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The Cast and Creative Team of “The Lion”

Posted by Lindsay Pfeifer | 06 April 2015

The Lion
Written and performed by Benjamin Scheuer 
Directed by Sean Daniels


Benjamin Scheuer.........................................Writer and Performer


Creative Team

Sean Daniels................................................Director

Neil Patel........................................................Scenic Designer

Ben Stanton.................................................Lighting Designer

Leon Rothenberg.........................................Sound Designer

Jennifer Caprio..............................................Costume Consultant 

Kelsey Daye Lutz............................................Stage Manager


The actor and stage manager employed in this production are members of Actors’ Equity Association, the Union of Professional Actors and Stage Managers in the United States.


Cast Biographies

Benjamin Scheuer                       
Writer and Performer

Benjamin Scheuer is the recipient of the 2014 Off-West End Award for Best Musical, the 2013 ASCAP Foundation Cole Porter Award for songwriting, and the 2013 Musical Theatre Network Award for Best Lyrics. Scheuer gave the American premiere of The Lion at Manhattan Theatre Club in June 2014. The show was then produced in London at the St. James Theatre, and returned to New York City in February 2015 for a commercial run at the Lynn Redgrave Theater. The Lion will see a North American tour throughout 2015 and 2016. The animated video for Scheuer’s song “The Lion” (dir. Peter Baynton) has been featured in the 2014 British Animation Awards (Public Choice for Best Music Video), 2013 Annecy Film Festival in France (Special Jury Award for Best Commissioned Film) and the 2013 Crystal Palace International Film Festival (Best Music Video, Best Animated Video). With his band Escapist Papers, Scheuer has released two albums: Escapist Papers and The Bridge (produced by Geoff Kraly). Scheuer is currently recording the album “Songs from THE LION.” He has toured with Mary Chapin Carpenter, has been a writer-in-residence at the Goodspeed Opera House and the Weston Playhouse, and is an alumnus of the Johnny Mercer Songwriters’ Project. With photographer Riya Lerner, Scheuer is the co-creator of the book Between Two Spaces. He lives in New York City. @BenjaminScheuer, BenjaminScheuer.com



Creative Team Biographies

Sean Daniels
Sean Daniels has directed at Manhattan Theatre Club, Culture Project (N.Y.C.), The Kennedy Center, St. James Theatre (West End, London), Actors Theatre of Louisville, Geva Theatre Center, PlayMakers Repertory Company, Cleveland Play House, Alliance Theatre, California Shakespeare Theater, Southern Rep Theatre, Swine Palace, Neo-Futurists, Aurora Theatre, Crowded Fire Theater, and at the Edinburgh Festival Fringe. He is the artistic director of Merrimack Repertory Theatre, having just finished up as the artist-at-large for Geva Theatre Center, after several years at the Tony Award-winning Actors Theatre of Louisville as the theater’s associate artistic director. Mr. Daniels is also the former associate artistic director/resident director of California Shakespeare Theater and before that spent a decade as the artistic director and co-founder of Dad’s Garage Theatre Company in Atlanta, Ga. @seandaniels


Neil Patel
Scenic Designer
Mr. Patel's designs are well known on and off Broadway and at regional theaters and opera houses in the U.S. and abroad. Recent New York credits include Mr. Burns, a Post-Electric Play, Stage Kiss, Indian Ink, Father Comes Home from the Wars (Parts 1, 2 and 3). Other work includes production design for the HBO series In Treatment, the DIRECTV series Billy and Billie and the feature films Some Velvet Morning (Tribeca Film) and Loitering with Intent (Parts and Labor). neilpateldesign.com


Ben Stanton
Lighting Designer
Broadway: Fun Home (Circle in the Square), An Enemy of the People (Friedman Theater), Seminar (Golden Theater). Recent Off-Broadway: Fun Home (Lucille Lortel nomination, The Public Theater), I’m Gonna Pray for You So Hard (Atlantic Theater Company),  Our Lady of Kibeho, Kung Fu, Angeles In America (Signature Theatre), Murder Ballad (Lucille Lortel nomination, Manhattan Theatre Club/Union Square Theater), Belleville (Lucille Lortel nomination, New York Theatre Workshop), Into The Woods (The Delacorte Theater), The Whipping Man (Lucille Lortel Award, Drama Desk nomination, Manhattan Theatre Club). Regional credits include: Ahmanson Theatre, Mark Taper Forum, Kirk Douglas Theatre, La Jolla Playhouse, The Old Globe, South Coast Repertory, Goodman Theatre, Shakespeare Theatre Company. Concert and tour designs for Regina Spektor, Sufjan Stevens, Beirut and St. Vincent. Touring lighting design for The National (summer/fall 2014).


Leon Rothenberg
Sound Design 
Broadway: Violet, The Realistic Joneses, The Nance (Tony Award), The Heiress, Joe Turner's Come and Gone (Tony nomination) and Impressionism. Select N.Y./Off-Broadway: Primary Stages, Second Stage Theatre, Tectonic Theater Project, Women's Project Theater, Manhattan Theater Club, The Public Theater, LCT3 and New York City Center. Select Regional: Arena Stage, Seattle Repertory Theatre, La Jolla Playhouse, The Old Globe, New York Stage and Film, Two River Theater, North Shore Music Theatre, Long Wharf Theatre, McCarter Theatre, Intiman Theatre and Theatre By The Sea. International: Cirque du Soleil's Kooza and Wintuk, National Theater of Cyprus, Dijon Festival. klaxson.net


Jennifer Caprio
Costume Consultant
Broadway credits include The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee. Off-Broadway credits include The Lion, Little Children Dream of God at Roundabout Theatre Company, Tail! Spin! starring Rachel Dratch at the Culture Project, Little Miss Sunshine at Second Stage Theatre, In Transit at Primary Stages (Lucille Lortel nomination), Fugitive Songs for Dreamlight Theatre Company, Modern & Post-Modern Living for La Mama Experimental Theatre Club. Ms. Caprio has designed costumes for the national tour of Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat starring Ace Young and Diana DeGarmo. International credits include The Collected Works of Billy the Kid at the Edinburgh Festival Fringe, and tours of The Great American Trailer Park Musical and Queen Esther Marrow and the Harlem Gospel Singers. Regional credits include Florida Grand Opera, Minnesota Opera, Opera Boston, Opera Colorado and theatrical costume designs at over 60 U.S. regional theaters.


Kelsey Daye Lutz
Stage Manager
Kelsey Daye is a North Carolinian dairy farmer’s daughter. PCS credits include: stage manager for The People’s Republic of Portland (second engagement), Vanya and Sonia and Masha and Spike, The Typographer’s Dream, The Last Five Years and A Small Fire and production assistant for Clybourne Park, Venus in Fur, Midsummer Night’s Dream, The North Plan and Anna Karenina. Kelsey Daye is a graduate of University of North Carolina at Greensboro. She would like to thank her boys for all their unconditional love, and Shamus for being wonderful. 

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