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Photos: Orville Mendoza, Nick Blaemire, Danny Pudi, Barrett Wilbert Weed, Betsy Morgan & More Star in Hunter Bell, Lee Overtree & Eli Bolin’s FOUND at Atlantic Theater Company through November 9

Nick Blaemire, Andrew Call, Daniel Everidge, Orville Mendoza in Atlantic Theater Company's Found. Photo by Kevin Thomas Garcia

Nick Blaemire, Danny Pudi, Andrew Call, Daniel Everidge, Orville Mendoza in Atlantic Theater Company’s Found. Photo by Kevin Thomas Garcia

Atlantic Theater Company’s world premiere new musical FOUND, directed by Lee Overtree, featuring a book by Tony Award® nominee Hunter Bell ([title of show]) and Lee Overtree, music and original lyrics by Eli Bolin and choreography by Monica Bill Barnes, began performances September 18, Off Broadway at Atlantic Theater Company at the Linda Gross Theater (336 West 20th Street) in New York. FOUND opens Tuesday, October 14 for a limited, eight-week engagement through Sunday, November 9, 2014

Danny Pudi, Christina Anthony, Orville Mendoza, Daniel Everidge, Sandy Rustin, Molly Pope in Atlantic Theater Company's Found. Photo by Kevin Thomas Garcia

Danny Pudi, Christina Anthony, Orville Mendoza, Daniel Everidge, Sandy Rustin, Molly Pope in Atlantic Theater Company’s Found. Photo by Kevin Thomas Garcia

FOUND features an ensemble cast of ten including Christina Anthony, Nick Blaemire, Andrew Call, Daniel Everidge, Orville Mendoza, Betsy Morgan, Molly Pope, Danny Pudi, Sandy Rustin and Barrett Wilbert Weed.

The cast of Atlantic Theater Company's Found. Photo by Kevin Thomas Garcia

The cast of Atlantic Theater Company’s Found. Photo by Kevin Thomas Garcia

The cast of Atlantic Theater Company's Found. Photo by Kevin Thomas Garcia

The cast of Atlantic Theater Company’s Found. Photo by Kevin Thomas Garcia

FOUND is an original musical based on scores of surprising and eccentric discarded notes and letters that have been “found” in the real world by every-day people. Inspired by actual events, the show follows Davy (Blaemire) who, along with his two best friends, is lost and broke. When he finds a strangely revealing note on his windshield meant for someone else, it sparks an outlandish idea that finds him and his compatriots on a wild, comedic journey. This raucous and insightful new musical tells a story of ambition, betrayal and loyalty while celebrating the weirdness in all of us.

FOUND is based on the Found books and magazines by Davy Rothbart, with additional material created in collaboration with Story Pirates.

Second City alumna Christina Anthony makes her Off Broadway debut. Nick Blaemire has appeared on Broadway in the musicals Godspell, Cry-Baby and Glory Days, for which he also composed the score. Andrew Call starred in Alter Boyz Off Broadway and in Rock of Ages and American Idiot on Broadway. Daniel Everidge received Lortel and Drama Desk Award nominations for his role in the Off Broadway play Falling. Orville Mendoza most recently appeared on Broadway in the hit musical Peter and the Starcatcher. Betsy Morgan recently appeared in the Broadway revival of LES MISERABLES. Downtown solo sensation Molly Pope makes her Off Broadway stage debut. Danny Pudi can currently be seen playing “Abed” on the series “Community,” the role he originated on the hit NBC comedy. Sandy Rustin’s New York stage credits include Modern Orthodox and I Love You, You’re Perfect, Now Change. Barrett Wilbert Weed recently received a Drama Desk Award nomination for her starring role in the Off Broadway musical Heathers.

Tony Award® nominee and OBIE Award-winning writer and performer Hunter Bell created the new musicals [title of show] on Broadway and Now. Here. This. Off Broadway.

Lee Overtree has served as Artistic Director of Story Pirates since he co-founded the organization in 2003 that performs songs and sketches adapted from the creative writing of children across the country. His productions have been presented at the Kennedy Center and the Geffen Playhouse in Los Angeles.

Eli Bolin received a Lucille Lortel Award nomination for the off-Broadway production of Skippyjon Jones. His production of Volleygirls was named ‘Best of Fest’ for the 2013 New York Musical Theatre Festival. He is the music director of Story Pirates.

FOUND features music direction by Matt Castle, orchestrations by Frank Galgano and Matt Castle, scenic design by David Korins, costume design by Theresa Squire, lighting design by Justin Townsend, sound design by Ken Travis, projection design by Darrel Maloney and casting by Telsey + Company.

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Orville Mendoza is currently appearing as Sergeant Lombardi in Classic Stage Company’s Passion through April 19, 2013
Orville Mendoza Joins the Broadway Cast of Peter and the Starcatcher, Previews Begin March 28 at the Brooks Atkinson
NAATCO’s All-Asian American cast for The Seagull features Marcus Ho, Mia Katigbak and Orville Mendoza
NAATCO’s LOVE! VALOUR! COMPASSION with special guest Terrence McNally

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2014 AUDELCO Nominations Announced; Ceremony at Peter Jay Sharp Theatre at Symphony Space on November 17
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Oct. 10: Baayork Lee to Receive 2014 Paul Robeson Citation Award presented by the Actors’ Equity Foundation
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Rome Neal Seriously Injured in Fall; Fundraisers Set at The Five Spot on October 12 and the Nuyorican Poets Cafe on November 6
TCG’s SPARK Leadership Program Class of 2014: Victor Maog, Nelson T. Eusebio III, Godfrey L. Simmons, Jr, Snehal Desai, Deena Selenow, Jacob G. Padrón, Jr., Karena Fiorenza Ingersoll, Kelvin Dinkins, LaTeshia Dezelle Ellerson, Lisa Portes
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Lia Chang is an actor, a performance and fine art botanical photographer, and an award-winning multi-platform journalist. Lia starred as Carole Barbara in Lorey Hayes’ Power Play at the 2013 National Black Theatre Festival in Winston-Salem, N.C., with Pauletta Pearson Washington, Roscoe Orman, and made her jazz vocalist debut in Rome Neal’s Banana Puddin’ Jazz “LADY” at the Nuyorican Poets Cafe in New York. She is profiled in Jade Magazine.

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