Cast, musicians & crew
Maya Bhagwat Bassuk (Anne Elliot) is an NYC based actor, musician, and educator. New York/LA: Tomorrow We Love (Theater for the New City), Ramona, A New Musical (Center at West Park), meg jo beth amy & louisa (Hollywood Fringe Festival). Regional: The Tempest (Saratoga Shakespeare), Once (Pioneer Theatre Company), The Importance of Being Earnest (Iowa Summer Rep). Maya has BAs in Theatre Arts and Music from the University of Iowa, and she’s a proud member of Actor’s Equity. Heaps of gratitude to Emily and Emily. Love always to Will!
www.mayabassuk.com. Instagram: @mayabassuk
Carey Blackburn (Henrietta Musgrove/Jane Austen) is a Magna cum laude Graduate of Eastern Carolina University, BFA in Musical Theater,with a 2 year certificate in Meisner Technique. Regional and international roles range from Lady MacBeth (ThunderBay Theater) to Sluefoot Sue in Mickey and Company at Tokyo Disneyland. In between, Marian in Robin Hood and Becca in Wednesday’s Child (Florida Studio Theater), Alice in Closer (The Lost Colony PTW). Her performance as Anna in Spring Awakening at the Serenbe Theater has been CoVid postponed. She can play the mandolin and fight with a broadsword.
Yannik Encarnação (Captain Benwick/Gossip) is a NYC-based actor and singer who is delighted to help bring this Jane Austen creation to life. Past credits include: Joseph (Joseph and the Technicolor Dreamcoat), Eddie (Mamma Mia), Romeo (Romeo and Juliet), and Slim (Cowboy Mouth). Thanks to a talented cast and production team for their hard work and creative spirit!
Actor | Writer | Singer/Songwriter | Writer for "The Sonic Report" @sonicyannik11
Sean Gregory (Mr. Elliot) is a Brooklyn-based actor-musician and photographer. Originally from central PA, Sean has had the good fortune of training with SoHo Shakespeare Company and the Stella Adler Studio, after earning degrees in Spanish and Business Management from Penn State University. Select credits: La Bohème (Metropolitan Opera), A Funny Thing Happened… (Walnut Street Theatre), Judevine (Lost Nation Theater), Frankenstein (St. Luke’s Theatre), King Lear (Royal Social Distancing Company). Unending love to my parents and friends for all their support through the years. Thanks for tuning in!
John D. Haggerty (Sir Walter) Broadway/National Tour: Les Miserables. New York Theatre: Clubbed Thumb, B-Side Productions, The Directors Company, Ensemble Studio Theatre, Five Senses Theatre, Mirror Rep, MultiStages, NAAP, NYMF, TACT, Target Margin et al. Regional/Stock: Alliance Theatre, Barnstormers Playhouse, Forestburgh Playhouse, Media Theatre, North Carolina Shakespeare Festival, Portland Center Stage, Red La Jolla Playhouse, House Arts, Tuacahn Arts, Wheelock Family Theatre; TV: Gotham. Web: Three Trembling Cities.
Teresa Hui (Mrs. Smith/Lady Gossip) is happy to be back with the Tank, having recently performed virtually in the play Whorticulture . On stage, Teresa appeared as Amy Farrah Fowler in the Off-Broadway production of The Big Bang Theory: A Pop-Rock Musical Parody at the Theatre Center, and has performed in many shows Off-Off Broadway. TV/film credits include Power Book II: Ghost (Starz), The First Wives Club (BET+), Difficult People (Hulu), Candide on PBS "Great Performances" , and That's What She Said (Sundance Film Festival). A sought-after singer of the Naitional Anthem, she has sung at Carnegie Hall, Lincoln Center, Kimmel Center, and all across Europe. "Thanks to my husband for dealing with all the self-taped auditions and practice sessions in our apartment. "
Emily King (Lady Russell) Broadway/Kennedy Center: Medea; West End: The Foreigner; Almeida, London: French Gray; Cardiff: A Streetcar Named Desire; Royal Opera House, Covent Garden: Manon; English Speaking Theatre Frankfurt: The Glass Menagerie, Our Town; Edinburgh Festival: Pushing Through, Salford Road, Night City Diaries, Circle of Friends; Theaterworks: Susan B!; NJ Shakespeare Festival: Vanities, The Entertainer; LaMama ETC: The Thesmophoriazousae, Robert Lloyd’s Shakespeare Workshop. "Endless thanks to this brilliant troupe of players."
