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A comedy about six unknown writers whose lives are about to be changed forever by a reality TV show and the unorthodox, young visionary who will do anything to get it on the air.

Cast

Matt BittnerMatt Bittner (Theo) is an actor, sound designer, and composer who will be making his Broadway debut in the upcoming production of Present Laughter starring Kevin Kline. Other select acting credits: Up Here (La Jolla), Much Ado About Nothing (The Public), As You Like It (Two River), All Is Calm (Hudson Valley Shakes), and Sweeney Todd (Pennsylvania Shakes). Training: MFA, Rutgers University.   www.mattbittner.com


Demi FragaleDemi Fragale (Echo) is an actress and singer living in NYC.  A graduate of The University of Michigan’s Musical Theatre Department, Demi has appeared in various productions and cabarets in NYC and beyond.  Favorites include The St. Louis MUNY, The Weston Playhouse, Joe’s Pub, 54 Below, and the Duplex, where she debuted her original one woman show entitled, I CHOOSE YOU.  Proud member of Actor’s Equity Association.


Brandon Tyler HarrisBrandon Tyler Harris (Clive) Originally from Austin, Brandon has been a professional actor based in NYC for over 6 years. Brandon has appeared in TV, film, theater, and radio. B.F.A. Acting UNCSA. Currently studies at the Brooklyn Actor’s Lab. IMDB.me/BrandonTylerHarris


David SicilianoDavid Siciliano (Milo)
NYC: The Black Book (Araca Projects), Romeo and Juliet (Falconworks Artist Group), Curious George (TheatreWorks USA). Regional: Curse of the Starving Class (Syracuse Stage). Film: Pride Fighter, Prom King 2010, Gold Stars. BFA Syracuse University. Co-founder of RADD Theatre Co.  www.raddtheatreco.com


Steven Payne Stephen Payne (Byll)
Plays: Superior Donuts; August Osage County (Music Box);  Edward Albee’s Me, Myself and I; (Playwrights Horizons); Wings of Desire and Clockwork Orange (Amsterdam; Boston A.R.T.); A Midsummer Night’s Dream (McCarter Theater, Paper Mill Playhouse, dir Tina Landau); J.P. Shanley’s Sailor’s Song (Public Theater); recipient of the Craig Noel and Inner Circle Critics’ awards for Bus Stop (The Old Globe, dir. Joe Hardy); Boy Gets Girl (Seattle Rep).  FILM most recent: highly acclaimed Compliance, A Late Quartet, and Coen Bros film Inside Llewyn Davis.


Campbell Dunsmore (Tracy)Campbell Dunsmore
As an avid podcast listener, Campbell is very excited to make her podcasting debut! TV/Film: “Boardwalk Empire”, “Mozart in the Jungle”, “The Tonight Show with Jimmy Fallon”, “The Carrie Diaries”, Even After Everything, Derailed. NY Theatre: Secondhand Shakespeare (West Village Play Festival), Confessions (Theatre for a New City). Campbell graduated from NYU with a degree in Political Science, and was trained at the Stella Adler Studio of Acting and Circle in the Square Theatre School.


Andrew Pandaleon Andrew Pandaleon (Carver) has been an actor for most of his life performing in Off Broadway productions including “The City Club” and “History of War.” He has also been countless regional productions including, “Romeo & Juliet,” “The History Boys,” “Laughter on the 23rd Floor,” “Happy Days” and “Sunset Boulevard.”  He has been a teacher at The Gateway Playhouse, is an avid songwriter, and is now happy to be in the producer’s chair for REWRITES.  Andrew is originally from Chicago and graduated from UCLA.


Destiny ShegstadDestiny Shegstad (Brandy)
Destiny recently landed a lead role in an upcoming untitled T.V. Pilot currently being pitched to major networks. She has been involved in a couple of Off-Broadway companies and has appeared in several plays including Erik as Madame Giry, A Midsummer Night’s Dream as Helena, and Helvetica as Mother. She received her BA in theater from Hunter College and has also starred in several short films, most recently “Utopian Codex,” which is currently being submitted to festivals.


