More Than You Deserve

Newman Theater program

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MICHAEL WELLER (Author, Co-lyricist) is the author of The Greatest Show On Earth, an epic comedy about the assassination of John F. Kennedy which is yet unproduced, and various other plays. He studied playwrighting with John Matthews, Stephen Joseph and Boris Kalfmad of T.L.P.A. He lives and works in New York.

JIM STEINMAN (Composer, Co-lyricist) was born in Claremont, California, and is now 23 years old. He has played in many rock 'n roll bands in California and New England and has written book, music and lyrics for a “Rock Theatre Spectacular” called Dream Engine, a futuristic science fiction version of Peter Pan which Joseph Papp has under option for production. Dream Engine, which director Peter Brook has called “Remarkable and brilliant … a stunning achievement,” was written for English rock star David Bowie who will hopefully star in it. Mr. Steinman has also written new music and lyrics for Brecht's Good Woman of Setzuan and Man's A Man and Richard Wagner's Das Rheingold. He is currently preparing new musical versions of Shakespeare's Titus Andronicus and Brecht's Arturo Ui and is working on a solo recording. Jim's favourite music is Kurt Weill, Wagner and The Beach Boys.

KIM FRIEDMAN (Director) is 24 years old and arrived in New York four years ago from her hometown of Atlantic City, New Jersey. While studying theater with Robert Rabinowitz and Mel Shapiro on Two Gentlemen of Verona in Central Park and in Broadway. Last season Ms. Friedman directed two productions for the New York Shakespeare Festival: the Bus and Truck Company of Two Gentlemen of Verona and a workshop production of More Than You Deserve. Other productions she has directed in New York are Wicked Women Revue, Tira (also by Michael Weller), and Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner by Corrine Jacquer at the Actor's Studio Workshop. During the next year Ms. Friedman will direct two shows for Joseph Papp: a Shakespearean production and a musical by Mr. Steinman, The Dream Engine.

STEVEN MARGOSHES (Musical Director, Arranger) was born. He breathes and plays piano at the same time. And if you watch his left foot, he does a mean Ann Miller tap. Besides for cooking and composing his own music, he was arranger and musical director for James Rado's Rainbow which will soon be produced again in Washington, D.C. A graduate of Julliard, he is nobody to mess around with.