DIVERSIONARY THEATRE ANNOUNCES THE ONLINE STREAM OF THE BOY WHO DANCED ON AIR

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Contact: Jenny Case, Managing Director
619-220-6830 x 201
Press@Diversionary.org

June 22nd, 2020: FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
San Diego, CA

WHAT: Diversionary announces their online stream of their World Premiere hit production of THE BOY WHO DANCED ON AIR

WHO: Watch the original production of THE BOY WHO DANCED ON AIR, Book & Lyrics by: CHARLIE SOHNE, Music by: TIM ROSSER, Directed by: Tony Speciale and Starring Sittichai Chaiyahat, M. Keala Milles, Jr., Troy Iwata*, and  Jonathan Raviv*.

WHEN: This recording will run from July 6th to July 19th.

TICKETS: Tickets for the streaming recording range from $15 – $35 for a household and are on sale at www.diversionary.org. Discounts for Students, Educators, and those suffering a financial hardship caused by the COVID 19 pandemic. 

ONLINE STREAM OF

THE BOY WHO
DANCED ON AIR

Book & Lyrics by: CHARLIE SOHNE
Music by: TIM ROSSER
Directed by: TONY SPECIALE
Musical Direction by: CRIS O’BRYON
Choreography by: NEJLA Y. YATKIN

Streamable July 6th – July 19th

This brave and compelling new musical reveals the clandestine yet persistent tradition in Afghanistan of Bacha Bazi, where wealthy men purchase boys from poor families, train them as dancers, and parade them at parties as their property. Paiman and Feda have spent their young lives confined within this tradition. But when they meet by chance and develop feelings for one another, they embark on a journey towards a new life in uncharted territory. This astonishing contemporary fable reveals a country teetering on collapse, torn between yesterday and tomorrow, and the indomitable strength of the human spirit.

About streaming the archival recording of the West Coast Premiere at Diversionary, Executive Artistic Director, Matt M. Morrow says, I’m thrilled to welcome The Boy Who Danced On Air back to our community! It’s been five years since its debut on our stage, and the work has only ripened with new relevance. In that time, author Charlie Sohne has won the prestigious Kleban Award, the highest honor in the American theatre for a librettist/lyricist. And composer Tim Rosser won the Craig Noel Award for Outstanding Original Score for our World Premiere. Even though it’s virtual, it warms my heart to have them back at Diversionary, and to once again give life to their soaring and heart-rending tale of two Afghan boys falling in love against the backdrop of a shattered country. 

More information can be found at: https://www.diversionary.org/product/boystream/

For interviews and photos, please contact Jenny Case, Managing Director, at 619-220-6830×201 or by emailing Press@diversionary.org

ABOUT THE CAST
Troy Iwata* (Paiman) is thrilled to be back in California for his Diversionary Theater debut. Previous credits: Joker (Off-Off-Broadway); The Lightning Thief (National Tour); The Taming of the Shrew (American Coast Theatre Company); The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee (Newport Theatre Arts Center); Legally Blonde (Vanguard University). Film/TV: Time After Time (ABC), Orange is the New Black (Netflix).Sittichai Chaiyahat (Feda) is thrilled to make his debut with Diversionary Theatre. Recent credits include Spring Awakening (Palomar College); Les Miserables, Into The Woods, and Shrek The Musical (Star Repertory Theatre); Tarzan (Moonlight Youth Theatre).

Jonathan Raviv* (Jahandar). This is Jonathan’s Diversionary debut. Selected New York credits include: Martyrs Street (Theater For The New City); The Ragged Claws (Cherry Lane Theatre) and My Name Is Asher Lev (The Westside Theatre). Selected regional credits include: Love’s Labour’s Lost (Shakespeare Theatre of New Jersey); Oklahoma! (Portland Center Stage); Homebody/Kabul (Curious Theater Company); Arabian Nights (Berkeley Repertory Theatre) and The Light In The Piazza (Arena Stage, Weston Playhouse and The Goodman Theater). He has also performed regionally at Pennsylvania Shakespeare Festival and in Chicago at Steppenwolf Theater, Writers’ Theatre, Marriott Theatre Lincolnshire and Drury Lane Oakbrook. Jonathan’s television credits include: The Blacklist, Zero Hour and Pan Am.