Ryan KarelsRyan Karels (The Producer) is the representative comedian for North Dakota (Huffington Post, 2011) and performs improv comedy at the UCB Theatre in NYC in the show Grandma’s Ashes: We Won’t Tell. On television he has portrayed well-liked characters such as Bernie the Hernie, Dad, Derek McGillicuddy, a drunk half-cartoon bunny, Ryan, Man in the crowd, Matt Yaegar the Meth Head, Hank, Guy with a Mullet, and other Dads. He once rode a horse on Late Night with Conan O’Brien.


Nafis KarimNafis Karim (Ace)
I’m originally from Philadelphia, PA. I have mainly done commercials. Some of the commercials I have been in is for Zyrtec, Chase Bank, C&A (European clothing company), Metamucil, and a film for BBC called The Game Changers (featuring Daniel Radcliffe & the late Bill Paxton) . My scene was with Daniel Radcliffe shot in Cape Town, South Africa.

 


James Patterson

James Patterson (Tim)
Broadway & National Touring Companies/ Gigi, Mary Poppins, Drowsy Chaperone, Beauty and the Beast, Cats, State Fair. Most recently played Lumiere in Beauty and the Beast at the Fulton Theatre. Regional/ Rev. Shaw (Fulton), Chamberlain(MSMT), La Cage (Forestburg), Ragtime (Milwaukee Rep).

 

 


Cady HuffmanCady Huffman (Dora Halston)
Cady recently won the 2016 Indie Series Award for her role in the popular web series “He’s With Me”. Her Broadway credits include THE NANCE (Outer Critics’ Circle nom.), THE PRODUCERS (Tony, Drama Desk & Outer Critics’ Circle awards), THE WILL ROGERS FOLLIES (Tony nom.), DAME EDNA: THE ROYAL TOUR, STEEL PIER, Bob Fosse’s BIG DEAL and LA CAGE AUX FOLLES.  TV credit include10 seasons as a judge on Iron Chef America, Blue Bloods, Madam Secretary, Master of None, The Good Wife, Curb Your Enthusiasm, Law & Order: CI, Law & Order: SVU. Law & Order: TBJ, Frasier, Mad About You and One Life to Live. Her film credits include “The Company Men”, “Romance & Cigarettes”, “The Nanny Diaries”, “Dare”, “Hero” and “Billy’s Dad is a Fudgepacker”. Cady is an advocate for several charitable organizations including broadwaycares.org and CANY.orgCadyHuffman.com


J.T. O'Connor:J.T. O’Connor (JD Jantzen)
Television and Film credits include Kevin Can Wait, The Good Wife, Law and Order: SVU, Alpha House, One Life To Live, Watching The Detectives,The Wolf Of Wall Street and Bridge of Spies. Theatre credits include the National Tour of Fiddler On The Roof w/Theodore Bikel. Gypsy w/Joyce DeWitt, The Hound of the Baskervilles, High Spirits, A Christmas Carol, The Nerd, Rough Crossing. Uncle Vanya, Angel Street, Annie Get Your Gun, Wait Until Dark, Funny Girl, Moon Over Buffalo, and Kiss Me Kate.


Robert Gomes (Richard Duke) has appeared on Broadway, Off-Broadway, and in numerous regional theater productions. His film credits include The Way I Remember It, Body/Antibody, An Englishman in New York, and Daddy. On TV he’s appeared on “Forever,” “Unforgettable,” “Sex & the City,” “Ed,” and “Law and Order.” He appears on the web series “Space Dogs.” Also a filmmaker, he is the producer of the award-winning short film Deflated.  www.robertgomes.com


Skyler MaxwellSkyler Maxwell (Dawn)
Skyler has been acting, singing and dancing since she was 2 years old. Her first major role was “Small Alice” in Alice in Wonderland at age 5. She has since performed in My Son Pinocchio, The Little Mermaid, The Tale of Snow White, Beauty and the Beast and Willy Wonka. (Regional Theater) Film: Jessica in “Tarnished Notes” She is thrilled to be making her first podcast!

