Genesis Repertory Ensemble, Inc.

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Genesis Repertory makes theater accessible to both audience and artists, presenting the original texts of classical works but merging them with new locations, time periods, and casting choices. In this way, Genesis makes Shakespeare and his contemporaries exciting and understandable to a new generation; breathes new meaning into the great American plays and musicals, and leads the way for new works. This also creates greater challenges and opportunities for emerging artists.

Genesis upholds the ideologies that began with the Federal Theater movement of the 1930s and continues through to the off and off-off Broadway movements of the 21st Century.

Genesis opened its doors in 1999 with Hamlet. The production created what would become a trademark of Genesis – Shakespeare set in a unique time and place, while still remaining true to the original text. Hamletwas set in Washington 1963 and became known as “The Kennedy Hamlet.” Genesis exemplified this trademark with other classical works including:

  • Romeo & Julietin the streets of Brooklyn (Juliet was Palestinian);
  • The Merchant of Veniceon the eve of Kristalnaught;
  • Macbethin 1940s Argentina;
  • Faustusas a tribute to Orson Welles;
  • The Merry Wives of Windsorin a disco 1976;
  • Richard IIIin a Fellini-esque style utilizing puppetry with live action;
  • The Tempestset on a Forbidden Planet (presented at Kingsborough College in Brooklyn);
  • A Yorkshire Tragedy(one of Shakespeare’s “lost plays”) at LaMama;
  • The Spanish Tragedytributing the modern horror film;
  • and many others.


Genesis also serves as a sponsor of other companies and initiatives:

  • G.A.i.A.: Girl Artists Innovating Art (Productions: Medeaand Lysistrata);
  • Genesis Opera (the brainchild of Mary E. MiCari, founder of The Chelsea Opera) Productions: The Pirates of Penzance, Il Tabarro, Suor Angelica, Ariadne Auf Naxos
  • Anne & Fay’s House – Theater for Young Audiences: This foundation established by Genesis in honor of its greatest patrons continues to sponsors companies and initiates for the betterment of children and young artists
  • Project R.E.A.C.T. (Repertory of Emerging Artists from College Theater) Giving college students the opportunity to work professionally prior to graduation
  • ACT-OUT Acting School: John Stillwaggon’s acclaimed acting program, which now features master classes.
  • The King Series: The new plays division, named for Anthony King (Manhattan Theater Club and Genesis), presents original plays by leading playwrights including as Luigi Jannuzzi and Robert Liebowitz. The division turned out award-winning original works at The Samuel French Festival, Spotlight-On Festivals, and the New York International Fringe Festival.

Schedule of Upcoming Productions

No New Productions Scheduled

Production History

Guys & Dolls  | Open: 04/08/11 Close: 04/16/11
Brooklyn Association for the Performing Arts

Genesis Repertory

join forces to open a new American Classic Musical Stage

First production:     Guys & Dolls
    Friday, April 8 and Saturday, April 9 @ 8:00 p.m.
    Thursday & Friday, April 14 & 15 @ 8:00 p.m.
    Saturday, April 16 @ 2:00 & 8:00 p.m.
    For further information:
    347.492.0534 or

    Genesis @ The Block Institute
    376 Bay 44th Street (off Shore Parkway)
    Brooklyn, New York

Brooklyn, NY – The perennial musical about old Broadway, Guys & Dolls – will be revived as part of a co-production by two of Brooklyn’s leading resident theaters: Brooklyn Association for the Performing Arts, which first burst upon the Brooklyn scene with a sold-out run of Jesus Christ Superstar and Genesis Repertory – the celebrated off-Broadway theater – which joined the Bay Ridge Brooklyn landscape last season with its acclaimed production of Romeo & Juliet. 

Guys & Dolls is the musicalized version of Damon Runyon’s classic stories about New York’s colorful underbelly. The main stories concern Sky Masterson and his attempt to win a bet he made with shyster Nathan Detroit by using “mission doll” Sarah Brown. But if Nathan wins this bet his “oldest established permanent floating crap game” can continue and he can further elude the long arm of Lt. Brannigan and matrimonial advances of his fiancée of more than a decade, nightclub chanteuse, Miss Adelaide.

The cast is decorated with local celebrities like John Stillwaggon (Mercutio in Romeo & Juliet and the title role in Hamlet) and Michael Whelan (one of the stars of the HFP Players, Staten Island’s premier musical theater) as well as regional theater favorites Carolyn Dellinger (Eliza in My Fair Lady), Jay Paranada (the Engineer in Miss Saigon), TJ D’Angelo* (La Cage Aux Follies, Tony & Tina’s Wedding), and Kelly Petlin who sports six national tours including Beauty and the Beast. 

Other notables include classical actor Romo Hallahan (The Tempest, Merry Wives of Windsor, The Merchant of Venice), film actors Cynthia Granville* and Shaun S. Orbin, and Canadian actors, Daniel Rostas and Timothy Ng.

