Rebel Playhouse originally presented the NYC premiere of the musical OLD TURTLE AND THE BROKEN TRUTH, with a book by Catherine Bush, music and lyrics by Dax Dupuy, and based on the book by Douglas Wood. Directed and choreographed by Sarah Sutliff with musical direction by Dax Dupuy, in May 2017. The production will enjoy a remount at The Theater at the 14th Street Y in May of 2019. 

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In OLD TURTLE AND THE BROKEN TRUTH, a truth falls like a star from the sky and breaks into two pieces. When the villagers discover only half of the truth, it causes so many problems that Little One, a brave young girl, decides to search for the missing half. With the help of Old Turtle, and many animal friends, Little One is able to mend the broken truth and make it whole again - "you are loved...and so are they" - creating a better world for everyone. OLD TURTLE AND THE BROKEN TRUTH is powerful allegory about accepting and welcoming differences, which will resonate with children and adults alike, particularly at a time when the world is doing otherwise. (Recommended for ages 6 and up.)

OLD TURTLE AND THE BROKEN TRUTH was nominated for two 2017 New York Innovative Theatre Awards: Outstanding Musical, and Sarah Sutliff was nominated for Outstanding Choreography/Movement.

 

Interviews

Review Fix Interview with Sarah Sutliff

The Dionysian Interview with Dax Dupuy

The NYIT Awards Interview with Sarah Sutliff & Clara Kundin

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Corrado Alicata*  (Lumberjack) is happy to be back with Rebel Playhouse and  Old Turtle and the Broken Truth  for his second time. He has been seen acting regionally, touring, and in summer stock all over the country, and off-Broadway in  I’ll Say She Is: The Lost Marx Brother's Musical  and  Molasses in January . He’s an indie knitwear designer, artist, actor, and singer based in Astoria, NY. @CorradoLark

Corrado Alicata* (Lumberjack) is happy to be back with Rebel Playhouse and Old Turtle and the Broken Truth for his second time. He has been seen acting regionally, touring, and in summer stock all over the country, and off-Broadway in I’ll Say She Is: The Lost Marx Brother's Musical and Molasses in January. He’s an indie knitwear designer, artist, actor, and singer based in Astoria, NY. @CorradoLark

Claire Anderson  (Fox) is thrilled to be back in the Turtle family for the third time! She is a graduate of Atlantic Acting School and holds a BFA in Acting from Stephens College. Her recent credits include  Convention  with Atlantic, Wagner’s  Ring Cycle  with the Houston Grand Opera,  Ravenscroft  with Mildred’s Umbrella,  Madeline's Christmas, Best Christmas Pageant Ever, Magic School Bus Live! (Tour), A Little House Christmas  with Main Street Theater in Houston, as well as various commercial and short films.

Claire Anderson (Fox) is thrilled to be back in the Turtle family for the third time! She is a graduate of Atlantic Acting School and holds a BFA in Acting from Stephens College. Her recent credits include Convention with Atlantic, Wagner’s Ring Cycle with the Houston Grand Opera, Ravenscroft with Mildred’s Umbrella, Madeline's Christmas, Best Christmas Pageant Ever, Magic School Bus Live! (Tour), A Little House Christmas with Main Street Theater in Houston, as well as various commercial and short films.

Arielle Gonzalez  (Miner) is a Latinx singer, actor, dancer, and stand-up comedian! Arielle is a resident company member (Bat) at The Flea and has been seen in their productions of: g ood friday ,  Not My Monster!, LOCKED UP B****S ,  ms. estrada,  and  Flea Fridays.  She assistant directed  Small Mouth Sounds  at Ars Nova under Rachel Chavkin. Other Credits include:  Old Turtle and the Broken Truth  (Dorothy Strelsin Theatre),  Pedo Reye's Doomocracy  (Brooklyn Army Terminal),  The Fall  (2016 NYCFringe),  The Visitors  (B.O.S.S.S Festiva)l,  The Matter 2012  (St. Mark’s Church), and  Love Awkwardly  (Manhattan Theatre Source). She received her BFA from NYU Tisch School of the Arts.

Arielle Gonzalez (Miner) is a Latinx singer, actor, dancer, and stand-up comedian! Arielle is a resident company member (Bat) at The Flea and has been seen in their productions of: good friday, Not My Monster!, LOCKED UP B****S, ms. estrada, and Flea Fridays. She assistant directed Small Mouth Sounds at Ars Nova under Rachel Chavkin. Other Credits include: Old Turtle and the Broken Truth (Dorothy Strelsin Theatre), Pedo Reye's Doomocracy (Brooklyn Army Terminal), The Fall (2016 NYCFringe), The Visitors (B.O.S.S.S Festiva)l, The Matter 2012 (St. Mark’s Church), and Love Awkwardly (Manhattan Theatre Source). She received her BFA from NYU Tisch School of the Arts.

