MC-Real People


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Book & Lyrics by

Samuel BernsteinSAMUEL GARZA BERNSTEIN adapted the musical of Mr. Confidential from his non-fiction book Mr. Confidential: The Man, the Magazine & The Movieland Massacre That Changed Hollywood Forever. Named a ForeWord Magazine Book of the Year finalist, Liz Smith said the book, “Reads like a house afire in a sultry swamp!” The Writers Guild of America named Sam a 2018 television diversity access project honoree for The Secret World of Danny Rizik which was also nominated as best drama pilot script for the 2018 C21 International Drama Summit in London. Sam began his career as an actor and singer. When his first play, The Liquidation of Granny Peterman, was produced, The Los Angeles Times said, "Bernstein's insights into what keeps families together are as rich as a holiday pudding." He has developed other plays through New Jersey Rep, the Directors Company (NYC) and the Playwrights Company (LA). Sam's Paramount and Showtime film Bobbie's Girl starred Bernadette Peters, Rachel Ward, and Jonathan Silverman. Ms. Peters received an Emmy nomination and the film received a GLAAD nomination and a Top Ten citation from The Advocate. When Silent Lies, his dark, violent film about incest, was released, Sam was often erroneously referred to in interviews and events as an “incest survivor,” a misimpression that is not unrelated to his fascination with Bob Harrison, Confidential Magazine, and fake news. He has written and produced in multiple tv formats and genres, indie film, both musical and non-musical theater, and is the author of three books. He and husband Ronald Shore co-founded Babyhead Productions in 1997 and have been together since 1994—married in a non-legally binding ceremony performed by a rabbi in 1996, legally married in Canada in 2003, and then, for good measure, legally married again in the United States in 2013. Born to a Mexican mother and a Jewish Texan father, Sam grew up all over the world, in Cairo, Honolulu, Austin, Phoenix, Albuquerque, New York, Los Angeles, and Ft. Collins, Colorado, among others.



Music by

David SnyderDAVID SNYDER has travelled from the scoring stages of Hollywood to Carnegie Hall, where he's performed often with the New York Pops.  His theatre credits include Forever Plaid, on which he served as musical director for the original New York cast for the final part of their initial run in Los Angeles. His long-standing association with Plaid creator Stuart Ross led to David's involvement with productions in Tokyo, San Diego, Denver, and with its Christmas-themed sequel, Plaid Tidings, for which he was nominated for an LA Ovation award for musical direction. He then contributed musical direction, music supervision, and orchestrations to the film version of Forever Plaid. Other shows David has conducted or played include Pirates!; Kiss Me Kate; Into The Woods; The Goodbye Girl; Oklahoma!; Compose Yourself; Bluesbird; and Ethel Merman's Broadway, for which he also did the orchestrations. Other shows to which David has contributed orchestrations include A Shine on Your Shoes, The Molly Maguires, Pablo, Heaven Knows and Insomnia. David has become familiar to U.S. symphony audiences this season as orchestrator and host of Here to Stay: The Gershwyn Experience, and has guest conducted the show, featuring Grammy-winning soprano Sylvia McNair, with the orchestras of Naples, Des Moines and Chattanooga. Film scores include the WWII documentary A Tradition of Honor, and his published works include the Christmas collection O Holy Night and Song of the Universal, commissioned by the 300-voice Essex Choral Society.  David has worked as a musical director, conductor, and arranger with show business legends such as Carol Channing, Debbie Reynolds and Christine Ebersole, as well as Nell Carter, Vicki Lewis, Jason Alexander, Jim Bailey, Rita McKenzie, Nannette Fabray, MaryJo Mundy, Clay Aiken, and Sarah Michelle Gellar. He has produced, arranged and conducted dozens of recordings, including Another Place and Time, the debut solo CD from the Manhattan Transfer's Alan Paul.



