Chromolume Theatre’s name comes from the Stephen Sondheim/James Lapine musical, Sunday in the Park with George, about an artist struggling to make art meaningful in 19th Century France. Chromolume Theatre was founded by two struggling artists in 2003 with its primary mission to present the American musical on an intimate level in an entertaining, intellectually stimulating and emotionally satisfying way. With growth and change, Chromolume Theatre’s mission has evolved with a new dedication to presenting Broadway’s forgotten gems and off-Broadway’s undiscovered treasured, and shining a light on productions that deserve a second look. Chromolume Theatre also provides opportunity for artists to shine who have not had such an opportunity in the past, as well as a dedication to diverse and multi-cultural casts and crews.

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Next Thing You Know

Music by Joshua Saltzman
Lyrics and Book by Ryan Cunningham

april 15 – may 1, 2016
chromolume theatre

Next Thing You Know is the story of four New Yorkers as they laugh, love and drink their way through the big questions that face all young dreamers who wake up in the city that never sleeps. Does marrying a really nice guy mean you’re settling down or just settling? Does taking a nine-to-five equal giving up or growing up? Does a decade in the city break you down or break you in?

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Brad Simanski, Darren


Brad is thrilled to be returning to the Chromolume theatre after performing the role of Steven Q. Bukowski in last years Hollywood Fringe Festival hit Mirror, Mirror the Musical. Brad is super excited to be involved in the West Coast Premiere of The Next Thing You Know, and is honored to join such a fun and talented cast of performers and crew. Some favorite roles/shows are: Boq and Ensemble in Wicked, Billy in 42nd Street, Simon Stride in Jekyll and Hyde, and Henry in the Sci-Fi short thriller Immersion. When not on stage or camera, Brad can be found writing screenplays, creating short films, and teaching Yoga/leading Teacher Trainings for CorePower Yoga. Thanks for supporting live theater!

Tara Shoemaker, Waverly


Tara is thrilled to be a part of the West Coast Premiere of NEXT THING YOU KNOW, in her Chromolume Theatre debut. Being a San Diego native, she’s made her way around regional theaters having the wonderful opportunities to perform in shows such as: White Christmas (SDMT), Hello Dolly! (Welk Resort), Singin’ in the Rain (SDMT & MTW), My Fair Lady (Moonlight), and Anything Goes (Welk Resort). Many thanks to the creative team for giving me such a wonderfully new challenge, and this cast for being wonderful (and talented) human beings. Lots of love to my family and friends for all their ongoing support and for traveling many, many miles!

Maya Sayre, Lisa


Maya Sayre is thrilled to be making her debut at Chromolome Theatre. Favorite credits include The Ides of MarchThe YankAIDAN 5The Marvelous Wonderettes (Short North Stage) and Boston Marriage (Contemporary American Theatre Co.). She holds a BFA in Musical Theatre from Otterbein University, is an IAWTV Award Nominee, and a proud member of AEA and SAG-AFTRA. Maya is originally from Columbus, Ohio, loves all things science fiction, and regularly volunteers for Best Freinds Animal Society. She encourages everyone to rescue an animal today! www.MayaSayre.com.

Alex Allred, Luke


Alex Allred is thrilled to be working with the Chromolume Theatre for the first time. He received a BFA in classical acting from Southern Utah University and worked with companies such as the Utah Shakespeare Festival and the Neil Simon Festival before recently moving to Los Angeles. Some favorite credits include Jamie in The Last Five Years, Billy Flynn in Chicago, Vernon Gersch in They’re Playing Our Song, Tony Kirby in You Can’t Take it With You, and Kodaly in She Loves Me.

