Katz (Co-creator) Captain Gravy is Jeff's
first creative project for the stage. He is Managing Partner/Creative
Director of AIM; a full service advertising agency started in 1994. He
is responsible for award winning campaigns in the travel and education
sectors. Prior to AIM, Jeff worked for Saatchi & Saatchi as a senior
vice president in the travel division. A native of New Orleans, Jeff is
also a self-taught artist. His work has been featured at shows in Manhattan
David is a graduate of the Berklee College of Music
in Boston, where he studied Composition and Audio Recording. He recently
contributed sound design to the production of "Rang: Colors of my Soul"
at the Town Hall in New York City. Formerly signed to Warner Chappell
as a songwriter, David currently plays in the band 46bliss and is co-writing
and co-producing their new CD.
LaPan (Director/Producer) has worked in the
theatre as a producer, director, general manager, and actor. He is on
the production team of the National Tours of "Spiderman Live! A Family
Spectacular" which recently played a successful engagement at Radio City
Musical Hall and is set to embark on an international tour. He manages
another attraction at this year's NY International Fringe Festival: "McBeth:
Over 2 Million Slain". Recent tours: "Saturday Night Fever". Upcoming
Off Broadway: "The Marijuana-Logues" and a new rock musical, "Ministry
Boriin (Choreographer) Kim has choreographed
and staged musical theater, cabaret and special events in New York and
elsewhere for nearly 20 years including his own company, "The Not Quite
Ready for Broadway Time Players". Kim was Director of Entertainment for
Club Med at several international destinations. He got his professional
start as a lead dancer with Les Ballet Jazz de Montreal, touring Europe,
the Caribbean, and North America for 3 years where he danced in several
world premieres by renowned choreographer Lynne Taylor-Corbett, among
others. Kim has also trained with two of this country's most renowned
ballet masters, Jonathan Watts of the New York City Ballet and Michael
Maule from American Ballet Theater. He continues to perform.
Sterner (Production Stage Manager) Jim recently
directed Appetite at the Miranda Theatre and Making Faces at the Phil
Bosakowski Theatre in NYC. He's also directed Gifts of the "Magi", "Black
Patent Leather Shoes", "The Kathy and Mo Show", "Fortune and Men's Eyes",
"The Real Inspector Hound", "America Hurrah" and a "Thurber Carnival",
among others, at EST and West End Collegiate Theatres in NYC, Pegasus
Theatre in WI, Meadowbrook, Actors' Alliance and Detroit Rep in MI. As
an actor, he has appeared in over 100 productions.
B. Black (Manny-T) Dann is happy to be floating
along the river of life with the Wavy Navy crew. He is a native Tennessean,
and for the past nine years has called NYC home. Off-Broadway: "The Freedom
Train", "Fun & Games"; Off-Off-Broadway: "Balm and Gilead", "Blue
Moon Over Memphis", "Guardian Angel" (directed by Mark Bramble, music
by Doug Katsaros); Regional: "Ain't Misbehavin" (directed by Stuart F.
Lane), "Little Shop of Horrors", "Moby Dick the American Opera" (pre broadway
tryout), "Once on this Island", "The Boys Next Door", "Jesus Christ Superstar",
"Working", "The Wizard of Oz" among other across the US. Dann recently
returned from Central American where he performed in their International
Jazz and Blues Festival; Film: "Asmali Konak", "Morning Glory" and "Speed"
for Thespians 2002 Academy Award nominee for best independent short; Voiceover:
Dann also has done voiceover work across the US, his latest national voiceover
for televison and radio is for mazola vegatable oil, to be released next
month. Well baby, you know how to work your magic!!
like to thank his family for all their unconditional love and support!
Special thanks to Rosia, for making him realize that when you wait on
your blessings, that they will come 10 fold into your life! ENJOY THE
Burgess (Man in the Moon) is very excited
to be a part of the Wavy Navy! He arrived in the Big Apple in March and
has been having a blast learning the city and its characters ever since.
He has been seen regionally as Father in "Children of Eden", Frederick
Douglass in "The Civil War" and Oedipus in "Gospel at Colonus" to name
a few. He just recently co-produced his R&B demo and looks forward to
a recording career soon. He is also currently writing a new musical entitled
"Derella". Many thanks to God, Mom and Dad and to all his friends.
Gary (Venus,Toxie,Ensemble) is excited to
be a part of the "Wavy Gravy..." team. This marks her first appearance
to the FRINGE FESTIVAL. Off-B'way: "Starmites", "Lady of Copper", and
"Club 12". Regional: "Dreamgirls" w/ Jennifer Holliday, "Smokey Joe's
Cafe", "Once on this Island", "Best Little Whorehouse..." and "Hair".
