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"If you're lucky, Kaplan will sing and play guitar, and then you'll laugh until you can't breathe."

-Time Out NY

What is a Scold's Bridle?
What is the song Delta Dawn really about?
Why are there no Jews in Whoville?

Cindy of Arc is a play about the problem men have with lying and where

that's gotten the rest of us.

Particularly women. 

And Jews.

Think American Utopia but with expletives, politics, religion, dogs, Nazis, ten songs,

no David Byrne, and no Utopia. 

And no choreographer.

And no money.

And it’s a comedy.

And we wear our shoes.

But otherwise, very similar. 

Cindy of Arc was a finalist for the

2023 Richard Rodgers Award for Musical Theater


Cindy of Arc was first produced as a concert film shot during the pandemic in a barn on Cape Cod. 

It was shown at the 2021 Cinequest Film Festival. 

 It was workshopped on stage at Dixon Place Theater in March, 2022,

and at the Five Angels Theater in October, 2022,

with performances that benefited the reproductive justice and voting organizations Galvanize Action,   

The National Institute for Reproductive Health, and the New York Abortion Access Fund. 

In October, 2023, COA played NYC's historic Bitter End.


In November, 2023, Cindy of Arc opened the 50th anniversary season of Seattle's

Tony Award-winning Intiman Theatre








Next up: Baltimore Theatre Project May, 2024 



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Brilliant and blistering...Cindy of Arc is like a special blend of the poppiest of Jello Biafra and Mojo Nixon’s Prairie Home Invasion political satire cuts, folded into Lauren Weedman’s comedic musical commentary and storytelling, whipped with the stalwart feminist political devotion of The Raging Grannies. There are a lot of comparisons, but it’s a unique result.What Kaplan brings that makes this a real show, and a clever one, is her unexpected pairings: of catchy and horrifying, insightful and obvious, playful and deadly.


Cynthia Kaplan is the funniest, funkiest white girl I've seen. Cindy of Arc takes you on a hilarious journey.

-Nancy Giles, CBS News Sunday Morning

The perfect convergence of rock and roll trop and middle class Jewish psyche…Witty, angry, sparkling…Transcendence happens. -Bob Garfield, Bully Pulpit

"TheMs. Kaplan is epically funny, and hyper-intelligent.-Folk Music Notebook Radio


Kaplan has always made me laugh. No small feat. -Comedian Lewis Black


Cindy of Arc is amazing. You are going to have a ball. Cynthia Kaplan is a genius. -Comedian Judy Gold

CYNTHIA KAPLAN (Writer/Composer/Cindy)  has been performing comedy and music in clubs and theaters in NY and beyond for three decades, including the Knitting Factory, Joe's Pub, the Cutting Room, and the Bitter End, among others. Cindy of Arc was a 2023 Finalist for the Richard Rodgers Award for Musical Theater. Kaplan has recorded two records with her award winning band, The Cynthia Kaplan Ordeal.  She is the author of two acclaimed collections of comic essays, Why I’m Like This: True Stories (a Barnes & Noble Discover Great New Writers pick and a Booksense bestseller) and Leave the Building Quickly, and her work has appeared in many publications including the New York Times and New York Magazine. Kaplan also writes for film, TV, and the 52nd Street Project, and is  co-host of the long-running Ruthless Comedy Hour at Stand Up New York. And alumna of Circle in the Square Theater School, she has appeared in many plays and nine films. She has never appeared on Law & Order. 

MICHAEL HUNTER (Musician/Musical Director/Mike) Broadway: The Band's Visit, Tootsie. Mike is an accomplished multi-instrumentalist and tours with bands, works as a session musician for major record labels (String arrangements on X Ambassadors' album, VHS, and Trixie Mattel's album, One Stone), and fronts his own project, Harmony with Hunter.

CHRISTOPHER JAHNKE (Additional orchestrations and arrangements) Broadway: Porgy and Bess (Tony nom), Legally Blonde, Les Miserables (New Orchestrations), Memphis.

GEORGIA MONROE (Associate Producer):  Is a dancer, singer, actress, choreographer, producer and assistant extraordinaire. As a performer her favorite credits include: Escape to Margaritaville (National Tour), and Rock of Ages (PCLO). She can be seen by Dani’s side on a multitude of projects at any given moment. Georgia is grateful to be a part of this kickass team. @georgiaemonroe 

DANI DAVIS (Director): Dani is an Emmy award winning writer, a Tony nominated Broadway producer, a Helen Hayes Award recipient, a critically acclaimed theater and choreographer, a film director, a television producer, and entertainment entrepreneur. Direction Choreography: Cindy of Arc, (off-Broadway, regional, film); Handel's Messiah Rocks (7 Emmy nominations, 3 wins Sony/PBS, National Tour; Kenny Rogers, A Christmas Gift (Hallmark). Selected Regional: The UMPO Series Summer Blockbusters: Jaws at the White Lotus; Mama Mia (Broadway World Award-Direction); The Full Monty (Broadway World Award-Choreography) among others. Producing: Broadway and National Tours: Little Women, The Musical (2 tony Award nominations, Drama Desk nominations); The Lonesome West (4 Tony nominations); Billy Elliot (Helen Hayes Award for producing); Shrek, the Musical; The Wedding Singer;  Flashdance; Little Women, the Musical.

MIKE ROSENGARTEN (Guitar/Mike) Mike was last seen on Broadway as the Associate Music Director as well as Guitar 2 / Keys 2 player for “The Lightning Thief: The Percy Jackson Musical,” and before that played Guitar 1 for the viral smash hit “Be More Chill.” In September he will be making his Carnegie Hall debut playing with Jon Batiste on his new work “American Symphony.” He plays regularly with several bands and artists, both live as well as in the studio. You may recognize him from his recurring TV appearances on “The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel.” 

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MIKE LUNOE (Drums/Mike) is a drummer, multi-instrumentalist, and producer. He's toured the US and abroad with Chicago, The Musical, Randy Rainbow, and the Paragon Ragtime Orchestra. On Broadway he has subbed for Chicago and 1776.

NATE PATTEN (Music Supervisor) Broadway: Charlie and the Chocolate Factory, Beauty and the Beast, The Prom.

EMMA COOK (Social Media Coordinator/Associate Producer):  Emma is an NYC based dancer and performer. She works as an associate producer for EveryDay Dreams The Studio as well as on The Inner MBA Program over at Sounds True. She is elated to be back working with the entire Cindy of Arc team! @emufunsize

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More praise for Cynthia Kaplan

Hilarious. --The Village Voice


Striking a note somewhere between David Sedaris and Anna Quindlen, Kaplan spins traumas personal and professional for maximum laughs... a literary star.—People Magazine


Knee slapping hilarious... Fans of David Sedaris or Anne Lamott will appreciate (Kaplan's) quirky way of looking at life's intricacies.—USA Today


Quick-witted and unapologetically grandiose... in the spirit of Dorothy Parker... (Kaplan) renders weird and rowdy scenarios with style. —The New York Times


Often compared to David Sedaris, the actress/writer combines droll humor with hard-won sentiment.--Seattle Weekly


Alternately hilarious and poignant... Kaplan has a great ear for the spoken word, the cadence of modern speech.

—The Boston Globe

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