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QUIRKY CULT MUSICAL

Ride the Cyclone

  • Credits

    A Co-Production with McCarter Theatre Center
    Book, Music & Lyrics by Jacob Richmond and Brooke Maxwell
    Directed by Sarah Rasmussen
    Original Choreography by Jim Lichtscheidl
    Additional Choreography by Tiger Brown

  • Location

    Kreeger Theater

  • Run Time

    approximately 90 minutes, no intermission

"INGENIOUSLY DARK AND FUNNY MUSICAL"

— The Washington Post

In Ride the Cyclone, the lives of six teen chamber choir singers are cut short in a freak roller coaster accident. Stuck in the afterlife, a mechanical fortuneteller gives them a chance to sing their way back to earth. This quirky, edgy cult musical is part comedy, part tragedy, wholly enchanting, and will make you feel great about being alive!

Support for Ride the Cyclone is provided by Ilene and Steven Rosenthal.

Cast

KYLE DALSIMER

Swing

GABRIELLE DOMINIQUE

Constance Blackwood

MARC GELLER

The Amazing Karnak

SHINAH HEY

Ocean O’Connell Rosenberg

ASHLYN MADDOX

Jane Doe (January 13 – 29)

NICK MARTINEZ

Noel Gruber

ELI MAYER

Mischa Bachinski / Dance Captain

KATIE MARIKO MURRAY

Jane Doe (February 1 – 19)

