Jay Michaels & Andrew Rothkin, Co-Producers
White Rabbit Productions, Producing Organization
Sara Minisquero, Associate Producer/Assistant to Producer
Ian Wehrle, Music Director& Sound Designer
Kerey Viswanathan, Projection Coordinator
Songe Riddle, Poster Illustrator
WrightGroupNYC, Public Relations and Press Representatives
JAY MICHAELS (Co-Producer) BUMP represents a return to the career Jay Michaels had hoped for. His childhood dream of playing monsters and ghouls was sidetracked in 1982 when he was cast in Raymond Gasper’s acclaimed production of Hamlet at the Lion Theater, thus forcing him into a career as a director and performer of classical works, winning awards and praise from numerous outlets including Theatre World, American Theatre, ASCAP, and The New York Times. While he had hopes for New Moon Entertainment, American-International, and Hammer Films, he ended up at The Marriott Marquis Theatre, Lincoln Center, The Pearl Theatre, Theatre Off-Park, Primary Stages, HBO Summer Stage, Theatre for the New City, the Midtown International Theatre Festival, The Fringe, and LaMama. Even his concurrent career as a producer with a specialty in marketing & promotion did not bring him to Famous Monsters of Filmland or Fangoria but to three Broadway productions, five national tours, numerous off- and off-off Broadway works, and film & television projects. He co-founded Genesis Repertory (with Mary E. Micari) – designed to give the emerging artist a chance to work in the professional theatre – only to once again be forced into producing quality classical works, new plays and musicals, and fostering playwright and acting programs as well as an acclaimed Musical Master Class. Today, Genesis has a thriving studio and school in Brooklyn called the M Center (but the M does not stand for monster). He did manage to get productions of Doctor Faustus, Kyd’s Spanish Tragedy, and War of the Worlds done (plus there were witches in his Macbeth, and his Oedipus and Richard III did get pretty gory at the end). Happily, he did play the title role in the film, Norman Normal, a fantasy in which he was turned into a bug. But this was short-lived as he went on to appear in Eliana Ujueta’s cutting-edge crime drama, Beneath the Rock, and Ric Serena’s comedy, Twelve Fingers. Sadly, his film-directing debut – winning acclaim at the Anthology Film Archives and receiving international distribution, was not a horror film… it was an adaptation of … Hamlet. Even in his personal life, after years of immersing himself in demons and vampires… he married an angel. He gives great thanks to friend and colleague, Andrew Rothkin for helping put his career back on track.
SONG RIDDLE (Poster Illustrator) What little is known concerning the artist Songe Riddle, has been gleaned from a smattering of entries in the journals of nefarious madmen with proclivities towards the mastery of hidden knowledge. Of his early life it is said that for the lack of social or familial ties - and often by way of exile - he passed from village to village, never settling for long enough a period that the patterns of local cultural mundanities had chance to take root; that pattern in itself, continuing throughout his life. Preoccupied with cruelty, and staring intently into the indescribably terrific abyss of the souls of men, Songe entered into a decades-long undertaking of the illustration of macabre subjects. His art decorated numerous dust covers of printed tomes of terror and madness, as well as compendiums of musical compositions, and theatrical design. Several accounts tell of his work being exhibited at salon in Europe, and in halls on the shores of the New World. Perhaps the most odd, were the mentions of his hobbies – Which included self-mutilation, the obsessive reading and sometimes writing of tales in the strangely specific genre of “augmented-human heroism”, and something which have only been described as “soap operas” – The latter of which has defied the understanding of even the most learned of historical scholars.
ANDREW ROTHKIN (Co-Producer) has been producing theatre since 1997 as Artistic Director of White Rabbit Productions/White Rabbit Theatre, as well as associate producing and coproducing other plays, readings and workshops since that time. Andrew is currently in preproduction for producing several short films.
KEREY VISWANATHAN (Projection Coordinator) is an actor, writer, director and producer currently living in New York City. Since graduating from Hampshire College with a B.A. in Film/Theater, he enrolled in the Connecticut Film Industry Training Program and graduated in 2009. Since then, he has worked around CT and NY as a videographer, cinematographer and a director of web commercials, documentaries, and short films. In 2011, he directed and edited a documentary called 'Voices United', which focused on a fundraiser concert sponsored by Wesleyan University that helped support the Japan Earthquake Relief. He wrote and directed two-award winning short films for the 48 Hour Film Festival in New Haven CT, "Hear Me" in 2012 and "John and Clara" in 2013. He began his acting career in January 2013. After taking acting workshops at Oddfellows Playhouse in Middletown CT, he got the lead role of Charlie Brown in You're A Good Man Charlie Brown for Nine Mile Players Community Theater Group in Oxford. Later that year, he played a lonesome young man looking for love in the short film "Melvin". He is currently shooting and editing a documentary mini-series called 'Harlem Inc.' which focuses on on the Harlem Heroin Epidemic from the 1960's to 1970's. He continues to work as a videographer and pursues acting and directing for stage and screen. Outside of working on projects, Kerey enjoys watching movies, painting, reading, traveling around the world, and hanging out with friends!
IAN WEHRLE (Music Director & Sound Designer) is an active composer, actor and collaborator on various music direction and sound design for theater. He can currently be seen starring as Jackie Mason in 702 Punchlines and Pregnant: The Jackie Mason Musical at Broadway Comedy Club and runs the Tuesday night Cabaret Hit Parade at Maxwell's in TriBeCa. He is credited at the Food Network, MTV, and FOX and is continually in development of new musicals and television music. He can be reached at email@example.com
WHITE RABBIT PRODUCTIONS -- formerly White Rabbit Theatre -- began in 1997 with Tennessee Williams’ Hello from Bertha and The Lady of Larkspur Lotion. The company has since produced many new works and contemporary classics…as readings, workshops and fully staged productions. White Rabbit Productions has garnered multiple awards and nominations, most notably The 2008 Midtown International Theatre Festival’s “Outstanding Overall Production of a New Drama Play” Award for Bubby’s Shadow and The 2009 Planet Connections Theatre Festivity’s “Outstanding Overall Production of One-Act Play” Award for Meredith’s Ring. Other highlights include productions of tryin' t' touch the sun, CHiLLS, An Evening of Psychos, Voice, LOVE & LUST, Hamlet Bound & Unbound, and Danny, as well as staged readings of Alice on The Edge, Strangers on Hollow Hill, and Sins. We are currently in pre-production for several short films to be shot in 2014, 2015 and beyond.