Ginnie Lee House*  (Little One) graduated Atlantic Acting School's Evening Conservatory in 2017, and is elated to be working with The Rebel Playhouse. Sound of Music (Nat'l Tour); How the Grinch Stole Christmas the Musical (North American Tour); Convention (Atlantic Acting School); Your Worst Nightmare (Discovery ID); Little Women (Dunwoody Theatre)

Ginnie Lee House* (Little One) graduated Atlantic Acting School's Evening Conservatory in 2017, and is elated to be working with The Rebel Playhouse. Sound of Music (Nat'l Tour); How the Grinch Stole Christmas the Musical (North American Tour); Convention (Atlantic Acting School); Your Worst Nightmare (Discovery ID); Little Women (Dunwoody Theatre)

Kevin Lozano  (Blacksmith) is so excited to be making his New York theatre debut with the cast of  Old Turtle and the Broken Truth.  Originally from South Florida, Kevin moved to New York after graduating with a Masters in Vocal Performance from the University of Southern Mississippi. Previous theatre credits include Etienne in  La cage aux folles , Pish-Tush in  The Mikado , Marullo in  Rigoletto , and A-rab in  West Side Story .

Kevin Lozano (Blacksmith) is so excited to be making his New York theatre debut with the cast of Old Turtle and the Broken Truth. Originally from South Florida, Kevin moved to New York after graduating with a Masters in Vocal Performance from the University of Southern Mississippi. Previous theatre credits include Etienne in La cage aux folles, Pish-Tush in The Mikado, Marullo in Rigoletto, and A-rab in West Side Story.

Laura McCullagh  (Farmer) is thrilled to debut on an NYC stage with Rebel Playhouse. Previous performance credits include  Fragments  (Woman 3),  Who Will Carry The Word  (Berthe),  As You Like It  (Phebe), and  Rumors  (Chris Gorman). Laura graduated from Skidmore College with a degree in Theater in 2017, and studied Commedia dell’arte and physical theater at the Academia dell’Arte in Arezzo, Italy.

Laura McCullagh (Farmer) is thrilled to debut on an NYC stage with Rebel Playhouse. Previous performance credits include Fragments (Woman 3), Who Will Carry The Word (Berthe), As You Like It (Phebe), and Rumors (Chris Gorman). Laura graduated from Skidmore College with a degree in Theater in 2017, and studied Commedia dell’arte and physical theater at the Academia dell’Arte in Arezzo, Italy.

Michaela Moore  (Wife) is a native of Biloxi, MS, and a graduate of The University of Southern Mississippi. She has performed regionally in musical theatre and opera across the United States. Notable credits include  Freaky Friday  (Circa ‘21 Dinner Playhouse);  Geeks! the Musical  (Off-Broadway);  Rock of Ages  (Hub City Players); and  The Spitfire Grill  (Carey Dinner Theatre). She is thrilled to join the Rebel Playhouse family!  Twitter: @mich_c_m

Michaela Moore (Wife) is a native of Biloxi, MS, and a graduate of The University of Southern Mississippi. She has performed regionally in musical theatre and opera across the United States. Notable credits include Freaky Friday (Circa ‘21 Dinner Playhouse); Geeks! the Musical (Off-Broadway); Rock of Ages (Hub City Players); and The Spitfire Grill (Carey Dinner Theatre). She is thrilled to join the Rebel Playhouse family!
Twitter: @mich_c_m

Reanna Roane  (Raccoon) is an actor, performance artist, director, and novice gardener. They recently completed an artistic fellowship with Betty’s Daughter Arts Collaborative and residency at Judson Memorial Church. They currently work with the CUNY Creative Arts Team as a workshop facilitator using issue-based drama.  The Tempest  (Torn Out Theater),  All's Well That Ends Well  (Shakespeare On the Sound),  Much Ado About Nothing  (Studio 1),  Words of Choice: A One-Woman Show , and  Ruined  (Burning Coal Theatre Company). @reannamation

Reanna Roane (Raccoon) is an actor, performance artist, director, and novice gardener. They recently completed an artistic fellowship with Betty’s Daughter Arts Collaborative and residency at Judson Memorial Church. They currently work with the CUNY Creative Arts Team as a workshop facilitator using issue-based drama. The Tempest (Torn Out Theater), All's Well That Ends Well (Shakespeare On the Sound), Much Ado About Nothing (Studio 1), Words of Choice: A One-Woman Show, and Ruined (Burning Coal Theatre Company). @reannamation

André Sguerra  (Bear) is a theatre, film, and voiceover actor based in NYC and is overjoyed to be joining Rebel Playhouse for the third-straight production of Old Turtle. Other recent credits include Arthur in  After the Blast  (Lincoln Center LCT3), and Captain Alaborap in  Space Cadets Radio Drama , Seasons 1 and 2.

André Sguerra (Bear) is a theatre, film, and voiceover actor based in NYC and is overjoyed to be joining Rebel Playhouse for the third-straight production of Old Turtle. Other recent credits include Arthur in After the Blast (Lincoln Center LCT3), and Captain Alaborap in Space Cadets Radio Drama, Seasons 1 and 2.

