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Welcome to
Good Character Productions, LLC

President, Executive Producer, and Playwright
Staci J. Schwartz, MD

What's happening with the show?

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We are excited to share that during the pandemic, the script for our wonderful show has been revised and expanded! With a new runtime of 55 minutes (increased from 25), and 3 more original songs (bringing the total to 8), the show (originally designed for kids 2 - 8) now appeals to an even broader audience!

Billy the Baaadly Behaving Bully Goat: The Musical is written and produced by Staci J. Schwartz, MD, directed by Ben Smallen, and features original music by Liz Filios! We are applying for grants and looking for corporate sponsors be able to bring Goat Magic to schools, religious institutions, community centers, and libraries! If you are interested in booking or supporting our show, please contact Staci at

Thank you for helping us to teach kids to be kind, empathetic, and inclusive in the City of Brotherly Love (& Sisterly Affection)! Please donate today by clicking on the button below!

(You will be redirected to the Fractured Atlas website to make your tax deductible* contribution)

About the Play

Billy's parents and teachers are at their wits' end! No matter what they do, they just can't stop this young Bully Goat from picking on the other kids in his class. Luckily, the Wise Old Goat–a certified Goat Therapist– has a brilliant plan to change Billy's bad behavior. With a little bit of magic dust, some common sense, and his family's support, Billy will learn how his words and actions can affect another goat's insides. Is Billy capable of changing? And what will happen when the magic dust wears off?

Kids will laugh at Billy's antics, sing along with engaging original music, and interact with our silly and talented cast--all while learning about friendship, empathy, and how to stand up for themselves and each other!

Chosen as one of the top picks for the 2019 Philadelphia Fringe Festival by the Philadelphia Inquirer, Phindie, and WHYY, as well as featured in the Chestnut Hill Local and the Jewish Exponent.

Who's Who in the Cast and Crew


STACI SCHWARTZ, MD (Playwright/Executive Pro­ducer) is a physician, author, and educational consultant for children’s bullying pre­ven­tion. For the past 20 years, she has performed interac­tive readings and bullying preven­tion workshops for children in grades K–4 in el­ementary schools. She has also facili­tated workshops for educa­tors about teaching empathy and resilience in the classroom and has conducted workshops for par­ents about guiding kids to form positive friendships and avoid bullying. 


BEN SMALLEN (Director) (MA, Villanova; BFA, Syra­cuse) has been working as a theatre art­ist in Philadelphia since 2002. Recent produc­tions include: Lockhardt (Premiere, 2018 PhillyFringe), and the World premiere mu­sical United at the historic Betsy Ross House (2017 Philly Fringe). Ben is the founding artistic director of REAL Im­mersive, dedicated to incu­bating original immersive and experiential works in Phil­adelphia. Other compa­nies in­clude: Philadelphia Theatre Company, The Arden Theatre, Delaware Theatre Company, 1812 Productions, Act 2 Play­house, Montgom­ery Theatre, University of the Arts, University of Pennsylva­nia, Villanova University and LaSalle Univer­sity. Ben is the current Board Chair and founding member of Direc­tors Gathering.

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MICHAEL BORTON (Music Di­rector) is a local performer, composer, music director, and educator.  He has performed on stage with the Walnut Street Theatre, Arden Thea­tre, Theatre Horizon, 11th Hour Theatre, Opera Dela­ware, Cen­tral City Opera and other local and national com­panies. As a pianist, he has performed with Video Games Live - Lost Worlds and Evanescence - Synthesis Tour. He co-wrote and composed Berenstain Bears LIVE - Family Matters, which ran off-Broadway and is cur­rently on national tour.   Michael is thrilled to continue working with The Re­vivalists and their work with immersive theatre. 


LIZ FILIOS (Composer) is a Philly-based actor, musician, teach­ing artist and sound designer. Her musical compositions in­clude soundtracks for The Winter's Tale (Folger The­a­tre, DC), The Ice Princess (Pennsylvania Shakespeare Festival), “The Sunny Side Up Show” (PBSKids' Sprout) and An Iliad (Lantern Thea­tre). Liz teaches at local ele­mentary schools with Arden For All and at the Penn­sylvania Theatre Insti­tute at West Chester Uni­versity. Fa­vorite credits in­clude The Tempest (Chi­cago Shake­speare Theatre), Candide (Arden Theatre), Red Velvet (Lantern Thea­tre), MidSum­mer (Inis Nua), The Mer­chant Of Venice (Del­Shakes), Into The Woods (Theatre Horizon) and “Kit 'N Kate” (the ani­mated series). A BIG thank you to Staci, Ben and Mike for dusting off these old demos and bringing her very first compositions for the theatre to life!

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BILLY SANDER (Billy) is a Phil­adelphia native and re­cent graduate of the Univer­sity of the Arts with a major in Acting and a minor in Musi­cal Thea­ter. Billy has worked at Nest Center City for almost three years, teach­ing classes, lead­ing birthday parties, and run­ning events. UArts credits in­clude Domestic Rubotosis, Spring Equinox 2016, Elemen­tary Spacetime Show and The Hunchback of Notre Dame. Regional Credits: Lockhardt (HSC Productions). Infinite thanks go to his col­leagues, friends, and fam­ily for their constant love and support!

