Genre: Musical
Music by Mark T Evans, Lyrics by Eric Kubo, Book by Zac Kline, Directed by Blake Bradford

I Am Jim Thompson is an exploration of the life and disappearance of
Jim Thompson, an American businessman noted for revitalizing the Thai
silk industry, who disappeared on Easter Sunday, 1967 in the highlands
of Malaysia. He was never found.

The multi-narrative musical explores Jim Thompson at three stages in
his life. He is portrayed by three different actors: age 25, a
graduate student in architecture yearning to leave the confines of his
suburban Delaware upbringing; 35, a spy in Southeast Asia during World
War II and an architect struggling to find his place in post-War
America; 55, a silk-magnate in Thailand seemingly at the top of the

I Am Jim Thompson is an American story about a man trying to connect
with himself, understand the people he loves and ultimately struggle
to find his place.

Open:   02/18/10
Close:   02/28/10

2/18 @ 8pm, 2/19 @7pm, 2/20 @7pm, 2/25 @8pm, 2/26 @7pm, 2/27 @7pm, 2/28 @8pm
Theater:   Wings Theatre
Address:   154 Christopher Street
New York, NY 10014
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Closest subway: 1, 9 to Christopher Street, west on Christopher Street several blocks to theatre

Cost:$20, $15 Students (with valid ID)
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Presented by: Wings Theatre Company         Official Web Site: www.wingstheatre.com

Daniel Bonthius (Jim 1) is very excited to be part of the development of yet another new musical. He has most recently been seen in the reading of Save the Date, a Musical by another NYU Graduate Musical Theatre Writing Program graduate, Greg Jacobs-Roseman. Other credits include: At the B St. Theatre: Rabbit Hole (Jason), rightnexttome (Male U/S), 7/10 Split and in NYC: Summer Shorts, Fall Briefs (Times Square Arts Center), Why Can't I (The Duplex). Daniel is a proud graduate of Emerson College. Love to Alisha, Rosa and Family.

Jan Di Pietro (Jim 2) is a graduate of The American Academy of Dramatic Arts. Jan is excited to be a part of this production and thanks to everyone involved in getting it going and keeping it running. Recent performances include: Are You There, Zeus?, It's Me Electra, Far Out! The Musical, Sweet Charity, and The Producers. All the love I have goes to family. Thanks for helping me out G7.

Jimmy Helms Jim 3

Jimmy Helms (Jim 3) is thrilled to lend his talents to the New York Premiere of I Am Jim Thompson. Regional theatrical credits include: The Will Rogers Follies (Will); Camelot (Arthur); It's a Wonderful Life (George Bailey); The Rocky Horror Show (Riff Raff) and Cabaret (Cliff). An accomplished improv artist, Jimmy has performed in the New York Rennaisance Faire, The New York Company of Flanagan's Wake, and the original Cleveland cast of Tony & Tina's Wedding. As a writer/director/and stunt coordinator, Jimmy's work has been seen all over the world in live productions such as: The Batman Water Thrill Spectacular and The Wild Wild West Screen Test in Bottrop, Germany; The Indiana Jones American Adventure Show in Chennai, India and Danger Island, in The Peoples' Republic of China. Loving thanks to my darling Jill, for continuing to provide the light in my life.

Elisabeth Ness Charlotte

Elisabeth Ness (Charlotte) has performed at the Williamstown Theatre Festival under director Roger Rees; at a NYMF Tisch showcase with Laura Bell Bundy; and on the national tour of Nickelodeon’s Go, Diego, Go, Live!. Favorite stage roles include a murderous prostitute (Ars Nova’s world premiere of Hinterland), doomed-to-be murdered British brat (New York International Fringe Festival’s Hint), deaf Hollywood starlet (The House of Blue Leaves), neckbrace-saddled high schooler (IT Award-winner Like You Like It), timid composer (High School Musical), and a bossy six-year-old (You're…Charlie Brown). A graduate of Yale, she also performs on-camera and in voice-over; check out www.elisabethness.com for details. Many thanks to Blake, Mark, Kubo, Andrew, Ed, family, and friends.

Sarah Jean Fischbeck (Rebecca) is excited to make her Off-Off debut at the Wings Theater! She is a graduate of SUNY New Paltz, and most recently performed as the Stepmother in American Family Theater's East Coast Tour of Cinderella. Other favorite roles include Edith in Pirates of Penzance (Irene Ryan Nominee), Cecilia Johnson in Fefu and Her Friends, and Rosabella in The Most Happy Fella. Sarah is also a member
of the Clockwork Theatre workshop series at Theatre Row. Thanks to family and friends for their unwavering support.

Jenny Lee Anaya (Ploy) is thrilled to be a part of this great cast performing this beautiful work. She has been seen bringing new characters to life on the New York stage as Princess Aleysha in Eighty-1 and Oseny in Angels. Favorite roles include Frida age 25 in American Stage Theatre's Casa Blue: The Last Moments in The Life of Frida Kahlo, and Maria in Cape Fear Regional Theatre's production of West Side Story, though her favorite role to date has been as Cheer Bear on the Care Bears float in the Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade. She received a Bachelor of Music from Arizona State University and can be seen in the new web series, “How To Make It To 30” (howtomakeitto30.blip.tv). She thanks her viejitos, her schluta, and all the incredible people in her life for their unwavering love and support.