Arif Silverman*  (Crow)   is thrilled to be working once again with Rebel Playhouse, after having previously worked with them on the last two iterations of  Old Turtle and the Broken Truth,  as well as his solo play  Constellarium . Other recent credits include  Ella Enchanted  (Dobama Theater),  Twelfth Night  (The Drilling Company),  Much Ado about Nothing  (The Juneberry Collective) and  A Midsummer Night's Dream  (Fools & Kings).  arifsilverman.com  @arifallgall

Arif Silverman* (Crow) is thrilled to be working once again with Rebel Playhouse, after having previously worked with them on the last two iterations of Old Turtle and the Broken Truth, as well as his solo play Constellarium. Other recent credits include Ella Enchanted (Dobama Theater), Twelfth Night (The Drilling Company), Much Ado about Nothing (The Juneberry Collective) and A Midsummer Night's Dream (Fools & Kings). arifsilverman.com @arifallgall

Hannah Weaver  (Butterfly) is excited to be making her debut with Rebel Playhouse! Recent credits include  Dorothy’s Adventures in Oz  (Dorothy) with the 92nd St. Y,  Rapunzel’s Royal Table  (character vocalist) with Disney Cruise Line, and the national tour of  Discover the Dinosaurs  with VStar Entertainment Group. Hannah has a BA in theatre from Lafayette College. @hannahweaver001

Hannah Weaver (Butterfly) is excited to be making her debut with Rebel Playhouse! Recent credits include Dorothy’s Adventures in Oz (Dorothy) with the 92nd St. Y, Rapunzel’s Royal Table (character vocalist) with Disney Cruise Line, and the national tour of Discover the Dinosaurs with VStar Entertainment Group. Hannah has a BA in theatre from Lafayette College. @hannahweaver001

Mijon Zulu  (Father) is from Rockland County, NY and is half Zimbabwean and half Barbadian. A trained classical singer he made his debut NYC theatrical performance with Rebel Playhouse’s 2017 Premiere of  Old Turtle and The Broken Truth . Other theatrical work includes  The Cave: a Folk Opera  (Edwin) at The Access Theatre and  The Color Purple  (Guard/Grady) at the Arts Center of Coastal Carolina.

Mijon Zulu (Father) is from Rockland County, NY and is half Zimbabwean and half Barbadian. A trained classical singer he made his debut NYC theatrical performance with Rebel Playhouse’s 2017 Premiere of Old Turtle and The Broken Truth. Other theatrical work includes The Cave: a Folk Opera (Edwin) at The Access Theatre and The Color Purple (Guard/Grady) at the Arts Center of Coastal Carolina.

Dax Dupuy (Composer/Musical Director/Old Turtle)  is a composer/lyricist based in Brooklyn. Her work includes: Clementine: The Musical, The Fantastical Dangerous Journey of Q, Old Turtle and the Broken Truth, Frosty, Twas the Night Before Christmas, Santa Claus is Coming to Town, Jingle All the Way, and Mother Goose: The Musical. Her musicals have toured internationally with the Barter Players and TheatreWorks USA, and have been produced by numerous theatres across the country. Dax is grateful for every opportunity to tell stories through songs.  www.daxdupuy.com

Dax Dupuy (Composer/Musical Director/Old Turtle) is a composer/lyricist based in Brooklyn. Her work includes: Clementine: The Musical, The Fantastical Dangerous Journey of Q, Old Turtle and the Broken Truth, Frosty, Twas the Night Before Christmas, Santa Claus is Coming to Town, Jingle All the Way, and Mother Goose: The Musical. Her musicals have toured internationally with the Barter Players and TheatreWorks USA, and have been produced by numerous theatres across the country. Dax is grateful for every opportunity to tell stories through songs. www.daxdupuy.com

Sarah Sutliff (Director/Choreographer)  is a graduate of Wagner College and the Atlantic Acting School. Sarah has choreographed for Saratoga Children’s Theatre and directed for the Shenendehowa Summer Adventure theater program. She directed and choreographed Rebel Playhouse’s inaugural production  Old Turtle and the Broken Truth  in 2017, which was nominated for New York Innovative Theatre Awards in the categories of Best Musical and Best Choreography. As an actor Sarah most recently appeared in the Atlantic Theatre Company’s Production of  James and the Giant Peach  as Centipede.  www.sarahsutliff.com

Sarah Sutliff (Director/Choreographer) is a graduate of Wagner College and the Atlantic Acting School. Sarah has choreographed for Saratoga Children’s Theatre and directed for the Shenendehowa Summer Adventure theater program. She directed and choreographed Rebel Playhouse’s inaugural production Old Turtle and the Broken Truth in 2017, which was nominated for New York Innovative Theatre Awards in the categories of Best Musical and Best Choreography. As an actor Sarah most recently appeared in the Atlantic Theatre Company’s Production of James and the Giant Peach as Centipede. www.sarahsutliff.com

*appearing courtesy of Actors Equity Association