THE LONELY FEW

LET’S TALK

Join us for our post-show TALKBACKS with artists and AUDIENCES CONVERSATIONS moderated by MCC staff after select performances, and for FORUM DISCUSSIONS and events aimed at provoking conversation and public engagement.

AUDIENCE CONVERSATIONS

ROCK AS REBELLION
TUE, APR 30 at 7 PM

FOUND FAMILY
TUE, MAY 21 at 7 PM

TALKBACKS

CAST TALKBACK
WED, MAY 15 — After 7 PM Performance

AUTHOR/DIRECTOR TALKBACK
THUR, MAY 23 — After 7 PM Performance

OPEN CAPTION PERFORMANCE

WED, MAY 29 at 7 PM

PUBLIC ENGAGEMENT EVENTS

Southern & Rural Queer Social Hour
THU, MAY 16 at 5:30 PM
Pre-Show Jam Session with Singer/Songwriter Noe Saenz
SAT, MAY 18 at 7:30 PM

TIX NOW ON SALE

PERFORMANCES BEGIN APR 27
PLAYING thru JUN 2

Lila and her band, The Lonely Few, have a standing gig at Paul’s Juke Joint in their small Kentucky town. When an established musician, Amy, gives them a chance to join her on tour, they take it. Love blossoms between Lila and Amy on the road, but can it endure? THE LONELY FEW is a New York premiere rock musical about the forces that launch us from home and the gravitational pull that can bring us back.

By award-winning composer ZOE SARNAK (A CROSSING, GALILEO) and RACHEL BONDS (JONAH; SUNDOWN, YELLOW MOON) and directed by TRIP CULLMAN (MCC Theater’s YEN, CHOIR BOY) and ELLENORE SCOTT (FUNNY GIRL, TITANIQUE).

SIT ON STAGE

Step on stage into Paul’s Juke Joint, and experience THE LONELY FEW inches from the action! Limited onstage tix are available from $29 for this one-of-a-kind immersive (but not interactive!) experience.

TYPES OF SEATING

No matter your seating preference, we have the perfect spot for you! Sit on stage and be part of the action from a limited number of tables and barstools, or enjoy the show from the audience in a cushioned loveseat, at a table, or in traditional theater seating.

FREE CHILDCARE MATINEE

We are pleased to be partnering with Broadway Babysitters in offering FREE childcare during the MAY 25 matinee performance of THE LONELY FEW.

You can request free childcare for this performance NOW by following the steps below:

1. Fill out the waiver/childcare request form here.
2. Once you receive childcare confirmation, purchase tickets online for the MAY 25 at 2 PM performance of THE LONELY FEW.
3. You’re all set! Get ready to enjoy the show & your free childcare!

Children aged 3 months and up are welcome. Space is limited—secure your spot today! Questions about childcare? Email leanne@broadwaybabysitters.com.

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COMPANY

CREATIVE

RACHEL BONDS

book

Rachel Bonds’ plays have been developed or produced by Ars Nova, WP Theatre, Roundabout Theatre Company, Manhattan Theatre Club, McCarter Theatre, Atlantic Theater Company, South Coast Rep, La Jolla Playhouse, Studio Theatre, Actors Theatre of Louisville, Williamstown Theatre Festival, and New York Stage & Film, among others. Her plays include: JONAH (Roundabout Theatre Company); THE LONELY FEW (with music & lyrics by Zoe Sarnak, The Geffen); GOODNIGHT NOBODY (McCarter); SUNDOWN, YELLOW MOON, a play with songs by The Bengsons (Ars Nova & WP Theatre, NY Times Critic’s Pick, Raven Theatre); CURVE OF DEPARTURE (South Coast Rep, Studio Theatre, Northlight); AT THE OLD PLACE (La Jolla Playhouse); FIVE MILE LAKE (South Coast Rep, McCarter, Shattered Globe, Weissberger Award); SWIMMERS (Marin Theatre Co, Sky Cooper Prize); THE WOLFE TWINS (Studio Theatre); ALMA (Atlantic Theatre Company commission); MICHAEL & EDIE (NY Times Critic’s Pick); WINTER GAMES (Humana Festival, Heideman Award, Public Radio’s “Playing on Air”); ANNIVERSARY (EST’s Marathon of One-Act Plays, Sam French OOB Festival Winner and Public Radio’s “Playing on Air.”); and BIRD (“Playing on Air” co-commission with David Auburn).

