Broadway Comes to Babylon:
Spring Awakening

Celebrate the Opening Season of the NEW Argyle Theatre

Babylon Village, Long Island, NY

Winner of 8 Tony Awards!


Based on the play by Frank Wedekind


Matthew Earnest

Book & Lyrics by

Steven Sater


Sara Brians

Musical Director

Jonathan Brenner

Music by

Duncan Sheik

Performance Dates: January 17, 2019 – February 24, 2019

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About Spring Awakening
at the Argyle Theatre

Spring Awakening is a Tony Award-winning rock musical about the complicated journey from adolescence to adulthood during a time when adolescents weren’t free to ask questions about their changing bodies and sexuality.

Set in late-19th-century Germany, the familiar themes of teenage angst and sensuality resonate just as strongly with today’s youth.

The main characters are Wendla, a beautiful teenager who explores the wonders of her changing body, timid Moritz, who is so upset by puberty that he can’t concentrate in school, and fearless Melchior, who defends Moritz during a Latin class.

One afternoon, Wendla and Melchior accidentally meet in the woods and are overcome by a strong physical attraction. Meanwhile, poor Moritz soon fails his studies. No one reaches out to help him, and he commits suicide.

Life takes a difficult turn for Wendla and Melchior when they discover she is pregnant. The real struggle begins when they try to build a life together for their child.

When Spring Awakening premiered on Broadway in 2006, Entertainment Weekly praised it as “the most gorgeous Broadway score this decade.” The rock musical went on to win eight Tony Awards in 2007 including Best Musical, Best Original Score, Best Direction of a Musical, Best Choreography, and Best Orchestrations, followed by a Grammy Award for Best Musical Show Album in 2008.


Photos courtesy of Photographer, Russ Rowland

Meet the Cast of Spring Awakening

The Argyle Theatre in Suffolk County is proud to produce theatre and live entertainment in Babylon year-round, captivating audiences by employing professional actors for our theatrical productions who are members of the Actors’ Equity Association, a union specifically for actors who perform in live theatrical performances.

The Adult Women

Monica Bell*

Credits include: How it Hangs (West Side Arts), Invention for Fathers and Sons (American Jewish Theatre), Popart, The Musical, Lift, The Musical (York Theatre), Pittsburgh Public, Huntington Theatre, Syracuse Stage, Alabama Shakespeare Festival, Utah Shakespeare Festival, Pioneer Memorial Theatre, Madison Rep, Great Lakes Theatre Festival, Festival Stage of Winston-Salem, The Porthouse Theatre, The Warehouse Theatre, Chautauqua Conservatory Theatre, Studio Arena, New Mexico Rep, Gainesville Theatre Alliance, North Carolina Shakespeare Festival. Everything Relative (Sundance), One Tree Hill, (WB), Law &Order (ABC), A Perfect Minute with Martha (Comedy Central). Ms. Bell teaches at Coastal Carolina University and specializes in the training of Tadashi Suzuki. M.F.A. – University of
Wisconsin/Milwaukee – PTTP.


Tyler Belo

This is Tyler Belo’s debut performance with The Argyle Theatre. Tyler will be an upcoming graduate of the 2019 Class at Five Towns College. He is an Actor/Singer who has recently performed in off-Broadway and regional theatres between Manhattan and Long Island. Select Theatre credits include Moritz (Spring Awakening), Path (Emancipation of a Negus), Lion (The Wiz), Benny (In the Heights), Georg (She Loves Me) and Danny (Danny and the Deep Blue Sea).

The Adult Men

John Anker Bow*

BA Rider University Class of ‘03. National Tours: KINKY BOOTS (George), RAGTIME (Henry Ford), A CHRISTMAS CAROL (Marley). Regional: PIRATES OF PENZANCE (General Stanley) Theatre at Monmouth, DAMN YANKEES (Applegate) Ocean City Pops, NOISES OFF! (Lloyd) The Palace and LES MISERABLES (Thenardier) Prather Entertainment.  John is the former Education Director at Surflight Theatre and has taught and directed for Pennsylvania Youth Theatre and The Broadway Workshop in
Manhattan. Many thanks to Katie & Scott


David Thomas Cronin

is a New York City based actor, director and educator. B.M. in Voice Performance and Music Education from The Brooklyn College Conservatory of Music. David is a resident teaching artist at The Gallery Players and The Walt Disney Theatrical Group. Favorite credits include: Stanley Yelnats (PITS: The HOLES Musical), Peter Simonds  (BARE: A Pop Opera), and Angel Dummot Schunard (RENT). Jaime Baker Management. @davidtcronin #croninnation


