Conceived and Directed by Tina Landau

featuring THE BIG MIX ensemble
Marla Louissaint, Zach McNally, Ianne Fields Stewart and Allan K. Washington
*The ensemble has also contributed select material within the show.

Hosted by Faith Prince
With guest performances by: Ty Defoe and Judy Kuhn


Dylan Brierly, Fogo Azul NYC, Denice Frohman, Jiayi He, Marcus Henry, Brian Klimowski, Heidi Latsky Dance (featuring Meredith Fages, Caitlin Knowles, and Donald Lee), Jaime Lozano, Jake “Jimmy Sprinkles” Montanaro, Indra Palomo, and Kai Williams  

With special guest appearances by: Council Member Gale A. Brewer (Thurs 6/30), Adriane Lenox (Fri 7/1), André De Shields (Sun 7/3)

With newly commissioned work from Denice Frohman

and an arrangement by Jaime Lozano & Florencia Cuenca

Associate Director Kenneth Ferrone
Costume Design Ari Fulton
Lighting Design Adam Honoré
Sound Design Patrick Lachance
Props Coordinator & Set Dresser Matt Carlin
Costume Design Assistant Jessica Irvin
Associate Lighting Design Shannon Clarke
Wardrobe Supervisor Niiamar Felder
Production Stage Manager lark hackshaw
Assistant Stage Manager Alex H. Hajjar

Music Director & Keys Kimberly Grigsby
Arranger & Orchestrator Jacinth Greywoode
Music Assistant & Copyist Britt Bonney
Bass Parker McAllister
Drums Abe Fogle
Guitar Ann Klein
Trumpet Jami Dauber
Trombone Alejandro Espinosa
Violin Hiroko Taguchi

Composer for THE BIG MIX Opening Ronvé O’Daniel
Choreographer for THE BIG MIX Opening Jon Rua

Casting by The Telsey Office, Patrick Goodwin, CSA & Charlie Hano, CSA
Line Producer Erik Rogers
Stitcher Alissa Jaquin
Production Assistant Cait Johnson
COVID Safety Manager Laurence Plonsky

The Big Mix runs approximately 90 minutes with no intermission.

PRE-SHOW Brian Klimowski

INVOCATION The Big Mix Ensemble

THE BIG MIX Faith Prince, The Big Mix Ensemble



HISTORY TIME The Big Mix Ensemble



WHAT, TO THE AMERICAN SLAVE, IS YOUR FOURTH OF JULY? Written by Frederick Douglass, performed by Allan K. Washington

DEAR THEODOSIA Judy Kuhn, Zach McNally


PUERTOPIA Written and performed by Denice Frohman

GUEST PERFORMANCE Heidi Latsky Dance (featuring Meredith Fages, Caitlin Knowles, and Donald Lee)

EL CORRIDO DE LAS DESAPARECIDAS Written by Jaime Lozano and Florencia Cuenca, performed by Jaime Lozano and Indra Palomo



SPECIAL GUEST READING Council Member Gale A. Brewer (Thurs 6/30), Adriane Lenox (Fri 7/1), André De Shields (Sun 7/3)




SPEECH Ianne Fields Stewart

GUEST PERFORMANCE  Ty Defoe, Dylan Brierly, Marcus Henry, Jake “Jimmy Sprinkles” Montanaro, Kai Williams

SAVE THE COUNTRY Judy Kuhn, The Big Mix Ensemble

FINALE Faith Prince, Full Company


DYLAN BRIERLEY (Guest Performer) – Dylan (he/him/his) is a multifaceted performer with skills such as color guard, movement, choreography, stage combat, puppetry, and more. He hopes to inspire others through his work across his mediums. Dylan is currently returning to the Disney Fantasy for his next contract with the Disney Cruise Line! @dylanjbrierley

MATT CARLIN (Props Coordinator & Set Dresser) Previous credits include Lessons in Survival: 1971 (Vineyard Theatre), Wish You Were Here (Playwrights Horizons), Directorfest 2020 (The Drama League) White Pearl (Studio Theater, DC) FAME en Español (GALA Hispanic Theater), Spring Awakening (Gallery Players), Happy Birthday, Wanda June (Wheelhouse Theater Company), Beauty & the Beast (White Plains Performing Arts Center). @mattcarliin

SHANNON CLARKE (Associate Lighting Design) Shannon Clarke is a New York based lighting designer. Her design credits Notes for Now, Oscar Micheaux Suite, Rule of Three, Reignite, MoveMEANT and Ship in a Bottle for Prospect Theatre Company; Broadway Holiday Spectacular for Transendence Theatre Company; The Ballroom, Almost Ritual, and Any/Which/Way for Co•Lab Dance. She recently made her Broadway debut as the associate lighting designer on Chicken & Biscuits.