Molly Gilman, Waverly


Molly Gilman is delighted to make her Chromolume debut! A recent east coast transplant, she has a B.A. in Classics from Vassar College. NY credits: Pinkalicious (world premiere, Off-Broadway, cast album), Woyzeck Musical Deathmetal (Off-Bway: Gorilla Rep), SeaWife (Lobbyists), The Trojan Women (Wide-Eyed Prod.), The Tempest (Looking Glass/CAGE), Taming of the Shrew (Hudson Shakespeare Co.), Happy Hour (Michael Chekhov Theatre Co.), Das Rheingold (Metropolitan Opera), and more. Touring: Twelfth NightLove’s Labour’s LostDuchess of Malfi, and A Christmas Carol (American Shakespeare Center); Simon the Invisible Boy (Ritual Theatre Co.). LA: Bronies! (3rd Street Theater & cast album), Adventures of Holly and Snowflake (Dancing Squirrel Prod.), Einstein is a Dummy (Sierra Madre Playhouse), Pillars of New York (Write Act Rep); Annabelle and the Snow Queen ExpressDorothy’s Adventures in OzDrempelsAll About Santa, and Alice and the Wonderful Tea Party (Santa Monica Playhouse). More on www.mollygilman.com. Love and thanks!

Michael Worden, Darren u/s


Michael is excited to be making his Chromolume debut. His touring credits include Into The Woods (Jack) and Footloose (Chuck). Regional theater credits include The Last Five Years (Jaime), Next to Normal (Dr. Fine/Madden), A Streetcar Named Desire (Stanley Kowalski), Company (Peter), Oliver (Bill Sykes) and The Odd Couple (Alternating as Felix and Oscar) and Crime of the Heart (Barnett Lloyd). Michael can be seen on the 1st season of True Nightmares on ID as Grady Stiles (The Lobster Boy). Michael would like to thank the entire cast and crew for this wonderful experience and Carly for her unwavering love and support.

Bonnie Sludikoff, Lisa u/s


Bonnie is elated to join the cast of Next Thing You Know and this is her first show with the Chromolume Theatre. Bonnie performs regularly with her musical improv group, 99 Problems, But A Pitch Ain’t One and she recently appeared as a solo performer in IOWest’s Funny Women Festival. Past favorite roles include Bebe in A Chorus Line, Jeanie in HAIR, and Doatsy Mae in Best Little Whorehouse in Texas! She was the 2012 winner of Hollywood’s Cabaret Idol, and has had the pleasure of singing in a variety of exciting venues over the last several years from Disneyland to dingy bars; when you’re a performer in LA you have to find the love in every experience!

Matthew Noah, Luke u/s


Matthew is pleased to be on Sullivan Street with such an amazing cast, crew, and creative team. He was just seen as Jacey Squires in Music Man with Center Stage, Directed by Keely Milliken. Matthew was also given the opportunity to portray as Jean in Alien vs Musical (Theatre Asylum) Fringe Festival Winner for Best Premier of a New Musical in 2015 Directed by Matthew Tyler, Mitch Mahoney in 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee (YATC), Psycho Killer in Scary Musical The Musical (NoHo Arts Center), Mr. Mushnik in Little Shop Of Horrors (The EMTT Group), Ensemble in Music Man (Louise K. Performing Arts Center), and Squeegee Man in Rent (Beyond The Stage) Directed by Michael A. Sheppard. Matthew volunteers some of his time and started a performing arts program at his high school Alma Mater, where he teaches about the benefits of being in the performing arts onstage and backstage. Matthew would like to thank his family and friends for their continuous love and support. Follow him on Instagram: singermatty26

Shen Heckel, Director, Scenic Design


Shen is a theatre professional from the Los Angeles area. He graduated from UCLA’s School of Theatre, Film, and Television, and is an alumnus of the New York Lincoln Center Directors’ Lab. Assistant Directing credits include Working, the musical and Dirty Rotten Scoundrels, the world premiere of The Dodgers and We Are The Tigers. He has worked in all aspects of theatre, some previous projects include Stage Manager and Lighting Designer of Twelfth NightR&J, and A Winters Tale. Set and Lighting Designer of The Bachelorette. Assistant Stage Manager of Recorded in Hollywood, Properties Master of AssassinsTaming of the Shrew, and Corktown 57. He also made his LA acting debut this past summer in Sex, Love, and Yoga.

