The Merry Month of May Presents

Donnas Late Night CabaretDonnas Late Night Cabaret
A racy, campy, silly pop-broadway-jazz cabaret revue of Shakespeare-influenced songs written by award-winning songwriter Donna Stearns. (No steeenking madrigals!) The program features her songs ripped from the Bard's plays and her critically-acclaimed, "Best-Of-The-Fest" musical All The World's A Stage.

Seven Dynamite Performances:
May 5, 6, 12, 13, 19, 20, 26 2006
At 10:30 PM

The Performers of Donna's Late-Night Cabaret

Laura Mae Baker
Laura Mae Baker is thrilled to be returning to the world of musical theater after two years of doing Shakespearean productions, including Macbeth - three times! - (playing the Porter, the Thane of Ross, First Witch, Lady and the boy Macduff). Other shows include Midsummer Nights Dream (Robin Starveling), King Lear (Curan, u/s Cordelia), Loves Labours Lost (Jaquenetta). Laura Mae has also graced the stage of Studio 54 Upstairs as Alice in the bawdy Off-Broadway musical Alice in Wonderland. Other musicals she's been in are Xmas Carol (Tiny Tim), Oh! Pioneers (Birdie Hutchinson), Cinderella (stepsister) and she appeared in one drag show cabaret with Flotilla DeBarge at Fez. Laura dedicates every performance in her life to her mother, Carol.
Joshua David Bishop
Originally from Upstate New York, Joshua David Bishop was most recently seen as the singing and dancing surfer Whitey in Teaneck New Theatre's production of Surf's Up! A New Musical. Before that, he played The Leading Player in Pippin, at Trinity College, Oxford. Other favorite roles include Joseph in Joseph . . . Dreamcoat, Claudio in Much Ado about Nothing, Lucentio in Taming of the Shrew, and Arty in Lost in Yonkers. Short film credits include Contagious Bass, Turn-About is Fair Play, and Lemming, and, thanks to various background roles, he is now SAG-eligible. While earning his degree in Vocal Performance from the Nyack College School of Music, Joshua had the opportunity to perform at Carnegie Hall and Lincoln Center, as well on tours in France, Poland and Germany. Joshua thanks Jason and Donna for giving him his first NYC credit; his family for their endless support; and God for giving him the opportunity to chase his dreams.
Amber Bogdewiecz
Amber is pleased to be appearing for the first time with MoonBeam.Net Productions. Recent stage credits include: Nice Mrs. Cratchit Mrs. Bob Cratchit's Wild X-mas Binge, Janette West Land of the Dolls, LaVonda Dupree Sordid Lives, AmyLee Laundry & Bourbon. She is also involved with film and can be seen as a chainsaw wielding actress in the short film Stage Fright. She has also recently been inducted into the Guinness Book of World Records for her participation in the world's longest kickline, to benefit DVT. She would like to thank Kate, Roz, and Phil for their love and undying support.
Megan Cooper
Having just recently moved to New York from Sacramento, Megan is thrilled to be combining her two loves, Shakespeare and music. Prior to Sacramento, she spent sometime in Philadelphia where she performed with Bristol Riverside Theatre (A Little Night Music) and Hoopskirt Theatre (1st Lady Suite), among others. Megan received her M.A. in Acting from East 15 Acting School in London where she was also seen in 12 Women in a Cell at the Arcola Theatre and in her own cabaret, The Working Girl, with musical direction from Marcus J. Savage.
Esmeralda McCormick
Esmeralda has had the pleasure of working with Cube City Entertainment, the Inwood Shakespeare Festival, and various others. She's now trying her hand at Stand Up comedy and is a member of the Good Shepherd Choir. She is estatic to be singing in the Merry Month of May Festival. Thank you to good friends, mom, Noel, and God for all your love and encouragement!
Hannah Fairchild
Hannah Fairchild is a Minnesota native making her New York debut in the Merry Month Of May Festival. Her past credits include Petra in A Little Night Music and Janet in The Rocky Horror Show.
Floryn Glass
Floryn Glass, a native Long Islander, has performed in regional theaters across the country and is thrilled to be back home to perform in NY. In addition to performing in the May 5 and May 12 performances of Donna's Late Night Cabaret, Floryn is also understudying Pedrolino in The Dentist. Regional credits range from comedic musicals to straight plays, from singing revues to dance-only showcases. She has played Velma in Chicago, Patsy in Crazy for You, Cha-Cha in Grease, Betty Jean in The Winter Wonderettes, Rosemary in Bullshot Crummond, and Sadako inA Thousand Cranes, to name a few. Though her degree is in Theater with a minor in Dance from Skidmore College, she has also studied at the Stella Adler Conservatory, Broadway Dance Center, The Taylor School; and privately with Alice Saltzman, Jodie Langel, and Linda Larson. Floryn also choreographs (freelance) and currently teaches dance on Long Island. Thanks to Donna for this opportunity, to her friends and Kevin for their support, and all her love and gratitude to mom and dad.
