About

You’ll never believe what happened on the subway…!

TALES FROM THE TUNNEL highlights six actors playing nearly 100 characters in a series of humorous, heartbreaking, and insightful accounts of true New York City Subway experiences, woven together into an entertaining ride. Come see the show that brings your experiences traveling through the veins of NYC to life! It’s a trip you won’t forget.

The TALES FROM THE TUNNEL cast includes:


FARAH BALA

Farah is thrilled to continue the journey with TALES FROM THE TUNNEL.  Originally from Bombay, India, Farah has an MFA in Theater from Sarah Lawrence College, NY and is a 2 year recipient of the Fezana Performing Arts Award. Theater credits include Tales from the Tunnel (NY Fringe), her One-woman show, To The Death of My Own Family (India Tour and tri-state performances), Lady Macbeth in Macbeth, Sylvia in Two Gentlemen of Verona, 167 Tongues (Jackson Rep), Letters to Baghdad (Maine), Fear Up (NY Fringe), among others. Film credits include Entre Nos, The War Within (both lauded at international film festivals) and Karma, Confessions and Holi produced by Drena DeNiro, among others.  Her work can also be seen on HBO and HUM TV. For more information, please visit www.farahbala.com.


GERI BROWN
Geri is thrilled to be revisiting her role as Women 1 in TALES FROM THE TUNNEL. Recent Credits Include: Streetlights (NYMF 09′), The Vagina Monologues (Nuyorican Poets Cafe), and Tales from the Tunnel (Fringe 09′). Geri is a Senior Musical Theatre Major at Pace University. She would like to thank James and Troy for continuing to believe in her as the clerk. Love to Sarabeth, Alionka, Sandi, Dad and William. She dedicates her performance to her mother for her unwavering love and support. Proud to be a third generation AEA member.


CARLA CORVO

Carla Corvo is excited to reprise her role in TALES FROM THE TUNNEL!  Favorite NYC credits include:  TALES FROM THE TUNNEL (Fringe, NYC), Hell House (St. Ann’s/Les Freres Corbusier), Rockberry (The Brick/Jollyship the Whiz Bang), and Misgivings (West End Theatre).  Regionally, Carla has appeared in four productions at the Hangar Theatre as a member of the Lab Co.:  Misgivings, The Insect God, The Wedding Reception, and Stuart Little.  Additional regional credits:  Williamstown Theatre Fest.  Workshop productions of Home Free (dir. Kate Pines-Schwarz) and The Fairy Garden.  Training includes:  B.F.A. NYU/Tisch (PLAYWRIGHTS HORIZONS) and Anne Reinking’s Broadway Theatre Project.  She has studied Shakespeare in London at BADA and RADA.  While at RADA Carla appeared in The Tempest (dir. Brigid Panet), Hamlet (dir. Alison Skilbeck) and Macbeth (dir. Hugh Fraser).  TV:  Louie (FX/Louis C.K.)  Love to James and Troy; thanks to the entire production team!


WILSON JERMAINE HEREDIA

Wilson is happy to join the cast of TALES FROM THE TUNNEL again.  His credits include:  1996 Tony Award for Best Supporting Actor in a Musical for RENT and RENT the movie.  TV credits include, Law and Order SVU, and Without a Trace.  I hope you enjoy the trip and ride with us again.


