SEASON FIVE (2020/2021)
Book by Kylie Jenifer Rose, James Liptak, Jennifer Provenza, Rachael Singer, Michael Cavazos, Ashley Mellinger, Maya Maria Brown, and Zeloszelos Marchandt
Music by James Liptak and Kylie Jenifer Rose
Lyrics by Kylie Jenifer Rose and Jennifer Provenza
Directed by Rachael Singer and Michael Cavazos
Music Consulted by Andrew Bray
Featuring Kylie Jenifer Rose, Zeloszelos Marchandt, Maya Maria Brown, and Ashley Mellinger
CAST RECORDING COMING IN APRIL 2021!
Bad World is a new devised musical by with lyrics by Kylie Jenifer Rose and Jennifer Provenza, and music by James Liptak and Kylie Jenifer Rose. The book is by Kylie Jenifer Rose, James Liptak, Jennifer Provenza, Rachael Singer, Michael Cavazos, Ashley Mellinger, Maya Maria Brown, and Zeloszelos Marchandt.
Inspired by a true story, Bad World follows the coming-of-age journey of Rose, an ambitious young woman who is sexually assaulted in Paris after completing her research project. Upon her return to the United States, she must face how her trauma affects how she lives her life, as her recovery experience becomes interwoven with those of three other survivors of sexual assault.
Bad World aspires to give a voice to the experience of survivors and by sharing, validate the onerous journey of coping with and overcoming the past.
Keep an eye out for the album release in April and for full performance announcements (once it is safe for us to meet for live theatre).
ABOUT THE ARTISTS
KYLIE JENIFER ROSE is an actor, singer, composer, puppeteer, and dialogue coach. In the tenacious pursuit of whimsy through art, she obtained a BFA in Performance from Central Washington University. Kylie has been sharing her soul on Portland stages since 2015 at theatres including Lakewood Center for the Arts, Enso Theatre Ensemble, Theatre Berk, StageWorks Ink, Funhouse Lounge, and Crave Theatre Company, where she also serves as the Executive Director. A year spent in London studying classical theatre and regional English dialects has also given her the opportunity to work as a dialect coach with Defunkt Theatre, Metropolitan Performing Arts, and Milagro Theatre. She is a co-composer and co-lyricist for this piece, and she is also portraying the character of Rose.
JAMES LIPTAK is a writer and performer with degrees in Percussion Performance and Electronics. A former music minister and choir director in the Bay Area, he has done session work for several award-winning gospel and rock performers. Now, in his career’s third act, he performs with comedy and improv groups including Portland Improv All-stars at PCS, Siren Theater, and Funhouse Lounge, producers Die Hard, The Musical Parody and Back To The Future all co-written by James. James is thrilled to be collaborating on the refreshing challenge of tackling a non-comedy. James’ most recent journey in writing is a musical based on children’s book, “Rasmus And The Vagabond” by Astrid Lindgren. He is a co-composer for Bad World.
JENNIFER PROVENZA is a playwright, lyricist, author, and professor based in California. Her musical, The Sterling Affair, (for which she wrote the lyrics and libretto), was performed both at New York University and at Barnyard Theatre in CA. Her play, Nina’s Musical Ear, was done as a staged reading at San Diego’s Playwrights Project. Her one act play, The Therapy Session, was featured in the Strawberry Festival at the Riant Theatre in NYC. Other one acts, The Honeymoon, A Visit with Grandpa, If Heaven Were A Bar, and Oh, Baby! were featured in the Gone in 60 festival in Brooklyn, NY and in Leeds, England and Oh, Baby! was published in an anthology. Jennifer's novel, Life is But A Dream, was featured in the Sacramento Bee and on the radio program, Insight with Beth Ruyak. Her screenplay, Princess Daisy was produced by Organic Productions. Jennifer studied theatre at New York University (BFA) and Brooklyn College (MFA). In addition to writing, she acts and directs and is a proud member of Actor’s Equity and a professor of theatre at Folsom Lake College in CA. She is a co-lyricist of Bad World.
RACHAEL SINGER (BROWN) is a dance and theatre instructor, choreographer and movement coach. Originally from Pittsburgh, PA, Rachael started dancing at the age of three studying ballet, tap, jazz, lyrical and modern. She graduated cum laude from American University with a degree in theatre, business and education and a minor in dance. While in Washington, DC she performed and choreographed with Tappening and the Eldbrooke Artist Series (Joseph...Dreamcoat, Die Fledermaus). Her most recent work with the Portland theatre community includes choreography for Berk Production’s From the Ruby Lounge, Crave Theatre's Crossing and direction and choreography for Multnomah Arts Center's Fiddler on the Roof, JR and Singin' in the Rain, JR. Rachael was the co-founder of the contemporary dance group PDX Dance Collective, which had a ten year run of sold out performances, and will be directing Crave's 2020 production of Bad World. She also dances with the Skylark Tappers. Rachael is the co-director of Bad World.