Clara Barton Green
Clara Barton Green is thrilled to be working with Donna again, having appeared with her in 2003's An Evening with Shakespeare's Women. An accomplished singer, actor and director, Clara has appeared in such disparate roles as Sheila in Hair (Studio Theatre, DC), Rosalind in As You Like It and Emma Lazarus in the Hinton Battle-choreographed Lady of Copper. In September she was awarded the 2005 Spotlight On Best Actress Award for her performance as Calliope in Duncan Pflaster's Eternity: Time Without End. As director she has helmed such productions as Agnes of God, Vanities, and the winner of the 2002 Samuel French Off-Off Broadway Festival, Three Questions. And currently, Clara is rehearsing her favorite Shakespeare tragedy (the Scottish one) and co-writing A Mid-Autumn Night's Dream, which will premiere in October. Clara hails from sunny Virginia, where she attended Sweet Briar College. For Jane, who showed the way 50 years ago in Greenwich Village.
Joseph Hamel
Joseph Hamel was born and raised in Detroit, moved to New York City in 1999, and has studied at the American Academy of Dramatic Arts, the American Globe, and the Actors Center. Favorite roles so far have included Brutus and Henry 6. Thanks to Donna Stearns and Jason Kendall for this, his musical theatre debut.
Jules Hartley
Jules grew up performing in musicals on local stages in and around Washington DC. When she was five, she announced that she would grow up to either be a rockstar or a scientist finding a cure for cancer. Pursuing the latter led to brief stints at the Institute for Genomic Research and as a pre-med-NCAA Division I student-athlete. But soon dreams of the stage and New York lured her back into acting, singing and dancing. Since graduating from Columbia in 2004, her Off-Off-Broadway credits include Joe Pintauro's Metropolitan Operas and Jonathan Libman's The Metro Section. Jules can also be seen working her magic on the cabaret floor--in a bikini while wearing a pointed beanie--with the Witches In Bikinis every Friday at Don't Tell Mama.
Dawn Jones
NY venues include The Duplex, ATA, Gallery Players, Pulse, Westbeth, Voice & Vision, TRU Voices, Cucaracha, Metropolitan Playhouse, 13 St. Rep, TSI and ArtGroup. Dawn has been to 45 U.S. States, mostly performing, and has traveled extensively in India, China, Japan, Great Britain, Canada, Mexico, Italy, Bermuda and Spain. She is trained in slapstick, mime and yoga. She loves a good meal and a great bargain!
Ashley Rebecca King
Ashley King is happy to be a part of The Merry Month of May, as a member of Donna's Late Night Cabaret. She is a 2005 graduate of Marymount Manhattan College. Most recently, Ashley appeared as Mary Contrary, in AFT's winter production of Babes in Toyland. She also performed as guest vocalist for the 2005 season of the Pittsburgh Civic Orchestra in her hometown of Pittsburgh, PA. Past New York credits include Toy Box Theater's Sounds of the City, as well as the cabaret shows Anything But Touching, and What's Drugs Got to Do with It? which she composed and co-created with writing partner Greg Portz.
Jared R. Lopatin
Jared is thrilled to be joining Donna's Late Night Cabaret. He can also be seen in The Dentist throughout May. He most recently made his NYC debut in Endgames ATA. Recent regional credits include Big Deal/Snowboy/Baby John u/s in West Side Story Walnut Street Theatre, Jeter in Footloose Roundbarn Theatre, and Tom Sawyer in The Adventures of Tom Sawyer Roundbarn Theatre. He also performed his two-person cabaret, Duets By Singles, at The Duplex earlier this year.
Juliet Markowitz
Juliet is thrilled to be working with Donna in this year.s Merry Month of May Festival! She was last seen on the NYC stage in the Artists of Tomorrow Festival production of Ariadne's Thread, directed by Patrick Lacey. Other memorable stage performances include Under Milk Wood, Gypsy, The Tempest, and Three Sisters. Juliet received her BFA from Hofstra University, and would like to thank her parents for their constant support. Special thanks to Paul and Josh for encouraging her to audition for this show.
Aurora Nessly
Aurora is a recent graduate of New York University who has performed both regionally and off broadway. Regional credits include A Christmas Carol and Don't Dress for Dinner. Aurora also performed the role of Clytemnestra in Iphigenia at Aulis at Symphony Space in NYC. Next, Aurora will be traveling to Virginia to play the role of Viola in Illyria a musical of Twelfth Night at the Virginia Shakespeare Festival.