BRANDON JONES
Brandon Jones is a graduate of the University of Cincinnati-College Conservatory of Music (BFA Acting). NY Theatre credits: Jump Jim Crow: How To Produce Your Own Minstrel Show (Subjective Theatre Company), river: post-futurist (Turning Points New Play Festival), Race Music (Beckett Theatre), Cold Keener (Target Margin Theatre Lab), Dreams of Friendly Aliens (Abingdon Theatre Company). Regional Credits: Jitterbug (Universal Theatre Short Play Festival), Othello, A Midsummer Night’s Dream, King Lear, To Kill A Mockingbird (all at the Lexington Shakespeare Festival), References to Salvador Dali Make Me Hot (Garson Theatre Company). Film Credits: Tagged (Official selection of Nikkon Film Festival), Pvt. Francis of Williamsburg, Brothers Incorporated (Best Short Detroit Windsor Film Festival, Best Short Delray Beach Film Festival), Mildred Richards (Official Selection of 2010 Cannes Film Festival and Cannes Independent Film Festival, Best Picture Boston International Film Festival, Best Short New Jersey Film Festival, Audience Award East Lansing Film Festival, Winner Suspense/Thriller 42nd Annual Worldfest-Houston International Film Festival, Artistic and Technical Acheivement Award Visionfest, Best Short Drama Hollywood East Film Festival. Voice over credits: McDonalds, Howcast.com, Pierre Foods. Brandon is a proud member of Actors’ Equity Association.


VAYU O’DONNELL
Vayu O’Donnell is excited to be part of TALES FROM THE TUNNEL. Most recently he has been a part of the NY theater scene in show such as: Lyre – Cupid (Ontological, Short Form), The Picture of Dorian Gray – Lord Henry Wotton (Theater Row), Runway 69 (New Dramatists), Dance Dance Revolution – Moonbeam (Les Freres, Ohio Theater); Perfect Harmony – Lassiter (Theatre Row);Two Gentlemen of Verona – Proteus (Poor Tom Productions), On the Levee (Epic Theater), Nobody Likes The Mormons – Joseph Smith (ARS Nova), The Hidden Sky – Mede (Prospect Theater Co.), Priest In A Pool (Slant/The Tank), and Famished (The Production Co.). Regionally, Vayu has been a seen in Edward II - Gaveston (Shakespeare Theater D.C.) Tamburlaine - Callapine (Shakespeare Theater D.C.); Midsummer Night Dream - Puck (Shakespeare Theatre of New Jersey), Of Mice and Men - Curly (Cleveland Playhouse/Buffalo Studio Arena), Sweet Bird of Youth – Bud (WTF – Williamstown Theatre Festival), Refuge (WTF), This Is A Play (WTF), Ovid’s Metamorphosis (Northern Stage); and Tripple Take (Yale Rep). Films include: A Beautiful Mind; Suzanne and Sharif; and USMC. Vayu received his BA at Yale University, and MFA at NYU Graduate Acting Program. He would like to thank his family for their support. Vayu is a proud member of Actor’s Equity.


SAM ROSENBERG
Sam Rosenberg is very excited to be a part of TALES FROM THE TUNNEL. He recently finished the New York run of his original Musical “Stephen King High School: The Musical” in which he co-wrote, co-produced, and starred. He will also be appearing in a production of Romeo & Juliet in Brooklyn as Tybalt this coming August. He has been seen most recently as Edward in “Someone Who’ll Watch Over Me” and as Harold Hill in “The Music Man”. He is an alumni of NYU’s Tisch School where he studied at the Stella Adler Studio of Acting. He has recently begun producing his own work. He would like to thank his friends and family for all of their continued support.


MARIA SILVERMAN

Maria Silverman made her professional debut on Broadway in the Tony Award-winning revival of A View From the Bridge. New York: Uncle Vanya (Extant Theater Co.); The Contrast (Metropolitan Playhouse); Galileo (MilkCan Theater); Beachwood Drive (Abingdon Theatre), S/HE (dir. Jose Zayas), As You Like It (Boomerang); The Seagull (Shapiro Theater), No Place to Be Somebody (dir.Woodie King Jr.), Cclit (Atlantic Theater Second Stage), Expressing Willie (West End Theater), Nights at the Circus (NY Fringe), and Embracing Freedom (Ellis Island). Regional: Neasa in Shining City, Clara Schumann in the world premiere of Trio Sonata, the world premiere of Darkness to Light, Brighton Beach Memoirs, Camino Real, The Crucible, Much Ado About Nothing, and A Midsummer Night’s Dream. Maria graduated from Yale University and the London Academy of Music and Dramatic Arts.