Bonds was the 2016 Tow Foundation Playwright in Residence at Ars Nova. She is an Alumna of EST’s Youngblood, Ars Nova’s Play Group and SPACE on Ryder Farm’s Working Farm Writers’ Group. She has also been both a Fr. William Ralston Fellow and a Tennessee Williams Scholar at The Sewanee Writers’ Conference. She has served as a frequent Volunteer/Playwright for the 52nd Street Project.

She recently finished writing THE BOARS’ NEST scripted series with Dub Cornett & Holly Gleason for Audible, is currently developing her original scripted series, also for Audible, collaborating with Danya Taymor on the premiere of her play JONAH at Roundabout Theatre
Company, and co-raising a family. Originally from the mountains of Tennessee, Bonds is based in Brooklyn.

TRIP CULLMAN

co-director

Trip Cullman is a director. Broadway: THE ROSE TATTOO, CHOIR BOY, LOBBY HERO, SIX DEGREES OF SEPARATION, SIGNIFICANT OTHER. Select Off-Broadway: MOSCOW MOSCOW MOSCOW MOSCOW MOSCOW MOSCOW, YEN, PUNK ROCK (Obie Award), A FUNNY THING HAPPENED ON THE WAY TO THE GYNECOLOGIC ONCOLOGY UNIT AT MEMORIAL SLOAN KETTERING CANCER CENTER OF NEW YORK CITY (MCC); DAYS OF RAGE, THE LAYOVER, THE SUBSTANCE OF FIRE, LONELY I’M NOT, BACHELORETTE, SOME MEN, SWIMMING IN THE SHALLOWS (Second Stage); UNKNOWN SOLDIER, THE PAIN OF MY BELLIGERENCE, ASSISTANCE, A SMALL FIRE (Drama Desk nomination), THE DRUNKEN CITY (Playwrights Horizons); CHOIR BOY (MTC); MURDER BALLAD (MTC and Union Square Theatre); THE MOTHER, I’M GONNA PRAY FOR YOU SO HARD (Atlantic); ROULETTE(EST); THE HALLWAY TRILOGY: NURSING (Rattlestick); THE LAST SUNDAY IN JUNE (Rattlestick and Century Center); DOG SEES GOD (Century Center); US DRAG(stageFARM); and several productions with The Play Company. London: THE COLBY SISTERS OF PITTSBURGH, PA (Tricycle). Select regional: Geffen, Arena, Alliance, Old Globe, La Jolla, South Coast Rep, Bay Street, Williamstown Theater Festival.

ZOE SARNAK

music & lyrics

ELLENORE SCOTT

co-director

Ellenore Scott (she/her) is a New York-based choreographer and director. Broadway: GREY HOUSE, FUNNY GIRL, MR. SATURDAY NIGHT Off-Broadway: LITTLE SHOP OF HORRORS, TITANIQUE (Lucille Loretel Nomination)Other choreography credits include: So You Think You Can Dance?Single All the Way (Netflix), and Ratatouille: The TikTok Musical. In 2023, Scott directed THE LONELY FEW, a world premiere musical at the Geffen Playhouse in Los Angeles, CA. Scott’s work has also been seen at The Bushwick Starr, The Old Globe, Hudson Valley Shakespeare Festival, McCarter Theatre, Cherry Lane Theatre, Asolo Repertory Theatre, Cape Fear Regional Theatre, and Seattle Repertory Theatre. As a performer, Scott appeared in numerous television shows (Marvelous Mrs. Maisel, Smash, The Blacklist, Glee!) and was a finalist and All-Star on So You Think You Can Dance? Scott is the Artistic Director of ELSCO Dance, a contemporary-fusion dance company. As a content creator, Scott makes lifestyle, dance, and comedy videos for over 1 million followers on TikTok. @helloellenore https://www.ellenorescott.co/

