- Book by Grace Barnes
- Music & Lyrics by Matt Conner
- Additional Lyrics by Grace Barnes
- Directed by Eric Schaeffer
- Orchestrator August Eriksmoen
- Music Director Gabe Mangiante
- Scenic Design Eric Schaeffer
- Costume Design Kathleen Geldard
- Lighting Design Chris Lee
- Stage Manager Kerry Epstein
Sponsored by Mike Blank
- On sale: September 27
- Pride: November 15
- Student Night: November 8
- Discussion: November 6 & 19
Runs approximately 90 minutes. No intermission.
The World Premiere
From the writers of Nevermore comes a poignant original musical.
Crossing explores the interwoven stories of eight people from different decades of the past century who come together at a train station. Some are waiting for the train, others are waiting for visitors, a few are just…waiting. All of them are searching – for hopes and dreams, for new beginnings, for answers. As their stories are brought to musical life in the train station, the characters discover that, while every life is different, the journey is always the same. With music ranging from gospel to pop to rock, Crossing unites the musical eras through the souls who lived them.
“Matt Conner will be heard of many times in the future.”
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A behind-the-scenes look at rehearsal
“After the Rain”
“Follow the Drinking Gourd”
“Bed and Breakfast”
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Austin Colby (Soldier) SIGNATURE: Spin, Lost Songs of Broadway: 1970s, The Break (21/24 workshop), Spin (workshop). DC AREA: Olney Theatre Center: Forever Plaid, Spring Awakening, Cinderella, Toby’s Dinner Theatre: Hairspray, Legally Blonde. REGIONAL: Cortland Repertory Theatre: Joseph…Dreamcoat, White Plains Performing Arts Center: Hair, Papermill Theatre:On the Town, Smokey Joe’s Café, Altar Boyz. JAMES MADISON UNIVERSITY: Oklahoma!; Kiss Me, Kate; Songs for a New World; Bright Lights; Big City; I Love You Because. EDUCATION: James Madison University, 2011, Bachelor of Music with a concentration in Vocal Music Education. UPCOMING: Arena Stage: Smokey Joe's Café.
Florence Lacey (Woman with Flowers) SIGNATURE: Sunset Boulevard, Ace, Saving Aimee, Nevermore, The Rhythm Club, The Gospel According to Fishman, Follies, One Red Flower. BROADWAY: Follies, Evita, The Grand Tour, Hello, Dolly!, Les Misérables, An Evening with Jerry Herman. OFF-BROADWAY: Sweet Feet, Elizabeth and Essex, Styne After Styne, Under the Bridge. REGIONAL: Kennedy Center: Follies, Sunday in the Park with George; Goodspeed: Pal Joey; Connecticut Rep: A Little Night Music, Wings. AWARDS: Theater World, MAC, Drama Logue, Critics Outer Circle.
Christopher Mueller (Backpacker) SIGNATURE: Miss Saigon, Spin, Crossing in concert, Brother Russia, Chess, Sweeney Todd, The Hollow, The Boy Detective Fails, Giant, Kiss of the Spider Woman, Sizzling Summer Cabaret Series. NEW YORK: LaGuardia Arts: Chess in Concert. DC AREA: Kennedy Center: My Fair Lady in Concert, 2011 Kennedy Center Spring Gala, New Year's Eve at The Kennedy Center; Shakespeare Theatre Company: Two Gentlemen of Verona (a rock opera); Olney Theatre Center: Spring Awakening; Arena Stage: Redhand Guitar (workshop), Skindiver (reading); Keegan Theatre: The 25th Annual Putnum County Spelling Bee, RENT; Imagination Stage: Dr. Doolittle, Disney's Mulan; Adventure Theatre: Pickle Chiffon Pie (reading), Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer. EDUCATION: The Catholic University of America; The London Dramatic Academy. www.christophermueller.net
Ines Nassara (Civil Rights Marcher) REGIONAL: Cumberland Theatre: Hairspray. UNIVERSITY: RENT, Spring Awakening, Godspell, AIDA.
Tracy Lynn Olivera (Woman in Pink) SIGNATURE: Company, Hello, Dolly! (Ford’s Theatre co-production);The Best Little Whorehouse in Texas; Brother Russia; The Hollow; The Boy Detective Fails; Les Misérables; ACE; The Happy Time; Merrily We Roll Along; Allegro; Follies; Side Show; Sweeney Todd. BROADWAY: Ragtime (2009 revival). DC AREA: Kennedy Center: Ragtime, Sunday in the Park with George, Passion, Merrily We Roll Along; Shakespeare Theatre: Candide; Ford’s Theatre: Liberty Smith, Meet John Doe, Shenandoah; Folger Theatre: Comedy of Errors; MetroStage: Closer Than Ever, The Last Five Years; Olney Theatre: Rancho Mirage (world premiere), Cinderella, The Sound of Music, Grease, Carousel; Studio Theatre: Bachelorette; Rorschach: company member, Rough Magic, J .B., God of Vengeance. REGIONAL: Goodman Theatre: Candide. EDUCATION: Catholic University.