JAMI DAUBER (Trumpet) – Trumpeter Jami Dauber is a multi-faceted musician, most recently performing with The Who at MSG & Bethel Woods (Woodstock), countless Broadway shows, including The Music Man, Chicago, Frozen, A Bronx Tale, as well as being a longtime member of and also performing with The DIVA Jazz Orchestra, Ellington Legacy, Maurice Hines, Jason Robert Brown, Rob McClure, Wycliffe Gordon, Christian McBride, as well as numerous other luminaries of the jazz & theater world. Love to Amy.

TY DEFOE (Giizhig) (Guest Performer)Ty Defoe (Giizhig) is a citizen of the Oneida/ Ojibwe Nations. As an interdisciplinary artist, Ty aspires to an interweaving and glitterizing approach to artistic projects with social justice, indiqueering, and environmentalism. Notable awards: Grammy for Best Native American Album, Jonathan Larson Award, and Helen Merrill Playwriting Award. Co-founder of Indigenous Direction (with Larissa FastHorse). Member of All My Relations Collective.  Broadway credits include: Straight White Men and The Minutes. He|Him,,

ALEJANDRO ESPINOSA (Trombone) – Alejandro Espinosa, originally from Buenos Aires, Argentina, grew up in Queens NY. He started playing the trombone at age 13 and has since earned a Bachelor of music from City College of New York and a Master of Music from NYU. In addition to being an established educator, Alejandro has no musical limits; he has played extensively in all genres, from classical music to Jazz, Pop, Musicals and Latin music. He is very excited to be performing this brand new show at the beautiful new Little Island!

NIIAMAR FELDER (Wardrobe Supervisor) Select credits: two AUDELCO nominations, Excellence in Costume Design. Off-Broadway, August Wilson’s ‘Ma Rainey’s Black Bottom’ (2012), ‘Reparations’ (2020), directed by Tony Award nominee Michele Shay. Billie Holiday Theater’s ‘Old Settler’ starring Pauletta Washington; ‘Yellow Man’, ‘A Walk Into Slavery’. New Federal Theatre: ‘Sowa’s Red Gravy’ starring Tony Award nominee Lonette Mckee. Live broadcast: ‘12 Angry Men and Women,’ starring Wendell C. Pierce and Lisa Arindell. Wardrobe Supervisor: Little Girl Blue, B-Boy Blues, The Big Mix.

KENNETH FERRONE (Associate Director) – Kenneth Ferrone is an Emmy-Nominated Director and Producer. Recent directing credits include the world-premiere musical, THE WANDERER (PaperMill Playhouse), CRUEL INTENTIONS (1st National Tour); COLIN QUINN: THE NY STORY (Cherry Lane). On Broadway, he Associate Directed SPONGEBOB SQUAREPANTS (also, National Tour), LOVE LETTERS and WONDERLAND. TV producing credits include ANNIE LIVE!, GREASE LIVE!,  RENT ON FOX, SMASH, RISE, DECEPTION, IRONSIDE, and upcoming Apple+ series, ECHO 3. Thanks to Tina and the Little Island Team!

ABE FOGLE (Drums) – Abe Fogle is currently the drummer for ROB THOMAS’ solo projects and is a freelance musician/drummer capable of playing various styles. Along with his musicianship, Abe also does voice overs for cartoon characters and serious works.

FOGO AZUL (Guest Performers) – FogoAzul NYC is NY’s homegrown all women/trans/non-binary Brazilian-American Drumline! Founded in 2016, we can be seen at over 150 events per year. Fogo Azul NYC is an age and ethnically diverse community of people who span the drummer spectrum from novice to professional. Always taking new members-learn to strap it on and bang it out! Find us on Social Media: @FogoAzulNY

DENICE FROHMAN (Guest Performer) – Denice’s work has appeared in The New York Times, The BreakBeat Poets: LatiNext, Nepantla: An Anthology for Queer Poets of Color, ESPWN and elsewhere. A former Women of the World Poetry Slam Champion, she’s featured on national and international stages from The Apollo to The White House. She lives in Philadelphia.

