Automatic Superstar
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Zachary Mordechai (Stanton Ladder) has come a long way from StonyBrook Medical School, and an even longer way from the formative years he spent studying in Orthodox Jewish Yeshivas. It may have taken running off to Mass and rouging his nipples to play the Emcee in Provincetown Theater Companies' production of CABARET, but he has found his way home to the New York theatre community. NYC credits include, Byuioo (NY International Fringe festival), Triangle, You don't have to be Jewish, The Straight Pill, and BMI's Fat Chance. He is a member of NYC's 13th Rep Theatre and the ON IMPULSE improv troupe. Film and Television credits include, Trembling before God and VH1's I love the 90's. Zach is thrilled to take part in this theatrical dialogue on file sharing and free music. Thanks Bob, for believing that yeshiva boys can rock! Contact Zach with all your questions about his weird hair and how you'd like to help his career, at

Franky Paul (Rod Blocker) has an eclectic musical background having been a lead and backing vocalist in alternative rock, punk-funk, jazz, and world music groups; performing at the NXNE music festival; opening up for West African artist Angelique Kidjo; and even being a wedding singer. Her other performing experience includes discussing sex as a cast member of the online talk show "Different for Girls"; playing a teenage rapper in the low-budget feature film "Bust a Move" - for which she co-wrote and co-produced the songs for the opening and closing credits. She also contributed two songs that she co-wrote to the Japanese compilation CD "Nishiazabu Electricity." Franky studied French at university in France, Spanish in Spain, and went to music school in Canada, from which, she says, she still hasn't recovered.

Tracie Hendricks (Tracy Trouble/Choreographer) was born a performer, starting at the age of 3 with hair brush in hand singing and dancing for her family, through her starring role in her high school's production of Annie, through her many film and television roles, including: MAD TV, Boys and Girls with Freddy Prinze Jr. and The Flintstones: Viva Rock Vegas. Tracie has also had the opportunity to work with writer Bruce Valanch in the production of That Lovin' Feeling based on the music of Barry Mann and Cynthia Weil. Most recently Tracie wrote the song China Morning for the film This Girls Life starring James Woods. Tracie dedicates each and every one of her performances to her mother and her best friend, may they rest in peace.

Bryan Matland (DJ Damage) is originally from New Jersey where he attended Montclair State University, graduating with a BFA in theatre and minors in both Musical Theatre and Dance. Previous credits include 2 years with Freespace Dance Company, My One And Only, The Giver, Tommy, To Kill A Mockingbird, and 7 months as a dancer on board the Norwegian Sea. Bryan is happy to be joining the cast of Automatic Superstar and would like to thank his family for their un-ending support and love.

NAME-Steve Hoevertsz, aka. "Steevus."
GAME-Combines things with strings and boxes with noises to create a unique attitude and style. aka "guitarist".
PLAYED WITH-A number of New York area bands including Mother Mary, Flavor Sergeant and Seryn.
CURRENTLY-Playing guitar in two different Off-Broadway productions, "The Altar Boyz", and "Once Around the Sun". Currently working on the Steevus Project. Steve has also produced, arranged and composed for the various projects he's been involved in.
PLAN-To deliver the goods, NASTY STYLE!

Frank Caira (Dirty Frank) was the bassist and songwriter for NYC rock n' roll outfit THIS. He's been lucky enough to have his songs appear on FM radio, indie rock compilations, and to have been produced by Barrett Jones who produced some band called the Foo Fighters. He was first introduced to rock n' roll at a rather young age by his musician father and hasn't been able to kick the habit since. Frank also donates his spare time as service to the rock and roll community to other NYC rock bands who are unfortunate enough not to have a full time bass player. Frank plans to retire in 3 years with his millions and open a vegan Italian restaurant...something he feels this city sorely lacks.

