1969: The Second Man Announces Casting and Design Team

Concept, Music & Lyrics By JACOB BRANDT




















(July 18, 2018 – New York, New York) Producer Madeleine Foster Bersin is proud to announce initial casting for 1969: The Second Man, created by Jacob Brandt (The Great Glaciation), featuring music & lyrics by Brandt, a book by Dan Giles (Breeders), and directed by Jaki Bradley (Good Men Wanted), as part of Next Door at NYTW. Previews begin at the Fourth Street Theatre (83 E 4th St) on Friday, August 24, 2018, with opening night set for Monday August 27 for a limited run through Saturday September 8, 2018. Tickets are on sale now at nytw.org

After he became the second man to walk on the moon, reporters asked Buzz Aldrin if he wished he had been the first. “I really didn’t want that,” Buzz claimed, “because of the added heartache.” Why is it so hard to believe him? A folk-rock fable for the runner-up in all of us, 1969: The Second Man explores competition and collective achievement through the story of one small man who became one giant myth, but then had to find his way back to earth. Jacob Brandt's rueful, raucous song cycle comes to theatrical life with playwright Dan Giles, director Jaki Bradley, and a six-piece band. 

The cast of 1969: The Second Man will include Jacob Brandt, Paris Ellsworth (Go! Go! Gilgamesh), Lizzie Hagstedt (Sweeney Todd National Tour), Angel Lin (Interstate), Maya Sharpe (Hair), and Tony Aidan Vo (The GreatLeap).

1969: The Second Man features Scenic & Lighting Design by Oona Curley (Underground Railroad Game, The Homecoming Queen). Stacey Derosier (Don Juan Comes Back From War) is Co-Lighting Designer, and Daniel Prosky (Ragtime on Ellis Island) is Co-Scenic Designer. Costume Design is by Ntokozo Fuzunina Kunene (The Homecoming Queen).

General admission tickets for 1969: The Second Man are $25. The performance schedule for 1969: The Second Man is as follows: Friday, August 24 at 7:00pm; Saturday, August 25 at 7:00pm; Sunday, August 26 at 8:00pm; Monday, August 27 at 8:00pm; Wednesday, August 29 at 8:00pm; Thursday, August 30 at 8:00pm; Friday, August 31 at 8:00pm; Saturday, September 1 at 2:00pm and 8:00pm; Sunday, September 2 at 8:00pm; Tuesday, September 4 at 8:00pm; Wednesday, September 5 at 8:00pm; Thursday, September 6 at 8:00pm; Friday, September 7 at 8:00pm; Saturday, September 8 at 2:00pm and 8:00pm.


Tickets for Next Door at NYTW will be available for each production online at NYTW.org, by phone at 212-460-5475, or in-person at the NYTW Box Office. Standard ticketing fees apply. New York Theatre Workshop members and donors receive discounted tickets for the Next Door at NYTW series.

New York Theatre Workshop, now in its fourth decade of incubating important new works of theatre, continues to honor its mission to explore perspectives on our collective history and respond to the events and institutions that shape all our lives. Each season, from its home in New York's East Village, NYTW presents four new productions, over 80 readings and numerous workshop productions for over 45,000 audience members. NYTW supports artists in all stages of their careers by maintaining a series of workshop programs, including work-in-progress readings, summer residencies and artist fellowships. Since its founding, NYTW has produced over 100 new, fully staged works, including Jonathan Larson's Rent; Tony Kushner's Slavs! and Homebody/Kabul; Doug Wright's Quills; Claudia Shear's Blown Sideways Through Life and Dirty Blonde; Paul Rudnick's The Most Fabulous Story Ever Told and Valhalla; Martha Clarke’s Vienna: Lusthaus; Caryl Churchill's Mad Forest, Far Away, A Number and Love and Information; Jessica Blank and Erik Jensen’s Aftermath; Glen Hansard, Markéta Irglová and Enda Walsh’s Once; Rick Elice’s Peter and the Starcatcher; David Bowie and Enda Walsh’s Lazarus; Anaïs Mitchell’s Hadestown; and eight acclaimed productions directed by Ivo van Hove. NYTW’s productions have received a Pulitzer Prize, seventeen Tony Awards and assorted Obie, Drama Desk and Lucille Lortel Awards.




