Drought, desperation, and a prophet’s promise of Paradise set a ragtag group of wayward souls on a Dust Bowl journey into the desert. When they arrive, their promised land is unlike anything they ever imagined, or anything they ever desired. Driven by a spirited band of actor-musicians and directed by SPRING AWAKENING’s Srda Vasiljevic, the new folk musical DUST CAN’T KILL ME asks what’s worth fighting for when all you've got is dust.
The kind of dust that goes down best with whiskey...
MICHAEL CASTILLEJOS is a versatile performer who works as both an actor and musician. Off-Broadway: SON OF A GUN (Theatre Row), SMILE (Arclight), NYC/Regional: LA MAMA CANTATA (Ellen Stewart Theatre), GENTLEMEN VOLUNTEERS (Pig Iron Theatre), CARELESS LOVE (American Repertory Theatre), Robert Wuhl’s HIT-LIT (Queens Theatre), CARNIVAL (Musicals Tonight). Recent onscreen work includes Inside Amy Schumer, The NBC Talent Showcase, and several voiced characters in Grand Theft Auto V and Red Dead Redemption. In addition to many national commercial and billboard campaigns, Michael has appeared in music videos for Alicia Keys, Alejandro Sanz, and Coheed & Cambria. www.macastillejos.com
RICHARD CRANDLE is a born and raised Jersey boy, living in NYC! He was recently seen as C.C. White in Milwaukee Rep’s production of DREAMGIRLS. Richard was featured on NBC’s The Sing-off in 2010; and Fox Searchlight’s BLACK NATIVITY starring Jennifer Hudson in 2013. He also starred as Seaweed J. Stubbs in the National Tour of Hairspray! Richard is very excited to be part of NYMF 2016 with the cast of DUST CAN’T KILL ME! Twitter/Instagram: @RichardCrandle
Elizabeth A. Davis
ELIZABETH A. DAVIS (Angelina) is a Tony & Drama Desk Award Nominated actor, and an Innovative Theatre Award Winner. Broadway: ONCE (Tony Award Nomination); Off-Broadway: ALLEGRO (Classic Stage Company, Drama Desk Award Nomination), ZORBA!, CAUCASIAN CHALK CIRCLE, THE 39 STEPS, THE CHERRY ORCHARD, JOE, EMILY (Innovative Theatre Award Winner). Her TV and film work reinforces her versatility, with credits including Blue Bloods, The Jim Gaffigan Show, Fringe, and Taxi Brooklyn. For info on her full credits, writing & music, check out: www.elizabethadavis.com
Adrian Blake Enscoe
ADRIAN BLAKE ENSCOE (a.k.a. Roy Dodger) is a Brooklyn-based actor and musical miscreant originally hailing from a small town called Earlville in the boonies of New York State. He can most often be spotted making music and mischief in the NYC subways with his trio of acoustic rock’n’roll ruffians, Bandits on the Run (currently recording their first full length album). Since graduating in 2012 with a BFA in Make-Believe from Carnegie Mellon School of Drama, he has had the pleasure of working on a plethora of projects including films: Hello Again, The Greens are Gone, Seeds, and Jaime Marks is Dead; TV shows: Orange is the New Black and Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt; and plays: Bag of Nails (reading), Servant of Two Masters (La Mama), Barbarous Nights (Invisible Dog), and the immersive theater project Lady in Red Converses with Diablo (Arts @ Renaissance).
