A Brand New World

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A Brand New World Summary

An escape from Hitler’s Germany and arrival to America promises A Brand New World in this coming of age tale about an immigrant girl, her family and her new friends, but still must face the realities of World War II raging on in the background.

A Brand New World is an original musical, set in 1941 New York as the Balbier family is just arriving in America, having escaped Hitler on the last train out of Nuremberg, Germany. The family moves into 1795 Riverside Drive with Uncle Eddie & Aunt Mary, who care for Stephanie like their own daughter, while helping her parents settle in to their new American life. As the backdrop of war rages on, we see her at age 15 making her way in a new school, with a new language, and new friendships to make that are about to change her world forever. Over the course of the next 4 years of the war, we see three best friends come of age and enter the workforce as they send their young men off to war. By 1945, everything has changed, nothing will ever be the same again…who knows what the future holds?!?

A Brand New World Special Information

Three Act Theatre is a professional company of artists seeking to pass down the tradition of live theatre to generations of emerging talent through education & performance opportunity. Three Act Theatre is dedicated to the development of new works, the new exploration of treasured classics, and the kind of storytelling in each that challenges us to imagine and create a world in which we wish to live.

A Brand New World Cast Members:

Paul Thomas Ryan*, Minda Larsen, Paul Lutvak*, Deb Radloff*, Carolynn Seiff*, Robert Cueva, Arianna Zayas, Jason Patrick Shaffer, Athena Woodfin, Meredith Heller, Emma McNulty, Malia McLellan, Emma Spencer, Sadé Warren, Victoria Johnson, Gianna Chiriborga, Kiara Mazariegos, Milan Castro, Jack Hopkins, James Borrelli, Daniel Graf, Oliver Tam, Aidan Zusin, Theo Massie-Vereker, Oscar Salvaggio, Jordan McKenzie, Joshua Boyce

*Appearing courtesy of Actor’s Equity Association

A Brand New World Creative Team

Author: Eric Mark Olson & Leah A. Miles
Music: Andrew David Sotomayor
Lyrics: Eric Mark Olson & Leah A. Miles
Director: Eric Mark Olson
Choreographer: Jasmine Domfort
Producer: Three Act Theatre Company


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ENTANGLED - New England Premiere

Nate Bertone and Salem Theatre Company present

The New England Premiere of


A Play by Leah Miles

September 21, 2016 – October 1, 2016

Salem, MA – Nate Bertone and Salem Theatre Company will produce the New England premiere of Leah Miles’ play ENTANGLED. Following the success of last season’s Letters From War, Nate Bertone will return to direct the production. ENTANGLED starts performances on Wednesday, September 21, 2016 and plays thru Sunday, October 1, 2016 at Salem Theatre Company, located at Shetland Park, 35 Congress Street, 3rd Floor, Salem MA.

“Over the past two years, I have been itching to produce ENTANGLED with Leah Miles,” said Producer/Director Nate Bertone. “I vividly remember reading Entangled for the first time one evening in London, England. This piece of writing was so haunting, so riveting, and so psychologically thrilling, that I couldn’t sleep that evening. I needed to begin work bringing this play to America. I will not stop until audiences experience the sheer power of Leah’s words.”

In ENTANGLED, as in life, our darkest secrets always find their way to the light. Sometimes this light disarms them, diffusing their potency. And sometimes the light catches the cracks and the dirty corners, breathing life back into those dormant memories. And no matter how much we try to rewrite history, the truth always finds a way to muscle through the lies. Two best friends, Ian and Scott along with Hillary, the woman Ian loves, find themselves trapped in an impossible predicament: un-knowing what they know. And so, on a stormy new year’s eve on the secluded Peaks Island in Maine, our characters find themselves trapped by the snow and the avalanche of horrible realities they’ve been trying to hide from one another over the years. Everyone’s secrets are revealed. No one is safe from blame. And someone will not make it off the island alive.

Leah Miles is a playwright, composer, and Teaching Artist based out of Brooklyn, New York. She holds a BA in Psychology from Salem State University and an MFA from the Graduate Musical Theatre Writing Program at New York University’s Tisch School Of The Arts. She is a member of ASCAP, Dramatists Guild Of America, The Directory of Contemporary Musical Theatre Writers, NOMTI (Boston, MA), and Three Act Theatre Company. Ms. Miles' produced works include Entangled (workshopped at Three Act Theatre, NY), Sunday Roaster Chicken (Ugly Rhino Productions, NY), Bronx Zoo (MuSE, NY), andProvidence: A Musical Comedy (Write Act Eastside, NY). Her most recent work, Touching Loss (in collaboration with Clare Cook Dance Theater and composer Paul Castles), premiered in April of 2016 at the Acadiana Center For The Arts in Louisiana. As a Teaching Artist, Leah has worked for multiple years with ArtsConnection, The Metropolitan Opera Guild and The Brooklyn Youth Chorus. She is the 2016 recipient of ArtsConnection Linda LeRoy Janklow Teaching Artist Award for her ongoing work with ArtsConnection's Spectrum Musical Theater Program at P94M Spectrum Schools for Autism in New York. www.leahamiles.com

Nate Bertone hails from Salem, Massachusetts and holds a BFA in Drama from Carnegie Mellon University. Nate lives in New York City where he works as a director, playwright, and designer. In the last year, his work has been seen on the North Shore with his play Letters From War last season (BWW Best Drama), Shrek: The Musical, and Sister Act at North Shore Music Theatre. www.natebertone.com

The production team and casting will be announced soon.

Tickets for ENTANGLED are priced from $15 - $22. Performances are September 21, 2016- October 1, 2016. The show previews on Wednesday September 21st at 8pm with an official opening on Thursday, September 22nd at 8pm. Thursday – Saturday at 8pm. Saturday and Sunday matinees at 3pm. Visit www.salemtheatre.org, for advanced tickets. Salem Theatre Company is located at Shetland Park, 35 Congress Street, 3rd Floor, Salem MA.