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Murder For Two: The Holiday Edition


Book and Music by Joe Kinosian
Book and Lyrics by Kellen Blair

Directed by Hans Friedrichs

November 6 - December 29th
Thursday - Saturday at 7:30PM
Saturday & Sunday 3:00PM

It's Christmas Eve... and while there shouldn't be a creature stirring (not even a mouse), a mystery writer has been murdered.  With a bevy of suspects, an intrepid police officer aims to identify the killer.  This musical features just two actors-one playing the investigator, one playing the variety of suspects- and the only weapon at their disposal is a piano.  Can the officer make his suspects spill their guts and sing? Murder For Two: The Holiday Edition puts the laughter in manslaughter.

Age Guide 16+

November 6th -Preview Night 
November 7th - Official Opening with Party 
November 22nd - Best-Value Night
December 13th - Cast & Crew Talk-Back
December 15th - Pay-What-You-Wish
(Pay-What-You-Wish is only avaliable 1 hour prior to show time, at the theatre, and is a first come first serve basis.  Doors open up 1 hour before the show.  Patrons pick whatever seat is available and Pay-What-You Wish.  You must have cash or check only. If you would like to see the show on this date and don't want to run the risk if it being sold out, you may still purchsase a ticket at a regular price by calling the box office or purchasing online.)



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Cast Biographies:

Nathaniel Rothrock (Marcus Moscowicz) is relatively new to the East Coast, having recently moved from a successful five years in the San Francisco Bay Area Theatre Scene.  Previous theatre credits include Grease (Fireside Dinner Theatre); Saturday Night, The Boyfriend, I Married an Angel, No No Nanette, Carnival, Du Barry Was a Lady (42nd Street Moon); It Shoulda Been You, Anything Goes (Center Rep), My Fair Lady, The Little Mermaid (Pacific Coast Repertory Theatre).  Nathaniel also is the lead vocals, rhythm guitarist, and pianist for the oldies cover band UP AND TO THE RIGHT.  He has played classical and musical theatre piano for 20 years, and orchestrates/conducts/music directs on the side.

Martin Landry (The Suspects) is thrilled to make his Cape May Stage debut! Since joining the national tour of Murder for Two in early 2015, Martin has appeared as (and/or been standby for) both "The Suspects" and/or "Marcus" at eleven different theatres in ten different states. New York credits include Til Divorce Do Us Part (DR2 Theatre), "George Bailey" in It's a Wonderful Life: A Live Radio Play (Mile Square Theatre; Harbor Lights Theatre Company), and Son of a Gun (Theatre Row). Select regional: Forever Plaid (Mountain Playhouse), Return to the Forbidden Planet (Rubicon Theatre), The Man Who Shot Liberty Valance (Forum Theatre Company), and Pump Boys and Dinettes (Chenango River Theatre). As a writer, his full-length musical Esther (co-written with his wife, Janice Landry) has been performed over 70 times around the world. Enjoy the show! www.martinlandry.net

Crew Biographies:


Kellen Blair
(Book & Lyrics) is the Drama Desk nominated co-creator of Murder For Two (Off-Broadway: Second Stage Theatre and New World Stages. World premiere: Chicago Shakespeare Theatre). The show is currently touring internationally (with productions in Tokyo, Shanghai, Buenos Aires, and the UK). Kellen and co-writer Joe Kinosian are the recipients of the Joseph Jefferson Award for Best New Musical Work in Chicago (2011) and the ASCAP Foundation Mary Rodgers / Lorenz Hart Award (2013). Their work has been showcased on Broadway, the Kennedy Center, and theaters across the country; they’re currently developing an original musical farce with Second Stage Theatre in NYC. Kellen is also the lyricist of Scrooge in Love (42nd Street Moon, 2015 and 2016), for which he and composer Larry Grossman won the 2015 Bay Area Critics Award for Best Score. Updates, videos, song demos, and sheet music can be found at www.kinosianandblair.com.

Joe Kinosian (Book & Music) is the co-recipient of Chicago’s Joseph Jefferson Award recognizing Murder for Two as Best New Musical following its record-breaking run at Chicago Shakespeare Theater; Joe was also nominated for Best Actor as The Suspects. Murder for Two had its Off-Broadway premiere at Second Stage Uptown, going on to a year-long run at New World Stages. Joe’s work with Kellen Blair has been showcased at The Kennedy Center, The York Theater, and on Broadway at the Theatre World Awards. Joe received the ASCAP Foundation Mary Rodgers/Lorenz Hart Award and the Harrington Award from the BMI Workshop. Joe also appeared in Dirty Blonde with Emily Skinner (Hangar Theater) and the NYC premiere of Dear Edwina Off-Broadway. kinosianandblair.com

Hans Friedrichs (Director) Born and raised in Ann Arbor Michigan, I am now a proud New Yorker. I have directed productions in the United States, Canada and Norway. My NYC credits include the revival of The Drowsy Chaperone for The Gallery Players, WINNER of The New York Innovative Theatre Award for Outstanding Production of a Musical, A Man Of No Importance (NY IT Nom.) the star of the original production, Roger Rees called it; “One of the most magnificent evenings I have spent in the theatre”, the sold out New York premiere of the revised version of Parade and Music for Michael Mouse with Armistead Maupin and the New York City Gay Men’s Chorus at Carnegie Hall.

