Professional Nonprofit Theater on Martha's Vineyard
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Patricia Neal Stage
A true tale of Love, Folk Music and Betrayal

Search: Paul Clayton

Written by Larry Mollin
Directed by Randal Myler
World Premiere
Musical Director: Fred Mollin
Stage Manager: Tim Toothman
Lighting Design: Jen Rock
Set Design: Mac Young
Costume Design: Cynthia Bermudes
This new musical play celebrates the true story in words and song of one of Bob Dylan's first musical mentors. Paul Clayton of New Bedford was the most recorded young folk singer in America when Bobby Zimmerman arrived in 1961 Greenwich Village to begin his career as Bob Dylan. It was Paul who helped open the doors of the folk world to him. From 1961 to 1965 Paul taught Bob the tricks of the trade, while falling helplessly in love with him.

Search: Paul Clayton is for mature audiences only. It is sexually explicit, contains adult language and drug use.

Larry Mollin (Writer)

The writer and director of the recent Vineyard Playhouse production of THE SCREENWRITER'S DAUGHTER, Larry was a Producer and Writer for Television and Film for over thirty years. He's best known for his work on BEVERLY HILLS, 90210 for which he wrote, produced and executive produced one-hundred twenty-eight hours from 1993-1998, the zenith of the show's popularity. From New York originally, he immigrated to Canada in 1969 and became a dynamic contributor to the Canadian theatre world as an actor, playwright and artistic director of the Homemade Theatre Company of Toronto, a seminal performance group of the 1970's. He's thrilled to be part of the inaugural season on the Patricia Neal stage.

Stephen G. Anthony (Dave Van Ronk)

Steve is delighted to be making his first visit to Martha's Vineyard. He has worked with director Randal Myler previously in the role of Hoss in "Hank Williams: Lost Highway," in the original New York production as well as numerous regional productions. Other regional roles include Henry in "The Real Thing," Norbert in "The Great American Trailer Park Musical," Gabriel in James Joyce's "The Dead," and Michael in "Good People." In addition to acting, Steve is also a professional photographer, scenic carpenter, musical director, and technical director. He and his wife Ann make their home in sunny Miami, Florida.

Jaime Babbitt (Carla Rotolo)

Diehard New Yorker-turned-Nashvillian Jaime Babbitt is: a jingle singer (Diet Coke, Pillsbury, Folger's, etc.), background singer (Barbra Streisand, Johnny Mathis, Courtney Love, Leon Russell, Sam Moore, etc.), author ("Working With Your Voice", Alfred Publishing) and voice/performance coach. She is proud to be making her musical theater debut at the Vineyard Playhouse. Jaime sends her love and gratitude to Fred, Larry, Dee, Johnnie, all the other Mollins...and to her cousin Cheryl for leaving her Bob Dylan albums behind when she went away to college.

Peter Oyloe (Paul Clayton)

Peter Oyloe's recent credits include JUNO (Timeline Theatre), Giorgio in PASSION (Theo Ubique - Jeff Award Best Musical), SEE WHAT I WANNA SEE (Balliwick Chicago/Steppenwolf) as well as a sold out run as Hank Williams in HANK WILLIAMS: LOST HIGHWAY at Cincinnati Playhouse in the Park (LCT Award Best Lead Actor, Musical) and at the Merry Go Round Playhouse in central New York with George Wendt. Other acting credits include Hank Williams in HANK WILLIAMS: LOST HIGHWAY (Filament Theatre Ensemble - Jeff Award Best Lead Actor, Musical); REVERB (Redtwist); Orpheus in EURYDICE (Filament Theatre Ensemble); ELLING (Redtwist Theatre, Jeff Award Nomination, Best Actor); Michal in THE PILLOWMAN (Jeff Award, Best Supporting Actor), Alan Strang in EQUUS (Jeff Award, Best Actor), The Phantom in PHANTOM (Porchlight Musical Theatre); CHERRY SMOKE (the side project); BAAL (TUTA), Marius in the New Zealand National Production of LES MISERABLES. He has also appeared in numerous short films and made his national TV debut recently on CHICAGO PD. Peter is an acclaimed composer and folk musician, having composed the scores to the film IN LOVE WITH A NUN, in which he starred (Cannes Film Festival showcase), EQUUS (Jeff Nomination - Best Original Music), and EURYDICE. Peter is a proud member of Redtwist Theatre and Filament Theatre Ensemble. For further information about Peter and his work, visit peteroyloe.com.

