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Opening Night of Dangerous to Dance With- August 30, 2019

Our opening night of “Dangerous to Dance With” at Theater For The New City’s ”Dream Up” Festival was quite a success! A large and very engaged audience enjoyed the craft of our wonderful cast in a great space for theater. I’m looking forward to our final four performances.

I want to acknowledge the fantastic contributions of our cast and crew:

GERALD vanHEERDEN (Director) Mr. vanHeerden is a graduate of The Boston Conservatory and an alumnus of Webster University Theater Arts Conservatory. He is an emerging director of New Works. Gerald has a long and storied career in the NYC, Off Broadway and Off-Off Broadway theater community, working with original plays and creative musical theater endeavors as Artistic Director of Plays (MITF), Producer/Director (vMHF Theatricals) and Conceptualist/Director (SDC). Website:

COLLEEN GRATE* (Jill): Loves the Dream Up Festival! NY: Camelot at Lincoln Center, Louisiana Purchase at Musicals Tonight, Regional: Kansas City Repertory Theatre, Unicorn Theatre, Starlight Theatre, New Theatre Restaurant, American Heartland Theatre, Okoboji Summer Theater. Next up: My Fair Lady National Tour. BFA Stephens College.

LUKE HOFMAIER* (Nick): Regional: Chester Theatre Company, Commonwealth Shakespeare Company, Berkshire Theatre Group. NY credits include Classic Stage Company, Signature Theatre, 59E59 and Metropolitan Playhouse. International: Edinburgh Fringe. Co-founder of Squeaky Wheels Productions. Film: Wolf of Wall Street, Heart of Squirrels. MFA: Columbia University. BFA: Adelphi University. SAG-AFTRA, AEA

MARK HOFMAIER* (Harris): has acted Off-Broadway including plays by N. Richard Nash, Hugh Wheeler, John Ford Noonan. Regional: Pittsburgh Public – The Cocktail Hour (with Kim Hunter), Cleveland Playhouse – The Philadelphia Story (with Stephanie Zimbalist), Repertory Theater of St. Louis – Over the Tavern, Fulton Opera House – The Little Foxes. TV – “Loving”; leading roles “Law and Order S.V.U.” etc.

DREW JORDAN* (Joe): Rock, Paper Scissors; La Ronde; Blood; Wicked Mood; The Waiting Room; Even With A Turkey; Daytona Gravitas; Auto Body Beautiful; Liebeli; The Fellowship; A Little Lower Than The Angels; Bedtime Stories; A Pound On Demand; TV: The Americans; I Just Want My Pants Back; Film: Colorado, It’s Just Business, Eodiya.

MARK A. KEETON* (Irwin Stratemeyer): (SAG-AFTRA/AEA) is proud to be part of this wonderful show. Selected Stage Credits: One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest and The Exonerated. Selected Film/TV Credits: The Enemy Within, Alternatino, Broken, Across Dot Ave and Wonderstruck. “He thanks his Mom forever.”

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RICH MacDONALD (Understudy): Playwright, painter, actor lives and works in Florida and New York; and thanks Trish, this wonderful company for the  DTDW experience and his friends in the theater Karen and David.

ROUMEL REAUX* (Stage Manager) has worked as a performer, dance captain, assistant director/choreographer, and stage manager on numerous Broadway, Off Broadway, Regional Theater and Touring Productions.

DAVID CHARLES (Associate Director) Upcoming Projects: A Warehouse in Rochester by Bridget Mundy at the United States Solo Festival, Dick Whittington Cums to Hell’s Kitchen by Robert K. Benson at The Duplex. David is an associate member of the Stage Directors and Choreographers Society.

HELENE GALEK (Casting Director) Helene is happy to be back with the Dream Up Festival with DTDW after casting the musical The Wrong Box last year! She recently cast Episode 2 for the series, Background, Action! As an actor, Helene did the trailer for the upcoming digital series, Adulting With Jane.

GOOD PEOPLE MANAGEMENT GROUP (General Manager)- Shadows, A Dance Musical (2019 NYIT Award Nominee) Legacy (2018 NYMF Award Winner), The Proust Virus, The Taming of Cats, Crude the Musical, The Cobalteans (2015 NYMF Award Winner), Bayonets of Angst (2014 NYMF Award Winner), Next to Normal.

JOHN DAVID NELSON (Social Media): A theatre writer and Broadway producer/investor for the past 15 years, John launched JDN Digital in 2018 creating and managing digital content in and out of theatre.


JAY MICHAELS (Publicist) took the knowledge he acquired as a stage/film producer, casting director, Broadway/National Tour manager, media-buyer, speech writer/coach, and TV production manager and founded Jay Michaels Arts & Entertainment, creating visibility for self-producing stage artists and production companies on the East & West coasts, in film arenas and authors.

