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Daughter of the waves

a new musical theater play

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a new musical

Book by: Eileen Connolly

Music & Lyrics by: Eileen Connolly & Eli Zoller

and with traditional Irish music



1941. On the windswept coast of Ireland, a traveling circus troupe smuggles Jewish refugees out of Nazi Europe. DAUGHTER OF THE WAVES is a true untold tale of survival and hope, told with dance, aerial and circus acts, traditional Irish music, popular big band radio classics, and original songs. The heart of the show is a love story cut short by war, eerily mirrored in the company's rehearsal of a Selkie myth – a magical seal who transforms for the love a girl, and pays with his life.

DAUGHTER OF THE WAVES is the tale of how ordinary people found the strength to move beyond sorrow in the face of war and discover the healing power of family.

When the world fell apart...Love put it back together.



ABOVE PHOTOS (Left to Right): Eli Zoller on mandolin; Annalisa Chamberlin singing; Nikki Nasto dancing while Jay Goldenberg and Christina Durst cheer; Stephanie Fournier on aerial silks. BACKGROUND PHOTO: Jay Goldenberg as Jewish refugee Anastazy.

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

ALL PHOTOS by Silvia Saponaro.

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by Eileen Connolly & Eli Zoller, and featuring traditional Irish music... more recordings coming soon!
  • 3:32
    Leenya Rideout
  • 2:14
    Eli Katz Zoller, Ciaran Sheehan
  • 2:47
    Christina Durst, Molly Brog, Annalisa Chamberlin, Simone Tetrault, Ciaran Sheehan, Eli Zoller
  • 4:00
    Leenya Rideout, Eli Katz Zoller
  • 2:19
    Annalisa Chamberlin
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production history

a richly layered and moving play
— talkinbroadway.com

JULY 2015:

The New York Musical Theatre Festival developmental reading.



Theater for a New City / Dream Up Festival workshop production.



Resident Artists at NYU with Sean Roschman/Roschman Dance.



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

our generous individual & Kickstarter donors, The Anna Sosenko Assist Trust,

Silvia Saponaro Photography, and our superb dramaturg Lynn Spector.


BACKGROUND PHOTO: Stephanie Fournier, Nikki Nasto and Christina Durst doing an Irish jig.

PHOTO by Silvia Saponaro.


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Developmental Reading 2015

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Leenya Rideout*, John Duddy*, Ciaran Sheehan*, Jay Goldenberg, Christina Durst, Molly Kate Brog, Annalisa Chamberlin, Simone Tetrault, Nick Cianfrogna*, Jonah Kramer, and Eli Zoller*


DRAMATURG: Lynn Spector


DIRECTOR: Eileen Connolly*


at THEATRE ROW, 410 West 42nd Street, NYC • www.theatrerow.org

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

Creative team

Eileen Connolly, Book/Music & Lyrics

Eileen Connolly, Book/Music & Lyrics

EILEEN CONNOLLY 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 directed and designed all of their productions since 2003. Her original shows 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. 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; anddesigned 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!

Eli Zoller, Music & Lyrics/Musical Director

Eli Zoller, Music & Lyrics/Musical Director

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

Gina Costigan, Irish Historical Dramaturg /Voice Coach

Gina Costigan, Irish Historical Dramaturg /Voice Coach

GINA COSTIGAN is an actress, born and raised in Dublin, Ireland. She is a graduate of NYCDA, with a degree from Queen's University, Belfast, Ireland. Irish Film/TV: 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: Edinburgh Fringe Festival, Northern Ireland tour of “Bon go Barr,” national tour of“An Trial,” performances at Galway Theatre Festival, Dublin Gay Theatre Festival, the Gaiety Theatre, and The Cell in NYC.

Sean Roschman, Original Aerial/Dance Choreography / Aerial Supervisor

Sean Roschman, Original Aerial/Dance Choreography / Aerial Supervisor

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.

Silvia Saponaro, Photographer

Silvia Saponaro, Photographer

SILVIA SAPONARO is a Brooklyn-based photographer. Visit http://silviasaponaro.format.com/home