Corrie Farbstein

A recent California transplant, Corrie is delighted to make her New York theatre debut at Argyle! Favorites include: Celeste 2 in Sunday in the Park with George (SF Playhouse), Peter Pan (Palo Alto Players), Sheila in Hair (Landmark Theatre), and dance captain/Sherrie understudy for Rock of Ages (Pacific Coastal Repertory Theater Company). Corrie followed her dance studies at Chapman University/California Institute of the Arts with certifications in (BASI) Pilates and Fascial Stretch Therapy. @corriejoanne  


Alex Joseph Grayson*

Alex Joseph Grayson (Melchior Gabor) is an NYC based actor, singer, and gym rat from Watertown, NY. He is over the moon to be a part of the Argyle Theatre’s production of Spring Awakening. Alex is the son of Army veterans and credits their disciplined parenting for much of his current success.  He hopes to tell stories in theatre that explore intersectional understanding of the many residents of our world.  Past credits include: A Bronx Tale (Broadway), Louisiana Rhythm, Regional: The Color Purple, Zucotti Park, Choir Boy.  Alex is a SUNY Fredonia and GCC Alum. He is thankful for the unexpected adventure of his life.


Angel Harrison

Angel Harrison is a graduate of the American Musical and Dramatic Academy. She was most recently seen in the Award winning play As Much As I Can. She has also performed in readings, concerts, and cabarets throughout New York City. She is thrilled to be in this production of Spring Awakening, and would like to thank her family and friends for their love and support.


Yamuna Meleth

Yamuna Meleth is thrilled to be joining the cast of Spring Awakening! She grew up in Birmingham, Alabama and received her B.M.and M.M. in Vocal Performance from the University of Montevallo and the University of Northern Colorado, respectively. Recently she has been seen as Annu in Opera Ithaca’s production of Kamala Sankaram’s ‘Thumbprint’ and as Emily in Asylum Theater’s ‘Brontës Musical.’ She is represented by the Avalon Artists Group and resides in Brooklyn, NY.


Pat Moran

Pat grew up in the little town of Bethlehem, Pennsylvania. Argyle debut! New York: Tommy Ross in Carrie: The Musical (Theatre Now). Regional: Emcee in Cabaret, Billy Flynn in Chicago, Cinderella’s Prince in Into the Woods (Mac-Haydn), Joe Hardy in Damn Yankees (Great Plains), Kodaly in She Loves Me (Creede Repertory), Rolf in The Sound of Music (Theatre Workshop of Nantucket). Thank you to Evan, Matthew, Jonathan, Sara, and Michael! Love to his family. IG: @patman1392 


Jamie Murray*

is thrilled to be a part of Spring Awakening at The Argyle Theatre! Favorite credits include: Assistant Choreography for City of Angels, Mallory/Avril in City of Angels, Mrs. Segstrom in A Little Night Music, Kristine in A Chorus Line, Jesus Christ Superstar, Mamma Mia! and Anne of Green Gables. Huge thanks to the Spring Awakening team and to her family for their constant love and support. Enjoy the show!


Emily Nash*

Emily is elated to be making her Argyle debut in Spring Awakening! Recent theatre: The Deer and the Antelope (world premiere) at the Harbor Stage Company, Mauritius (Jackie), Shrek (Fiona), and The Mysteries (world premiere) at The Flea Theater (Drama Desk Award). Select film/TV: the award-winning feature film “Prom King, 2010”, “Hack My Life” (truTV), and several commercials. BA in Drama from Vassar College. Huge thanks to Michael Cassara, the Argyle team, and The Luedtke Agency. @emilykatenash 


Townsend J. Pass

Townsend J. Pass was born and raised in South Carolina where he attended the Governor’s School for Arts and Humanities, training in Voice.  He attended Coastal Carolina University and graduated with a B.A. in Music Theatre (’10).  He’s since lived in NYC where he’s had the honor of creating many original works for festivals and residencies.  He’d like to thank Emily, Monica, his sister Anna Marie and his beautiful mother, Nicki.


Corey Ryan

Corey Ryan is thrilled to be a part of Spring Awakening at the Argyle Theatre! This is his second time being a part of this wonderful musical as he previously played the role of Hanschen. Corey hails from South Carolina, where he received his BFA in Musical Theatre from Coastal Carolina University. Some of his favorite previous roles include Finch in How to Succeed, Kodaly in She Loves Me, and Laurie in Little Women.


Raso Van Dyne

Rose Van Dyne is a graduate of the University of Northern Colorado (B.A. Musical Theatre, B.A. Piano). Some previous roles include Nina in “In the Heights” (Town Hall Arts Center), Francisca in “West Side Story” (Union Colony Civic Center) and Mazeppa in “Gypsy” (Little Theatre of the Rockies). A big ‘thank you’ to HCKR and Michael Cassara for this opportunity. Forever love to Ace, Umma and Papa. 


