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LA MAUPIN to Premiere at 2017 Fresh Fruit Festival

LA MAUPIN to Premiere at 2017 Fresh Fruit Festival

La Maupin is an official selection of the 2017 Fresh Fruit Festival. Written by native New Jersey brother-and-sister writing team (Book and lyrics by Jessie Field; music by Jared Field), La Maupin will be presented for the first time as a full production on Tuesday, July 18 at 6:30pm Friday, July 21 at 6:30pm, and Saturday, July 22 at 2pm at The Wild Project in downtown Manhattan.

Jessie Field will be directing this ambitious musical about the life of swordswoman, opera singer, and bisexual badass Julie d'Aubigny. Actress, singer, and stuntswoman Ariel De Ment will be portraying the legendary Julie d'Aubigny.

The cast also features Cassidy Layton as the Marquise de Florensac, Mary Rose Go as La Rochois, Vanessa Wendt as Brigitte, Jake Regensburg as the Comte d'Albert, Evan Bilinski as Gabriel Thevenard, Max Bitar as the Comte d'Armagnac, and Sarah Moebius as Fanchon Moreau.

Featuring impressive and extensive fight direction by Jared Kirby and Tony Mita, musical direction and piano by Mark Oleszko, stage management by Morgana Sommer and Katherine Harris, and lighting design by David J. Palmer.


Jared Field is a composer, conductor, and clarinetist. He recently graduated from Teachers College, Columbia University with a Masters in Music Education. Jared's music has been performed throughout the Northeast by professional ensembles and students alike. He was recently selected as a member of the Choral Chameleon summer institute, and wrote the music to the award-winning musical Rachel. He is currently the director of middle school music at Worcester Academy in Worcester, MA.

Jessie Field, the younger sibling by two years, is an NY-centered director and playwright. She was a founding member of the Crossroad Players, and most recently completed her directing apprenticeship at Capital Stage in Sacramento, CA. Jessie has directed plays and musicals at the Oberon Theatre, Brandeis University, Clark University, and Bentley University. She also wrote the book and lyrics for award-winning musical Rachel.

Jared Kirby has been involved in Western Martial Arts and Combat for Stage & Screen for over 20 years. He teaches in New York City and has choreographed fights Off-Broadway, Nationally, in London and Sydney. As a fight Director, Jared has worked with stars such as Peter Sarsgaard, Steve Guttenberg, and ahs trained actors/stunt performers who are working on hit shows like Orange is the New Black, The Walking Dead, Gotham, Person of Interest, The Vampire Diaries, The Blacklist and in Films such as The Nice Guys, Captain America: Civil War, The Hunger Games, Furious 7, and Insurgent. Jared is a member of Actor's Equity and SAG/AFTRA.

Ariel De Ment is a classically trained actor and singer from Philadelphia. She has had the opportunity of performing in Europe and across the US. A few stage credits include Carmen in Carmen, Polly in Three Penny Opera, and Olivia in Twelfth Night. Ariel is currently in filming for season 1 of "Sons of God" and "The Coming of Amber Dawn" - both streaming on Netflix and Hulu.


Julie d'Aubigny. Swordswoman. Opera Singer. Bisexual badass. In La Maupin this legendary 17th-century heroine lives again, in a fast-paced musical adventure. At her peak, Julie was a force to be reckoned with - bashing bigots, tumbling chambermaids, and performing some of Opera's most iconic roles. Accounts vary; was she a lunatic or a martyr? A hero or a cautionary tale? Only one fact goes undisputed about Julie: She is a legend. This piece contains adult situations, strong language, violence, and nudity. For more information, visit

La Maupin will be presented on July 18th at 6:30pm, July 21nd at 6:30pm, and July 22th at 2pm. It will be performed at The Wild Project at 195 East 3rd Street, between Ave. A and B. Tickets are $18 and available now by visiting

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