MICHAEL CAVAZOS is the author of the play Gritos y Chismesitos and co-author of Chic and Sassy and Chic and Sassy: The Higher the Hair, the Closer to God. He is a founding member of the all-drag sketch comedy troupe Gender Offenders, writing, producing and performing political sketches around ideas of identity, gender, and sexuality. His troupe performed in cabarets and theatres throughout NYC and is featured in the documentary, History in the Making: A Grassroots Fight for Marriage Equality. Their work with Marriage Equality NY is also featured in the book, The People's Victory (2017). In Portland, he recently directed Voz Alta: Generaciones and was last seen on stage in Milagro Theatre's production of The Mermaid Hour by David Valdes Greenwood. He stage managed Crave Theatre’s production of Crossing, YOCTO Theatre’s Free Form, and several productions at Imago Theatre, including Hotel Gone, Medea, Savage/Love, La Belle, and Hughie. A member of Latinx Pride, he has produced the annual festival line-up for the last three years, showcasing local Latinx LGBTQIA performers. You can hear Michael deejaying every Wednesday on opbmusic. Michael is the co-director of Bad World.
Andrew Bray is a Portland-based music director, sound designer, actor, and theatre instructor. Recent PNW sound designs include, Crossing (Crave Theatre), Nesting and it's sequel, Nesting: Vacancy (JPD Productions), A Maze and Assistance (Theatre Vertigo), Saying Goodbye to the Sun and The Alien Chicken Remembers Galatea (Mofsec), To Kill a Mockingbird (Lakewood Theatre), and Romeo and Juliet and Good Kids [as Associate Designer] (Portland Actor's Conservatory). Selected Music directing credits include A Civil War Christmas (Artists Rep); Matilda (Lakewood Theatre), Spring Awakening, 13: The Musical, Les Miserables, and Big River (Staged!), and countless educational theatre productions throughout the Portland Metro area. When he isn't performing onstage or in the pit, Andrew works as a voice coach for professional and pre-professional actors. He is also a passionate backyard beekeeper.
ASHLEY MELLINGER is an award-winning half-Korean actor and producer. After graduating from NYU’s Tisch School of the Arts and working in NYC for a decade, she moved to Portland, Oregon and co-founded Desert Island Studios to increase artists’ accessibility to film resources. Recent acting credits include The Theatre Company’s podcast play Vinegar Tom, and Portland Shakespeare Project’s online workshop of The Winter’s Tale. Pre-pandemic, she was nominated for a Best
Actor Drammy for her performance in BLISS (or Emily Post is Dead!) at Defunkt Theatre. Just after the pandemic, she co-wrote and starred in the AAFL 72 Hour Shootout film, Vent (which won 2nd Runner Up, Best Editor, and Best Screenwriter). Ashley plays the character of Zaria and French Guy 2 in Bad World.
ZELOSZELOS MARCHANDT has been called a tapestry of an individual. An interdisciplinary artist, public speaker and journalist (originally from Nashville, TN) based in the NW from a wee age, his writings, vocals, circus theater, drag and visual art have taken him coast to coast and abroad. His repertoire and interests cover a diverse scope that involves strong classical fundamentals with a healthy departure from tradition, in favor of techniques geared towards adaptation. Previous appearances have been with The Portland Opera, Opera Theater Oregon, Caravan Productions, Wanderlust Circus, Sky Circus, Sir Cupcakes Queer Circus, Festival of the French Wood's Circus and Broadway program, The Umbrella Festival, Boyuerism, Carvan of Glam and many more. He works globally as a voice expression, singing and theater instructor focusing on the transgender, queer, gender expansive and gender non-conforming community. He plays the character of Langston in Bad World.
MAYA MARIA BROWN is an artist, therapist and activist. She has performed in theater productions throughout the United States and Europe, with her most recent appearance being in early 2020 in The Prime Solution during the Portland Fertile Ground festival. In 2016, as her master's thesis for a degree in Drama Therapy, Maya wrote, composed, choreographed, sound produced and performed an original a cappella one-woman musical called The Possibilities of Fire, in which she grappled with her own experience as a survivor of sexual violence. She is endlessly grateful to be creating theater - especially about a topic so close to her heart - with such an incredible team during these challenging global times. Read more about her work at www.mayamariaconsulting.com. She plays the characters of Linnea and French Guy 1 in Bad World.