LAST DAY TO WATCH ON DEMAND!

Trapped in a building across the street from the World Trade Center on 9/11, Home Sweet Homeland is the story of a family and the Angel of Stand-Up Comedy who watches over them. Based on Joanna Rush's own experience, they work to take control of their lives and find a way back to the new normal.

COMPANY BIOS

 

JONATHAN BRODY (Eddie/Guard) Broadway: A Bronx Tale, Amazing Grace, Spamalot, Titanic, Sally Marr...and her Escorts, Me and My Girl. Tours: Mary Poppins, Spamalot, Funny Girl, My Fair Lady. Off-Broadway: Pirates!, Theda Bara and the Frontier Rabbi, Eating Raoul. Regional: 39 Steps, Diary of Anne Frank, Lost in Yonkers, Animal Creackers, Hamlet.

 

ROBERT CUCCIOLI (Ben) Broadway: Jekyll & Hyde (Tony nomination, Drama Desk, Outer Critics Circle, FANY and Chicago’s Joseph Jefferson Awards), Les Miserables, and Spider-Man: Turn Off the Dark. Off-Broadway: 2019 season Robert was seen in the Red Bull Theatre production of The White Devil and as Caesar in The Gingold Group’s production of Caesar & Cleopatra. Both were the NY Times’ Critic’s Pick. Pre-COVID shutdown, Robert was rehearsing A Touch of the Poet for The Irish Rep. It did not make it to the stage yet, however this past September filming was completed on the play. It aired late October 2020 and again recently as part of The Irish Rep’s Winter Festival. Robert has spent much of this past year performing in live and recorded events to benefit struggling theatres and institutions such as The Actors’ Fund. Television: “The Sinner”, “Elementary”, “White Collar”, and the soon to be filmed Web Series Tradecraft: On the Run. Film: Celebrity, The Stranger, The Rest of Us, Impossible Monsters, Columbus on Trial. Robert is extremely proud to be member of this resilient community of artists and is eager for the day when we can all support one another in person, once again. www.robertcuccioli.com.

 

JAMES RANA (Faisel Ashan/Fredo/Policeman) Broadway: The Band's Visit (also National Tour). Off-Broadway: The Government Inspector, Serendib, Shogun Macbeth, Marat/Sade, Mother Courage, As You Like It. International: Love's Labor's Lost (Royal Shakespeare Company), Macbeth (Bonn Biennale). Regional: Shakespeare Theatre Co., CATF, Luna Stage, Shakespeare & Co., East Lynne Theater. Television: “SVU”, “Chicago Fire”, “Madame Secretary”, “The 72nd Tony Awards”.

 

LAILA ROBINS (Paula) Broadway: The Herbal Bed. Off-Broadway: The Apple Family Plays (Drama Desk Award, OBIE Award), Lady from Dubuque (OCC nom., Richard Seff Award) Mrs. Klein  (Jefferson Award and Helen Hayes nom.), A Midsummer Night's Dream (The Public's Shakespeare in the Park), Antony and Cleopatra, Sore Throats (Lortell nom.), Tiny Alice, Merchant Of Venice (Calloway Award). Regional:  A Streetcar Named Desire (Steppenwolf, Jefferson Award) productions at the Guthrie, Shakespeare Theatre of New Jersey, McCarter, George Street, Williamstown, Barrington Stage. Film/TV: The Good Shepherd, Side Effects, An Innocent Man, Planes Trains and Automoblies, A Call to Spy, Too Big to Fail, The Boys, The Blacklist, The Bold Type, “The Handmaid’s Tale”, “Deception”, “Homeland”, “Bull”, “New Amsterdam”, “In Treatment”, “Bored to Death”, “Sopranos”, “The Equalizer”, “The Rest of Us”. MFA: Yale Drama School.

 

JOANNA RUSH (Playwright/Mimi) KICK! (Off Broadway Alliance OBA Award nominee), Home Sweet Homeland, Accidental Mummies (Lynne Taylor- Corbett, director), Sex and Power, Dust. Screenplays: Irish Whiskey (co-author, Best Screenplay" winner Temecula Valley Film Festival), America’s Queen, a historical drama. Acting credits, Broadway: Pousse Café, Shirley MacLaine at the Palace. A Chorus Line (Shubert Theater, Los Angeles.) Off-Broadway, Regional, Movies and TV.