Emily Cohn, Musical Director


Emily Cohn is an up and coming Music Director based in Southern California. She received her Bachelors of Jazz Piano from California State University Northridge in 2010 and has been MD and playing for musicals since. Shows include: A Little PrincessStupid GoldA Christmas Memory, first production of We are the Tigers, multiple award winning Hollywood Fringe show Alien vs MusicalBagelsNYSSVBelle Barth Cabargay, at NMI., Little WomenInto The WoodsRoar of the Greasepaint the Smell of the CrowdPeter Pan25th Annual Putnam County Spelling BeeLittle Shop of Horrors. Emily released her first EP as songwriter which can be purchased at www.emilycohnmusic.com.

Michael Mullen, Costume Design


Michael is happy to be working on this project. He has costumed such shows as Fugue (Ovation and Broadway World nominations), Sweeney Todd (Stage Raw nomination), American Idiot (TicketHolder Award), When Stars Align (Broadway World nomination), Dorian’s Descent (Broadway World nomination ), Moon Over Buffalo (Broadway World nomination), God’s Gypsy (Broadway World nomination), Dreamgirls (Ovation Award, Los Angeles Drama Critics Circle Award, N.A.A.C.P. Theatre Award, L.A. Weekly Theatre Award, Broadway World Award). He has received such Stage SceneLA Awards as 2014-2015 Costume Designer Extraordinaire, 2013-2014 Costume Design Of The Year (Individual Production) for Dorian’s Descent, and 2012-2013 Costume Designer Of The Year. He would like to thank everyone involved with this show, his friends and family, and you for coming to see it! :)

Richard Fong, Lighting Design


Richard is thrilled to make his lighting design debut with the Chromolume Theatre family. His devotion to theatre has led him to UCLA’s School of Theater, Film and Television where he currently studies under industry professionals. Hailing from the Bay Area, he has worked with Berkeley Repertory Theatre on their production of An Audience with Meow Meow, Contra Costa Civic Theatre’s production of La Cage aux Folles, and Ray of Light Theatre’s Heathers: The Musical. He aims to enrich his theatrical design career in the Los Angles area and hopes that he can bring something exciting to the west coast premiere of Next Thing You Know.

James Esposito, Sound Design


James is currently the V.P. of Operations at Chromolume Theatre. Sound design credits include BirdPrezDo Lord Remember MeSecrets Every Smart Traveler Should KnowMerrily We Roll AlongCapsized FloatsamGreek TragedyMusical of Musicals, the MusicalAltar Boyz, and Strip, the latter of which he also directed. Scenic Design credits include the NAACP Award Winning production of Do Lord Remember Me and Love Songs – A Musical, both for Chromolume Theatre. On stage, his credits include Company (Bobby), City of Angels (Munoz), Two Gentlemen of Verona (Thurio), Forever Plaid (Sparky), Fiddler on the Roof (Twice!), Cinderella and Chess just to name a few.

Olivia Sedoryk, Stage Manager


A recent graduate of California State University Long Beach, Olivia is thrilled to join the production team of Next Thing You Know. Raised in Monterey CA, home of one of the world’s greatest annual jazz festivals, she has a strong passion for music and performance. This will be her second time working with Chromolume Theatre since her last position as a stage manager for their production of Prez, Her stage management experience includes the University Player’s productions of George C. Wolfe’s The Colored Museum, and Adam Rapp’s Red Light Winter. Her other recent works include makeup design and assistance for the California Repertory Company’s productions of Caryl Churchill’s Far Away and Jennifer Maisel’s Out of Orbit, and the University Player’s productions of Stephen Adly Guirgis’ The Last Days of Judas Iscariot, and Sarah Ruhl’s Eurydice.