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Steven Carl McCasland

 
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STEVEN CARL McCASLAND is the founder and Artistic Director of The Beautiful Soup Theater Collective, for which he has directed Lift, Rags, Moose Murders, Yentl, A Doll's Life, Alice Au Pays Des Merveilles, Twelfth Night, Crossing Brooklyn and more. He also directed the world premiere of his plays ... (read complete bio)
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Bio:
STEVEN CARL McCASLAND is the founder and Artistic Director of The Beautiful Soup Theater Collective, for which he has directed Lift, Rags, Moose Murders, Yentl, A Doll's Life, Alice Au Pays Des Merveilles, Twelfth Night, Crossing Brooklyn and more. He also directed the world premiere of his plays ... (read complete bio)

Stage Credits

  [Off-Broadway]
Beautiful Soup Theater Collective Production, 2011
Tweedle-Dum and The Mock Turtle

Productions

 
[Off-Broadway, 2011]
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Steven Carl McCasland with composer Charles Strouse Photo

Steven Carl McCasland with composer Charles Strouse

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09/17/2016
Keith Herrmann and Steven Carl McCasland Photo

Keith Herrmann and Steven Carl McCasland

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07/20/2016
 Steven Carl McCasland and James Horan Photo

Steven Carl McCasland and James Horan

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07/20/2016
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Steven Carl McCasland

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01/30/2013

 

Stage

Performances
  [Off-Broadway]
Beautiful Soup Theater Collective Production, 2011
Tweedle-Dum and The Mock Turtle

Productions

Director

Designer

Writing
Playwright

Steven Carl McCasland Biography

STEVEN CARL McCASLAND is the founder and Artistic Director of The Beautiful Soup Theater Collective, for which he has directed Lift, Rags, Moose Murders, Yentl, A Doll's Life, Alice Au Pays Des Merveilles, Twelfth Night, Crossing Brooklyn and more. He also directed the world premiere of his plays neat & tidy, BLACK [Billy Learns About Captain Kirk] and BLUE: a fable. Beautiful Soup was founded in the summer of 2010. Steven received his Bachelor in Arts for Directing from Pace University.

McCasland's revivals of Rags and A Doll's Life featured heavily revised librettos, painstakingly put together using many lost drafts. The end results were comprehensive looks at long-troubled musicals in rare New York revivals.

In the spring of 2006, he founded Group Therapy Productions, the first student-run production company on campus. He produced and directed over 10 theatrical productions during his four years at Pace University, including an outdoor production of A Midsummer Night's Dream in the school's courtyard. Other productions: A Streetcar Named Desire, Dog Sees God, Death of a Salesman, Antigone, Medea, Falsettos, Proof, The Laramie Project and The Diary of Anne Frank.

In 2009, Steven was commissioned to adapt poet Jack Wiler's anthologies into a solo performance about Wiler's struggle with HIV. That play, Fun Being Me, was workshopped with Jack in the title role before his passing in 2009. His other plays, When I'm 64, Hope & Glory, The Tip, Opheliacs Anonymous, Fifth Position, Blue, Pulchritudinous (Huntington Award in Playwriting - First Place), neat & tidy and Billy Learns About Captain Kirk have all received productions regionally and in Manhattan.

A classically trained pianist, Steven's musical direction and conducting credits include Falsettos, The Wizard of Oz, Aida, Godspell, The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee, Thoroughly Modern Millie, Imagine That, The Secret Garden and You're a Good Man, Charlie Brown.

His acting credits include Moose Murders (Howie Keene), Hard Times (Thomas Gradgrind), Billy Bibbit in One Flew Over The Cuckoo's Nest, The Hot L Baltimore (Paul Granger III), Group Therapy's inaugural production of Proof (Robert), Ubu Rex (Boogerlas), The Persecution and Assassination of Jean-Paul Marat as Performed by the Inmates of the Asylum of Charenton Under the Direction of the Marquis de Sade (Coulmier), Johnny Got His Gun (Joe Bonham), a crazed voice in Betty's Summer Vacation, Little Shop of Horrors (Mr. Mushnik) and Into the Woods (twice! - Jack and The Baker).

In June of 2011, Steven premiered his original adaptation of Lewis Carroll's Alice's Adventures in Wonderland. Setting Wonderland in the heart of Paris, he also directed and was featured in the cast as the Mock Turtle. After its one week workshop, Alice Au Pays Des Merveilles was picked up for an extended run at The SoHo Playhouse through September. His play neat & tidy made a splash on the Bowery in May of 2012, with critics hailing McCasland as a new Thornton Wilder and the play as one of the Top Dramatic Plays of the year.

