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David Serero to star as the King of Persia in Queen Esther musical, off Broadway

QUEEN ESTHER’s dilemma, the Musical, to open OFF BROADWAY this March

Queen Esther's Dilemma, a musical by Samuel J. Bernstein, is inspired by the Biblical Book of Esther. This original musical play blends humor with anguish and tragedy with triumph while exploring Jewish identity in all its complexities. This unique musical will open on March 1st at the Center for Jewish History, New York, for four performances (March 1st, 4th, 13th, and 18th).

In Queen Esther's Dilemma, inspired by the Biblical Book of Esther, a contemporary Purim Party is interwoven with the principal features of the traditional Purim story. The party includes Purim games, dancing, singing, and, of course, the drinking of many cups of wine. The Biblical narrative recounts the efforts of Haman, an evil Persian, to annihilate the Jews, and the actions of Queen Esther; Mordechai, her cousin; and King Ahasuerus, the King of Persia, to counteract the machinations of Haman. In this theatrical rendering, Esther faces various complex ethical problems as she strives to be a woman loyal to the interests of the Jews, as interpreted by Mordechai, and yet a person with strong pacifistic inclinations.

CAST: Amanda Martinez (Queen Esther), David Serero (Ahasuerus, King of Persia), Mark Singer (Mordecai), Christopher Romero Wilson (Haman), Christian Sineath (Zeresh / Barnia), Rachel Duval (Queen Vashti / Hatach), Stefan Miller (Teresh / Farbad / Prince), Benjamin Culpepper (Bigthana / Hegai), Maxwell Porterfield (Atash), Shawn Chang (Piano), Abby Swidler (Violin), Juan Herrera (Drums & Percussions). Directed and Produced by David Serero.

Performances are March 1st at 2 pm (Special Purim performance), March 4th at 8 pm (opening night), March 13th at 3 pm, and March 18th at 6 pm (closing night).

Tickets are from $20 to $30 and can be purchased on or 1.800.838.3006

WHAT: Queen Esther's dilemma, the musical

WHEN: March 1st (2 pm), 4th (8 pm), 13th (3 pm) and 18th (6 pm).

WHERE: Center for Jewish History, 15 west 16th street, New York, NY 10011

Tickets: or 1.800.838.3006


About AMANDA MARTINEZ - Queen Esther: Amanda is a New York City-based actor/singer. She is thrilled to be making her Off-Broadway debut in such a poignant role! She was recently seen singing at sea for Aida Cruise Line while traveling through Northern Europe and Norway. Her favorite credits include Camelot, SMILE! and Jesus Christ Superstar. Thank you to my family and friends for all your support and love!