Hailed by Opera News as a “star,” whose “lyric soprano is a major instrument,” Claire Leyden (Mrs. Clay/Louisa Musgrove) is a New York-based actor and singer with a passion for innovative crossover repertoire. Recent engagements include Mabel in the New York Gilbert and Sullivan Players’ touring production of The Pirates of Penzance, the title role in the New York return of Victor Herbert’s chamber opera Madeleine, and Heartbeat Opera’s critically-acclaimed Der Freischütz. Claire has also performed leading and featured roles with Bristol Valley Theater, Riverside Center for the Performing Arts, and the College Light Opera Company, and she made her Carnegie Hall debut in 2019.
Gaby Mank (Elizabeth Elliot) is a Manhattan-based performer, composer, lyricist, music assistant, and musical director. A recent graduate in Musical Theatre at Marymount Manhattan, she Music Directed American Idiot as part of the Musical Theatre Association's Fall show (2019). Her own concert of songs "Still Putting it Together" was streamed in October. Passionate about the accessibility of music education, she created her own business, Mank Music Services, which also incorporates a range of educational opportunities .
Edward Porter (Admiral Croft/Mr. Shepherd) appeared Off-Broadway in A Child’s Christmas in Wales at Lincoln Center and The Dybbuk at the Promenade. Off-Off Broadway credits include Measure for Measure, Coriolanus, Richard II, Henry IV Parts I and II, The Reindeer Monologues, and roles at La Mama ETC, Here, and the Hudson Guild Theater. Regional credits include Shakespeare and Company, Penobscot Theater, The Virginia Shakespeare Festival, and two years touring as a voice actor with The National Theater of the Deaf. He trained at NYU’s Tisch School of the Arts graduate program. Currently he lives in the Bay Area and teaches creative writing at Stanford University.
Jacqui Sutton (Mrs. Croft) is the creator of the Houston-based Frontier Jazz Orchestra. She is the lead vocalist, bandleader, and composer for the 9-piece ensemble, which blends jazz, bluegrass, classical, pop, and other musical influences as fits her fancy. Jacqui studied jazz, classical, and musical theatre, and is an avid fan of bluegrass. She has released two commercial CDs: Billie & Dolly (2010), and Notes From the Frontier (2012). In 2018, with the support of a $10,000 Houston Arts Alliance grant, Jacqui debuted “Un-Cross Talk”, a multimedia concert of her original Frontier Jazz compositions. As a 2019 artist in residence at the Virginia Center for the Creative Arts, Jacqui began the long journey of writing her first musical, as yet untitled.
Lyricist/Director Emily King worked for many years as a writer and editor in the recording industry for RCA Victor and Sony Classics, assisting in the recording of more than 20 Broadway Cast albums, and working with some of the great contemporary lyricists. She is a published translator of French, German, and Italian texts (Chérubin, Roméo et Juliette, William Tell) and subtitles (Tosca, Turandot). She was also happy to act as a new submissions reader at Manhattan Theater Club for Musical Theater Developmental Director Clifford Lee Johnson III.
