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Daughter of the waves

a new musical

by Eileen Connolly




currently seeking producers

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1941. The windswept coast of Ireland.

After smuggling Jewish refugees out of Nazi Europe, a traveling theater-circus troupe struggles to find hope in a world of prejudice and fear, and together learns the healing power of family. Based on true events, DAUGHTER OF THE WAVES is a story of redemption, a tale of how ordinary people found the strength to stand up against hatred.

DAUGHTER OF THE WAVES seamlessly blends the spectacles of dance, aerial, circus arts, and live music into a traditional drama. It incorporates video projections to establish location and to provide documentary aspects.

a richly layered and moving play
— TalkinBroadway.com

ABOVE PHOTOS (Left to Right): Eli Zoller; Annalisa Chamberlin; Nikki Nasto; Stephanie Fournier.

THIS PAGE BACKGROUND PHOTO: Jay Goldenberg, Connie Rotunda.

COVER PAGE PHOTO: Andhy Mendez and Connie Rotunda with Stephanie Fournier on silks.

ALL PHOTOS by Silvia Saponaro.

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featuring original & traditional Irish tunes

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JULY 2015:

The New York Musical Theatre Festival developmental reading.


Theater for a New City / Dream Up Festival production.


Resident Artists at NYU with Sean Roschman/Roschman Dance.

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Developmental Reading 2015


Leenya Rideout*, Ciaran Sheehan*, John Duddy*, Annalisa Chamberlin,

Jay Goldenberg, Christina Durst, Molly Kate Brog, Simone Tetrault,

Nick Cianfrogna*, Jonah Kramer, and Eli Zoller *+

(* member of Actors Equity Association; + member Local 802 afm)

THEATRE ROW - 410 W 42nd St, NYC  -  www.theatrerow.org


DRAMATURG: Lynn Spector


DIRECTOR: Eileen Connolly


Jean & Albert Nerken Endowment, The Anna Sosenko Assist Trust,

Michael Connolly, the Handler Family, Silvia Saponaro Photography,

our generous Kickstarter donors,

NYU & NYCDA for the space to create,

all the talented performers and interns who have contributed to our process thus far,

Barry McNabb, Patrick Porter, Ruth Nerken for their brilliant feedback,

and our superb dramaturg Lynn Spector for setting us on the path.

Creative team

Eileen Connolly, Book/Music & Lyrics

Eileen Connolly, Book/Music & Lyrics

EILEEN CONNOLLY is a writer/director with dual American/Irish citizenship. Eileen began her career as a professional actress, working Off-Broadway, at the MeadowBrook and Birmingham Theatres in Detroit, the Royal George in Chicago, and the Walnut Street Theatre and the Painted Bride Art Center in Philadelphia. Eileen is the Artistic Director of Wallis Knot Theater and has written or adapted, directed, and designed all of their productions since 2003. Her original plays have been performed in New York City at Theater for the New City, the New York Musical Theatre Festival, HERE arts center, New York International Fringe Festival, Hudson Guild, Connelly Theater, and American Theater for Actors. Additionally, Eileen created combat and dance for the Irish Repertory Theatre's production of BEOWULF, was commissioned by the University of Vermont to co-author with Mark Alan Gordon an adaptation of Aristophane's THE BIRDS, and directed, choreographed and designed MACBETH and DUCHESS OF MALFI for NYCDA. She has designed and constructed costumes for Roschman Dance, the Wilma Theatre and Caravan Children's Theater in Philadelphia. As an artist, Eileen painted a cow for New York Cow Parade which was displayed in Rockefeller Plaza; exhibited her oil paintings at Currican in NYC and with Brooklyn Waterfront Arts Coalition; and designed book covers for Samuel French, Perfect Crime Books, and Greenpoint Press. Eileen holds an M.F.A. in Acting from the University of Minnesota and a B.A. in Theatre and Dance from DeSales University. She currently teaches Voice and Shakespeare at NYCDA, and has also taught at Manhattanville College, New Actors Workshop, and AMDA. She recently completed her first novel, a young adult mystery thriller set in Dublin, Ireland...coming soon, we hope!