Nova Y. Payton (Homeless Woman) SIGNATURE: Defying Gravity: Making of a SuperNOVA, Dreamgirls (Effie Melody White, 2013 Helen Hayes Award nomination), Best Little Whorehouse in Texas (Jewel), Xanadu (Melpomene/Medusa), Hairspray (Motormouth Mabel, 2012 Helen Hayes Recipient for Outstanding Supporting Actress in a Resident Musical). NATIONAL TOUR: 3 Mo’ Divas (PBS Special, DVD and CD), Smokey Joe’s Café (BJ). DC AREA: 1st Stage: Trav’lin (Roz); Washington Savoyards: Ain’t Misbehavin’ (Nell); H Street Playhouse: Black Nativity; Adventure Theatre: Happy Elf (Mrs. Claus/Gurt); Kennedy Center: Spring Gala Concert My Fair Lady (Ensemble). REGIONAL: Prince Music Theatre: Dreamgirls (Effie, 2006 Barrymore Nominee for Best Lead Actress in a Musical); Flat Rock Playhouse: Smokey Joe’s Café (BJ). Proud member of AEA.
John Ray (Boy) DC AREA: Encore: The Wizard of Oz; MVCCT: The Sound of Music, The Adventures of Tom Sawyer, My Son Pinocchio; LTA: A Christmas Carol; Next Stop Theatre Company: Caroline, or Change. TV: Sirens Media: Evil Kin.
Chris Sizemore (Wealthy Man) SIGNATURE: Miss Saigon, Spin, Crossing in concert, Spin (workshop), Chess, Sweeney Todd, Show Boat (Helen Hayes nomination for Outstanding Ensemble), Les Misérables (Helen Hayes nomination for Supporting Actor, Helen Hayes Award for Outstanding Ensemble). NATIONAL TOUR: Kennedy Center: Roald Dahl's Willy Wonka. DC AREA: Ford's Theatre: 1776, Parade, The Civil War (Helen Hayes nomination for Outstanding Ensemble); Shakespeare Theatre: Two Gents...Rock Opera, Candide (Helen Hayes nomination for Outstanding Ensemble); Olney Theatre Center: 1776, Fiddler, Cinderella; Toby's: Miss Saigon, Beauty & The Beast, Grease, Seussical.
Peggy Yates (Mother) SIGNATURE: No Way to Treat A Lady. INTERNATIONAL: Play, MSC and The Beckett Festival, Berlin, Germany. DC AREA: Ford’s Theatre: Paper Moon, The Fantasticks, I’m Not Rappaport, A Christmas Carol; Kennedy Center: Merrily We Roll Along, Noel and Gertie; Arena Stage: Camelot; Olney Theatre Center: Dinner With Friends, She Loves Me, Omnium Gatherum, Oliver!, Peter Pan, Hayfever, Man of La Mancha; Maryland Stage Company: Six Degrees of Separation, The Seagull. TV: Homicide: Life on the Street (Maria Delgado). AWARDS: Two Helen Hayes Award nominations. EDUCATION: BA Seton Hall University. MFA Catholic University of America. TEACHING: Associate Professor of Theatre and Communication, Prince George’s Community College.
Grace Barnes (Book) Grace’s previous work for Signature includes Zander’s Boat. Her other written work includes: Auld Lang Syne, Traverse Theatre Company, Edinburgh, Wave Me Goodbye and Another Lovely War, Theatre Workshop, Edinburgh, Lavender Blue, Royal Lyceum Theatre Company, Edinburgh, Angels’ Wings Orah Mor, Glasgow. Zander’s Boat has been seen in Scotland, Dublin and the United States, and wad adapted by BBC Radio 4. Grace’s adaptations for theatre include Robert Louis Stevenson’s Treasure Island for Pitlochry Festival Theatre and Jackie Kay’s Trumpet for Skeklers Theatre Company in Scotland. Grace has been resident director on Guys and Dolls, West Side Story (ATG Productions, Australia), Dr Zhivago (GFO Australia), Martin Guerre, The Witches of Eastwick (Cameron MacKintosh, UK) Sunset Boulevard (Really Useful Group Australia and Germany) and Fiddler on the Roof, Simon Boccanegra and Falstaff (Opera Australia). Most recently in Australia Grace directed Ordinary Days (Darlinghurst Theatre) and was resident director on War Horse.
