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Music by Joel Esher

Lyrics by Blair Bodine

Book by Blair Bodine & Joel Esher

Directed by Charles Quittner

Music Director Andy Bell


photo credit: Kate Campbell/What Matilda Saw


In this culinary comedy, an organic farmer named Taylor sets out to win the heart of the local restaurant-owner Carlotta. However, the villainous Pepper Pete has other plans in this story about love, loss, and competitive hot pepper growing (totally a thing).



Superhots! takes place in a fictional town called Cayenne, Texas in 2016.




Taylor ……………………………………………Chris Ignacio*

Carlotta ………………………………………………Nicolette Stephanie Templier

Pepper Pete ………………….……….…………………Sam Reiff-Pasarew

The Superhots………………………………………………Feathers Wise, Sarah Haines, Anna Stefanic*


* Indicates member of Actors’ Equity Assn.


Scenes & Songs

Scene One – Carlotta's Cantina

“Tuesday” - Taylor & Carlotta

"Pepper Pete's Jingle" - The Superhkots

"Kablammo!" - Pepper Pete & The Superhots

Scene Two - The Greenhouse

"The Heat of a Pepper" - Taylor, Carlotta, and The Superhots

Scene Three - The Kablammo Casa

"Tuesday" (reprise) - Taylor & Carlotta



Andrew Bell (Keyboard), Anna Stefanic* (Melodica), Feathers Wise (Guitar), Sarah Haines (Viola)


Blair Bodine (Bookwriter/Lyricist; Superhots!) Winner of the Grand Prize for lyric writing from American Songwriter Magazine, Blair's original compositions have been performed at venues such as Lincoln Center, World Cafe Live, and Nashville's Bluebird Cafe. She is currently a participant in the BMI Lehman Engel Musical Theatre Workshop (Lyricist). B.A. Columbia Unversity. She is thrilled to be bringing this spicy little musical to life with such a fantastic team. She'd like to thank her collaborator, Superawesome Joel, and her Supersupportive Family for their love and guidance.


Joel Esher (Bookwriter/Composer; Superhots!) Joel binge-watched YouTube videos of people eating hot peppers and somehow this led to a musical. Off-Broadway: Music and Additional Lyrics, PharmaBro, An American Douchical! (Lauren Gundrum, Book/Lyrics), currently at Players Theatre. Collaborating Composer, Folk Wandering (Jaclyn Backhaus, Book/Lyrics, Pipeline Theatre, 2018). Composer: Sammy Spider, (Rebecca Schoffer, Book/Lyrics; Bronfman Center at 92Y, 2016). Music Supervisor of the Story Pirates. B.M. Northwestern University. BMI Musical Theatre Writing Program (Composer). Thanks to Blair, his wife Kaitlin, his dog Augie, BMI, and anyone on YouTube who eats a 7-Pod and keeps a straight face.


Charles Quittner (Director) is a facilitator of ensembles and pizza. Directing: EverydayAfroplay (JACK), ToxicIfSwallowed (Irondale Center, ARS NOVA), The Commercially Unviable Queer Trash Theatre Cycle (Dixon Place), Bottom of the Scrum (Dixon Place, my backyard), Charmander the Stray (JACK), Take Your Fuckin’ Goldendoodle and Go Home (5 on a Match), Billy Lloyd at Joe’s Pub. Producing: The Dudleys! A Family Game (Loading Dock Theatre/HERE), Sound Bites 2014, Good Girl Gone Bad (HERE), and Electra (Envelope Ensemble). Program Director for Forklift @Loading Dock Theatre. BA: Theatre Studies at MMC. @rougeduck


AndyBell (Music Director) is a musician and actor hailing from the Carolinas. After graduating from the University of South Carolina, he worked as a freelance musician all over the southeast as a guitarist, bassist, pianist, vocalist, and arranger. He is currently based in New York City, where he is a pianist for Story Pirates, plays piano for sketch group Peephole, and does improv.


Chris Ignacio (Taylor) is an actor, singer, and puppeteer based in New York. He is currently working with Ma-Yi Theater Co, alongside Ralph Pena as Associate Producer. Last year he studied clowning in Italy, with Merry Conway and taught vocal workshops in Ecuador. Notable collaborations include: Lincoln Center, SITI Company, National Asian Artists Project, Loco7 Dance Puppet Theatre, Yara Arts and the whole LaMama family, Dixon Place, Sxip Shirey and National Sawdust, Moscow ART, New Ohio Theater, InTandem Lab and HERE arts.



SamReiff-Pasarew (Pepper Pete) is a founding company member of Story Pirates: www.storypirates.org. He's also known to take on increasingly silly food challenges. Follow his culinary exploits on Instagram @sam_eats_everything.



Sarah Haines (The Superhots/Viola) is a NYC based violinist, violist, singer, songwriter and performer. She currently subs in the pit for Natasha, Pierre and the Great Comet of 1812, and is a member of bands Bellehouse, Emanuel and the Fear, Kenyon Phillips and the Ladies in Waiting, and Contemporaneous. For more info visit www.sehaines.com.



Anna Stefanic (The Superhots/Melodica) is an actress and musician who occasionally does both at the same time. She's a frequent collaborator creating new work with GeminiCollisionworks at The Brick Theater. Other favorite roles include Caroline in I And You (Kitchen Theatre Company), Viola in Twelfth Night (The Glass Eye), Ophelia in Hamlet (Dixon Place/dir. Patrice Miller), and Roxie in In Praise Of Elephants (Ancram Opera House). She can be seen this summer in The Human Incubator in the SheNYC Festival. By day she works as a children's musician and piano teacher, and by night she participates in cool theatre projects like this one!


FeathersWise (The Superhots/Guitarist) is a multi-talented tranimal valkyrie from the future. She is a singer-songwriter, multi-instrumentalist, actor, makeup artist, and session wrestling glamazon. She sings in the Intersectionals Choir at the Church of the Infinite You with minister Jean Grae, and appears in Anna Wise’s music video “Stacking That Paper."


The title "Superhots!" is derived from a varietal of chili peppers called superhots that exceed habanero pepper heat and surpass 500,000 units on the Scoville Heat Scale. The show's creators were fascinated with an article by Lauren Collins in the NewYorker called "Fire-Eaters" about superhots and competitive chili pepper growing (http://bit.ly/2pQpSkk). They were also inspired by the brave souls who eat superhots and narrate their experience in real time (https://www.youtube.com/user/snacksandsuch).


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