ASHLEY D. NGUYEN

Swing

MATTHEW BOYD SNYDER

Ricky Potts

Creative

JACOB RICHMOND

Book, Music & Lyrics

BROOKE MAXWELL

Book, Music & Lyrics

SARAH RASMUSSEN

Director

JIM LICHTSCHEIDL

Original Choreography

TIGER BROWN

Additional Choreography / Associate Director

MARK CHRISTINE

Music Supervisor / Electronic Music Programming

NICK WILDERS

Music Director / Electronic Music Programming

SCOTT DAVIS

Set Designer

TREVOR BOWEN

Costume Designer

JIYOUN CHANG

Lighting Designer

ANDRÉ PLUESS

Sound Designer

KATHERINE FREER

Projection Designer

J. JARED JANAS

Hair, Wig & Makeup Designer

STEWART/WHITLEY

Casting

RACHAEL DANIELLE ALBERT

Stage Manager

ALISON COTE

Assistant Stage Manager

MCCARTER THEATRE CENTER

Photos

Marc Geller (The Amazing Karnak) in "Ride the Cyclone" running January 13 through February 19 at Arena Stage at the Mead Center for American Theater. Photo by Margot Schulman.
(l to r) Nick Martinez (Noel Gruber), Shinah Hey (Ocean O’Connell Rosenberg), Matthew Boyd Snyder (Ricky Potts), Gabrielle Dominique (Constance Blackwood), Eli Mayer (Mischa Bachinski), and Marc Geller (The Amazing Karnak) in "Ride the Cyclone" running January 13 through February 19 at Arena Stage at the Mead Center for American Theater. Photo by Margot Schulman.
(l to r) Matthew Boyd Snyder (Ricky Potts), Shinah Hey (Ocean O’Connell Rosenberg), Gabrielle Dominique (Constance Blackwood), Eli Mayer (Mischa Bachinski), and Nick Martinez (Noel Gruber) in "Ride the Cyclone" running January 13 through February 19 at Arena Stage at the Mead Center for American Theater. Photo by Margot Schulman.
(l to r) Nick Martinez (Noel Gruber), Shinah Hey (Ocean O’Connell Rosenberg), Matthew Boyd Snyder (Ricky Potts), and Gabrielle Dominique (Constance Blackwood) in "Ride the Cyclone" running January 13 through February 19 at Arena Stage at the Mead Center for American Theater. Photo by Margot Schulman.
(l to r) Gabrielle Dominique (Constance Blackwood), Matthew Boyd Snyder (Ricky Potts), Shinah Hey (Ocean O’Connell Rosenberg), Nick Martinez (Noel Gruber), Eli Mayer (Mischa Bachinski), and Marc Geller (The Amazing Karnak) in "Ride the Cyclone" running January 13 through February 19 at Arena Stage at the Mead Center for American Theater. Photo by Margot Schulman.
(l to r) Ashlyn Maddox (Jane Doe) and Eli Mayer (Mischa Bachinski) in "Ride the Cyclone" running January 13 through February 19 at Arena Stage at the Mead Center for American Theater. Photo by Margot Schulman.
(l to r) Shinah Hey (Ocean O’Connell Rosenberg) and Marc Geller (The Amazing Karnak) in "Ride the Cyclone" running January 13 through February 19 at Arena Stage at the Mead Center for American Theater. Photo by Margot Schulman.
(top row) Shinah Hey (Ocean O’Connell Rosenberg), (second row) Gabrielle Dominique (Constance Blackwood), Ashlyn Maddox (Jane Doe), (bottom row) Nick Martinez (Noel Gruber), Matthew Boyd Snyder (Ricky Potts), and Eli Mayer (Mischa Bachinski) in "Ride the Cyclone" running January 13 through February 19 at Arena Stage at the Mead Center for American Theater. Photo by Margot Schulman.
(l to r) Eli Mayer (Mischa Bachinski) and Nick Martinez (Noel Gruber) in "Ride the Cyclone" running January 13 through February 19 at Arena Stage at the Mead Center for American Theater. Photo by Margot Schulman.
(top) Nick Martinez (Noel Gruber) with (l to r) Gabrielle Dominique (Constance Blackwood), Shinah Hey (Ocean O’Connell Rosenberg), Ashlyn Maddox (Jane Doe), and Matthew Boyd Snyder (Ricky Potts) in "Ride the Cyclone" running January 13 through February 19 at Arena Stage at the Mead Center for American Theater. Photo by Margot Schulman.
(l to r) Gabrielle Dominique (Constance Blackwood) and Shinah Hey (Ocean O’Connell Rosenberg) in "Ride the Cyclone" running January 13 through February 19 at Arena Stage at the Mead Center for American Theater. Photo by Margot Schulman.
(l to r) Gabrielle Dominique (Constance Blackwood) and Eli Mayer (Mischa Bachinski) in "Ride the Cyclone" running January 13 through February 19 at Arena Stage at the Mead Center for American Theater. Photo by Margot Schulman.
(l to r) Shinah Hey (Ocean O’Connell Rosenberg), Nick Martinez (Noel Gruber), Eli Mayer (Mischa Bachinski), Gabrielle Dominique (Constance Blackwood), and Matthew Boyd Snyder (Ricky Potts) in "Ride the Cyclone" running January 13 through February 19 at Arena Stage at the Mead Center for American Theater. Photo by Margot Schulman.
(l to r) Matthew Boyd Snyder (Ricky Potts), Nick Martinez (Noel Gruber), Ashlyn Maddox (Jane Doe), Eli Mayer (Mischa Bachinski), Shinah Hey (Ocean O’Connell Rosenberg), and Gabrielle Dominique (Constance Blackwood) in "Ride the Cyclone" running January 13 through February 19 at Arena Stage at the Mead Center for American Theater. Photo by Margot Schulman.
(l to r) Matthew Boyd Snyder (Ricky Potts) and Marc Geller (The Amazing Karnak) in "Ride the Cyclone" running January 13 through February 19 at Arena Stage at the Mead Center for American Theater. Photo by Margot Schulman.
(l to r) Gabrielle Dominique (Constance Blackwood), Nick Martinez (Noel Gruber), Matthew Boyd Snyder (Ricky Potts), Shinah Hey (Ocean O’Connell Rosenberg), and Eli Mayer (Mischa Bachinski) in "Ride the Cyclone" running January 13 through February 19 at Arena Stage at the Mead Center for American Theater. Photo by Margot Schulman.
(l to r) Matthew Boyd Snyder (Ricky Potts), Shinah Hey (Ocean O’Connell Rosenberg), and Eli Mayer (Mischa Bachinski) in "Ride the Cyclone" running January 13 through February 19 at Arena Stage at the Mead Center for American Theater. Photo by Margot Schulman.
Ashlyn Maddox (Jane Doe) in "Ride the Cyclone" running January 13 through February 19 at Arena Stage at the Mead Center for American Theater. Photo by Margot Schulman.
(l to r) Gabrielle Dominique (Constance Blackwood), Ashlyn Maddox (Jane Doe), and Eli Mayer (Mischa Bachinski) in "Ride the Cyclone" running January 13 through February 19 at Arena Stage at the Mead Center for American Theater. Photo by Margot Schulman.
Ashlyn Maddox (Jane Doe) in "Ride the Cyclone" running January 13 through February 19 at Arena Stage at the Mead Center for American Theater. Photo by Margot Schulman.
(l to r) Gabrielle Dominique (Constance Blackwood), Shinah Hey (Ocean O’Connell Rosenberg), Ashlyn Maddox (Jane Doe), Eli Mayer (Mischa Bachinski), and Nick Martinez (Noel Gruber) in "Ride the Cyclone" running January 13 through February 19 at Arena Stage at the Mead Center for American Theater. Photo by Margot Schulman.
(l to r) Matthew Boyd Snyder (Ricky Potts), Nick Martinez (Noel Gruber), Eli Mayer (Mischa Bachinski), Gabrielle Dominique (Constance Blackwood), Ashlyn Maddox (Jane Doe), and Shinah Hey (Ocean O’Connell Rosenberg) in "Ride the Cyclone" running January 13 through February 19 at Arena Stage at the Mead Center for American Theater. Photo by Margot Schulman.
(l to r) Matthew Boyd Snyder (Ricky Potts), Nick Martinez (Noel Gruber), Gabrielle Dominique (Constance Blackwood), Eli Mayer (Mischa Bachinski), Ashlyn Maddox (Jane Doe), and Shinah Hey (Ocean O’Connell Rosenberg) in "Ride the Cyclone" running January 13 through February 19 at Arena Stage at the Mead Center for American Theater. Photo by Margot Schulman.
The set of "Ride the Cyclone" designed by Scott Davis running January 13 through February 19 at Arena Stage at the Mead Center for American Theater. Photo by Margot Schulman.

Video

Ride the Cyclone in the News

MD THEATRE GUIDE

Top 5 Shows of the Week

DCIST

“the audience had a blast”

The Washington Post

Buckle up for the dark, hilarious ‘Ride the Cyclone’ at Arena Stage

BROADWAYWORLD-DC

“90 minutes of raucous laughter, clever songs, and poignant moments”

BROADWAYWORLD-BALTIMORE

“Go see it! Join the enthralled cult!”

MD THEATER GUIDE

“this whirlwind ride delivers laughter and delight”

TALKIN’ BROADWAY

“fascinating, immersive…theatrical experience”

DREW MORRIS

“Arena Stage delivers yet another powerhouse musical staging”

THE WASHINGTON BLADE

Six die in ‘Ride the Cyclone,’ then must plead to live again

DC THEATER ARTS

‘Ride the Cyclone’ is a carnival of a cult musical at Arena Stage

BROADWAYWORLD

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UNPROFESSIONAL OPINION

“a delightfully odd, energetic feast for your eyes, ears, and heart”

Playbill

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WTOP

Ride the Cyclone at Arena Stage follows teens in purgatory after roller coaster crash

District Fray

Arena Stage Presents Cult-Fave, Ride the Cyclone

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