ARI FULTON (Costume Design) – Ari Fulton is a New York-based costume designer who has built a diverse career creating characters for stage and film. Recent theater design credits include: The  L’Amant Anonyme (MINN Opera), Confederates(Signature Theatre, NY), A Wonderful World: The Louis Armstrong Musical (Miami New Drama), Off-Broadway, directed by Robert O’Hara (Streaming). Film credits include: Nigerian Prince (Executively produced by Spike Lee), Cupids (Cannes Film Festival), and Disney Talent Showcase (ABC Entertainment). Ms. Fulton has served as the Interim Head of Costume Design at the University of Connecticut, (2020/2021).

JACINTH GREYWOODE (Arranger & Orchestrator) ​​Jacinth Greywoode is a Brooklyn-based composer, arranger, and music director. Recent compositional credits include HOW TO BREAK (Village Theatre; music with Rebecca Hart and Yako 440, book and lyrics, Aaron Jafferis);  IRON JOHN (2020 Richard Rodgers Finalist, 2019 O’Neill NMTC Semifinalist, NAMT 31st Festival of New Musicals, 2019 O’Neill Incubator Residency; book and lyrics, Rebecca Hart) and BLACK GIRL IN PARIS (Joe’s Pub, Civilians 2020 R&D Group; book and lyrics, AriDy Nox). Recent credits as music director/music arranger include A SOLDIER’S PLAY and THE ROSE TATTOO at American Airlines Theater, A STRANGE LOOP at Woolly Mammoth (associate), WiLDFLOWER at the Apollo Theater (assistant) and THIS IS B.S., a new web series. Jacinth received a Bachelor of Arts in music with a Certificate in collaborative piano performance from Princeton University, a Master of Arts in composition from Stony Brook University, and a Master of Fine Arts from the Graduate Musical Theatre Writing Program at NYU’s Tisch School of the Arts.

KIMBERLY GRIGSBY (Music Director/Keys) – Kimberly Grigsby is a New York City based music director, enjoying collaborations with composers Jeanine Tesori, Adam Guettel, Tom Kitt, Michael Friedman, David Byrne and directors George C. Wolfe, Michael Mayer, Bartlett Sher, James Lapine, Alex Timbers, Pam MacKinnon, Leigh Silverman, Julie Taymor and Tina Landau. Her credits include To Kill A Mockingbird; Caroline, or Change; Spring Awakening; The Light in the Piazza; Head Over Heels; The Full Monty; The Fortress of Solitude; Here Lies Love; and this past season’s Flying Over Sunset.

lark hackshaw (Production Stage Manager) – lark hackshaw is a Production Stage Manager who has worked with the Alliance Theatre for more than 30 seasons. She line produces for Winston-Salem’s National Black Theatre Festival and has worked on productions regionally, nationally and internationally — including the Tony Award winning A Soldier’s Play on Broadway. Recently, she’s worked on film projects. lark has worked with many Tony winners: Directors (Kenny Leon, George C. Wolfe), Writers (Lin-Manuel Miranda), Choreographers (Savion Glover, Andy Blankenbuehler), Theatres (The Alliance, Dallas Theater Center) and actors (Billy Porter, Adrienne Lenox, Blair Underwood, David Alan Grier, André De Shields) to name a few. Broadway credits include: Stick Fly, A Soldier’s Play, Chicken & Biscuits, and Tony nominated for colored girls who have considered suicide when the rainbow is enuf.

