Dear Mr. Rosan
A New Play with Music and Dance
Written by Danielle M. Velkoff
Music and Lyrics by Erica Jacob
Choreography by Alana Marie Urda
Runtime: 115 minutes which includes one 15-minute intermission.
Dear Mr. Rosan is inspired by an article in The New York Times about the true life story of Mr. Samuel Stone, who posted an ad in his local Canton, Ohio newspaper offering modest monetary help to families in need during the Christmas of 1933. Meanwhile, in New York, George is dealing with the sobering effects of The Great Depression. He refuses to lay off his employees, but is now unable to provide for his own family. George must take a chance. When all hope is pinned to one letter, how will they survive? Dear Mr. Rosan is a journey of hope, transformation and our shared human experience.
Purple Threads’ interest lies in the conversations being had with others: artist to artist, artist to audience, human to human. Fascinatingly, the conversations being had in the 1930’s are strikingly similar to those we are having today. If ever there were a relevant story, Dear Mr. Rosan is it. Kindness, Laughter, Loyalty and HOPE – these are the threads that tie us all together.”
Featuring a cast of twenty-two, including Brough Hansen*, Laura King, Sara Canter, Alex Fast*, Pamela Stewart Ehn, Grace McGookey, Joris de Graaf, Mary Anitha Parris, Peter Alexandrou, Alex Nicholson, Amanda Jane Snyder, Erik Gersovitz, Alex Witherow, Alexandra Bailey, Jeffrey Brewer, Kurt Judson Dölze, Scott Mandel, Kilvin Johnson, Jr., Andrea Bohs, Sarah Foster, Brianne Mavis, Kaitlin Paul, Kianna Moye. *Appearing courtesy of Actors’ Equity Association. AEA Showcase.
Production Team: Script and Direction: Danielle M. Velkoff;Music and Lyrics: Erica Jacob; Production Manager/Music Director: Tamra Paselk; Assistant Production Manager: Kayla Carpenter; Choreographer: Alana Marie Urda; Lighting Design: Alexander Freer;Costume Design: Anthony Mattivi; Costume Assistant: Ariel Sulena; Scenic Consultant: Sam Froeschle;Stage Manager: Nicole Wolfe; Props Master: Amanda Wilson; Sound Design: Gilian Gandy; Dramaturg:Rose Ginsberg.
Dear Mr. Rosan is a part of Purple Thread Ensemble’s own 2nd Annual Kitchen Riots Festival, a theatrical event conceptualized in 2012 during a lively late night conversation around a kitchen table. It has evolved into a festival which seeks to explore the full human experience – mind, body and soul – through theatre, dance and music.
Creative Team Bios
Danielle M. Velkoff (playwright) is the Founder and Artist Director at Purple Threads Ensemble, whose purpose is impactful and meaningful storytelling. Directing credits include A Time to Give, Current: A Flow of Forgiveness (writer), Dear Mr. Rosan (writer), A Night of Secrets, Love Unmasked. In October of 2012, Ms. Velkoff launched The Kitchen Riots with friend and PTE producer Erica Jacob. This new and developing works festival is committed to the exploration of the human experience through multi-disciplined and collaborative works. The Festival garnered rave reviews by both artists and the audiences alike and is now in its second iteration. Since then, Ms. Velkoff has committed herself to the growth of Purple Threads Ensemble artists and the production of new and original works. She recently developed a new script for the production of Love Unmasked and is workshopping another original project entitled Call Me She. This project premiered at The Kitchen Riots festival last year as one-act and is currently being developed into a full length production incorporating theatre, dance, and soundscape.
Erica Jacob (Original Music) is a singer-songwriter/actress from Houston, Texas. She recently released an album entitled Extraordinary Woman, which is now available on itunes, through Young Pals Indie Record Label. Erica has played a significant role in the life and development of Purple Threads Ensemble making her debut as composer for the first iteration of Dear Mr. Rosan in 2009. She went on to compose an entire night of storytelling through song for the 1st Annual Kitchen Riots Festival last year and is proud to return with her blues/jazz compositions for the 2nd rendition of Dear Mr. Rosan and the 2nd Annual Festival. During her 8 years in NYC, she has studied at both AMDA and Circle in the Square. She is a proud member of the Actors Equity Union (AEA) and Broadcast Music, Inc (BMI). www.ericajacob.com.
Alana Marie Urda (Choreographer) is Co-Founder and Artistic Director of Amalgamate Dance Company (ADC) where she pursues using dance for a purpose through her choreographic works, documentaries and company events. She has envisioned and produced a range of distinguished dance events, charity projects, and educational workshops with ADC, and is a Fiscally Sponsored Artist with The Field since 2009. Her ADC repertoire has been celebrated in renowned NYC venues and tours both nationally and internationally. Commissioned for a multitude of choreographic projects, Alana has set choreography on dancers across the states and presented work at BBKings, The Times Center, Ailey Citigroup, MMAC and Merce Cunningham Studio. Alana is an Artist in Residence at Bridge for Dance and so grateful for support of this magnitude. With a BFA in dance from FSU, Alana is Assistant Director of The Trinity School After School Program where she teaches dance, and is Choreographer for the West Side Y’s Professional Kids Company and The Events in Orlando, FL. As an entrepreneur, she continues to create dance events that bring communities together and provide more job opportunities for dancers.
Tamra D’Ann Paselk (Music Director) is a Managing Director and Partner at Purple Threads Ensemble. She joined forces with Danielle Velkoff in 2012 to provide opportunities for artists to create, be alive and share that wholeheartedness with audiences. In addition to this role, Tamra has entertained audiences across the world as an operatic soprano with her unique interpretations of both newly developed and classic characters. She was most recently praised by the New York Concert Review for delivering a “consistently evocative, engrossing account of Britten’s Les Illuminations” in her performance with the Park Avenue Chamber Symphony. Lucid Culture had this to say, “…these were not easy songs to sing, but Ms. Paselk owned them, moving from clenched-teeth intensity to redemptive joy to end on an unexpectedly rapt note.” She has been seen as Noemi (Cendrillion), Susanna (Le nozze di Figaro), Ilia (Idomeneo), Despina (Cosi fan tutte), Musetta (La Boheme), Frasquita (Carmen), Pamina (Die Zauberflöte), Laeticia (The Old Maid and the Thief) and Catherine (Riders to the Sea). Equally at home on the operetta/theater stages and praised for playing on just the “right side of comedy versus excess” by San Francisco Classical Voice, Ms. Paselk has been featured with Gilbert& Sullivan groups in both San Francisco and New York in addition to frequenting the works of Offenbach and, more recently, her own cabaret show. Theater roles also include: Laurey (Oklahoma), Johanna (Sweeney Todd), Carmela (La llorona), and Lucy (Three Penny Opera). She has been a featured soloist with One World Symphony, El Paso Symphony, VLOG, Choral Society of Marin, SF Pocket Opera, Women’s Association of New York, Knickerbocker C hamber Orchestra and the NY Central City Chorus as well as the San Francisco Ballet. She can next be seen with the South Shore Symphony November 2013 then in February 2014 with the PACS presenting Knoxville, Summer of 1915. Tamra earned her Masters of Music degree from the San Francisco Conservatory of Music in 2005 and has been directing collaborative projects for 15 years.www.tamrapaselk.com.