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imPrefect Chemistry is a musical comedy about science and ethics, good and evil, big business and bigger hair. A modern take on the world’s oldest tale: two geneticists, Alvin and Elizabeth working for a wealthy philanthropist in a research laboratory called Avalon are manipulated by a zealous capitalist into searching for a cure for male pattern baldness. An incredible medical breakthrough is discovered through the use of a restricted computer, which results in Alvin’s and Elizabeth’s expulsion from Avalon into the private sector and a world filled with infomercials and shady business practices which inevitably leads to de-evolution and the end of the world.

the cast

BROOKS ASHMANSKAS (Lizzarde) LITTLE ME (Roundabout) DREAM (Royale), HOW TO SUCCEED…(Richard Rodgers), ON A CLEAR DAY… (Encores!). Off-Broadway: WISE GUYS (NYTW), LABOR DAY (MTC), FIT TO BE TIED (Playwrights Horizon), SONGS FOR A NEW WORLD (WPA), LONDON SUITE (Union Square), IT CHANGES EVERY YEAR (Malaparte), TONIGHT AT 8:30 (Lincoln Center), FAIR FIGHT (Naked Angels), THE HOLY TERROR (Promenade). Regional: ROUGH CROSSING, THE COMEDY OF ERRORS (Hartford Stage), BYE BYE BIRDIE (Sacramento), ANIMAL CRACKERS (Arena), PAPER MOON-THE MUSICAL (Paper Mill), THE OLD BOY (Phoenix), NOISES OFF (Tour). Education: Bennington College, RADA, The Shakespeare Institute, Welsh College of Music and Drama. Thanks, Mom and Dad.

KEN BARNETT (Dr. Alvin Rivers) Broadway: Julie Taymor’s THE GREEN BIRD – puppeteer, understudy for Renzo (performed) and Green Bird. Off-Broadway: Young Scrooge/Young Jacob Marley in Madison Square Garden’s A CHRISTMAS CAROL; Rodney in the NY premiere of SON’S FISHES at Soho Rep. Regional: Eddie in BLOOD BROTHERS at Maine State Music Theatre; older Patrick in MAME at Paper Mill Playhouse; Tim in BALM IN GILEAD at Actors Theatre of Louisville; Hero in FORUM at Pittsburgh Public Theatre; appearances at the Kennedy Center, Hangar Theatre, American Stage Festival. Trained at Wesleyan University, Actors Theatre of Louisville, Anne Bogart’s SITI Company, the Actors’ Center.

JOHN JELLISON (Goodman/Dr. Nikoli Bubinski) appeared opposite both Carol Burnett and Kathie Lee Gifford on Broadway in PUTTING IT TOGETHER. Other Broadway credits: ON THE TOWN, Paul Simon’s THE CAPEMAN (Warden), TITANIC (Strauss), CRAZY FOR YOU (Zangler and Everett), NICK AND NORA, MASTERGATE (The Lawyers), ME AND MY GIRL (Parchester), WIND IN THE WILLOWS, SUNDAY IN THE PARK WITH GEORGE (Jules and The Soldier), BABY, ZALMEN OR THE MADNESS OF GOD, AND SWEET BIRD OF YOUTH. Off-Broadway credits include A NEW BRAIN, ASSASSINS, THE WAVES, MARRY ME A LITTLE, and LENNON. He and his wife Claudine dote over their delightful son Matthew.

JOEL CARLTON (Ensemble, Dr. Alvin Rivers understudy) was last seen at the Minetta Lane in JEFFREY. Other Off-Broadway credits include MOST MEN ARE and ANNIE GET YOUR GUN (Lincoln Center). Regional credits include NO, NO, NANETTE (Tom, Goodspeed Opera House), OH COWARD! (Seattle Repertory Theatre), CABARET (Cliff, Walnut Street Theatre), PARAMOUR w/Len Cariou (World Premiere, Old Globe Theatre), DAMES AT SEA (Dick, Marines Memorial Theatre, San Francisco), CONVERSATIONS WITH MY FATHER (Walnut Street Theatre) and SLEEPING BEAUTY (Wendell the Dancing Cow, Barter Theatre). He has also appeared regionally at Geva Theatre, North Shore Music Theatre, Missouri Repertory Theatre and Juniper Theatre. He is a graduate of Webster University’s Conservatory of Theatre Arts.

MICHAEL GREENWOOD (Ensemble, understudy Goodman/Dr. Nikoli Bubinski, Lizzarde) New York: THE CHOSEN; plays at Hudson Guild, Primary Stages; THE SECRET GARDEN (Archibald), Pioneer Theatre Co.; A GIRL’S LIFE, Connecticut Rep; SYLVIA, Cidermill Playhouse; REGINA (dir: Arvin Brown), Long Wharf; CAPTAINS COURAGEIOUS (dir: Graciela Daniele), Ford’s Theatre; OFF-KEY, George Street Playhouse; IOLANTHE, Purchase; HOT L BALTIMORE, TITUS ANDRONICUS, NJ Shakespeare Festival; two “Freddys” in MY FAIR LADY, St. Louis MUNY and Westbury Music Fair; APPLE TREE (Goodspeed). New Harmony Project company member 1997 & 2000.

SARA SCHMIDT (Ensemble, Dr. Elizabeth Gibbs understudy) is a 1999 graduate of Ithaca College. Credits include Off-Broadway production of THE FANTASTICS, SWEENEY TODD (Guthrie Theatre) and A LITTLE NIGHT MUSIC (Cincinnati Playhouse in the Park). She would like to thank her agents at Richard Bauman & Associates and her friends and family for their constant support and love.

