Caps for Sale National Tour
Esphyr Slobodkina (Author 1908 – 2002) internationally-renowned artist and author of the children’s classic Caps for Sale, was among the first female American artists to explore abstraction and the first to use collage in American storybooks. She studied art in Russia and China before immigrating to the United States in 1928. She was a founding member of the American Abstract Artists group and her work is represented in prominent museum collections across the country.
Ann Marie Mulhearn Sayer (Co-Playwright) met Esphyr Slobodkina in 1996, when she was hired to write musical narratives for Caps for Sale and other Slobodkina books. Slobodkina and Sayer became close friends and Sayer has administrated and exhibited Esphyr Slobodkina’s works for over eighteen years. Using Slobodkina’s original art and reflecting upon hours of conversations with her on perspective and her choices in stylization Ann Marie employed great care to develop each layout as the artist, herself, might have done. More Caps for Sale is based on story ideas from Slobodkina and Ann Marie's imagination with prior permission from Slobodkina. Through this posthumous story, Sayer awakens Slobodkina's voice.
Michael J. Bobbitt (Producing Artistic Director/Co-Playwright/Choreographer) is the Producing Artistic Director of Adventure Theatre MTC and has directed, choreographed and performed at many theatres in the DC region, nationally and internationally. As a writer, his work has been accepted in the NYC International Fringe Festival, The New York Musical Theatre Festival and has received grants from the National Alliance for Musical Theatre’s Producer-Writer Initiative, The Creative Projects Grant from the Arts and Humanities Council of Montgomery County, Maryland State Arts Council and the Puffin Foundation. Michael’s works include Bingo Long and the Traveling All-Stars and Motor Kings, The Yellow Rose of Texas, Say It Ain’t So!, The Stephen Schwartz Project, Bob Marley’s Three Little Birds (Nomination - Charles MacArthur Award for Outstanding New Play – Helen Hayes Award), Garfield, The Musical with Cattitude, Black Diamond, Redskins vs. Rockettes, and revisions of Big, the Musical – TYA, Going The Distance, How Old is a Hero?, and Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer.
William Yanesh (Composer/Lyricist/Musical Director) has composed for ATMTC (The Cat in the Hat) and Red Knight Productions (Medieval Story Land; Ballad of the Red Knight). His arrangements have been heard at the Shakespeare Theatre (Man of La Mancha) and ATMTC (Miss Nelson is Missing!; Pickle-Chiffon Pie [workshop]). Music director/conductor at Round House Theatre (The Nutcracker; Ordinary Days), Signature Theatre (Elmer Gantry [conductor]; The Last Five Years [Helen Hayes nominee, Outstanding Music Direction]; Never Been Gone; Good Times), ATMTC (Oliver!; Garfield; Miss Nelson is Missing!; Goodnight Moon; Winnie-the-Pooh), the Washington Savoyards (A Grand Night for Singing) and the University of Maryland (Spring Awakening). Education: Carnegie Mellon University.
Patrick Pearson (Director) is the Director of Artistic Programming for Ford’s Theatre in Washington DC. Credits include Rooms: a Rock Romance (Chance Theater – OVATION Nomination for Best Director), The Trouble with Words (Coeurage Theatre), A New Brain (El Portal Forum), Altar Boyz and Songs from an Unmade Bed (Celebration Theatre), The Diviners (Kennedy Center), As You Like It and The Merry Wives of Windsor (Old Globe Summer Shakespeare Intensive), Robot Songs (NYC Theatrelab), Nero/Pseudo (WSC Avant Bard), Under Milkwood (Dylan Thomas Boathouse, Laugharne, Wales), Equus and A Prayer for Owen Meany (Young Theatre), Hansel and Gretel and Seussical (Little Theatre), Reefer Madness and The Drowsy Chaperone (Burnight Theatre), and Violet and I Love You Because (Grand Central Theatre) and among others. He also directed the Pirates of Penzance part of the What’s Opera, Doc? 50th Anniversary Celebration for Linda Jones Enterprises (Looney Toons/Chuck Jones Galleries). Member SDC. patrickpearsondirector.com