ALEX H. HAJJAR (Assistant Stage Manager) – Alex H. Hajjar is an Iranian & American stage manager based in NYC. Credits include: Les Miserables, The Realistic Joneses, After Midnight (Broadway) blast! (Japan Tour) English (Atlantic), Everybody Black (Humana43/ATL), Head of Passes (The Public), Aubergine (Playwrights Horizons), Mother Courage (CSC), Which Way to the Stage, Georgia McBride, Yen (MCC), Big Love (Signature), This American Life (BAM), A Midsummer Night’s Dream (TFANA), Belleville (NYTW), We Are Proud to Present a Presentation… (SoHo Rep)

MARCUS HENRY (Guest Performer) – Marcus Henry is a seasoned color guard performer of 10 years. He has worked with several scholastic and independent color guard programs  in New Jersey at various levels. During this time, he has managed to achieve a WGI Scholastic Open Gold Medal and a DCI World Class Bronze medal. Currently, he is finishing up his Master’s in Public Health at Rutgers School of Public Health where he wants to make healthcare more equitable and accessible to people of color. His hopes to continue to push the boundaries that color guard can transcend and inspire kids to dream big. @tramaine_henry Insta: Tramaine_henry 

ADAM HONORÉ (Lighting Design) BROADWAY: Chicken and Biscuits. OFF-BROADWAY: Select: The Public: Ain’t No Mo; Classic Stage Company: Carmen Jones; Out of the Box: The Last Five Years. REGIONAL: Select: Arena Stage, Alliance Theatre, Asolo Rep, Chicago Shakespeare Theater, Cleveland Play House, Dallas Theater Center, Huntington Theater Company, Shakespeare Theatre Company, Signature Theatre, Williamstown Theatre Festival. AWARDS: Drama Desk, Elliot Norton, Helen Hayes, Henry Hewes Nominee; AUDELCO Award recipient. @itsadamhonore 

CAIT JOHNSON (Production Assistant) – Cait Johnson (she/they) is an NYC-based stage manager. Previous credits include: Time100 Summit & Gala, The Young People’s Chorus Gala, Scarlet Pimpernel in Concert, and Bridesmaids: A Dance Narrative.

JIAYI HE (Guest Performer) – Jiayi He, an acclaimed harmonica virtuoso, winner of prestigious awards in America, Europe, and the Far East, He is a member of the judging committees in Asia-Pacific Harmonica Competitions. He has appeared on NBC, New 12 Long Island, Queens Public Television, SinoVision, Sino Television… Mel Bay published his harmonica books. Jiayi has been a soloist at Carnegie Hall, Shea Stadium and General Assembly Hall at United Nations. Jiayi played with established artists from 23 countries and six continents for 12-hours of live stream at NAMM show.

JESSICA IRVIN (Costume Design Assistant) – Jessica Irvin, a Maryland born, New York raised Costume Designer and Wardrobe Supervisor, is currently the Costume Shop Supervisor at Queensborough Community College. She has worked for The New School for Performing Arts, and took on many different roles within the Costume Department. She has worked with The Classical Theatre of Harlem as the Assistant Costume Designer for several of their shows. #EndALZ

JUDY KUHN (Guest Performer) – Judy Kuhn is a multiple Tony, Olivier and Grammy Award nominee. Her Broadway credits include Fun Home, She Loves Me, Chess, Les Misérables, Fiddler on the Roof, and more. Most recently she played Sara Jane Moore in the off-Broadway revival of Stephen Sondheim and John Weidman’s Assassins. Film & TV includes: the singing voice of Disney’s Pocahontas; Tick Tick Boom; Enchanted. Judy has appeared on stages around the world including Carnegie Hall and London’s Royal Albert Hall.

ANN KLEIN (Guitar) – Ann plays guitar/mandolin. As a singer/songwriter, she has toured in Europe and the US. She has written music for documentaries for French television and has had her music used in TV shows worldwide. Theater credits include: “Head Over Heels”, “SUFFS”, “Grease”, “9 to 5”, “Kinky Boots”, and “Waitress”. Ann has produced recordings for other artists and received a MacDowell Colony grant. She’s most proud of her ability to wahwah her way out of any solo.

BRIAN KLIMOWSKI (Guest Performer) – Brian is an actor and variety artist based in NYC. Favorite Credits: Cinderella, The Greatest Showman (Theatrical Workshop), Anything Goes (Billy), West Side Story (Tony), Cabaret (Cliff), The Full Monty (Malcolm), Spamalot, and Jesus Christ Superstar. Brian often performs in various variety shows in NYC as a singer, juggler and magician. He also performs his one-man yoyo show, The New York Yoyo Show (, for audiences all across the northeast. | @brianklimowski   

