Sean originated the title role in Good Night, Oscar last year at the Goodman Theater in Chicago. He is a three-time Emmy Award winning actor, host and producer. He is best known for his role as Jack McFarland on the NBC sitcom “Will & Grace,” for which he won a Primetime Emmy Award and four SAG Awards, along with six Golden Globe nominations. He is also known for his work on Broadway including An Act of God and Promises, Promises for which he received a Tony Award nomination for Best Performance by a Leading Actor in a Musical. Hayes is the co-founder of Hazy Mills Productions, the television production company behind several hit shows such as “Hot in Cleveland,” “Grimm,” “Hollywood Game Night,” and “History of Comedy.” He currently co-hosts the #1 comedy podcast in the world, “Smartless,” as well as a second podcast, “HypochondriActor.”
Cast & Creative
Emily Bergl (June Levant) received a Jeff Award nomination for her role as June Levant at the Goodman Theatre. Broadway: The Ferryman, Cat on a Hot Tin Roof, Touch of the Poet, The Rivals, The Lion in Winter. She is best known for her recurring roles on TV in “The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel,” “Shameless,” “The Knick,” “Gilmore Girls,” “Desperate Housewives,” “American Crime,” “Southland,” and “Men in Trees.” Film credits include Fur: An Imaginary Portrait of Diane Arbus, The Rage: Carrie 2, and the upcoming Escaping Ohio. As a solo cabaret artist, she has headlined at the Carlyle, Oak Room, and Feinstein’s.
Marchánt Davis (Alvin Finney) is an actor and writer from Philadelphia. He appeared in Jordan E. Cooper’s Ain’t No Mo’ on Broadway and received Lucille Lortel and Audelco Award nominations for the off-Broadway run. Other stage credits include Broadway’s The Great Society. Film: The Day Shall Come and A Journal for Jordan. Davis will be seen starring with Sydney Sweeney in Tina Satter’s feature about whistleblower Reality Winner. Davis’s debut children’s book, A Boy and His Mirror, was published in January. He holds an MFA from NYU’s Graduate Acting Program. Twitter (@marchantdavis) & Insta (@marchantdavis)
Off-Broadway credits: A Kid Like Jake (Lincoln Center), Recipe for Success With Chef Michael Denardi (NYC Fringe Festival) Chicago credits: Curious George Goes to War, Pants on Fire, Show Title Deemed Indecent by The FCC, From Fear to Eternity (The Second City). Film credits: Stranger Than Fiction, Rough Night, Things Heard and Seen, The Menu. TV credits: “Veep,” “The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel,” “Search Party,” “The President Show,” “Curb Your Enthusiasm,” “The Colbert Report”, (Emmy, Peabody and Writers Guild Awards), “Late Night with Seth Meyers”, “At Home with Amy Sedaris” (Writers Guild Award). Radio/podcasts: NPR’s “Wait Wait…Don’t Tell Me!”
Broadway: Fiddler on the Roof, Picnic. Off-Broadway: Actually, We’re F**ked (Cherry Lane Theatre), Sex Lives of Our Parents (Second Stage), The Gingerbread House (Rattlestick Theatre/stageFARM). Ben is perhaps best known as the star of “Outsourced” (NBC) & “For the People” (Shondaland/ABC). Additional TV: “Inventing Anna,” “Law & Order: SVU,” “Younger,” “Mr. Robot,” “Ozark,” “The Good Wife,” “Modern Love,” “Evil Monsterland,” “Blindspot,” “God Friended Me,” & “Elementary.” Film: Hope Springs, The Brass Teapot, Better Off Single, Landing Up, and Ask for Jane. Training: The Juilliard School, where he received the Michel and Suria Saint-Denis Prize. @Ben_Rappaport.
Alex Wyse (Max Weinbaum) has appeared on Broadway in Waitress, Deaf West’s Spring Awakening, and Lysistrata Jones, on tour in Wicked, and off-Broadway in Ride the Cyclone, Bare, and Triassic Parq. Regionally he has worked at Hartford Stage, The Wallis Annenberg, Paper Mill Playhouse, Cleveland Play House, Maltz Jupiter, Huntington, Lyric Stage Company of Boston, and more. TV credits include “The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel,” “The Other Two,” “Iron Fist,” “Masters of Sex,” “NCIS: LA,” “The Bold and the Beautiful,” “Switched at Birth,” “Modern Family,” “Agent X,” “A to Z,” “Bad Judge,” and “Bored to Death.” As a creator, he was co-writer/star of off-Broadway’s A Commercial Jingle For Regina Comet, co-creator/star of the Emmy-nominated “Indoor Boys,” and co-director/writer of the upcoming feature film, Summoning Sylvia. BFA: Boston University.
