Figg; Arden Theatre: A Raisin in the Sun.
Kathleen Geldard (Costume Design) SIGNATURE: (selected) Crossing, Spin, The Last Five Years, Shakespeare’s R&J, Xanadu, Brother Russia, Really Really, The Boy Detective Fails (world premiere), The Hollow (world premiere), Sunset Boulevard,Walter Cronkite is Dead, (world premiere), Chess, Sycamore Trees (world premiere), Sweeney Todd, Les Misérables, The Lieutenant of Inishmore. DC AREA: Kennedy Center: First You Dream; Studio Theatre: Tribes, Invisible Man, Sucker Punch; Woolly Mammoth Theatre Company: Appropriate, Eclipsed. Round House Theatre; Imagination Stage; Olney; Folger Theatre. REGIONAL: Huntington Theatre: A Raisin in the Sun, Invisible Man, Ruined; La Jolla Playhouse; Berkeley Rep; Centerstage; Vineyard Playhouse; Studio Arena Theatre; Children’s Theatre of Charlotte. DANCE: Liz Lerman Dance Exchange. AWARDS: 2012 Bay Area Critics Circle nomination for Ruined, Berkeley Rep; 2012 IRNE Nomination for Ruined, Huntington Theatre; 2009 Helen Hayes Nomination for The Neverending Story, Imagination Stage; named Artistic Associate for Signature Theatre, 2011.
Colin K. Bills (Lighting Design) SIGNATURE: The Threepenny Opera, Tender Napalm, Dying City, The Best Little Whorehouse in Texas, God of Carnage, Brother Russia, Really Really, Hairspray, Side by Side by Sondheim, As the Curtain Rises, I Am My Own Wife. DC AREA: Woolly Mammoth Theatre (Company Member), dog & pony dc (Conspirator), Round House Theatre, Studio Theatre, Forum Theatre, Imagination Stage, The Kennedy Center, MetroStage, Olney Theatre, The Smithsonian Institution, Synetic Theatre, Theatre for the First Amendment, Theatre J, The Washington Revels (Associate Artist). REGIONAL: The Berkshire Theater Festival, CENTERSTAGE, Dallas Theater Center, Intiman Theatre, Portland Center Stage, The Williamstown Theatre Festival, Wilma Theater. OPERA: Opera Lafayette, Lincoln Center, Opera Royal Versailles. AWARDS: 2011, 2010 and 2008 Helen Hayes Awards, 2009 Princess Grace Theater Fellowship. EDUCATION: Dartmouth.
Lane Elms (Sound Design) SIGNATURE: The Threepenny Opera, Beaches, Gypsy, Crossing, Spin. REGIONAL DESIGN: Brother Wolf, Sisters, Rage Is Not A One Day Thing, Cosi Fan Tutte, A Raisin in the Sun, The Waiting Room, Big River. ASSISTANT DESIGN: Tobacco Road, Jelly’s Last Jam. BROADWAY ENGINEER: Hair (tour). NATIONAL TOUR ENGINEER: Sister Act, Mary Poppins, Hair, The Color Purple, Go Diego Go Live!. REGIONAL ENGINEER: A Christmas Carol, Next To Normal, I Dream, Class Of 3000, Smart Cookie, Sleuth, Jesus Christ Superstar Gospel, Degas’ Little Dancer, Sophisticated Ladies, Gem of The Ocean/Radio Golf, Seussical, In The Red and Brown Water, Curvy Widow, The Women of Brewster Place. EDUCATION: UNCSA 2006 (Sound Design).
Anne Nesmith (Wig Design) SIGNATURE: Miss Saigon, Hairspray, The Best Little Whorehouse in Texas, Xanadu, The Hollow, And the Curtain Rises (world premiere), Sunset Boulevard, A Fox on the Fairway, Sweeney Todd, Ace. DC AREA: Arena Stage, Ford's Theatre, Shakespeare Theatre Company, CenterStage, Folger Shakespeare Theatre, WoollyMammoth Theatre, Washington Ballet, Baltimore Opera Company (Resident Wig/MakeupDesigner). REGIONAL: OperaPhiladelphia, Opera Boston, Castleton Festival, AnnapolisOpera, Children's Theatre of Charlotte. TV: Military Channel's Great Planes, Ice Cold Killers for Investigation Discovery. OTHER: The Smithsonian National Portrait Gallery's Cultures in Motion Programs - Singing Praises: Mahalia and Martin, Hepburn Herself, Mrs. Graham Herself, Two Halves of aCircle: Ronald and Nancy Reagan; US Army’s Spirit Of America; Wig Construction for ScoobyDoo Live! tour, 42nd Street(Asian tour).
Julie Meyer (Production Stage Manager) SIGNATURE: Pride in the Falls of Autrey Mill, Company, The Last Five Years, Dying City, The Break (21/24 workshop), Xanadu, Really Really, A Second Chance, The Boy Detective Fails, I Capture the Castle (21/24 workshop), Art, Sunset Boulevard, Walter Cronkite is Dead, Chess, Tamar and the River (21/24 workshop), [title of show], I Am My Own Wife, Show Boat, Dirty Blonde, The Boy Detective Fails(21/24 workshop), Giant, Glory Days, Les Misérables. OFF-BROADWAY: Flipside: the Patti Page Story. REGIONAL: Lyric Theatre: Stephen Schwartz’s new musical Snapshots, Will Rogers Follies, Big River, Some Enchanted Evening, Disney’s High School Musical, Oklahoma!, Evita, Singin’ in the Rain, Once On This Island; Oklahoma City Repertory Theatre: Jane Eyre, Little Me, Dirty Blonde. EDUCATION: Rutgers University, MFA, Stage Management.