CAST

BILLY COHEN

UNDERSTUDY

BILLY COHEN (u/s Dylan, Adam) Credits: THE BAND’S VISIT (1st National Tour, dir. David Cromer), I CAN GET IT FOR YOU WHOLESALE (Classic Stage, dir. Trip Cullman), NATASHA, PIERRE… (PCLO), BEAUTIFUL (Sacramento Music Circus), BILLY ELLIOT (Goodspeed), INDECENT (San Francisco Playhouse), PETER AND THE STARCATCHER (Theatre Aspen), ONCE (Geva), OKLAHOMA! (Weston Playhouse). Graduate of Princeton University. @cohenbilly.

DAMON DAUNNO

DYLAN

Damon Daunno received a Tony® and Grammy nomination for his performance as Curly in Daniel Fish’s revival of OKLAHOMA!. TV/film credits: Interview with a Vampire (AMC), The Hating Game (Amazon), The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel (Amazon), and Blue Bloods (CBS). Other theater credits: THE LONELY FEW (Geffen), The Bengsons’ THE LUCKY ONES (Lucille Lortel Award Best Lead Actor in a Musical), Daniel Fish’s OKLAHOMA! (St Ann’s, Bard), Dave Malloy’s BEARDO, Anais Mitchell’s HADESTOWN (NYTW). With UK-based Kneehigh Theater Co. BRIEF ENCOUNTER (Bway, Int’l Tour), WILD BRIDE, TRISTAN AND YSEULT, and THE TIN DRUM. He has performed with orchestras on behalf of the US State Dept throughout Russia and Europe. He is a multi-instrumentalist and has scored feature and short-length films. He is currently working on an EP of original music, available to stream soon. Graduate of NYU’s Tisch SOA.

CHRISTINE DWYER

UNDERSTUDY

CHRISTINE DWYER (u/s Lila) is stoked to be joining the family of The Lonely Few at MCC! Broadway/National Tours: WICKED(Elphaba), WAITRESS (Jenna), FINDING NEVERLAND (Sylvia Lewellyn Davies), RENT (Maureen). Other favorite credits include “JCS Live” with John Legend, Sara Bareilles and Alice Cooper, RAGTIME (Mother), MURDER BALLAD (Sara), ROCK OF AGES (Regina). Currently she is most proud of being the co-founder of The Janice Jam with her husband Matt DeAngelis in honor of her late Mother In Law, which helps women struggling with Breast Cancer. All my love to Mom and Katie and Noel Smith Voice Studio. Special thanks and extra love to Matt and dog Chowdah. Thank you CLA, HCKR, MCC, Bryan Perri and Zoe Sarnak and the entire team for believing in me. Dedicated to her late Dad, Thomas Leonard Dwyer, who is the only reason she ever picked up a guitar.

ROSE VAN DYNE

UNDERSTUDY

ROSE VAN DYNE (u/s JJ) is a multifaceted artist and educator based in NYC. She is the co-founder of @BroadwayCooks, an organization that provides fresh food for houseless and hungry community members in Times Square and the five boroughs. Recent credits include: Actor— 1776 (Broadway, National Tour, ART), CAMBODIAN ROCK BAND, ALL’S WELL THAT ENDS WELL (Oregon Shakespeare Festival), INTERSTATE (Mixed Blood Theatre). Music Director— ALLEGIANCE (54 Below), DRAGON BABY (ART), SPRING AWAKENING (Montclair State University), YOU’RE A GOOD MAN, CHARLIE BROWN (Out of the Box Theatrics), American Theatre Wing Songwriters Competition (2020-2022). Educator— Pace University, Marymount Manhattan College, BroadwayVox. @rose_van_dyne