TINA LANDAU (Creator/Director) – Little Island’s Artist in Residence, Tina Landau, is a Tony Award nominated writer and director whose credits include the Broadway productions of Spongebob Squarepants (Drama Desk & Outer Critics Circle winner Best Direction and Best Musical, 12 Tony Award noms), Superior Donuts, and the revival of Bells Are Ringing (Tony noms), and Off-Broadway productions of Old Hats, Big Love and Iphigenia 2.0Head of Passes, In the Red and Brown Water, and her original musical Floyd Collins. Tina’s an ensemble member at Steppenwolf Theatre in Chicago, where her over 20 productions include Ms. Blakk For President , The Brother/Sister PlaysThe Time Of Your Life and Space. She’s the author, with Anne Bogart, of The Viewpoints Book.

HEIDI LATSKY DANCE (Guest Performers) – Heidi Latsky, a committed leader in the physically integrated dance field, formed her company in 2001. Venues have included: Joyce Theater, Whitney Museum, Cooper Hewitt, National Portrait Gallery, Kennedy Center, Lincoln Center. Latsky earned an Emmy nomination for a news feature on her show GIMP; and presented at TEDxWOMEN in DC.  She was Head of the Movement department at the School for Film and Television.  In 2015, she was commissioned by Peak Performances at Montclair State University to create her first film “Soliloquy”.  In 2020, Latsky created the film Solo Flight for the 30th anniversary of the ADA as well as created three volumetric videos (holograms). ON DISPLAY, her live sculpture court series, is performed globally on December 3rd honoring the UN’s International Day of Persons with Disabilities. She recently received the Martha Hill Fund Mid-Career Award.

MARLA LOUISSAINT (Ensemble) – Haitian born and NYC raised first generation Computer Science graduate (Fordham University ‘20), internationally published model (Vogue ItaliaOprah Magazine, SavagexFenty), award winning theater performer, TV/Film actor (Netflix’s Seven Seconds, Showtime’s Flatbush Misdemeanors), and the Founder & CEO of abolitionist nonprofit Claim Our Space Now. She has claimed her purpose to make the revolution irresistible through her art and community building. Honey, she’s just getting started! Follow along on the journey IG/Twitter @marlalou_

JAIME LOZANO & FLORENCIA CUENCA (Guest Performers) – Florencia is a Mexican singer-actor-writer-director and has been performing on stage since she was three years old. Jaime is a Mexican musical theatre composer-arranger-orchestrator-writer-director. Their work has been performed in venues such as Lincoln Center, Joe’s Pub, Feinstein’s/54 Below, among many others. Together Florencia and Jaime moved to New York City six years ago. They are husband and wife, partners, collaborators, and they are parents of a beautiful five—year old son named Alonzo — their American Dream.

PARKER MCALLISTER (Bass) – Parker McAllister is an award-winning touring and recording bassist/producer based in New York City who is equally proficient on upright and electric bass and adroit in performing jazz, Latin, rhythm & blue, rock, pop, and gospel genres. McAllister is touring and producing regularly for internationally acclaimed artists. Most recently and noticeably, grammy-winning trumpet powerhouse Maurice Brown, Chilean Hip-Hop superstar Ana Tijoux, and the renowned activist grammy-nominated group Sweet Honey in the Rock.

ZACH MCNALLY (Ensemble) – Zach is so excited make his debut on Little Island! Broadway: West Side StoryFiddler on the Roof. Off-Broadway: The Lucky OnesHelpSleep No More. Television: Recurring roles on STARZ’ Hightown and HBO’s The Plot Against America Thanks to my family, friends, and team Katz for their unending love & support. Follow: @_ZachMcNally

RONVÉ O’DANIEL (Composer for THE BIG MIX Opening)Ronvé O’Daniel is a songwriter, lyricist, playwright, and director. His work has been produced at TheatreWorks Silicon Valley New Works Festival, Eugene O’Neill National Music Theater Conference, as well as NYU Tisch School for the Arts. He was the recipient of Eugene O’Neill National Music Theater Conference’s Georgia Bogardus Holof Lyricist Award. Ronvé’s other works include: Once Upon a Rhyme (Theatreworks Silicon Valley) and The Earth Remembers (Virginia Stage Company).

