Good MEN WANTED

Written by Kevin Armento
Director Jaki Bradley
Choreographer Ani Taj

Photo: Ben Arons

Photo: Ben Arons

Good Men Wanted brings to life the incredible true stories of renegade women who disguised themselves as men to fight in the Civil War. In a searing drama punctuated by explosive dance sequences set to contemporary pop music, five women of vastly different backgrounds become warriors and spies, endure prison camps and midnight raids, and ultimately intersect at America's most storied battlefield, Gettysburg. These unsung heroes circumvented the limitations of their time, with a boldness that speaks loudly to our own. 

 

 

PRODUCTION HISTORY

Powerhouse Theater summer season 2017, presented by Vassar College and New York Stage and Film.
Ars Nova, ANT Fest Production
Arena Stage, Kogod Cradle Workshop Production

 

About the CREATORS

Kevin Armento

Kevin Armento

Kevin Armento's play Please Excuse My Dear Aunt Sally premiered Off-Broadway in 2015 (59E59 Theaters & One Year Lease, New York Times Critics' Pick, Drama Desk Nomination). Recent work includes Good Men Wanted (Arena Stage, optioned by Seaview Productions), Playing Hot (Pipeline Theatre), killers (Tom Noonan's Paradise Factory), and Companion Piece (Pleasance Theatre, London). He is an Artist-in-Residence at Ars Nova and an alum of their Play Group, a former Artist-in-Residence at The Drama League, and was recently awarded grants from The Jerome Foundation and Brooklyn Arts Council. Kevin's plays have been developed by Seattle Repertory Theatre, Ars Nova, Space on Ryder Farm, Abingdon Theatre, Dixon Place, The New Ohio, and Cape Cod Theatre Project. Other writing has been featured in Glamour, Yahoo, Culturebot, and The Huffington Post, and his spec script Comfortably Numb was recently optioned by CBSTVS.

Jaki Bradley

Jaki Bradley

Jaki Bradley is a Brooklyn-based director of new plays and musicals. Recent projects: Playing Hot (Pipeline Theater Company), #liberated (IRT, Ars Nova) Good Men Wanted (Arena Stage, Ars Nova), I’ve Been to Sea Before (TONY Critic’s Pick), and Pioneer Species (Columbia/Signature). She has also developed and presented work with The Public, Williamstown, Naked Angels, The Flea, F*** It Club, and Atlantic Acting Studio. As an assistant/associate director, she has worked with Michael Greif, Leigh Silverman, Lisa Peterson, and Daniel Aukin, among others. She is a Drama League Artist-in-Residence, a member of the Soho Rep Writer/Director Lab, Williamstown Directing Corps, Lincoln Center Director’s Lab, and a U.S. Fulbright Scholar.

 

Ani Taj

Ani Taj

Ani Taj is a choreographer, performer, music-head and the founder of The Dance Cartel. She has choreographed new musicals, plays, concerts, music videos, art parties, flash mobs and more, and she loves to make dances that remind her of Brazilian Carnaval.  Most recently, Ani choreographed Runaways at New York City Center’s Encores Off-Center. Ani’s work has been presented at Rattlestick Theatre, 3LD, Edinburgh Fringe Festival, Joe’s Pub, Kent285, Summer on the Hudson, Dance on the Greenway, NYC Dance Teacher Summit, DanceNOW’s Raw Festival, Triskelion Arts, and the Espaco Xisto (Salvador da Bahia, Brazil). Stay tuned for new music videos for Reggie Watts and Club Girls.  As a performer, Ani is currently a part of the ensemble in Natasha, Pierre and the Great Comet of 1812 on Broadway. Ani has worked with Les Freres Corbusier (DDR – Asst. Choreo.), David Dorfman Dance, Reggie Watts & Tommy Smith and Liz Swados. Upcoming: Rite of Spring for Ridge Theater with The Philadelphia Orchestra.

 

ABOUT SEAVIEW PRODUCTIONS

Seaview Productions, led by Greg Nobile and Jana Shea, is a Tony and Olivier Award–winning production company. Seaview's producing credits include the Tony Award–winning musical A Gentleman’s Guide to Love and MurderSide Show, and Hughie on Broadway, the Olivier Award–winning revivals of Gypsy and Show Boat on London’s West End, the Lortel Award–winning revival of Sweeney ToddHundred DaysThe Absolute Brightness of Leonard Pelkey, and Invisible Thread Off Broadway. Seaview’s investment portfolio includes Dear Evan Hansen, Hello, Dolly!, The Front Page, On Your Feet!, The SpongeBob Musical, Funny Girl, Fun Home (Tony Award), Something Rotten, It’s Only a Play, and Of Mice and Men. Seaview Productions also produced the Peabody Award–winning documentary India's Daughter and Gypsy: Live from the Savoy Theatre in collaboration with the BBC. www.SeaviewProds.com