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The Facebook Fighter

Facebook Fighter

 

Music, Lyrics & Book by Chris Kerrigan

Directed by Amanda Connors

Music Director Nicholas Connors

 

The Facebook Fighter is a darkly funny one-act musical about a bitter 30-year-old misanthrope who makes continuous attempts at human connection the only way he knows how: by antagonizing people on Facebook. After he alienates his "friends" one by one with incendiary political rants, snobbish pop culture opinions, and flat-out viciousness, he realizes too late that his brash and frank online persona has pushed everybody away and left him all alone in a void of existential loneliness and social media silence.

 

Setting

Present day, on Facebook

 

Cast

Beth/Carly………………………………………………Nina Gabriela Gross

Devin/Rob……………………….…………………Aaron Heaps

Richard/Mike……………………………………Darnell Kenney*

Garon………………………………………………Chris Kerrigan

Jolie/Susan………………………………………………Natalie Perry

Lindsey………………………………………………Sarah Shear

Jacob………………………………………………Eric Stephenson*

 

* Indicates member of Actors’ Equity Assn.

 

Scenes & Songs

“Opinions”

“Man on the Q Train”

“Mean and Bitter”

“Good Vibes”

“Copy and Paste”
“Finale”

 

Musicians

Chris Kerrigan (keyboard)

 

Chris Kerrigan (Music/Lyrics/Book; Facebook Fighter) Chris Kerrigan is an musical theatre actor, singer/songwriter, and playwright living and working in Los Angeles. He is the head of the theatre department at STAR Education, a far-reaching after school program that serves over a hundred schools in the greater Los Angeles area. He has written four full-length children’s musicals (Two Sides to Every Story, Screen Time: The Musical!, The Toy Store, A Very Super Market) that have been performed in elementary schools far and wide. He has performed in several regional productions including Assassins (John Wilkes Booth), American Idiot (Tunny), Jekyll & Hyde (Jekyll/Hyde), and Avenue Q (Brian), to name a few. He plays piano/keyboards in several LA bands as well.

 

Amanda Connors is a director focused on new works. Select directing credits: BROADCAST, SPACE VOYAGE: THE MUSICAL FRONTIER, AN EVENING WITH POE, MACBETH, THE ALTRUISTS and SIDE SHOW. She has directed at various Wisconsin theatres as well as Theatre Row, the Musical Theatre Factory, The Duplex, SoHo Playhouse, and Don’t Tell Mama. She has assisted at Second Stage (Pasek and Paul, DEAR EVAN HANSEN), Signature (Eric Schaeffer), the Guthrie (Joe Dowling, Joel Sass), the O’Neill (Reginald Douglas), and Cal Shakes (Loretta Greco). UW-Madison and attended the National Theatre Institute. Manhattan Theatre Directing Fellowship Class, Director's Lab West, Director’s Lab North, SDCF Observership Recipient.

 

Nicholas Connors is an award-winning composer/lyricist and music director. The Festival of New American Musicals awarded him first prize in their Show Search for new theatre writers, following a reading of his musical HERE, IN THE PARK. Nicholas is composer/lyricist and co-book writer of SPACE VOYAGE: THE MUSICAL FRONTIER and has music directed and composed for Karen Olivo. He has received accolades for his concert music, including the Delaware ChoralArts Young Composer Award. In New York, Nicholas has been a music assistant for Stephen Schwartz, Benj Pasek & Justin Paul, Alex Lacamoire, Dominick Amendum and more. He is a proud alum of the University of Wisconsin.

Actors’ Bios:

Natalie Perry is so excited to be a part of this show! A native New Yorker, she grew up in Brooklyn and decided to attend University of Wisconsin - Madison, where she graduated with a degree in Acting. She has performed at 54 Below, Gallery Players as well as various theaters in the city and Midwest.

 

Darnell Xavier is a recent Wagner College graduate with a B.A. in Theatre Performance. Off Broadway credits include Naked Boys Singing! (The Entertainer). Darnell is a proud member of Actor's Equity.

 

Sarah Shear is an NYC based theater artist. Most recent credits include: The Altruists at Theater Row, and the original cast of Wild Women of Planet Wongo. When she's not performing or writing, you can catch her teaching English around Europe or giving tours of her favorite vegan chocolate factory in Brooklyn. Proud Wagner College Alumni. www.sarahshear.com

 

Nina Gabriela Gross is a recent graduate of Wagner College of NYC. Some previous credits include Diana Morales in A Chorus Line directed by Tony Award winner Michele Pawk and Catherine in Proof. This summer she will be joining Surflight Theatres summer stock season in Beach Haven, New Jersey. Follow her on Instagram: ninaggross

 

Aaron J Heaps is thrilled to be a part of Sound Bites 4.0withthe musical Facebook Fighter. Recent roles include: Land of Concrete (Soloist); The Miracle of Christmas (Joseph); and Bountiful: A Teacher's Journey (Dancer). Film/TV: "Mysteries at the Museum"; Out (Erik). Proud Alum of the University of Wisconsin - Madison and the National Theater Institute. Thanks to God for his blessings and my family and friends for their endless love!

 

Eric Stephenson: New York: Five Points, Vestige (Musical Theatre Factory), Saint Joan (The Secret Theatre). Regional: Moonshine County Line (34 West Theater Company), Sunset Boulevard (Fulton Theatre), The Last Romance (Seven Angels Theatre), Bitter Sweet (Bard Summerscape), Within the Law, Strictly Dishonorable (East Lynne Theater Company), Jesus Christ Superstar (Winnipesaukee Playhouse). Originally from Kingston, Ontario, he’s a graduate of Muhlenberg College and a member of Actors’ Equity.www.EricStephenson.info

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