Katie Zaffrann (Susan) most recently appeared in Miracle on 34th Street at the John W. Engeman Theater on Long Island. Favorite credits include A Christmas Carol (Ghost of Christmas Past) with Personal Space Theatrics at The Barrow Group; Merry Wives of Windsor (Anne Page) at Shakespeare & Company in Lenox, MA; and national tours of Alice in Wonderland and an educational Shakespeare production for kids. Katie holds a BFA in Musical Theatre from Syracuse University, and was the Founding President of Choral Chameleon, a new professional chamber choir in NYC. She also sings with indie band Little Grey Girlfriend, and is currently at work on an album of contemporary theater songs. http://katiezaffrann.com

Steven Sun (Yee) was born and raised in Taiwan. After earning his BFA in Theatre Arts at National Taiwan University and serving in the military for less than two years, he came to New York City in 2005 to pursuit his dream as an actor. He received his MFA Acting degree from Columbia University in 2009, and his recent credits include Big Love (Setkani/Enconter International Festival, Czech Republic); The Tempest (Folkwang International Shakespeare Festival, Germany); The Canterbury Tales (Riverside Church Theatre); These are the Voyages (New Perspectives Theatre); Romeo and Juliet (Classic Stage Company); and Days and Nights - Two Chekhovian Interludes (La MaMa E.T.C.).

Mark T Evans Composer and Musical Director

Mark T Evans (Composer/Musical Director) is a composer and musical director originally from Long Island. He has been seen at Wings Theater as the musical director of The Spitfire Grill (Phare Play Prod.) and as the MD and Orchestrator of Topsy Turvy Loves (John Chatterton Prod.). Mark has just received his MFA in Musical Theatre Writing from NYU’s Tisch School of the Arts. In addition to writing the score for I Am Jim Thompson, Mark has written music for Buddy Holly At the Armory (Prospect Theater Co.), also with Zac Kline and Eric Kubo, and music and contributed to the book for Human Interest, with Gena Oppenheim. In 2008, he was the recipient of the ASCAP Foundation’s Frederick Loewe Award for Emerging Musical Theatre Composers. Before returning to New York, Mark lived in Philadelphia for eight years, where he worked for many theaters in and around the city, including the Arden Theatre Co., the Walnut Street Theater, and the Prince Music Theater. In 2003, Mark earned his BA in Psychology from the University of Pennsylvania.

Eric Kubo Lyricist

Eric Kubo (lyricist) is a lyricist, bookwriter, and props designer. He has interned/worked at TheatreWorks and the O’Neill Theater Center, where he served as the assistant to Paulette Haupt, the artistic director of the Music Theater Conference. Past/current works: Song of the Sea, with Yui Kitamura (GMTWP, Strasberg Institute); Yaseko, an original translation and adaptation of Federico García Lorca’s Yerma (Yale College); I Am Jim Thompson with Zac Kline and Mark T Evans (GMTWP, OCU Stripped), Mumbai, with Bix Bettwy (Prospect Theater), and a modern-day musical adaptation of King Lear with Bix Bettwy. He is currently a first-year in the BMI Musical Theater Writing Workshop. B.A., Theater and Linguistics, Yale; M.F.A., Musical Theater Writing, Tisch.

Zac Kline Bookwriter

Zac Kline (Bookwriter) Zac’s work has been presented by Prospect Theatre Company, Tip My Cup Productions, Oklahoma City University, Coffee Black Productions and he has participated twice in the 24 Hour Plays Off-Broadway (24 Hour Play Company/The New Group). He has worked as a literary intern with The New Group and Literary Associate with The Civilians on This Beautiful City (Vineyard Theatre.) He teaches playwrighting to New York City high school students with Urban Arts Partnership. MFA Graduate Musical Theatre Writing Program at Tisch, NYU. BFA Dramatic Writing at Tisch, NYU. Member of the Dramatists Guild.

Blake Bradford Director

Blake Bradford is an Emmy Award winning writer/director whose theatrical work has appeared all over the US and internationally in Canada, Mexico, Greece, Scotland/England, Denmark, Italy and South Africa. His original plays I, Undertow, The Unfortunate Honeymoon of Tony and Steve, Dance at Bataan, The Last Cloud, and Gay Slave Handbook are actively seen in the regional circuits and NYC. As a director, his most acclaimed work has been with two time Emmy Winner Joan Darling and Bill Svanoe. Blake has directed Ms. Darling all over the US in Svanoe's Quisisana, Lost and Found, Pants on Fire, Callback, The Last Silver Zephyer, and The Last Laugh. Other NYC includes Snake in Fridge, Dark of the Moon, Cherry Orchard, Twilight of the Golds, Tempest, Arsenic & Old Lace, Jellyroll Shoes and The Spitfire Grill. He serves as Artistic Director of Phare Play Productions and Associate Artistic Director of Wings Theatre. Blake is currently on staff of Live from Lincoln Center (PBS), where they won a 2008 Emmy for Madama Butterfly. Other TV credits include The Big Gay Sketch Show (LOGO/MTV), Showtime at the Apollo (NBC), Drama Desk Awards (PBS) and Arthur Ashe Kids Day (CBS).