About DAVID SERERO - King of Persia: Actor and baritone David Serero has received international recognition and critical acclaim worldwide. At only 36 years old, he has already performed over 1,200 concerts and performances worldwide, played in over 100 films, and recorded 20 albums. He has given concerts in Paris at the PARIS OPERA GARNIER, OLYMPIA, EIFFEL TOWER; in New York at the LINCOLN CENTER, CARNEGIE HALL, TIMES SQUARE; in London at the ROYAL COLLEGE OF MUSIC, WEMBLEY STADIUM; and in Moscow at the TCHAIKOVSKY HALL; in Amsterdam at the CONCERTGEBOUW, the BUDAPEST OPERA conducted by PLACIDO DOMINGO and more. He made his sold-out WEST END debuts at the Dominion Theatre. He has sung over 30 lead roles in Opera, Operetta, and Musical Theater. In 2012, David Serero performed Don Quixote from MAN OF LA MANCHA in Paris and the title role from the revival of Duke Ellington's only musical, Beggar's Holiday, and starred in the cast album recording. In 2013, David performed with JERMAINE JACKSON in YOU ARE NOT ALONE, a musical directed and produced by David Serero. He has also produced and arranged I WISH YOU LOVE, an album of Jazz standards for Jermaine Jackson. In December 2013, David shared the cover of Theatre & Performances with Barbra Streisand in London, made his BROADWAY solo debut at the Snapple Theatre in New York, and released his first studio album, ALL I CARE ABOUT IS LOVE. In 2014, he released The Broadway Baritone, featuring Broadway classics, and toured in the UK with a performance on WEST END. During the summer of 2014, he recorded NAPOLEON's entire love letter correspondence to Josephine. He released his new studio album, THE CROONER BARITONE, The FRANK SINATRA Classics for the 100th anniversary of Sinatra. In 2015 and 2016, he played Off Broadway the lead roles of SHYLOCK (MERCHANT OF VENICE) and OTHELLO's title role with both critical acclaim. In 2015, he performed two open-air concerts on TIMES SQUARE (New York) for BEST OF FRANCE with French President Mr Francois Hollande. He released SEPHARDI, an album of Sephardic music in the Ladino language, and recorded the title role of RICHARD III in French. In 2016, he released ALL MY LOVE IS FOR YOU, a Rock album composed, performed, arranged, and produced by himself. He also played NABUCCO (Nabucco) in New York and the title roles of DON GIOVANNI and RIGOLETTO at CARNEGIE HALL. In 2017, David entered the prestigious WHO'S WHO AMERICA for demonstrating outstanding achievements in the entertainment world and for the betterment of contemporary society. In the summer of 2017, he released BARITONE OPERA ARIAS, singing opera classics such as Toreador (Carmen) and from operas Tosca, Nozze di Figaro, Fanciulla del West, and Barbiere di Siviglia. Among his next performances in New York for 2017/2018 are the title roles of CYRANO DE BERGERAC (Rostand), DON GIOVANNI (Mozart), BARABAS (Marlowe's Jew of Malta), Hermann (World Premiere adaptation of the Queen of Spades) and KING LEAR (Jacob Gordin's The YIDDISH KING LEAR). In American Television, he has appeared in The Hunt with John Walsh (CNN), Mysteries at the Museum (Travel Channel), Deadline: Crime with Tamron Hall (NBC), Six Degrees of Murder (Discovery Channel), Checked Out, On The Case with Paula Zhan (Discovery ID), Rabid Beast (Animal Planet TV), Suddenly Rich (TLC TV), Whistleblowers (Spike TV), Blood Feuds - Gangs of New York (Discovery Channel), We Are New York WANY (New York TV). In American Films, he starred in Alice in America, Tango Shalom, Winter Has No Sun, Most Beautiful Island, Paisanos in Paris, Following Phil, Terminal 5, Sheepshead, Again, Overload Rock or Die, The Redemption, Kingdom of the Alley, Ring Ring, Laundry Day, Capicola, Make it Work, There Will Come Soft Rains, Amarena, When I Sing, Hatikvah. He starred in several commercials for Sotheby's & eBay, Bank of America, Don Julio Tequila, Khiel's, Volkswagen, BJ's, Pepsi, Mitsubishi Cars, and more.

About MARK SINGER - Mordecai: Mark Singer's dramatic roles include Jack Boyle in Juno and the Paycock, Scrooge in A Christmas Carol, Otto Frank in The Diary of Anne Frank, Atticus Finch in To Kill a Mockingbird, and Jacob in the independent film Virtuous Scoundrels. Among his musical theater and opera credits are The Cradle Will Rock and Pins and Needles at the HOWL! Festival, numerous new musicals, Escamillo in Carmen (La MaMa), and works by Weill, Bernstein, Rorem, Holst, and Barber. He is one of the creators of the Mountaintop Celebration of Song in Hunter, NY, and regularly performs an evening of songs from the American Songbook at the Harvard Club. His new play (written with John McCaffrey), Books That Did Not Help Me Pick Up Women, was recently presented by the Hudson Stage Company, and he is currently developing a musical about the history and music of Weimar Germany titled All Mankind Has Lost Its Reason.

About CHRISTOPHER ROMERO WILSON - Haman: Recent New York acting credits include Calymath in The Jew of Malta, Lord John/Pin Head Manager in The Elephant Man, Charlie Colton in The Last of My Solid Gold Watches, Iago in Othello, Henry Higgins in Pygmalion, Uncle Charley in Death of a Salesman, Mercutio in Romero and Juliet, Will Dearth in Dear Brutus, King Herod in Salome, Jack Tanner in Man & Superman, and Banquo in Macbeth among others.

