Going South Katya Stanislavskaya
About This Show
Going South sheds a light on North Carolina’s legal system by focusing on four cases tried on the same docket. The cases—Custody, Cake, Co-Eds, and Coco—examine divorce, discrimination, campus rape, and transgender issues, respectively. These stories are linked together by Bob Jones, a smarmy and charismatic Southern lawyer. Told alternately in the courtroom and in flashback, the musical challenges the political, social, and societal constructs of today’s American South.
about the artists
Katya Stanislavskaya’s works include full-length musicals Resident Alien and Going South, theatrical song cycle Women on Love, and numerous short musicals and cabaret songs. Her work has been developed at the BMI Workshop, Dramatist Guild Fellowship, New Dramatists, New Georges, Weston Playhouse, Astoria Performing Arts Center, New York Theatre Barn, and Western Carolina University. Songs performed at Joe’s Pub, Feinstein’s/54 Below, Merkin Hall, Ars Nova, Barrington Stage, Goodspeed Opera House, York Theatre, and Prospect theatre. Honors include the Jerry Harrington Award (BMI), Weston New Musical Award, MacDowell Colony Residency. Katya is an Assistant Professor of Musical Theatre at SUNY-New Paltz. https://pitlight31.wixsite.com/mysite
Kayla Friend is an actress, producer, and director originally from southern California. She came to New York by way of Turkey, where she was the founder of the Incirlik Fine Arts Society on the NATO base in Adana. Kayla received her B.A. in Theatre and Cultural Anthropology from California Baptist University and received training in devised theatre and movement through the Center for Alternative Theatre Training in Athens, Greece. Kayla is an Irene Ryan Nominee and an also an active philanthropist, volunteering with the National Organization for Victim Assistance (NOVA), the Accompany Project, and the United State of Women. Recent directing credits include Cagebirds by David Campton (The Producers Club), The Shadowlands by Ashley Griffin (LaMaMa Experimental Theatre Club), and Where Angels Fear to Tread by Kit Goldstein Grant (The Players Theatre). Kayla is the founder and Artistic Director of THML Theatre Company. www.kaylafriend.com
THML Theatre Co. is a female-run independent theatre company in Manhattan dedicated to providing a platform for the stories of the marginalized within our local community – particularly, stories of women. THML Theatre Co. is a member of the New York League of Independent Theatre and is a fiscally sponsored project under Fractured Atlas. For more information, please visit www.thml.org.
Georgina Bates (Choreographer) is a NY based actor, dancer, and choreographer/director. Recently: “Unstoppable” (working title, film), The (Last) Station (Planet Connections Festivity, Outstanding Choreography nomination), The Master and Margarita (West End Theater), Somehow We End Up Here, Again (an evening-length multi-media work for HERE’s Sublet Co-Op Series). Georgina choreographed “Cloud Kumo,” a film surrounding the aftermath of Hiroshima, which won a Student Academy Award, a CINE Golden Eagle Award, City Vision 2016, and Official Selection: Hiroshima Film Festival, NewFilmmakers NY. Other recent choreography credits: Somehow We End Up Here (CollabFest 2016 -Triskelion Arts), ACLU Freedom Concert (Holy Trinity), Crime and Punishment (West End Theatre), R/Evolution (Robert Moss Theater), Swimming at the Ritz (NJ Rep). Georgina’s work has also been presented at NYU, IDA Art Gallery, Pianos, Slake, and various world peace festivals at Madison Square Garden, City Center, Town Hall, Lincoln Center. M.F.A: Dance, NYU, Tisch School of the Arts, B.A. Theatre Performance, MMC. Member of the SDCF Observership Class 2016 -2017, League of Professional Theatre Women. www.georginabates.com.
Nevada Lozano (Music Director) is a musical theater composer and lyricist, as well as a professional music director, arranger, and pianist. He has worked with such artistic luminaries as Elvis Costello, Steven Pasquale, Jennifer Nettles, Patrick Wilson, and Nancy Opel, and has served in various capacities at the Public Theater, Theater for the New City, and NY Theatre Barn. Nevada has assisted in the development of several musicals, including A Face in the Crowd (Public Theater, dir. Des McAnuff); Love is Blind (NY Theatre Barn, dir. Joe Barros); and Colorblind (dir. Stanley Wayne Mathis). Music directing credits include: The Fourth Messenger (NYMF 2017), The Gold (NYMF 2016); The Lady of the Castle (Theater for the New City); Little Women, Godspell (A.D. Players); Next to Normal, Company, Avenue Q, Little Shop of Horrors (MJR Theatricals), and three recent Tamarie Cooper musicals at the Catastrophic Theatre in his hometown of Houston, Texas. Nevada is a proud member of the BMI Lehman Engel Musical Theatre Workshop. www.nevadalozano.com
John Albert Harris (Producer) is a producer, composer, and creator of cinematic graphic novels. John is the Director of Operations for the Argento New Music Project and a Marketing Associate with Victory Theatrical at The Players Theatre. He is also a co-producer of the hit Off-Broadway play Puffs at New World Stages. John works with female-driven non-profits The Nouveau Classical Project, a new music ensemble, and THML Theatre Company. John is currently producing North Pond, a new chamber musical by Ben Morris, musical theatre by Nevada Lozano, and 7Songwriters, a cross-genre concert series. www.johnalbertharris.com