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Playwright Max Vernon is a composer/lyricist, playwright, and performer whose work has been performed and developed at Ars Nova, Actors Theatre of Louisville, Berkeley Rep, Dixon Place, Disney Creative Entertainment, Theatreworks, and Two River Theater, among others. He is a recipient of the Jonathan Larson Grant, New York Stage and Film's Founders Award, New York Foundation of the Arts Fellowship, and the JFund Award from the Jerome Foundation. 


Director Ed Decker is the Founding Artistic Director of New Conservatory Theatre Center which opened its doors in 1981. NCTC is a San Francisco cornerstone institution leading in the fields of arts education as well as Queer and Allied theatre production. A graduate of the SFSU Theatre Department, he is extremely honored to continue his work with a wide array of artisans, administrators, activists, as well as his husband and writing partner Robert Leone with whom he collaborated on the world premiere of Rights of Passage – a love story set against the backdrop of the struggle for international human rights. Ed is looking forward to keeping the word “new” in the company’s namesake emblematic of fresh, vital, and transformative theatre.



Technical Director ... Carlos Aceves

Music Director ... Kelly Crandell

Choreographer ... Rick Wallace

Wig design ... David Carver-Ford

Production audio technician / Sound design ... Wayne Cheng

Costume design ... Wes Crain

Production audio engineering ... Taylor Gonzalez 

Scenic design ... Devin Kasper

Fight choreography ... Kristen Matia

Lighting design ... Mike Post

Stage management ... Kaitlin Rosen

Props design ... Daniel Yelen



Guitar ... Khalil Anthony-Doak

Drums ... Tim Vaughn