Wes Williams

Wes is a South Carolina native who only recently moved to NYC. He’d like to thank The Argyle Theatre immensely for giving him the opportunity to make his Regional Theater debut. He would also like to thank his friends, family, and Andreadis Talent Agency for their constant support. Proud CCU alum! 

Meet the Creative Team of Spring Awakening

Evan Pappas

Director/Artistic Director

Argyle Theatre; Guys and Dolls, Hunchback of Notre Dame. Off-Broadway; A Letter To Harvey Milk (Acorn Theatre), Liberty, Wonderful Town, DuBarry Was A Lady. Off-Off Broadway; Next to Normal. Regional; The Color Purple and Sister Act (Arts Center of Coastal Carolina), Kiss Me Kate, Evita, West Side Story, The Daughter of the Regiment, THE BARBER OF SEVILLE (Opera North), Funny Girl, Seven Brides for Seven Brothers (SF Critics Best Production Award), Lucky Stiff (Arizona Broadway Theater), Murder For Two, My Way (Depot Theater); Carousel, A Man Of No Importance (Montclair State). As an actor Evan starred On and Off-Broadway in My Favorite Year, Parade, Putting It Together, A Chorus Line, I Can Get It For You Wholesale, Café Society Swing as well as in London’s West End in Follies and Merrily We Roll Along. He has toured all over the US and Canada and Regionally he has worked extensively and won a Helen Hayes Award for Best Actor in Lucky Stiff at The Olney Theatre. @TheEvanPappas.

Matthew Earnest


creates original works and directs an eclectic range of plays, operas, musicals, and his own literary adaptations. His more than 100 productions have been presented in NYC, across the U.S., in Canada, Africa, and Europe, where he was the first Director in Residence at English Theater Berlin. Among many awards and honors, Matthew’s U.S. premiere of Juan Mayorga’s Way to Heaven received the New York Times Critics Pick before moving Off-Broadway. Matthew was featured in American Theatre magazine for his adaptation of Rebecca Solnit’s Wanderlust: a History of Walking, created with the support of the NEA. A Drama League Directing fellow, Matthew holds an MFA in Directing from York University, Toronto and serves as Adjunct Professor of Directing at Marymount Manhattan College.

Sara Brians


is an award winning choreographer, director, and educator. Choreographer: Follies (NYIT Award: Outstanding Choreography), Love Life, Newton’s Cradle, The Trouble With Doug, Rock of Ages, Man of La Mancha, The Full Monty, Big Fish, Chicago, Ring of Fire,Merrily We Roll Along, Anyone Can Whistle. Director/Choreographer: Godspell, City of Angels. Broadway: Matilda, Billy Elliot, White Christmas, The Terms of My Surrender, After the Night and the Music, 42nd Street. Sara has worked at City Center Encores!, The Kennedy Center, Goodspeed, Asolo Rep, The Alley Theatre, The 5th Avenue Theatre, and more. Visit for more information.

Jonathan Brenner

Music Director

Is thankful to share this beautiful score with such an incredible cast, band and team. Additional NYC Music Director credits include: Hairspray at the Argyle theatre, Singin’ In The Rain and Annie at the John W. Engeman theatre, The Runaway Clone (NYMF) and Shelter (NYMF). Music Arranger for and Sheri Sanders’ Rock The Performance. Producer, Composer and Music Supervisor for Jordan Roth’s musical talk-show: The Birds & The BS. Composer: Sapien Sapien Sapien, A Fully Seasoned Life, and The Runaway Clone. Accompanist/Assistant Music Director at Manhattan School Of Music. Music Director(academic): Broadway Artists Alliance, ApplauseNY, and Sheri Sanders. Arranger(academic): The Broadway Collective. Pianist: Broadway Sings concert series, concerts/shows at Rockwood Music Hall and 54 Below. Charity/volunteer work: Co/Lab Theatre Group, The Easter Bonnet Competition, and Music for Autism NYC. BM, Composition & Theory, Boston University: College Of Fine Arts. 

William Bezek

Set & Costume Designer

is a freelance artist and theater designer who studied fine art at San Francisco’s Academy of Art University. Recent works in Scenic and Costume design include: BRAINSTORM (Toronto Fringe, Ontario Canada), THE TEMPEST (Shakespeare at Griffith Park, Los Angeles, California), LES LIAISONS DANGEREUSES (Warehouse Theatre, Greenville, South Carolina), TAMING OF THE SHREW and EMPEROR OF THE MOON (International Theatre program, University of Rochester, New York), ¡AY CARMELA!  (Spanish Rep, NYC), [GLUG], CAN YOU FORGIVE HER?, DEAD LETTER OFFICE (Marshall University, Huntington, West Virginia), I CA$$IE…OR THE END OF DAYS (English Theater, Berlin Germany), POOR LITTLE LULU (Cleveland Public Theatre, Cleveland, Ohio), THE UNDERPANTS (Beck Center, Cleveland, Ohio), TIGERS BE STILL (Dobama Theater, Cleveland, Ohio). Will currently lives in New York with his husband, theater director Matthew Earnest.

John Salutz

Lighting Designer

is a New York based Lighting and Sound Designer working in Theatre, Dance, and Live Performance. His work has been seen and heard in New York at the York Theatre Co., Ensemble Studio Theatre, Urban Stages, Queens Theatre in the Park, the Tank, Hard Sparks, Via Brooklyn, Two Headed Rep, Atlantic Acting School, Stella Adler Studio of Acting, as well as regionally at Wellfleet Harbor Actors Theater, the Connecticut Ballet, Argyle Theatre, Southeastern Regional Ballet Association, Centenary Stage Co., Southeast Alabama Dance Co., and the Hartt School (Univ. of Hartford). Additional information can be found at:

Carlos Dias Jr.

Sound designer

has worked professionally as an audio engineer and sound designer for 20 years. As a live sound engineer, he has toured with artists like Grammy-nominated Average White band and has had the privilege to work with distinguished artists such as Diana Ross, The Chainsmokers, Duncan Sheik, Sierra Boggess, Jon Batiste of the Late Night Show and many others, and has also had mixes featured on MTV and VH1. He has sound designed events or theater productions for Centenary University, Fairfield University, Sacred Heart University, Yale University and organizations such as the Red Cross, and the American Cancer Society. Recently, he has toured with number one Smooth Jazz Billboard Artists Vincent Ingala and Jonathan Fritzen as tour manager/front of house engineer and was a full-time audio professor/sound designer at Five Towns College. Carlos is currently sound designing at various Long Island theaters and is working at Princeton University.

Michael Cassara, CSA

Casting Director

Recent credits include The Mad Ones (Prospect Theater Company, dir. Stephen Brackett), Spamilton (dir. Gerard Alessandrini – NYC and Chicago companies), Gigantic (Vineyard Theatre, dir. Scott Schwarz), Forbidden Broadway (last two editions/cast albums), Goldstein (current off-Broadway production), PAW Patrol Live! (Nick Jr./current national tours), 9 Circles (off-Broadway premiere/Sheen Center),The 12  (Denver Center/world premiere), Caroline, or Change (Tantrum Theatre), My Fair Lady (Gulfshore Playhouse), Do You Feel Anger? (Actors Theatre of Louisville/Humana Festival). Film: The Hyperglot (dir. Michael Urie, Artios nomination for excellence in casting), Grantham & Rose (dir. Kristin Hanggi). Resident Casting Director for the New York Musical Festival (NYMF) since 2007 and the National Alliance for Musical Theatre (NAMT) since 2013. Michael is native Clevelander and a member of the Casting Society of America. BFA, Otterbein University. @michaelcassara

Peggy R. Samuels

Production Consultant

Peggy is thrilled to be Production Consultant for The Argyle Theatre inaugural season. Previous credits include FIGARO and DAMN YANKEES! At Queens College; DEAR ELIZABETH with The Womens Project Theater; DUTCH MASTER at Prospect Theater Company; TAPE with Naked Angels; HOME OF THE BRAVE at The Jewish Rep;DRAMA LEAGUE AWARDS for The Drama League of NY; THE WOMENS EVENT for The Center, and AUDUBON GALA for The Audubon Society. Peggy is on the faculty at Queens College and Pace University. Peggy would like to thank, as always, Kit and Buddy for their love and support. 

Ingrid Pierson*

Production Stage Manager

Argyle Theatre: Peter and the Starcatcher.  NYC/National Tour: Partial Comfort Productions, Out of the Box Theatre Company, Metropolitan Playhouse, Animus Theatre Company, Jewish Plays Project, TheaterworksUSA. Regional: Luna Stage, Triad Stage, Mill Mountain Theatre, Theater at Monmouth, Weathervane Repertory Theatre, Seven Angels Theatre, Roxy Regional Theatre, Surflight Theatre, Allenberry Playhouse, North Carolina Theatre. Education: University of North Carolina at Greensboro. Proud member of Actors’ Equity Association.

Taylor Mankowski*

Assistant Stage Manager

Taylor is so happy to be back at Argyle, this time as an ASM. She has been a PSM/ASM of a number of plays and musicals for production companies, off-broadway, and regional theaters in New York City and Connecticut, including: Primary Stages; Women’s Expressive Theater; The Long Wharf Theater and the Westport Country Playhouse. Favorite credits are Silent Witnesses, Hostages (now known as Hostage Song), Like Love, and Never the Sinner. Proud AEA member.

Spring Awakening
Is presented through special arrangement with Music Theatre International (MTI).
All authorized performance materials are also supplied by MTI.


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