Cast Members


(Mrs. Shubert)








PAUL PÖRTNER (Author) was an avant garde German playwright and director who fell under the charm of the commedia dell'arte. This led to his creating Scherenschnitte in 1963, the play on which Shear Madness is based. His other work included novels, short stories and radio plays. Mr. Portner died in 1984.

MARILYN ABRAMS (Creator, Original Producer) grew up in New York City attending The Bronx High School of Science and later Cornell University, an unlikely beginning for a career that included, among others, leading roles in Mame, Gypsy, The Sound of Music, Broadway Bound and Private Lives plus countless television commercials. She and Bruce Jordan formed Cranberry Productions when they recognized the comic potential of interactive theatre while acting in Shear Madness. Abrams originated the role of Barbara Demarco and played it in the first four productions before taking on the role of Mrs. Shubert at the Kennedy Center. She now heads the marketing division of the company.

BRUCE JORDAN (Creator, Original Producer, Director) is best known for his work around the country and around the world with Shear Madness but he also has an extensive directing resume, most recently helming Vanya and Sonia and Masha and Spike for the 100th Anniversary Season of The Cleveland Play House as well as at Rochester's Geva Theatre and the historic Cape Playhouse in Dennis, MA. Previous to that he directed Shear Madness revivals in Milwaukee and Kansas City and Spamalot for Florida Studio Theatre in Sarasota. Jordan grew up in Amityville, graduated from SUNY Geneseo and now lives in Manhattan. With partner Marilyn Abrams he formed Cranberry Productions in 1978 and has been employed full time ever since.

WILLIAM E. COTTON (Scenic & Lighting Designer) William is originally from Alabama, currently living and working in New York as a designer. Recent credits include Us, Me, They, She; The Urge; The Hellerton; SONS+DAUGHTERS; and Pale Fires. He works with a number of collaborators on new theatre and dance projects throughout the city and also recently graduated with his MFA in lighting design from the Tisch School of the Arts. Shear Madness is his Off-Broadway debut.

RODNEY HARPER (Costume Coordinator/Wardrobe Supervisor). Broadway: Mamma Mia!, Other Desert Cities. Off-Broadway: Avenue Q, Bullet for Adolf (New World); Lady Day (Little Shubert); Tony n’ Tina’s Wedding; Volpone, Dance of Death (Lucille Lortel); The Taming of the Shrew (Duke); Miss Abigail’s Guide… (Sofia’s Downstairs); I Forgive You Ronald Reagan, Wild Animals You Should Know (Lucille Lortel). Off-Off-Broadway: Good Person of Szechuan, AZAK, Bikeman, Burn the Floor (Norwegian Cruise Lines). Also many events for Broadway Cares, Mercedes Benz Fashion Week, Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade.

BRUCE LANDON YAUGER (Sound Designer) is principal of falconmusik, LLC, a multimedia production company. Recent credits include the international tour of Blithe Spirit with Angela Lansbury and Trip of Love at Stage 42. Broadway tour sound design credits include Jesus Christ Superstar (with Ted Neeley and Carl Anderson), A Chorus Line, West Side Story, Fiddler on the Roof and dozens of others, as well as Spiderman Live!, a precursor to the Broadway show, for which he also served as principal composer. Bruce has several albums out under the alias of Bruce Landon and performs regionally as a solo artist or with the band Sama Papa. “Shout-outs to my lovely wife Julie and two of the loudest (and busiest) boys on the planet, Landon and Lorenzo.”

Production & Producers

JOEL ANDREW COTE (Production Stage Manager) Off-Broadway: 10 Out of 12 (Soho Rep), Posterity (Atlantic). Regional/additional credits: Huntington Theatre Company, Williamstown Theatre Festival, Glimmerglass Festival, Berkshire Theatre Festival, Goodspeed Musicals and Bay Street Theatre. Graduate of Boston University.

LAURA KIM (Assistant Stage Manager) Off-Broadway: Nat Turner in Jerusalem, The Events (New York Theatre Workshop), Revolt. She said. Revolt again. (Soho Rep), The Debate Society’s Jacuzzi, Natasha, Pierre, and the Great Comet of 1812, ANTFest2015, Eager to Lose, Core Values, Isaac Oliver’s Lonely Christmas (Ars Nova), The Idea of Me, The Ragged Claws (Cherry Lane Theatre), Washer/Dryer (Ma-Yi Theatre).

