The Hat at FringeNYC

The curtain rises on her 87th performance, but no one tells Ruth her father has died. Forevermore, her heart clings to a gold-studded chorus girl’s top hat.

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The Hat is a sponsored project of Fractured Atlas, a non-profit arts service organization. Contributions for the purposes of The Hat must be made payable to Fractured Atlas and are tax-deductible to the extent permitted by law.

Attention Chorus, Wonderstudies, White-Contract Players, Triple Threats, Divas!  

Help us produce The Hat!

Leap in the Dark Productions is proud to present The Hat, an original, experimental play written by Melissa R. Randel, premiering at the 17th annual New York International Fringe Festival - FringeNYC. 

The curtain rises on her 87th performance of a hit Broadway musical, but no one tells Ruth her father has died.  Forevermore, her heart clings to a gold-studded chorus girl’s top hat... lights up - 5-6-7-8! 

The Hat recalls a simultaneous rise and fall - Ruth to her zenith, The Musician to his nadir.  Rising daughter, falling father - The Hat is a story about love, failure, and redemption - in the glamorous world of Broadway. Randel plays Ruth, a dancer, and The Musician is played by jazz trombonist, David Gibson. Rose, The Musician's wife, is also played by Randel, and Rose has the most to say about this family of artists:

“A woman can survive losing sight of her dreams. But if a man loses his way, he will take you down with him. In marriage, the extraordinary becomes ordinary. The intolerable, routine.”

The production interweaves biography, choreography, and trombone performance into a complex narrative about artists and their dreams.




Sun, Aug 11 @ 9:30 p.m.    
Thu, Aug 15 @ 3:45 p.m.
Sat, Aug 17 @ 6:30 p.m.     
Sun, Aug 18 @ 5:15 p.m.
Tue, Aug 20 @ 10:15 p.m.  
Wed, Aug 21 @ 5:30 p.m.


The Steve & Marie Sgouros Theatre
115 MacDougal Street, New York, NY 10012
(212) 475-1449  Ÿ 


Who's producing The Hat?

Actor/Playwright/Choreographer Melissa R. Randel performed in more than 2,000 performances of Michael Bennett’s original production of A Chorus Line on Broadway.  In 2012, she played Trevor in the Los Angeles premiere of Sheila Callaghan’s Roadkill Confidential, and she recently debuted a devised collaboration, Asylum, in the Son of Semele Company Creation Festival. The Hat began as a composition exercise in a SITI Company workshop in 2007. 

David Gibson aka Dslide performs regularly at a variety of venues in NYC, including Smalls, Smoke, Swing 46 and Fat Cat, with George Gee, Roy Hargrove, Nickel and Dime Ops and his own DG 4tet, which is featured on two recent recordings released by Posi-tone Records. 

Director Sergio Castillo’s directing credits include Topdog/Underdog (UCLA); Bag of Cats (UCLA); Mr. & Mrs. Sullivan (Producers Club); The People! The People! The People! (Abingdon).  In September 2013, Castillo debuts and stars in his first feature film, Hole In The Wall.

Art Director/Set Designer David John Attyah is a Los Angeles-based contemporary artist.  Attyah has exhibited his public projects internationally, cofounded the artist collaborative THINK AGAIN, and is currently proprietor of Phlat Phile in Los Angeles, CA. 

Lighting Designer, Brandon Baruch’s credits included The Second City's A Christmas Carol: Twist Your Dickens (Kirk Douglas Theater), A Kind of Love Story (Sacred Fools Theater), The 33rd and 34th Annual LA Weekly Theater Awards (Avalon Hollywood), and Ken Roht’s 99 Cent Only Same-O and Calendar Girl Competition (Bootleg Theater). He is also Staff Lighting Designer for The Hollywood Fringe Festival. 

Costume Designer Fred Lloyd is Resident Costume Designer for the Gainesville Theatre Alliance (GTA) and an Associate Professor of Theatre at Brenau University.  A working professional in Theater, Film and TV as a costumer, costume supervisor and designer, his recent credits include Drop Dead Diva (supervisor), Shakespeare’s Twelfth Night and The Producers (designer-GTA), Walter Cronkite is Dead and Dames At Sea (designer-Highlands Playhouse) and Season 1 of The Walking Dead (supervisor).


Who is Leap in the Dark Productions? 

Leap in the Dark is a bi-coastal experimental theatre that brings together visual and performing artists. 


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