M. Keala Milles, Jr (Zemar) is honored and excited to work with Diversionary Theatre for the very first time, and as part of this remarkable rolling world premiere.  Local credits include Rope: the musical (independent); Geeks: The Musical and The Elaborate Entrance of Chad Deity (ion Theatre), Water By the Spoonful (The Old Globe Theatre), John Doe: The Musical (independent). Also in the films: Slap Worthy and Alien Story (2AMB Productions).

Koray Tarhan (The Unknown Man) is honored and humbled to make his Diversionary debut in this stunning and poignant show. As a recent Columbia College Chicago graduate, Koray has been seen in Cabaret (Lewis Family Playhouse) as the Emcee, 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee (Candlelight Pavilion) as Chip, and has just become a recipient of the Bruce E Coyle Acting Internship at the Cincinnati Playhouse in the Park.

*Denotes member of Actor’s Equity Association

ABOUT THE CREATIVE TEAM

TIM ROSSER (Composer) and CHARLIE SOHNE (Book Writer and Lyricist) are winners of the 2015 Jonathan Larson Award, ASCAP’s 2015 Mary Rodgers/Lorenz Hart Award and the 2016 San Diego Critics Circle Award for Outstanding Original Score. Additionally, Charlie is the recipient of the Kleban Prize as the “most promising librettist for musical theatre.” The Boy Who Danced on Air (NAMT 2013) had its world premiere at The Diversionary Theatre and its Off-Broadway premiere at the Abingdon Theatre. Their pilot, Truth Slash Fiction, won best comedy at SeriesFest and ITVFest. Their new song cycle, With The Right Music, made its premiere with the Oakland Symphony Orchestra in 2018. They’re currently working on a show commissioned by New York City Children’s Theatre. Tim and Charlie were also 2014-15 Dramatists Guild Fellows, members of The Civilians’ R&D Group and writers at the Rhinebeck Writers Retreat, ASCAP’s Johnny Mercer Songwriters Project and the Yale Institute for Music Theatre. Their songs have been seen at their sold-out 54 Below show, Birdland, Contemporary Classics at Seattle Rep, Cutting Edge Composers at Joe’s Pub, ALNM at Rockwell in Los Angeles, Above The Arts in London, a sold out show at Broadway au Carre in Paris, and the Kennedy Center in Washington, DC. They are the songwriting team behind India.Arie’s single, “High Above.”

TONY SPECIALE (Director) is the founder of Plastic Theatre—conceiving, coauthoring and directing the Off-Broadway world premiere of Unnatural Acts (Classic Stage Company—Drama Desk Award nominee, GLAAD Media Award nominee). From 2015-2018, Tony served as Artistic Director of Abingdon Theatre Company, an off-Broadway theatre company dedicated to developing and producing new American work. NYC: The Absolute Brightness of Leonard Pelkey (Dixon Place, Westside Theatre); A Midsummer Night’s Dream featuring Bebe Neuwirth, Christina Ricci, Steven Skybell and Taylor Mac (Classic Stage Company); The Boy Who Danced On Air, The Dork KnightThe Gentleman Caller (Abingdon Theatre Company); and Matthew-Lee Erlbach’s Handbook for an American Revolutionary (The Gym at Judson). Regional: Angels in America: Millennium Approaches Perestroika (St. Louis Rep); The Absolute Brightness of Leonard Pelkey (National Tour: Kirk Douglas, Old Globe, Bay Street, Hartford Stage, Laguna Playhouse, Philadelphia Theatre Company); Barry Manilow’s Harmony (Alliance Theatre, Ahmanson Theatre); and Romeo and Juliet (Actors Theatre of Louisville). Tony has developed new work at Berkeley Rep’s Ground Floor, The Goodman Theatre’s New Stages Festival, Sundance Theatre Lab at Mass MoCA and The Public Theater’s Under the Radar Festival. His work has also been seen at the New York Musical Theatre Festival (NYMF), HERE Arts Center and La MaMa. As a solo writer, his play Delirium was presented at the Edinburgh Fringe Festival where it was honored with a British Writers’ Guild Award. Tony spent four seasons at Classic Stage Company (CSC) as Associate Artistic Director where he helped found, directed and taught for The Young Company, CSC’s award-winning Education and Outreach Initiative. A former Actors Theatre of Louisville apprentice, he studied musical theatre at The Boston Conservatory and holds an MFA in Directing from Columbia University. He currently teaches as an Adjunct Professor in Theatre at SUNY New Paltz and Columbia University, and is the proud recipient of a Princess Grace Theatre Honorarium and Suzi Bass Award.

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