The Will Rogers Follies 1992
Stephanie and Marylee met at the very beginning of their careers, out in the American heartland. They persevered through "twelve-show weeks" in THE WILL ROGERS FOLLIES long before they performed in Los Angeles and New York City.
They shared a dressing room, shopping sprees, secrets, and a friendship that has lasted 30 years.
They shared their aspirations and hopes, and counseled each other through stages of life: work, marriage, motherhood, and trying to age with grace.
They're excited to share with you, and hope you enjoy STAGES.
Stephanie J. Block
(Executive Producer) is one the the most established and versatile voices in contemporary musical theater. She made her Broadway debut in 2003 and has starred in 11 Broadway & off-Broadway shows since. These performances have garnered her 3 TONY award nominations and 6 Drama Desk nominations. She holds the honor of winning the 2019 TONY, Drama Desk, & Outer Critics Awards for Leading Actress in a Musical for playing Cher in THE CHER SHOW.
Stephanie is a soloist with symphony orchestras around the world. They include the NY Philharmonic, Boston Pops, National Symphony Orchestra, and the Cleveland Pops. Her solo concert received acclaim throughout the U.S and London. Stephanie's critically acclaimed solo album THIS PLACE I KNOW, is on all music platforms.
She is a television actress featured in Orange Is The New Black, Madam Secretary, & Homeland, to name a few.
She describes herself as a "bicoastal broad". She lives Northern California & Cape Cod with her husband, the actor Sebastian Arcelus and their daughter Vivi.
Seren Cho is Stages Editor & Podcast assistant. She is a rising junior majoring in Media Arts Production at Emerson College in Boston, MA. Originally from Los Angeles, Seren grew up surrounded by the film and television industry and has subsequently developed a passion for all things media. Seren runs a musical theater-themed radio show at Emerson, and drinks lots and lots of Dunkin.
Marylee G. Fairbanks
(Executive Producer) is an actress, writer, and painter. She performed in the first American company of RAGTIME in Los Angeles and the longest running off-broadway play in history, I LOVE YOU, YOU'RE PERECT, NOW CHANGE.
She writes for Gaiam Yoga, The Elephant Journal, LA & Boston Yoga Magazine, Bliss.com and Life As A Human Magazine.
Her essays explore yoga, but focus on her experiences with her fifteen year old son, and the ways he helps her grow. She is a registered yoga teacher, Reiki practitioner and founder of Chakras Yoga, so you'll find hidden yoga symbols in her paintings.
Her production company, TIMA, founded with TONY Award winner Lachanze, is bringing to life a new musical about forgiveness and the Rwandan reconciliation called, WHERE GOD SLEEPS.
She lives on a farm in Massachusetts with her husband Michael, an author and biotech executive, and their son Seb who makes her crazy with his aspiration to be a pro-boxer.