JACOB BRANDT (Creator, Composer/Lyricist, Performer) is a New York-based theatre-maker and musician. As an actor, he has performed regionally at Weston Playhouse, Williamstown Theatre Festival, The Huntington, Company One, New Repertory Theatre, Speakeasy Stage Company, and Wheelock Family Theatre. He has been a featured composer at New York Musical Festival, and his work as a composer/performer has been developed at Ars Nova, Chinatown Soup, Fresh Ground Pepper, the Exponential Festival, The Tank, and the Motor Company. As a director, he has developed and presented work at Frigid Festival, Dixon Place, JACK, The Flea, and TinyRhino with playwrights Dan Giles, Will Arbery, Sofya Weitz, Cary Gitter, Phoebe Kreutz, Brett Epstein, and others.  He is a graduate of Harvard College, where he studied acting and playwriting. www.jacobbrandt.com

PARIS ELLSWORTH (Performer). An extremely versatile actor and musician, Paris Ellsworth has played roles from Sondheim to Harold Pinter to Shakespeare and everything in between. Recent credits include Urinetown (Off-Broadway), Assassins (Oberon at the American Repertory Theater), Go! Go! Gilgamesh, and Boom by Peter Sinn Nachtrieb. He trained with Anya Saffir and Cynthia Silver, and Scott Zigler from the Atlantic Theater School, and has worked with directors such as Stafford Arima, Sammi Cannold and Jaki Bradley. Classically trained in violin, viola and Shakespeare, Paris is thrilled to be making his Next Door@NYTW debut.

LIZZIE HAGSTEDT (Performer) is an actor/singer/musician/composer. Credits include the national tour of Sweeney Todd, Southern Comfort (Public Theatre, Barrington Stage, and CAP21), playing bass for Sweet Charity (New Group), The Black Crook (Abrons Arts Center), The Goree All-Girl String Band (NYMF), Taming of the Shrew (Virginia Stage), and A Marvelous Party (American Stage). She is presently writing on, give or take, four musicals. www.lizziehagstedt.com

ANGEL LIN (Performer) is anything synonymous to the word “geek”. Most recently seen at NYMF in Interstate (Adrian Yee). National Tour: Once (Emcee, u/s Girl), Kansas City Choir Boy (by Todd Almond, starring Courtney Love, A.R.T/C.T.G). Regional/NYC: Once (Paramount Theatre, Dir. Jim Corti), Other Josh Cohen (Geva Theatre, Dir. Hunter Foster), Stinky Cheese Man… (Atlantic Theater, Dir. Liz Swados). Workshops/Readings/Concerts: Interstate (MTF), KPOP (Ars Nova), Burn All Night (TBD Theatrical), York Theater, Cherry Lane, The Civilians, McKittrick Hotel, among others. BFA: NYU Tisch. Love and gratitude to the friend and fam (you know who you are). www.angeldoesthings.com

MAYA SHARPE (Performer). Musician. Actor. Filmmaker. Maya Sharpe is multi-disciplinary artist based in New York and Los Angeles. Maya's passion lies in exploring simplicity in humanity and composition as a means to demonstrate that there is more of a connection and love between everything than the politically derived disconnect and hatred.

TONY AIDAN VO (Performer). Off-Broadway: The Great Leap (Atlantic Theater Company), SeaWife (Naked Angels, *Drama Desk Nomination), NoNo Boy (Pan Asian Rep). Other NYC Credits: Frontieres sans Frontieres (The Bushwick Starr), Bareknuckle (Vertigo Theater), a cautionary tail and These Seven Sicknesses (The Flea Theater). Regional Theater: NY Stage & Film, Colorado Shakespeare Festival, White Heron Theater, and The Hangar Theater. Workshops/Readings: New York Theatre Workshop, Lincoln Center, Ensemble Studio Theatre, Ma-Yi, Soho Rep, The Lark, and New Dramatists. Television: "Queen Sugar" (Ava DuVernay, Oprah Winfrey, OWN), “Alternatino” (Comedy Central). Tony is a founding member of the Drama Desk Nominated folk band/theater collective, The Lobbyists. www.tonyaidanvo.com

DAN GILES (Bookwriter). Dan Giles’ plays have been performed and developed with Ensemble Studio Theatre, New Light Theater Project, the Kennedy Center, FaultLine (San Francisco), Amanda+James, the Great Plains Theatre Conference, and others. His play Breeders was a Time Out NY Critic's Pick and received the New Light New Voices Award and the Kennedy Center ACTF Mark Twain Prize. Other awards include the ART's Phyllis Anderson Prize and a Sloan Screenwriting Award. AB Harvard, MFA Carnegie Mellon. Member of Youngblood, the collective of playwrights under 30 at Ensemble Studio Theatre. www.dangilesplaywright.com