Artistic Director

David SnyderActors Theatre of Indiana (ATI) Artistic Director and Co-Founder DON FARRELL, working together with Judy Fitzgerald and Cynthia Collins has overseen the creation and implementation of all programming and, since its inception in 2005, has grown ATI from a small professional theatre company to an award-winning and vital member of the central Indiana arts scene.  For ATI, he has produced every production of its 15+ year history including the Palladium debuts of Two-time TONY award winning Sutton Foster (An Evening with Sutton Foster) and Two-time TONY award winning Broadway legend Chita Rivera (CHITA: A Legendary Celebration) both to critical acclaim.  He has directed many shows for ATI including Beyond the Rainbow: The Frances Gumm Story, Sisters of Swing: The Story of the Andrews Sisters, My Way: A Musical Tribute to Frank Sinatra, COLEAnd The World Goes ‘Round, Rounding Third, A Grand Night For Singing, The Taffetas; Forever Plaid; and I Love You, You’re Perfect, Now Change. A member of Actors’ Equity Association since 1992, Don is a veteran of the concert/ theatrical stage, and has worked steadily in practically every capacity of the business. He has spent over 33 years working as a professional singer, dancer, actor, director, choreographer, and producer with a career that includes Off-Broadway, International Tour, National Tour, Las Vegas, Regional, Symphony concerts and Educational productions.  He made his Off-Broadway debut as Jimmy O’Flaherty at the Sylvia & Danny Kaye Playhouse in Irene starring Lee Roy Reams, George S. Irving and Ruth Warrick. His subsequent returns to the stage have been as varying as they were lauded whether it be musicals or plays, from the vengeance seeking title role in Sweeney Todd to his flamboyantly dramatic Albin/Zaza in La Cage Aux Folles, to the guilt ridden John Proctor in The Crucible, to the opera diva / peppy bellhop of “Tito / Bepo” in A Comedy of Tenors.  He originated the role of “Louis” in the world premiere of Last of the Red-Hot Mamas, the Sophie Tucker Revue-sical and “Ruby Waxman” in the world premiere of TUNING IN.  He received his Bachelor of Fine Arts degree in Music Theatre from the University of Cincinnati, College-Conservatory of Music. He has served as a member of the drama faculty for NYC’s premier musical theatre training conservatory Collaborative Arts Project 21, has taught drama workshops and master classes for theatre companies and universities and is a scholarship adjudicator for the National Society of Arts and Letters (NSAL) Music Theatre Competition.