MCCORKLE CASTING LTD/Pat McCorkle C.S.A. (Casting) Broadway: over 50 productions including Amazing Grace, On the Town, End of the Rainbow, The Lieutenant of Inishmore, Cat on a Hot Tin Roof, One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest, Amadeus. More than 50 Off-Broadway plays, including Tribes, Our Town, Freud’s Last Session, Almost Maine, Driving Miss Daisy. 55 feature film: Premium Rush, The Thomas Crown Affair, Die Hard 3, School Ties, among others. 45 TV shows: “Sesame Street,” “Californication,” “Chappell’s Show,” etc.

TINC PRODUCTIONS (Production Supervision) Established in 2007, Tinc has cultivated a reputation as a premier technical producing firm, providing experienced production management, superior technical talent, and event consulting. We work with a variety of clients including producers, venue directors, designers, and other production companies to execute high profile theatrical productions, corporate events, meetings, fashion shows, and concerts throughout the world.

MANNY KLADITIS (Producer) founded NIKO COMPANIES, a theatrical production and management company in 1988. Credits include The Temptations & Four Tops on Broadway, Billy Crystal 700 Sundays, Lady Day starring Tony-winner Dee Dee Bridgewater, Frankie Valli & The Four Seasons On Broadway, Mike Tyson: Undisputed Truth directed by Spike Lee, The Lyons starring Linda Lavin, Kathy Griffin Wants a Tony, Liza At The Palace, I Am My Own Wife (Pulitzer Prize), Arturo Ui starring Al Pacino, Jekyll and Hyde, Saturday Night Fever, The Ride Down Mt. Morgan by Arthur Miller starring Patrick Stewart, Sandra Bernhard - I’m Still Here…Damn It!, Victor Victoria, The Gin Game starring Julie Harris and Charles Durning, Carol Channing in Hello, Dolly!, Patti Labelle On Broadway, The Kentucky Cycle, and Man of La Mancha starring Raul Julia and Sheena Easton. Many National Tours and Off-Broadway shows, including Yul Brynner's record-breaking farewell engagement of The King & I, Man of La Mancha starring Richard Kiley, Mame starring Angela Lansbury, Sly Fox starring George C. Scott, The King & I starring Rudolf Nureyev, and My One And Only starring Tommy Tune.

JEFFREY CHRZCZON (Producer). Broadway credits as General Manager and/or Producer include The Temptations & Four Tops on Broadway, Mike Tyson: Undisputed Truth directed by Spike Lee, The Lyons starring Linda Lavin, Kathy Griffin Wants a Tony, Rain: A Tribute to the Beatles on Broadway, Saturday Night Fever, Jekyll & Hyde, Sandra Bernhard - I’m Still Here…Damn It!, Patti Labelle on Broadway, The Kentucky Cycle, and Solitary Confinement starring Stacey Keach. Off-Broadway: Lady Day starring Dee Dee Bridgewater, Falling (Drama Desk Nomination), Irish Rep, The Marijuana-Logues starring Tommy Chong, among others. Numerous National Tours including Spider-Man Live!, The Best Little Whorehouse in Texas starring Ann-Margaret, Man of La Mancha starring Robert Goulet, Ain’t Misbehavin’ starring Martha Reeves & the Vandellas. Mr. Chrzczon is a member of the Association of Theatrical Press Agents and Managers.

TERRY SCHNUCK (Producer) A five-time Tony Award recipient, Terry’s credits include Fun Home (Tony); You Can't Take It With You; Beautiful: The Carole King Musical; Matilda; Clybourne Park (Tony); The Gershwins’ Porgy and Bess (Tony); Bonnie & Clyde; High; Race; Superior Donuts; Burn The Floor; Hair (Tony); Blithe Spirit; The Homecoming; Spring Awakening (Tony); Martin Short: Fame Becomes Me; The Caine Mutiny Court-Martial; 'night, Mother; Enchanted April; Nevermore; Falling; Silence! The Musical; Wanda’s World; Ministry of Progress.

KATHLEEN K. JOHNSON (Producer) Broadway credits include A Gentleman’s Guide to Love and Murder (2014 Tony Award), Who’s Afraid of Virginia Woolf (2013 Tony Award), Glengarry Glen Ross, Race and A Life in the Theatre, Nicky Silver’s The Lyons, Gore Vidal’s The Best Man, Tracy Letts’ Superior Donuts, Blithe Spirit, Hair (2009 Tony Award).

