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Rachel Klein Set to Direct Gay Bride of Frankenstein

Executive Producer Aaron Grant has announced that "downtown director," Rachel Klein, will direct & choreograph Eric S. Goldman's upcoming Off-Broadway Production of Gay Bride of Frankenstein in the 2011-2012 season.

Originally produced as a workshop at The Players' Ring in Portsmouth, New Hampshire, Gay Bride of Frankenstein's journey to Off-Broadway includes a developmental production as part of the 2009 New York Musical Theatre Festival. Isaac Robert Hurwitz, Executive Producer of NYMF stated "I'm personally thrilled to hear that Gay Bride is gearing up for an off-Broadway run. It's two hours of catchy music & pure fun & I'm looking forward to seeing it even more fully realized than it was at NYMF."

As with the NYMF production, Daryl Eisenberg will again cast the musical, written by Dane E. Leeman (book) & Billy Butler (book, music & lyrics). Gay Bride of Frankenstein is a pop/rock, fairy tale musical that follows the exploits of four high school friends on one fateful Halloween night at a very unconventional Monsters Ball. It's John Hughes meets Scooby-Doo & asks the age old question: "Will the girl get the girl?"

Rachel Klein is an NYC based theatre director, choreographer & costume designer. Miss Klein has been working as a downtown theatre & performance art creator since 2005, building a full portfolio ranging from full length theatrical productions, to short & sweet pieces of movement based theatre performed at many prestigious nightlife events & art galleries. Her recent directing credits include The Tragedy of Maria Macabre, a dia de los muertos dance drama through the kaleidoscopic lens of Hades; The Circus of Circus, a cirque infused musical creating the Orwellian horror of Animal Farm as told by circus performers at the House of Yes; Princes of Darkness, a one-man journey depicting the likenesses of Oedipus Rex, Hamlet, Dracula & Lucifer, performed by Bill Connington (Joyce Carroll Oates' Zombie) at Theater for the New City; Hound, a Baroque cabaret portrayal of the Sherlock Holmes mythos; & Go-Go Killers! a retro-futuristic dance-sploitation epic about a dying Earth. Other NYC downtown plays directed by Klein include All Kinds of Shifty Villains, Metro, Sir Sheever, Aenigma, Something Weird in the Red Room, La Enferma, Stage Blood is Never Enough & Southern Werewolf. Rachel's choreography has been presented at La MaMa, the Kitchen, Dixon Place, Theater for the New City, the legendary rock hall Don Hill's, (le) Poisson Rouge, Sullivan Hall, Galapagos Art Space in DUMBO, the House of Yes, the New York Downtown Clown Review, Parallel Exit's "Move It!", the World Famous Bob's "Give Thanks!", the Bushwick Starr, the Bushwick Open Studios Festival, SITE Festival, Night of 1000 Stevies, Lowlife @ HOWL Festival & Banzai!!! At the Red Lotus Room, amongst many others.

In 2010, Rachel Klein was awarded an Emerging Artists Grant from the Field, in association with the Tides Foundation & curates a monthly residency at Bowery Poetry Club to present new work. She was recently awarded a dance commission from Dixon Place to create a new dance epic in 2012. Rachel is incredibly excited to work on Gay Bride of Frankenstein, as it melds her love of horror with her larger than life sensibilities! For more information about Rachel Klein and her work, visit her professional website at www.rachelkleinproductions.com.

Daryl Eisenberg's theatre credits include White's Lies, My Big Gay Italian Wedding, Miss Abigail's Guide to Dating, Mating & Marriage, Women & Guns, Tales From the Tunnel, Veritas, My First Time, The Awesome 80s Prom, VOTE! A New Musical, Street Lights, Altar Boyz, Gay Bride of Frankenstein, F#@king Up Everything, The Garage Band Project. Film credits include: You Can't Fix Her, S.O.L., Coffee & Pie, The Last/First Kiss, The Book of Caleb, Tabitha's Aquarium. TV credits include: Casting Associate on "Gossip Girl" (Warner Bros/The CW) & "Cashmere Mafia" (Sony/ABC). Web: TheBatterysDown.com, JoeyAndDavid.com, Standard Deviants.

Billy Butler (Book, Music & Lyrics) is an award winning actor & director who was honored for "Excellence in American Theatre" by the New England Theatre Council, along with his colleagues, Gary Garrison (President of Dramatists Guild) & Oscar-winning screen writer, Ernest Thompson. He has written &/or performed with Seacoast Repertory Theatre, comedy troupe Rebels Without Applauze, The Players' Ring Theatre, The Palace Theatre, Catch a Rising Star & The Improv (Boston) & Stand Up NY. He is a founding member of New Theatre Works & produced the Gay Bride of Frankenstein original workshop cast recording. Dane Leeman (Book) is currently technical director & resident scenic designer for the Barnstormers Theatre & production manager for New Theatre Works. Gay Bride of Frankenstein is Dane's second full length play. The creative team for the upcoming off-Broadway production will be announced shortly.

Producer Eric S. Goldman has more than twenty years of experience as an entertainment attorney. During his career, Eric has counseled many Tony Award winners as both production counsel & artists' representative. In addition to Broadway & Off-Broadway projects, he has repped producers & artists internationally in London, Sydney, Tokyo & China & acted as counsels for non-profits Northlight Theatre in Chicago, Blank Theatre in Los Angeles & New York's Classical Theatre of Harlem. Eric is currently production counsel for the upcoming Broadway-bound productions of The Miss Firecracker Contest, by Pulitzer Prize-winner Beth Henley & the new musical Grumpy Old Men, which is scheduled to be presented at Manitoba Theatre Center in Fall, 2011.


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