Worlds Elsewhere Theatre Company Presents:
2021 Summer Cabaret
Date: (US Eastern Time)
Join Repertory members and newcomers as they sing, dance, monologue, and more, in a celebration of summer, renewal, and the work we still must do.
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Company Artistic Statement
Theatre, given its nature as a medium made of people in space, has always been a first victim during times of plague.
When the COVID-19 pandemic spread through the world at the start of the year 2020, theatres closed, and millions were left unemployed.
Worlds Elsewhere Theatre Company was founded during this terrifying time. It is our mission to create theatre without a theatre - to create a space online that can serve as a theatrical one. Our company shall create an online space that serves the same function that theatre has served for millennia – as a place of catharsis and healing.
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About This Production
After more than fifteen months of uncertainty and fear, much of the world has begun to reopen from the lockdown measures of the COVID-19 pandemic. As we enter into this new normal, we choose to embrace optimism, renewal, and the potential for further growth. In the same spirit that drove us towards our first summer production, we look to redirect our long-suffering psyches towards celebrations for the better world that we know is possible.
Join us as over 20 performers, both newcomers and veterans alike, present an array of songs, skits, and monologues on the themes of this better world and the great work that still remains ahead of us.
- Intro: Alexandra Vernon & Jacob Brode
- Act 1
- “Bag Lady” - One Single Rose
- written by One Single Rose, “Bag Lady” by Erykah Badu
- “An Open Letter to Theatre” - Henry Kathman
- written and edited by Henry Kathman, music by Molly Noise
- “Emily & Jeff Return to ‘Normal’” - Emily Clark with Jeff Scot Carey
- “By the Sea” from the musical Sweeney Todd by Stephen Sondheim, editing by Jeff Scot Carey
- “Hadrian’s Wail: A 1000% Accurate Recreation of July 10th, 183 CE” - Jack Nee and Morgan Stutler
- written by Jack Nee and Morgan Stutler
- “I Was Born on The Day Before Yesterday” - Nijel Smith (he/him)
- song from The Wiz, music and lyrics by Charlie Smalls, editing by Nijel Smith
- “Bag Lady” - One Single Rose
- Act 2
- “Moving Too Fast” - Sriram Kanduri
- song from The Last Five Years, music and lyrics by Jason Robert Brown
- “The Song of Purple Summer” - Fatima V. Soriano
- song from Spring Awakening, music by Duncan Sheik, lyrics by Steven Sater, editing by Kyle Kallgren
- “So I’ve Been Rewatching a Lot of MAS*H” - River Lane
- written by River Lane, edited by Laura Crone
- “Somewhere Less Green” - Kevin Wood
- “Somewhere That’s Green” from Little Shop of Horrors by Alan Menken and Howard Ashman, parody lyrics by Kevin Wood, accompaniment by Beckie Menzie
- “Starting Over” - The Delightful Miss Coco Dynamo
- choreography by Coco Dynamo, “Pulaski at Night” by Andrew Bird, editing by Joe Mays
- “Moving Too Fast” - Sriram Kanduri
- Act 3
- “CDC Summertime” - Jacob Brode
- “Doin’ Time” by Sublime, parody lyrics and editing by Jake Brode
- “Being Love”, DeBorah Elizabeth M
- poem by DeBorah Elizabeth M
- “Hand in My Pocket” - Refractory Period
- song by Alanis Morissette, editing by Peter Miss
- an extract from Laughing Wild - Harry Boyd
- text by Christopher Durang
- The League of Swords: ASSASSIN X WASTELANDER - Mike Fatum, featuring Lucas Okuma and Ryan Ossum
- choreography and editing by Mike Fatum, performed by Lucas Okuma and Ryan Ossum (with Jarys Maragopoulos), “Things” by Alexander Nakarada, “Chase” by Frank Schröter, “Metropolitan Inner Confusion - long version” by Agnese Valmaggia (full music credits below)
- “CDC Summertime” - Jacob Brode
- Act 4
- “Down By the Salley Gardens” - Yanzi Ding
- lyrics by William Butler Yeats, music by Herbert Hughes
