Co-Lyricist and Book Writer R.C. Staab is a New York-based playwright, librettist and lyricist whose musicals and plays have been produced in New York, San Francisco and England. This is first collaboration with Michael Sansonia, although Michael was the Music Director of ZOMBIE WEDDING at FringeNYC, which is now being shepherded by producer Robert Lazo. ONE WAY TICKET: A Musical Murder Mystery, written with Daniel Sturman, was part of Fisher Taylor-Gaunt's Under Construction project in London in 2015. In 2014, a song he co-wrote with Dave Ogrin was a finalist for Broadway Producer Ken Davenport's Song Writing Contest and the Stiles-Drewe Songwriting Contest in England. With Kelsey Mathes, he wrote SIGNAL MALFUNCTION, a contemporary farce, which was featured at the 2013 at the Midtown International Theatre Festival in New York. He lives in Manhattan with his wife, Valari, and his dog, Jack.
Composer & Co-Lyricist Michael Sansonia is a musical director, lyricist/composer, and music producer with an extremely varied background. He formed and performed with a Medieval ensemble for the premier of ROBIN AND MARIAN (starring Sean Connery), and a Country-Western band for the South African equivalent of the Kentucky Derby. He’s a former musical director for National Lampoon's live shows and television specials, including CLASS OF '86, for which he also wrote several songs. Other television work includes the soundtrack PBS BIOGRAPHY, LIFESTYLES OF THE RICH AND FAMOUS, CNN TRAVEL SERIES, and the Jane Leeves sitcom THROB. During its original New York run, he conducted LITTLE SHOP OF HORRORS. He has appeared in several Broadway and off-Broadway shows as an actor/musician. These include PUMP BOYS AND DINETTES (he has, at one time or another, performed as each of the character/musicians in the onstage band) and SONG OF SINGAPORE. He has since musical directed several productions of PB&D. During the Toyota Comedy Festival, he was musical director and a contributing writer for FIRESIGN THEATRE. He has performed, arranged, or written music and lyrics for numerous corporate clients, such as MCI, Bayer, Nike, Verizon, Kraft Foods, Beneficial, Sandoz, Reliance, KPMG, CNN, Chase Manhattan, Scholastic, Hallmark, and many others.
Director Dan Swern is the co-founder and producing director for coLAB Arts in New Brunswick, NJ, engaging artists, social advocates, and communities to create transformative new work. NY: American Records, Branch Street Productions, Voice Afire, The Secret City. coLAB Arts: Romeo and Juliet/Romeo y Julieta, I Heart Kant.