IN THE LOUNGE The Apple Boys: Act I Pala Performance Company

About This Show

At the turn of the century in the heart of Coney Island, a strongman, a hotdog vendor, a rollercoaster track operator and an apple delivery man meet and discover the magic of barbershop harmony. The Apple Boys is a love letter to a New York City of long ago, whose spirit is still present in the New York City of today. It celebrates the perseverance of the American spirit, the value of friendship, and the virtue of a community coming together to discover that the whole truly is greater than the sum of its parts.

About the Artists

Jonothon Lyons is an actor and writer and the Artistic Director of Pala. Performance credits include Blue Man Group, Sleep No More, Off the Main Road (Williamstown Theatre Festival), Basil Twist’s Sisters’ Follies (Abrams Arts Center) and Rite of Spring (Lincoln Center), Moisés Kaufman’s El Gato con Botas (New Victory Theatre), and Anthony Minghella’s production of Madama Butterfly (MET). Writing credits include The Tenement (HERE Arts Center), winner of the 2010 NY Innovative Theatre Award for Outstanding Original Short Script and Ensō, recipient of a 2014 Jim Henson Foundation Seed Grant.

Ben Bonnema is a composer-lyricist whose work has been featured in Variety, Wired and The New York Times. He wrote book, music & lyrics to Adult Swim’s Peter Panic, a musical video game that’s been played by over a quarter million people (developed by James Marion). He contributed additional sound design and composition to Punchdrunk’s Sleep No More. Other full-length shows include Boys Who Tricked Me, One Way (with Christopher Staskel), and The Lost Girl (with Arianna Rose). He earned his MFA from NYU’s Graduate Musical Theatre Writing Program and was a 2016 Jonathan Larson Grant Finalist. He is currently Marc Shaiman’s assistant.

David Alpert worked on Broadway production of IF/THEN, The Trip to Bountiful, The Best Man, and Guys & Dolls and the New York productions of Talley’s Folly (Roundabout), Old Friends (Signature), Death Note by Frank Wildhorn, A Little Night Music (NYU), and Scythe of Time (NYMF).  Other credits include Kushner’s The Intelligent Homosexual’s Guide (Guthrie), Flashdance (National Tour), Vanya & Sonia…, Urinetown, Joseph…, and Little Shop of Horrors.  Every year David proudly presents the Living for Today Concert which benefits Gilana’s Fund (  David is the Artistic Director of Headline Programing for BroadwayCon.

Patrick Newton is the Managing Director of Pala and is thrilled to be part of the cast of The Apple Boys! He has been traveling the world as a company member of Blue Man Group for the past eight years, and is looking forward to this incredible new project with a truly inspiring group of artists. Patrick also works closely with other NYC based theatre companies including No Hope Productions and APT Theatre. As well as playing drums and doing voice over work, Patrick records and produces original music under the moniker “Slacklush”. He received a BFA from Western Michigan University.

Lily Ockwell originally hails from Los Angeles, California, and graduated from Connecticut College in 2010 with an Honors BA in Dance and French. She was a recipient of The Jose Limon award for Dance in 2009 and the Joan Connell Memorial Award for Artistry in 2010. Since moving to New York, she performed with David Dorfman, Lisa Race, Gibney Dance, Third Rail Projects, Sophie Maguire and Punchdrunk. She’s been with Punchdrunk since 2011, performing various roles in Sleep No More and The Drowned Man (London). She is also currently working with Adam Barruch Dance in his production of Sweeney Todd and Luke Murphey/Attic Projects, touring his new piece On Triumph and Trauma.

Teddy Yudain is an NYC based actor, puppeteer, singer, and comedian. Credits include the US premier of The Little Match Girl with Improbable Theatre and Blind Summit Theatre at Spoleto Festival USA (dir. Phelim McDermott), Madama Butterfly at The Metropolitan Opera (dir. Anthony Minghella), El Gato Con Botas with Gotham Chamber Opera and Tectonic Theatre Project (dir. Moisés Kaufman), One Man, Two Guvnors at Florida Studio Theatre (dir. Joe Discher), and many summers at the Hope Summer Repertory Theatre.  He received his BFA in Acting from the University of Connecticut, and is currently studying clown with Lucas Caleb Rooney.

Jason Cohen recently played Jerry Lee Lewis in the national tour of Million Dollar Quartet for the better part of a year, performing in over 70 cities across the US and Canada. He has worked as an actor and/or music director/orchestrator in various regional theaters, including the Williamstown Theatre Festival, Ogunquit Playhouse, Gateway Playhouse, and Half Moon Theatre. This fall, he will be playing Marcus in Murder for Two at the Penobscot Theatre Company in Bangor.

Allison Pottasch is a professional artist working in visual communications. She focuses on illustration, branding, and UX&UI design. A graduate of Pratt Institute and a member of The Art Student’s League of New York, she continues to explore mediums and non-commercial work that transcend style.

Wednesday, August 3 at 7:30pm

Free Admission

Estimated Runtime
40 minutes

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Book by
Jonothon Lyons

Music & Lyrics by
Ben Bonnema

Directed by
David Alpert

Patrick Newton, Lily Ockwell, Teddy Yudain,* & Jonothon Lyons

Music Direction & Piano by
Jason Cohen

Produced by
Patrick Newton

Graphic Design by
Allison Pottasch

Photo Credit
Anthony Ernest Kieren

*Actor appearing courtesy of Actors’ Equity Association


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