- “Top of the World” - Denis Mullan (he/him)
- song from Tuck Everlasting, lyrics by Nathan Tysen, music by Chris Miller, editing by Henry Kathman
- “H<3ME” - Katherine Rose Turbes
- written by Katherine Rose Turbes, editing by Katherine Rose Turbes and Kyle Kallgren
- “Take Care” - Hannah Moran
- music and lyrics by Hannah Moran
- “The Secret of Happiness” - Kimmi Neuschulz
- song from Daddy Long Legs, music and lyrics by Paul Gordon, accompaniment by Nick Guerrero
- “Down By the Salley Gardens” - Yanzi Ding
- Outro: Alexandra Vernon & Jacob Brode
- Encore: “A New Horizon” - Sam Marchiony
- song from Starry, music and lyrics by Matt Dahan and Kelly Lynne D’Angelo, editing by Sam Marchiony and Kyle Kallgren
Cast and Crew
The Delightful Miss Coco Dynamo (“Starting Over”; she/her) is made of sugar, spice and dynamite! She is a Kentucky based aerialist and entertainer. She has performed with the VaVa Vixens, Harlots and Hellions, and Nerd-esque Burlesque. Coco teaches aerial arts at Suspend Louisville and will be your high flying, death defying sweetheart of love! thedelightfulmisscocodynamo on Instagram.
DeBorah Elizabeth M (“Being Love”; she/her) is a first generation American, a child of immigrants that came to America in the late 1960s. “I am grateful to them for the sacrifice that they made and the principles that they taught.” DeBorah Elizabeth does her best to remember the principles that were taught by her wonderful parents as she begins to focus on her artistic side through voice-over acting modeling and poetry. @ReelDeborahM is her social media handle across most platforms. Backstage, reeldeborahm.com.
Denis Mullan (“Top of the World”; he/him) is a student at Portland State University, and is so excited to be making his debut in Worlds Elsewhere Theatre Company’s Summer Cabaret! He is so excited to be getting back into theatre, after not being able to perform for so long. Some of his past roles include Peter in Bare: A Pop Opera, and Evan Goldman in 13 The Musical. He hopes that everyone enjoys the show, and has a great summer. Backstage, denismullan on Instagram.
Emily Clark (“By the Sea”; she/her) is an LA-based actor, director, singer, and teacher. Creator of STEALING FOCUS, Musical Theatre History lessons and reviews on YouTube. Worlds Elsewhere: JULIUS CAESAR (Caesar), LYSISTRATA (Female Chorus), A MIDSUMMER NIGHT’S CHARITY STREAM (Titania). Some favorite shows include ANNIE (Miss Hannigan), JANE AUSTEN’S EMMA FRANKENSTEIN (Emma), MR. BURNS: A POST-ELECTRIC PLAY (Edna), 13TH GRADE (Jules), 35MM: A MUSICAL EXHIBITION, HAIR (Jeanie), SIDE BY SIDE BY SONDHEIM, ASSASSINS (Squeaky Fromme). Podcasts: DEAR FRIENDS and ONCE MORE WITH DRAGONS, both part of the Broadway Podcast Network. Currently working on her Masters in Musical Theatre History from Cal State Fullerton. Graduate of UC Santa Cruz, Los Angeles County High School for the Arts, Shakespeare Santa Cruz, and the Upright Citizens Brigade. Artistic Director of The Unknown Artists, Founder of Play Club West, Associate Member of Sacred Fools Theater Company. @emilyabclark on Twitter, @emilyabclark on TikTok, emilyabclark on Instagram.
Blind at birth, Fatima V. Soriano (“The Song of Purple Summer”; she/her) is an inspirational singer from the Philippines who now continues to share her gift of song to the rest of the world. Despite having gone through two kidney transplants, she remains a model of hope, joy, and unwavering faith. She has inspired many through radio, television, and personal appearances with her words and songs. Over the years, she has made a name for herself as a recording artist, a radio show host, and a motivational speaker. She has a deep love for musical theatre. And although she’s got a ton of favorite musicals, like Wicked, she holds a soft spot in her heart for Lin-Manuel Miranda’s works in particular. Fatima Victa Soriano on Facebook, Fatima Soriano on Youtube.
