ABOUT THE SHOW
IN BED WITH ROY COHN is a serious end-of-life comedy about one of the most enigmatic and controversial men in American history, Roy Cohn. At the end of his colorful life, Roy awaits the inevitable, supported only by his last remaining faithful servant, Lisette. He is visited by the most important figures of his time demanding a reckoning for deeds good, bad and ugly. With bedfellows including, Julius Rosenberg, Ronald Reagan, Barbara Walters, Roy’s lover Serge, his mother Dora, and his youthful self, Roy is catapulted into a wacky and surreal wonderland, where his muddled reality ultimately becomes clear.
NELSON AVIDON (Ronald Reagan)
can be seen as the title character Q in the award-winning film about a modern day Don Quixote. He’s also in KEEPING THE FAITH, with Edward Norton, and in OUR ITALIAN HUSBAND, with Brooke Shields. He was seen in his own play GIRL IN HEAT, which received praise from The New York Times, and from Walter Anderson of Parade Magazine, who said “Avidon is a major talent.” Nelson is a Lifetime Member of The Actors Studio, where he has worked with Al Pacino, Faye Dunaway, and Estelle Parsons. www.nelsonavidon.com
CHRISTOPHER DAFTSIOS (Roy Cohn)
NY: Picture Ourselves In Latvia (produced by Samuel French), Visitor from Forest Hills (Tony Roberts/ Louise Lasser), The Muckle Man (Rattlestick), A Flea in Her Ear (John Houseman). Regional: NJ Rep, New Century Theater, Forestburgh Playhouse, Luna Stage, Shadowland Theatre. Film/TV: “Royal Pains”, “Law & Order”, “Law & Order: Conviction”, Incident at Chekhov Creek (David Strathairn), “Family Secrets “(A&E), Terry from Ohio (Fox). Dance Theater: 10 pieces created/performed throughout Europe (choreographers Hegenscheidt/ Winkler). Winner: Germany’s Faust Award: Best choreography 2014 for “True Face”.
REBECA FONG (Lisette)
was most recently seen as Ophelia in Hamlet (American Theater of Actors). New York credits include: Pink Knees on Pale Skin (Understudy) with The Amoralists (The Gershwin Hotel); Stop the Virgens directed by Adam Rapp (St. Ann’s Warehouse). Film credits: “Ninny” (Poseidon Productions), official selection of the SOHO International Film Festival and Long Island International Film Expo; “Gold Star” starring Robert Vaughn and Catherine Curtin.
IAN GOULD (Julius Rosenberg)
Off-Broadway: Guildenstern in Rosencrantz and Guildenstern Are Dead and Hamlet, Duncan/Porter in Macbeth, Merlin in A Connecticut Yankee In King Arthur’s Court (The Acting Company). Elbow in Measure for Measure (New York Classical Theatre). Regional: Guthrie Theater, Baltimore Centerstage, Lake Tahoe Shakespeare Festival, MetroStage, New Harmony Theater, Luna Stage, four seasons at Great Lakes Theater, three seasons at Idaho Shakespeare Festival. TV/Film: The Sandman, The Jew of Malta, The Service. MFA: Shakespeare Theatre Company.
ANDY REINHARDT (Young Roy)
is a graduate of Western Washington University and Actors Theatre of Louisville’s Acting Apprenticeship Program. In Bed With Roy Cohn marks his Off Broadway debut. Theater: The Winter’s Tale (The Public Theater), Lady Liberty and the Donut Girl (Adirondack Theatre Festival), Sleep Rock Thy Brain (Humana Festival ‘13), Dracula (Actors Theatre of Louisville) TV: “Manhattan Love Story” (ABC). He would like to thank Todd Almond and Stephanie Klapper for their invaluable support.
LEE ROY ROGERS (Barbara Walters)
Last seen in Tribes, Barrow Street, Mark Taper and LaJolla Playhouse. New York productions include: Lincoln Center, Keen Company, Abingdon. Drama Desk nomination for Vivien Leigh Orson’s Shadow. Multiple productions at Steppenwolf and regional theaters. TV credits include: ABC, CBS, NBC, Fox, ShowTime. Latest HBO “Nurse Jackie”. Upcoming HBO “Show Me A Hero” directed by Paul Haggis and written by David Simon.
MARILYN SOKOL (Dora)
Emmy, Obie, Bistro Awards, “Best Actress in A Short Film” in The 2015 Madrid International Film Festival. Her credits include: BROADWAY: Converations With My Father, Grease; FILM: The Producers, Foul Play; TV: “The Slap”, “Sex and The City”, “Sneak Peek” (Emmy); OFF BROADWAY: Old Jews Telling Jokes, The Beggars Opera (Obie), Shlemiel the First; REGIONAL THEATRE: Gypsy, Candid; CABARET: Ballroom (Bistro). Her DIAL-A-JOKES are in The Smithsonian.