KATHRYN GALLAGHER is an actor and a singer-songwriter. She recently made her Broadway debut in Deaf West's SPRING AWAKENING as the voice of Martha. She has performed with The Bacon Brothers, Little Feat and Ray Manzarek, and Robby Krieger of The Doors. Her music has been featured in Stuart Blumberg's Thanks For Sharing and on USA's Covert Affairs. www.kathryngallaghermusic.com
PAUL HINKES is a Chicago born, New York based actor-musician. He is a graduate of Yale university, where he studied Theatre and Film & Media studies, and is thrilled to be working on DUST CAN'T KILL ME for the third time. Recent New York credits include THE WINTER'S TALE (Underling Productions), THE DISPUTE (Everyday Inferno Theatre), and, of course, DUST CAN'T KILL ME at the New York Fringe Festival. www.paulhinkes.com
ABIGAIL CARNEY is a writer from a small town in Ohio. Her plays have been produced at The Secret Theatre, the Young Playwrights Festival, The New School for Drama, The Yale Playwrights Festival, The Kraine Theatre, and in Sitka, Alaska. As a spoken word poet, she has competed at the Rustbelt Midwest Regional Poetry Slam, the College Unions Poetry Slam Invitational (CUPSI), and Brave New Voices (BNV), and opened for The Strivers Row. Her work has appeared in The Feminist Utopia Project and The Yale Literary Magazine.
Music & Lyrics
ELLIAH HEIFETZ is a composer and pop songwriter from Philadelphia whose works have appeared both on stage and on major label recordings. At Yale, he studied with Michael Korie, Jeanine Tesori, and Andrew Gerle; his most recent musical, DUST CAN’T KILL ME, won the Overall Excellence Award for Best Music & Lyrics at NYC Fringe in 2014. His pop writing, published by The Brain Music, recently appeared on Charles Perry’s debut album, STRANGE TO LOVE (Verve), and he looks forward to more pop releases in 2016. Elliah also sang with the Yale Whiffenpoofs of 2015.
SRDA VASILJEVIC is a Bosnian-American theatre director recently named “Who’s Next” by NEXT Magazine and described as “theater wunderkind already making his mark on Broadway.” Recent credits include: SPRING AWAKENING (Brooks Atkinson) WHAT’S THE DEAL WITH OLIVIA LEE (#serials@theflea), WHEN I STARTED DATING MEN (Dixon Place), EUKIAH (Atlantic Acting School), and Terrence McNally’s STAGE DADS starring Tyne Daly (BCEFA Easter Bonnet). Srda is a member of the ENCORES! Off-Center Artists’ Board and Lincoln Center Director’s Lab and is currently working as the Assistant Director of the NEW YORK SPECTACULAR at Radio City Music Hall.
JENNIFER JANCUSKA’s work as a choreographer has been seen at The Public Theater, City Center, Skirball Center, Dallas Theater Center, The Royal George, Flat Rock Playhouse, Trinity Rep, Madison Square Garden. Current and upcoming projects include collaborators, Adam Gwon, Kerrigan + Lowdermilk, Zack Zadek, Matte O’Brien, Keith Varney and the amazing DUST team. Cornell University graduate, Jennifer’s the founder/creative director of BC Beat (BCBeat.net), Broadway Connection (BroadwayConnection.net), and ASTIR Lab. She has lectured at NYU, Syracuse, PACE, UofArts, College of Charleston, Shanghai Theater Academy. www.JenniferJancuska.com
Music Director/Sound Design
MAX GORDON is a songwriter, music director, and music producer. He has worked as a recording engineer for Wynton Marsalis and Jazz at Lincoln Center, and his band, Nero, My Panda, has opened for Diplo, Macklemore & Ryan Lewis, and Betty Who. His songwriting and production recently appeared on Charles Perry's debut album (Verve Records). He graduated from Yale University in May 2016.
NYMF 2016: Dust Can’t Kill Me, Forest Boy, Newton’s Cradle, Tink! Upcoming: Kerrigan-Lowdermilk’s The Bad Years Recent: The Dodgers (LA), We Are The Tigers (LA), Nancy & Tonya: The Rock Opera, What Do Critics Know?, The Navigator (NYC & LA). Evan’s collaborative projects include performances at Lincoln Center, The United Nations, Georgetown University, The Culture Project, 54 Below, and The MET. He has had the opportunity to speak about producing and nontraditional development at New York University, Theatre Resources Unlimited, and his alma mater, Marymount Manhattan College. www.evanbernardinproductions.com