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By Michael Mitnick
Directed by Maggie Burrows
Presented by ARS Productions

Kyle Sugarman is a 16-year-old with a singular mission: to bring his play, Spacebar, to Broadway. Along the way, he wrestles with a number of formidable characters, including a volatile producer, an absent father, and the Captain of the Girls Swim Team. Ever closer to seeing his name in lights, Kyle searches for understanding in this comedic drama about young ambition and the need to settle scores.

The cast features John Ellison Conlee (Obie Award Winner for The (Curious Case of the) Watson Intelligence, Tony Nominee The Full Monty), Will Connolly (Once on Broadway), John Doherty (Partial Comfort Productions' A Bright New Boise), Willa Fitzgerald (MTV's Scream), Ana Kayne (The Club at Playwrights Horizons), and Morgan Ritchie (The Seagull at Huntington Theatre Company).

Playwright // Michael Mitnick
Director // Maggie Burrows
Scenic and Costume Design // Dane Laffrey
Lighting Design // Jen Schriever
Sound Design // Brandon Wolcott
Lead Producer // Adriel Saporta
Producer // Lily Garrison
Line Producer // Allison Bressi
Technical Director // Brandon Wheat
Props Master // Alberto Ruiz
Production Stage Managers // Whitney Dearden and Alexandra Hall
Assistant Stage Manager // Rachel Lebowitz
Artwork // Studio RFA.
Filmmaker // Jack Pearce


MICHAEL MITNICK // WRITER: Michael Mitnick’s plays, music, and lyrics have been produced and developed at theaters including Playwrights Horizons, Manhattan Theatre Club, Second Stage Theatre, Berkeley Rep, Ars Nova, Roundabout Theatre Company, McCarter Theatre Center, The Denver Center, City Lights, LOCAL, Dallas Theatre Center, The Lark, W.E.T., Page 73, and The Kennedy Center. Michael is writing the book for the Broadway-bound musical version of the classic film Animal House, and he wrote additional lyrics for a stage spectacle of King Kong which is running now in Australia. Michael’s screenplay The Giver, an adaptation of the Newberry Award-winning novel starring Meryl Streep and Jeff Bridges, is in theaters now.

MAGGIE BURROWS // DIRECTOR: Maggie Burrows graduated with a BA in English Literature from Yale University where she was nominated for the Sudler Prize for Excellence in the Arts. Her theater and dance directing credits at Yale include The Dining Room, www.onderland, How to Succeed in Business Without Really Trying and One Flea Spare. Maggie has assistant directed for Daniel Aukin, Davis McCallum and James Bundy. She served as the assistant director to Daniel Sullivan for Shakespeare in the Park on The Comedy of Errors and, more recently, King Lear. She has interned and worked at some of the country's finest theater companies including Roundabout Theatre Company, Yale Repertory Theatre, Steppenwolf Theatre Company, Lookingglass Theatre Company and directed Fox on the Fairway at Northern Stage last winter. Maggie has spent four years as an Artistic Associate at iTheatrics developing their Broadway JR. and Broadway KIDS collections. She is a member of the Lincoln Center Directors Lab and a recipient of the World Performance Project Grant at Yale.

DANE LAFFREY // SET AND COSTUME DESIGNER: Dane Laffrey’s recent off-Broadway credits include set and/or costumes for Bad Jews and Tigers Be Still (Roundabout), Disgraced (Lincoln Center Theater), Arlington (Vineyard), American Hero and The Talls (Second Stage), The Maids (Red Bull), I Remember Mama and The Patsy (Transport Group), The Other Place (MCC), Sixty Miles to Silver Lake (Soho Rep), The Few and Rag and Bone (Rattlestick), Bad Jazz (Play Company), 12 Chairs and Exit (Keigwin + Co, The Joyce Theatre). His work has been presented at major theaters around the US including The Old Globe, The Humana Festival, Williamstown Theatre Festival, Denver Center Theatre Company, Baltimore Center Stage, Dallas Theatre Center, New York Stage and Film, Asolo Rep., Signature, Yale Opera, Two River Theatre, others. He’s worked internationally in Tokyo, Oslo, Osaka and throughout Australia, including "The Roast," airing nightly on ABC2. Nominations for a Drama Desk Award, 4 Henry Hewes Design Awards and a Sydney Theatre Award.

JENNIFER SCHIEVER // LIGHTING DESIGNER: Designs include: BROADWAY: John Leguizamo’s Ghetto Klown, also filmed for HBO. OPERA: Die Fledermaus (Metropolitan), Faust, A Midsummer Night's Dream (Mariinsky, Russia), The Pearl Fishers (ENO, London). OFF BROADWAY: Mala Hierba, American Hero (Second Stage); A Second Chance (Public); Sunset Baby (Labyrinth); Triassic Parq (Soho Playhouse); Bullet for Adolf (New World Stages), Stuffed and UnStrung (Union Square) An Evening Without Monty Python (Town Hall). REGIONAL/OTHER: Marie Antoinette (Woolly Mammoth), Sunday in the Park with George (Signature, VA), The Other Josh Cohen (Papermill); Romeo And Juliet, The Conference of the Birds, A Taming of the Shrew (Folger), Stones in his Pockets (CenterStage), American Hero (Williamstown) DANCE: Liz Lerman: Healing Wars. Adjunct Professor Purchase College. ASSOCIATE DESIGN BROADWAY: A Raisin in the Sun, Betrayal, Death of A Salesman, The Mountaintop, The House of Blue Leaves, The Book of Mormon, Fences, Joe Turner's Come and Gone, You're Welcome America.

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