SERGE THONY (Serge)
is from Brooklyn, New York. He holds a Masters in Fine Arts from Rutgers University where he appeared in Raisin in the Sun, Top Dog/Underdog, Uncle Vanya and The Last Days of Judas Iscariot. New York theater credits include: Flying Fables (New Harlem Arts Theater), Kansas City Swing (Crossroads Theater) and Ethel Sings. He’d like to thank his family. dchromefoster.com
KATRIN HILBE (Director)
is a director of opera and theatre, of Liechtenstein-Kansas origin, working both in the US and in Europe. For the play St Joan by Julia Pascal she won the Hilton Edwards Award for best direction and adaptation at the Dublin International Gay Theatre Festival and for Richard Strauss’ Salome for New Orleans Opera she won “Best Opera Production”. Between 2007-2010 Katrin was the primary Assistant Director for Richard Wagner’s Der Ring des Nibelungen under the direction of Tankred Dorst at the Bayreuth Festival in Germany.
Upcoming projects: Fremd bin ich eingezogen at Theater Konstanz (Germany) and The Savannah Disputations at the cell in NYC. Katrin is a member of SDC, LPTW, TRU, DG and Artistic Director for International Relations of the Midtown International Theatre Festival in NYC. More information: Katrinhilbe.com
ANDY EVAN COHEN (Original Music & Sound Design)
has over 50 NYC, regional, national, and international credits, including OFF-BROADWAY: A Midsummer Night’s Dream (Master Works Theatre), I Know What Boys Want, She’s Of A Certain Age; The Hungry Hungry Games (Mills Entertainment National Tour); The American Soldier, Breaking the Silence, and Listen! The River (Edinburgh Fringe); OFF-OFF BROADWAY: In Vestments, 912 Oz, Unmentionables (2015 NYIT Nomination for Original Music), Selling Off Secrets (2014 Planet Connections Award for Outstanding Sound Design), and numerous shows at T. Schreiber Studios. www.andycomusic.com
GERTJAN HOUBEN (Lighting and Projection Design)
is a lighting and projection designer whose work has been seen all around the world. He grew up in the Netherlands, but his passion for lighting led him to New York City. Recent work: The Biscuit Club; The McGowan Trilogy (Best in Festival Design Award); Hard Times, An American Musical; Street Scene; The Mapmakers Opera. International credits include: André Rieu at Radio City Music Hall and Toronto Skydome. MFA Lighting Design NYU www.gertjanhouben.com
LISA SHRIVER (Choreographer)
recently received a Lucille Lortel nomination for her choreography of Into the Woods (Fiasco Theatre/Roundabout). Broadway credits include: Jesus Christ Superstar (2012), Ring of Fire, The Farnsworth Invention. Other credits: Fetch Clay, Make Man (NYTW), Yellow Fever (The Public), Caesar and Cleopatra w/Christopher Plummer (Stratford Shakespeare). Film credits include: A Beautiful Mind, Hysterical Blindness (HBO), A Christmas Carol w/Jim Carrey. Other: Phish’s NYE concert at MSG, Bush Gardens Williamsburg, Glamour Women of the Year Awards. Recently re-choreographed Disney Dreams for Disney Cruise Line. Upcoming: A Very Murray Christmas w/Bill Murray. (Directed by Sofia Coppola)
KATIE KAVETT (Stage Manager)
Broadway: The Snow Geese (MTC). Off-Broadway: A Queen for a Day (St. Clements), Film Chinois (Pan Asian), Blank! The Musical (New World Stages), Red Eye of Love (Amas), Handle With Care (Westside). Other credits include: 9 NYMF shows, 5 Macy’s Thanksgiving Parades, readings, festivals, award shows. Katie won the 2012 NY Innovation Theatre Award for Outstanding Stage Manager. www.katiekavett.com
TAYLOR ALYSSA MARUN (Assistant Stage Manager)
is Long Island born-and-bred. Taylor has been working in the New York area for the past 4 years. Recent Stage Management credits include: Sayonara and Film Chinois (Pan Asian Rep), The Underclassman (Prospect Theater), and The Long Shrift (Rattlestick), among many others. Proud graduate of Hollins University. MFA in Stage Management from University of Missouri – Kansas City. Love to Luke, Noah, and Lochlan.
Sarah Edkins (Set Design)
recently collaborated with Katrin on another highly original new work: 912OZ., by Lloyd Pace. Earlier this summer, she designed sets for Piper Theaters’ outdoor production of Sweeny Todd. For further information about her work, please visit her website: SarahEdkinsDesign.com
BD White (Production Manager)
has worked in professional theater in NYC for over 20 years. Broadway: Frozen, Reasons to be Pretty. Over the course of his career he has worked on numerous Off Broadway productions with, MCC Theater, Red Bull Theater, Soho Rep, TFANA, Classic Stage Company, Elevator Repair Service Theater, Working Theater, NATCO, National Yiddish Theater, Barrow St. Theatre and countless independent productions. He would be delighted to speak to you about your upcoming production as well. Special thanks to Annalisa for her love and support.