His off-Broadway credits include Heroes of the Fourth Turning (Playwrights Horizon, Special Citation Obie); Before We’re Gone (13th Street Theatre); Monster (Potomac Theatre Project). Regional credits include Romeo and Juliet (Commonwealth Shakespeare Company and Huntington Theatre Company; 10×10 (Barrington Stage Company); The Kite Runner (New Repertory Theatre). Film and TV credits include The Breakdown Parables, “Evil,” “Billions,” “The Code,” and “Madam Secretary.” A singer/songwriter as well, his debut LP Misters comes out on all streaming services in December. He holds an MFA from New York University and a BFA from Boston University.
New York credits include The Annotated History of the American Muskrat (Nightdrive Theatre). Regional credits include Good Night, Oscar (Goodman Theatre); The Boys in the Band (Windy City Playhouse); A Shayna Maidel (Timeline Theatre Company) and Three Sisters (UV Theatre Project). Film and TV credits include “NeXt” (Fox) and The Thing About Harry (Freeform). Sam holds a BFA in Acting from the University of Michigan and is proudly represented by Stewart Talent.
Broadway credits: To Kill a Mockingbird; The Iceman Cometh, M. Butterfly; The Glass Menagerie; The Crucible; A Raisin in the Sun; Lucky Guy; Death of a Salesman; The Merchant of Venice. Off-Broadway: Hamlet; Julius Caesar; Cymbeline; Dr. Knock, or the Triumph of Medicine; The Madras House. Television: “Billions;” “Happyish;” “Blue Bloods.” Film: Memory; Beach House.
BROADWAY: A Free Man of Color (Lincoln Center). OFFBROADWAY: Othello: The Remix (Westside Theater); The Urban Retreat (Public Theater); The Seven (New York Theater Workshop); Song for New York (Mabou Mines); LINDA (MTC); Hoodoo Love (Cherry Lane); Moliere Turns 400 (FIAF/Moliere In The Park). REGIONAL: OUR DAUGHTERS, LIKE PILLARS (Huntington); Q Brothers Christmas Carol (creator), Othello: The Remix (Chicago Shakespeare); The Misanthrope [online], pen/man/ship [online] (Moliere In The Park), The Seven (La Jolla Playhouse); The Matchmaker (Goodman); Broke-ology (KC Rep). FILM: 30 Miles from Nowhere; Unknown Soldier TV: FX’s “Rescue Me”; CBS’ Unforgettable; NBC’s “Law & Order” and “Law &Order: Criminal Intent”. PLAYWRIGHT/COMPOSER: STEP KIDS, Q Brothers Christmas Carol, Long Way Home, Rami & Jaliyah, ms. estrada, and Rome Sweet Rome. posluv.com @posLuv
Max is delighted to make his Broadway debut. His credits include: Off-Broadway: Mrs. Warren’s Profession (u/s all the men), Regional: Importance of Being Earnest (Florida Rep), Romeo and Juliet (Yale Rep u/s Capulet). Canadian Theatre: 2 Pianos 4 Hands (Royal Alex and NAC Theatres). UK: Much Ado About Nothing and Twelfth Night (Rabble Theatre), The Great Gatsby (UK National Tour).
Broadway: Death of a Salesman (dir. Mike Nichols); Mrs. Warren’s Profession; A Delicate Balance (u/s). Off-Broadway/Regional includes Ivanov (Classic Stage Company); Clive (The New Group, dir. Ethan Hawke); Queen (NAATCO/ Long Wharf); All the Days (McCarter); Nora (Westport); Arcadia (Potomac Theatre Project); A Map of Heaven (Denver Center); Absalom (Actor’s Theatre of Louisville./Humana). Stephanie wrote and performed in The Umbrella Plays (2008 NYC Fringe, winner Outstanding Play). TV/Film: Succession; New Amsterdam; FBI; The Blacklist; Mysteries of Laura; The Good Wife; Elementary; Law & Order; Inner Dragons; Everything is Ordinary. B.A. Middlebury College, M.F.A, NYU Tisch Grad Acting.
Broadway credits include I Am My Own Wife (Tony Award, Pulitzer Prize, Drama Desk, Outer Critics Circle Award and others), War Paint, Hands on a Hardbody (Drama Desk nomination), The Little Mermaid, and Grey Gardens (Tony Award nomination). Off-Broadway credits include Posterity (Atlantic Theatre Company); Unwrap Your Candy (Vineyard Theatre); Quills (New York Theatre Workshop); Standing on Ceremony (Minetta Lane Theater); Buzzsaw Berkeley (WPA Theater). His plays and musicals have been seen in over thirty-three countries around the globe. Films include Quills (WGA’s Paul Selvin Award, Golden Globe nomination) and the upcoming The Burial starring Jamie Foxx and Tommy Lee Jones. He is the former president of the Dramatists Guild of America and a member of SAG-AFTRA, SDC and the WGA. He has been a frequent fellow at Yaddo, MacDowell and Ucross. Doug serves on the Board of the New York Theater Workshop and has taught at NYU, Princeton and Yale. He has mentored young screenwriters at Sundance for twenty years. He hails from Texas, and lives in Manhattan with his husband singer-songwriter David Clement, and their cats Glynis and Murray.