Isaac Everett (The Good Rev. Balls Deep) is a pianist, composer, and audio designer whose music has been called "exquisite and evocative" by, "compassionate and brusquely humorous" by New York Press, and who has been dubbed a "way cool dude worth checking out" by The Turning Magazine. His music can be heard nation-wide in churches, synagogues, video games, web cartoons, and Spanish language mattress commercials. He is the artist-in-residence at Sanctuary, a hipster church in Manhattan, a company member of Storahtelling: Ritual Theatre Revived, and is studying "Arts and Theology" at Union Theological Seminary. Isaac encourages you to visit and watch for his upcoming album, Rotation.

Howard Alper (The Machine) has played with many NYC based bands, most notably with Living Colour frontman Corey Glover, with whom he co-wrote and played drums on several songs from Glover's solo release HYMNS on LaFace records. Howard currently writes and plays with The Radical Thought Resistance. The bands first CD, the self produced Empowered Species, was released in July 2002 and is available at It contains 7 high-energy Hard Rock meets Electronica songs. The June 2003 issue of Modern Drummer magazine mentions Howard's playing with "RTR" as "dynamic" and demonstrating "facility, speed and creative energy". RESIST NOW! @

Eliane (Courtney Trainwreck) is a Swiss born and New York based guitarist, singer and composer. Eliane moved to New York in 1998 and got seriously infected with the Latin and Brazilian music virus. She now is an active member of the NYC Jazz, Brazil and Latin scene. She performs regularly as a leader or featured artist in New York clubs like The Blue Note, Joe's Pub, Cornelia's Street Cafe, Jazz Standard and at major events like the SwissAmerican Film Festival and the Swiss Peak Festival. She has also toured in Switzerland and played in Germany and France. Check her music out at;;

Moxie Block (Sophie Lunchbox) was born and bred in London and graduated from Berklee College of Music with a degree in film scoring and songwriting in 2004. She has lived in NY ever since. She is a budding accordionist, a very fine poker hustler, and a staple of the NY burlesque scene. Moxie is currently recording her first full-length album. It should be noted that she deeply resents her current role as a lowly back-up singer, but tolerates the molestation of her raw talent due to the plethora of free spandex and hairspray that the genre of the rock opera provides.

Zorikh Lequidre (Security) Zorikh is a multi-talented actor/writer/artist/musical entertainer/swordfighter. He has appeared off-Broadway with Gorilla Rep and the Faux Real Theater Co., toured as Aramis of the 3 Musketeers, appeared in the international award-winning film "After the Apocalypse," sung at venues and on subway platforms all over the NY area, and produced a video documentary of the Society for Creative Anachronism. He is currently writing Captain Marvel Culture, a book that proves that Captain Marvel is the most important comic book name in Western culture.

Michael Cramer (Security) is an actor and director who teaches film and media studies in New York. He recently received his Ph.D. in Theatre Studies from CUNY and starred in the upcoming Nice Castle Films feature A Question of Time. He thanks Bob for letting him hang out and play.

Miriam Kushnir (Dancer) is thrilled to be making her second debut in "Automatic Superstar". Originally from Wyckoff, NJ, Miriam has been dancing since she was a little girl. She danced with the "In the Spotlight Dance Company" for 8 years and later graduated from Skidmore College with a Business and Dance Degree. Regional credits include Grease, Sweet Charity, Chicago and various television appearances, industrials, and music videos with Britney Spears, Madonna, and Lenny Kravitz. Thanks to Mom, Dad, Erica, family, great friends, and teachers for all the love, laughs, and support!

Victoria Smalc (Dancer)

Bob Weidman (Writer/Director/Producer) is a composer, guitarist, multi-instrumentalist, recording engineer and ersatz rock star. Automatic Superstar is his off-Broadway writing and directing debut. He is also the guitarist/co-writer in the band Fey with cast member Tracie Hendricks, and has played guitar in the San Francisco bands The Great Big Huge and Justice and the legendary Boston jam-band The Aesthetic Pig. Bob considers himself lucky to have the greatest cast and crew ever assembled for a theatrical performance, and the greatest band in the history of rock. Bob believes in the power of mind numbing, bone crunching, zipper splitting rock to change the world. FREE MUSIC FOREVER!