FAITH PRINCE (Host) – Faith Prince is one of Broadway’s best loved leading ladies, winning the Tony, Drama Desk and Outer Critics Circle Awards for her performance as “Ms. Adelaide” in Guys and Dolls. Faith most recently starred on Broadway in Disaster! Other Broadway credits include Annie, The Little Mermaid, Bells Are Ringing, and more. Television credits include Fox’s musical drama Monarch, Emily in Paris, Modern Family, and Grey’s Anatomy.  Film credits include Dear Christmas, Our Very Own, and Picture Perfect.

JON RUA (Choreographer for THE BIG MIX Opening) – Jon was the co-creative director/choreographer of the Madison Square Garden NYE PHISH concert Send in the Clones. He continues to innovate movement on stage and screen. Credits include Coheed & Cambria, Lawrence, West Side Story, Godspell, Aida and Jesus Christ Superstar. He co-choreographed numbers in Broadway’s The Cher Show, SpongeBob Squarepants, SpongeBob Musical Live on Nick, Isn’t It Romantic. Other credits include Live Lab Creative, Travelers Insurance, The Beacons Jams, ABC’s Celebrity Wife Swap, and NBA.

JIMMY SPRINKLES (JAKE MONTANARO) (Guest Performer, Flag Choreography) – Jimmy Sprinkles (Jake Montanaro) (he/him/any) is a world class color guard performer, educator, and designer who aims to utilize his dance and fine art background to inform his work. His teaching and performing credits include The Cadets, The Black Watch, Ajijaak on Turtle Island, Christopher Williams “Narcissus”, and more. @jimmy_sprinkes

IANNE FIELDS STEWART (Ensemble) – Ianne Fields Stewart (pronouns: she/her/they/them) is a black, queer, lesbian, and nonbinary transfeminine New York-based storyteller and activist. As a performer (actor, singer and dancer), Ianne has worked consistently in stage productions at NYC venues such as: Joe’s Pub, Dixon Place, La Mama, and many more. Film/TV acting credits include: Dash & Lily (recurring guest star), The Bold Type (guest star), and Pose (recurring). Ianne played opposite Sara Ramirez in the 3-Time Emmy Nominated web series The Feels.

HIROKO TAGUCHI (Violin/Viola) – Hiroko Taguchi has performed on stage since the age of six. She graduated a Bachelor of Music at the Juilliard School and Master of Music at Manhattan School of Music. She has toured with The Chicks, Jimmy Cobb Quintet, The RUSH, and Sam Smith. She has also appeared live on stage with such artists as Wynton Marsalis, Josh Groban, Harry Connick Jr., Billy Joel, Cyndi Lauper. And played recording album with James Taylor, David Bowie, Phish, and many others. She has performed in many Broadway musicals, including Frozen, Kinky Boots, Spring Awakening, West Side Story, Next to Normal, The Addams Family, Ghost, Amélie, Prince of Broadway, and she is currently at Wicked. 

THE TELSEY OFFICE (Casting)With offices in both New York and Los Angeles, The Telsey Office casts for theater, film, television, and commercials. The Telsey Office is dedicated to creating safe, equitable, and anti-racist spaces through collaboration, artistry, heart, accountability, and advocacy.

WILL VAN DYKE (Music Arrangement, Diva Medley) – Will is a New York City based songwriter, music supervisor, and a 2020 Grammy Award nominee. Will has orchestrated and arranged shows both on Broadway and off, and is a frequent collaborator with many of New York City’s finest talents. Will has released multiple albums, which are available wherever digital music is sold. He writes musicals with Jeff Talbott and has a band. For the latest information visit:

ALLAN K. WASHINGTON (Ensemble) – Allan K. Washington is so excited to return to Little Island after appearing in last summer’s Bring Your Own Beautiful! Most recently, Allan starred in the world premiere of Mansa Ra’s play In the Southern Breeze at Rattlestick Playwrights Theatre. His Broadway credits include SpongeBob SquarePants: The Broadway Musical and the recent revival of Once on this Island. TV credits include The Deuce (HBO) and High Fidelity (Hulu). Allan is a graduate of UNCSA.

KAI WILLIAMS (Guest Performer) – Kai Williams is a performer, educator, and athlete. He has been performing for over a decade and has used color guard to connect with others to create an inclusive environment that fosters friendship and creative design. Kai has taught high school and drum corps programs, and has performed with The Cadets, Crossmen, and AMP Winterguard. Insta: KaiAaron_