Joan Beber (Playwright)
is from Omaha, San Diego and Los Angeles. Her first play about Roy Cohn was produced at the Odyssey Theatre in LA in 2012. Her play, Ethel Sings, was recently produced in Soho and Off Broadway. She holds a BA in English Lit from Northwestern U and an MFA in playwriting from USC. She is the mother of four daughters and six grandchildren.
Karen Ann Ledger (Costume Designer)
NY Credits: Off- Broadway: Cactus Flower (Daryl Roth), Bikeman (TriBeCa Performing Arts Centre), Off-Off Broadway: Warrior, The Piper, Hurrican, My History of Marriage (NYMF), Bye, Bye, Big Guy (NY Fringe Festival), The Appointment (Abingdon), The Skin of Our Teeth, Dragon (Articulate Theatre), Parts of Parts/Stitches (MT Works), Twelfth Night, Rosencrantz and Guildenstern are Dead, Sister Cities, Picasso at the Lapin Agile, House of Blue Leaves (Schreiber Studio), Lucky to be Me (Birdland). Regional Theatre: Seattle Repertory Theatre, Philadelphia Theatre Company, 5th Avenue Theatre, Capital Repertory Theatre, Prince Music Theatre, George Street Playhouse, Seattle Children’s Theatre, Arizona Theatre Company, Adirondack Theatre Festival, The Village Theatre, Utah Festival Opera, Cape Dennis Playhouse, TheatreFest, Childsplay of Arizona, Western Stage, The Empty Space Theatre, Shakespeare Theatre of NJ, The Weston Playhouse, InterAct Theatre, The George Street Playhouse. Film: Azreal, Unexpected Company, Crocodile Tears, The Helmet.
Perry Street Theatricals (General Manager)
is a multi-award winning, independent theatrical Producing and General Management company in their 11th year in New York. As GM’s: Bedlam’s Hamlet and Saint Joan (Lynn Redgrave), My Life is a Musical (Bay Street), EthelSings (Beckett), WikiMusical (NYMF), Mapmaker’s Opera (NYMF), White People (Atlantic Stage 2),In The Continuum (Perry Street), an oak tree by Tim Crouch (Barrow Street), Shylock, and Treason(Perry Street). Upcoming: Date of A Lifetime (Off Broadway), Missed Connections (Off Broadway). As Producers, the upcoming Dames At Sea at Helen Hayes Theatre, Vanya and Sonia and Masha and Spike (Golden Theatre, Tony Award), Lend Me A Tenor The Musical (London, West End) among many Off Broadway productions.
Amanda Bohan Marketing (Marketing & Advertising)
is a boutique full-service agency specializing in theatrical productions and arts & culture, with expertise in marketing & promotions, traditional & online advertising, and creative services. Some current/recent clients includes: Boogie Stomp, Hell’s Belles, Drop Dead Perfect, Women Are Crazy Because Men Are A**holes,The Imbible, A Queen for a Day, For The Last Time: A New Jazz Musical, Application Pending, Tectonic Theater Project, Sheen Center, Urban Stages, All For One Theater, NJ Jewish Film Festival, Lower Manhattan Cultural Council. AmandaBohan.com
Stephanie Klapper Casting (Casting)
Her work is frequently seen on Broadway, Off-Broadway, regionally, internationally, on television, film, and the Internet. Projects she has been involved with have won numerous awards including the Tony, OBIES, Artios, and the Pulitzer Prize, Sundance Audience Award, Cannes Prize Du Publique and Comic Con awards. Selected credits include: Broadway—Bronx Bombers; A Christmas Story, The Musical; Dividing the Estate; Bells Are Ringing; It Ain’t Nothin’ But the Blues. Off Broadway— Informed Consent; Jules Verne: From the Earth to the Moon; Rocket to the Moon; Measure for Measure; Gigi (the play);Billy Porter’s While I Yet Live; Poor Behavior; The Tribute Artist; The Model Apartment; Emotional Creature; Karen O’s Stop the Virgens!. Regional—Bernstein’s Mass (Street Singers) for the Philadelphia Orchestra. Many theatres including: Asolo, Cincinnati Playhouse, Capital Rep; Ford’s Theatre, Kansas City Rep; Milwaukee Rep, Berkeley Rep, Chicago Shakes, Oregon Shakespeare Company, Old Globe, San Diego; Actor’s Theatre of Louisville, Westport Country Playhouse. Film/TV—Poor Behavior; Stag; Alice Jacobs is Dead, Roberta, Feast of the Goat; Sidewalk Stories. TV—Lazytown. Member—Casting Society of America and The League of Professional Theatre Women.