She wrote or adapted and directed Bridie Now and Then, The Hero of the Slocum, Grace Under Pressure, Paris Malice, and an on-site, full-length version of Maxwell Anderson and Arthur Schwartz’s High Tor. In the opera world, she was assistant director for the Glimmerglass production of Così fan tutte, and put together thematically-linked opera scene evenings for Mannes and new operatic works for Manhattan School of Music. Almost all of her own theatrical work has had a musical through-line, starting with Fighting Words, in which an aging insomniac Dorothy Parker justifies her life through her writing to her imaginary obituary writer, interlaced with early songs by George and Ira Gershwin. More recently Ms. King has been working on song cycles for staged concerts, writing lyrics adapting Edith Wharton’s House of Mirth to music by Ryuichi Sakamoto, and Jane Austen’s Persuasion, set to chamber music by Ludwig Van Beethoven. She recently retired from the NYC Dept of Education, after working for 15 years as School Secretary in order to provide health insurance for herself and her family. AEA. BMI. UFT! e: persuasionpasticheNYC@gmail.com
Musical Director Emily Duncan is an electrifying, theatrical performer and designer, redefining what it means to be an artist in today’s musical landscape. Through innovative costuming and music that blends classical, pop, and electronic genres, Emily is creating new musical experiences that thrive where music, technology, theater, and art intersect.
As a contemporary classical musician, Emily has performed with The Ambient Orchestra, The New Juilliard Ensemble, AXIOM, and the New York Summergarden Series. In New York, she has performed in a wide array of venues including MoMA and Alice Tully Hall. She was the principal flutist on tour with the Ambient Orchestra for “Bowie Cello Symphonic: Blackstar” and has recently partnered with the new music company OpusCommons for a virtual flute and tech recital.
When not onstage, Emily also works as an audio engineer and sound designer. Her work has been featured with Outlet Ensemble's "Brilliant Traces", the Here We Go Festival, and for the new play "Heloise" at the 2019 Broadway Bound Festival.
Emily earned a double BA in music and English from The University of Iowa where she also completed her studies in the Creative Writing Program. She holds a Master of Music Degree from The Juilliard School. She is currently based in NYC. www.rebelflute.com firstname.lastname@example.org
Post-Production Coordinator Tony Torn is an actor and director who has worked extensively for the past thirty years in theater, film and television, in both traditional and experimental projects. As an editor he has specialised in arranging multiple shots in a single frame, in projects such as The Grand Inquisitor (2006) and Bluefish (2020). Tony currently teaches Intro to Acting at MIT, and manages Torn Page, a private event space in New York City named in honor of his parents, the award-winning actors Rip Torn and Geraldine Page.
MAGICAL MUSICIANS: PERSUASION, WHEN IN BATH & SYMPATHETIC DUET: Shai Zohar, piano; Da Huang, violin; Sam Chung, Cello
THE ELLIOTS & SICKROOM/RUN: Natalia Nerezko, violin; Olga Tourkina, violin; Sabina Torsjan, viola; Anastasia Golenishcheva, cello
OFF TO LYME & FINALE: Jonathan Miron, violin; Katherine Kyu Hieon Lim, violin; Lauren Siess, viola; Philip Sheegog, cello
LIFE AT SEA & WOULDAN'IFICOULD: Adda Kridler, violin; Earl Maneein, violin; Chern Hwei Fung, violaJ ennifer Devore, cello
THE REST OF THE TEAM
Video Editor: Tony Torn; Audio Engineer: Emily Duncan; Credits & Magic Lantern Vignettes: Emily King; Assistant Video Editor: Savannah Stoehr; Casting: Emily Duncan & Emily King; Lyrics & arrangement © Emily King, BMI. All rights reserved, PasticheNYC LLC. With gratitude toward: Meghan, Johnny, Danielle, Michaela, Rodrigo & Collin at The TankNYC, Carol Ann and Roy at The Roy Cockrum Foundationm Alice King at The New Circle, NYC, Clifford Lee Johnson III of Fairy Chasm, WI, Zack, Lee Ann and Bill at home, Iqram at Ense, The Metropolitan Museum of Art, NYCm The National Portrait Gallery, Washington, DC, Silhouettes collected by Carol Belanger Grafton And the inspiration of Kara Walker.