Lucky Penny

A lot comes up when, while losing your dad…. you become one. From a juvenile detention center in New Jersey to a fabled plaza in Madrid, from the piers of San Francisco to a Staten Island state mental hospital, LUCKY PENNY is a hilarious and surreal tale of love, loss, and laughter interwoven with the song stylings of renowned Jazz vocalist Fred Johnson

Ben Snyder (director) is a playwright, screenwriter, and filmmaker. His plays have been produced at Center Stage New York, The Vineyard Theater, Crossroads Theatre, The Apollo Theater, New York Stage and Film, and at HBO’s U.S. Comedy Arts Festival. Over the past decade, The Hip Hop Theater Festival has presented his plays at venues including The Bronx Museum, P.S. 122, The Harry Dejur Playhouse, The Public Theater, New York Theater Workshop, and Summer Stage. Ben’s work has been nominated for an NAACP Theatre Award. His films have screened at The Cannes Film Festival, Seattle Film Festival, Austin Film Festival, and been featured on the PBS serious “On Story”. He wrote and directed the feature film, 11:55, featuring Julia Stiles, Elizabeth Rodriguez, and David Zayas, premiering at the LA Film Festival. His original TV pilot The Come Up, starring Michael K. Williams (The Wire) and Andre Holland (The Knick), recently participated IFP’s Screen Forward Lab. Ben was the Story Consultant for the award winning documentary The Wolfpack. Most recently, he was hired to develop a miniseries for Channel 4 (England) and Lionsgate Entertainment. Ben is also currently adapting the solo-shows of John Leguizamo into a feature script, and developing an episodic series with rapper T.I. and Rainforest Entertainment. He is a graduate of NYU’s Tisch School of the Arts, a former fellow at The Juilliard School, and holds an MFA from the University of Texas at Austin. Ben is a member of Labyrinth Theater Company, and teaches screenwriting at HB Studio.


Sarah Cronk (associate producer) is thrilled to be joining the team of Lucky Penny as Associate Producer!  This summer, Sarah assistant directed The Helpers, part of Summer Shorts at 59 E 59 Theaters.  As a performer, Sarah sings biannually with Studio Senakwami as a featured soloist in The Appel Room (Jazz @ Lincoln Center).  Her regional theatre credits with the Worcester Shakespeare Company include: Othello (Emilia), Merry Wives of Windsor (Mistress Page), Merchant of Venice (Nerissa). Other NYC credits include: Two Rooms (Lainie) and Words, Words, Words (Kafka). Most recently, Sarah co-wrote, co-produced and starred in the short film, The Soothing System, adapted from an Edgar Allan Poe short story.


DAVID DEBLINGER(writer/performer) recently appeared in, “The Helpers,” as part of Summer Shorts at 59 East 59 and “Queen for a Day,” at St Clements.  He’s also originated roles in new plays by John Patrick Shanley(Where’s My Money? Dirty Story), Stephen Adly Guirgis(Our Lady of 121st Street) and others at Manhattan Theater Club, Labyrinth, Vineyard Theatre, The Public Theater, Theater for a New Audience, Williamstown Theater Festival, The Old Globe and Cincinnati Playhouse in the Park, where he won The Acclaim Award for best lead performance in a play.  On TV he’s appeared on Broad City, Blue Bloods, Law and Order SVU, Law and Order, Damages, The Sopranos, Sex in the City and the movie, “Clubland,” on Showtime.  “Lucky Penny,” was developed at the Cherry Lane Theater and selected to be a part of Labyrinth’s 2015 Barn Series. It was work-shopped at HB Playwrights Theater in January of 2016 and will have a run at The Harold Clurman Lab Theater in January of 2017.


FRED JOHNSON(performer) is an acclaimed jazz artist who has recorded and/or toured withAretha Franklin, Chick Corea, George Benson, David Sanborn, B. B. King, Patti LaBelle, Herbie Mann and the great Miles Davis.  Fred’s new album, “Can’t Say Enough About You,” produced by the Emmy Award winning Cliff Downs will be released October 15th, 2017.   He has spent the past 35 years leading workshops on the power of creative expression as a tool for personal well-being and has collaborated with many great healers including Deepak Chopra, Wayne Dyer, Maya Angelou, Michael Beckwith, Jack Canfield, Marianne Williamson and others.



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