JON STEWART (Male Swing) Originally from San Diego, Jon received his Bachelor of Arts in Drama from the university of California at Irvine. Regional credits include AVENUE X (Pasquale), FOREVER PLAID (Frankie), WEST SIDE STORY (Tony), FALSETTOS (Whizzer), and the title role in JOSEPH AND THE AMAZING TECHNICOLOR DREAMCOAT. Jon sends love and light to his family and friends who have been there along the way. Thanks Ruocco!

AMANDA WATKINS (Dr. Elizabeth Gibbs) comes directly from the national tour of CABARET where she was a band geek in her underwear while standing by for Lea Thompson as Sally Bowles. Broadway: GREASE (Marty), CATS (Demeter), BEAUTY AND THE BEAST (Silly Girl). Off-Broadway: Andrew Lippa’s THE WILD PARTY at Manhattan Theatre Club. National Tours: GREASE, OKLAHOMA (Ado Annie). Regional credits include mainstage premiere of Tom Jones and Harvy Schmidt’s MIRETTE (Gaby) at the Goodspeed Opera House, DAMN YANKEES (Lola) at Westchester Broadway Theatre, CAN-CAN (Claudine) at Sacramento Light Opera, SCHMULNIK’S WALTZ (Rachel) at The Pope Theatre, and numerous shows at Seaside Music Theatre. BFA graduate from FSU. Much love to friends, family and Professional Artists.

DIERDRE LOVEJOY (Ensemble) Broadway: SIX DEGREES OF SEPARATION, GETTING & SPENDING. Off-Broadway: HOW I LEARNED TO DRIVE, (Century Theatre), THE WATER CHILDREN (Playwrights Horizons), New York Shakespeare Festival (Public Theatre and Delacorte), Vineyard Theatre, Primary Stages and many more. Five seasons at NY Stage & Film. Williamstown: THE RIVALS (directed by Roger Rees). Regional favorites: DARK RAPTURE (ACT San Francisco), Keith Curran’s CHURCH OF THE SOLE SURVIVOR, NOISES OFF, HOW I LEARNED TO DRIVE (Arena Stage, Helen Hayes nomination). Films: “Shaft”, “The Talented Mr. Ripley”, “Random Hearts”, “Sour Grapes”. Television: “Perfect Murder”, “Perfect Town”, “Spin City”, “Law and Order” (regular and SVU) among others.

SUNITA PARAM (Female Swing) Off-Broadway: WISH YOU WERE HERE (York Musicals in Mufti), THE MUSICAL WRITERS PLAYGROUND (Minetta Lane). Regional: BUDDY: THE BUDDY HOLLY STORY (Walnut Street Theatre), CHAGALL’S ARABIAN NIGHTS (World Premiere, Meadowbrook Theatre), A LITTLE NIGHT MUSIC (Capital Repertory/Barrington Stage Co.), JESUS CHRIST SUPERSTAR (American Stage Festival), GEORGE M! (Artpark), THE MERRY WIDOW (Buffalo Opera Co. with Roberta Peters). Film: “American Born Confused Desi” (1999). Television: “One Life to Live”. Graduate of William Esper Studio; B.M. – Boston Conservatory.

Reviews

“A thoughtful, updated version of the Genesis story… John Jellison has a high time of working both ends of the Miltonian spectrum. Amanda Watkins simmers with sensuality. Ken Barnett is appealing. Brooks Ashmanskas brings welcome touches of Robert Morse, Gene Wilder, and even Bruce Willis to his role.” — The New York Times


“To make fun of something is not as easy as it looks. It takes wit, humor and fantasy. Meet ‘Imperfect Chemistry,’ a musical fantasy!” — New York Post

“a lighthearted musical… plenty of pleasant songs and frequent laughs…Ashmanskas’ manic energy provides the bulk of the show’s laughs. Jellison is effective — and virtually unrecognizable as the same actor playing dual roles. Despite their geeky-scientist demeanors, Barnett and Watkins give off sexual sparks when they finally let their hair down.” — Daily News

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Creative Team

ALBERT TAPPER (Composer) — is a writer, composer and lyricist having written two Off-Broadway musicals. He wrote his first musical while still in college. Since then he has written special material for regional productions and has produced two albums of his own songs. Mr. Tapper composed the ballet, “The Seduction of Bethsheeba” whose premiere performance at Mechanics Hall was presented by the Massachusetts Symphony Orchestra. His first musical was DAVID, performed at the Arena Stage in Washington, D.C. in 1992. Mr. Tapper has also created and written six books on humor published by Andrews McMeel and Company. The books are titled: “A Guy Goes Into A Bar”; “A Guy Goes Into A Psychiatrist’s Office”; “A Minister, A Priest And A Rabbi”; “Sports”; “Four Score and Seven”, a political book; and “AWOL” (A Week Of Laughs). He is currently at work on a new musical comedy about Brooklyn getting another major league baseball franchise called THE BROOKLYN BAMMERS. Mr. Tapper is a member of the Dramatists Guild of America and a member of ASCAP (American Society of Composers and Publishers).

JAMES RACHEFF (Book and Lyrics) — wrote the adaptation of the original Guy Bolton/P.G. Wodehouse book for David Merrick’s Broadway production of Gershwin’s OH, KAY! His musical HOUDINI (book and co-lyrics) was most recently performed at the Lincolnshire Marriott in greater Chicago, and before that on the mainstage at Goodspeed Opera House. ABYSSINIA (lyrics and co-book) has been produced at Goodspeed, Arena Stage, Cleveland Play House, and North Shore Music Theatre. VOYAGE OF THE GHOST SHIP (book and co-lyrics) was commissioned by Disney and is currently playing onboard the Disney Cruise Line ships MAGIC and WONDER. James is a member of A.S.C.A.P. and The Dramatists Guild. Email