Matt Conner (Composer/Lyricist) SIGNATURE; The Hollow, Nevermore, Partial Eclipse, The Girl from No Man's Land (Incidental music), Crossing (Shenandoah University Workshop). OTHER: NightoftheLivingDead (Richmond Shepard Theatre, NY; KAT, MD; New Line Theatre, MO); A Carol Christmas (GMCW), Martin: The King of Pizza, Eddie Allan Poe, Oliver Twist, Peter Pan and Wendy (Creative Cauldron). RECORDINGS: Winter (2010), Snow (2011), Baby Conner (2012), Icicle (2012), Nocturne (2013). AWARDS: American Musical Voices Project: The Next Generation 2008. EDUCATION: BFA, Shenandoah University.
August Eriksmoen (Orchestrations) SIGNATURE: Brother Russia. BROADWAY: First Date, (Orchestrations), The Addams Family (Dance Arrangements), Memphis (Dance Arrangements), Million Dollar Quartet (Associate Music Supervisor), Ring of Fire (Associate Music Director), All Shook Up (Music Director), Rent (Associate Conductor). OFF-BROADWAY: Bare (Orchestrations), Romantic Poetry (Orchestrations), Walmartopia (Orchestrations/Supervision), Imperfect Chemistry (Orchestrations/Supervision). TOURS/REGIONAL: James and the Giant Peach (Orchestrations), All Shook Up (1st National, Dance Arrangements/Additional Orchestrations), The Full Monty (1st National, Conductor). OTHER ORCHESTRATION: Always Patsy Cline, Honky Tonk Angels, Berlin, Disney's Winnie the Pooh.
Gabriel Mangiante (Music Director) SIGNATURE: Miss Saigon; Spin; Company; Hello, Dolly! (Ford’s Theatre co-production); Shakespeare's R&J (composer); Dreamgirls, Crossing in concert; The Best Little Whorehouse in Texas; Xanadu, Brother Russia; Hairspray; Sweet Tea; The Hollow; The Boy Detective Fails; Side By Side By Sondheim; And The Curtain Rises; Sunset Boulevard; Chess; [title of show]; Dirty Blonde; Partial Eclipse; Giant; numerous cabarets, concerts, and workshops. DC AREA: Studio Theatre: Reefer Madness (Helen Hayes Award for Outstanding Resident Musical); This Beautiful City.
Kathleen Geldard (Costume Design) SIGNATURE: (selected) 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: Invisible Man, Sucker Punch; Woolly Mammoth Theatre Company; 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.
Chris Lee (Lighting Design) SIGNATURE: Over 25 productions including Miss Saigon, Dreamgirls, Kiss of the Spider Woman, Shakespeare’s R&J, The Witches of Eastwick, Saving Aimee, Into The Woods, Assassins, Follies, Hedwig And The Angry Inch, … in the absence of spring … , Side Show, Urinetown, Elegies: A Song Cycle, and Xanadu. BROADWAY/WEST END: Fame Becomes Me, Linda Eder Live At The Gershwin, Shakespeare’s R&J (Tokyo/London/UK Tour). OTHER: Peep Show for Planet Hollywood, the feature film Camp and over 200 National and International Tours, Off Broadway and Regional Theatre productions. Disney’s Believe, Disney’s Wishes, Twice Charmed and facility design for The Disney Dream and The Disney Fantasy and an upcoming spectacular for Tokyo Disney Seas all for Walt Disney Creative Entertainment. His studio, Unit #10, conceives lighting for clients such as Coca Cola, Ford, Sony, Cannon, and Microsoft. AWARDS: 2009 Helen Hayes Award for Kiss of the Spider Woman.
Kerry Epstein (Production Stage Manager) SIGNATURE: Eight seasons and over 35 productions. Selected credits include Miss Saigon, Company, Shakespeare's R&J, Dreamgirls, The Best Little Whorehouse in Texas, Brother Russia, Hairspray, The Hollow, Side By Side By Sondheim, Sunset Boulevard, Chess, Sycamore Trees, First You Dream: The Music of Kander & Ebb, Les Misérables, The Visit, Kiss of the Spider Woman, The Studio, The Witches of Eastwick, Into the Woods, Assassins, Nevermore. INTERNATIONAL: Dublin Theater Festival. DC AREA: The Kennedy Center, Arena Stage/Georgetown University. REGIONAL: Lyric Theatre of Oklahoma, Steppenwolf Theatre, Goodman Theatre, Northlight Theatre, Rivendell Theatre Ensemble. EDUCATION: Dickinson College.