Hannah Moran (“Take Care”; she/her) is so grateful to be part of a Worlds Elsewhere production once again! Previous WETC credits include A Midsummer Night’s Charity Stream (Unnamed Fairy), Lysistrata (The Corinthian/Lady Peace), and assorted cabarets. By day she’s obtaining her Master’s in Special Education and working as a substitute teacher – by night she’s uploading song covers of questionable quality on her YouTube channel. Thank you to everyone at Worlds Elsewhere for their love and support. Treat people with kindness :). @hannaBea_Moran on Twitter.
Harry Boyd (Laughing Wild; he/him) has been a professional actor-muso for over six years since training at GSA, and prior to lockdown was touring with the national West End tour of Buddy: The Buddy Holly Story as a main role and playing the trumpet. Since lockdown Harry has also started working in professional voice acting and singing, as well as repeatedly working with the award winning online production company The Show Must Go Online, and of course Worlds Elsewhere Theatre Company, who Harry is delighted to be working with again for their exciting Summer Cabaret. harryboydactor.com, Harry Boyd, @harryboydactor on Twitter, harryboydactor on Instagram.
When he is not playing despicable old men like Egeus (A Midsummer Night’s Dream), Caius Ligarius (Julius Caesar), or Strynidoros (Lysistrata), Henry Kathman (“An Open Letter to Theatre”, Video Editing; he/him) is an English teacher and video essayist who writes about animation, literature, film, and philosophy. You can find Henry all over the web: @kathmanhenry on Twitter, Henry Kathman Official on Tumblr, The Pink Aisle: A Barbie Movie Podcast, Henry Kathman on Patreon.
Jacob Brode (MC, “CDC Summertime”; he/him) - High school physics and math teacher by day, YouTuber by night, and first time father at all points in between, Jake can’t wait to introduce you to the many varied talents of the Worlds Elsewhere Theater Company! Before making silly videos on the internet, he spent over a decade in college and community theatre, with plenty of directing, writing, scenic design, and other production roles under his belt. You see more of Jake on the Database Ranger’s Power Reviews YouTube channel, where he engages in adventure-filled Power Rangers meta-analyses alongside his wonderful wife, MJ. @DatabaseRanger on Twitter, Database Ranger’s Power Reviews on Facebook, DR Productions on Facebook.
Jack Nee (“Hadrian’s Wail”; no pronouns) is forever located somewhere within the Driftless Area, currently in a place calling itself Wisconsin. Having served as a performer in Lysistrata and as a writer for “When Peace Broke Out” as part of the 2020 Winter Cabaret, what a joy it is to do both for Worlds Elsewhere on this occasion. As always, Remember Route 127.
Jarys Maragopoulos (“League of Swords”; they/them) is a LARPer, Educator, and activist. A student of Emperor Norton, they are the volunteer Head Pastor for a small pagan church in San Francisco. Jarys is also known in activism as an intersex advocate.
Jeff Scot Carey (“By the Sea”; he/him): Broadway: 101 DALMATIANS (Madison Square Garden), RENT (Tenth Anniversary Concert). National Tours: GREASE, SOUTH PACIFIC, RODGERS AND HAMMERSTEIN’S CINDERELLA, 1_01 DALMATIANS_, and RENT. World Tour: RENT. Off-Broadway: TAILS, DORIAN GRAY, and BACK HOME. LA Theatre: SKULLDUGGERY and MR BURNS (Sacred Fools), A CHRISTMAS MEMORY (Sierra Madre Playhouse), ANNIE and SIDE BY SIDE BY SONDHEIM (Taylor Performing Arts Center), 35MM (The Unknown Artists). As a writer, his plays STORM CONTROL (Meta Theatre NYC), THE ORDER OF THINGS (Theater Under St Marks NYC), PAINT (Stella Adler NYC), THE GROUP (Sherry Theater LA), and BOTTOM NINE (Ruby Theater LA) have been performed. He is currently a Director/Editor at STEALING FOCUS on Youtube, and produces the podcast NBA JUNKIES on iTunes and Spotify. @jeffscotcarey on Twitter, jeffscotcarey on Instagram.
