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NDREW GERLE (book and music) Composer, playwright and pianist Andrew Gerle is a three-time recipient of the Richard Rodgers Award for musical theater writing, administered by the Stephen Sondheim and American Academy of Arts and Letters, for THE TUTOR (book and lyrics by Maryrose Wood), and recently won his fourth for his original musical, GLORYANA. With lyricist Eddie Sugarman, he won a 2006 Jonathan Larson Award for their show, MEET JOHN DOE, which received seven Helen Hayes nominations for its world premiere at the Ford's Theatre in Washington, DC., and he received the first Burton Lane Fellowship for Young Composers from the Theater Songwriters' Hall of Fame. He has recently been collaborating with librettist Royce Vavrek on new works for The New Ensemble Theater Company, as well as an opera, THE BEACH, which was selected for New York City Opera's 2011 VOX reading series. His play RENOVATIONS was recently included in The Blank Theater's Living Room Reading Series in Los Angeles, and will be premiered in 2011 at the White Plains (NY) Performing Arts Center.

Andrew has been a Fellow at the MacDowell Artists' Colony and a writer-in-residence at the Sundance Theater Institute at Ucross and the Eugene O'Neill Musical Theatre Conference. As a musical director, he has worked on dozens of Off-Broadway, regional and touring productions, and was heard as the "hands" of Coalhouse Walker, Jr., in the recent Tony Award-winning revival of Ragtime. He has served as musical director and accompanist for such distinguished artists as Kitty Carlisle Hart, John Raitt, Jennifer Holliday, Leslie Uggams, Liz Callaway, Mary Testa and Michael Rupert. A CD of his jazz arrangements of the songs of Maltby & Shire with vocalist Christa Justus was released in 2010 under the PS Classics Label. His book, The Enraged Accompanist's Guide to the Perfect Audition, will be published this March by Hal Leonard (Applause Books). He is on the faculty of Yale University, where he teaches musical theater songwriting.[www.andrewgerle.com]
DDIE SUGARMAN (book and lyrics) holds a BFA in Musical Theatre from the University of Michigan, and is a proud member of the Dramatists Guild and the BMI-Lehman Engel Musical Theatre Writing Workshop. He won a Larson Award for his work on Meet John Doe, and is very grateful to the many people and organizations that have supported its journey.

Eddie has also written book and lyrics for The Gospel Of Goliath (music by Jihwan Kim), King Of The Playground (music by Bruce Kiesling) and To Make A King (music by Jihwan Kim). He also had the coolest job on Broadway when he was a stuntman in the hit musical Ragtime.

Eddie lives in Chicago with his wife, Kara, and their kids, Sam and Lucy. [www.myspace.com/eddiesugarman]
RANK CAPRA (original filmmaker) was a multiple Academy Award-winner for films such as It Happened One Night, You Can't Take It With You, and Mr. Deeds Goes To Town. Other films included It's A Wonderful Life, Mr. Smith Goes To Washington, Meet John Doe, and the Academy Award-winning documentary series, Why We Fight. John Ford described him as "A great man and a great American, [he] is an inspiration to those who believe in the American Dream." Mr. Capra died in 1991. IMDb ]
Frank Capra