 


Danielle GuldinDanielle Gudlin (Sylvie/Katie)
Since relocating to New York City seven years ago, Danielle has appeared on Law & Order: SVU, Unforgettable, Gotham, Mating, and the feature film Almost Mercy, amongst many other titles. She studies privately with the insurmountable Jennifer Gelfer and is a member of MN Acting Studio.


Chris LeBeau Chris LeBeau (Eric) is delighted to make his podcast debut with Rewrites! He is typically seen onstage in musicals, having toured the country and world with Chicago and The Producers. In NYC, he appeared in Crazy for You at Lincoln Center and in a developmental lab of Babes in Arms. Regionally, his credits include shows such as Cabaret, Chicago, The Producers, The Music Man, Guys and Dolls, Man of La Mancha, Hairspray, and more.


Monica DelgadoMonica Delgado (Marta), born and raised Colombia is an actor, dancer and voice over artist. Most recently she was seen in the indie film Bx3M, at the Film Festival International, Milan, where she won for Best Supporting Actress. Currently she dances with Pajarillo Pinta’o, a traditional Colombian dance company and is a member of HOLA and R.Evolucion Latina.

 


Brandon (Fireman/Bar Patron)

 


Matthew TimmMatthew Timm (Trumpet player) is an active freelance trumpet player in New York City. He can be found in many big bands around the city, as well as festival bands, jazz, and pops orchestras. A graduate of the acclaimed University of North Texas, he played in the world-renowned One O’clock Lab Band garnering 2 Grammy nominations, and played on stages across the world and behind some of the biggest names in jazz music.

Creative Team

Tawni O’Dell/writer & producer
Tawni O’Dell is the New York Times bestselling author of six novels including Back Roads, which was an Oprah’s Book Club pick and is currently in development to be made into a film by Michael Ohoven, the producer of the Academy-Award-winning, Capote, with a screenplay adapted by Tawni. She has also contributed to anthologies, magazines, and newspapers throughout the world. Her novels have been published in over forty countries.

Tawni was born and raised in the coal-mining region of western Pennsylvania, the territory she portrays in her novels with such striking authenticity. She graduated from Northwestern University with a degree in journalism and spent many years living in the Chicago area before returning to Pennsylvania where she raised her two children, a daughter now living in NYC and a son attending college in California.


Mitchell Maxwell/director
Mitchell Maxwell is an accomplished producer, director, and thirty-five-year veteran of the entertainment industry with sixty-five theatrical productions and eight films to his credit. He is the visionary producer behind the Tony-award-winning rollicking Broadway revival of Damn Yankees, the Pulitzer-prize-winning drama Dinner with Friends, and the percussive theatrical wonder Stomp! to name a few.

Mitchell, a lifelong New Yorker, grew up on Long Island and attended Tufts University in Boston where he later served as an adjunct professor. His most recent endeavors include serving as associate publisher of The Story Plant and the president and creative director of The Story Plant media division. His first novel, Little Did I Know, was published in 2011 and the musical adaptation is slated to follow Rewrites as the first fully realized Broadway musical to be presented as an audio drama.


Lou Aronica/executive producer
Lou Aronica is the president and publisher of the The Story Plant and has more than thirty-five years of high-level experience in the book business. He was publisher of two of the industry’s largest imprints, Avon Books and Berkley Books, and deputy publisher of a third, Bantam Books. As a writer, he is the author of twenty-four books, including the New York Times nonfiction bestsellers The Element and Finding Your Element (with Ken Robinson), and the nonfiction national bestseller The Culture Code (with Clotaire Rapaille), the USA Today bestselling novel The Forever Year, and the national bestselling novel Blue. Lou is also former president of Novelists Inc.


