Director: Hunter Foster
Hunter Foster is an Artistic Associate at the Bucks County Playhouse where he has directed, Company, Ain’t Misbehavin’, The Buddy Holly Story, National Pastime, The Rocky Horror Show (2013, 2014 and 2016), Summer of ’42, and It’s a Wonderful Life. Other directing credits include: Cabaret, My Fair Lady (Cape Playhouse), Grease (North Carolina Theatre), Spamalot (Casa Manana) and has directed productions of Million Dollar Quartet for the Ogunquit Playhouse, Gateway Playhouse and Westchester Broadway Theatre. This spring he will direct the play adaptation of the movie Clue for the Bucks County Playhouse. As a book writer he has written the book to the musical Jasper in Deadland, which played at the 5th Avenue Theatre in Seattle in Spring 2015 following its world premiere at Prospect Theater Company in NYC. Hunter also wrote the book to the Off-Broadway musical, Summer of ’42 which opened at the Variety Arts Theatre in New York City and was nominated for an Outer Critic Award for best new Off-Broadway musical. Other recent book writing credits include The Circus in Winter (Goodspeed Musicals), Clyde and Bonnie: A Folktale (New York Musical Theatre Festival, Aurora Theatre), The Hollow (Signature Theatre) and Blue Ridge Sky. As an actor, he has appeared on Broadway in The Bridges of Madison County, Hands on a Hardbody, Million Dollar Quartet, The Producers, Little Shop of Horrors (Tony nomination), Urinetown, Les Miserables, Footloose, Grease and King David. Hunter is a graduate of the University of Michigan (BFA in Musical Theatre).
Music Director: Paul Masse
Paul is thrilled to collaborate with Hunter on this project, after successful productions together of Cabaret (Cape Playhouse), The Buddy Holly Story and Summer of ’42 (Bucks County). Broadway conducting credits include: The Scottsboro Boys, Holler If Ya Hear Me, It Shoulda Been You, Fun Home, The Gershwins’ Porgy and Bess, Avenue Q, Wicked. Over 20 other Broadway shows as a pianist and accordionist. Musical Supervisor for London’s West End premiere of The Scottsboro Boys. Off-Broadway: The Landing, Inner Voices (“Borrowed Dust”), Jacques Brel…. Regional: Sense and Sensibility, First You Dream (Kennedy Center, and subsequent PBS broadcast). 1st National/LA: Wicked. Various Film/TV soundtracks. Original cast albums: The Landing, The Gershwins’ Porgy and Bess, It Shoulda Been You, She Loves Me (2016 Revival), The Scottsboro Boys (Original Cast and West End Cast), Noel and Cole. Concert performances with NY Pops, Orchestra of St. Luke’s, and NY Philharmonic (PBS Live from Lincoln Center broadcast of Show Boat).
Choreographer: Lorin Latarro
Credits include Broadway’s Waitress; Les Liaisons Dangereuses with Janet McTeer and Liev Shreiber, Waiting for Godot with Patrick Stewart and Ian McKellen; The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time and American Idiot (Associate); Public’s Twelfth Night and Odyssey at the Delacorte; Lin-Manuel Miranda’s 21 Chump Street at BAM; God Bless…Mr. Rosewater and Fanny at Encores!; Queen of the Night (Drama Desk Award); Beaches the Musical at Drury Lane; Kiss Me, Kate at Barrington, Jasper in Deadland at 5th Avenue and Prospect Theatre Co.; the Met’s Rigoletto. Performer: Twelve Broadway shows including Fosse, Chorus Line, Movin’ Out, Momix, Robert Wilson, Martha Graham. Bucks County Playhouse Artistic Associate. BFA and adjunct professor- Juilliard. Upcoming: Monsoon Wedding, Berkeley Rep; La Traviata, Met Opera, A Taste of Things to Come, York Theatre, As You Like with music by Tom Kitt. LorinLatarro.com
Gary Schocker is a multi-talented musician of remarkable versatility. A notably prolific composer, he is recognized worldwide as a flutist and also performs as a pianist and harpist. Schocker often performs his own works, many of which have become standard concert repertoire for flutists around the world. His compositions appear on many commercial recordings including the all-Schocker CDs “Garden In Harp” and two Christmas collections for solo harp, performed by harpist Emily Mitchell. Schocker’s recordings of his own flute music include the CDs “Airborne,” Regrets and Resolutions,” “Dream Travels” with guitarist Jason Vieaux, “For Dad,” and “Flute Forest,” as well as two Music Minus One collections performing his own works. Schocker has also performed solo recital CDs of the Mozart flute quartets, and baroque repertoire by Bach, Handel, and Telemann. His musicals “Far From the Madding Crowd” and “The Awakening” can both be heard on the Original Cast Recordings label and have been performed in New York, Cardiff, Christchurch, and Edinborough. Both shows were winners of the Global Search for New Musicals in the UK. Schocker is also involved in the design of flutes, and the Gary Schocker Headjoint was created together with flutemaker David Williams. As a flute teacher Schocker has a reputation worldwide for an incisive and sensitive approach which helps connect and free players through examining their underlying physical choices, based in part on the Alexander Technique of which he is a longtime student. He maintains busy private teaching studios in New York City and his home town of Easton, PA. Schocker is also on the faculty at New York University. Schocker’s popular flute retreats have been given since 2003 at Holy Cross Monastery on the Hudson River in upstate NY.