After critically acclaimed workshops of Steven's plays Little Wars and What Was Lost in 2014, Beautiful Soup partnered with The Clarion Theatre to present five of his plays in repertory. Those five plays began on May 7th, 2015 and ran through the end of the month. Also featured in rep were 28 Marchant Avenue, Der Kanarienvogel (The Canary) and a revival of neat & tidy. His writing has been acclaimed by New York critics as "brilliant", "riveting", "mesmerizing" and "extraordinary".

While not at the theater, Steven maintains life as a private vocal and acting coaching, prepping New York actors on new material and for upcoming auditions. He is also the Events and Social Media Manager for New York's historic Drama Book Shop.




Steven Carl McCasland News

QUEER VOICES CABARET to Present Inaugural Show At The Duplex Photo QUEER VOICES CABARET to Present Inaugural Show At The Duplex
by Chloe Rabinowitz - Jun 27, 2022

Queer Voices Cabaret, the new sibling company of the long-running Trans Voices Cabaret, will present it's inaugural show on Saturday, July 9th at The Duplex in Greenwich Village.

Rheinbeck Theatre Society Presents Henry Fin Berry As The World's 300th BILLY ELLIOT Photo Rheinbeck Theatre Society Presents Henry Fin Berry As The World's 300th BILLY ELLIOT
by A.A. Cristi - Jun 23, 2021

New Jersey's Henry Fin Berry will fill Billy Elliot's shoes, as he becomes the world's 300th triple threat to play the role. His turn as the British ballet dancer in The Rheinbeck Theatre Society's production marks another milestone: Berry will be only the first American actor to have played all three coveted roles for young boys: Billy, Michael and Small Boy.  

LITTLE WARS Returns To Stream.theatre Photo LITTLE WARS Returns To Stream.theatre
by Stephi Wild - Mar 25, 2021

Following critical-acclaim, and due to popular demand, the digital revival of Steven Carl McCasland's Little Wars, will once again return for a limited streaming season.

Catherine Russell Performs Steven Carl McCasland's CIGARETTE TREES Photo Catherine Russell Performs Steven Carl McCasland's CIGARETTE TREES
by Chloe Rabinowitz - Feb 17, 2021

After her critically acclaimed turn as Alice B. Toklas in Steven Carl McCasland’s celebrated LITTLE WARS, Catherine Russell is turning to a new work by the playwright. In this world premiere audio drama, Cigarette Trees, Russell stars as Lynette, an Appalachian mother hiding a dark secret.

LITTLE WARS & FALLING STARS to Stream in February Photo LITTLE WARS & FALLING STARS to Stream in February
by Chloe Rabinowitz - Jan 22, 2021

Juliet Stevenson leads an all-star female cast in this streamed production of  Steven Carl McCasland’s dinner party drama, Little Wars.  Joining Stevenson are Linda Bassett Debbie Chazen, Natasha Karp, Catherine Russell, Sarah Solemani and Olivier-recipient Sophie Thompson.

Ginger Quiff Media Streams GODSPELL, FALLING STARS, and LITTLE WARS
by Stephi Wild - Dec 21, 2020

With theatres unable to operate under most tier restrictions, Thomas Hopkins and Michael Quinn of Ginger Quiff Media, the producers behind We Need A Little Christmas with Dame Maureen Lipman which is currently running on Stream.Theatre, remain committed to ensuring we get our culture fix online. 

LITTLE WARS Extends Run Through Lockdown Photo LITTLE WARS Extends Run Through Lockdown
by Stephi Wild - Nov 4, 2020

Due to popular demand, the digital revival of Steven Carl McCasland's 'dinner' party drama Little Wars, will be extending its run for three weeks to provide entertainment during the lockdown.

VIDEO: Watch the Teaser Trailer For the Streaming Production LITTLE WARS Photo VIDEO: Watch the Teaser Trailer For the Streaming Production LITTLE WARS
by Stage Tube - Oct 27, 2020

An all new teaser trailer has been released for the all-star digital revival of Steven Carl McCasland’s Little Wars, starring Linda Bassett, Sophie Thompson, Juliet Stevenson and more! 

Juliet Stevenson and Sophie Thompson Lead Virtual LITTLE WARS Reading Photo Juliet Stevenson and Sophie Thompson Lead Virtual LITTLE WARS Reading
by Chloe Rabinowitz - Sep 23, 2020

Multi award-winning stage and screen actress Juliet Stevenson (Truly, Madly, Deeply; The Doctor, Almeida; Blindness, Donmar Warehouse) leads an all-star female cast in the online revival of Steven Carl McCasland's dinner party drama, Little Wars.