Associate Artistic Director

David SnyderActors Theatre of Indiana (ATI) Associate Artistic Director and Co-Founder CYNTHIA COLLINS received her BFA in Theatre from Ohio University. A proud member of Actors Equity Association since 1991, her Off-Broadway credits include: Fifty Million Frenchmen, Face The Music, Jubilee, That’s The Ticket with Tony-winner George S. Irving (Musicals Tonight Series); Valentino, The Musical at the Judith Anderson Theatre; Lone Star Cafe at The Puerto Rican Traveling Theatre and Gigi at Equity Library Theatre directed by Gerard Alessandrini, creator of the famed Forbidden Broadway. Cindy has toured Nationally in Singin’ In The Rain and internationally in My Fair Lady as well as multiple Cruise Line appearances. Regional credits include: Patty in Be Here Now (Summit Performance Indianapolis); Kate in Surviving Grace (Clowes Hall) with Dianne Rehm ; Alison in Fun Home (Phoenix Theatre); Anybodys in West Side Story (St. Louis MUNY, Theatrefest, The Strand); Agnes in On The Twentieth Century (Goodspeed Opera House);Millie in Good News, Flossie in On The Town, and Perkins in Annie, (North Shore Music Theatre); Kristine in A Chorus Line and Edith in The Pirates Of Penzance (Burt Reynolds/Jupiter Theatre); Miss Hannigan in Annie (Beef & Boards Dinner Theatre); Mrs. Hopkins in My Fair Lady (Westchester Broadway Theatre); Hymen in As You Like It (N.J. Shakespeare); Airie in The Robber Bridegroom (Sharon Stage) Nellie BlyA New Musical with Tony award winner Spiro Malas (John Harms Theatre) and the Atlanta premieres of: The Taffetas, A Taffeta Christmas, A Grand Night For Singing, Jacob Marley’s Christmas Carol, The Sisters of Swing;the Story of the Andrews Sisters and MY WAY: A Musical Tribute to Frank Sinatra, (Georgia Ensemble Theatre); Donna in The Taffetas (Pennsylvania Center Stage- Inaugural Season); Charity in Sweet Charity (Wagon Wheel Theatre). Television/film credits include: Law & Order, Law & Order SVU, Ed, Sex And The City, OZ, Die Hard III, Sabrina, Maid in Manhatten, The Thomas Crown Affair, When I Grow Up, Hide & Seek, Zoolander, Coyote Ugly, Shaft, A Couch in New York…  She has had the pleasure of working with such artists as Ben Vereen, Sandy Duncan, Claude Aikins, Comden & Green, Cy Coleman, Avery Schrieber, Joel Grey, Cyndi Lauper, Fred Waring and his famous Pennsylvanians, Chita Rivera, Sutton Foster, Diane Rehm, Billy Stritch. In New York City she was the choreographer to director Thomas Mills at AMDA (American Music and Dramatic Academy), an intensive two-year program preparing young performers for the professional Theatre. As Co-Founder and Associate Artistic Director of Actors Theatre of Indiana, she has been seen on the ATI stage in – My Way: A Musical Tribute to Frank Sinatra, Cole: The Words & Music of Cole Porter, And The World Goes ‘Round, Sisters of Swing:The Story of the Andrews Sisters, The Taffetas, Perfect Wedding, Forbidden Broadway, Nunsense, A Grand Night for Singing, CHICAGO, The Musical of Musicals, the Musical, Always Patsy Cline, My Fair Lady, Xanadu, The Fantasticks, Sweeney Todd, Cabaret, Ruthless!, It’s A Wonderful Life, Alabama Story… A native of Livingston, N.J. and longtime resident of New York City, Cindy currently resides in Carmel, IN. She studied at the N.J. School of Ballet with Jay Norman (original Broadway cast and Motion Picture cast member of West Side Story).



Associate Artistic Director

David SnyderActors Theatre of Indiana (ATI) Associate Artistic Director and Co-Founder JUDY FITZGERALD has been a member of Actors’ Equity Association since 1993. Broadway credits include, Radio City Music Hall with Glen Close; Madison Square Garden with Liza Minnelli & Danny Burstein (conducted by Marvin Hamlisch): She has toured nationally with Debbie Reynolds, Shirley Jones and Omar Sharif. Off -Broadway productions: Swingtime Canteen with Tony Award winner, Charles Busch at the Blue Angel; Placido Domingo’s operetta VLAD at the Lamb’s Theatre; Dodsworth with John Collum, George Lee Andrews and Dee Hoty at the York Theatre and the John Houseman Theatre; Irene at the Sylvia & Danny Kaye Playhouse; and Face the Music and That’s The Ticket! with Tony Award winner, George S. Irving for the Musicals Tonight! Series. Regional credits include The Birmingham Theatre, Georgia Ensemble Theatre, Westchester Broadway Theatre, Pennsylvania Center Stage, Blowing Rock Stage Co., The Mint Theatre, The Weathervane Theatre, The Ordway Theatre… With Actors Theatre of Indiana she has been seen as “Mama Rose” in Gypsy, “Keely” in Pete-n-Keely, “Melpomene” in Xanadu, “Mrs. Lovett” in Sweeney Todd, “Kost” in Cabaret as well as many others.


Actors Theatre of Indiana’s mission is to celebrate the power of theatre and enhance the quality of life in central Indiana by offering high quality professional theatre performances and programs that engage, inspire, educate and entertain.