Production Stage Manager: BYRON F. ABENS

Assistant Stage Manager: JAMIE ROG*

*Appears courtesy of Actors’ Equity Association

The creative team includes:

James Valletti (Writer/Director) – Broadway (in various capacities): Fiddler on the Roof, Little Women, The Phantom of the Opera, Times They Are A-Changin.’  Actors’ Fund Broadway Productions of All About Eve (starring Angela Lansbury, Cynthia Nixon, Annette Bening, Joel Grey, and Zoe Caldwell), Hair, Chess, Valley of the Dolls, On the Twentieth Century, and A Wonderful Life. BC/EFA’s Easter Bonnet Competitions (Co-Writer 2004’s Avenue Jew; Writer/Director 2003’s The Lion King piece). City Center Encores! Follies, Finian’s Rainbow, Music in the Air, On the Town, The Wiz.  Off-Broadway: Altar Boyz (Assistant Director), The Divine Sister by Charles Busch (Assistant Director), Tales From The Tunnel (Writer/Director, starring Tony-Winner Wilson Jermaine Heredia), A Hillside in Hell (Director), and a participant in the 2009 Shotgun Theatre Festival.  CRS Theater Company productions of Anything Goes, How To Succeed…, Bye Bye Birdie, The Music Man, and Hello, Dolly!. Regional: Ring of Fire, Children of Eden (NY Premiere), La Cage aux Folles, Idols of the King.  Television: The Tyra Banks Show, Jerseylicious.  High School: Director of How To Succeed… starring “Lady Gaga” (before she was Lady Gaga…).  James is an Associate Member of SDC.

Troy Diana (Writer/Director) – was a member of the 2006 Lincoln Center Theater  Directors Lab and was an SSDC Directing Observer under Chay Yew on The Long Wharf/The Public Theater Productions of Julia Cho’s Durango. Troy’s directing credits  include Four Dogs and a Bone and Life and Limb. He has written and performed  three solo shows including Storia for Monarch Theater Company (MITF and South Hill Park-England), Stressed, Depressed, and Repressed (Pulse Ensemble Theater) and Take This Job (The Zipper Theater). Troy currently teaches at Kean University in Union, New Jersey.

ADAM BLANSHAY (Producer) – most recently produced Daniel Mitura’s new stage adaptation of The Picture of Dorian Gray at Theatre Row. He also produced Daniel MacIvor’s His Greatness at the 2009 New York International Fringe Festival and NYC Fringe Encore Series. Additional producing credits include Alexander Pushkin’s Little Tragedies (Baryshnikov Arts Center), Scott Nevins’ One Night Stand(New World Stages), Scott Nevins’ RECE$IONI$TA Celebutant (US National Tours), and Piazza After Dark (Centaur Theatre, Montreal). Upcoming projects include the Broadway production of Kander and Ebb’s The Scottsboro Boys (opening Oct 2010), All Day Suckers at FringeNYC 2010, and Lucy Simon’sDoctor Zhivago, The Musical in Australia. His directing credits include off-Broadway: Piaf: Love Conquers All (SoHo Playhouse and National Tour), The Black Monk (Theatre Row/Beckett Theatre),The Second Tosca (45th Street Theatre), Clean (Urban Stages), A Woman Of Will (Daryl Roth Theatre). Opera: Les Contes d’Hoffmann (Santa Fe Opera), La BohemeTosca (Regina Opera, Brooklyn, NY), Le nozze di Figaro (Modus Opera, NYC), Les Contes d’HoffmannLe Médecin Malgré Lui (IVAI, Tel Aviv). Regional: Steve Galluccio’s In Piazza San Domenico (Centaur Theatre, Montreal), Evita (Moyse Hall, McGill). He is a graduate of McGill University.

a+i DESIGN (Associate Producer/Scenic Design) Brad Zizmor and Dag Folger founded a+i design corp. their architectural design firm after attending Columbia Universityʼs Graduate School of Architecture together. Brad and Dag, along with Anastasia Amelchacova (also of a +i and the creative force behind the set design) have been collaborating with James & Troy since the beginning of Tales on both production and set design.

