Midtown Direct Rep presents a reading of MEET ME IN DREAMLAND by Cheri Steinkellner based on a concept by Jean Houston directed by Janeece Freeman Clark.
What happens when three extraordinary career women are magically whisked from their respective microphones into an otherworldly space? Don’t miss this zany musical journey into the minds and hearts of three accomplished women in search of what unites them.
About the Playwright: Cheri Steinkellner
Cheri Steinkellner has earned Four Emmy Awards, two Golden Globes, a Writers Guild, People’s Choice, Parents’ Choice, World Animation Award and the British BAFTA for writing and producing television’s Cheers and Disney’s Teacher’s Pet with her husband, Bill. Cheri received her first Tony nomination for Sister Act the Musical, and is an Ovation nominee and Indy award winner for book and lyrics for Hello! My Baby (with Irving Berlin, the Gershwins, Eubie Blake, and many more). Other TV: The Jeffersons, Who’s the Boss? Family Ties, The Facts of Life, Bob (Newhart), Hope and Gloria. Other stage includes the comedy Our Place, musicals Princesses, Jailbirds on Broadway, and Mosaic (off-Broadway), and InstaPlay, L.A.s original and longest-running all-improvised musical.
Cheri teaches writing at Stanford University and UCSB, studies Depth Psychology at Pacifica Graduate Institute, and directs award-winning high school theatre productions in Kenosha, WI and Santa Barbara, CA where she and Bill live and raised their three favorite writers/artists/children: Kit, Teddy, and Emma.
About: Jean Houston
Jean Houston is a visionary thinker, teacher, and philosopher who pioneered in the Human Potential Movement and established the Social Artistry leaderships model that she used in her work with the United Nations Development program. Over the course of her life’s work, Houston has developed a worldwide network of social leaders, educators, and philosophers including Joseph Campbell, Margaret Mead, Buckminster Fuller, Jonas Salk, Presidents Jimmy Carter and Bill Clinton, as well as United States Secretary of State Hillary Clinton, giving her unique insight into the human potential. Houston has worked with agencies of the United Nations, NASA, and many others. She is the author of nearly thirty books.
About the Director: Janeece Freeman Clark
For several years, Janeece could be seen as Miss Molly on PBS’s Emmy Award winning children’s television series: Dittydoodle Works. Her theater credits include: Broadway: Urinetown the Musical (Little Becky). Off Broadway: The Ark (Egyptus), Africa Plumbridge (Africa), and A Band of Angels (Ella). Regional: Footloose (Rusty), Godspell (Joanne), The Wiz (Dorothy), Smokey Joe’s Café (Brenda), Ain't Misbehavin (Charlayne), Constant Star (Ida.B.Wells), and A Midnight Star (Lila). Janeece is a graduate of the University of Michigan (Musical Theater, Voice Performance and Music Education). Directing credits include: Everything Is Fine Until It’s Not, which debuted at NY’s Fringe Festival to rave reviews, was a sold-out run, and the fastest selling show in NY’s Fringe Festival history; A Night In New Orleans (the story of a young Louis Armstrong), which premiered to critical acclaim at New Jersey Performing Arts Center; A Portrait of Ray, a musical about the legendary Ray Charles, which had it’s Off Broadway debut in 2016 at Symphony Space, and was presented at Symphony Hall as a part of the 2016 Newark 350 Celebration. Other directing credits include: Oklahoma, Hairspray, West Side Story, The Wiz, Godspell, Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat, Aida, Annie, Into the Woods, Tarzan, Seussical, and the Music Man.
Janeece is in residence at New Jersey Performing Arts Center where she's a leader in the Musical Theater Department, and has worked with Musical Director Ray Chew (American Idol) and Musical Director Seth Rudetsky (Seth’s Big Fat Broadway.) Through a partnership with the Johnny Mercer Foundation and NJPAC, Janeece assisted in writing and implementing the curriculum for a Musical Theater Writing program that takes place in Urban Neighborhoods throughout New Jersey. Janeece runs a private vocal studio in the town South Orange, NJ where she resides with her family. She is an active member of Midtown Direct Repertory Theater where she regularly performs in and directs readings of new plays.