JACK LANE (Producer) New York producing credits include Fun Home (Tony Award) and Peter and the Starcatcher (Tony Nomination). Jack is the founder and Executive Producer of the 30-year old regional theatre, STAGES ST. LOUIS. He is currently working on the creation of a new Maltby and Shire revue at STAGES. Special thanks to Mike, Terry, Greg, Jeff, Andrew, and Michael.

RADIO MOUSE ENTERTAINMENT (Producer) is an award-winning theater and media production company founded by Jason E. Grossman and M. Kilburg Reedy. Broadway: Vanya and Sonia and Masha and Spike (Tony, Drama Desk, NY Drama Critics, Drama League, and Outer Critics Circle Awards for Best Play), Peter and the Starcatcher (winner 5 Tony Awards), The Pee-wee Herman Show. Off-Broadway and Original Cast Recording: Nevermore – The Imaginary Life and Mysterious Death of Edgar Allan Poe (3 Lortel nominations including Outstanding Musical).

GREG SCHAFFERT (Producer) Peter and the Starcatcher; Next To Normal; Burn The Floor; All Shook Up: Bat Boy The Musical; Striking 12; Analog & Vinyl; Three Musketeers; The Girl In The Frame; Hot Mess In Manhattan; Rockne; Atlantis; Painted Alice.

MARTIN HUMMEL (Producer) Lead producer of Love Child by Daniel Jenkins and Robert Stanton. Selected co-producing credits: Nevermore, Peter and the Starcatcher (Broadway, Off-Broadway, and National Tour), Deaf West Theatre’s Big River, Langston Hughes’s Little Ham.

DRIEMEYER-SILLS PRODUCTIONS (Producer) Robert Driemeyer and Morgan Sills produce new work, classic revivals and provide consulting services. Previously they produced the critically acclaimed Tennessee Williams’ The Two-Character Play starring Amanda Plummer and Brad Dourif. Individual Broadway and Off Broadway credits include the Tony Award-winning revival of La Cage Aux Folles starring Kelsey Grammer, Of Mice And Men starring James Franco, and Forbidden Broadway. They are thrilled to be a part of the Shear Madness team.

THE SHUBERT ORGANIZATION (Producer) has produced and co-produced hundreds of plays and musicals, including Cats, Dreamgirls, Sunday in the Park with George, The Life and Times of Nicholas Nickleby, Little Shop of Horrors, God of Carnage, Spamalot, Nice Work If You Can Get It, Hugh Jackman: Back on Broadway, Once, and Lucky Guy. Under the leadership of Philip J. Smith, Chairman, and Robert E. Wankel, President, the Shubert Organization owns and operates 17 historic Broadway theatres and six Off-Broadway venues.

DAVID GERSTEN (Producer/Press Representatives) produced Tea At Five starring Kate Mulgrew (NYC, Palm Beach, San Francisco), the musicals BASH’d the gay rap opera, Eleanor & Hick, and Tin Pan Alley; was Associate Producer for Dr. Sex and My First Time as well as the new cast recording of Sondheim’s Marry Me A Little. His firm has served as press representatives and marketing consultants on Broadway and off for over twenty years. Current clients include several not-for profit theaters including INTAR, Keen Company, Mint Theater, NAATCO, Red Bull Theater, Theatreworks USA, and Urban Stages, among others. David serves on the Board of Governors of ATPAM, the Association of Theatrical Press Agents & Managers and is a member of the Off-Broadway League and a founder of the Off-Broadway Alliance. More? Visit

ERACH SCREWVALA (Producer/Legal),perhaps the most aptly named lawyer on the planet, is excited to make his producing debut at New World Stages with Shear Madness. Erach has served as production counsel to numerous Broadway and Off-Broadway shows, including The Elephant Man (Bradley Cooper); Mike Tyson: Undisputed Truth; Bedlam's Hamlet and Saint John; The Old Man and The Old Moon (PigPen Theater Co.).

DAVENPORT THEATRE. Housed in a remodeled firehouse conveniently located in the heart of Manhattan’s theatre district, the Davenport Theatre offers two unique performance spaces. The Davenport Theatre is named after Delbert Essex Davenport, a Producer, Publicist, Author and Lyricist from the early 20th century. Known for his publicity and marketing stunts (including dropping flyers out of planes), “Del,” as he was called, was a theatrical entrepreneur and the great-grandfather of theater owner Ken Davenport.