Barbara Campbell began her musical theater career as an actress, performing in summer stock and dinner theatre. She met composer Gary Schocker while attending the Lehman Engel/BMI Musical Theatre Workshop in New York City.
She has written more than a dozen musicals for children and families. Her choral pieces have been published by Theodore Presser, Warner/Chappell Music, Columbia Pictures/ Belwin Mills, Coronet Press, and Falls House Press. They have been performed throughout the U.S. and as part of Lincoln Center’s “Meet the Artist” series. With composer Byron Janis, she wrote “A Hero Passing By,” the theme from the TBS television special “Gary Cooper: American Life, American Legend.”
Her first full-length musical, Far From the Madding Crowd, has been showcased at the National Alliance for Musical Theatre, the New York Musical Theatre Festival, the Global Search for New Musicals, the Edinburgh International Festival, and Theater League’s Festival of New Musicals. The Awakening, her second full-length collaboration with Mr. Schocker, was showcased at the Global Search for New Musicals and received a concert reading at Theatre Building Chicago.
In addition to writing for the musical theatre, Barbara is the author of the epic fantasy trilogy Trickster’s Game published by DAW Books (Heartwood, Bloodstone, Foxfire), 2010 finalist for the Mythopoeic Award for Fantasy Literature. As Barbara Ashford, she wrote the award-winning Spells at the Crossroads series (Spellcast, Spellcrossed), a romantic fantasy based in part on her experiences in summer stock theatre.
Jayne Ackley Lynch has been an entertainment industry professional for over thirty years, with extensive experience on Broadway, Off Broadway, in National Tours, and regional theater company productions as an actor/singer. She has always had a great interest in producing theater as well and has produced many concerts, staged readings and a multi-cultural music festival with 100 performers. In 2012 Jayne was accepted into the Theater Resources Unlimited (TRU) mentorship program for emerging producers. This led to her first commercial producing experience on Broadway, with GRACE, starring Paul Rudd, Michael Shannon and Ed Asner. Through TRU she also met the multi-Tony award winning producer, Cheryl Wiesenfeld, who became her mentor and friend and who continues to mentor her to this day.
“I first became aware of Gary and Barbara’s musical adaptation of FAR FROM THE MADDING CROWD when it was done in the New York Musical Theater Festival (NYMF). I had been intrigued with the story since seeing the 1967 John Schlesinger film, starring Julie Christie, Alan Bates, Terence Stamp, and Peter Finch. It resonates with me because it revolves around a strong and complex young woman, who chooses to make her way in the world running a farm by herself at a time when women’s options were limited to marriage or servitude. It is a story rich with complex characters endowed with both nobility and defects, a story of love, obsession, greed, and ultimately happiness and harmony. So, in 2012 I decided it was time for this adaptation to have a commercial production and began the journey to Broadway.”
General Manager: Martian Entertainment
A Tony Award-winning Producing/GM firm run by Carl D. White, Gregory Rae, and Matthew Rimmer. Credits include: The Normal Heart (Tony Award); Hedwig and the Angry Inch (Tony Award); Priscilla Queen of The Desert; Gore Vidal’s The Best Man; BARE the musical; [title of show]; Potted Potter; Naked Boys Singing!; Altar Boys; Immediate Family. Film and television projects include the upcoming feature film Hello Again and TV pilot “Sox News”. Current and upcoming theatre projects include: the new musical Far From the Madding Crowd; Ibex Puppetry’s new live show Crane: On Earth, In Sky; A Confederacy of Dunces; the new musical Home Street Home; The MAD Show; and the new musical Found.