Regional productions include Hank Williams: Lost Highway (with George Wendt) Merry Go Round Playhouse Finger Lakes Music Theatre Festival (Broadway World Award Nom.), Hands on a Hardbody starring Rex Smith, Disney's The Little Mermaid (WILDE AWARD WINNER- BEST MUSICAL) The Lion in Winter, Sunset Boulevard with Emmy winner Kim Zimmer (Wilde Award Nom. for Outstanding production) The Best Little Whorehouse in Texas, Hello Dolly!, Spamalot, Peter Pan, Shrek, Run For Your Wife, Shakespeare in Hollywood and Escanaba in Love at The Barn Theatre in Michigan (where I am Associate Artistic Director). From 2003-09 I served as Resident Director at The New London Barn Playhouse in New Hampshire; Anything Goes, Evita, Camelot, Chicago, Beauty and The Beast, Gypsy, Footloose, High Society, South Pacific, State Fair, Sondheim’s Saturday Night. I also directed the Canadian premiere of The Robber Bridegroom (with Stephan Sutcliffe). On the nonmusical side I have directed productions of The Odd Couple, Mirandolina (with Eric McCormack), The Misanthrope, Ten Little Indians, Ashes, The Glass Menagerie, Overruled, The Skin of Our Teeth and Much Ado about Nothing. Developmental readings of Goodbye Barcelona, and Queen Jo at The York. Big To Do! at The Duplex.

I recently guest directed the Norwegian Premiere of Christopher Durang’s The Marriage of Bette and Boo for NSKI (The Norwegian Acting Institute/Norsk Skuespilleristitutt) in Oslo.

I have served as an assistant Director on the National tour of State Fair (staring John Davidson) as well as productions of Dial “M” for Murder (with Juliet Mills and Maxwell Caulfield) the OBIE nominated A Majority of One (with Phyllis Newman) as well as the Off Broadway revival of the legendary Arthur Laurents’ Home of the Brave and the world premiere of Mr. Laurents’ Big Potato. He has also worked on the York Theatre Company’s salute to Kander and Ebb.

I hold a B.F.A. from the Ryerson Theatre School/Ryerson University in Toronto in Acting and Directing. I won both the faculty scholarship as well as the Robert Christie Award for acting. I have also Co-Produced two sold out Concert readings of AUNTIE MAME, starring The incomprable Charles Busch and an all-star cast for Broadway Cares Equity fights AIDS. Proud member of SDC & AEA (still!).

Amy Hadam (Production Stage Manager) is so thrilled to be back for her fourth season! Past Cape May Stage credits include: The Whipping Man, Sex with Strangers, Barefoot in the Park, Disgraced, Buyer & Cellar, One Christmas Carol, Billy Bishop Goes to War, The Tale of the Allergist's Wife, The Gin Game, Outside Mullingar, The Ultimate Christmas Show, Erma Bombeck: At Wit's End, Chapter Two, The Lion in Winter, The Shuck, and An Actor's Carol. She is also the Education Director here at Cape May Stage. Amy has also been the Stage Manager for Dreamcatcher Repertory Theatre (Summit, NJ) since 2013; recent credits include Continuing the Conversation, What Stays, Things Being What They Are, and Shipwrecked! An Entertainment: The Adventures of Louis de Rougemont (As Told By Himself). Other credits include: 21: The Musical (NYC), Jekyll & Hyde and Spamalot at Surflight Theatre (Beach Haven, NJ), A Piece of My Heart and Janey Miller's World Tour at Speranza Theatre Company (Jersey City, NJ), Miss Witherspoon and The Further Adventures of Hedda Gabler at The Theater Project (Maplewood, NJ), and Talking to Westfield and At Liberty Hall at Premiere Stages (Union, NJ). Amy is a proud member of Actors' Equity Association.


Spencer Potter (Set Design) is a Professor of Design and freelance costume/set designer working between the Western and Mid-Atlantic regions. Spencer's design credits at Cape May Stage include: Ultimate Christmas Story...Abridged! Outside Mullingar, Billy Bishop Goes to WarBuyer and Cellar, The Whipping Man, The Search for Signs of Intelligent Life, Red Hot Patriot, Blithe Spirit, How to Make a Rope Swing, Erma Bombeck: At Wit's End, An Actor's Carol and assistant designer for Time Stands Still. Other design credits include: Costumes- The Roads to Home, Die Fledermaus, The Odd Couple, The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee. Scenery - Singin' in The Rain, Noises Off, And Then There Were None, Tons of Money, The Woman in Black and Steel Magnolias. In the past, Spencer has also worked as Cape May Stage's Production Manager/Technical Director and as the Resident Intern Program Coordinator. Many thanks to Roy, Marlena, Shawn, and Michael. 