 

CHUJA SEO (Chin Sun/Maxine) is a native of Seoul, South Korea based in New York. Theater credits include: Wild Goose Dreams (Theatre Royal, Bath: UK Premier), Salt Pepper Ketchup (InterAct & Passage Theater Company, Barrymore Awards nom. Outstanding Leading Performance), Wit (Playhouse on Park), Prometheus Bound (Getty Villa), Intruder (Edinburgh Fringe), (Dixon Place), A Week at the NJ Shore (Bushwick Starr), Cookin’ (Edinburgh Fringe, Islington Festival, New Victory Theater, Minetta Lane Theater). Film: The Skin of the Teeth, Dog Walker, Architect, Gravidity, Joyce, Blink. TV: “Blue Bloods” (CBS). BA: Brooklyn Collage, MFA: CalArts.

 

SOPHIA TZOUGROS (Tess/Guard) Originally from Southeastern Wisconsin, Sophia is a recent graduate of Wagner College. In 2014 she was a finalist in the National High School Musical Theatre Awards. Theatre credits: Resident company member at Mac-Haydn Theatre (2017), Impossibly George (Reading), Celebrate the Moment (nightclub revue at The Laurie Beechman Theatre). Since the pandemic she has performed virtually in two musicals: the new musical Heartbreak County, and the 50th Anniversary production of Two by Two. Learn more at sophiatzougros.com

 

MIA MEI WILLIAMSON (Frankie) is grateful to be part of this moving piece. Broadway: Once on this Island) Once on this Island. Off Broadway: Bedwetter (workshop), Mandela (reading and workshop). TV: “Nos4a2”, “The Blacklist”. Thank you to our director, Donna, the cast, crew, my Innovative team, especially Jessica Gordon and Barbara Coleman. 

 

LYNNE TAYLOR-CORBETT (Director) was nominated for two Tony Awards for her direction and choreography of Broadway’s Swing!. in addition to a Drama Desk nomination. She also choreographed Broadway's Chess and Titanic. Off-Broadway, she directed Wanda’s World for which she won the Callaway Award and a Lucille Lortel nomination.  Her production of My Vaudeville Man garnered a Drama Desk nomination. Cougar the Musical, for which she was the director and a contributing writer, ran for almost two years and is licensed worldwide. Her film choreography can be seen in the classic Footloose, My Blue Heaven and Bewitched.  She directed Real to Reel a film/ live action event developed in China and later presented at the Edinburgh Festival. Most recently, she directed Darlene Love's 2020 Christmas Special: Love for the Holidays. Ms. Taylor-Corbett has choreographed for numerous dance companies including American Ballet Theatre, Alvin Ailey American Dance Theatre and New York City Ballet, most notably "Seven Deadly Sins" featuring Patti LuPone. She is the co-writer of Distant Thunder along with son, Shaun Taylor-Corbett, who is a mixed race Native American. Set on the Blackfeet Reservation, it will open the season in 2022 at the Lyric Theatre of Oklahoma. Ms. Taylor-Corbett serves on the Council of Advisors for the Association on American Indian Affairs and is a member of the Society of Directors and Choreographers.

 

BRIAN LAWTON (Stage Manager) is a dancer, instructor, choreographer, and director. He has an eclectic background in ballet, jazz, and modern as well as Latin and Ballroom dances with a specialty in the vernacular jazz dances of the 1920's-1940's. Brian has performed in Shakespeare in the Park’s Comedy of Errors, with the Red Hot Chili Peppers at Madison Square Garden and in their recent music video "Go Robot", and Swing! at Gateway Playhouse. He has traveled around the world teaching vernacular jazz, Charleston, and Lindy Hop. He often directs production shows for Norwegian Cruise Line and was the Choreographer and Associate Director of A Charlie Brown Christmas National Tour. During the pandemic, Brian has enjoyed editing videos for theatrical productions, being a virtual stage manager, and finding new creative ways to make art in this brave new world!

 

BENJAMIN A. VIGIL (Assistant Stage Manager) is a NYC-based stage manager and actor. After Keaton and the Whale, Hip Hop Cinderella, Black Butterfly, and Letters to Harriet Tubman, Benjamin is thrilled to be collaborating once again with Amas Musical Theatre. Select NY Credits: Significant Other, Be My Baby (American Academy of Dramatic Arts); Bayard: A New Musical, Freedom Riders: The Civil Rights Musical (Allen and Gray); Cabaret (The Gallery Players). Thank you to everyone who has helped, in every capacity, along the way. All socials: @benjaminvigil

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