BABY FAT: Act I

July 21, 2016 - July 23, 2016

Ellen Stewart Theatre | 66 E 4th Street; 2nd Floor

La MaMa presents in association with Columbia Stages
WORLD PREMIERE of

BABY FAT: ACT I
A Screeching Weasel Rock Opera

Music and Lyrics: Ben Weasel
Libretto: Ben Weasel (after Victor Hugo and Francesco Maria Piave)
Director: Michael Scholar, Jr.
Music Director and Arranger: Andy Peterson
Choreographer: Samantha Sheppard
November Theatre Production 
Verdi's classic opera Rigoletto gets a punk rock overhaul by iconic frontman of Screeching Weasel ("Cool Kids"), Ben Weasel. In Baby Fat: Act I, we find ourselves in The Reptile House, a Chicago club where the house band Serpentello and its entourage are at the center of a dark vortex of debauchery from which seemingly no soul can escape unharmed. Michael Scholar, Jr. (The Black Rider) directs this advance showing for a strictly limited run. 

STARRING: 

Russell Fischer* | Marlene Ginader | Kwame Michael Remy* 

 

"While a handful of bands are prepping storylines for the stage, this may be the first opera in punk rock, and is a creative leap from the Weasel aesthetic.”
- Scott Murry, New Noise Magazine
 
Please note that Screeching Weasel does not appear in this production of Baby Fat: Act I.  

Featuring

Anne Bragg | Ryan Connolly*
Matt Felkey | Mallory Gladman*
Ryan Halsaver* | Darian Marchetto
Maggie Politi* | Dan Rosenbaum
Basit Shittu | Alexander Tomas

BAND 

Guitar: Mike Hunchback
Guitar/Keys/Band Leader: Keith Patchel
Bass: Billy Smolen
Drums: Derek Swink

Creative Team

Director: Michael Scholar, Jr. 
Music Director & Arranger: Andy Peterson
Choreographer: Samantha Sheppard
Set and Props Designer: You-Shin Chen
Costume Designer: Joseph Blaha
Lighting Designer: Oona Curley
Video Designer: Conor Moore
Sound Designer: John Sully
Dramaturg: Anchuli Felicia King
Assistant Director: Ran Xia
Set and Props Associate: Yu-Ting Lin
Casting Director: Jamibeth Margolis, CSA

Production Team

Producer: Kyle Cadotte
General Manager: Lucia Xiaoran Zhu
Associate Producer: Sipei Fang
Production Stage Manager: Joan Wyatt
Assistant Stage Manager: Abraham Marlett
Marketing Manager: Erik Kaiko
Company Manager: Michael Leibring
* Appears courtesy of Actors Equity