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The Studio Theatre - John & Jen
Music by Andrew Lippa, lyrics by Tom Greenwald, and book by Lippa and Greenwald

September 24th - October 27th, 2019


Honor the old, but live for the new.

From secret handshakes to hidden family bonds, this two-person musical presents the question: how can two siblings brought up in the same household become such contrasting adults?

John and Jen are always there for each other, but as the country becomes divided over the war in Vietnam, so does the family, and battle lines are drawn between the once close siblings. From creators Andrew Lippa and Tom Greenwald, John & Jen is a two person original musical that honors brothers and sisters, as well as parents and children. It is set against the background of a changing America between 1950 and 1990.

Craig Smith (John)
Craig is honored to make his Studio Theatre Tierra Del Sol debut with John and Jen. Craig is a SC native and a graduate of the SC School of the Arts at Anderson University with a BFA in Musical Theatre. Regional Credits: Mamma Mia!, Oliver!, It's a Wonderful Life, Catch Me if You Can, Beauty and the Beast. Film/TV: "The Watch", "The Philosopher", "The Rumor". Love to friends, family, & Christopher! @actcraigsmith

Kelly Morris Rowan* (Jen)
Kelly This production marks Kelly's Studio debut! Central Florida credits: Heartbreak House, It was a Very Good Year, God and Stephen Hawking(Mad Cow Theatre); Showtune, Gigolo, (Winter Park Playhouse); Esmeralda in The Hunchback of Notre Dame (CFC Arts). Favorite regional roles: Polly in Crazy for You (Arundel Barn Playhouse), Betty in White Christmas (Shenandoah Summer Music Theatre), and Queen Elizabeth at the Pennsylvania Renaissance Faire. She holds a BFA - Music Theatre (Shenandoah University) and has studied at T. Schreiber Studios (NYC) and Class Act Studios (Orlando). Proud Actors’ Equity member. She’s dedicating this one to her two brothers, Art and Mike, as well as her husband Arthur, who always encourage her to "Think Big."

*Denotes Member of Actors Equity

Jeremy Seghers (Director)
Jeremy is an independent producer and director known for staging immersive theatre in site-specific environments. These credits include: A Clockwork Orange (DRIP), Equus (The Acre Orlando), Dracula (Carmine Boutique), This Is Our Youth (Macbeth Studio), and Saint Joan (The Fred Stone Theatre). Other Orlando credits: Mysterious Skin (Orlando Fringe), A Public Reading of an Unproduced Screenplay About the Death of Walt Disney (Orlando Shakespeare Theater), and Mr. Burns, a Post-electric Play (Valencia College). Having directed The Story of My Life last season, Jeremy is thrilled to be returning to The Studio Theatre, and would like to thank Whitney, Jason, Gary, and Danielle for this incredible opportunity.

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