Meet the 2012-2013 Executive Board!

Hey Cabaret peeps!

With only one more weekend of Spring Awakening, and Cabaret’s Original Play Festival around the corner, there doesn’t seem to be a lot left of the school year!!


And so, its time for change. It’s time for revolution!

It is time for us all to decide who we are…


Do you hear it!?


Before I go off on another musical tangent, here is the new Executive Board for the upcoming season:


Meg King


Ain't she attractive?

Meghan is so unbelievably thrilled to be Producer for 2012-2013 season! She was last seen stage managing for Cabaret’s How I Learned to Drive and Cloud Nine and directing in this year’s Directors’ Showcase and also in the upcoming Original Play Festival. You also may have seen her perhaps running around covered in paint and sawdust as the Technical Coordinator at Cabaret this year. Her previous backstage credits include work on A Streetcar Named Desire, Pippin, Barnum, Sweeney Todd, and Children of Eden. Her favorite roles include Mary in It’s a Wonderful Life, Shelby in Steel Magnolias, and Gibbon in Godspell. Meghan is a sophomore History and Women and Gender Studies double major with a minor in Social Justice. In the little time she is not at her second home, Cabaret, she is in organizations through DRC, will be serving as an RA next year, or several other activities and clubs she’s in on campus. Her love for this organization knows no end and she cannot wait to see all the great things we will do next year!

Artistic Director:

Melissa Gabilanes


This girl directs in her sleep!

Melissa, after two years of being the House Manager of Cabaret Theatre, is more accustomed to reading other people’s bios than writing her own. But here it goes. Melissa enjoys theatre, talking about Douglass Residential College, and stuffed pastas. Her hobbies include making lists of things to do and then staring at them until they do themselves, cleaning Cabaret more than her own room, and working on an art installation she has entitled “I am only a junior and my thesis is taking control of my life, please help”. She is majoring in Women’s and Gender Studies and Theater Arts, and is currently working on an aforementioned honors thesis that makes both departments very, very happy. Her directing work was last seen on the Cabaret stage with her production of Lee Blessing’s Eleemosynary this past March, and David Lindsay-Abaire’s Rabbit Hole last spring semester. She also is responsible for the use of Mario Kart music during the intermission of last fall’s Directors’ Showcase: Showdown. Among other things, she was the Special Events Coordinator for The Livingston Theatre Company for the last two years and made possible that brilliant, awful thing where a musical is rehearsed and produced in 24 hours. It was in the Targum. Melissa currently lives in Bath with her 26 cats, and has sworn to never write another novel again as long as the g-men stop hunting her.

Managing Director:

Mike Moser


A band kid involved in Cabaret? Impossible!

In the words of Mike:

“I hail from Swedesboro which is somewhere in the ‘a$$ end of New Jersey.’ I was never really involved in theatre until my senior year at high school when we ran the musical Thoroughly Modern Millie, and it was an experience that I kept with me up to today. I traditionally do technical work but as the new managing director, I’ll be doing much more around here. In terms of what I like to do, I really enjoy listening to music (especially classic rock, Beatles FTW!!)) and playing my sax, because, let’s face it, saxophones are sexy. I also like anything that has to do with dinosaurs, planes, trains, or automobiles, cuz they’re awesome. In addition, I am a HUGE Disney buff. I’m a huge movie buff and video game player (I’ve actually won some tournaments) and I really enjoy just chilling with my buddies more than anything. I also like to laugh and am a pretty friendly guy. In addition to that, I have a beard.”

Director of Finance:

G Ian Tomsky



In the words of G:

“Hi my name is G Ian Tomsky, yes just the letter G is my first name. Its a long story. I am going to be a sophmore in the school of arts and sciences studying to transfer over to the business school to major in accounting and minor in finance. I am from Hunterdon Central Regional High School, a nice big school in the middle of nowhere. In the time I don’t spend in Cabaret working on set I am either going to class or doing something with the marching band. I look forward to meeting you all next year and making Cabaret even better known around campus.”

Director of Marketing:

Jordan Gochman


Here, we see Jordan 'acting' in Director's Showcase!

Jordan is absolutely thrilled to be able to whore out Cabaret via Facebook more than he already does. Jordan has worked with Cabaret since his freshman year, having involved himself in every Original Play Festival and Director’s Showcase since his freshman year. Most recently, Jordan directed How I Learned to Drive on the mainstage. He has acted in Rabbit Hole and Shakespeare in Hollywood and has served as the lighting designer for Twelve Angry Men. He is also a member of Rutgers Night Live which has brought him new friends, loads of fun, and a scarred liver. Jordan is a Scorpio who likes long walks on the beach, chocolate milkshakes, and obsessing over plays, much to the annoyance of everyone around him.