All-Star Cast Unite for Digital Revival of Steven Carl McCasland's LITTLE WARS
by Stephi Wild - Sep 23, 2020

Multi award-winning stage and screen actress Juliet Stevenson (Truly, Madly, Deeply; The Doctor, Almeida; Blindness, Donmar Warehouse) leads an all-star female cast in the online revival of Steven Carl McCaslanda??s dinner party drama, Little Wars.

Steven Carl McCasland Videos

VIDEO: Watch the Teaser Trailer For the Streaming Production LITTLE WARS VideoVIDEO: Watch the Teaser Trailer For the Streaming Production LITTLE WARS
by Stage Tube - Oct 27, 2020

An all new teaser trailer has been released for the all-star digital revival of Steven Carl McCasland’s Little Wars, starring Linda Bassett, Sophie Thompson, Juliet Stevenson and more! 

New Play Reading Podcast Releases April Episodes with Cast Members from Waitress, Bonnie & Clyde and More!
by A.A. Cristi - Apr 3, 2017

At The Table: A Play Reading Series has released its April play, Little Wars by Steven Carl McCasland. Directed by Rachel Flynn (Heathers: The Musical), and co-hosted by Ned Donovan (The Hunted: Encore), the episodes are edited, and feature original scoring by Marcus Thorne Bagala (This American Life).

VIDEO: Paul Thomas Ryan Performs McCasland's THE FALLING MAN from THE BONE ORCHARD MONOLOGUES
by BWW News Desk - Feb 3, 2017

Acclaimed playwright Steven Carl McCasland (Little Wars, What Was Lost, neat & tidy) has debuted his new online anthology of monologues,The Bone Orchard Monologues.

VIDEO: Sneak Peek of Eating Raoul: in Concert at Feinstein's/54 Below
by BWW News Desk - Dec 22, 2016

As previously announced, Feinstein's/54Below, Broadway's supper club, has will present Eating Raoul: In Concert, starring The Skivvies and Roe Hartrampf, for two performances on January 5th, 2017.

VIDEO: Kristen Gehling performs McCasland's ALICE PAUL for Election Day
by BWW News Desk - Nov 8, 2016

In honor of this historic Presidential race, McCasland recently debuted a piece inspired by the life of suffragette Alice Paul. Just in time for Election Day, actress Kristen Gehling has brought the monologue to life.

STAGE TUBE: Marin Mazzie and Jason Danieley Discuss Career, Health and More at Drama Book Shop
by Stage Tube - Oct 17, 2016

The Drama Book Shop recently welcomed three-time Tony Award-nominee Marin Mazzie and her husband, Broadway veteran, Jason Danieley, for an intimate discussion about life in the theatre and Mazzie's ongoing journey with ovarian cancer. The Monday, October 17th discussion was free to the public and was broadcast via Facebook live.

STAGE TUBE: Teaser Trailer for ONWARD VICTORIA Concert at Feinstein's/54 Below Released
by Stage Tube - Jun 9, 2016

A one-night-only concert reading of ONWARD VICTORIA will be presented at Feinstein's/54 Below on Tuesday, July 19th at 7:00pm, featuring Lenny Wolpe, Bethe Austin, Branch Fields and more. The short-lived musical chronicles the first female candidate for President of the United States. A teaser trailer for the concert has been released. Check it out below!

STAGE TUBE: Broadway's Beth Leavel, Jay Armstrong Johnson, Keala Settle & More Toast Elaine Stritch!
by Stage Tube - Jul 29, 2014

Fans and performers from around the world have gathered to honor the memory of Elaine Stritch. In a new video created and edited by Steven Carl McCasland, Artistic Director of Beautiful Soup Theater, over 25 participants have gathered to celebrate her most famous song, 'The Ladies Who Lunch'. Click below to check out appearances from Beth Leavel, Donna Lynne Champlin, Jay Armstrong Johnson, Elizabeth Stanley, Clyde Alves, Anne L. Nathan, Keala Settle, Nancy Shayne, and Lisa Brescia.

STAGE TUBE: In Rehearsal with Beautiful Soup's LIFT
by Stage Tube - Oct 11, 2013

Beautiful Soup Theater (Rags, Moose Murders, A Doll's Life) will present the American premiere of Craig Adams andIan Watson's musical LIFT, which made its sold-out premiere at London's SoHo Theatre earlier this year after being developed with Pitch Perfect Musicals. A concept album featuring members of the original cast is available on iTunes. BroadwayWorld has a sneak peek at the cast in rehearsal in the video below!


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Steven Carl McCasland has written 1 shows including Alice... (Playwright).