Genre: Drama
Presented by the Ward Studio Company and Directed by Wendy Ward

I Wish You A Boat, which opened on September 23 and runs through January, 2007, is living proof that live theater can provide passage to the human experience in ways that the big screen cannot. In bringing the story of a 19th century shipwreck to a space as intimate as your living room, director Wendy Ward boldly asks the audience to personally witness the sinking of a ship where only the privileged survive.

The Ward Studio Company performs with a tenderness and esprit de corps rare among young theater companies today while their original storytelling style soars with imagination and surprise.

Act One, viewed from the perspective of first-class survivors, was built from 19th century sources while Act Two, developed entirely through improvisation, is told from the steerage point of view. While the entire play is visually striking and set to an enchanting musical score, it is the startling about-face in the second act that surprises, saddens and delights audiences most. Through this delicate telling of a monstrous story, we are reminded of our common immigrant ancestry and the sacrifices that were required for the journey. As one audience member has remarked, "We are all steerage!"

Cast: Christine Brumbaugh, Katia Hoerning, Lara Silva

Open:   09/23/06
Close:   01/28/07

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Saturday, November 4 8pm
Sunday, November 5 3pm and 7pm
Saturday, November 18 8pm
Sunday, November 19 3pm and 7pm
Friday, November 24 8pm
Saturday, November 25 8pm
Sunday, November 26 3pm and 7pm
Saturday, December 9 8pm
Sunday, December 10 3pm and 7pm
Saturday, December 16 8pm
Sunday, December 17 3pm and 7pm
Wednesday, Jan. 3 8pm
Thursday, Jan. 4 8pm
Friday, Jan. 5 8pm
Saturday, Jan. 6 8pm
Sunday, Jan. 7 3pm and 7pm
Saturday, Jan. 13 8pm
Sunday, Jan. 14 3pm and 7pm
Saturday, Jan. 20 8pm
Sunday, Jan. 21 3pm and 7pm
Saturday, Jan. 27 8pm
Sunday, Jan. 28 3pm and 7pm

Theater:   Ward Studio
Address:   145 W. 28th St. Suite 8F
New York, NY
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Buy Tickets Online or Call: brownpapertickets at 1-800-838-3006
Presented by: The Ward Studio Company         Official Web Site: www.iwishyouaboat.com
Matt W. Cody's recent New York appearances include the title role in Nosferatu: The Morning of My Death (Rabbit Hole Ensemble / Midtown International Theater Festival / MITF Award Nominee for Best Play and Best Ensemble), The Night of Nosferatu (Wellfleet Harbor Actors Theater), White Paper (Kraine Theater), The Good Negro (Lark Theater / The Public Theater), Born Without Clothes (You Are Here Productions / Wonderland Festival), I Wish You A Boat (Ward Studio Company), Journey of the Fifth Horse (Ward Studio), and the short films The Mark and Life, Passion, Death. He is a graduate of the Ward Studio and UCLA. www.mattwcody.com
  New York: I wish you a boat(James/Constantine), The Ward Studio Company; The Woolgatherer(Cliff), Journey of the 5th Horse(Kirilla Matveitch), When you comin' back, Red Ryder?(Tommy Clark) all with The Ward Studio; The Sandman(Siegmund), Target Margin Theatre; Florida(Redwood Son), NYU; Tess' last night(Cooper/Miggsie), DW Productions; Street Scene(Harry Easter), Dicapo Theatre; Eileen(Sir Reggie), Rosemarie(Sgt. Malone) all with Liederkranz Theater

Regional: Oklahoma!(Will Parker), Pfizer Players; The Music Man(Harold Hill), Broad Street Bears; The Rape of Lucretia(Junius), Northwestern University; Werther(Bruhlmann), Dicapo Theatre; The Marriage of Figaro(Count Almaviva), Junger Kunstler Bayreuth


CELL: 646-963-1425

HEIGHT: 5'4"

HAIR: Lt. Auburn

WEIGHT: 125 lbs

EYES: Blue VOICE: Soprano


I Wish You A Boat Various/Lead The Ward Studio Co.NY/Dir.Wendy Ward

Whose Life is it Anyway Judge/Supporting The Ward Studio,NY/Dir.Wendy Ward

Tap Fusion Singer The Duke Thr.NY/Dir.Barry Blumenthal

Nine Carla/Supporting Diamond Head Thr.HI/Dir.Wanda Richert

Sweet Charity Charity/Lead Diamond Head Thr.HI/Dir.John Rampage

Forbidden B'way Strikes Back Various/Lead Manoa Valley Thr.HI/Dir.Brad Powell

Tony ‘N' Tina's Wedding Connie/Lead Manoa Valley Thr.HI/Dir.Ray Bumatai

Annie Get Your Gun Dolly/Supporting Diamond Head Thr.HI/Dir.John Rampage

Aida Dancer Hawaii Opera Thr.HI/Dir.Joseph Bascetta

Santa's Joy Puppeteer,V.O. Puppets Unlimited,HI/Dir.Anna Viggiano

Christmas is Coming Puppeteer,V.O. Puppets Unlimited,HI/Dir.Anna Viggiano

*Recipient of 4 Po'okela Awards (Hawaii's Excellence in Performance) NINE, SWEET CHARITY, FORBIDDEN BROADWAY STRIKES BACK & ANNIE GET YOUR GUN


Best of Me/Chrisette Michele Waitress Def Jam Records/Dir. Andrew Dosunmu

Splitting Worlds Marie NYU/Dir. Gillian Arthur


Charo Dancer Charo Entertainment Prods., HI

Legends in Concert Singer/Dancer John Stuart Prods., HI


On-Camera Commercials: David Cady, Rawleigh Moreland

Acting: Paul Fouquet, Wendy Ward, Uta Hagen, Rawleigh Moreland, Stuart Duckworth, Judith Searcy

Singing:Musical Theatre: Helen Gallagher, Terry Ralston, Dennis Castellano

Bel Canto: Neva Rego, Douglas Decater

Dance:Jazz/Theatre: Chet Walker, Hama, Michael Shawn, Buzz Miller

Ballet: Jilana, Nicole Fosse, Valerie Taylor

Stage Voice & Speech: Joanne Pattavina

Dialects: Amy Stoller (Standard British/R.P. & Scottish)

Education: UC, Irvine; Dance major, emphasis in performance

Skills: Snorkeling, Bowling, Cooking, Swimming, Sewing, Licensed Driver