Lisa Peterson (Director) is a two-time OBIE Award-winning director. She wrote and directed An Iliad with Denis O’Hare (NYTW, OBIE and Lortel Awards). Directing work includes the world premieres of plays by Tony Kushner (Slavs, NYTW), Beth Henley (Ridiculous Fraud, McCarter), Donald Margulies (Collected Stories, MTC), Naomi Wallace (Trestle at Pope Lick Creek, NYTW), Jose Rivera, Culture Clash, Luis Alfaro, Chay Yew, Miranda Rose Hall and many more. She has directed classic plays at theaters across the country including Arena Stage. Guthrie, Hartford Stage, OSF, Baltimore Center Stage, Seattle Rep, ACT, and South Coast Rep. Lisa was Associate Director at Berkeley Rep for three years, Resident Director at CTG for ten years, and Associate Director at La Jolla Playhouse for three years. She has developed many new plays at the Sundance Theatre Lab, where she served as the Guest Artistic Director in 2019, as well as the O’Neill Playwrights Conference, the Playwrights’ Center, and Ojai Playwrights Conference. She is a recent recipient of the Gordon Davidson Award for Lifetime Achievement. Upcoming projects include The Waves, adapted from Virginia Woolf; The Song of Rome, with Denis O’Hare; and The Idea of Order, inspired by the poetry of Wallace Stevens and written with
Rachel Hauck (Set Designer) Broadway credits include How I Learned To Drive, Hadestown; What the Constitution Means to Me and Latin History for Morons. Recent work includes Sandra (Vineyard), The Little Prince (Guthrie), Swept Away; The Waves in Quarantine (Berkeley Rep); The Wrong Man (MCC); The Garden (Baltimore Center Stage, La Jolla Playhouse); Hurricane Diane (NYTW); Othello; Twelfth Night (Public Theatre/Shakespeare in the Park); You’ll Still Call Me By Name (Sonya Tayeh/Jacob’s Pillow). Rachel is the recipient of Princess Grace and Lily Awards; Drama Desk Award and Lortel nominations, an OBIE Award for Sustained Excellence, a Jeff Award for her design of Good Night Oscar, and a Tony Award for her design of Hadestown.
Emilio Sosa (Costume Designer) is the Chair of the American Theatre Wing. His Broadway credits include 1776; A Beautiful Noise: The Neil Diamond Musical; Ain’t No Mo; Trouble in Mind (Tony Nomination); Skeleton Crew; On Your Feet!; Motown: The Musical; Lady Day at Emerson’s Bar and Grill; The Gershwin’s Porgy and Bess (Tony nomination) and Topdog/Underdog. TV and film credits include “Annie Live!” (NBC) and Red Hook Summer (directed by Spike Lee). He is a recipient of the NAACP Theater and Lucille Lortel Awards and a Drama Desk nominee. He has designed for Usher’s Las Vegas Residency, Blue Man Group Tour, Big Apple Circus, The Rockettes, NY Knicks City Dancers, Diana Ross, Mariah Carey, Gloria Estefan and Wynton Marsalis. @esosafashion.