Ereni Sevasti (Suze Rotolo)

An accomplished actress, singer and voice teacher, Ereni's credits include JACQUES BREL RETURNS (Triad Theater, New York, NY), THE BACCHAE (Delacorte Theater, New York, NY), CARNIVAL! (Kennedy Center, Washington, D.C.), THE SOUND OF MUSIC (Papermill Playhouse, NJ) and ZORBA THE GREEK (a staged reading with Chita Rivera and Antonio Banderas, New York, NY). In September, Ereni will be performing at 54 Below in ASPECTS OF ANDREW LLOYD WEBBER. www.erenisevasti.com

Chic Street Man (Rev. Gary Davis)

Chic performs in clubs, colleges, theaters, performing arts centers, special events, high schools and middle schools. His lyrics focus on the positive alternatives while entertaining in a spirited manner. His music transcends cultural barriers through acoustic bluesy ballads and funky upbeat originals.
Chic recorded his first album in Paris, France in '75 and later settled in Santa Barbara, CA where he founded Chic Street Man's School of Performing Arts. He has been a featured performer on many stages, including the Paleo Festival, the Montreux Jazz Festival and the Bern Jazz Festivals in Switzerland, the National Storytelling Festival in Jonesborough, TN, Johns Hopkins in Baltimore for Cancer Survivor's Day, the General Assembly of the United Nations in New York for the International Day of Peace, and he has given benefit concerts for the United Nations Human Rights Center in Geneva.
Chic composed the music and starred in the off-Broadway hit show, Spunk, adapted by George C. Wolfe. He received a 1990 Audelco Award and a 1992 NAACP Theater Arts Award for his music and performance in Spunk. Chic composed the score and starred in the Berkeley Repertory Theater's production of The Caucasian Chalk Circle. He was a contributing author, performer and musical arranger for the Denver Center Theater Company's It Ain't Nothin' But The Blues, and toured with the show in D.C., Arizona, Kansas City and Seattle. Chic composed the score for the Alabama Shakespeare Festival's world premiere of A Lesson Before Dying. He composed the score and was the featured performer in the Cleveland Playhouse's world premiere of Touch The Names--Letters to The Vietnam Veteran's Memorial. He wrote and performed A Black History of The Blues for the Smithsonian in Washington, DC. Chic was the Arranger, Musical Director and Composer for the McCarter and Berkeley Repertory Theater’s production of Zora Neale Hurston’s Polk County, where he also won the San Francisco Bay Area Theatre Critic’s Circle Award for Musical Direction. He played the role of “Slow Drag” at the Seattle Repertory Theater’s production of August Wilson’s Ma Rainey’s Black Bottom, and he composed the music and starred in Richard Wright’sNative Son at Seattle’s Intiman Theater. Chic was the guitar man in the Oregon Shakespeare Festival's production ofRuined and Professor Slick in Pullman Porter Blues at the Seattle Rep, Arena Stage in DC and the Goodman Theater In Chicago. He starred in the Mark Taper Forum production ofLost Highway, the story of Hank Williams, and has appeared in the films Triple Bogey and Hangin' With The Home Boys.
Chic has several album releases, including Guns Away,Everybody Be Yo'self, Beau-ti-ful, Lullablues and Sidewinder.
Chic is on faculty at the Seattle Conservatory of Music and the Heifetz International School of Music in Staunton, VA.

Jared Weiss (Bob Dylan)

Jared holds a Bachelor's degree in Music from NYU Steinhardt. Jared works as a guitarist, actor, musical theatre performer, songwriter, and prose poet. Recent/Off-Bway/Regional Credits include Rent (Sharon Playhouse), Spamalot (Sharon Playhouse), Things To Ruin (Lé Poisson Rouge), Nature of The Beasts (NYMF), Evita (MUNY Opera)and 4 Rounds With Joe Iconis and Family. Jared can frequently be seen singing and playing guitar with composer, comrade and fellow rabble-rouser Joe Iconis and our musical Family, all over NYC including Joe's Pub, Laurie Beechman Theatre, 54 Below, Ars Nova. You can catch Jared performing his original songs/prose in dimly lit cafés around The Village.

