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Book & Lyrics by SAMUEL GARZA BERNSTEIN

Samuel BernsteinSAMUEL GAREZA 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.

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Music by DAVID SNYDER

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.

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DR. KEN ATCHITY and CHI LI WONG

David Snyder"STORY MERCHANT" KEN ATCHITY, head of Atchity Productions, LLC, has more than forty years of experience in the publishing world, and over twenty-five years in entertainment. He's produced thirty films, including The Meg (Warner Bros.) Angels in the Snow (Kristy Swanson, UP! Network), Erased (Aaron Eckhart; Informant), Hysteria (Maggie Gyllenhaal, Hugh Dancy; Informant), The Lost Valentine (Betty White, Hallmark Hall of Fame), the Emmy-nominated The Kennedy Detail documentary (Discovery), Gospel Hill (Danny Glover; Fox), The Madam’s Family (Ellen Burstyn, CBS), Joe Somebody (Tim Allen; Fox), Life or Something Like It (Angelina Jolie: Fox),and The Amityville Horror (NBC). Atchity received his B.A. from Georgetown University and Ph.D. from Yale. He was co-founder and editor of the arts magazine DreamWorks, and wrote the libretto for the choral symphony In Praise of Love which premiered at Lincoln Center, and the novels Seven Ways to Die (with William Diehl) and The Messiah Matrix. Dr. Atchity was chairman of comparative literature at Occidental College, Fulbright Professor of American Literature to the University of Bologna, and Distinguished Instructor in Fiction, Non-Fiction and Screenwriting at UCLA Writer’s Program. His bestselling clients have led him to all areas of communications.

David SnyderCHI LI WONG is President and Chief Operating Officer of Atchity Entertainment International and of Atchity/Wong. Before relocating to Southern California in 1992, she served as associate administrator of the Fort Lauderdale Film Festival. She has served as producer or executive producer on AEI film or television film projects and is currently supervising at least a dozen projects in development. Her films include: The Meg (Warner Bros.), Angels in the Snow (UP! Network), Life or Something Like It (Fox) , Joe Somebody (Fox), The Lost Valentine (Hallmark Hall of Fame), the Emmy-Nominated The Kennedy Detail (Discovery), The Madam's Family: The Truth About the Canal Street Brothel (CBS), and Shadow of Obsession (NBC).

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