THE CREATIVE TEAM
Harley Erdman is a theater writer whose work includes plays, librettos, book & lyrics for musicals, translations, and adaptations. With composer Eric Sawyer, he created the operas THE GARDEN OF MARTYRS (2013) and THE SCARLET PROFESSOR (2017).
His screwball comedy NOBODY’S GIRL was commissioned for the Northampton Academy of Music’s grand reopening in 2014.
He is the author of five books, including the influential STAGING THE JEW and an anthology of translations of plays by 17th-century Spanish women.
He is a winner of the Association for Hispanic Classic Theater’s Translation Prize, the Kahn Prize, the Josephine Roberts Award, and a Fulbright Scholarship. He has been a finalist for the America Prize.
He is a theater professor at the University of Massachusetts at Amherst.
Working as the co-librettist and co-lyricist on Donny Johns has brought
Gina Kaufmann back to her theater roots – in her twenties she founded The Unusual Cabaret, dedicated to the creation of new musical work and radical adaptations, where she co-wrote and directed numerous new musicals in the 90’s.
Since then, Gina has worked as a director and acting coach in numerous regional venues, including The Williamstown Theatre Festival, Lake Tahoe Shakespeare Festival, Sacramento Theatre Company and Shakespeare & Company (in Lenox). In New York, she has directed for SoHo Rep, Home for Contemporary Theatre and Art, Wings Theatre, and Dixon Place. Most recently, she directed The Last Five Years at The Majestic Theater, Luna Gale and Yankee Tavern at New Century Theatre, a 1950’s-style musical version of Tartuffe at Shakespeare & Company and Street Scene for Five College Opera.
Gina has also worked extensively on new play development. In addition to her four years as the Artistic Director of The Unusual Cabaret, she collaborated for three years as a guest director with Paula Vogel and the New Play Festival at Brown University/Trinity Repertory, directing a production of Vogel's own play, Hot 'n' Throbbing at Wellfleet Harbor Actors' Theatre.
• Member of SDC, The Society of Stage Directors and Choreographers
• Chair of the Department of Theater at The University of Massachusetts, Amherst
• Co-director of the MFA Directing Program at UMass Amherst
Aaron Jones is a multi-instrumentalist and composer. He's written numerous rock musicals and operas that have been performed all over the country. He's an active singer-songwriter, producer, and arranger.
When he's not on tour with 90's alternative rock stars Luscious Jackson, he performs as
“Mr. Aaron”, his story-inflected kindie pop project.
Aaron has performed around the globe, written music for TV pilots, NPR, and has been seen on The Late Show with David Letterman, and VH1. He holds an MFA from NYU's Graduate Musical Theatre Writing Program.