Presented in collaboration with Farmers Alley Theatre
Directed by J. Scott Lapp, Murder for Two is a frothy blend of music, mayhem, and murder! In this delightful 90-minute musical play, two actors perform 13 roles – not to mention as pianists – in a witty and winking homage to old-fashioned murder mysteries. The New York Times calls it “ingenious!”
There are eleven performances from April 29 through May 15. Thursday evening performances are $30 per ticket, while Friday, Saturday and Sunday performances cost $35. Tickets are available through Farmers Alley Theatre.
J. Scott Lapp has been working in the theater business for over 28 years performing in over 100 shows in and around San Diego County. In 2000, he toured with Billy Graham’s The Puzzle performing throughout Poland and has been seen in The Crew at Sea World and Paramount’s Great America and King’s Island in Ohio. He is an alumnus of the Directors Lab West, a proud member of the SDC and a 2011 SDC Emerging Artist. He is also the Artistic Director of The Barn Stage Company.
Recent projects include working with Disney Theatricals and Paper Mill Playhouse on the World Premiere of The Hunchback of Notre Dame. He also directed a New York reading of a new musical called Zapata! The Musical starring Natalie Toro & Marco Zunino. He is currently heading up the national tour of Murder for Two. Upcoming projects include directing the Tokyo Production of Murder for Two, a New York reading of The Untitled John Mayer Project, and working with Scott Schwartz on the European tour of The Hunchback of Notre Dame! He recently directed a full production at the New York Musical Theatre Festival titled Wearing Black. As part of the 2015 Summer Series, he also directed Urinetown the Musical and Spring Awakening at The Barn Stage Company.
Joe Kinosian is the co-recipient of Chicago’s Joseph Jefferson Award recognizing Murder for Two as Best New Musical following its record-breaking run at Chicago Shakespeare Theater. Kinosian was also nominated for Best Leading Actor in that production. Murder for Two had its off-Broadway premiere at Second Stage Uptown, going on to a year-long run at New World Stages, where Joe got to reprise his role(s) as The Suspects, and is now wrapping up the second year of its national tour.
The off-Broadway production received nominations for the Drama Desk, Drama League, and Outer Critics Circle Award. Joe’s work with Kellen Blair has been showcased at The Kennedy Center, The York Theater, and on Broadway at the Theatre World Awards. Joe received the ASCAP Foundation Mary Rodgers/Lorenz Hart Award and the Harrington Award from the BMI Workshop, as well as appearing as an actor-musician in Dirty Blonde with Emily Skinner (Hangar Theater) and the NYC premiere of Dear Edwina off-Broadway.
Brett Ryback is an actor, composer, and playwright. He originated the role of Marcus Off-Broadway in Murder for Two at Second Stage and New World Stages. TV and film appearances include Modern Family, How I Met Your Mother, House, and the Coen Brother’s upcoming film, Hail, Caesar!
He was worked extensively with various regional theatres including: The Ahmanson Theatre, The Mark Taper Forum, The Geffen, The Milwaukee Rep, South Coast Rep, and TheatreWorks Palo Alto. He’s workshopped and premiered many plays, including The Prince of Atlantis, directed by Warner Shook (The Kentucky Cycle); Dr. Cerberus, by Roberto Aguirre-Sacasa (Spiderman: Turn off the Dark, Glee); and a new version of Pal Joey, directed by Peter Schneider (The Lion King.)
He won the 2007 Tennessee Williams One-Act Competition for his play Weïrd. His play A Roz By Any Other Name was the winner of the 2007 Henrico County Theatre One-Act Competition. Both are published in The Best American Short Plays 2007-2008. His play Death Valley DQ received 3rd Prize in the McClean Drama Company’s 10-minute Play Contest, and an honorable mention at American Globe Theatre’s 18th annual fifteen-minute play festival in New York City.