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 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 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/production assistant
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.
Special thanks to John Kilgore at John Kilgore Sound & Recording studio and Donna Deseta at Donna Deseta Casting.