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Murder for Two

October 6 — October 25, 2016

October 6 — October 25, 2016

Book and Music
Joe Kinosian

Joe Kinosian

Book and Music

Joe Kinosian is the corecipient of Chicago’s Joseph Jefferson Award recognizing Murder for Two as Best New Musical following its recordbreaking run at Chicago Shakespeare Theater; Joe was also nominated for Best Actor as The Suspects. Murder for Two had its Off-Broadway premiere at Second Stage Uptown, going on to a year-long run at New World Stages. Joe’s work with Kellen Blair has been showcased at The Kennedy Center, The York Theater, and on Broadway at the Theatre World Awards. Joe received the ASCAP Foundation Mary Rodgers/Lorenz Hart Award and the Harrington Award from the BMI Workshop. Joe also appeared in Dirty Blonde with Emily Skinner (Hangar Theater) and the NYC premiere of Dear Edwina Off-Broadway. www.kinosianandblair.com

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Writer (Book & Lyrics)
Kellen Blair

Kellen Blair

Writer (Book & Lyrics)

Kellen Blair is the Drama Desk nominated co-creator of Murder for Two (Off-Broadway: Second Stage Theatre and New World Stages. World premiere: Chicago Shakespeare Theater). Kellen and co-writer Joe Kinosian are the recipients of the Joseph Jefferson Award for Best New Musical Work in Chicago (2011) and the ASCAP Foundation Mary Rodgers/Lorenz Hart Award (2013). Their work has been showcased on Broadway, the Kennedy Center, and theaters across the country. Kellen is excited to be developing a new musical farce with Joe titled The More Things Change; he’s also working with Broadway composer Larry Grossman on a new show called Scrooge in Love. Updates, videos, song demos, and sheet music can be found at www.kinosianandblair.com. A huge thank you to the most supportive family ever!

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Director
Scott Schwartz

Scott Schwartz

Director

Scott Schwartz directed Murder for Two Off-Broadway at New World Stages and Second Stage Uptown. On Broadway, he directed Golda’s Balcony and Jane Eyre (co-directed with John Caird). His other Off-Broadway work includes Bat Boy: The Musical (Lucille Lortel and Outer Critics Circle Awards, Outstanding Off-Broadway Musical; Drama Desk Award nomination, Outstanding Director of a Musical), tick, tick...BOOM! (Outer Critics Circle, Outstanding Off-Broadway Musical; Drama Desk nomination, Outstanding Director of a Musical); Rooms: A Rock Romance; The Foreigner starring Matthew Broderick (Roundabout Theatre Company), Kafka’s The Castle (Outer Critics Circle nomination, Outstanding Director of a Play), and No Way to Treat a Lady. He also directed Golda’s Balcony on tour, in London, in Los Angeles at the Wadsworth Theatre and in San Francisco at American Conservatory Theater. He directed the world premiere of Séance on a Wet Afternoon at Opera Santa Barbara and subsequently at New York City Opera. Schwartz’s other recent credits include the US premiere of The Hunchback of Notre Dame (La Jolla Playhouse), the world premiere of Secondhand Lions (5th Avenue Theatre), the world premiere of Theresa Rebeck’s What We’re Up Against (Alley Theatre), Arsenic and Old Lace starring Tovah Feldshuh and Betty Buckley (Dallas Theater Center), and a re-envisioning of Seven Brides for Seven Brothers (Paper Mill Playhouse, Theatre Under The Stars, Theatre on the Square and North Shore Music Theatre; 2008 IRNE Award, Outstanding Director of a Musical). He is the Artistic Director of Bay Street Theatre in Sag Harbor, NY and is a member of the Stage Directors and Choreographers Society, an Associate Artist at the Alley Theatre, and a graduate of Harvard University.

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Joe Kinosian

Joe Kinosian

Cast

Joe Kinosian is the corecipient of Chicago’s Joseph Jefferson Award recognizing Murder for Two as Best New Musical following its recordbreaking run at Chicago Shakespeare Theater; Joe was also nominated for Best Actor as The Suspects. Murder for Two had its Off-Broadway premiere at Second Stage Uptown, going on to a year-long run at New World Stages. Joe’s work with Kellen Blair has been showcased at The Kennedy Center, The York Theater, and on Broadway at the Theatre World Awards. Joe received the ASCAP Foundation Mary Rodgers/Lorenz Hart Award and the Harrington Award from the BMI Workshop. Joe also appeared in Dirty Blonde with Emily Skinner (Hangar Theater) and the NYC premiere of Dear Edwina Off-Broadway. www.kinosianandblair.com

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Ian Lowe

Ian Lowe

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Ian Lowe is excited to be performing with the Murder for Two tour following engagements at The Old Globe, Arizona Theater Company and others. Off-Broadway: Murder for Two (New World Stages), Nikolai & The Others (Lincoln Center Theatre), The unCivil War (NYMF), Feste in 12th Night (Sonnet Rep). Regional Premieres of new musicals: Fingers & Toes (Finger Lakes Musical Theater Festival), Heartbreaker starring Christine Andreas and The unCivil War (both at Adirondack Theater Festival); other plays and musicals at Capital Rep, Pittsburgh CLO, Riverside Theater, Charleston Stage, Dorset Theater Festival, Arts Center of Coastal Carolina, Ivoryton Playhouse and others. Readings and workshops at The York, Ensemble Studio Theater, Manhattan Theater Club and others. 2014 Lotte Lenya Competition Semi-Finalist. BA, Yale University. Proud member of Actors’ Equity since 2005. Many thanks to the entire MFT team and to Mom and Papa for those piano lessons. Love to RC. www.theianlowe.com

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"WHAT A TREAT...THESE GUYS ARE BREATHTAKING" - TimeOFF/Packet Publications

"RIP-ROARING LAUGHTER" - Home News Tribune

"YOU WILL BE WHOLLY ENTERTAINED" - BroadwayWorld.com

"INGENIOUS! A SNAZZY DOUBLE‐ACT!" ‐ The New York Times

A musical comedy whodunnit!

Officer Marcus Moscowicz is a small town policeman with dreams of making it to detective. One fateful night, shots ring out at the surprise birthday party of Great American Novelist Arthur Whitney and the writer is killed...fatally. With the nearest detective an hour away, Marcus jumps at the chance to prove his sleuthing skills—with the help of his silent partner, Lou. But whodunit? Did Dahlia Whitney, Arthur’s scene-stealing wife, give him a big finish? Is Barrette Lewis, the prima ballerina, the prime suspect? Did Dr. Griff, the overly-friendly psychiatrist, make a frenemy? Marcus has only a short amount of time to find the killer and make his name before the real detective arrives...and the ice cream melts!

MURDER FOR TWO is the perfect blend of music, mayhem and murder! In this hilarious 90-minute show, 2 performers play 13 roles—not to mention the piano—in a witty and winking homage to old-fashioned murder mysteries. The New York Times calls it “INGENIOUS! A snazzy double-act that spins out a comic mystery animated by funny, deftly turned songs.” You wont want to miss this killer musical comedy!

"Murder for Two" Playbill

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*Please note the following:

Performances 10/15 - 10/18: 
- The role of The Suspects will be played by John Wascavage
- The role of Officer Marcus will be played by Ian Lowe

Performances 10/22 - 10/25:
- The role of The Suspects will be played by John Wascavage
- The role of Officer Marcus will be played by Noel Carey