Undercover Productions LLC (Producer)
was the originating producer of In Bed With Roy Cohn which opened at the Odyssey Theater in Los Angeles. Last year, Undercover Productions made its Off-Broadway debut with the production of Ethel Sings – The Unsung Song of Ethel Rosenberg also by Joan Beber at the Beckett Theatre at Theatre Row.
“Directed with the precision of a ballet master, everything is executed flawlessly….A satisfying theatrical experience.”
“90 minute spectacle with quick and sarcastic humor”
“Joan Beber’s In Bed With Roy Cohn is a quirky, fast-moving, bawdy, outrageous, and candid, and everyone should see it. Make your reservations now, and plan to have a cocktail with your friends afterward – there will be plenty to discuss.”
-Out In Jersey
“Glitz and glamor in full force provide a visually stunning piece.”
-Theater in the Now
“Christopher Daftsios gives a virtuosic performance as the title character, astonishing in its physicality….The entire cast is excellent!”
“A comedic look at the iconic character. Christopher Daftsios is a convincing and very funny. “In Bed With Roy Cohn” is a smorgasbord of light fare that will satisfy the palate of theatregoers not familiar with the antics of Roy Cohn and entertain those who enjoy a quick dose of comedy and farce.”
-Theatre Reviews Limited
“An absurdist funhouse mirror of a show…those who are willing to take the journey will be rewarded.”
“This is not a play for everyone. It yanks viewers out of their comfort zone, a roughhouse art approach that owes more than a little to the ‘anything goes’ experimental theatre of the 1960s (take a bow, The Living Theatre). But for those who like their theater without seat belts it is definitely worth the ride.”
In Bed with Roy Cohn by Joan Beber - Hallucinating with Ronald Reagan and Others
By Susan Hall
The play is staged with surround sound and action happening everywhere. In the theatre’s aisles, characters watch and react to the scene as we do. We are not only drawn into the drama, we are in the grasp of its tentacles.
Scenes in which the dying Cohn tries to recapture his young self are played with a gentle stroke by Andy Reinhardt and make us yearn for a better outcome.
A provocative look at a much maligned American character helps us understand why our continuing progress in welcoming gays into the mainstream is so important. The consequences of suppression and denial have been devastating for individuals and society.READ MORE
Joan Beber's IN BED WITH ROY COHN to Premiere in NYC This August
By BroadwayWorld News Desk
This August, one of America’s most controversial men takes center stage in a new play by Joan Beber called In Bed With Roy Cohn. Directed by Katrin Hilbe, In Bed With Roy Cohn will begin performances on August 25th and open on September 2nd and will run through October 3rd at Theater Row’s Lion Theatre (410 West 42nd Street). Tickets are $55-65 and can be purchased by visiting www.Telecharge.com.
IN BED WITH ROY COHN is a serious end-of-life comedy about one of the most enigmatic and controversial men in American history, Roy Cohn. At the end of his colorful life, Roy awaits the inevitable, supported only by his last remaining faithful servant, Lisette. He is visited by the most important figures of his time demanding a reckoning for deeds good, bad and ugly. With bedfellows including, Julius Rosenberg, Ronald Reagan, Barbara Walters, Roy’s lover Serge, his mother Dora, and his youthful self, Roy is catapulted into a wacky and surreal wonderland, where his muddled reality ultimately becomes clear.READ MORE
Casting Set for Joan Beber’s In Bed With Roy Cohn Off-Broadway
By Broadway.com Staff - Broadway.com
Christopher Daftsios will take on the titular role in Joan Beber’s In Bed With Roy Cohn (Off-Broadway). Directed by Katrin Hilbe, the comedy will begin performances on August 25 and play a limited engagement through October 3. Opening night is set for September 2 at Theater Row’s Lion Theatre.READ MORE
The Jewish Week: Two new plays revisit Roy Cohn and the Rosenbergs
By Ted Merwin, The Jewish Week
Whether it was the crime of the century or a government frame-up of an innocent Jewish couple — or, as is more likely, something in the middle — the execution for treason of Julius and Ethel Rosenberg continues to send shockwaves through American culture. Among the most troubling and fascinating aspects of the case was the involvement of Roy Cohn, the (secretly) gay, corrupt Jewish attorney who prosecuted the Jewish couple. Two plays that opened last week in New York, Joan Beber’s “In Bed With Roy Cohn,” which imagines Cohn’s last days, and Karen Ludwig’s one-woman show, “Where Was I?” in which she recalls playing Ethel Rosenberg in the 1992 TV film, “Citizen Cohn,” testify to the unslackened grip of the Rosenberg case on our collective imagination.READ MORE