Andrew Pandaleon/producer
Andrew Pandaleon has been an actor for most of his life performing in Off Broadway productions including The City Club and History of War. He has also been in countless regional productions including, Romeo & Juliet, The History Boys, Laughter on the 23rd Floor, Happy Days and Sunset Boulevard.  He has been a teacher at The Gateway Playhouse, is an avid songwriter, and is now happy to be in the producer’s chair for Rewrites.  Andrew is originally from Chicago and graduated from UCLA.


Matt Hall
Matt Hall is a 22 year old person trying to make his way in the world. After graduating Brooklyn Tech he’s worked at a number of different productions including FringeNYC, The Midtown International Theater Festival, BAM, and a number of small independent works. When not behind the scenes Matt is a musician, having helped construct and play guitar for a stage adaptation of Pink Floyd’s The Wall.


 

Publicity

New Podcast/Audio Drama Rewrites
From NY Times Bestselling Author Tawni O’Dell
Hilariously Inspires the Quest to Read through Reality TV!
Podcast to Launch April 25th

(March 22, 2017-New York, NEW YORK) A laugh out loud, heartrending tale about a young visionary who’s on a daunting mission to get people to read more by using a medium he believes is contributing to the end of civilization — reality TV — is the hilarious subject of the new dramatic podcast Rewrites penned by New York Times bestselling author Tawni O’Dell. Scheduled to stream on April 25th, the seven episode series will introduce listeners to the main character, Theo, and follow his misadventures as he creates a competition show for writers and encounters obstacles and relationships along the way that are in turn riotous, maddening, and at times, life-altering. Rewrites is a love letter to books. It’s also a reminder that in this time of technology overload, the human connection is more important than ever.

Produced by Story Plant Media, the audio drama features an ensemble cast of fresh new voices and accomplished stage and screen performers, and is directed by Broadway veteran producer/director Mitchell Maxwell and produced by Andrew Pandaleon with original musical written and performed by Mr. Pandaleon.  The cast includes: Matt Bittner, Stephen Payne, Campbell Dunsmore, Demi Fragale, Brandon Tyler Harris, Destiny Shegstad, James Patterson, Nafis Karim, David Siciliano and Danielle Guildin.

Positioned to be this spring’s most talked about dramatic podcast Rewrites was originally conceived as a motion picture but once Ms. O’Dell, was introduced to the world of audio drama, she believed her material and talents to be better suited to this medium and adapted the screenplay into a “podplay.” An ardent advocate of the importance of reading, Ms. O’Dell has spent the past fifteen years speaking at schools, universities, libraries, and book festivals spreading this very important message and has seized the opportunity to use the ever-growing popularity of podcasts and the universal appeal of Theo’s story as an exciting and effective way to reach more people.

Executive producer, Lou Aronica, of Story Plant Media supported Ms. O’Dell’s decision to launch her work on a different platform, that of the burgeoning world of audio drama. Story Plant Media recently released the first three episodes of their inaugural dramatic podcast, This is Rage, to over 500,000 downloads. According to Aronica, “The opportunity to work with such a highly acclaimed author on material that is so relevant to today’s society is more than exciting; it’s inspiring.”

Over the season’s first seven episodes, listeners will be introduced to a diverse cast of characters including Crystal, a chain-smoking monkey movie star who loves books and the six writers featured on the show who range from a retired coal miner and Vietnam veteran to a wealthy, gorgeous, sinister soccer mom, a disillusioned college professor, and a female convenience store clerk who’s equally at home quoting Tolstoy or Coach Tomlin after a Steelers game.

Rewrites will be available beginning April 25th. Listeners can download on iTunes or their favorite podcast app and explore more content at www.rewritespodcast.com.