JAKI BRADLEY (Director) is a Brooklyn-based director of new plays and musicals. Recent projects: Good Men Wanted (NY Stage and Film), Breeders (NLTP, TONY Critic's Pick), Mama Metallica (Denver Center New Play Summit), and Playing Hot (Gym at Judson/Ars Nova). She has developed and presented work with The Public, Williamstown, Soho Rep, Clubbed Thumb, Goodspeed Musicals, Arena Stage, Ars Nova, EST and The Flea. As an associate, she worked with Michael Greif, Leigh Silverman, Lisa Peterson and Daniel Aukin. She is a member of the Civilians R&D Group, and a former Artist-in-Residence at Ars Nova, Drama League Artist-in-Residence, member of the Soho Rep Writer/Director Lab, Williamstown Directing Corps, Lincoln Center Director’s Lab, and U.S. Fulbright Scholar. www.jakibradley.com

OONA CURLEY (Production Designer) is a lighting and scenic designer from New York City. She has designed in New York (ArsNova, Atlantic Theater Co., The Cherry Lane, Clubbed Thumb, Joe's Pub, Columbia Stages, JACK, La MaMa, M-34 Productions, The New Ohio, NYU/Tisch, Theater for the New City), Philadelphia (The Arden Theatre, Opera Philadelphia, Curtis Opera, The Bearded Ladies Cabaret, Team Sunshine Performance Co., Theater Horizon, FringeArts, Shakespeare in Clark Park), and regionally (The Cosmopolitan of Las Vegas, Brown/Trinity Rep, Indianapolis Symphony Orchestra, Sharon Playhouse). Oona received her MFA from NYU/Tisch, where she was awarded the J.S. Seidman Award for Design Excellence and was NYU's nominee for a Princess Grace Award. She holds a BA from Brown University, where her designs earned the Zonta Award for Theatre Arts and the Weston Award for Theatre Design. Oona is an associate artist with the Bearded Ladies Cabaret in Philadelphia, a staff designer at Joe’s Pub, and a Visiting Assistant Professor of Lighting Design at Connecticut College. Proud Member USA 829. www.oonacurley.com

STACEY DEROSIER (Co-Lighting Designer) is a New York City-based lighting designer who obtained her bachelor's degree from Dartmouth College and has just received an M.F.A. in lighting from NYU Tisch School of the Arts. She is the recipient of the Daryl Roth Prize of the 2018 Lilly Awards.

DANIEL PROSKY (Co-Scenic Designer) is a New York-based set designer. He has designed shows in unlikely places, like Ragtime on Ellis Island, Story Bank in the former Williamsburg Savings Bank, and Little Murders in a vacant restaurant. Work in traditional spaces includes: Scenic design for The Other Kids Ran Away and Leni & Joseph (New Ohio), The Gleaming (Dixon Place), Flea Fridays (The Flea Theater) and lighting design for Wheelchair (Dixon Place), Antigone (Schapiro Studio), Houseworld Presents: The Sensitive Ear and 1969: The Second Man (ANT Fest, Ars Nova). Work in Cambridge, MA includes scenic design for The Pulitzer Centennial Celebration (Sanders Theater) and Bride*Widow*Hag (American Repertory Theater Institute). He received his B.A. from Harvard University. danielprosky.com.

NTOKOZO FUZUNINA KUNENE (Costume Designer) is a South African costume and production designer based in New York City. She recently completed an MFA in Design for Stage and Film at NYU Tisch School of the Arts (2016) and holds a Fashion Design qualification from Istituto Marangoni in London. Her experiences living in New York City and London, combined with her South African cultural heritage have afforded her with a unique design sensibility, and the ability to adapt to, and be flexible in, any working environment and culture. She also acquired a unique blend of a passion for creating combined with a pragmatic approach to design, as a result of her undergraduate Bachelor of Commerce Degree (majoring in Economics, Business Finance and Law) from the University of Witwatersrand in Johannesburg (South Africa). Ntokozo believes in the power of the imagination and believes that films and theatre are the representation of the collaborative power of the imaginations of the crew involved. Subsequently she enjoys collaborating with artists of diverse backgrounds to create new and unique stories and perspectives. www.fuzunina.com

MADELEINE FOSTER BERSIN (Producer) is a developer of live performance works. Recent producing includes the TEAM's Primer for a Failed Superpower, dir. Rachel Chavkin, at Roulette Intermedium, the New York premiere of Matthew Aucoin's opera Crossing, dir. Diane Paulus, in the 2017 Next Wave Festival at BAM, and A$AP Rocky’s Lab Rat as part of the Fearless Now! series at Sotheby’s. Other credits: Prelude 2016 and shows at Pace Gallery, Abrons Arts Center, and the Irondale Center. Maddy has worked as Executive Assistant to the Artistic and Managing Directors at New York Theatre Workshop and Associate Producer at the TEAM. She holds an A.B. magna cum laude from Harvard College, where she studied 20th century American culture. Maddy lives in Brooklyn. www.fosterbersin.org

Trevor Chauvin