PAUL MILLER (Lighting Designer) Broadway: Legally Blonde, Freshly Squeezed, Laughing Room Only. Also Of Thee I Sing and Music in the Air (Encores!).  Associate/Assistant: Macbeth, Company, Sweeney Todd, Little Women, Hairspray, The Producers, Life x3, The Music Man, The Price, Saturday Night Fever, The Civil War, On The Town, The Sound of Music and Titanic. Off-Broadway: Vanities – the Musical, Waiting for Godot (50th Anniversary Production), Addicted and Balancing Act. Regionally: Pasadena Playhouse, Baystreet Theatre, Lookingglass Theatre, Chicago.

JESS BAUER (Sound Designer) is thrilled to have TALES FROM THE TUNNEL be her Off-Broadway debut. She graduated from Oswego State University with a Broadcasting and Theatre major focusing on sound design. Previous designs include Storytelling Ability of a Boy; Cyrano; Colorado; Daughter of Venus; Hello, Dolly; Peter Pan; House of Blue Leaves (associate designer); The Music Man; The Real Thing (associate designer); Musical Comedy Murders of 1940; Cabaret and Trestle at Pope Lick Creek. Jess resides in New York City where she can grow every day as a designer, singer and recording artist. She is pleased to have the opportunity to work with James and Troy once more and continue this subway journey.

DARYL EISENBERG, CSA (Casting) Theatre: My First Time, Altar Boyz, The Awesome 80s Prom, VOTE! (Fringe ’09), Street Lights (NYMF ’09), Gay Bride Of Frankenstein (NYMF ’09), F#@king Up Everything (NYMF ’09), The Garage Band Project, Tully (NYMF ’07). Film: You Can’t Fix Her, S.O.L., The Book of Caleb. Graduate of NYU’s Tisch School of the Arts. Member of Casting Society of America. www.decasting.com.

STEPHENIE OVERTON (Producer) Five seasons at NYCC as General Manager including fifteen Encores!, three Encores! Summer Stars (Gypsy, Damn Yankees, The Wiz), A Gala Evening with Kristin Chenoweth and the Sondheim 80th Birthday Gala. Other NY credits include work at Roundabout Theatre Company, Richard Frankel Productions and Manhattan Theatre Club. Stephenie is the Managing Director and a member of Judith Clurmanʼs Essential Voices USA and is GM and Associate Producer for the upcoming recording and concert project Christmas With Kelli, starring Kelli OʼHara. Love to Pete.

BRIERPATCH PRODUCTIONS, LP (Associate Producer/ General Manager) Current productions: Enchanted April – the Musical; Rest, In Pieces; Wallenberg – the Musical; Future productions: NYMF 2010: Bloodties, Frog Kiss, and Shine!; The Road To Qatar (Jan. 2011), Elegies for Angels, Punks, and Raging Queens (2010/2011), Previous productions: NYMF 2009: The Toymaker, Marrying Meg, 2008-2009 production of Glimpses of the Moon.

NATHAN BURGESS (Associate Producer) is totally and completely jazzed to see TALES FROM THE TUNNEL on stage (again!). In his day job he works as B2B public relations professional.

JERILYN PERMAN (Associate Producer) has been a supporter of the TALES team since the first reading, and has performed with James & Troy as part of the CRS Theater Co. She lives with her family in New York City.

DEBORAH REDA / JILL STEINBERG (Associate Producer) Deborah Reda is a true patron of the arts. This endeavor is in honor of her sister-in-law, Evelyn Hahn, who works tirelessly for the MTA! Ms. Steinberg is a multimedia photographer. She and her husband have been involved in supporting performance art for several years.

LORI ZLOTOFF (Associate Producer) got her start in community theater as an actor, then stage  manager and now producer with Congregation Rodeph Sholom’s Theater Company. She is proud to now add TALES FROM THE TUNNEL to her repertoire.

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