Genre: Drama
steven carl mccasland

the beautiful soup theater collective is proud to present the new york premiere of steven carl mccasland's play "neat & tidy". this chilling and poetic drama features an intimate cast performing multiple roles.

when a child is brutally murdered, the seismic aftershocks r...ipple throughout a small town. at its center, a marriage is crippling under the weight of the tragedy. with its cast tackling multiple characters, "neat & tidy" speaks about grieving and learning to live alone. see tom run. see tracy scream. see christine lie. see luke break. see tom hide. see tracy jump.

"neat & tidy" previews on may 15th, 2012 with an official opening night scheduled for may 16th, 2012.

all performances at the gene frankel theatre, 24 bond street, new york ny.

tuesday may 15-7:00pm
wednesday may 16-7:00pm
thursday may 17-7:00pm
friday may 18-7;00pm
saturday may 19-2:00pm & 7:00pm
sunday may 20-2:00pm

wednesday may 23- 2:00pm & 7:00pm
thursday may 24-7:00pm
friday may 25-7:00pm
saturday may 26-2:00pm & 7:00pm
sunday may 27-2:00pm

"neat & tidy" is written and directed by steven carl mccasland

paul alexander hughes serves as production stage manager


lisa crosby wipperling as tracy
john russel as tom
max rory meisel (of bravo tv's "bethenny getting married" as luke


kristi barron as christine
jordan tierney as andrew
anna kirkland as nancy & laura
orlando iriarte as sam & doctor avery
ellyn stein as dottie, jeanie & mary
rory allan meditz as the reverend & randy
samantha steinmetz as katie & billy (tracy u/s)*
emily floyd as natalie & amanda

rebecca de ornelas serves as female swing*

*samantha Steinmetz will appear as tracy on sunday, may 20 at 2:00pm. rebecca de ornelas will step into the roles of katie and billie at this performance. de ornelas will also step into the roles of amanda and natalie on sunday May 26 at 2:00pm.


tickets are available online now at:

general: $25
students/seniors: $20

About the Company: The Beautiful Soup Theater Collective

The Beautiful Soup Theater Collective was founded in the summer of 2010 by its Artistic Director, Steven Carl McCasland. McCasland, who founded Group Therapy Productions while a student at Pace University, has been directing in New York (Medea, A Streetcar Named Desire, A Midsummer Night's Dream, Antigone, Death of a Salesman, Hamlet, and others) since 2005. 

Beautiful Soup uses theater to bring to light our own struggles and create a dialog. Exploring new works and classics in innovative ways, stretching a shoe-string budget to create visually enchanting minimalist productions, the Collective honors a different charitable organization with each production. Often using the themes of the piece at hand, (Crossing Brooklyn, a musical about a teacher, benefited Artists Striving to End Poverty, who visit third-world countries to teach the arts), a portion of funds raised at the box office are donated to the chosen charity.

While serving the community, the Soup strives to bring light to all types of theater, new and old. Each season, the Collective presents two Shakespearean revivals, a workshop of a world premiere play, a play by a major writer within the last 150 years (Ibsen, Miller, Williams, Foote, Chekhov, O'Neill, to name a few...), a workshop of a new musical. Each season will also feature a world premiere children's theater production. 

Previous productions include: BLACK [Billy Learns About Captain Kirk] & BLUE, William Shakespeare's HamletCrossing Brooklyn: a musical by Jenny Giering and Laura Harrington, The WSXR Players' Present Their June 7, 1944 Broadcast of William Shakespeare's TWELFTH NIGHT, or What You Will and Steven Carl McCasland's world premiere play, Alice Au Pays Des Merveilles (Alice's Adventures in Wonderland)

Theater can be for the masses if we let it. With The Beautiful Soup Theater Collective, you can return to your roots and explore the boundaries of theater while continuing to serve your community. Learn more at



Preview:   05/15/12
Open:   05/16/12
Close:   05/27/12

Tuesday, May 15th at 7:00pm
Weds-Sat at 7:00pm
Sat and Sun matinees at 2:00pm
Special Wednesday 2:00pm matinee on May 23rd
Theater:   Gene Frankel Theatre
Address:   24 Bond St.
New York, NY 10012
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Closest subway: 6 to Bleecker, walk north to Bond, west to the theatre

Cost:$25 General, $20 Students/Seniors
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Lisa Crosby Wipperling (Tracy)- BSC: A Doll’s Life. Other NYC credits: The Tempest (Gonzola), Essential Voices USA with the NYPops at Carnegie Hall (soloist). Regional: Into the Woods (Baker’s Wife), Footloose (Vi Moore), In the Beginning (Dottie).

Max Meisel is an actor living in New York City.  A graduate of Syracuse University, Max's previous work includes Lifetime Network's Unanswered Prayers, USA's Royal Pains, and Bravo TV's Bethenny Getting Married.  

John Russell most recently appeared as Randolph Dillings in The Jazz Singer at the Metropolitan Playhouse and, before that, as Andrew Sabbot in two runs of Medicine Show Theater Ensemble's revival of Cole Porter's Paris.

Kristi Barron is thrilled to be joining the cast of 'Neat & Tidy'.  Most recently seen starring in the world premiere of 'Dead Guy' at the Manhattan Repertory Theatre Winterfest.  Check her out at!

Jordan recently joined the Beautiful Soup Theatre collective after performing a lengthy monologue for a benefit written by artistic director, Steven Carl McCasland followed by playing Torvald Helmer in their recent production of A Doll’s Life. Previous NYC credits include: The House of Yes, Ampersand: a Romeo and Juliet story, and The All-American Genderf*ck Cabaret.

Samantha is a professional actress living in New York. She is currently studying with Ken Schatz and has trained at Circle in the Square and Pace University.

 Orlando is happy to be playing Sammie the Talent agent from Hell and working as assistant director with Robroy Mountjoy Productions. Past credits include Off- Broadway: SECOND SAMUEL  as Frisky (Producers Club II), THIRTY SHARE as Nelson Gullick (Producers Club) DEVIL MAY CARE DEVIL MAY NOT CARE as Wes (Producers Club). Regional: FROM BROADWAY WITH LOVE, WEST SIDE STORY, THE WIZARD OF OZ, ANNIE. He will be Directing "A WOUND IN TIME", Off-Broadway, which opens in October 2010 at The Nuyorican Poets Cafe. He could be seen in various episodes of EXTREME FORENSICS on ID Discovery Channel. He is also the co-founder of St. Jude Players, which is a children's theater. He would like to thank Rob for this great opportunity and his partner Dennis for all of his Love and support! Check him out on  

Ellyn Stein has been performing since she was 13 years old. She was seen last year as Helen in Blue: A Fable at John Chatterton's Midwinter Madness One-Act Play Festival in NYC.  She is international trainer and workshop leader on staff with

Rory Allan Meditz (Randy/Priest) is a graduate of Pace University and
has been a member of Beautiful Soup since its inception. Favorite
roles include Willy Loman (Death of a Salesman), Hamlet (Hamlet) and
Peter Evans (Bug).

Anna Kirkland is a proud member of the Beautiful Soup Theater Collective, holds a B.F.A. from NYU – Tisch and trains with Dorothy Stone.  Most recently she appeared as Astrid Klemnacht in BSTC’s A Doll’s Life.

Emily Floyd serves as Creative Assistant for BSTC; roles include Madeline (Crossing Brooklyn: the musical), Alice (Alice Au Pays du Merveilles) and Ophelia (Hamlet). She wrote, created, and stars in the webseries This Is Art ( B.F.A.: Theatre, NYU's Tisch School of the Arts.