Katherine Rose Turbes (“H<3ME”; they/them) is a NYC-based cabaret performer, monologist, and actor. They’re thrilled to be part of their second show with Worlds Elsewhere Theatre Company! Last summer they were in A Midsummer Night’s Charity Stream as the narrator, and covered the song “Ophelia” by Sebastian Blake Stott. Since then, they’ve performed in a multitude of shows including Transpose, The Muse Exchange, QuaranTURNT, and their birthday fundraiser for Black Lives Matter! To see more of their work please visit their YouTube channel! Katherine Rose Turbes on Facebook, @KatharsisRavyn on Twitter, katharsis_ravyn_turbes on Instagram.
Kevin Wood (“Somewhere Less Green”; he/him) performs regularly in Chicago as a cabaret artist as well as touring to Palm Springs, Boston, Ft. Lauderdale, and other destinations. Credits include stage work in New York, Chicago, and regional productions of musical theatre and opera. Kevin continues to perform virtually with a variety of organizations including Artists4Justice and Singnasium (NYC). He will be appearing in Boston in mid-July at the Napoleon Room as well as returning to NYC in October to Don’t Tell Mama. In August Kevin will produce and perform in “Songs In the Key of Chicago” as part of the city’s “Music In Chicago!” celebration. KevinWoodSings.com; Kevin Wood on Facebook, kwwaria on Instagram, @kwwaria on Twitter.
Kimmi Neuschulz (“The Secret of Happiness”; she/her) is a Filipino-American actor, singer, dancer, choreographer, and teacher based in New York City. She recently received her B.F.A. in Musical Theatre, Summa cum laude, at Ithaca College. Some of her most recent roles as an actor include Margaret in The Light in the Piazza, Yoonji in Hookman, and Emma Goldman in Ragtime. Outside of theatre, Kimmi also has her own podcast, FrameRaters, and has acted in several short films, TV shows, and commercials. Fun fact: She was also on an episode of Impractical Jokers! She’s super excited to be a part of WETC’s Summer Cabaret and is thrilled to share the virtual stage with these other amazing and talented artists. kimmineuschulz.com, kimneu on Instagram.
Lucas Okuma (“League of Swords”; he/him) is a member of The Stunt People. He has been training in martial arts for over 20 years. He loves all things stunts and screen fighting. He’s often up late nights unwinding with an old Shaw Brother’s film. He can watch anything by the big three (Jackie, Jet, Donnie) on repeat.
Mike Fatum (“League of Swords”; he/him) is a host of the Ace of Geeks Podcast, a wonderful excuse for four best friends to hang out and talk about the culture that shapes us. He’s also the Community Manager for Star Trek Online, and a sword fight choreographer and theatre director in the Bay Area. Black Lives Matter, Trans Rights Are Human Rights. Teach kids compassion early, and put an end to bullying once and for all. You can find him on Twitter @VengeanceGOD, and find League of Swords on Twitter and Facebook.
A printer technician and voice actor originally from Michigan, Morgan Stutler (“Hadrian’s Wail”; he/him) moved to Richmond Virginia in early 2018 and has been happy to join Worlds Elsewhere as he works towards a proper presence online. A teacher of Italian swordsmanship and martial arts, a gamer, LARPer, singer, and student of history, Morgan is reachable on Twitter at @MrMorphine482.
Nijel Smith (“I Was Born on the Day Before Yesterday”; he/him) is a Junior BFA Musical Theatre major at Texas Christian University from Union City, TN. Some of his favorite roles include: Thaddeus in The Bridge (IMPRINT Theatre); Bo in For Bo, Soloist in The Melody Lingers On, and Richard in Jackie and Hide (Theatre TCU). He wants to thank his family and friends for their constant love and support. Nijel is thrilled to be working with Worlds Elsewhere for the first time! Follow his journey on Instagram!