Film: Spike Lee's "Bamboozled", "Mr. Wonderful and Hair Story" w/ LaTanya
Richarson-Jackson. Recording Work: has included a contract with Capitol
Records as a member of the all-girl group Earth Gyrlz. Tanesha is also
a proud member of the Broadway Inspirational Voices under the direction
of Mr. Michael McElroy. Continued thanks to the Creator. Love to my husband
Eric, my family and friends.
Holland (Mama) A native of New York, Reggan
has been performing professionally since childhood and has been seen in
various film, theater and television productions both stateside and overseas.
She received a classical training in London, England where she attained
her BFA in Dramatic Arts From Webber Douglas. Reggan was the recipient
of the Best Actress award at the 2001 Sage Theatre Festival for originating
the role of Madame de Adams in "Calling Viola", by A. Yamina Collins.
Other credits include: "Stepping Out" (Rose), "Cruel Games" (Masha), "Company"
(Marta). Reggan is a proud member of the critically acclaimed sketch comedy
group MEAT! and
most recently was seen with them at Caroline's Comedy Club in NYC. Thanks
to God for all His grace and gifts and to my family & friends for all
the love and support.
Iskra (Happy the Clam) is pleased to be part
of "Captain Gravy's Wavy Navy!" Stage credits: "Pocahontas" with Westco
Productions; Queenie in LaChiusa's "Wild Party" with Allegro Productions,
"Pirates of Penzance" and "A Christmas Carol" with Fulton Opera, Yum-Yum
in "The Mikado" with the Iron Mountain Stage; Dance: "Jersey Voices" with
the Chatham Players; "CeBIT" in Hanover, "Germany" for Olympus. Sacha
has also been a part-time lecturer for vocal performance at Rutgers and
is a recipient of the West Side Dance Project NYC dance scholarship. Other
favorite roles: Katherine in "The Vagabond King," Titania in "A Midsummer
Night's Dream," and Eve in "The Apple Tree." Many thanks to all, especially
Wade Marshall (Mu Pollu) is thrilled to be
back at Fringe with such an amazing group of people. He appeared in the
workshop and Off-Broadway casts of the Lucielle Lortel Nominated "Pirates
of Penzance Live On Deck" (Ensemble/US-Ruth), the world premiere of "Zuelika
The Musical" (Noaks) w/ Lincoln Center's American Living Room Series,
and "Once Upon a Mattress" (Queen Aggravain) assistant directed by Ms.
Carol Burnett. Kenny has also performed in various plays and musicals
with Gorilla Rep., NYC Fringe Festival 2002, Mid-Town International Theatre
Festival (Best of Fest.), Grove Street Playhouse, The Vortex Theatre Co.,
Certi-Amici Theatre Co. and many staged readings. He is also a member
of the resident acting company at New Jersey Repertory Theatre. Regional
work includes playing the boards at Maine's Theatre at Monmouth and touring
the southeastern United States with Georgia Mountain Theatre. Kenny is
also a professional improviser, having played at Caroline's On Broadway,
Gotham City, Comedy Cellar, NY Comedy Club, Knitting Factory and the 2003
Piccolo Spoleto Arts Festival in Charleston S.C. You can currently see
him do sketch and improv comedy with Rash
Behaviour which he also co-founded. Special Thanks and love to the
Captain Gravy gang, the rashies and my amazing agent and manager who help
me "keep the faith".
McAllister (Saturn,Dirty Birdy,Ensemble) was
last seen as Nurse Nancy in "The Adventures of Vulva Girl" at Sibera for
KaBoom Productions. Previous credits include Sister Sofia in "The Sound
of Music" with Yorktown Theatre Company, Meg in "Brigadoon" with SBLI
and at Don't Tell Mama in her one woman show "Yours Sincerly". A member
of Simply Elementary, Katie tours public schools and libraries bringing
educational theater to New York City's children. As a teaching artist
with Inside Broadway she brings the musical theater experience to public
school children throughout all five boroughs. Thanks to everyone in this
"Wavy Navy", my family and friends, Tanesha for the help and especially
Jim for always believing in me.
Melser (Octorator) is no stranger to the
Fringe, last year she performed an award winning (in her mind) show with
Caitlin Barton entitled "Wigshoppe". In the past year, Jamie traveled
to LA to perform with the all female sketch comedy group "Greasy Girlz".
