Randall David Cook is a New York-based playwright who originally hails from South Carolina. Two of his plays premiered Off-Broadway: Sake with the Haiku Geisha and Fate’s Imagination. Regional: Southern Discomfort; Third Finger, Left Hand; Pomp & Circumstance; Kappa Kappa Scream. Works in development include an adaptation of Ibsen’s John Gabriel Borkman (New York Theatre Workshop with Len Cariou, Roberta Maxwell and Colin Hanlon); and Hanky Panky. His one-act play Sushi and Scones was broadcast by the BBC and won the award for Best Play at the Southeastern Playwrights Conference. Two-time Duke Endowment recipient. Member Dramatists Guild.
MUSIC AND LYRICS
EDISON WOODS/JULIA FRODAHL
Described as “a beautiful cross between the sounds of Elysian Fields and the sentiments of David Lynch”, Edison Woods is a mini-orchestra of seven that has been haunting stages from New York to Madrid since 2001. The project is led by Julia Frodahl, who is a self-taught composer, writer, pianist and vocalist. Julia was the recipient of the first annual Studio 42 “Starving Artist Award”, a grant from The Foundation For Contemporary Art and a Mac Dowell Colony Fellowship. She has composed for and collaborated with many artists across a range of genre, including Simon Raymond (Cocteau Twins), Italian sculptor Mimmo Paladino, and dancer/choreographer Katie Workum. More information on the Edison Woods project can be found at edisonwoodsmusic.com.
Maxim is a multi-faceted musician working in New York City. He has performed around the world as violinist and music director for Antony and the Johnsons. He worked extensively with Edison Woods and has appeared with Robert Plant and Jimmy Page. Paul McCartney David Bowie, Belle and Sebastian, Mary J Blige and Jay-Z around others. His arrangements/orchestrations can be heard on numerous albums including work wide releases from Antony and the Johnsons, Rufus Wainwright, Karen Ann and Josh Groban. Performances of his orchestral re-imaginings of William Basinski’s seminal Disintegration Loops 1 and 2 have been warmly received on three continents. More information can be found at maximoston.com
MUSIC AND LYRICS
Originally a portrait painter, Karen Bishko started to pursue song writing in 2005, In 2007, she opened for Take That on their Beautiful World tour at London’s O2 Arena and Manchester MEN Arena. Her first album Singles for Singles, was substantially turned into the show Therapy Rocks. It premiered at the Urban Stages Theater as part of the NYMF. A concert of the songs, entitled Singles, was performed at 54 Below and also at Soho House NY. She has worked with music producers Gary Kemp and Jess Bailey (Spandau Ballet), Yoad Nevo (Jem, Golfrapp) and Steven Lironi (Jon Bon Jovi, Hansen). She recently wrote English lyrics for Neapolitan-Austrian, multi million album selling singer, Patrizio Buanne, including his hit "Only Your Love Takes Me Home."
DIRECTOR AND CHOREOGRAPHER
Joey McKneely is an international Director/Choreographer and a two-time Tony nominated Choreographer. His choreography work on Broadway includes Smokey Joe’s Cafe (Tony Nom), The Life (Tony and Outer Critics Nom) , Twelfth Night, Wild Party, The Boy from Oz (Outer Critics Nom), and West Side Story revival. As Director/Choreographer, his on-going international world tour of West Side Story has been to La Scala, Le Chatelet, Sadler’s Wells, Berlin Opera, Dubai Opera, and soon Sydney Opera. He is about to start work on a 5th original musical in China and has also done several shows in Japan, London and many US tours, plus a ballet for Bordeaux Ballet. Film: Zoolander.
RANDALL DAVID COOK & JOEY MCKNEELY
SHADOWS was conceived at a coffee shop on Madison Ave & E. 72nd St nine yrs ago. It started as "a play with dance and music." It was born between a collaboration of playwright and choreographer, using dance as an equal form of narrative to the book.