Joe Iconis’ newest show ‘Love in Hate Nation’ reveals all-girl cast

The cast for “Love in Hate Nation” — the follow up to Tony Award-nominee Joe Iconis’ musical “Be More Chill” — has been announced.  

The cast includes Sydney Farley (Gloria “Ya Ya” Meeks), Amina Faye (Susannah Son), Jasmine Forsberg (Brenda “Rat” Ratowski), Lauren Marcus (Miss Asp), Kelly McIntyre (Sheila Nail), Lena Skeele (Dorothy Donaldson), Emerson Smith (Kitty Minx), Ryan Vona (The Guy) and Tatiana Wechsler (Judith Ramone).

The world premiere is scheduled to begin performances at the Two River Theater Company in Red Bank, NJ, Saturday, Nov. 9 and continue through Sunday, Dec. 1. The opening night performance is 7 p.m. Friday, Nov. 15.

Tickets available by calling 732-345-1400, visiting the box office at  21 Bridge Ave. and at

What’s it about

Iconis wrote the music, lyrics and book for the show about a turbulent rock romance set in a 1960s Juvie Hall. He used  classic “bad girl” movies as the inspiration for the story of young people caught between eras of a changing America.

Susannah Son, 16,  is carted off to the National Reformatory for Girls to get her head put on straight. There she meets the aggressively incorrigible Sheila Nail, and a relationship forms which leads to an all-out “revolution in the institution” as they attempt to break out of the boxes society has created around them. Girl Group Wall of Sound harmonies are filtered through a punk rock spirit..

 The director is John Simpkins,  orchestrations and music supervision by Charlie Rosen, music direction by Geraldine Anello, and choreography by Mayte Natalio.

Joe Iconis has the New York Times seal of approval. He wrote the music and lyrics for the hit show “Be More Chill.”

Iconis was nominated for a Tony as composer/lyricist of the worldwide sensation “Be More Chill.” Iconis and Joe Tracz wrote it as a commission for Two River Theater, where the show was developed and premiered in 2015 before going on to sold-out Off-Broadway and Broadway runs.

Back together again

 Simpkins previously helmed “Bloodsong of Love” and “The Black Suits” by Iconis. He is Head of Musical Theatre at Penn State School of Theatre, where “Love in Hate Nation was commissioned and developed.

The rest of the creative team includes scenic designer Meredith Reis, costume designer Karen Perry, lighting designer Jen Schriever, and sound designer Palmer Hefferan. The casting is by Rachel Hoffman, CSA and the production stage manager is Amanda Michaels.

Get your tickets here

Ticket range from $40 to $70, with discounts available for groups, seniors, and U.S. military personnel, their families, and veterans. A limited number of $25 tickets are available for every performance; $25 tickets may be partial view. Tickets for patrons under 30 are $25 and include the best available seats at every performance.

Tickets are available from or 732.345.1400