About the Cast
Ami Brabson has had recurring roles in a number of television shows. She frequently appeared as Mary Pembleton in HOMICIDE: Life on the Streets. Ms. Brabson played Allison Trivas, a recurrring character in THE JURY, another Barry Levinson/Tom Fontana production. Other TV credits include LAW & ORDER SVU, DAMAGES, UNFORGETTABLE, LAW & ORDER, THE BEAT, WONDERLAND and various Soap Operas.
Brabson's stage credits include the one-woman show, PHENOMENAL WOMEN, upcoming performance dates: Montclair State University, April 14th, 2018.
Other stage credits include the New York Premiere of TOUGH TITTY by Oni Faida Lampley. Some of her favorite regional theater roles are Faye in Dominique Morisseau's SKELETON CREW, Quilly in John Henry Redwood's THE OLD SETTLER and Rose in August Wilson's FENCES.
Ms. Brabson is an accomplished soprano and cabaret singer. She has performed at New York City venues as varied as Merken Concert Hall, The Metropolitan Room and Ashford & Simpson's Sugar Bar. Ms. Brabson received her MFA from the NYU/Tisch Graduate School of Acting. amibrabson.com
Maria made her Broadway debut in Wicked, understudying the roles of Elphaba and Nessarose. Other credits include: National/International Tours of Wicked, Fame, Grease, and Evita. Regional credits include: Jekyll and Hyde, West Side Story, Man of La Mancha, andOnce Upon a Mattress directed by Carol Burnett. TV/film credits: Unforgettable, Falling, 12 Steps to Recovery. Proud performing arts teacher at KIPP Bold Academy, and even prouder mom of nine-year-old Nate!
Danielle Ferland is an actor/teacher/director/playwright. Broadway: All My Sons, A Year With Frog and Toad, The Crucible, A Little Hotel on the Side (National Actors Theater), A Little Night Music (City Opera), created the role of Little Red Ridinghood in the original Broadway production of Into the Woods (Theatre World Award and Drama Desk nomination), Sunday in the Park with George. Off-Broadway: New Girl in Town, She Stoops to Conquer, and The Streets of New York (Irish Rep), Engaged (Theatre for a New Audience), Tartuffe (New York Shakespeare Festival), How I Learned to Drive (Century and Vineyard Theatres), Uncommon Women and Others (Lucille Lortel). Select Regional Theater: Baker’s Wife in Into the Woods (Baltimore Center Stage and Westport Country Playhouse), The School for Husbands (Westport Country Playhouse) Film: Slippery Slope, Sam the Man, Mighty Aphrodite (Woody Allen, dir.) and Radio Days (Woody Allen, dir.) TV: Emmy and Golden Globe winner The Normal Heart for HBO (Estelle), The Good Wife (CBS), Law and Order SVU (NBC), Inside Amy Schumer (Comedy Central) Rescue Me (FX), The Education of Max Bickford (CBS).
Josephine Rose Roberts (Stage Directions)
Josephine is best known for her hair, dirty mouth, and is often seen riding her tiny bicycle around South Orange while smoking an e-cigarette. Claims to fame include playing “Regina” in Broadway's Rock of Ages and “Reno Who” in Broadway's How the Grinch Stole Christmas. If you have children, you've probably unwittingly invited Josephine into your home via PBS KIDS The Electric Company as “Lottie”, a cute dancing alien. She thinks her boyfriend, Matt, is definitely her better half (she just doesn't want to conform to societal norms) and her dog is the manifestation of all that is good, beautiful and at times, mysterious in the world. www.JosephineRoseRoberts.com
Stage Managed by Jennifer Tardibuono