A Concert Performance of a New Musical June 28th, 29th and 30th, 2013 at the Greenway Arts Alliance Theater in Los Angeles
Author, Composer, Actor
Raya Yarbrough is an award-winning singer/composer whose debut album, “Raya Yarbrough,” was released to critical acclaim by Telarc / Concord Music Group. She has performed in venues throughout Europe and North America, including The Jazz Standard in New York opening for Terence Blanchard, the Playboy Jazz Festival in Los Angeles, and the Kennedy Center in DC. Yarbrough performed "North Of Sunset West Of Vine" as a one woman show on the LA club circuit for 3 years, before converting the piece into an ensemble cast musical. Her music and writing stem from the tradition of spoken-word, and the clash of high-art and grit which sculpt Los Angeles, particularly Hollywood. Her original songs have been placed prominently in “90210,” “Battlestar Galactica” and other films and television series.
Executive Producer, Music Director
Bear McCreary was launched into pop culture with his groundbreaking score to the hit series “Battlestar Galactica,” that was lauded by Variety as “the most innovative music on TV today.” Io9.com ranked McCreary one of the Ten Best Science Fiction Composers of All Time, and recently WIRED Magazine declared him one of only five "Secret Weapons" of the television industry. McCreary’s many other credits include AMC’s record-breaking phenomenon “The Walking Dead,” Starz' hit "Da Vinci's Demons" and the ground-breaking series / videogame hybrid "Defiance." His feature film credits include this summer's "Europa Report," starring Sharlto Copley. Attending the prestigious Thornton School of Music at the University of Southern California, McCreary completed degrees in composition and recording arts. However, his professional training came from a seven-year working relationship with film music legend Elmer Bernstein.
Mary Jo DuPrey
Mary Jo DuPrey most recently directed Peter Gil-Sheridan’s “What May Fall,” LA Weekly’s “Pick of the Week” at the Theater of Note, after directing “On Tuesday” for their Late Night Series last fall. A faculty member at UCLA’s School of Theater, Film and Television, Mary Jo’s productions include Edit Villareal’s “MGM: My Visits with My Grandmother Marta,” Tiffany Antone’s “In the Company of Jane Doe,” Charles Mee’s “Big Love,” “Who is Selma Teller?” by Jacob Burstein, and an original musical version of Aristophanes’ “Lysistrata,” based on the Ranjit Bolt text, original music by Jeremy Mann. After staging a reading of “Jane Doe” for The Blank Theater’s Living Room Series, she remounted it for the Los Angeles Theater Ensemble. Readings for the Marianne Murphy series include “Anna in the Closet,” “Dolley,” and “Lost Cause.” Other productions include the world premier of “Arroz Con Pollo” by Edward Hernandez at The Complex and “The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee” for Gallimaufry Productions. Vocal Directing credits included the Award Winning “PATTY: The Revival” at Highways Performance Space and “Spring Awakening” at UCLA. Mary Jo is a graduate of Vassar College, a recipient of NYU’s Filmmaking Certificate, and holds an MFA in Directing from UCLA.
Wendi West earned her BA in Theatre from CSUF with an emphasis in acting, and studied the Meisner technique with William Alderson. She is the President of the Board of Directors for Theatre of NOTE, where she is also an actor and producer. Theatre productions include Potential Space, Force 12, Kill Me, Deadly, The Holy Mother of Hadley New York, Eye Mouth Graffiti Bodyshop, A Midsummer Night's Dream, and Aunt Dan and Lemon. For theater Wendi has produced The Baby Dance, Potential Space, Force 12, Lydia In Bed, Nibbler, Truckline Cafe and is the ongoing producer of the Annual Hollywood Performance Marathon. Wendi is also a producer with Opiate of the Masses, currently filming Kill Me, Deadly (adapted from the stage) of the critically acclaimed film noir spoof where she will also appear as Miss Hutchinson the Librarian. Wendi has also worked with Jonz Unltd, a multi-media production company, with whom she is the Associate Producer of the festival award-winning film 15 Minutes of Fame, and was the Production Coordinator for The Official 2009 Los Angeles Inaugural Gala.
Hunter Bird is a freelance director and producer based out of New York City. Producing credits include: SHOW SEARCH, the first national competition for 10-minute musicals written by high school and college students (Judges included Joel Grey, Marissa Jaret Winkour, and NBC’s Chris Herzberger); Interim Assistant to the Producing Director of Center Theater Group; Event Coordinator of the Festival of New American Musicals; Founding Artistic Director of Act III Theatre Ensemble at UCLA.
The NOSWOV Orchestra includes the renowned Calder Quartet, an ensemble called “outstanding” and “superb” by the New York Times. Featuring Benjamin Jacobson and Andrew Bulbrook on violin, Jonathan Moerschel on viola and Eric Byers on cello. They have performed classic and new works across the globe and worked with some of the most vibrant and important composers writing today, including Terry Riley, Christopher Rouse and Thomas Adès. http://calderquartet.com
The live ensemble also includes Joe Travers (Zappa Plays Zappa) on drums, Grammy-Award-winner Pete Griffin (Dethklok, Steve Vai - http://www.petegriffin.com) on bass, Yarone Levy (http://www.yaronelevy.com) on guitar, and vocalists Felice Hernandez (http://www.felicemusic.com) and Kara Shaw.