This high-energy cast is completed with Jeff Van Damme, Dominic Kidwell, Sarah Winchester, Amanda Szymczak, Nora Moutrane, Erin Johnson, Denise A. Sosa, Lee Saulter, Audry Mae DeRocker, and Sherry Giedd; along with Genesis Repertory regulars Kristin O’Blessin, Robert Aloi, and a special appearance by off-Broadway playwright, Robert Liebowitz, as Lt. Brannigan.

The production is directed by musical theater veteran, Jay Michaels (Broadway: Guys & Dolls, Damn Yankees) and musical directed by Eric K. Johnston, with choreography by Dustin Cross.
Jessica Kidwell is production stage manager, assisted by Christine Kahaly. 

Production managed by Rocco Buonpane (BAPA) and Mary Elizabeth MiCari (Genesis)

*appearing courtesy of Actors Equity Association


The Wisdom That Men Seek  | Open: 08/12/07 Close: 08/24/07
THE WISDOM THAT MEN SEEK. The New York International Fringe Festival in association with Genesis Repertory presents a new play by Robert Liebowitz. The play opens with the ghostly return of gangster Nathan Kessler (Joe LoGrippo) now dead twenty years. Nathan needs absolution from his embittered son, Michael, ( J. Michaels) or he will find no peace. Nathan employs memories from the "other side" to help him in his quest for forgiveness … and to stop his son from following in his footsteps. Flashbacks transport the audience to a battle zone in World War II; a Jewish home in Brooklyn circa 1969; a back-room poker game in 1955; a boxing ring in Hell; and Lulu's for corned beef… the lines there are shorter than at Irving's.

This hard-bitten drama is directed by Robert Liebowitz, with production design by Broadway staffer, Mary Elizabeth MiCari and lighting design by Shaun S. Orbin. Rounding out the cast is Michael Ruocco, Mitch Poulos , and introducing Artie Mezzo as Michael age 11. Eric Fitzgerald is production stage manager. 8/12 @ 7:45 p.m., 8/15 @ 3:45 p.m., 8/17 @ 2:30 p.m., 8/18 @ 4:30 p.m. and 8/24 @ 10:45 p.m. The Players Theatre 115 MacDougal Street (south of West 3rd St.) SUBWAY: A, B, C, D, E, F, V to West 4th Street PARKING: West 3rd and MacDougal. Tickets: $15. For tickets visit or call (in New York) or (outside New York) 1.888.FRINGENYC

Twelve Angry Men  | Open: 03/12/11 Close: 03/13/11
ACT-OUT Acting School in association with Genesis Repertory presents a master class final project:

Twelve Angry Men

Adapted by Sherman Sergel.

Based on the Emmy award-winning television movie by Reginald Rose.  

Produced by special arrangement with

The Dramatic Publishing Company of Woodstock, Ill.


An ACT-OUT Master Class


Saturday, March 12 @ 8:00 p.m.

Sunday, March 13 @ 5:00 p.m.

The Theater at Christ Church

7301 Ridge Boulevard, Brooklyn


$10 suggested donation


Brooklyn – John Stillwaggon’s celebrated acting school opens its new master class program with a presentation of one of the American theater’s best ensemble drama, Twelve Angry Men.

This classic play centers on the deliberating jury of what appears to be an open and shut case … until one juror questions what “reasonable doubt” truly looks like. We are then taken on a journey that pits character study with the law. The twelve will never be the same again. Mr. Stillwaggon has taken his students on a similar journey, weaving character development with ensemble performance. ACT-OUT’s The Master Class gives its students a chance to experience the process of live theater performance in a safe and non-judgmental atmosphere.


The cast blends exceptional newcomers with continuing education artists. The program includes Raja RG, Joyce Adams, William Doyle, Olga Privman, Andy Guzman, Andy Castillo, Robert Aloi, Christopher Sirota, Robert Saunders, John Harrison, Mohammed Saad, Kristen Blessin, and Eric Fitzgerald


JOHN STILLWAGGON is a former adjunct professor at Brooklyn College's MFA Acting Program and holds a Bachelor of Science in Elementary Education at Saint Joseph's University. Professor Stillwaggon has lectured at numerous universities and specialized schools and programs. He also teaches Drama at Brooklyn Blue Feather Elementary School for Autistic Children. He is also a professional actor with credits on and off-Broadway, regional, film and television. He is currently signed to play the title role in Genesis’ 2011 production of Hamlet.

ACT-OUT, established in 2007, provides individual and group acting classes and workshops for students of all ages and levels of experience. ACT-OUT has served individuals and organizations throughout the five boroughs, Long Island, and New Jersey. ACT-OUT instruction is individually-based, exploring improvisation, physical and vocal preparation, action and obstacle work, character analysis, and script analysis approaching monologues and scenes.  Over the course of the class sessions, students will learn to trust the impulses and the life inside themselves, as they structure these impulses toward the goals, the character, and the scene at hand.  Students have reported that training with ACT-OUT has helped them not only with auditions and performances, but also with public speaking, social interactions, goal-setting, conflict resolution, and self-esteem.