DEWITT FLEMING

understudy

DEWITT FLEMING JR (u/s Paul) – was most recently seen in the pre-Broadway tour of A WONDERFUL WORLD as Lincoln Perry and is the show’s tap choreographer. Off- Bwy: NY City Center’s THE TAP DANCE KID (Daddy Bates) and COTTON CLUB PARADE (Lead/Nicholas Brother), Orphan Train(conductor), Pearl (Bill Bailey),  Dutchman(Clay) Regional: AFTER MIDNIGHT, SCOTTSBORO BOYS (Ozie/Ruby), JELLY’S LAST JAM (Jelly), JESUS CHRIST SUPERSTAR (Simon).  National Tours: Riverdance (Lead Tapper, Baritone Soloist), Cirque Du Soliel’s Banana Shpeel (Ensemble, featured tapper).  TV/Film: Boardwalk Empire, Smash, Limitless, How to be Single. DeWitt has played drums with The Hot Sardines at the Bluenote Tokyo, Jennie-Harney Fleming at Carnegie Hall, Brandon Victor Dixon on MTV,  Daniel J Watts at Lincoln Center, and Jared Grimes at The National Auditorium in Mexico City, to name a few. DeWitt is also the proud owner of DeW It Right Tap Mics BE HEARD! For more on DeWitt please visit www.dewittflemingjr.com instagram @dewittflemingjr

TAYLOR IMAN JONES

AMY

Taylor Iman Jones recently left the cast of SIX after a year run. Previous Broadway original casts: HEAD OVER HEELS, GROUNDHOG DAY. Off-Broadway and Regional: Roundabout’s SCOTLAND, PA, TALE OF DESPEREAUX, THE WHO’S TOMMY AT KENNEDY CENTER, HAMILTON and AMERICAN IDIOT tours. She dedicates her performance and sends love to her parents, and thanks Liberman Zerman and Cornerstone Talent for believing in her.

PETER MARK KENDALL

ADAM

Peter Mark Kendall is an actor and musician based out of New York City. He most recently starred on stage in Samuel D. Hunter’s A BRIGHT NEW BOISE at the Signature Theatre, as well as starring on screen in Netflix’s limited series Kaleidoscope. Recent acting: Broadway: SIX DEGREES OF SEPERATION (Tony Nom for “Best Revival”, dir. Trip Cullman). Off-Broadway: DODI & DIANA (Colt Coeur), BLUE RIDGE (The Atlantic), THE HARVEST (LCT3), MERCURY FUR (The New Group), NOTHING GOLD CAN STAY (Partial Comfort), LESSONS IN SURVIVAL (Vineyard Theatre; co-conceiver), THE TRIAL OF THE CRYSTAL MASON (Rattlestick; co-conceiver), CAPSULE(The Public); MACBETH IN STRIDE, ALL IS BUT FANTASY (Joe’s Pub with Whitney White). Regional: Lake Lucille Chekhov, Bay Street, Baltimore Center Stage, Trinity Rep., Chautauqua, Gloucester Stage, Baltimore Shakespeare, Studio Theatre. Film: The History of Sound (upcoming), Top Gun: Maverick, Entangled, Time Out of Mind, Louder Than Bombs, The Ticket (TriBeCa), The Rest of Us, Seven Lovers, The Scottish Play. Television: “Kaleidoscope,” “Strange Angel,” Sam Esmail’s “Act of Crime,” “Outpost” (series regular); “Girls,” “The Americans,” “Chicago Med,” “The President is Missing,” “Eye Candy” (recurring); “Evil;” Awkwafina…from Queens;” “The Good Fight;” “Gotham;” “Law and Order: SVU;” “The Leftovers;” “Blue Bloods;” “Public Morals.” Education: M.F.A. in Acting, Brown/Trinity Rep; B.A. in Theatre and Jazz Performance, McDaniel College. Founding member of the theatre collective The Commissary (NYTimes Best Theater of 2020). He is in the duo-band Hickory, which released their second album “batten down the hatches” in the winter of 2023. He co-wrote, co-scored, and stars in the film CAPSULE with actor/director Whitney White, which premiered in the Under the Radar Festival at the Public Theater in January 2021

TALORIA MERRICKS

UNDERSTUDY

TALORIA MERRICKS (u/s Amy) is making their MCC Theatre debut. With a rich background in musical theatre, they have showcased their talents in various productions. Some memorable performances include Dorothy in THE WIZ, True Colors Theater; Duckling Donna in THE DONNA SUMMER MUSICAL, Aurora Theatre; Leading Player in PIPPIN, School Street Playhouse; Chantel in ALL THE NATALIE PORTMANS, Out Front Theater; and most recently the new musical KING OF PAGEA by Martin Storrow. Taloria continues to pursue their passion in all forms of performing arts and is excited to take on MCC Theater’s THE LONELY FEW.

