Students Produce Theater Benefit ‘On Teeth And Longing’

BY Robbie Armstrong, December 15, 2020

Stage Management students Cassie Marie Cushing and Vanessa Rebeil produced On Teeth and Longing, an online benefit performance that streamed last week, December 10th. On Teeth and Longing tells the story of a man and a woman struggling with their insecurities and seeking a means to fill the void. The story is narrated by four muses who watch the man and the woman on their journey to self-acceptance. On this journey, the man and the woman are at a crossroad between missed opportunities and drastic measures.


On Teeth and Longing is directed by Rebeil and stage managed by Cushing. The benefit will support Charitable Smiles, a charity helping people who can't afford dental treatment get the care they need.

On Teeth And Longing is written by Sophia Chapadjiev and Allison Leyton-Brownthis. The benefit performance starred Ross Coughlin, Emily Barcovik, Emma Alteri, Maggie Eley, Madison Asgiersson, Emily Upton, and Aaron Frongillo. 


Cassie Marie Cushing is an equity stage manager from the Greater Boston Area as well as a teacher formerly residing in Wilmington, Massachusetts. She graduated from Salem State University in 2017 with her Bachelor of Arts degree in Technical Theatre and a minor in secondary education focused in the theatre arts.


Vanessa Rebeil is a New York based stage manager raised in Tijuana, Mexico and San Diego, California. She graduated from Wagner College with a degree in Theatre and Speech with a concentration in Design, Technology and Management where she had the opportunity to be involved in many productions in all design and management areas. In addition, she has interned at the La Jolla Playhouse and Come From Away.