A New Brain
The Cast (A New Brain, 2016)
Photo by Matthew J. Photography

OCT 13—NOV 6, 2016

Music & Lyrics by William Finn
Book by William Finn & James Lapine
Directed by Matthew Decker

Executive Honorary Producers: Doug & Sherry Kargher
Associate Honorary Producer: Raymond Decker in Memory of Michele Decker
Associate Honorary Producers: Chris & Lee van de Velde

Artistic Sponsor: Dr. E. J. Doran in memory of Maria Bello Doran
Artistic Sponsors: Gail Fishman & Steven Horii
Artistic Sponsors: Dr. & Mrs. Andrew Greenstein

Content & Length
subject to change
prior to opening night

Running Time: Approximately 90 minutes with no intermission
Adult Language: 20+ instances, including 4 instances of the f-word
Talk of Death: Occurs throughout
Substance Abuse: None
Violence: None
Talk of Sex: Approximately five times
Nudity: None
Sexual Situations: One

This autobiographical musical comedy from Tony Award-winners William Finn (The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee) and James Lapine (Into the Woods) explores one man’s quest for a second chance at life. After a children's television songwriter receives a life-changing diagnosis, he struggles to come to terms with his creative ambitions and family relationships. In an unforgettable performance, Barrymore Award-winning actor Steve Pacek leads a cast of Philadelphia’s top vocalists through this gorgeous musical about how we spend the time we are given.


* Member of Actors' Equity Association, the Union of Professional Actors and Stage Managers.

Production Team

Matthew Decker

Music Director
Amanda Morton

Jenn Rose

Stage Manager
Alison Hassman*

Set Designer
Brian Dudkiewicz

Lighting Designer
Oona Curley

Costume Designer
Jill Keys

Sound Designer
Nick Kourtides

Audio Engineer
Toby Pettit

Prop Designer
Chris Haig

Master Electrician
Emalyn Witter

Technical Director
Damon Gelb

Justin Yoder

Andrew Sorensen

Kanako Omea Neale

Madison Auch

Post-Show Discussions

Join us after the performance on Friday, October 21; Sunday, October 23; & Wednesday, October 26 for a post-show discussion.

Sunday, October 23 After 2pm Performance

Post Show Discussions
Michael Biello (Lyricist) & Dan Martin (Composer)

Opening Night Sponsors

We are proud to recognize our 2016/17 Opening Night Sponsors. Patrons who attend Opening Night events are invited to a complimentary post-show reception featuring food and drinks donated from the following partners: Bahama Breeze King of Prussia, Five Saints Distilling, Gretz Beer, Seasons 52 King of Prussia, and Whole Foods Plymouth Meeting.

Opening Night Sponsors

2017/18 Season Sponsors

Horizon $5,000


Vista $3,000

Vista Sponsors

Scene $1,000

Scene Sponsors
'A New Brain'


Outstanding Supporting Actor in a Musical

Doug Hara


Outstanding Leading Actor in a Musical

Steve Pacek