The Ladies of Eleemosynary: Jasia Ries

Happy Wednesday! The opening night of Eleemosynary is close at hand and final preparations are underway to make this amazing show come to life!

As you may have seen over the past few days, we have been chronicling the lives of the cast members of this beautiful production.

Last, and certainly not least, is Jasia Ries, the youngest member of the cast, playing the oldest character in the show, Dorothea.



A first year student at Rutgers, Jasia made a very big entrance to Cabaret, appearing as the passionate Juror #11 in Twelve Angry Men last fall.


Inside Cabaret: You’re only a freshman and you’ve already rocked the Cabaret stage twice! How’s your first year at Rutgers treating you?

Jasia: Crazy right? My first year has been wonderful, and Cabaret is largely to thank for that. I actually can’t even imagine what my year would have been like without it. I feel so lucky to be a part of this beautiful place.

IC:How do you feel playing an old lady, especially since you are technically the youngest member of the cast?

J: I don’t feel very young. But it’s funny, isn’t it? I’m actually pretty close in age to Echo, who is 16 when she is narrating, but even from the auditions I knew immediately I understood Grandma the best of the three. Age has very little to do with empathy, I think. Something about Dorothea just speaks to me. She is so full of life and she refuses to change for anyone. She tries her best to find good in people. She spends her entire life searching for the extraordinary, and encourages others to be extraordinary. She is so brave. But there is also an element of entrapment, a desire to escape, a dissatisfaction with reality. She’s an extreme case, but I think we all find our ways to escape. And we have all dreamed of flying, in one way or another.

IC: Most places I see you, including in most of the shows I’ve seen you in, you have been wearing one of many stylish scarves. Do you get to wear a scarf again? You wore a scarf in your first show. If yes, do you plan to make it a habit? Perhaps only doing Cabaret shows when scarves are involved?

J: Perhaps, perhaps. I am a fan of scarves. We shall see. I might not even audition unless I am promised a scarf. Or perhaps a dialect in the absence of a scarf, because I do that too sometimes.


To see if Jasia is wearing a scarf or not, make your reservations now!

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The Ladies of Eleemosynary: Alyssa Krompier

With only four more days until Cabaret Theatre’s production of Eleemosynary, we at Inside Cabaret (all two of us) know that you are chomping at the bit to see the show! We know the wait must be unbearable and you wish it was Friday, Friday, gotta get down on…

Sorry. I’m watching Youtube and typing at the same time. Let’s start over.


With our next show only a few days away, everybody’s looking forward to the weekend. Partyin’, part-

Again, sorry. Third time’s the charm.

Today we are focusing on Alyssa Krompier, who plays Artemis in the upcoming production of Eleemosynary.

Alyssa and her badass leather jacket in the 2011 Director's Showcase: Showdown!

For those of you who didn’t read yesterday’s article about Ms. Sabrina Blackburn, Eleemosynary is a play written by Lee Blessing (WHO TEACHES AT RUTGERS OMGZZZ) that tells the story of three generations of women: a grandmother, Dorothea, a mother, Artemis, and a daughter, Echo.

Alyssa previously made an appearance in Cabaret’s Director Showcase: Showdown! and recently made her LTC debut in their production of BARE: A Pop Opera. Inside Cabaret chatted up Alyssa and annoyed her incessantly with questions.


Inside Cabaret: So Alyssa, how does it feel to be in your first mainstage show?

Alyssa: It feels amazing to be in my first mainstage. I feel so honored and grateful to be in this show and working with such talented, dedicated, and hard-working people. It is definitely an awesome first mainstage experience for me.

IC: You were pulling double-duty, closing BARE while still rehearsing on this. How did you pull that off?

A: Doing BARE and Eleemosynary at the same time was actually a lot of fun. At times, it was extremely time consuming but so worth it. Luckily, I had such nice production staff members from Eleemosynary who would pick me up/drop me off at my BARE rehearsals which made things a lot easier for me.

IC: What is the deal with the names of these characters? Echo, Artemis, Dorothea? This family seems a bit… out there…

A: Yes, these characters have pretty crazy names, but it is because each of these characters is so extraordinary. Therefore, it is only fitting that they have such extraordinary names.


Eleemosynary opens Friday at 8:00pm at Cabaret Theatre on the corner of Suydam and Nichol Avenue on Rutgers Douglass Campus. Make your reservations by emailing with your name, the number of tickets you want to reserve, and the date and time of the performance you wish to attend. Hurry and get your tickets, because the show is approaching fast and the time is goin’. Tickin’ on and on, everybody’s rushin’…

Sorry. I had to. I just had to.