Here In The Bright Colorado Sun
Here In The Bright Colorado Sun (working title) is an unconventional chamber musical that weaves together themes of intimacy, abandonment, renewal and loss. A woman, down on her luck, adrift, finds a dog on the side of a Colorado country road. The dog has been abandoned, left to die. The two rehabilitate each other, though each stares down a crucible of needs and shortcomings and interdependence along the way.
Here In The Bright Colorado Sun received a 2017 Project Springboard Residency, hosted by the Eugene O'Neill Theatre Center in Waterford, CT. In addition to the leadership of the Jerome Robbins Foundation, the 2017 Project Springboard program was made possible with the generous support of: The Frederick Loewe Foundation, Geraldine Stutz Trust, Howard Gilman Foundation, Mertz Gilmore Foundation and Barbara Slifka.
Susan Misner, Choreographer/Co-Director
Jonathan Bernstein, Writer/Co-Director
(Choreographer, Co-Director) currently plays Dr. Nora White in Hulu’s upcoming new tv project Shut Eye. Most recently, she appeared as Sandra Beeman on FX’s The Americans, and Terri McCue on Showtime’s Billions. A dance play that she co-conceived entitled The Shape She Makes (for which she received the Elliot Norton Award for Best Choreography) received its world premiere at the American Repertory Theater in the Spring of 2014. She is the veteran of four Broadway musicals: Guys And Dolls, How To Succeed In Business Without Really Trying, A Funny Thing Happened On The Way To The Forum, and Dream. She has appeared in many films including Chicago (for which she received a Screen Actors Guild Award), Hope Springs, The Forgotten, The Hoax, Walking On The Sky (Best Supporting Actress Award, New York International Independent Film Festival), Something’s Gotta Give, Somebody's Hero, Everybody Says I Love You and last year's Being Charlie directed by Rob Reiner. Upcoming: Assassination Nation, currently filming in New Orleans. A long list of guest-starring credits on TV such as multiple appearances on all three series of the Law & Order franchise, as well as both CSI shows, Nashville (recurring), The Blacklist, Gotham, Banshee, The Following, Person Of Interest (recurring), The Good Wife (recurring), In Treatment (recurring), Without A Trace (recurring), Rescue Me (recurring), Blue Bloods, Sex And The City, Elementary, NCIS, White Collar, Royal Pains, Fringe, and she portrayed Gretchen Martin in the miniseries The Bronx Is Burning opposite John Turturro.
(Writer, Co - Director) Jonathan’s plays and musicals have been produced all over the country; most recently, he wrote and directed The Shape She Makes (developed with choreographer Susan Misner) which received its world premiere at the A.R.T. in Cambridge. Directing credits include material at the Atlantic Theater Company, Signature Theater, Williamstown Theater Festival, New York Stage & Film, Joe’s Pub, Ensemble Studio Theater and many others. He has worked at New York’s City Center, Manhattan Theatre Club, Second Stage Theater, Roundabout Theatre, Public Theater, and 52nd Street Project, where he writes, directs and teaches. He participated in NYC’s 24 Hour Musicals Benefit, writing an original musical with composer Jeanine Tesori between the hours of 11:00pm and 5:45am. This was his second time writing a musical for the charity; the first time he was paired with composer David Yazbek. He is the Artistic Director of The Performing Arts Project (an international arts training program for ages 16-24), he helped create the National Musical Theater Institute at the Eugene O’Neill Theater Center, and is a professor of Playwriting and Script Analysis in the Graduate Musical Theater Writing Program at NYU. Plus, he is a New York Mets fan which — like anything difficult — is fundamentally worthwhile.