Yvette Newsome
Yvette is pleased to be joining the Merry Month of May festival this spring. Yvette is a native New Yorker and has been performing since the age of two. She has most recently been seen in the workshop of the stage adaptation of Dog Day Afternoon. Her other New York credits include, The Mouse in Aesop performed at the Producer's Club, Debra Sue in Bye Bye Birdie, and Mary in The Rimers of Elderich; and has also performed regionally at the New Paltz Summer Repertory Theatre. Yvette also has begun appearing in voice over ads and films, most recently starring in a NYFA short. She has also sung on the stages of Don't Tell Mama and Carnegie Hall. Yvette hopes to continue performing for many years to come and would like to thank her family and friends for their continuing love and support; an extra thanks to Mom, Dad, Laura and Bill without you it would not be possible for me to follow my dreams, I will forever be indebted to you.
Brendan Rothman-Hicks
Brendan is pleased to be working with Moonbeam Productions for a third time. Previously he worked with this company on Two Gentleman of Verona and the reading of MacBeth. Other recent credits include Jack and The Beanstalk with Sign of The Times Theater Company and Native Son with Azana Theater Company. He has also worked on several independent films and done background work on various tv shows and feature films. He would like to thank his family and friends for all of their love and support.
Jaki Silver
Jaki is pleased to be part of such a talented cast and crew. Thanks, Donna, for giving me my New York Cabaret debut!
JessAnn Smith
JessAnn grew up in Washington State and moved to New York shortly after graduating from the University of Montana in Vocal Performance. She has worked in Washington, Montana and New York with Opera Pacifica, South Sound Light Opera Company, Cornerstone Brass & Chorale (Tour 2005), Drew Harvey Theater, Missoula Children's Theater, Period Musicals Inc (with Director Julie Taymor), Rossetti Films, MTV, Noggin, NYFA and CW Post. She most recently sang selections (including two songs she co-wrote) from the new musical Pickles and the Junkman's Daughter at the United Nations Katrina Victims Benefit Concert and starred in drama Father Dearest with Forum Theatre. Her favorite regional credits include Rosie: Bye Bye Birdie, Mary: Little Mary Sunshine, Maggie: Chorus Line, and Phyllis: Iolanthe. She currently lives in Manhattan where she resides with her boyfriend and an impossibly large, ever-growing population of books.
Renee Threatte
Renee is happy to work with Donna and MoonBeam.Net Productions with songs and jazz hands in abundance. She was last seen on this very stage performing Ken Wolf's Men to a sold out crowd. Favorite credits include The Crucible (Mercy Lewis), Shakin' The Mess Outta Misery (Fannie Mae), and an all female Othello (Roderigo). Renee can also be seen on television this summer in a public service announcement for Long Island Crisis Center. She'd like to thank her family for their unfailing support and special thanks to her piano playing sister who now has all the music from this show permanently playing in her head.
Debra Wassum
Debra was last seen as the Bag Lady in February in Pandora's Box as part of the Strawberry One Act Festival. Last summer she played the role of Naomi in the U.S. premiere of Come Away with Cube City. Other New York appearances include Hanging Woman in the Obie award winning production of Molly's Dream at Soho Rep., Penelope Pennywise in the workshop production of Urinetown, the role of Sister in To Whom It May Concern as well as a North American tour of Man of La Mancha in which she sang the role of the Housekeeper. In addition to theater she has appeared on television on the NBC show ED with Tom Cavanaugh as well as Law and Order and The Book of Daniel.
Donna Stearns: Director and Composer
Donna Stearns (Director and Composer) is an award-winning songwriter. Her CD single "First Dance" won an Honorable Mention from The 9th Annual Billboard Song Contest and was an entry in the First Round on the 42nd Annual Grammy Awards Nominating Ballot for Best R&B Song of the Year. Music clips are online at where CD singles can be ordered. Her musical farce "All The World's A Stage" was a "Best of Fest" winner at The 2002 Midtown International Theatre Festival. As an actor, Stearns freelances with several agents. Stearns graduated from Florida State University. She currently serves as an Alternate on The Songwriters Guild of America's Board of Directors and continues to produce Shakespeare Saturdays with her husband Jason. My love and thanks to Jason! Thanks Ria and cast! Ya'll rock!
Ria Mae Binaoro : Choreographer and Assistant Director
Ria is very excited to be a part of Donna's Late Night Cabaret. She is a Shakespeare Saturday alumni and this marks her fourth collaboration with the Moonbeam squad. Ria received her early dance instruction at Alvin Ailey American Dance Center and through the years has branched out to several dance styles including ballet, jazz, modern, theater, folk, ballroom, and hip-hop. Her extensive training has allowed her to perform at various venues in New York City including Manhattan Theater Source, HERE Arts Center and St. Bart's Playhouse and Schimmel Theater at Pace University. In addition to collaborating on a number of those projects, Ria is also the Assistant Artistic Director of Performing Arts Philippines, Inc., a Filipino folk dance group whose works are archived at the New York Public Library for the Performing Arts at Lincoln Center. She would like to thank Donna for giving her this wonderful opportunity to be a part of her show and to Jason for all his encouragement. Lastly, big thanks, as always, to her family and friends for their endless support.
Gregg Moore : Website Photography