She also finished a run of "Aesop's Fables" at The Manhattan Children's
Theater. You might have seen her on MTV, E!, Oxygen, TNN,TLC, or serving
steaks on the Upper East Side (it beats slinging grits at the waffle house).
She is currently doing stand up all over the East coast and just wrapped
the indie film, "Terror Marketers from Hell". She is so excited to be
working with so much amazing talent. She would like to thank her Mom and
Dad, Josh, and The Greenbergs for their constant support (and for Michael's
craftsmanship on the Octorator). Also deepest thanks to Dave, Jeff, Keith,
Kim, Jim, Jane, the cast of Wavy Navy, and the audience for their magic
and for making this a reality.
Morelli (Walter Wannabe) truly enjoys working
on scripts for Young Audiences. "It's fun to travel on stage to other
worlds and stretch the imagination. Where else can you delve into the
psyche of a Bronx Pigeon and be believable!"
shows include national tours of American Family Theatre's "Cinderella"
playing Mortimer Mouse, Tony Triceratops in The Hudson Vagabond Puppet's
"Mammoth Follies" and the comical Roderigo in "Babes in Toyland", Playhouse
on the Green, CT. Anthony also celebrates 17 years as Baxter the Clown,
skillful entertainer for children's parties. Favorite
credits: "A Funny Thing Happened on the Way to the Forum" (Hysterium)
Theatre by the Sea, RI; "The Bakers Wife" (Marquis) Mint Theatre, NYC;
"Damn Yankees" (Coach Van Buren) Music Theatre North; "You're a Good Man
Charlie Brown" (Linus) Old Schoolhouse Theatre, Sanibel Island, FL;
On TV you
may have seen Anthony wearing green scrubs in the Capstar flea commercials
watching the fleas fall dead on a drum, or singing the Yankee's theme
on the CBS 2 "We've got the Yankees" Musical promo.
At home he
collects phonograph records from the early 1900s and enjoys performing
music from the roaring 20s and playing the Ukulele.
Parrish (Blues the Frog,Jupiter,Burp,Ensemble) graduated
from the Musical Theatre program at the American Musical and Dramatic
Academy here in the city. After six years of living in NY, he is pleased
to be participating his first Fringe show. His past theatre credits include
Periwinkle National Theater's tour of "Halfway There"; "Pony in Suburbia";
"Tales from the Tree". While his love of theatre remains, his main focus
has been on-camera and has been seen in several commercials including
one for Checkers and Comcast. He can also be seen as Dennis in "Kate and
is thrilled to be working with such amazing talent who are just as insane
as he is... okay, maybe not quite as insane. Thank you to Reggan everyone
else who's put in their confidence in me and thanks most of all to God
for the ability and endurance to be in this crazy business.
Samonsky (Captain Gravy) has just received
his MFA in acting from UC, Irvine. He has worked at Texas Shakespeare
Festival and the Moonlight Ampitheater. His favorites incude "My Fair
Lady" (Freddy), "Into the Woods" (Cinderella's Prince/Wolf), "Forever
Plaid" (Smudge), "Lady Windermere's Fan" (Lord Darlington). This is Andrew's
first New York show and he could think of no better role or group of people
to work with than Captain Gravy's Wavy Navy.
Shah (Rayadar) Sejal Shah began training
in Bharata Natyam under the guidance of her guru, Mrs. Sulbha Tendulkar.
While obtaining her BA and DDS at the University of Michigan, Sejal continued
learning, performing and choreographing. She has recently moved to NYC
pursuing a career as a performing artist and choreographer. She hopes
to recontextualize Bharata natyam by integrating this beautiful dance
form with various types of music and media. She believes that, by connecting
with her audience, Bharata natyam can provoke thought--something she aimes
to do in her performance.
Toronto (Mars,HazMatt,Ensemble) A graduate
of the University of Michigan, Matt recently completed a run of "Singin'
in the Rain" at Westchester Broadway Theatre. Last year he played Action
in Atlanta Theatre of the Stars' national tour of "West Side Story". New
York credits include: "Romeo and Juliet" (American Globe), "Watch Your
Step" (original cast recording), "The Tempest", "The White Rose". Regional
credits include: "Grease" (Danny), "Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor
Dreamcoat" (Joseph), "A Midsummer Night's Dream" (Lysander). "Television:
Big Deals" (History Channel), and "All My Children". He is also a playwright
and a director. His work has been seen at American Theatre of Actors,
Theatre Studio Inc. and Manhattan Theatre Source. This fall he will be
the associate choreographer on Berlin, a new musical scheduled to open