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the other side of paradise


The Other Side of Paradise is a wild music memory of a woman caught between art, fame, madness, and the greatest novelist of the 20th century. Follow Zelda Fitzgerald as she unearths her life’s song through a score with a genre-defying mix of folk, rock, pop, and jazz.

A developmental production of The Other Side of Paradise premiered in Ars Nova's 2017 ANT Fest and played subsequent sold out performances at The Green Room 42. 

The Other Side of Paradise is currently being developed by performer-songwriter Angela Sclafani, in collaboration with director Hunter Bird. 







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Angela Sclafani is a New York City-based singer, songwriter, theater composer, and actor. Her debut musical The Other Side of Paradise, which she wrote, performed, and co-produced, tells the story of Zelda Fitzgerald and premiered in Ars Nova’s 2017 ANT Fest. She has performed with artists such as Todd Almond, Courtney Love, Shaina Taub, Heidi Rodewald, Teen Commandments, & Years and Years in venues that include The Beacon Theater, The Theater at Madison Square Garden, Joe's Pub, and Webster Hall. Theater credits include Kansas City Choir Boy with Courtney Love (Prototype Festival; Tour: ART Oberon, CTG, Art Basel), Burn All Night (NYC Workshop), The Good Swimmer (NYC Workshop), The Daughters (NYU) and Liz Swados’ The Reality Show (NYU). Film: The Rest of Us, Better to Live (Tribeca Film Selection 2015). Angela's sophomore EP will be released spring 2018. Her debut EP Blossom is available to stream and download online. She is currently developing The Other Side of Paradise with director Hunter Bird and is devising a new music theatre piece about mental illness and the human brain. Awards/Honors: Richie Jackson Artist Fellow (NYU Tisch, 2018), Jonathan Larson Grant Finalist (ATW, 2018), Billie Burke Ziegfeld Award Semifinalist (The Ziegfeld Club, 2017), Lobby Project Semifinalist (NYCC, 2017). Training: BFA in Drama from NYU Tisch School of the Arts.

Hunter Bird is Brooklyn based director with a focus on new work, particularly at the intersection of music, movement, and narrative. Recent and upcoming projects include The Laodamiad at Signature Theatre and coming to The Getty Villa, developed at Roundabout Theatre Company with Dramaturg Oskar Eustis. NYC: An immersive production of Kander and Ebb's Cabaret(Secret Theatre), The Imaginary Menagerie (The McKittrick Hotel, Ars Nova, Joe’s Pub), The Crazy Ones (New Musicals @ 54 Below), Edward II (The Tank), Held Momentarily (NYC Fringe, Fringe Encore Series), Laodamiad (Columbia), Eversion (Ars Nova). Previous AD credits on Broadway and across the country with Des McAnuff, Lynne Meadow, Pam MacKinnon, Doug Hughes, Graciela Daniele, and Eve Ensler. Colony Coordinator of the Johnny Mercer Writers Colony at Goodspeed Musicals from 2014 - 2016, where he worked with over 120 writers of new musicals.

Dan Garmon is a Brooklyn-based music director, multi-instrumentalist, and educator. Upcoming: The Cadaver Synod (NYMF 2017) as well as Kerrigan-Lowdermilk’s fully immersive musical The Bad Years. NYC: The Bad Years (2016 workshop), The Unauthorized Biography of Samantha Brown (NAMT), an immersive production of Kander & Ebb’s Cabaret (The Secret Theatre), The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee (Secret Theatre). He has also had the pleasure of working on Broadway's Finding Neverland, Mira Nair's Monsoon Wedding, and the new John Denver jukebox musical Back Home Again. He is thrilled to be working with some of NYC's best to tell this story.

Kate Lumpkin is in the business of making dreams come true. She is a casting professional, PR & Marketing specialist and personal creative director. She truly believes in the power of storytelling, kindness, and that you can become the leading character of your own life. Kate is currently a Casting Director with her own company and the US & Canadian Casting Associate for Celebrity Cruises. Previously, she has been associated with FOX East Coast Casting, Michael Cassara Casting and Jessica Daniels Casting. Collectively, as a casting professional, she has worked on over 40 TV/Film productions and 50 theatrical productions across the country including shows at the Denver Theatre Center, NAMT, NYMF, The York Theatre, The Berkshire Theatre Festival, The Engeman Theatre, the National Asian Artists Project, The Astoria Performing Arts Center and many others. In addition to teaching workshops at numerous Colleges and Universities, she also works privately with clients on branding, image styling, and career mapping.

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