Next Stage

The Next Stage is a professional theatre company (operating under a Small Professional Theatre Contract with Actor's Equity Association) that offers the best in contemporary theatre as well as new works, cabaret, workshops and staged readings.

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Arc Stages
147 Wheeler Ave
Pleasantville NY 10570



Friday, September 23 at 8pm
Saturday, September 24 at 8pm
Friday, September 30 at 8pm
Saturday, October 1 at 8pm
Sunday, October 2 at 2pm
Friday, October 7 at 8pm
Saturday, October 8 at 8pm

Tickets are $36 for adults, $28 for students/seniors.

Book & Lyrics by Kevin Laub
Music by Adam David Cohen
Directed by Stephanie Kovacs Cohen
Musically Directed by Marcus Baker
Starring Christine Cornell* and Cooper Grodin.*

Ten women. Ten stories. A history of mistakes.
The Apple and Other Slip-Ups depicts ten important women in history - real and imaginary - beginning with the mother of all slip-ups: Eve and her Forbidden Fruit. The musical travels forward through time, showing key moments from the lives of such female forerunners as Joan of Arc, Pandora, the Virgin Mary, Rapunzel, and Lassie. Each song is a glimpse into each woman's struggle; the pain she endures and the lesson she learns, all to be passed on to the next in line. Apples eaten. Seeds planted.

*member of Actors' Equity Association

Who's Who?

CHRISTINE CORNELL is a Brooklyn based actress and musician. She more recently opened for Alice Ripley in the concert, ALL SONDHEIM. Last spring she finished working on a musical by Adam Cohen and Glenn Basset called Dig A Little Deeper at ARC Stages. Christine sang alongside Broadway’s Mamie Parris, Eddie Egan, and Broadway’s Jacob Smith in the one night only performance of Michael Valenti's Lovesong: the Musical at Lincoln Center. She had the honor of performing in Frank Loesser's The Most Happy Fella at the Goodspeed in East Haddam, Connecticut. Her band, Christine Cornell and the Quartet, have been performing all over Brooklyn this Spring. In July 2014, the group self released a three songs (“The Boy Next Door,” “Just One of Those Things,” “You Make Me Feel So Young”) at the Bunker Studio in Brooklyn, New York.

Other favorite credits include Sophie de Palma in Master Class (Gulfshore Playhouse), The Sound of Music (Papermill), M.F.K. Fisher in The Art of Eating (NYMVAE), Buffy in the collegiate premiere of A Wedding (Indiana University Opera Theatre), performing with the Trinity Choir in Virgil Thompson and Gertrude Stein’s Four Saints in Three Acts at Brooklyn Academy of Music with the Mark Morris Dance Group, and Peggy Sawyer in 42nd Street (Curtain Call). Brooklyn, New York.

Christine is represented by Avalon Artists Group. Brooklyn, New York.

She has a BM in Vocal Performance from The Jacob’s School of Music at Indiana University studying under Mary Ann Hart and Timothy Noble, and is a MM Candidate in Vocal Performance from Manhattan School of Music having studied under Maitland Peters. She is currently studying voice with Joyce Hall. Brooklyn, New York.