Fred Mollin (Musical Director)

As an esteemed, grammy nominated record producer and award winning international film and television composer, Fred Mollin's various lives have earned him unique credibility in the music world.
His most recent album productions include Johnny Mathis' SENDING YOU A LITTLE CHRISTMAS and Jimmy Webb's all-star duets album STILL WITHIN THE SOUND OF MY VOICE. Please check out more on Fred at fredmollin.com Fred dedicates his performances to his angel and hero, his mom, Peggy Mollin.

Randal Myler (Director)

Randal was a Tony Award nominee for IT AIN’T NOTHIN’ BUT THE BLUES. He also wrote and directed the Off-Broadway hits LOVE, JANIS and HANK WILLIAMS: LOST HIGHWAY, (Outer Critic’s Circle Award Nomination). He has directed throughout the country, including The Kennedy Center, Lincoln Center, Denver Center, Arena Stage, Mark Taper Forum, Geffen Playhouse, Actors Theatre of Louisville, Cleveland Playhouse, Alabama Shakespeare, Old Globe, Coconut Grove Playhouse, Cincinnati Playhouse, Bay Street Theater, Northlight, Arizona Theater Company, Alley Theatre, Dallas Theatre Center, Ryman Auditorium, Brooklyn Academy of Music, B.B. King’s, Bay Street and many others. His writing and directing projects include co-creating and directing LOW DOWN DIRTY BLUES (five Jeff nominations in Chicago), FIRE ON THE MOUNTAIN (four Jeff Nominations), APPALACHIAN STRINGS, TOUCH THE NAMES: LETTERS TO THE VIETNAM VETERANS MEMORIAL, and directing UNION CITY (with Rosie Perez).

Jen Rock (Lighting Designer)

Jen is thrilled to be joining the Martha's Vineyard Playhouse for the first time. Elsewhere, Jen has designed lighting for companies and schools across New England, including Company One, The Gamm Theatre, Actors Shakspeare Project, New Repertory Theatre, The Orfeo Group, Connecticut Repertory Theatre, Providence College, The University of Rhode Island, and Connecticut College. Jen is the recipient of the 2013 and 2014 Eliot Norton Awards for Outstanding Design for her work on Company One's The Elaborate Entrance of Chad Deity, and The Flick, respectively. Jen holds an M.F.A. in lighting design from the University of Connecticut and serves as Production Coordinator for High Output, Inc.

Cynthia Bermudes (Costume Designer)

B.A. Fashion Merchandising; B.A. Fashion Design Oregon State University. While in school spent several years working at the costume shop for main stage and designing costumes for side stage. Upon graduation spent summers working at Shakespeare festivals eventually ending up on Martha’s Vineyard.
For many years was proprietress of a design and alteration studio. She currently owns and runs a pony breeding farm in West Tisbury. The love of theater and design has brought her full circle back to the Martha's Vineyard Playhouse.

Mac Young (Set Design)

Martha's Vineyard born and raised, Mac Young first walked through the doors of the Martha’s Vineyard Playhouse when he was in high school, for a TeenProv session with MJ, he’s been here ever since. He has worked as a Scenic Carpenter for companies such as New Rep, Wheelock Family Theatre, and the Lyric, and primarily for the Huntington theatre company, where he was a fixture of the scene shop and run crew for several years.
He was an Associate Artistic Director with Whistler in the Dark theatre for 3 seasons, and in addition to being a part of their core acting ensemble, he designed many of their productions (THE EUROPEANS, FEN, DOG'S HAMLET/CAHOOT'S MACBETH). He directed and designed VINEGAR TOM, and performed in TALES FROM OVID (IRNE Award winning, Elliot Norton Award nominated: Best Production, 2011 and 2013). He spent several seasons with Imaginary Beasts theatre co., exploring the unique challenge of designing a set while serving as a member of the acting ensemble (Macbett, Crazy Locomotive, Moliére Squared).

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