Sera Bourgeau (Costume Design) is thrilled to be returning to Cape May Stage for the 2019 season! While always a Cape May local at heart, Sera is currently based in New York City, and has spent much of the last decade designing and working at theatres all over the country. Cape May Stage Credits: Outside Mullingar, Erma Bombeck: At Wit’s End, Chapter Two, The Lion in Winter, The Shuck, An Actor’s Carol.  Selected Regional Credits: Intimate Apparel (Colorado Springs Fine Arts Center), A Chorus Line (Mill Mountain Theatre), Nikola Tesla Drops the Beat (World Premiere, Adirondack Theatre Festival), Knights of the Sales Office (ATF), Nickel Mines (Off Broadway New York Musical Theatre Festival), Turn of the Screw (Theater at Monmouth), Still Life With Iris (Long Wharf Theatre). Selected Other Credits: Pericles: Prince of Tyre (Guest Artist, University of New Hampshire), Woyzeck (University of California – Irvine), Nickel Mines (World Premiere, UC Irvine), Tellin’ Tales (Little Red Wagon Summer Tour), Daddy’s Dyin’ Who’s Got the Will? (HCAF Point Theatre). MFA: University of California, Irvine. BA: University of New Hampshire. www.serabourgeau.com


Heather Crocker (Lighting Design) is a New York based lighting and projections designer and is thrilled to be returning to Cape May Stage this season. She received her MFA in Theatre Design and Technology (Lighting/Projections Design) from the University of Missouri, Kansas City in 2015. Cape May Stage lighting credits: Billy Bishop Goes to War and The Tale of the Allergist's Wife. Other lighting design credits include; Murder For Two (Lyric Stage Company of Boston), The Master Builder (Colby College, ME), Over the River and Through the Woods, West Side Story (City Theatre, ME), End Days (Voice Theatre, NY), The Nether, Kimberly Akimbo, Vigils, The Lieutenant of Inishmore (Mad Horse Theatre Company, ME), The Caucasian Chalk Circle, Almost, Maine (UMKC Theatre), Little Women (UMKC Conservatory of Opera), Number the Stars (Coterie Theatre, KC), Projections design credits include: Freedom Rider (UMKC Theatre), Ragtime, and Chess at Gallery Players in Brooklyn, NY.


Michelle A. Prudente (Rehearsal Production Stage Manager / Sound Design) is a Los Angeles-based Stage Manager/Sound Designer and is thankful for the opportunity to come back to her home state this season at Cape May Stage. Sound Design highlights include: Polaroid Stories at the Stella Fry Theatre (Union, NJ);  the world premiere play Lost Generation at The Sherry Theatre (North Hollywood, CA) and Henrik Ibson's The Lady from the Sea at The Actors’ Studio (North Hollywood, CA). Stage Management highlights include: Hamlet, Boomerang Theatre Co. (NY, NY); Sacred Resistance, Jewish Women’s Theatre at The Braid (Santa Monica, CA); No Wake, Route 66 at VS Theatre Co. (West Coast Premiere in Los Angeles, CA). She has overseen multiple world premiere productions in Los Angeles including: More Guns the musical (The Zephyr); The Mother of Henry, The Latino Theatre Company (LATC); Cynosemma: A Ritualistic Opera, Overtone Industries (Son of Semele) and the first reading of the Saved by the Bell musical (The Kirk Douglas). Michelle holds a BA in Theatre from Kean University and is proud member of Actors’ Equity Association. 

Leah Nadolski
(Props Master) is happy to be working at Cape May Stage. She graduated from DeSales University in 2017 with her degree in Theatre Tech and Design with a concentration on set design and props. She also interned at the Arden theatre as the props intern. She would like to thank her family and friends for their love and support. 








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was founded in 1913 as the first of the American actors’ unions. Equity’s mission is to advance, promote, and foster the art of live theatre as an essential component of our society. Today, Equity represents more than 40,000 actors, singers, dancers, and stage managers working in hundreds of theatres across the United States. Equity members are dedicated to working in the theatre as a profession, upholding the highest artistic standards. Equity negotiates wages and working conditions and provides a wide range of benefits including health and pension plans for its members. Through its agreement with Equity, this theatre has committed to the fair treatment of the actors and stage managers employed in this production. AEA is a member of the AFL-CIO and is affiliated with FIA, an international organization of performing arts unions. For more information, visit
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