Carolina Ortiz Herrera (Lighting Designer) is thrilled to make her Broaway debut with Good Night, Oscar. Selective credits include: All’s Well That Ends Well (Oregon Shakespeare Festival); Born with Teeth (Alley & Guthrie Theatre); Everything Rises (BAM & Royce Hall); Native Gardens (Dallas Theater Center); Seven Guitars (Yale Repertory Theatre); American Mariachi (Arizona Theater Company); Doubt: A Parable, 4000 Miles (Westport Country Playhouse); Macbeth, Until the Flood (Merrimack Repertory Theatre); Yellowman, an Audelco Awards Best Lighting Design nominee (Billie Holiday Theatre); Florencia en el Amazonas (Shubert Theatre) and The Cunning Little Vixen (Opera Theatre of Yale). Graduate of Yale School of Drama. www.carolinaeortiz.com
B’way Credits Include: The Collaboration (Friedman Theater), A Christmas Carol (Featuring Jefferson Mays, Nederlander Theater); The Rose Tattoo (Starring Marisa Tomei, American Airlines Theater); Derren Brown: Secret (James Earl Jones Theater); Regina Spektor: Live On Broadway (Lunt-Fontanne Theater); Fun Home (TONY Nom., Circle in the Square); Junk (TONY Nom., Lincoln Center); Six Degrees of Separation (Featuring Allison Janney, Corey Hawkins, and John Benjamin Hickey); Deaf West’s Spring Awakening (TONY Nom., Lena Horne Theater); Fully Committed (Starring Jesse Tyler Ferguson); An Enemy of the People (Friedman Theater); Seminar (Starring Alan Rickman, The Golden Theater). www.benstanton.com
Andre Pluess (Sound Designer). Broadway credits include The Minutes (Cort/Studio 54); 33 Variations (Eugene O’Neill); I Am My Own Wife (Lyceum); and Metamorphoses (Circle in the Square). Off-Broadway credits include The Clean House (Lincoln Center); Milk Like Sugar and BFE (Playwrights Horizons). Regional credits include multiple productions with Chicago’s Goodman Theatre, Oregon Shakespeare Festival, McCarter Theatre; Center Theatre Group, Yale Repertory; Arena Stage; The Goodman, Steppenwolf, Chicago Shakespeare, Court Theatre, Berkeley Repertory, Williamstown Theatre Festival, La Jolla Playhouse, The Huntington, and South Coast Repertory. He’s received multiple Joseph Jefferson Awards; an Obie Citation, Ovation Award, Drama Critics Circle Award, Barrymore Award, Helen Hayes Award, Drama Desk and Lucille Lortel nominations for composition and design. He is an ensemble member of Lookingglass Theatre Company.
J. Jared Janas (Wig, hair & Make-Up Designer). Broadway credits include Sweeney Todd, Ohio State Murders, Kimberly Akimbo, & Juliet, Topdog/Underdog, American Buffalo, How I Learned to Drive, Jagged Little Pill; Frankie and Johnny in the Claire de Lune; Gettin’ the Band Back Together; Bandstand; Indecent; Sunset Boulevard; The Visit; The Real Thing; Lady Day at Emerson’s Bar & Grill; Motown; Peter and the Starcatcher; The Gershwin’s Porgy and Bess; and All About Me. Recent Off-Broadway credits include Between the Lines, Kimberly Akimbo; Seven Deadly Sins; Sing Street and Yours Unfaithfully (Mint Theatre, Drama Desk nomination). TV credits include “And Just Like That” and “The Gilded Age.”
Jacqueline E. Lawton (Dramaturg) is a playwright, dramaturg, producer, and racial equity facilitator. She is thrilled to be working on Doug Wright’s beautiful new play. Recent dramaturgy credits include Actors Theatre of Louisville, Arden Theater Company, Arena Stage, Denver Center for the Performing Arts, Ensemble Studio Theatre, Ford’s Theatre, Horizons Theatre, InterAct Theatre Company, Kennedy Center, Rorschach Theatre, Round House Theatre, the Stratford Festival, Theatre J, Virginia Stage Company, and Woolly Mammoth Theatre Company. She holds an MFA in Playwriting from UT-Austin. She is an associate professor in the Department of Dramatic Art at UNC-Chapel Hill and a dramaturg for PlayMakers Repertory Company.
Chris Fenwick (Music Supervisor) is the music director of the Broadway production of Kimberly Akimbo. He music supervised the Broadway revival of Once on This Island (Tony Award, Best Revival), and music directed the Public Theater’s production of Soft Power (Pulitzer finalist) and the Broadway revival of Sunday in the Park with George, starring Jake Gyllenhaal. He music directed the Public Theater and Broadway productions of Fun Home (Tony Award, Best Musical; Pulitzer finalist) and was music supervisor of the national tour and London production. He was the founding music director of City Center Encores! Off-Center. Chris music directed the original productions of Michael John LaChiusa’s Giant; Los Otros; Queen of the Mist and See What I Wanna See. He was the music director for Patti LuPone at Carnegie Hall and more. His film credits include Steven Spielberg’s “West Side Story”.
Broadway: Shucked; & Juliet; A Christmas Carol; Moulin Rouge!; 1776; Jagged Little Pill; Caroline, or Change; Trouble in Mind; The Play That Goes Wrong; Beautiful: The Carole King Musical; The Lifespan of a Fact; Once; Amelie; Sunday in the Park with George; On a Clear Day; Kiss Me, Kate; Toni Stone; She Loves Me; Holiday Inn; On the Twentieth Century; Violet; The Glass Menagerie; The Mystery of Edwin Drood; The Winslow Boy; Anything Goes and The Scottsboro Boys.
Special thanks to the
Chicago Youth Symphony Orchestra