NOAH BOOTHROYD (Graphics): Noah is a web developer/writer who occasionally dabbles in graphic design. Yes, he’s still working on that novel, thank you. Samples of his web work can be found at


LYTZA COLON (Furniture and Props Design)


EVERETT CLARK (Costume Design)

*The stage manager and actors are appearing courtesy of Actors’ Equity Association. This is an AEA approved Showcase production.

Dangerous “Dream Up” Cast

The cast of “Dangerous to Dance With” for the 2019 Equity Approved Showcase at Theater For The New City’s “Dream Up” Festival is complete.

Colleen Grate* (Jill), Luke Hofmaier* (Nick), Mark Hofmaier*(Harris Stepp), Mark A. Keeton* (Irwin Stratemeyer), and Drew Jordan* (Joe). Roumel Reaux* is our stage manager.

*These actors are appearing courtesy of Actors’ Equity Association.

“Dangerous to Dance With” at Theater For The New City’s “Dream Up” Festival: Show Dates and Times

We’ll be on Theater For The New City’s Johnson Stage located at 155 First Avenue (between 9th and 10th Streets) New York, NY 1003. These are the confirmed dates and times:  August 30 at 9 pm; September 1 at 8:30 pm; September 2 at 6:30 pm; September 4 at 9 pm; and September 5 at 6:30 pm.

Here is the festival’s website for our show: Click here

Gerald vanHeerden will direct “Dangerous to Dance With” at Theater For The New City’s 2019 “Dream Up Festival”

IMG_4889.jpegGraphic by John David Nelson

“Dangerous to Dance With” has been invited to participate in Theatre For A New City’s summer “Dream Up” Festival in New York City. Watch this space for updates!

A Great Run!


Mark Torres* and Michael Gnat* (photo by Bob Johnson)


Mark Torres*, Donna Lee Michaels*, and Matthew Tyler Horn* (photo by Bob Johnson)

Thanks for all the messages of support and best wishes for our Actors’ Equity Approved production of Caldwell’s Bomb in the 2016 Venus/Adonis Festival. According to the organizers, this is now the second largest playwright-centered festival in the country. It certainly drew a large number of strong, well-acted plays this year, so we’re proud that we were invited back to New York City as one of the finalists. No production garnered more than the four nominations we received: Best Play, Best Director (Gerald vanHeerden) and two best actor nominations (Michael Gnat* and Matthew Tyler Horn*).

This was a wonderful experience. We enjoyed every minute of the festival and made a host of new friends and contacts in New York City. While we didn’t come away with the top prize, we had a very good run!

Thanks again for all the good vibes of support!

*These Actors appeared courtesy of Actors’ Equity Association.

Caldwell’s Bomb Encore in NYC


Photo by Bob Johnson. Pictured: Mark Torres*, Donna Lee Michaels*, Matthew Tyler Horn*

We just learned that the Equity Approved Showcase production of Caldwell’s Bomb has been nominated in the BEST PLAY category at the 2016 Venus/Adonis Theater Festival! Our director,Gerald vanHeerden, is a nominee in the BEST DIRECTOR category, and both Michael Gnat* (JIMBO JOLLEY) and Matthew Tyler Horn*(CALDWELL DUCEY) have been nominated in the BEST ACTOR category. Some of you may know Tyler Horn. He earned a graduate degree at UMKC. We have an encore performance on Wednesday, March 9 at 6PM at New York City’s  Hudson Guild Theatre.

*These actors are appearing courtesy of Actors’ Equity Association.

Here’s what Broadway World has to say:

Caldwell’s Bomb on Broadway World

broadway_worldWe’re excited to have a press release in Broadway World. I’d love to see you all at one of the shows. Even if you can’t be there, please let your New York friends know what we’re doing.

CALDWELL’S BOMB to Open 2/23 at Hudson Guild Theatre


Caldwell’s Bomb Set to Explode in NYC

CB_final-largeCaldwell’s Bomb’s run in the 2016 Venus/Adonis Festival begins February 23 at 9PM with additional shows at 6:15PM on February 24 and 6PM on February 27. It all takes place on the stage of New York City’s Hudson Guild Theater which is located at 441 W. 26th St. (between 9th and 10th Avenues)

If you can’t make the shows, please tell your friends in New York City about us! For tickets, go to:


Trip Plymale, Eric Kuzmuk, Donna Lee Michaels at the 2015 MITF staged reading

Trip Plymale, Eric Kuzmuk, Donna Lee Michaels at the 2015 MITF staged reading

I’m pleased to announce that Caldwell’s Bomb has been selected to participate in the 2016 Venus/Adonis Festival in New York City. This festival runs from January 4 through March 10. According to the organizers, it has become the second largest playwright’s festival in the country. Have a look at the website:

Gerald vanHeerden, who directed the staged readings of Caldwell’s Bomb at this year’s Midtown International Theater Festival, will direct three performances of the play during the last week of February at the Hudson Guild Theater 441 W 26th St, New York, NY 10001. I’ve had several staged readings in New York City, but this is the first time one of my plays will have a full production there.