STEPHAN MORROW as JOHN STANLEY
ASSISTANT DIRECTOR / VIDEOGRAPHER - ROB HUNKELE
PRODUCTION STAGE MANAGER / BOARD OPERATOR - MICHAEL DURGAVICH
BOARD OPERATOR - LEILA JOSH
STAGE CREW - JC AUGUSTIN
SET CREW - MARK MARCANTE
SET DRESSER / PROPS - LYTZA R. COLON
LIGHTING DESIGNER - MARGARET PEEBLES
LIGHTING ASSISTANT / PROGRAMMER - VITTORIA ORLANDO
COSTUMES - DESIREE CONSTON
COSTUME MISTRESS - OLIVIA ZACCHIA
Stephan Morrow is a proud veteran of the Off Off Broadway arena and an independent theater artist who produces, directs, and acts.
He is a frequent moderator of the Playwright/Directors Unit (PDU) of The Actors Studio, having been mentored into the unit by Elia Kazan in the mid-80s, and is a longtime member of both The Actors Studio East and West. Prior to that he studied acting privately with Wynn Handman, Uta Hagen, Bill Hickey, Mike Gazzo and received a scholarship to study with Stella Adler.
He later worked with Liz Dixon – acting and vocal coach extraordinaire.
As Artistic Director and Founder of The Great American Play Series he has had the pleasure of resurrecting neglected American classics
via "performances on book" such as ‘After the Fall’ by Arthur Miller with Rebecca De Mornay, Mark Rydell, Barry Primus, Lyle Kessler and
Sally Kirkland, ‘The Price’ with Paul Mazursky and Judith Light, and has had the honor of being personally backed by Arthur Miller for his work on ‘Incident at Vichy’ including a four year mission to get it to a major venue and ultimately staging four "performances on book"
with casts that included F. Murray Abraham, Richard Dreyfuss, Austin Pendleton, David Margulies, Fritz Weaver, Peter Weller and
Fisher Stevens amongst others.
Over the last ten plus years at Theater for the New City (TNC) and elsewhere, Morrow has amassed the following body of work:
In 2019 he wrote and directed ‘The Assassination of J. Kaisaar and the Rise of Augustus’ (https://youtu.be/tKk1tqyrDeU) – a Sopranos meet Mad Max retelling of Shakespeare's Antony and Cleopatra but set in a dystopian (vaguely) US future.
It won its first award in The American Filmatic Arts Awards in 2022.
In 2018, he was Dramaturg and Director of Anne Lucas' 'Recovery' which was submitted for The Pulitzer Prize by
Crystal Field, Executive Artistic Director of TNC.
Over the course of the prior seven years, he directed six productions for Mario Fratti (prolific playwright and author of ‘Nine’) that included ‘Trio’, ‘Quartet’, ‘Duo’, ‘The Suicide Club and Three Sisters and a Priest’, ‘The Vatican Knows – about that young woman’, ‘Six Passionate Women’ , ‘The Women' and ‘The Academy’ (in which he also acted the lead). He has had a long relationship with Mr. Fratti, with the first play in which Morrow acted for him being Fratti's acclaimed production of ‘The Cage’ at The Manhattan Theater Club.
In 2014, Morrow adapted his TNC stage production of John Steppling's dark play ‘Dogmouth’ into an independent film that became on Official Selection of ten independent film festivals, won seven awards, and garnered three more award nominations. It swept the Bergenfield Film Festival with the following accolades: Best Writer – John Steppling; Best Producing – Rob Hunkele; and Best Actor – Stephan Morrow.
(The film is available on Vimeo).
In 2012 he directed Claudio Angelini’s satiric musical comedy ‘Obama in Naples’ at The June Havoc Theater, which was received enthusiastically by audiences in NY, following which Morrow was greatly honored to be invited to stage it at The Italian Embassy in Washington DC. He also directed a second Angelini production – ‘My Wife in a Chador’ – at TNC.
In 2011, between two of his Fratti productions, Morrow stage directed a sold out run of ‘Triangle – The Shirtwaist Triangle Factory Fire’ by J. Gilhooley at 59E59 Theaters in the centennial year of the tragedy. He also worked with Murray Schisgal (who co-wrote ‘Tootsie’)
on two satires – ‘Wall St Fandango’ and ‘The Japanese Foreign Trade Minister’ – plus directed several staged readings of them.
In 2009 he portrayed Marion Faye and directed a month long run of "performances on book" of ‘The Deer Park – or Hollywood Goes to Hell’ by Norman Mailer at The Nuyorican Poets Café and was invited by Mailer to co-direct and act in a film of it. Morrow's long collaboration with Mailer began with his performance as Rod, “stuntman extraordinaire”, in ‘Strawhead – A memory play of Marilyn’ at The Actors Studio, which was written and directed by Mailer. He additionally can be seen in Mailer’s cult classic ‘Tough Guys Don’t Dance’, co-starring opposite Ryan O’Neal.
"All children have dreams regardless of the circumstances they are born into,
and they carry the hope that someday, sometime their dreams will come true.
My play is about two of these children."
Richard Bruce grew up in Syracuse, NY. He worked his way through college spending one summer driving a mail truck at night, one summer on a construction crew and two summers in a factory assembling television sets.
With financial help from his wife, Janet, he attended the Wharton Business School from which he graduated with an MBA with honors. Mr. Bruce retired from Merrill Lynch in 2004 after 38 years helping corporations to raise funds through offerings of their common stock.
Consequently, Mr. Bruce joined the Board of Cohen & Steers, an Investment Management Firm; and at the same time, he became a Trustee of the Southampton Hospital, now a part of the Stony Brook Hospital system. Mr. Bruce spent 12 years as a Trustee of the Hospital where he served on 5 of their committees.
The theme of his play is that no child gets to choose his or her parents. Many children are born into dangerous neighborhoods, rife with crime, drugs, gangs, negative peer pressure, high levels of incarceration and under-performing schools.
In 1999 and 2000 Mr. Bruce sponsored two students as part of the Student Sponsors Partners Program (https://sspnyc.org), a nonprofit founded in 1986, that gives at-risk students the opportunity to receive a quality private high school education and the guidance of a mentor.
From that experience, Mr. Bruce became convinced that many children born into challenging environments can, with the help of mentors from a whole range of professions, be shown a path to a successful and enriching life.
"I suppose there are people who can’t believe that someone would perform an act of kindness
for no other reason than the act of kindness brings them pleasure.
For those who don’t believe this to be possible, that is their problem not mine. This is my story, not theirs."
Richard Bruce, January 2022