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LAURYN MORGAN THOMAS (Gardenia) is thrilled to return to Phila­delphia Fringe! Previ­ous credits: United and Lock­hardt (Philadelphia Fringe), Pinkalicious (Off Broadway, Vital Theater), Flight School (National Tour, Vital Theater), Can Can (Broadway Theatre of Pitman), Spelling Bee, NineAvenue Q, and Lightyears Away From You (Pitt Stages), which she de­vised and per­formed as a solo show. Lauryn appeared at the Arden Thea­tre with the Next Generation Cabaret and will tour this fall with National Theater for Chil­dren. Also catch Lauryn at the McCarter Theater in A Christ­mas Carol. BPhil Theatre Arts, University of Pittsburgh. Love to Thomas Fam and Davis.

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SAMANTHA RICCHIUTI (Mrs. Goat) is a Philadelphia-based actor, director and teaching artist. Sam is also the Com­pany Manager for the Bistro Romano Murder Mystery The­atre and the Manager of Mar­keting and Community En­gagement for the Revival­ists Experiential Arts Lab (REAL), an emerging im­mersive thea­tre company. Recent work in­cludes The Re­hoboth Sum­mer  Children's Theatre, Na­tional Theatre for Children, and The Broadway Theatre of Pitman. Sam would like to thank Ben and Staci for bring­ing her on to this team. Twitter and Insta­gram @SamRicchiuti


MADISON CLAUS (Gwen) is so excited to be back at Philly Fringe! Favorite perfor­mances include: Skin of Our Teeth and Marie Christine (both UArts, dir. by Taibi Magar), and The Summer in Gossensass (dir. Rick Stopple­worth). Produc­tion credits in­clude: Lockhardt (World Premiere, Philly Fringe, Dramaturg and Assistant Di­rector); 2016 and 2017 Equi­nox Festivals at UArts (Dram­a­turg). In 2017, she was able to travel to Fringe Fests across Europe with new work Edison by Joshua Logan Walker.

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MITCHELL HANSEN (Godfrey & Mr. Goat) (BFA, The­atre Arts-UArts) is a Philadel­phia-based actor, director, podcaster, and pro­ducer. Mitchell is a strong-willed and vivacious collabo­ra­tor with an urge to tell sto­ries that help us uncover what it means to truly be hu­man. With a background in Shakespeare and an affinity for game de­sign, Mitchell brings a height­ened sense of play to every­thing he does. Previous pro­ductions include Lockhardt (2018 Fringe at the Arden), Honk! Jr. (Walnut Street Thea­tre), Twelfth Night (UArts in collaboration with Matt Pfeiffer) and more. He gives special thanks to his family, his partner, and friends; for, without them, none of this would be possi­ble.


PAUL HARROLD (Wise Old Goat) is delighted to be unleashing his inner billy goat! Recent credits include the ti­tle role in Bob: A Life in Five Acts (Azuka Theatre), The Witch of Edmonton (Rev Theatre Co.)  Once (u/s, Ar­den Thea­tre), The Two Gen­tlemen of Verona (Valentine), Measure for Measure (An­gelo), and Love and Information at Tem­ple University. Paul is a re­cent graduate of Temple's Thea­tre/Acting program and a proud native of Lancaster County. At times, you can catch him pickin' strings in his folk band, Paul Harrold and the Winston Churchills. Much love.


LYNNE SMILOW (Producer) is an Educational Consultant  & Media Producer who has facilitated child assault prevention workshops in schools for children in Pre-K - 8th grade. Lynne spent her ear­lier years producing award win­ning educational films and curricula in New York City. Film topics included Aids prevention for teenagers, child sexual assault, teen pregnancy truancy and do­mestic vio­lence. After work­ing in media, Lynne transi­tioned to early childhood ed­ucation and was a lead, teacher and drama spe­cial­ist. She has experience teaching deaf and hearing-im­paired children, as well as stu­dents on the autism spec­trum. Lynne is also a proud winner of The New Yorker cap­tion contest.


JAMIE SCHWARTZ (Associate Producer/Digital Designer/ Sound Engineer) is a Philadelphia-based digital de­signer, animator, and illus­tra­tor. She is a gradu­ate of the University of Penn­sylvania School of Engineer­ing and Ap­plied Science, where she ma­jored in Digital Media Design and minored in Fine Arts. She is so excited to be working on the marketing materials and the sound design for this production to help bring one of her fa­vor­ite children’s books to life!


GRIFFIN (Stunt Goat) is a talented and easygoing performer. A graduate of the FETA Stunt School of North America, Griffin has experience in physical comedy and dangerous action sequences. Recent performances include Of Goats & Men, Goatklhoma!, and Breaking Baaaaad. He lives with his wife and kids on a farm near Philadelphia, PA.

We are looking for individual and company sponsors to help support production costs for Billy the Baaadly Behaving Bully Goat: The Musical!

Give back to your community by standing up for bullying prevention and supporting children's theater–while helping hundreds of kids in the City of Brotherly Love learn about the importance of treating one another with kindness and respect!

(You will be redirected to the Fractured Atlas website to make your tax deductible* contribution)

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*"Billy the Baaadly Behaving Bully Goat: The Musical” is a sponsored project of Fractured Atlas, a non-profit arts service organization. Contributions for the charitable purposes of “Billy the Baaadly Behaving Bully Goat: The Musical” must be made payable to “Fractured Atlas” only and are tax-deductible to the extent permitted by law."

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