Gina Costigan, Gaelic Lyrics & Irish Historical Dramaturg

Gina Costigan, Gaelic Lyrics & Irish Historical Dramaturg

GINA COSTIGAN is an actress, born and raised in Dublin, Ireland. She is a graduate of NYCDA, and holds a degree from Queen's University, Belfast, Ireland. Irish Film/TV Credits: Bruckheimer's VERONICA GUERIN; BECOMING JANE; A TERRIBLE BEAUTY; BLACK ICE; SWANSONG: STORY OF OCCI BYRNE; FAIR CITY; THE FRONT LINE; and BBC's SQUADDIE. Theatre Credits: Broadway’s THE FERRYMAN, Manhattan Theatre Club, Irish Repertory Theatre, The Cell, Edinburg Fringe Festival, Galway Theatre Festival, Dublin Gay Theatre Festival, the Gaiety Theatre, Northern Ireland tour of BON GO BARR, and the national tour of A TRIAL.

Annalisa Chamberlin, Music & Lyrics, and Musical Arrangements

Annalisa Chamberlin, Music & Lyrics, and Musical Arrangements

ANNALISA CHAMBERLIN is an actress, singer, composer. She has worked with Wallis Knot and Eileen Connolly on numerous productions: starring as Ophelia in HAMLET (NYCDA), Gwen in BETWEEN TWO WORLDS (HERE Arts Center, and Hudson Guild Theater), Penny in HARVEST, and most recently as Cherrie in DAUGHTER OF THE WAVES (New York Musical Theatre Festival). 

Leenya Rideout, Music

Leenya Rideout, Music

LEENYA RIDEOUT is an actor who has appeared on Broadway in WAR HORSE, CYRANO DE BERGERAC with Kevin Kline and Jennifer Garner, Jenny in John Doyle's revival of COMPANY with Raul Esparza, and a Kit Kat girl in the 1998 revival of CABARET with Alan Cummings directed by Sam Mendes and Rob Marshall. She was Eliza Doolittle in the international tour of MY FAIR LADY. Regional Theater credits include SECRET GARDEN at Capital Rep, WOODY SEZ at Cleveland Playhouse and Milwaukee Repertory Theater, THE LAST OF THE RED HOT LOVERS and GYPSY at the Hangar Theatre, and MERRILY WE ROLL ALONG at the Cincinnati Playhouse in the Park. Leenya is one of the trio of writers, singers, and musicians who make up the performance group The Chalks and who recently appeared in HOLIDAYS WITH THE CHALKS at the Alliance Theater. As a fiddle player and vocalist/arranger, she has performed in bands such as The RoSSies, Finn’s Fury, Gael Force, and the Neil Scott Johnson Band. Her original music can be found on iTunes.

She starred as Byrne in DAUGHTER OF THE WAVES at New York Musical Theater Festival, and in addition to recording several demo songs for the show, she has written original Irish reels for the production. www.leenya.com

Eli Zoller, Musical Director/NYMF Production

Eli Zoller, Musical Director/NYMF Production

ELI ZOLLER is an actor/musician and Music Director. He has been a musician for Broadway’s Finding Neverland, Violet, and First Date: The Musical. Other performance credits include: Daddy Long Legs (Off-Broadway, Davenport Theatre), West Side Story (Paper Mill Playhouse), The Road to Where (Geva Theatre Center). Eli was the Music Director for Bloody Bloody Andrew Jackson (Ridgefield Theatre Barn, CT), F#%king Up Everything (Off-Broadway, Elektra Theatre) as well as for productions at Connecticut College, Astoria Performing Arts Center, White Plains Performing Arts Center, New World Stages, Virginal Stage Company, Player’s Theatre, Ensemble Studio Theatre, and Columbia University. He is a featured performer in the traveling Peter Paul & Mary folk revival concert group A Band Called Honalee, and plays with the O Pioneer Band. He plays guitar (6 & 12 string; classical and all styles), piano, bass (upright & electric), banjo, mandolin, ukulele, percussion, trumpet and French horn. www.EliZoller.com

Sean Roschman, Aerial Choreographer/TNC Production

Sean Roschman, Aerial Choreographer/TNC Production

SEAN ROSCHMAN is a Senior Flying Director at ZFX Flying and has choreographed and rigged aerial work for a variety of regional and Broadway productions. As the Artistic Director of Roschman Dance, he has created five original evening length works for his company. Sean was integral in the original workshop production of DAUGHTER OF THE WAVES at Theater for the New City. He choreographed ballet, Irish dance and aerial arts for that original production. Commissions include: Cirque Du Soliel, Lady Gaga, NYC Fashion Week, Maritime Museum of Norwalk, HERE Arts, Stuyvescent Town/Peter Cooper Village. Off Broadway: Little House on the Ferry, God Hates This Show. International: Pretty Things Peepshow, The House of Burlesque. Performances: Downtown Dance Festival, Elan Awards, WaxWorks, The Rover SoHo, PS122. Visit: https://www.roschmandance.com/