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Drumroll, Please: Announcing the 2015-2016 AFD Slate!

Calling all Stage Directors!  Music Directors!  Choreographers!

We are pleased as punch to announce the AFD theatrical season for 2015/2016. It’s got something for everyone, from classic show-stopping musicals to incisive contemporary drama to a rollicking slap-happy farce. All award winners and crowd pleasers. We hope you join us for every one!

And – we’ll be looking to fill all the spots for cast and crew. First up, we need directors. If you’re interested, please contact Jim Grana, Program Director at

acl_gold1 “A CHORUS LINE”


Music, Book and Lyrics by Marvin Hamlisch, Ed Kleban, James Kirkwood

 Recently revived on Broadway and hitting its 40th birthday, this great musical is centered on seventeen Broadway dancers auditioning for spots on a chorus line. It takes place on the bare stage of a Broadway theatre during an audition for a musical. A Chorus Line provides a glimpse into the personalities of the performers and the choreographer as they describe the events that have shaped their lives and their decisions to become dancers.

lwsm_clybourne-park-nyu-08_3617“CLYBOURNE PARK”


By Bruce Norris

Winner of the 2011 Pulitzer Prize for Drama and the 2012 Tony Award for Best Play, “Clybourne Park” is a sharp-edged comedy about race and community. The play walks a dangerous tightrope between social commentary and comedy, exploring and exploding cultural myths about race, community and the pursuit of the American Dream.

The story builds on events depicted in Lorraine Hansberry’s 1959 drama “A Raisin in the Sun,” in which a black family decides to buy a home in an all-white Chicago neighborhood. Norris sets his comedy in the house the family hopes to buy, and the audience watches the conflicts unfold: first, in 1959 when the white couple agrees to sell the house, and then again in the second act, when a new couple seeks to buy and renovate the house 50 years later.


APRIL 2016

Music and Lyrics by Peter Allen, Book by Nick Enright
Tony Award Winner ‘Best Actor in a Musical”
Tony Award Nomination “Best Musical”

 The Boy from Oz tells the dazzling, funny and heart-breaking story of the great entertainer Peter Allen — from his humble beginnings growing up in the Australian outback, through a meteoric rise to fame as an international star who would break all box office records at Radio City Music Hall in New York. Singing in pubs from age 11, Peter survived family tragedy to become a local TV star at 16. Discovered by Judy Garland, he married her daughter Liza Minnelli and went on to become a beloved performer and an Oscar-winning songwriter.

The New York Times reviewer noted: Peter Allen brought entertainment and joy in his life and in his work. This show and the people involved deliver that spirit honestly.”



By Christopher Durang

In this hilarious comedy of ill manners, the 2013 Tony Award winner for Best Play, Vanya and his adopted sister Sonia are living a quiet life in the Pennsylvania farmhouse where they grew up, while their sister Masha travels the world as a movie star. Just as their cleaning woman issues a warning about terrible events in their future, Masha returns for an unannounced visit with her 20-something boy toy Spike in tow – and so begins an unforgettable weekend building to a fever pitch of rivalry, regret and racket. Mixing Chekhov sensibilities with modern cringe-worthy flair, Vanya and Sonia and Masha and Spike is a delightfully off-kilter summer romp that critics have hailed “a sublime state of hilarity” and “a zany joy!”

All shows subject to change.

Que bella! The cast of “Nine” has been chosen. Here they are!

Thanks to the many talented people who auditioned for AFD’s 2015 production of “Nine” the musical. What a treat to witness the great singing and acting of so many people.

It was tough to choose, but here is the cast. Congratulazioni!

GUIDO CONTINI – Ethan Butler
YOUNG GUIDO – Jason Saperstone
LUISA CONTINI – Lea Oppedisano
CARLA  -Lisa McDonough
CLAUDIA – Brandy Kostick
GUIDO’S MOTHER – Pat Lawrence
LILIANE LaFLEUR – Melinda Mogel
LINA DARLING-  Jocelyn Hesse
STEPHANIE – Cathy Merlo
OUR LADY OF THE SPA – Krista Laskowski
SARRAGHINA – Cassandra Milne
ITALIANS – DIANA – Alycia Noeth
MARIA – Emily Earle
FRANCESCA – Susan Rubin
ANNABELLA – Jamie Byron
GIULETTA – Charlotte Rosenblum
RENATA – Kitty Drexel
GERMANS – OLGA – Emily Gauthier
HEIDI – Carol Wood
ILSA – Julia Bandini
GRETCHEN  -Chris Vander Rhodes