Rosemarie Wilson a.k.a. One Single Rose (“Bag Lady”; she/her) is an award-winning poet and playwright, spoken word artist, singer, actress, filmmaker and author of three self-published poetry collections, nice and naughty chapbooks. Her notable performances include the Floacist’s Flovertex and Sidewalk Festivals of the Performing Arts in Detroit, MI, Kistrech Poetry Festival in Kisii and Nairobi, Kenya, Piton International Film Festival in St. Lucia as well as touring Europe in 2012. She is currently a featured artist and songwriter with Defected Records and her poetry has found homes with various publishers such as Broadside-Lotus Press, two of the oldest African-American presses in the United States. One of her poetic dreams came true in 2021’s National Poetry Month wherein she became the first poet to be filmed in Motown Records’ legendary Studio A. Her non-profit motivational workshop series One Single Roses Bloom centers on inspiring bright youngSTARS and seasoned adults to fearlessly follow their passions. For more information on One Single Rose, please visit onesinglerose.com. onesinglerose313 on Instagram, onesinglerose313 on ReverbNation, One Single Rose on Facebook, @onesinglerose on Twitter.
Refractory Period (MC, “Hand in My Pocket”) is a two girls one uke sensation made up of girlfriends Alexandra Vernon (she/her) and Peter Miss (she/her), whose seminal performances took place in online sex shows. They are currently the house band for Solar Flair, a virtual variety show on YouTube Live. RefractoryPeriod on Instagram, Solar Flair on Instagram, Solar Flair on Facebook, RefractoryPeriod on Linktree.
River Lane (“So I’ve Been Rewatching a Lot of MAS*H”; she/her/they/them) is a fourth year media studies student in Toronto, who’s taken to both online theatre and staring at the ceiling to cope with the ongoing pandemic. They have previous Worlds Elsewhere credits in Lysistrata and the 2020 Winter Cabaret. They can be found online at @DreamsRebel on Twitter and at film-lion on Tumblr.
Ryan Ossum (“League of Swords”; he/him) - As an avid fighting game enthusiast, once word of League of Swords was brought to his attention, he asked to get in. Nay, he DEMANDED to get in. He may have begged and pleaded, and perhaps there were some tears. Either way, now he is in, and that is your problem now. A charity streamer for Child’s Play and the Suicide Prevention Hotline, he takes his role of being “the bad guy for the good cause” seriously, by referring to all of his followers as Henchpeople. You can be a part of it someday when he decides to stream at VillainForACause on Twitch.
Sriram Kanduri (“Moving Too Fast”; he/him) just graduated from The American Musical and Dramatic Academy and is excited to show the world everything he has learned. This is his first show since then and is ready for the journey of a Theatre Major. He would like to thanks his family and friends for supporting him through the years and keeping him strong. Instagram: Sriram_Kan_Do.
New York Taiwanese artist Yanzi Ding (“Down By the Salley Gardens”; she/her) is a bilingual actor and writer, but she just loves to sing. As an immigrant actor here in the United States, Ms. Ding has led two feature films and two Off-Broadway plays in NYC; as a writer, her screenplays have won the reputable film festivals around the world, and her stage works have world-premiered in New York East Broadway theater, main Chinese press in the East Coast, and Museum of Chinese in America (MOCA). OK seriously, animals and veggie are her true career. yanziding.com, yanziding2222 on Instagram.
Ilana Greenberg (Director, Stage Manager; she/her/they/them) is a writer, cosplayer, director, producer, performer, and whatever else needs doing when it comes to making theatre. In addition to helping found Worlds Elsewhere, she made her directorial re-debut in October ‘20 with Lysistrata, and produced A Midsummer Night’s Charity Stream and the 2020 Winter Cabaret. She is forever grateful and inspired to work with such a talented group of performers, and is excited to expand the Worlds Elsewhere community with every show. She doesn’t intentionally have a small social media footprint, but her continued hiatus from Twitter has been very restful.