About RACHEL DUVAL - Queen Vashti: New York-based soprano Rachel Duval has made a name for herself as an unconventional classical musician with a wide range of skills. A former trapeze artist and internationally acclaimed performance poet, Ms. Duval was honored to be part of the world premiere of Stomping Grounds at The Glimmerglass Festival in 2017, in which she sang, rapped, and danced. In 2015, Rachel was selected as the best and only classical singer for the Spanish National Television (TVE) program Insuperables, viewed by almost 2 million Spaniards. On the stage, Rachel has performed in various operas in the USA and Spain, singing Rosalba in Daniel Catan's Florencia en el Amazonas with Opera Steamboat (2016), Angelica in Händel's Orlando with Cantanti Project NYC (2017), Alcina in Alcina with Lyra NY (2018). In Spain, Rachel studied with Catalan conductor Ricardo Estrada. She sang with him in the Barcelona Opera Studio as La Contessa (Le Nozze di Figaro, Mozart), Donna Anna (Don Giovanni, Mozart), Euridice (Orfeo ed Euridice, Gluck), and Oscar (Un Ballo in Maschera, Verdi). Rachel has performed in hundreds of venues worldwide, including with the Seattle Symphony under maestro Gerard Schwartz and Broadway legend Marvin Hamlisch, the Boulder Philharmonic, The Colorado Music Festival, and The Apollo Theatre.

About CHRISTIAN SINEATH - Zeresh: Christian Sineath's favorite performances in NYC include THE MOST HAPPY FELLA (Rosabella), COMPANY (Susan), and IOLANTA (Brigitta). She was cast in Oscar-nominated director James Spione's film SILENCED, where she portrayed Jesselyn Radack. Select regional credits include TWELFTH NIGHT (Olivia), FIVE ONE ACT PLAYS BY ALAN BALL (Woman), and TINTYPES (Anna Held). In April, she'll perform in the ensemble of BROADWAY BACKWARDS at the Al Hirschfeld Theatre: MM, Manhattan School of Music.

About BENJAMIN CULPEPPER - Bigthana: Excited to be making his Off-Broadway Debut! Benjamin was previously seen as Scott in Zusman at the New Jersey Performing Arts Center, Dougie in Waste, Fraud, and Abuse at the 13th Street Repertory Theatre, and Yosef at the Master Theatre in Brooklyn. Benjamin recently completed the Barrow Group 1.5 Year Acting Conservatory. A special thanks goes out to my parents, my phenomenal fiancé Kaitlynn, and all of my support staff back in Texas.

About STEFAN MILLER - Teresh: Stefan Miller hails from the San Francisco Bay area and earned his MFA in Vocal Performance from UC Irvine. Recent regional credits include Fairtone in STATE FAIR at Sierra Repertory Theatre, John Brooke in LITTLE WOMEN at the Chance Theater, OKLAHOMA! at 3-D Theatricals, and A-Rab in WEST SIDE STORY at Theatre Royale. Queen Esther marks Stefan's New York Off-Broadway debut, and is thrilled to be a part of this cast!

About MAXWELL PORTERFIELD - Atash: Maxwell is a New York-based singer from Austin, Texas. Most recently, she performed Julie Jordan in Carousel, Eliza Doolittle in My Fair Lady, and Christine Daaé in Phantom. She is excited to make her New York debut in Queen Esther!

About SAMUEL J. BERNSTEIN - The Composer: Samuel J. Bernstein (Playwright) is a retired literature and creative writing professor who taught at Northeastern University in Boston for nearly fifty-five years after receiving a Ph.D. from Brandeis University. At Northeastern, he was among the select faculty members who won the Excellence in Teaching Award. He was a Fulbright teacher in Belgium and has lectured on dramatic literature in Europe, Asia, Australia, and various venues in the United States. During his entire tenure, he wrote plays musical and non-musical, many of which were performed in New York, New Jersey, and Massachusetts. In 2014, Professor Bernstein's play Olympics Uber Alles was presented off-Broadway at the St. Luke's Theatre; in 2017, The Queen's Dilemma, which had been initially mounted at Hebrew College in Newton, MA in 2016, was staged at the American Theatre of Actors on 54th Street in New York City. Queen Esther's Dilemma is the most recent incarnation of Professor Bernstein's interpretation of the Biblical Book of Esther.

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