Neil Nathan (Producer) Neil's songs have been featured on NYC's 92.3 K-Rock, LA's 95.5 KLOS,, and on the Radical Records compilation "NYC Rock N Roll." He also scored the award winning short film, "Flights." Barrett Jones (Nirvana, Foo Fighters) produced his former band THIS' last EP. He is currently writing new material and recording demos for his debut solo album with producer and lap steel ace Mike "Slo-Mo" Brenner (Marah, Magnolia Electric Company, The Donuts). For more info, visit

Dana Sterling (Lighting Designer) designs lighting for theatre, live music, and parties. Theatre credits include The Sleeping Girl, Dutchman The Baraka Project, The Hunger Waltz, Kate Crackernuts, Corner Wars, History of the Word, Exposures, Superman is Dead, Talk of the Town, Counselor at Law, The Ladies of the Corridor, Shanghai Gesture, Jane, One Child One Family One Door, Henry IV, Hamlet, Macbeth, Jehan's Goddessdance, Floyd Collins, Cabaret, Three Penny Opera, Forever Plaid, Working, Grand Hotel, A Saint for all Wash Cycles, and Extreme Girl. Companies include The Relentless Theatre Company, Theatre for a New Generation, Yangtze Theatre, The Peccadillo Theatre Company, Double Helix Theatre, Twenty Feet Productions, York Shakespeare Company, Raw Impressions Theatre Company and The Dalton School. Dana works part time at Joe's Pub at the Public Theatre doing lighting for live Rock and Roll shows Parties for Cake and Amateur Female Jello Wrestling Dana is a graduate of Webster University where she received her B.F.A. in Lighting Design. You can contact Dana at Dana would like to thank Evan Morris for all his work in making this show possible.

Jason Candler (Sound Designer)

Melanie Swersey (Co-Costume Designer) has worked recently on The Swan at Fordham University, SideShow at The Gallery Players, and An Intelligent Design at The Brick. She has also designed numerous productions in the New York area including Twelfth Night, Cabaret, Lend Me a Tenor and Betty's Summer Vacation at Binghamton University's Mainstage Theatre. As well as designing The Sound of Music and A Skull in Connemara for The CiderMill Playhouse. Melanie has had the privilege of working at The New Jersey Opera Theatre, The Hangar Theatre, The Pearl Theatre, and Playwrights Horizons. Thanks to Andrea, Neil, Bob, Eva, Miles, Tracie and Andrew for all of their help throughout this process.

Andrea R. Lenci (Co-Costume Designer) has a B.A. in theatrical design from Binghamton University. She is currently the costume designer at the Cider Mill Playhouse in Endicott, NY. Recent productions include: "Proof," "The Sound of Music," Death of a Salesman," and "Ten Little Indians," and others. She would like to thank Bob, Neil, and the cast for this experience. Thanks to Tom and Barb.

Michael Burlingame (Video Director) is a New York filmmaker who has written and directed eight independent films and has made documentaries and videos of Sting, Paul McCartney, the Cure, Janis Joplin and John Lennon/Yoko Ono.

Stephanie Bashall (Stage Manager) is a 2005 Montclair State University graduate in Theatre Studies. NYC credits include: The Sleeping Girl, Relentless Theatre Company (Assistant Stage Manager), Captain Louie, York Theatre Company (Production Assistant), A Lie of The Mind, Michael Chekhov Theatre Company (Production Stage Manager), and Jigsaw Nation, Relentless Theatre Company (Production Stage Manager). She made her recent NYC acting debut as Karen in Sick in the Head at the Producer's Club Grand Theater. Stephanie is thrilled to be working on Automatic Superstar, and gives many thanks to Bob and Dana for this opportunity.

Adam Kendall (Video Artist) is a multimedia composer/performer based in Brooklyn, NY. He performs regularly in New York City and presents pieces in national and international festivals. His extracurricular activities include co-curating the a/v performance series {R}ake. More about him at

Miguel Mateus (Assistant Sound Designer), a swiss army knife audio engineer, has worked for the past 10 years in New York in film, theater and music. His favorite projects of the past include work with King Missle, Rupaul, Richard Foreman, and The Blue Man Group.

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