Sam Marchiony (Assistant Director, “A New Horizon”; she/they) is an overly educated performing artist who occasionally makes videos on the Internet to talk about femmes and feminism in pop culture and why kyriarchy must be smashed. You can find these videos at La Femme Fictionale on YouTube, or follow @FemmeFictionale on the Bird App. She has also, at different points in time, been a playwright, director, costumer, producer, and actor, most recently in the Worlds Elsewhere productions of Julius Caesar (Lucilius/Servants), Lysistrata (Ismenia), and A Midsummer Night’s Charity Stream (Philostrate). To Kyle, Ilana, Dave, and the entire company and crew of WE…you are soup, and I love you.
Kyle Kallgren (Producer, Video Editing; he/him) is an online video creator (he dislikes the term ‘YouTuber’) who has been creating content for over eleven years. A performer and editor, he directed Worlds Elsewhere’s inaugural charity production of A Midsummer Night’s Dream and the 2020 Winter Cabaret, as well as coming up with the name “Worlds Elsewhere”, taken from a line in Coriolanus. You can find his work on the YouTube channel KyleKallgrenBHH, where he has over 75k subscribers. He is the proud owner of zero birds.
Justin Bailey (Assistant Producer; he/him) made his Worlds Elsewhere debut in Julius Caesar (Soothsayer); he has never been afraid to try something new just because he’s never done it before. That’s what makes it new, right? The majority of his previous acting has been volunteer or hobby-based, the most prominent of which being a crew member of Haunted Overload in New Hampshire, which he has done off and on for over a decade. Special thanks to Marjorie Mersereau, for helping give him the acting bug in the first place.
Adrianne Greenberg-Sud (Technical Director, Graphic & Web Design; she/her) is a senior full stack software developer in Seattle, WA. She has been supporting Worlds Elsewhere’s technological needs since the company’s founding in 2020. She’s very proud to offer her skills toward Worlds Elsewhere’s mission — live theatre, for everyone, everywhere. She can be found via her website, pigsflew.com and on social media as “pigsflew” on Twitter, LinkedIn, and Github.
Laura Crone (Video Editing; she/her) is a writer, producer, host, and editor of online video based out of Los Angeles. Fans of Worlds Elsewhere may recognize her work as an editor (“Seize the Day,” Donor Gala), arranger (“Are You Doing New Year’s Eve,” Winter Cabaret) and performer (Portia, Julius Caesar; Myrrhini, Lysistrata; Hermia, A Midsummer Night’s Dream). You can find her talking about film and feelings on Youtube and Nebula. (@downwithlcc on Twitter, thelccwontletyoube on Instagram)
Executive Director - Kyle Kallgren
Producer - David Kowarsky
Producer - Ilana Greenberg-Sud
Technical Director - Dodger of Zion
Social Media Director - Laura Varela
Web Development - Adrianne Greenberg-Sud
Banner Art by Anna Stacy
Intro/Outro Music from Zapsplat.com: “Game music – soft, warm synth arpeggios, calming, soothing game”, used under Zapsplat’s Standard License.
Intermission Music from Zapsplat.com: “Star Gazing – wondrous, panoramic music with a cosmic feel, slowly evolving pads and digital synth effects”, used under Zapsplat’s Standard License
Henry’s Background Music by Molly Noise: Music, commissioned for use.
Emily and Jeff’s Backing Track: SWEENEY TODD - By the Sea (KARAOKE)
Fatima’s Backing Track: The Song of Purple Summer (Accompaniment Backing Tracks)
Jacob’s backing track: Doin’ Time (Marshall Arts Instrumental Version)
Sriram’s Backing Track: Moving Too Fast (Karaoke Version) - The Last Five Years
Kevin’s Backing Track by Beckie Menzie
League of Swords Music:
- Things by Alexander Nakarada
- Chase by Frank Schröter
- Metropolitan Inner Confusion - long version by Agnese Valmaggia
All under FilmMusic.io Standard license
Sam’s backing track created using Sheet Music Scanner
Music used for River Lane’s performance: