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Book by Enda Walsh, Music & Lyrics by Glen Hansard and Marketa Irglova
SHOW TIMES: Wednesday, September 19 -
Sunday, October 14

Wed & Thurs 7:30pm / Fri & Sat 8:00pm
Wed & Sun 2:00pm

By popular demand an extra week added – ONCE runs until Sunday, October 14th!

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On the streets of Dublin, an Irish musician about to give up on his dreams and a beautiful young Czech immigrant are drawn together by their shared love of music. Over the course of one fateful week, an unexpected friendship and collaboration quickly evolves into a powerful but complicated love story, underscored by emotionally charged music.

Winner of eight 2012 Tony Awards® including Best Musical, Once is a truly original theatrical experience. Featuring an impressive ensemble of actor/musicians who play their own instruments onstage, Once is an unforgettable story about going for your dreams and the power of music to connect us all.

Featuring all of the magical songs from the critically acclaimed film, including the Oscar-winning “Falling Slowly,” this achingly beautiful, joyously uplifting show strikes an unforgettable chord in audiences and speaks to the power of music to connect us all. A show like that only comes around Once.

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Once is presented through special arrangement with Music Theatre International (MTI).
All authorized performance materials are also supplied by MTI.  www.MTIShows.com

Originally produced on Broadway by Barbara Broccoli, John N. Hart Jr., Patrick Milling Smith, Frederick Zollo, Brian Carmody, Michael G. Wilson, Orin Wolf, The Shubert Organization.  Robert Cole, Executive Producer.  In association with New York Theatre Workshop.

Once was originally produced Off-Broadway at the New York Theatre Workshop in December 2011, Jim Nicola, Artistic Director.  William Russo, Managing Director.

Once was originally developed at the American Repertory Theater, Cambridge, MA in April 2011.  Diane Paulus, Artistic Director.  Diane Borger, Producer.

Stephen G. Anthony* (Billy) is pleased to be making his Ivoryton Playhouse debut. New York credits include Real Men: the Musical, and Hank Williams: Lost Highway. Regional credits include  Once (in the role of Andrej), Hand to God, Good People,  Search: Paul Clayton, Dry Powder, and The Great American Trailer Park Musical. A multiple Carbonell Award recipient, Steve has also worked as a scenic carpenter/welder, Technical Director, and music producer.



Katie Barton* (The Girl) is delighted to return to Ivoryton Playhouse to be a part of such a special show. She earned a degree in Musical Theatre at Birmingham-Southern College, and completed acting apprenticeships at Flat Rock Playhouse and Actors Theatre of Louisville. Katie has performed at many regional theatres across the country and has toured the United States, Japan and Canada with the Broadway National Tour of Million Dollar Quartet. She is grateful to have a career that allows her to travel the world, telling stories and making music. Favorite roles: Dyanne – Million Dollar Quartet (National Tour, Las Vegas, Norwegian Getaway), Tammy Wynette – Stand By Your Man (Ivoryton Playhouse), Nora –Woody Sez, June Carter Cash– Ring of Fire, Lucy – Dracula.


Jonathan Brown (Svec) loves to play various musical instruments for a living and is based in St. Louis, MO. His regional musical theater credits include Million Dollar Quartet, Ring of Fire, Stand By Your Man, Hank Williams: Lost Highway, Pump Boys & Dinettes, A Christmas Carol, the Shake, Rattle & Roll and Kings of Country cabaret shows in venues including the Arrow Rock Lyceum, Arts Center of Coastal Carolina, Flat Rock Playhouse, Florida Studio Theatre, Weston Playhouse, Lyric Theatre, Merry-Go-Round Playhouse, New Theatre Restaurant, Theatre Under the Stars. He’s delighted to be back in Ivoryton


Margaret Dudasik* (Reza) makes her Ivoryton Playhouse debut. She has had the unique opportunity of playing Reza and Ex Girlfriend in previous productions of Once. Nat’l tour: Roundabout Theatre Company’s Cabaret (Texas). Regional: Once, Buddy: The Buddy Holly Story, Ring of Fire. BFA Pace University. Margaret is also an accomplished Irish fiddle player, representing the US at the All Ireland World Championships seven times. MargaretDudasik.com. Hey boo!



Andreina Kasper (Bank Manager) is a versatile vocalist, cellist, pianist and pedagogue who has appeared in countless televised performances for Telemundo and Univision. Ms. Kasper began her music studies at an early age with her mother. She has collaborated with many artists such as Andrea Bocelli, Shakira,Il Volo and Marc Anthony. Major performances include the Latin Grammys and Billboard Awards. Ms. Kasper has recorded for participating films at the Cannes Film Festival.



Marcy McGuigan* (Baruska) is thrilled to be returning to Ivoryton. She played MeeMaw in Stand by Your Man. Recent credits: Clue (Mrs. Peacock), Annie (Miss Hannigan), Dixie Swim Club (Lexie), 9 to 5 (Violet). NEW YORK: Tenderloin, Nightmare Alley, 40 Naked Women, The Divine Sister, The Piper, Meet Me in St. Louis, Shanghai Moon, Swingtime Canteen. NATIONAL TOUR: 42nd Street, (Dorothy Brock-Carbonelle Nomination). REGIONAL FAVORITES: Portland Stage: Red Herring (Mrs. Kravitz); RiversideTheatre: Hank Williams: Lost Highway (Mama Lilly); Flat Rock Playhouse: Vanya and Sonia and Masha and Spike (Masha); Human Race Theatre: Lombardi (Marie-Daytony Nomination); The Fulton Theatre: Other Desert Cities (Silda). TV/FILM: Humor Me; Inside Amy Schumer, People in New Jersey, GTA 4, The Centenarian, Ghost Stories


John Mervini (Eamon) Off Broadway: Yankee Peddler (Actors Temple), O’Brien and O’Brian (FringeNYC), That Lady From Maxims (NYMF), Once Upon a Time in New JerseyIllyria (Prospect Theatre Co.), Young Jean Lee’s Church (The Public) Other Selected NY:, Love  CourtOccupation: Dragon Slayer (Isle of Shoals), Cheeseburger Deluxe (NYTW), Prelude to Tomorrow (Isle of Shoals), Avarice (The Bridge), Under Milk Wood (The Mint), The Hanging of Razor Brown (59E59), Found a Peanut (Red Fern Theatre Co.); The Gospel Show (La Mama, etc.) Regional: Jim in Pump Boys and Dinettes, Stanley in A Streetcar Named Desire, Leo in The ProducersChildren of Eden, Tommy in Brigadoon, Bob in White Christmas, Jesus in Godspell. Film/TV: Ed Rock, Breaking Bad (AMC), Barely Legal, Is This Thing On, Pardon My French, Dear Mrs. Fenton. John composed the score and single Rest My Soul for the film Momma, out now; and as a guitarist has played The Metropolitan RoomSlake, The PIT, The Red Room and others. Thanks to the cast and crew, Sam, family and friends! www.johnmervini.com


Morgan Morse (Andre) hails originally from Ansonia, CT. He has performed at Ivoryton before in Stand By Your Man (Euple Byrd), The Bully (Lenny), and South Pacific (Professor), at Stages Repertory Theatre in Houston, TX in Ring of Fire, and at the Public Theater in NYC in Southern Comfort (Musician). He also writes/performs original music which you can find at soundcloud.com/morgan-morse. He thinks you’re pretty cool!



Rachel Mulcahy (Ex-Girlfriend) is so excited to make her Ivoryton Playhouse debut, in her all-time favorite show! Recent credits include, Shakespeare in Love at Pennsylvania Shakespeare Festival, Ring of Fire at Timberlake Playhouse and Once at the John W. Engeman Theater. First and foremost, she would like to thank this amazing cast and creative team! She would also like to thank her family, friends, Travis, and Across the Board Talent for all of their continued support. Enjoy the show! @raymulcay www.rachelmulcahy.com



Don Noble* (Da) Broadway: Once, End Of The Rainbow. National Tours: An American In Paris, Mamma Mia!. Regional productions across Canada and the United States, including Woody Guthrie’s American Song, To Kill A Mockingbird (Atticus Finch), James Joyce’s The Dead (Gabriel Conroy), Funny Girl (Nicky Arnstein), An Ideal Husband (Lord Goring), Candida (Reverend Morell), Blood Brothers, Henry IV, The Tempest. Recent TV includes The Blacklist and Madam Secretary. Proud member of Actors’ Equity.



Sam Sherwood* (The Guy) is thrilled to return to Ivoryton were he has previously performed in Stand By Your Man and The Road: My Life With John Denver. NYC: Woody Sez (Irish Repertory Theatre); Fancy: A Country Musical (lab); Regional: Million Dollar Quartet (Geva); …Forum, Hank Williams: Lost Highway, Cotton Patch Gospel, Pump Boys & Dinettes (Flat Rock Playhouse); Buddy: The Buddy Holly Story (NC Theatre, TBTS); Ring of Fire (Riverside, People’s Light and others); The Music Man (National Tour); Titanic (National Tour). www.sherwoodsounds.com


Victoria Wepler (Emcee) is thrilled to be making her Ivoryton Playhouse debut in Once. A musician and educator, Vicki sings and plays violin on stages across New England as a member of the award-winning contemporary folk band, Goodnight Blue Moon. GNBM’s latest studio album, Dawning Dream, was released in April 2018. When she’s not performing, Vicki is the general and choral music director at The Country School in Madison, CT, where she also directs the school’s annual musical. A graduate of Colby College and the Harvard Graduate School of Education, Vicki’s favorite theater credits on stage and in the orchestra pit include Company (Marta) and She Loves Me (1st violin). Heartfelt thanks to her family for all their love and support through her many endeavors!


Director:  Ben Hope*

Musical Director: Eric Anthony*

Stage Manager: James Joseph Clark*

Assistant Stage Manager:  Rahxas Colite*

Scenic Designer:  Glenn Bassett

Lighting Designer:  Marcus Abbott

Sound Designer:  Tate R. Burmeister

Costume Designer:  Cully Long

* member of Actors Equity

Join us for an opening night reception following the 8:00pm performance on Friday, September 21st. Light refreshments will be served.


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From the very first note, "Once" draws you in and never lets go. This emotionally captivating musical is the only show to have music that won an Academy Award, a Grammy Award, an Olivier Award and a Tony Award.