LAUREN PATTEN

LILA

Lauren Patten (she/her) is a multi-talented actress and musician. She currently stars as Anna Collier in the Hulu original series Death and Other Details.
Patten was the breakout star of the Tony Award® nominated Alanis Morissette/Diablo Cody musical JAGGED LITTLE PILL. She won the Tony Award, Grammy Award, and Drama Desk Award for her performance as Jo, a role she created from the first reading onwards. Most recently, Patten starred in the world premiere production of the new rock musical THE LONELY FEW at the Geffen Playhouse. Other stage credits include FUN HOME on Broadway, THE WOLVES (Playwright’s Realm; Obie and Drama Desk Awards), DAYS OF RAGE (Second Stage Theater), SPRING AWAKENING (Deaf West Theatre, Los Angeles).

On television, Lauren is best known as Rachel Witten on Blue Bloods (CBS), a role she has played for six seasons. She can also be seen on The Good Fight (Paramount+) and Succession (HBO).

As a musician, Patten has played shows at Sony Hall, Rockwood Music Hall, The Bitter End, and Tavern on the Green with her band. Their EP will be released in March 2024.

Patten currently resides in New York City. @pattenlauren.

HELEN J SHEN

JJ

Helen J Shen (she/they) is thrilled to return to THE LONELY FEW after appearing in the world premiere at the Geffen Playhouse. Off-Broadway: TEETH (Playwrights Horizons). Regional: MAN OF GOD (Williamstown Theatre Festival), SUNSET BOULEVARD (ACT of Connecticut). BFA: University of Michigan. @helenjshen

THOMAS SILCOTT

PAUL

Thomas Silcott (he/him) broke out performing in national and international tours of the Tony Award® winning Broadway musical BRING IN ‘DA NOISE, BRING IN ‘DA FUNK playing “‘da Voice.” Broadway: Sarah Ruhl’s BECKY NURSE OF SALEM directed by Rebecca Taichman, BIRTHDAY CANDLES opposite Debra Messing, and Off-Broadway: Fugard’s BOESMAN AND LENA at the Signature Theatre. Regional: THE ROYALE (Merrimack Repertory Theatre); TO KILL A MOCKINGBIRD (Alliance Stage Company); BAREFOOT IN THE PARK (Laguna Playhouse); Fugard’s COMING HOME (Berkeley Repertory Theatre and The Fountain Theatre, LA, winning Best Supporting Actor from Backstage Theatre Awards, and an NAACP Image Award Best Actor nomination) and PAINTED ROCKS (The Fountain Theatre, LA, Stage Raw Best Actor nomination), and as a musician “Slow Drag” in MA RIANY’S BLACK BOTTOM (Mark Taper Forum, LA, Ovation Award for Best Ensemble). Television credits include: Law & OrderEvilNew AmsterdamLuke CageThis Is UsHand of God, and Criminal Minds. Graduate of Salem State University with a degree in theatre, and an M.F.A from New York University Tisch School of the Arts.

scenic designer SIBYL WICKERSHEIMER
costume designer SAMANTHA C. JONES
lighting designer ADAM HONORÉ
sound designer JONATHAN DEANS, MIKE TRACEY
orchestrations ZOE SARNAK, BRYAN PERRI
arrangements ZOE SARNAK
music supervisor BRYAN PERRI
music director MYRNA CONN
keyboard programming RANDY COHEN KEYBOARDS
guitar programming DILLON KONDOR
music coordinator TOMOKO AKABOSHI
dramaturg PHAEDRA MICHELLE SCOTT
production stage manager BESS MARIE GLORIOSO
casting by BETH LIPARI, CSA , PHYLLIS SCHURINGA, CSA, and THE TELSEY OFFICE

The Lonely Few is supported by the Gary Platt Initiative for New Musicals at MCC Theater and the Burton A. Zipser and Sandra D. Zipser Foundation.

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