Instagram: @crscornell

COOPER GRODIN was born and raised on the isle of Manhattan where he attended LaGuardia High School of Music, Art, and Performing Arts. Cooper earned his Bachelor of Music in Vocal Performance from the University of Wisconsin Madison, and received his Master's in Vocal Performance from the Manhattan School of Music. He is an avid singer of all genres , an accomplished pianist and composer. Recently he performed Evita at Vancouver Opera alongside Ramin Karimloo, was seen in the Atlantic Theater Company's reading of The Bands Visitdirected by Hal Prince and the site specific concert version of Ragtime on Ellis Island with Brian Stokes Mitchell. Cooper starred in new national tour of The Phantom of the Opera as The Phantom. He was an original member of the 25th Anniversary National Tour of Les Misérables (Combeferre), the title track in the first Asian tour of Zorro, Into the Woods (Rapunzel's Prince) at NYC's Shakespeare in the Park with music direction by Paul Gemignani, the Drama Desk nominated best revival of Golden Land, 110 in the Shade(Bill Starbuck), Grease (Danny), Les Misérables (Javert), A Little Night Music (The Count), Joseph... (Pharaoh), Carousel (Billy) at Chicago's Light Opera Works and Olney Theatre Center which was Helen Hayes Nominated, Parade (Governor Slaton), Fiddler on the Roof (Perchik), and The Fantasticks (El Gallo). Cooper has sung numerous concerts with the New York Philharmonic, Brooklyn Philharmonic, and The American Symphony Orchestra. He has also performed in the New York premiere of Grendel at City Opera directed by Julie Taymor, and Zaide as part of the Mostly Mozart Festival directed by Peter Sellars. He made his Carnegie Hall debut in Paul McCartney's Ecce Cor Meum. He can be seen in such films as Music and Lyrics and Salt and the lead in Romano's Macaroni Grill national commercial. He was awarded a Lys Syonette Award for "Outstanding Performance of an Individual Number" in the Lotte Lenya/Kurt Weill competition. His original pop album "It's The Little Things" is now available on iTunes. Cooper dedicates his performance to his growing family and his beautiful, very supportive parents. He is a proud member of Actors' Equity and is signed with About Artists Agency.

STEPHANIE KOVACS COHEN (Director) is the Artistic Director of The Educational Stage and a director and teaching artist with such companies as Arc Stages, Florida Studio Theatre, Two River Theater Company, The University of Illinois, Theatre Arts Center, GLTBQ, and Performing Arts from the Heart. Some productions include: LOVE/SICK, The Hadleyburg Project, Metamorphoses, Six Women with Brain Death..., Our Town, Merrily We Roll Along, A My Name Will Always Be Alice, Company, and Woody Guthrie’s American Song, among others. She’s taught workshops in schools across Florida, Georgia, Illinois, Ohio, and New York. Stephanie also works as an AEA/ SAG actress and an independent casting director. She trained at NYU Tisch School of the Arts, Stella Adler Conservatory, A.C.T., Yale, the University of Illinois, and Minneapolis Children’s Theatre.

MARCUS BAKER(Musical Director) is a freelance music director and pianist working throughout the greater New York area. He has worked with Arc Stages as a resident music director for ten years and has music directed and performed at every level of music theatre from elementary school through professional regional theatre work at the Arizona Theatre Company. Currently Mr. Baker is on staff at Arc Stages, KJK Productions, and Worth Tyrrell Studios.

ADAM DAVID COHEN(composer) is the co-founder of Arc Stages and serves as its Artistic Director. He is a Graduate of the Musical Theatre Writing Program at NYU's Tisch School of the Arts and a member of the Advanced BMI Lehman Engel Musical Theatre Workshop. He has composed the scores for Oh Manhattan! (performed at Rose's Turn), Sodom (produced by Horse Trade Theater Group), RumpleStiltSkin (produced at Little Village Playhouse), The Hadleyburg Project (produced at the Metropolitan Playhouse), and A Stranger to the Muse, which received a staged reading at Manhattan Theatre Club Studios. Adam has worked as a composer for Independent Film Channel, Bravo and American Movie Classics and is a member of ASCAP.

KEVIN LAUB (lyricist) spent his childhood in Staten Island, where he appeared in over thirty shows. He attended Binghamton University, where he met his future writing partner Adam David Cohen. Together, they have written many musicals such as: Oh Manhattan!, RumpleStiltSkin, Sodom, The Hadleyburg Project, and The Apple and Other Slip-ups. - They have collaborated on other projects including many of the Arc Stages Spring Galas and Open Call: A Musical Revue. He has also been seen performing around NYC at the Vineyard, Here, the Duplex, Dixon Place, and Rose's Turn. Kevin is currently an English Teacher and Department Chair at Westfield High School in Northern Virginia.

Previous Productions

Season 1